Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Enjoyed from a 12oz bottle in a wine glass. The beer pours a deep copper/amber color, with a low just off-white head. The nose shows piney hop character, a slight note of alcohol, and a background raison malt note. The palate shows a medium-high to high English crystal malt sweetness up front, perhaps showing a bit of the sample’s age. Carbonation is beautifully calibrated. Alcohol is nicely hidden throughout the palate; impressive, given the content of the aforesaid of the beer. The finish leaves a lingering note of raisony malt sweetness, along with a very slight bitterness, and just a touch of alcohol. Overall, a really nice interpretation of the style, especially given the relatively tender age of the sample.
nimbleprop (4809) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 29, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz bottle pours a hazy, burnt orange with some creamy, white head. Nose is kind of trashy, dried orange, malt, toast, cardboard. Flavor is malty, orange, cardboard, a little herbs, some trash. I think it’s just too damn old.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle on 05/23/2011 courtesy of Butters. Clear copper amber body with a medium frothy off-white head. Sweet caramel, fruit, sugar and molasses aroma. Dry fruit, caramel, light yeast character, and light molasses flavor. Medium full body with moderately low carbonation.
JulienHuxley (3015) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - OCT 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
puboflyons (2120) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 16, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the 2010 batch stamped #316 - properly aged for three years. It pours a beautiful looking copper amber with a lingering, soft tan head. Maybe a hint of red when held to the light. The aroma is malt forward immediately and sweet with a kind of apple or pear character dancing around the edges. Low hop aroma. The body is medium and smooth. The taste has a sweet malt beginning and then I get the earthy, floral hops erupting in the aftermath and lingering briefly. This one has aged beautifully.
OmegaX (1249) - Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks for giving me this one, Harold. Nose is big alcohol, some vanilla and caramel/toffee and a touch of citrusy hops. Pour is brown with a short lived head. Taste is heavily alcoholic, some big caramel, sweet. Very warming. Fun to drink. Not bad, just too hot.
Glouglouburp (5998) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
In short: A strong but smooth amber ale with strange spiciness and stale water. Meh.
How: Bottle 12oz, consumed a few months after purchase.
The look: Partly cloudy golden-amber body topped by a medium off-white head.
In long: Nose is sweet pastry, moldy bread, stale water, dog fur, unexpected herbal spiciness along with some strange cinnamon-like notes. Taste is soft soggy bread, soft pastry, cereals grain, caramel, sweetness under control, some alcohol warmth, spicy candy, herbal spiciness, dry leafy hops. Becomes hard to separate the herbal spiciness sensation from the grassy/herbal hops. Spiciness and stale water in the comeback. Very pleasant mounthfeel with a comfortable full pillowy texture. A few things I didn’t like in this beer but it doesn’t really matter because overall this beer wasn’t very tasty at all More an inoffensive boozy beer than anything else. It was easy to drink the full bottle although it not something I want to have again. Another Harpoon Leviathan I should not have bought, I keep forgetting that these beers always disappoint me, my memory is as bad as those NASCAR drivers who need to be reminded at each race to start their engines.
Chipalsa (1307) - Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, backyard birthday style porno poor
Appearance - Clean amber, silky lacing
Aroma - Honey, hops, sweet oranges
Taste - Cherries, dried oranges, nutty, toffee, bitter hops
This beer was heavy as hell and fun to drink. Aggressively complex with surprisingly well hidden alcohol attributes. This one will only get smoother as it ages.
VALIS (228) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nose of candied fruit, toffee. Nice blend of flavors, on the sweet side but far from cloyingly sweet or sticky. Really well balanced. This one took me by surprise not having heard much of Harpoon’s Leviathan line and not being the biggest Barley Wine fan.
zimm421 (57) - Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft, served in a snifter, 2010 per the menu. Has a great color, with decent head. Has a great nose, and the palate is sticky. Taste finishes slightly bitter, but has great underlying malt base. Good beer, but didn’t blow me away.
Festus69 (18) - - DEC 24, 2012
4.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Yes, this is one great tasting barleywine maybe it is a tad watery and pricy however I could drink this one all day and night. It is simple and sometimes simple is best. I enjoy all of Harpoon’s offerings.