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Fish Tale Leviathan Barleywine - Barrel Aged

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RATINGS: 313   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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With its assertive hop bitterness, delicious malt flavor and long, dry, hoppy finish, Leviathan Barleywine is a brew of mythic proportions. Dark amber, rich, and malty with a most very hearty alcohol strength, it is capable of soothing the savage beast in us all. Leviathan rises out of Pale, Carastan, and Chocolate malts with monstrous additions of Chinook hops for bitterness and Cascade hops for flavor and aroma. This vintage ale finishes quite dry after a long maturation period. As it comes of age in the keg, subtle flavors of sherry, pear, and roasted nuts will develop.

Gregory's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - FEB 20, 2003
bottled Nov. 2001. Really complex, flavors of nuts, berries, and chocolate in the malts. Full body, the palate is very nice and warms the throat and stomach. Some nice hops balance this beer off.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mR_fr0g (4158) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2015
Bottle shared at Borefts beer festival day 1 26/09/2014. Thanks to fonefan for shared this one. Hazed dark orange coloured pour with a sticky off white head. Aroma is mint, caramel, toffee malts. Some age on the nose as well. Flavour is composed of caramel and toffee malts, mint and some hot alcohol. Palate is sweet and full bodied. Held up pretty well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (16335) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2014
26th September 2014
Borefts VI. Bottle. Thanks to Fonefan for this blast from the past. Very hazy deep amber beer, small pale cream colour head. Palate is light and smooth. Modest fine carbonation. Smooth malts, sweet tangy fruits, Sweet cognac. Dried fruits. Very mild spice. Light semi dry finish. Nice, has lasted well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (10363) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2014
Bottle shared at BBF 6, 26/09/14. Murky chestnut brown meets dark orange with a moderate off white covering. Nose is dark fruit rinds, spice, fruit cake, brown sugars, light roast. Taste comprises sweetish licks, toffee, toasted brown sugar, fruit loaf, spice. Medium + body, fine carboantion, lightly warming booze in the close. Ok barley wine but far from the great the rating on this one suggest it is!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (5290) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 13, 2014
26/IX/14 - 75cl bottle @ Borefts 2014 (Bodegraven) - BB: n/a, 2000 vintage (2014-1067) Thanks to fonefan for sharing the bottle!

Little cloudy amber to brown beer, small irregular yellowish head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: bit oxidized, caramel, sweet, sugary, dried fruits, orange peel, fruity notes. MF: soft carbon, medium to full body. Taste: pretty oxidized, caramel, sweet, sugary, nice sour twist.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (9143) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 30, 2014
Sampled from bottle @ Borefts 2014. Murky brownish color, small off-white head. Aroma is malts, sweetness, overripe fruits. Tastes about the same: malts, sweetness, overripe fruits, lightly sweet-bitter. Medium body and carbonation. Don’t specifically get any barrel aging, and there is some oxidation, but certainly still a nice beer after all those years (bottle from 2000).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
77ships (4405) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 29, 2014
750 ml. bottle @ Borefts 2014. Thank you fonefan! 2000 Vintage. Batch 2. Dark brown amber, head only on sides. Good oxidation in the nose, maple, sugar, caramel, figs leaves, surprisingly solid still for the age. Warming mocha taste, leaves, berries, creamy malt, caramel,… Lower carbonation. Has held up surprisingly well for 14 year old beer. Nice. Must have been stellar couple of years ago.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kraddel (3728) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - SEP 29, 2014
2000 vintage At BBF 2014 . Pours murkey brown , small white head . Smell is sweet, aged, harsh . Taste is sweet , bitter, madeira . Passed its prime , but still enjoyable

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wedgie9 (2228) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 26, 2014
2002 Red Wine Barrel
Tasted on 2/8/14 from a bottle at the RBWG Grand Tasting, massive thanks to springslicker for sharing this huge whale!!! Pours murky caramel brown with some white bubbles that quickly disappear. The nose is nicely vinous, tart fruit, with oxidized caramel aroma. The flavor is the same red wine oak with nutty oxidation, and some caramel malt. The body is medium with no carbonation and a long vinous and caramel malt finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jackl (5057) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2014
Sample @ RBWG Grand Tasting. 2002 vintage. Soupy brown pour with a small head. Nose is pretty oxidized and tired. Fruit leather, cardboard, fruit gums. Taste is tart cherry, hints of balsamic. Some cocoa and roasted malt. Sort of thin, soft on the palate. Showing its age a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6905) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2014
750 ml green bottle shared by springslicker at RBWG - wow, thanks! Never thought I’d see this one. 2002 vintage. Pours a hazed orange amber color with no head. Notes of oak, red wine, grapes, apples, earth, sugars, spices, and straw. Some of the other nuance has washed away with time, and there is some oxidation. But for 2002, not a ton. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a vinous mouthfeel. Fun to try.

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