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Gatlin Damnosus - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Gatlin Damnosus
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60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Phelps on 04-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Sour Bourbon Barrel-aged Barleywine.
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Ratings: 60 | Reviews: 20
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Sour bourbon barrel-aged barleywine? Just had to try this guy.

On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY. 8 oz pour.

Pours a murky muddy brown, with a fizzy small head, and no lacing.

Smells really quite incredible- caramel, oak, vanilla, bourbon, red wine, and lactic acid. Smells like it was aged in a combination of bourbon and red wine barrels, but it's only bourbon.

This one tastes great too, but doesn't quite live up the aroma. The caramel, oak, and vanilla I expect in a barleywine are there, but not quite as strongly in the nose. As it warms, the sourness increases. It's not just *sour*, though, the tartness is more complex than that- lemon, sour red grapes, and vinegar. Quite lactic. Just a really complex beer.

This one has a medium sized body, with a low amount of carbonation, and a crisp mouthfeel.

One of the more interesting beers I've ever had. It seems from the reviews that is a polarizing beer. It seems like you have to catch it at the exact right amount of sourness- it appears I did. Excellent beer.

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Gatlin Damnosus from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.