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Fish Tale Leviathan Barleywine (Batch 5+)

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RATINGS: 270   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Fish Brewing Company--Leviathon Barleywine--Reel Ale--Artist Series--2006 Release--12 oz. Bottle--10.00% ABV--65 IBU’s? (4.25 / 5.0) Barleywine--Sediment hint. Mild lace head. Cloudy bright rich amber orange color. Tangy mild hop spice front. Smooth rich hot caramel mild sweet fruit body. Mellow ester notes. Rich hot hop EtOH tangy smooth end. Sampled 8/16/2006.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2009
Botle ’04. POurs brown. Nose is sweet fruits, some roastiness, earthy hops, some sherry notes. Flavor is sweet fruits, plum, mild oxidization, earthy, toffee. Very nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2009
Bottle courtesy of Ibrew2or3. Pours a caramel brown color with thin tan head. Aroma is malty and boozy with notes of caramel, toffee, phenol, light floral esters. Flavor is sweet and malty with notes of chocolate, brown sugar, alcohol, caramel, some hints of toffee and floral esters. Medium body with a lightly boozy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sfhodense (4789) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2009
Amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet caramel, raisin and plum. Vineous. Flavour is sweet caramel, light alcohol, nice hoppy balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - AUG 25, 2009
12oz bottle. Deep red-amber color with a small, light beige head. Big fruity malt aroma, with some caramel, dried figs and light hops. The flavor is so bitter that almost no malt comes through, just bitterness and a vague herbal hop flavor. Bitter to the point of harsh astringency on the palate. This one just really did not agree with me at all. Maybe a few years would have helped mellow things, but I already got a hint of oxidation in the aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
illidurit (2286) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 23, 2009
Bottle courtesy of SamGamgee. Pours a slightly hazy amber-orange with an ecru head. Aroma is caramel-based with hop notes of orange and grapefruit, some woodiness, and a little nuttiness. Flavor is woody and earthy in addition to the sweet caramel/toffee from the nose. Bitter lingering finish, somewhat tannic and astringent. Maybe a little too ambitious with the hopping here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 8, 2009
12oz bottle courtesy of dave12285, unknown vintage, poured into a tulip. Pours a murky caramel brown with a deep amber look when held up to light. There is a small cream-colored head that maintains a small collar and a bit of bubbles strung along the top. The aroma is dominated by caramel malts and toffee sweetness. There isn’t much in the way of hops left in this one - maybe some faint citrus if anything. As it warms, I can definitely pick up some chocolate malts and a slight sherry character overall. Great nose. The taste isn’t quite as solid with a less dominant sweetness than the aroma. The hops aren’t present and have given way to a slight cardboard bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is where this one falls slightly short for me as it’s a little watery on the palate. It’s got a low soft carbonation and lacks the thickness necessary to carry the flavor with that low carbonation. The nose had me excited, but the taste didn’t quite deliver and the mouthfeel was definitely a let down. Still, a good barleywine that has probably just seen better days.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 5, 2009
Pours gold with a thin white head. Smells of sweet malt, pepper, some warming alcohol, hints of dark fruit, some sweet citrusy hints. Tastes of molasses, caramel, some fruity hints, spicy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
msante79 (2224) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2009
12oz bottle from Wade’s Wines in Woodland Hills. Pours clear golden amber with small off-white head. Aroma is loaded with sweet malt and booze with some caramel. Flavor is light with sweet malt, caramel, hops, and some spices. Was expecting an over the top barley wine based on the aroma but mouthfeel is pretty thin for this style. Not a bad tasting ale by any means, but was just expecting a little more flavor wise.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 1, 2009
22oz bottle from 2006. Hazy pour, somewhere between deep gold and pale orange. Sharp yeasty scent and an abundance of booziness suffuse the malts that otherwise dominate the nose. Bready malts, a bit too chewy, in the flavor. Hops almost completely gone, and a fair bit of oxidation is detectable. Mouthfeel a bit thin as well. Best sample fresh, I reckon.

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