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Gatlin Damnosus - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Gatlin Damnosus
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BA SCORE
87
very good

60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.1%
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Sour Bourbon Barrel-aged Barleywine.

(Beer added by: Phelps on 04-15-2011)
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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

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4.74/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this on tap a few times in Phoenix at Taste of Tops. Made regularly per my discussion with the brewers, but hard for me to find back in Austin. This melds some of my favorites things under one umbrella...barleywine, sours, bourbon/whiskey barrel-aged ales. Delicious. Incredibly unique, but polarizing.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4.37/5  rDev +12.1%

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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4.28/5  rDev +9.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a deep reddish brown, with a half finger off-white head and abundant bubbles on the side of the glass. It looks good, like a barleywine, with a bit smaller a head than usual. Scents of apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, molasses, pecans, oak, rich caramel malt, and earthiness with hints of chocolate. Very rich and complex, the caramel and brown sugar notes showcasing the English Barleywine beneath the sour aging. Quite nice. Taste was sour, with notes of apple cider vinegar. Also present were flavors of oak, sweet, caramel malt and molasses with some honey. Very different. It has the flavors of a barleywine, but it combines them with a wild sour character that melds into a nice complex flavor. Mouthfeel was medium-heavy bodied with moderate carbonation and a crisp, puckering finish. Quite the nice sipper. Overall this was an excellent take on an English Barleywine. The strong sweet malt with caramel, honey and brown sugar notes were present, but placed atop them was a pleasant sourness. Melding into all of this was a nice oak from the barrel-aging. This was an excellent, rich, complex beer that was quite unique and well worth trying.

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Papago served this one in a snifter, no head or lace. Burgundy in color, nice look for a big beastly beer. Plenty of sour, vinegar-like notes. Slight hints of cherry juice and grapes on the vine.

The flavor is quite nice, and very sour. Balsamic vinegar drizzled on cherries, a little maple syrup and a hint of grapefruit. Fizzy, but reasonably full. The carbonation quickly whisks the sourness off the tongue and makes me want more.

Very interesting beer, although the underlying barleywine blend is neglected in favor of the bacteria. I don't mind personally...

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4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Union Jacks on the Manatawny...
Appears a dark chestnut toned brown and a small off white head. It slowly fades into a mild collar. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of cocoa, bretty tartness, bing cherries, bourbon, and mild traces of diacetyl.
Taste echoes the aromas with standout cocoa and tart flavors and a touch of vanilla.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied, tart, zippy and dry.

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4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Served in a tasting glass at Ale Arsenal.

A: Darkest chestnut, barely translucent. Good lacing.

S: Mmmm. Tart cherries and huge butterscotch with hints of vanilla. Obvious bourbon barrels. Yummy.

T: Interesting! Predominantly tart, with intriguing undercurrents of bourbon and butterscotch. Aftertaste is clean, but yeasty.

M: Thin, and lightly sour.

O: A good, interesting beer that I would not want to drink all the time, but is fun. Good vanilla. Nice mix of sour and sweet. The former wins by a hair.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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