Gatlin Damnosus | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States
avbc.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sour Bourbon Barrel-aged Barleywine.

Added by Phelps on 04-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
66
Reviews:
24
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
15.16%
 
 
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2
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5
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Ratings: 66 |  Reviews: 24
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
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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3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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2.47/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

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.

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4.37/5  rDev +16.2%

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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2.96/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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2.16/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

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.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
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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4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
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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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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4.1/5  rDev +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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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Gatlin Damnosus from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
3.76 out of 5 based on 66 ratings.
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