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RATINGS: 98   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Our interpretation of this English style ale is deep garnet red in color with a distinct malt backbone balanced by a unique blend of hops. Cheers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
neckbracesub (31) - Anderson, Indiana, USA - FEB 20, 2012
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 Founderís. If you asked him, he would tell you that this one - Harpoonís 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 canít 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Aged 2 years (2010 vintage): The very first thing I noticed about this beer was how well the aroma survived over the period of two years. Its sweetness was noticeable from the mouth of the bottle even before I poured it. Once itís in the glass, itís color is a soft, dark orange and its head is off-white, still well-formed after aging. Carbonation is still present, but light and still enough to liven up this (no doubt) sweet and alcoholic brew. Its aroma is very nice. The sweetness of crystal malts, light alcohol, and floral, earthy hops dominate the nose, and has held up to the years pretty well. Itís smooth and just a little mellow - thereís no doubt this beer could easily survive at least four years in the cellar before dropping off a cliff. In the mouth, itís less sweet and more mellow, with alcohol taking the stage - so much so that it almost feels like a liquor in the mouth. Donít let me fool you, though, itís still a sweet, tasty brew. At finish, thereís a sensation in the throat thatís almost unpleasant, leading to a dry, fruity white wine-like lingering flavor in the cheeks - but with an odd bitterness. Iím not sure if additional aging would help this phenomenon, but Iíd be willing to find out. Overall, it has a tease of classy smoothness, but still has some awkwardness to it - and I canít tell if under or over-aging is to blame. Still, a heck of a good beer and much better aged than straight off the shelves.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (5640) - Trois-RiviŤres, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 9, 2013
Bottle. Clear deep red pour with thick lacy white head. Aroma of burnt caramel, boozy fruity notes, barley syrup, candy, spicy hops and Madeira. Taste is rich and malty, caramel toffee, madeira, sweet up front with a long biting hop bitterness, warm alcohol finish. Palate is rich and boozy with light carbonation. Nothing extraordinary about this barleywine, but a very enjoyable fireplace beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PBoegel (29) - New York, USA - NOV 19, 2010
Bottled on day 316 of 2010, this beer is extremely fresh and has the alcohol warming in the nose and taste to prove it. Not harshly aromatic or burning, just young. Aromas are fig, raisin, cherry and white grape juice, oak tannins and a touch of lemon, sugar cookie and biscuit malt. medium bodied and quite drinkable beyond the alcohol warmth in the finish, with a delicate bitterness and moderately light carbonation. The flavor profile has notes of port and sherry with toasty and nutty characters coming upfront. The finish is semi-sweet with raisin, white grapes, brown sugar and bittersweet chocolate. There is little to speak of in the way of hops in his beer, touches of earthy herbal and lemon zest, but this is a beer in which the malt & alcohol co-mingle and shine. A very nice night cap, with lots of character and a nice malt contrast to the over indulgent American Barley wines of today.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5256) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Deep amber with a cream head. Nose is hops, dark fruits, light caramel, and doughy malts. Nice on the palate, flavor is chewy malts, sticky, hops are there but not the stars of this show, leave this one to the malts, and fruit flavors. Slightly hot finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14169) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 29, 2011
Bottle from ericandersnavy. Looking forward to a distinct malt backbone. Pours ruddy copper with a foamy beige head. Aroma of mildly roasted malt. Smooth. Sweetish. Hints of hop fragrence. Full bodied. Sweet roast caramel. Very caramel. Floral hop. ESB on steroids. Very nice sweetness followed by light bitter. Slight bite. Then back to true caramel. Like those little Kraft goodies. Very nice ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Bottle/12oz - Pours a dark reddish amber in color with a small off white head that produced some small amount of lacing on the glass. Low carbonation. Aroma is quite malty and slightly sweet with a small amount of hops. Flavor is also a little sweet, but the hop bitterness does almost balance that out. Lingering bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden and not really a part of the flavor profile. Does produce some tummy warming though. A reasonably good BW...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
llcooldave (1189) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2011
Beautiful reddish copper color. Creamy head as well. Fruity alcohol aromas. Ripe bananas and apples. Clean fruity flavor with some ripe banana notes and alcohol esters as well. Overall, this is fairly drinkable, or the 10% ABV is becoming normal to me so itís not as noticeable. You know what... buy it and drink it. Thank me later...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (6301) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 11, 2011
12 oz. bottle, pored into snifter. Pours a dark reddish amber in color with a small off white head that produced some spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma smells like sweet, white grape. Flavor mirrors the aroma and the booze burn is not so bad. Finishes dry and sweet. All the flavors of a great barleywine are there, but maybe a bit young and I bet this would cellar well. A god one to sip. One of the better barleywines I have sampled.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (5780) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Location: 12 oz bottle from Buy Rite - Jersey City, 2/21/11

Aroma: The nose is fairly sweet, some caramel, dark fruits, spice, and a touch of booze
Appearance: It pours a clear mahogany-red color with a small white head and minimal lace
Flavor: The taste is fairly malty, caramel, toffee, ripe fruits, and with a spicy finish
Palate: The mouthfeel is slightly sticky, it has average carbonation, a long duration, and a touch of heat
Overall Impression: I thought this was a pretty solid Barley Wine. Definitely a more malty example of the style, but still pretty enjoyable. Another solid one from Harpoonís Leviathan series.

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