Review: Gilgamesh Dark Prince

Author: Jason Harris
December 14, 2016

Editor’s Note: Today is day two in our Twelve Days of Christmas series on Pints and Steins – where we’ll be letting you know about a winter beer every day between now and Christmas Eve.

In today’s Twelve Days Of Brewing Christmas post, we highlight a brew from Gilgamesh Brewing. Gilgamesh is one of the oldest operating independent breweries in Salem, Oregon. The company started in the neighboring city of Turner, Oregon and moved to the industrial district of SE Salem a few years ago.

GIlgamesh Dark PrinceToday, let’s consider Dark Prince from Gilgamesh – a Cascadian Dark Ale, which means it’s a proprietary style of Oregon origin that’s heavy on hops and malt.

Now that we’ve established the medium where CDAs exist, let’s judge Gilgamesh’s Dark Prince. So – about that name – apparently someone at Gilgamesh has a crush on Will Smith, because it’s a thread that weaves many ales that come from the Salem brewery. “Fresh Prince” IPA, “DJ Jazzy Hef” and “Dark Prince” are all ales that stem from Will Smith roots.

 What does it taste like?

Dark Prince pours a dark amber colour. The amber colour dominates and this beer has almost no head – and the lack of carbonation in the first sip is instead dominated by nutty malty brilliance.

The dark grain backbone shows through heavily on this beer – it has almost no hoppy brilliance and instead comes through with dark grain flavors instead. In this beer, it’s almost as if the brewer chose grain and malt instead of hops, which is rare in a CDA – typically is BIG on hops at first and then rushes in the malt. Instead….Gilgamesh skipped the hoppy overtones and instead relied upon the aftertaste.

So, in a few words, Dark Prince from Gilgamesh is absolutely delicious.

Should I buy it?

Oh yes. Go now and buy thee. This beer gets two enthusiastic thumbs up from this beer nut.

You’ll find it at your local taphouse in draft. If you can’t find it. I have pity upon you.

2015 Beer Advent Calendar: Bad Santa from Pelican Brewery

Author: Jason Harris
December 19, 2015

Editor’s note: This is the twenty first beer in the Beer Advent Calendar 2015 series. Likewise, I’m going to be posting a beer review each day. Some will be Christmas or Winter ales and other selections will be beers I’ve been wanting to review for some time.

My favorite Oregon coast brewery is Pelican Brewery in Pacific City and Tillamook, Oregon. They are pretty isolated, geographically, and as a result, Pelican consistently produces beers that stand out in a crowded Pacific Northwest brewing scene.

Pelican Bad Santa

Today we look at Bad Santa, Pelican’s winter Cascade Dark Ale (CDA).

How does it taste?

Bad Santa pours very, very dark amber with 80% translucency. This beer is 7.5% ABV and 65 IBUs. The aroma of this beer is earthy and smells of toasted malt but also black licorice, brown sugar and piney, grassy hops.

The toasted malt taste is definitely present as you take your first sip. Then, mid-drink, the coffee, licorice and biscuit flavors kick in. After all that, the the dry hoppy profile announces itself to finish this classic Cascadian Dark Ale off.

This is a refreshing take on the black IPA style and features stout-like characteristics without the heaviness of all that gravity.

Should I buy it?

Yes. If you like dark IPAs or CDA beers, this will be an instant favorite.