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Fish Tale Leviathan Barleywine (Batch 5+)

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RATINGS: 266   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (19148) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2009
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Has a malty peppery caramel aroma. Malty hoppy caramel flavor with a thin mouthfeel. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter finish with some hints of caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - MAY 6, 2009
Bottle. Pours a dark amber beer with a fizzy offwhite head. The aroma has sweetness, malts and prune. The flavor is rich and sweet with bitterness. Leaves a bitter palate. Overall a good complex barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2009
Batch 5, courtesy of The Cheeseman. Aroma is malty, sweet caramels, chocolate and dark fruits. Flavors are sweet and malty, without coming off as too sweet. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smith4498 (3234) - Miami, Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2009
Bottle shared by TheCheeseMan. Batch #5 2004. Pours hazy caramel color with off white head. Sugary caramel aroma with some frutiness. Slightly sweet malty flavor. Medium body with average carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - FEB 7, 2009
Seems like an unexceptional barley wine. But barley wine is a great style so this is a nice beer. The hop-malt balance is skewed toward the hop, which are quite bitter. I would prefer more going on in the malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2624) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2009
2004 Batch 5. Rich fruity caramel malt with some higher alcohols. Semi-dry. Peppery. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 10, 2009
Vintage 2006 i believe. Muddy copper pour. Lightly carbonated. Dark fruit aroma. Medium bodied and watery mouth-feel Caramel malt and citrus hops, which are somewhat faded.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
patrick767 (3725) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 4, 2009
bottle - Pours murky dark copper with a very thin head. It has a light malt aroma. The flavor is well hopped and it’s good hops, but I thought the malt character was lacking and the palate on the thin side. Not that it’s bad, but I hope for more complexity and robustness in a barley wine. I wonder if the recipe has changed as some of the reviews have a very different impression.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fordest (2017) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JAN 3, 2009
12 oz bottle. Lots of dark fruit and molasses aromas. Flavors were sweet malty and yummy. Some alcohol burn on the finish. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (6881) - Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2008
12 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy deep amber color with a small fine beige head with thin lacing. The aroma is caramel malt, fruity, with a dose of citrus and pine hops. The flavor is similar with the caramel malt and fruits at the beginning and a hoppy bitterness coming through in the finish. My main problem was how thin this was. It seemed to be more like a cask ale than a barleywine weighing in at 10 percent. Dont get me wrong, it is not a bad beer. I just found myself wanting more.

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