Harpoon Leviathan Barleywine Style Ale

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

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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.4
blutt59 (6579) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2010
Bottle, dark amber brown color with tall white foam, aroma is malty hops with a sweet honey, brown sugar and piney flavor, sweet finish

3.6
Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 17, 2011
Pours ruby red with a tan head. Smells of dark fruit, some resiny notes, toffee, cognac, some warming alcohol presence. Tastes fruit with some toffee and molasses notes. Resiny elements emerge as the beer warms. Enjoyable.

3.4
thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 26, 2011
(draught) murky deep copper, soapy medium tan head. Nose of dark fruit, alcohol, apricot/pear, and sweet bread. Taste is creamy, dark fruit, toasty, dark brown sugar. Pretty smooth and creamy Palate. Solid, but a bit of an alcohol linger too.

3.6
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2011
The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the brown sugar with some caramel malt and piney hops mixed in. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of sugar as well as some pine and orange notes. While there is some hop flavor, there is very little bitterness resulting in the beer being very sweet. The alcohol is barely detectable. Very easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very nice overall.

2.9
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2013
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.

3
thornecb (6060) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 10, 2011
Pours deep, clear reddish amber into a snifter. Tan head with medium retention recedes to mottle surface leaving spider lacing. Sweet roasted caramel aromas. Thick with sharp silly putty from front to back. Lasting burnt rubber caramel finish.

3
Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2012
On bottle at gavins. Really sweet brew here. Not sure if I’m a fan. Big barley flavors

3.8
JulienHuxley (5950) - Sherbrooke, 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.

3.5
DiarmaidBHK (5900) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2011
Not a big fan of the style but this was fairly quatrains. Pours a rich ruby color with a thin brown head. Faint aroma of spices on the nose. Fairly smooth taste that lingers nicely. Nice hints of pungency their as well

3.6
jkwood04 (5463) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 10, 2011
12oz bottle in a snifter. Pours ruby/deep amber with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of caramel and cereal malts, floral hops, and light fruits. Flavor about the same with a sort of resiny flavor holding back potential of this beer, and a finish of hops. Smooth texture. A decent barley wine.


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