RoyceH (1199) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - MAY 21, 2012
Tap at rattle & hum. Ruby with a thin off-white head. Nose is interesting, spicy, coriander, malt. Mouth is warm, dusty, warm, sweetness, but red wine characteristics and oak comes through the more the flavour progresses. This beer has benefited being laid down. End is vanilla, red wine, enjoyable, good.
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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. blipp (9175) - La Mesa, California, USA - FEB 22, 2011
Bottle. Pours red orange with an off white head. The aroma has light sweet malts, some fruity notes, and some nice resinous hoppy notes. The flavor is relatively reserved and well balanced, with sweet and toasty malts, resinous hoppy notes, floral notes, caramel, and some berry like fruity notes. Solid. magdalar (516) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - DEC 24, 2011
Bottle. Pours a dark amber with a white head. Smells of flowers, citrus and lots of hops. Tastes of medium bitterness and heavy sweetness. Medium bodied. Oily texture. Finishes cloying with a hint of bitter.
Quite tasty. OLoingsigh (4) - Clermont, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2012 does not count
Smelled like fermented fruit. Tasted a bit floral. I liked it better at our near room temp.
zimm421 (57) - Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2013
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 didnít blow me away. beerbill (3616) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAY 29, 2011
12 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy reddish amber with a moderate tan head that lasted through the first third of the glass and laced the glass well. Pleasant aroma of malt and caramel. The flavor is rich and malt with both malt and caramel present. A bit of oxidation is noted in the flavor as well, which should not be there, especially in a 10% barley wine. Mild hops bitterness at the finish. Nearly full bodied and fairly smooth on the palate. 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. 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. JulienHuxley (5792) - 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.