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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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4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Phil-Fresh
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4


A: Lots of bourbon, vanilla, light malt sweetness, light red-wine, and wood.

A: Dark brown, clear, with a moderate rocky white head with adequate retention.

T: Strong bourbon flavor, slightly vinous, earthy, with a moderately strong lingering sourness that lasts through the finish.

M: Medium-full body, with moderately-light carbonation. The beer has a moderately light, but pleasing acidity.

O: Solid; the beer has a complex character, but the ample bourbon character almost overpowers the rest of the beer.

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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 Magery
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

havent had a lot of intentionally soured barleywine types, so this was new for me and obviously a bold step for anderson valley, who hasnt gotten this weird all that often that i am aware of. the base beer is super solid, rich english toffee notes coming from the grain base at the center of this, raisin, fig, and caramel popcorn also at the heart. its cloudy but very heady, not quite white, but lacy and lasting. bourbon and oak are high too, the barrel was a nice call for the barleywine, and it makes a huge impact. alcohol and sugar from the barrel, but i get plenty of the wood too, rich and mellowing, slow and steady all the way through. the sourness is where it loses me a little, its vinegar to me, and tastes a little more like an infection than an intentional pitch, but that said, its not a bad thing, and its not so sour that i cant still taste the delicious barrel aged base beer. tart cherry and red wine accents in here, neat with that fruit essence together with the bourbon. some in our group liked it more than others, but one thing is for certain, there is nothing like this out there at all, at least that i have ever tasted. if it was intentional, it could use some softening on the sourness, if it was unintentional, they got lucky that it still tastes really yummy...

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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Moose90
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a deeply dark amber/brown with some ruby hues, head is puffy and tan colored, but fades fairly quickly due to the high ABV and acidity.

S — Smells of a rich and wonderful Barleywine, sweet malts and sugars, cinnamon, spice, coffee, malty and rich.

T — Tastes quite tart and sour, vinegar, oak, spice, rich malts, quite a conundrum of flavors.

M — Medium-Full Bodied, fairly long lasting finish, though it is thinner than most Barleywine.

O — A very odd and unique beer for sure, not sure that Sour Barleywine needs to be a style, but hey kudos to AV for making one!

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.9/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

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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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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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Gatlin Damnosus from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 68 ratings
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