Festus69 (18) - - DEC 24, 2012
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. SanfordBrewer (1585) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2011
Translucent dark copper, part dense and part bubbly beige head, both creamy and resinous full body, medium-high carbonation.jimhilt (2614) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 29, 2010
Aroma: caramel sweet roasted malt, bready yeast, silage, and leafy hops.
Taste: silage, leafy hops, alcohol, bready yeast, sweet roasty malt, and a bit of carbonic acid.
Really needs to be cellared for a year or two, then would probably be really nice. All the flavors of a great barleywine are there, but are young and slightly harsh, and not really getting along yet. To analogize, a bunch of great players but no teamwork yet.
Pours a three fingered cream head that slowly fades to a thin layer, leaving a good lace. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Expecting a dark fruit nose but it is sweet malt. Color is crystal clear amber. Flavor is malty sweet with a good hop backbone. Some lingering hoppiness. High ABV is hidden. $3.00 for a 12oz bottle from Bert’s Better Beers Hooksett, NH.
SudsMcDuff (8462) - .....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... Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 16, 2011
THOUGHTS: A very nice barley wine that hid its bit ABV fairly well. I don’t understand all the lower scores. The alcohol built up as it warmed, but never became harsh.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, dark amber-red with an average; off-white head that mostly diminished and left excellent lacing. The aroma had heavy grain, cereal, toasted malt, molasses, caramel and candy; light to moderate resin, pine and peachy hops; raisin; prune; apple; cherry; brown sugar; a little maple syrup; alcohol; and that barley wine smell. The initial flavor was rather to heavily sweet and moderately bitter; while the finish was heavily to almost harshly sweet and moderate to rather bitter with a long duration. There was caramel, brown sugar, molasses, maple syrup, earthy and herbal hops, pine hops, peach, apple, cherry, grain, some resinous hops and hints of chocolate. The medium to full body was fairly oily and then a little dry with fairly soft, yet tingly carbonation and a moderately alcoholic finish.
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - SEP 4, 2011
slight tawny color, white head. low retention rate. apples, plums, figs, some spices. good solid hop character, but the malts outweigh them which is nice for an american barleywine. very mellow, great aged or fresh.. VALIS (229) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 8, 2013
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. dlovell2 (2213) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 14, 2011
Amber color with thin white head. Sweet fruit aroma and pine. Caramel malt flavors, sweet fruit, slight yeast. Pine finish. Some alcohol is appearant in finish. 10% packs a punch. User69782 (37) - - MAR 26, 2011
Bottle from Hyde Park Market. Pour is reddish brown with a thin, off-white head which dissipated quickly. Beer itself had nice carbonation for a high ABV beer. Mouthfeel is thick and slick. Aroma is sweet and malty, with a lot of warming alcohol flvor on the finish. A bit of tart, piney hop flavor is present as well. I found it to be a nice, well balanced barleywine. tmongoose (2504) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 6, 2012
on draft poured out amber with little head and carbonation...the aroma of warm alcohol and dark fruit very prominent...the sweet malt and dark fruit flavor followed by the warmth of the alcohol burn results in a very nice beer..aging? anything is possible.