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Fish Tale Leviathan Barleywine (Barrel Aged)

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RATINGS: 306   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wedgie9 (1930) - 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 (4596) - 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 (6502) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (4682) - Utah, USA - FEB 18, 2014
Bottle shared by Jay at the RBWG grand tasting
Clear brown with a small tan head and good lacing. Aroma is woody and bourbon. Flavors are woody, bourbon and brown sugar
Nice, tasty

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (6633) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Bottle shared by Jay at the RBWG 2014 grand tasting, thanks! Pours near black with a brown head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has dark grains and roasted malts with a bit of bourbon coming through. Flavor has bourbon, sweet dark grains and a hint of raisin with bourbon in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (8546) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2014
RBWG14 Trip Rating #112. Bottle shared by springslicker at the Grand Tasting. Batch 4. Pours a hazy brown color with a thin frothy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of toffee, red wine, heavy barrel character, a bit of salt. The taste is tart red wine notes, raisin, toffee, wood. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcnielsen (2100) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2014
RBWG Winter Gathering, Asheville, courtesy of someone. Pours a hazy brown color with white head. Caramel, bourbon, oak, slight vanilla flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (10969) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle at RBWG Asheville Grand Tasting. Huge thanks to Jay! Pours mostly clear amber with a bubbly head. The aroma holds lightly tangy, semi-dark malts, figs, brown sugar. Medium sweet flavor with soft tang, ripe berries, dates, raisins. Full bodied, oily, with fine carbonation. Warming finish with wet wood, mild dryness, tangy fruits, brown sugar, hints of orange, bread. Interesting nuances here. Great to try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
adnielsen (9077) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle @ RBWG. Pours a Murky orange appearance with a little head. Wine, grape, oak, heavily oxidized aroma. Dark fruity, a touch of vinegar, thick caramel, grape flavor. Well past its prime but fun to rake.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (6370) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Taster at RBWG 2014 grand tasting - thanks to the person who shared this! November 2002, hollly shit! Shared by springslicker. Amber color, kind of reddish orange. Minimal white head. Sherry, dark fruit, raisin in the nose. Some tannins. Lightly spicy. Good smooth very light carbonation, more dry finish. Bigger body. Moderate sweet taste, lots of tannins. Alcohol pretty well hidden, as good as I’d expect a 12 year old ba barleywine could possibly taste. Some notes of oxidization, but it works well in this application. Just a light hint of tartness. Fantastic, longer aftertaste. Very tasty stuff to sip on! Pretty impressive! Can’t believe how old this is

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