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RATINGS: 263   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smith4498 (2988) - 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.

3.5
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2517) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2009
2004 Batch 5. Rich fruity caramel malt with some higher alcohols. Semi-dry. Peppery. Very nice.

3.4
   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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
patrick767 (3536) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fordest (1964) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (5338) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hillfiiiiire (323) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2008
Caramel color pour with a thin head. Aroma is a pleasantly sweet nutty, caramel, and presence of citrusy hops. The flavor is a bit more lacking though. It is almost enjoyable at first with nice sweet fruit and hop bitterness, but then this weird astringent taste becomes very noticeable that I cannot quite describe. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and rather disappointing for such a big beer. It definitely has potential though.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ketchepillar (1059) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 9, 2008
Aroma: Lots of malt and candied sweetness with a far amount of chocolate coming through, especially as it warms. Flavor: when it first hits your mouth, it’s like it’s about to explode with rich sweetness, but instead it just flattens and dries out. Leaves a chalky dryness on the tongue. Hop profile (herby, earthy, some citrus) is pretty good in this beer but I don’t know how well it goes with the rest of the beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2008
Pours a light hazelnut brown with a nice off-white head. Aroma of caramel, raisins, vanilla and citrus hops. The flavor starts off with some dried fruit sweetness, this shifts into a nice, but mild citrus hop bitterness. Also notes of almond and caramel. The alcohol is very well hidden, but comes through a little bit in the bitter finish. Mouthfeel is on the thin side, but still an enjoyable brew overall.


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