Gatlin Damnosus | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This sour ale is produced by aging our Horn Of The Beer Barleywine in Wild Turkey bourbon barrels for extended periods of time (up to 2 years.)

Added by Phelps on 04-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of cowboy83
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of Judicator7
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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Photo of danasofia
4.67/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

Look - Bordering on black: deep maroon and muddy caramel brown at the bottom as more light reaches through the glass. An almost imperceptible lightness in color above a stout with greater opaqueness.

Smell - Incredibly dry, woody and nutty, a bit boozy, and quite tart with a hint of dark fruit, chocolate, and coffee.

Taste - Bright and juicy/fruity tart flavors (grapefruit and tropical fruit) on the front with a slow bleed into dark fruit and red wine grapes, nuts, chocolate, caramel and coffee, with a broad, earthy tone to the flavor with a sharply sour bite (slightly acetic or reminiscent of vinegar) intermingling with it. Strong alcohol presence throughout. Very subtle bourbon bite that is basically only present due to the high alcohol content.

Feel - Fairly thin, with a slight hint of thicker viscosity that doesn't quite get there. It is, however, helpful in making the beer more refreshing despite its incredibly rich, heavy, and strong flavors (sweet malt, dark fruit and plums, nuts, acetic and dry tartness).

Overall - This is an unusual and unique beer. It has an incredible mix of sweet and rich stout-staple flavors and incredibly dank, earthy English-style flavors, as well as the surprisingly assorted fruit flavors and earthy red wine midrange. If a bit overpriced for its success (around $15), but worth the buy for its unique character. This beer seems underrated for me as it currently stands. The specific range of flavors accomplished by sour-culturing a barleywine using bourbon barrels (as opposed to, say, white wine barrels maybe) is very impressive.

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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%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
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%

Photo of Auraan
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
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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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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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Photo of avalon07
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a medium brown color and a cloudy texture. There was a massive, off white, creamy, extremely long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A nice aroma of malt, bourbon, a vinous quality, caramel, and dark fruit as well.

T: Tasted of a bit of caramel, some of the aforementioned vinous quality (more than you expect from a barleywine), a good amount of malt, a woody quality, some bourbon, and dark fruit (plums, in particular). An interesting flavor for the style, mainly due the inclusion of the wine and bourbon elements. Quite flavorful.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This isn't your typical barleywine, that's for sure, but it is well made and tasty. Drinkable.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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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4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of BretSikkink
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
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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Gatlin Damnosus from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82.1% out of 100 with 67 ratings
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