HogTownHarry (6127) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle shared by blankboy with me and garthicus. Deep copper-amber pour, smallish diminishing off-white head, tons of tiny floaties. Sweet pungent boozy aroma, sharp cereal grain. Taste follows, but weirdly it works- and a lot of fruit. Light, slick mouthfeel, a bit hot and dry with dry floral bitterness and drying alcohol in the finish.
garthicus (2711) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Blankboy. Appearance: Ruby red, thick off white head. Aroma: Sandalwood, malty, good amount of hops, super spicy, cloves, vanilla, lemon. Flavour: Spicy, alcohol, malt, slightly metallic, toasty, slightly medicinal, long bitter alcoholic finish.
RoyceH (1196) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - MAY 21, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at rattle & hum. Ruby with a thin off-white head. Nose is interesting, spicy, coriander, malt. Mouth is warm, dusty, warm, sweetness, but red wine characteristics and oak comes through the more the flavour progresses. This beer has benefited being laid down. End is vanilla, red wine, enjoyable, good.
Radek Kliber (6520) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 355 ml
Aroma solid, clean malts , caramel , rich fee;/ Nice hop top end. Balanced pleasing set up. 8-.
Appearance clear amber with medium top.
Flavor and Palate : full bodied. malty with caramel side . Alcohol warmth. Very true to the style. Not too bold, not too hoppy. Proper example of American Barley Wine.
jredmond (5548) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 22, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared with the team at work on our last day on madison ave. Pours a clear amber orange body. Aroma is sweet caramel malts, barley and sweet booze. Mouthfeel is slick with notes of booze and sweet malts. The beer seems to be a bit unbalanced.
Mat42m (160) - orlando, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From bottle served in snifter. Slight semi sweet, fruity aroma. Fairly hazy, amber color with minimal head. Very bitter taste. Fairly strong bitter finish with a medium body. Overall not really my favorite beer. Too hoppy without much other flavors coming through.
bth122 (1291) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, poured a copper red color with smaller head that dissipated a bit. Aroma is malt,hop, dark fruit, candy flavored. Med-lite sweetness and bitterness. Malty backbone with a bit of bitterness finish. Not bad, but there is better barley wines out there for sure.
Ernesto987 (3848) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 16, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On bottle at gavins. Really sweet brew here. Not sure if I’m a fan. Big barley flavors
Ratman197 (10074) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured a clear reddish amber with a lingering ring of amber foam. Aromas of toffee, dark fruit, light tobacco and light mint. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of toffee, easrthiness, raisin and light mint with a smooth lingering toffee finish.
neckbracesub (31) - Anderson, Indiana, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My father and I each bought this in a mix-and-match six pack because we are on a mission to try as many barleywine ales as possible ever since we both fell in love with them a few years back when we tried the insatiable Old Curmudgeon from Founder’s. If you asked him, he would tell you that this one - Harpoon’s Leviathan - ranks in the bottom rung of his barleywine chart, but I liked it considerably more than he did. Other than a small bite in the aftertaste (which is not big enough to enough discount the beer too much) this is a solid barleywine with the classic strong aroma you come to expect from the brew. I can’t say that it ranks with the best of the bunch in its kind, but I enjoyed all 12 oz. of the bottle I purchased the other night.