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Fish Tale Leviathan Barleywine (Batch 5+)

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RATINGS: 270   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Bottled November 2004, Batch 5. 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (18998) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 6, 2011
17th May 2009
Cloudy brown beer. Softish palate. Rich malt that is very slightly creamy. A little aniseed. Smooth but lacking complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dmac (4849) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2011
12 oz bottle trade with pabobcat, thanks David. Poured a decent looking muddy-swamp water brown underneath a smaller beige head. Aroma is heavily oxidized with notes of cardboard, caramel, toffee, and some dry grass clippings. Thinner watery body with soft carbonation. Flavor of cardboard, water, caramel and toffee. This one was way way way past it’s prime but still nice to try an almost eight year old body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GRM (3372) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2011
Brown bottle, 650 ml, drank with Luc Bourbonnière (merci!), savoured on October 8 2010; eye: dirty brown, opaque, suspended matter, tiny ring of café au lait head, nice lacing; nose: resinous hops, malt, light pine, molasses, caramel; mouth: resinous hops, malt, molasses, caramel, alcohol, "tired", finale in resinous hops with presence of molasses, medium-full body, not much carbonation, mildly sweet and bitter, light alcoholic texture; overall: fine FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 650 ml, 10 %, bue avec Luc Bourbonnière, savourée le 8 octobre 2010; œil : brune sale, opaque, matière en suspension, petit anneau de mousse café au lait, bonne dentelle; nez : houblon résineux, malt, léger pin, mélasse, caramel; bouche : houblon résineux, malt, mélasse, caramel, alcool, « fatigué », finale en houblon résineux avec présence de mélasse, corps moyen-corsé, peu de carbonatation, moyennement sucrée et amère, texture légèrement alcoolique; en résumé : bien

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
probstblueribbon (3351) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2010
Bomber, shared by Lubiere (merci!) with GRM, served cold in a Scotch-Irish glass. 2006 vintage. 08OC10.

App.: Clear copper with a yellow-tan head. Aroma: Typical American BW, tons of fruit and pine/resin hops, so much sticky malt, tropical fruits, mangoes, marmalade, caramel, rye bread, treacle/toffee. Palate: Medium+ body, medium-low effervescence, oily/syrupy. Flav.: Huge malt, cat food/mashy/savoury with tons of caramel/treacle/toffee, tropical fruits, stinging alcohol, pine rye bread crust, marmalade, pine other the top in basically every aspect; sweet with considerable alcohol and a resinous finish that lacks bitterness.

At 4 years old, this might be a bit passed its prime...hard to say.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (7455) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 15, 2010
[3030-20100629] Tap. Aroma has the hint of a tobacco pouch and mild fruit. Slightly hazy, amber orange body with a quick foamy white head. Sweet honeyed toast malt flavour has a long sweet aftertaste. Medium-full body. Good, odd sweet characteristics.
(@ brewpub, Olympia, WA)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Shaftie (218) - , Maryland, USA - JUN 27, 2010
Average, but I’ve only seen it once. Got a chewiness to it that I felt suited the beer. Moderately hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (7096) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - APR 27, 2010
Last beer of the tasty day .. . pours a dark mud .. foam is decent .. . very tasty, molasses, caramel, cupcake, caramel, and burnt caramel with light plum .. . good stuff .. . calmer than you are.. . calmer than you are...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2010
One of this IPA-ish looking barley wines. Thick and chewy, hops present and assertive. Pretty decent but very middle of the road.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maria (10190) - Thisted, DENMARK - JAN 31, 2010
Courtesy of After4ever, thanks Tom, I have had this in my cellar since one of our first trades... It’s Batch 5, 2004 and now it’s January 2010. The color is dark amber and the head is creamy. The aroma has notes of caramel, wood, fruit, light licorice, raisin and the finish is slightly bitter and citrussy. It’s a really nice BW, slightly more hoppy than most.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
neepsntatties (1458) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 30, 2010
Had this on tap at Bailey’s Taproom’s Cellar Fest (2010). Colour... VERY cloudy! This stuff looks like unfiltered apple cidre! Nose... Toffee fest!! And plenty of dates, too! Palate... delicate CO2, loads of dark toffee, dried citrus peel, pine resin, a slight hint of oxidation but not enough to pull away from the otherwise delightful flavour!

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