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Gatlin Damnosus - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Gatlin Damnosus
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87
very good

54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.87%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | 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:
Sour Bourbon Barrel-aged Barleywine.

(Beer added by: Phelps on 04-15-2011)
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3.93/5  rDev +0.8%

On tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with fruit, bourbon, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit, wood, and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a very interesting set of sour bourbon barleywine aromas and flavors.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 09, 2013
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3.55/5  rDev -9%

On-tap at Beer Authority, New York, NY

A: The beer is clear yet very dark red in color. It poured with a thin off white head that died down and left a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and eventually completely faded away.
S: There are sweet aromas of caramel malts in the nose along with some hints of bourbon from the barrel aging.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but is slightly stronger and has a slight amount of sweetness from the bourbon and malts.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is definitely a lot easier to drink compared to other American Barleywines because it lacks any hop bitterness and isn't overly sweet. The bourbon is also very subdued.

metter98, Nov 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Texasfan549, Jul 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

GRG1313, May 14, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%

Served in a snifter at Sheffield's.

What better beer to go with some pre-Cubs-game barbecue than the menu's lone sour? This stuff pours a deep blood-ruby topped by a half-finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises red wine grapes, light graham cracker, a touch of vinegar, a lighter touch of oak, and a dash of brown sugar. The taste brings in more of the same, with a hint of bourbon and a firm sourness pervading. The body is a lithe medium, with a light carbonation and a sorta/kinda slick feel. Overall, an interesting beer, one I didn't even know was a barleywine until I clicked to the profile, but something I thoroughly enjoyed for what it was.

TMoney2591, Jul 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

largadeer, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

weeare138, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
2.15/5  rDev -44.9%

Pours a dark amber color. Smells like the breath of a drunk clown after downing cheap whiskey. Booze, cherry, barleywine. Stale smelling.
In the taste, very oxidized and a bit sour. Like an old barleywine that has been inoculated with wild yeast. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Not very good, and I like sour ales. Hot and sour beer! This could not have been what was intended.

Stinkypuss, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of ShanePB
2.93/5  rDev -24.9%

I can't believe I'm saying this right now, but this is the perfect example of "just because you can doesn't mean you should." A soured American Barleywine, huh? And I'd like to preface this by saying I'm a huge fan of both sour beers and Barleywines. Poured into a 10 ounce goblet at Craft Ale House.

A: Deep brown, maroon colored body with a nice foamy tan head. Some deep purple hues can be seen around the edges, and has some fairly nice retention but minimal lacing around the glass wall.

S: Infected-like aromas are immediately evident. Vinegar, bacteria byproducts, cherry, roasted cocoa and some odd caramel flavor. I mean really, it's not that wonderful smelling and sort of smells like a big, bold infected Barleywine. I understand this was intentional to sour the style but it's just a huge miss for me.

T: Unfortunately, this is even worse than the nose. A milky, lactic and sort of like other reviewers said balsamic vinegar note dominates and wrestles the palate. Some cherry and figs come through but the underlying flavors that make up some of the best Barleywines are all lost. Finishes rather dry, sticky and has a nasty tart linger.

M: Well carbonated, medium-bodied, a bit dry but surprisingly I can't really fault this much, it's a nice mouth feel.

I can see why this keg has been on for so long, you won't order more than one if you even order one at all. In theory it may sound good but it's quite surprising that this product actually made it out to distribution. This is one of those cases where the QC department should have just said, uh NO.

ShanePB, Aug 10, 2011
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2.35/5  rDev -39.7%

I tried the Anderson Valley Gatlin Damnosis while attending the Hop Juice Fest and had I know this was a Barleywine....I would not have tried it. I do not like Barleywines. So please disregard this review if you are a big barleywine lover. The appearance was a cloudy amber with out much carbonation. The smell was sour....like sour mash whiskey/bourbon. The taste was very sourto start, then I tasted a brief vanilla before it turned tart at the finish. There is no way I would drink this...just do not like barleywines...nothing against the brewer or this beer.

