Harpoon Leviathan Barleywine Style Ale

Formerly brewed at Harpoon Brewery
Style: Barley Wine
Boston, Massachusetts USA
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 97   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!

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nimbleprop (8808) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 29, 2014
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.

jredmond (8770) - New York, New York, USA - APR 22, 2012
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.

SudsMcDuff (8523) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 22, 2011
Yeah I called her up; she gave me a bunch of crap about me not listening to her enough or something, I don’t know, I wasn’t really paying attention...

AirForceHops (7895) - 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.

blankboy (7833) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 23, 2012
My bottle [12oz] shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus. Pours a cloudy orange-amber with a snowstorm of sediment and a small diminishing frothy white head. Aroma of caramel malt, somewhat bready, along with floral hops, dark fruit and a bit of alcohol. Fruity flavour (grapes, apples and more) along with bready malt, alcohol, floral hops and a bitter, boozy finish, almost harsh. Medium bodied. Quite good but I’m glad I shared it, it’s a bit boozy and harsh -- I liked it though.

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Radek Kliber (7487) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 14, 2012
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.

HogTownHarry (7077) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - MAY 23, 2012
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.

AmEricanbrew (7065) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 10, 2011
Bottle. Clear amber color/ tan head. Spicy caramel, toffee, mild pine sap aromas. medium bodied. Spicy caramel, molasses, pit fruit, mildly boozy flavors.

5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 23, 2011
Bottle:   Deep amber, fiery copper hue, thin to moderate tannish head, spotty lacing.   Sweet bready nose, slightly bananaish, touch of band-aid albeit its minor.   Almost a sweetish cherry or fruity cough syrup.   Citrusy, a little band-aid and plastic like on the back.   Smooth mouthfeel, moderate body.   Sweet finish, makes up for the band-aid and slight plastic.   Still was enjoyable.   Thanks Keith!

ben4321 (6772) - 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 Harpoon’s Leviathan series.

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