WoodBrew, Jun 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

vfgccp, Apr 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Axnjxn, Jun 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

KevinGordon, Jun 09, 2014
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4.09/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

AgentMunky, Jan 03, 2014
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2.28/5  rDev -41.5%

On Tap

2012 Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest
Paso Robles, CA

Dark amber, with some purple hues, and a small light brown head that leaves dots of lace down the glass. Good enough.

The aroma is not particularly pleasant or interesting, unfortunately. There's strong red wine and vinegar notes, some caramel and toffee along with bread, a little bit of citrus, wood, and mild cheese. I just can't seem to grasp the intention here.

The flavor too is a mess. Moderate levels of sour and funk are met with cherry, red wine vinegar, toffee, alcohol harshness, and wood. Confused. I can't wrestle anymore with this stuff.

Medium in body with relatively high carbonation.

This was a mistake, right? Had to be.

ehammond1, Jul 04, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev -1.3%

Dark red-brown. Foamy residue on top.

Strong whiskey note complemented by a turned tartness. Lots of bourbon corn sweetness, butteriness, milk chocolate, creaminess, dark fruits, and caramel. Not bad.

Somewhat sour with infected notes. An accident that almost works. Some lingering vanilla and oak get pumped up by a prominent bourbon note. The sourness tones down the buttery sweetness and the caramel quite a bit. Sherry notes. Tannic apple skins, maybe grape, raisin, and toffee. Woodiness is pretty nice, because it's noticeable but not over-the-top; just another element of the beer.

Drinks with a a thick, viscous body. A lot of texture, too, that I don't necessarily like. Carbonation is okay, though.

A good sour barleywine. I don't like the approach, but I like the result.

thecheapies, Dec 21, 2013
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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.

GreesyFizeek, Sep 05, 2014
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4.13/5  rDev +5.9%

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...

BretSikkink, May 06, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Zach136, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of Phelps
3.9/5  rDev 0%

Enjoyed from the tap at Papago during an Anderson Valley event, poured into a snifter.

Named for David Gatlin (one of Anderson Valley’s senior brewers) and the bacteria Pediococcus Damnosus, this beer is a blend of barleywines that were aged in bourbon barrels for an average of eight months and soured with said bacteria. Twenty percent of the blend was left unsoured and was added to balance the body and acidity.

Pours a deep maroon, dark enough to haze almost everything behind. Some cranberry highlights emerge when held to the light. A foamy, sticky one finger head of khaki recedes to a silky top layer with a thick ring.

The nose: cherry, balsamic, caramel, grape jelly and a bit of butterscotch.

The flavor expands upon the aroma nicely. I get brown sugar, maple, butterscotch, dark cherry, toasted bread and orange juice. The souring bacteria adds a moderate vinegar tartness, while hops lend a little grapefruit bitterness. As it warms, a cherry-vanilla, cream soda character reveals itself. It’s interesting, and I pick up something new with every sip.

Creamy medium body, moderately fizzy. Medium-light, prickly carb. The tartness isn't out of line — it remains bracing but not overpowering.

Complex and interesting, overall. My major complain would be that I get more out of the barrels and bacteria than I do out of the barleywine.

Phelps, Apr 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

On tap at Bavarian Lodge. Per the description, “A very limited release, sour barrel aged barleywine. Copper hued, strong and tart, with complex flavors of green apple, vanilla, bourbon, dark fruits, red fruits, red wine, toffee, and oak.”

Appearance – A dark ruby red color with a finger of off white head that dissipates slowly leaving decent head.

Smell – A nice tart cherry and grape aroma mixed with bourbon, slight cocoa, caramel, and toffee.

Taste – Honestly, I really enjoyed this. A slight puckering of sour cherries mixed in with the “normal” barleywine flavors. Slight brown sugar, dark fruits, bourbon, and vanilla.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, a bit thin, decent carbonation.

Overall – A very quaffable brew for such a high ABV. Reminiscent of the 2008 BA Decadence that was a slightly soured Barleywine. I enjoyed this beer and would try it again in the future.

SpdKilz, Nov 11, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Keith_R, Mar 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

socon67, Feb 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

jpd7374, Jun 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

calcnerd, Jan 30, 2013
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Gatlin Damnosus from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.