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 Founder’s. If you asked him, he would tell you that this one - Harpoon’s 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 can’t 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 it’s in the glass, it’s 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. It’s smooth and just a little mellow - there’s no doubt this beer could easily survive at least four years in the cellar before dropping off a cliff. In the mouth, it’s less sweet and more mellow, with alcohol taking the stage - so much so that it almost feels like a liquor in the mouth. Don’t let me fool you, though, it’s still a sweet, tasty brew. At finish, there’s a sensation in the throat that’s almost unpleasant, leading to a dry, fruity white wine-like lingering flavor in the cheeks - but with an odd bitterness. I’m not sure if additional aging would help this phenomenon, but I’d be willing to find out. Overall, it has a tease of classy smoothness, but still has some awkwardness to it - and I can’t 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 (5843) - 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. PBoegel (29) - New York, USA - NOV 19, 2010
Bottled on day 316 of 2010, this beer is extremely fresh and has the alcohol warming in the nose and taste to prove it. Not harshly aromatic or burning, just young. Aromas are fig, raisin, cherry and white grape juice, oak tannins and a touch of lemon, sugar cookie and biscuit malt.
medium bodied and quite drinkable beyond the alcohol warmth in the finish, with a delicate bitterness and moderately light carbonation. The flavor profile has notes of port and sherry with toasty and nutty characters coming upfront. The finish is semi-sweet with raisin, white grapes, brown sugar and bittersweet chocolate. There is little to speak of in the way of hops in his beer, touches of earthy herbal and lemon zest, but this is a beer in which the malt & alcohol co-mingle and shine.
A very nice night cap, with lots of character and a nice malt contrast to the over indulgent American Barley wines of today. mar (5423) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Deep amber with a cream head. Nose is hops, dark fruits, light caramel, and doughy malts. Nice on the palate, flavor is chewy malts, sticky, hops are there but not the stars of this show, leave this one to the malts, and fruit flavors. Slightly hot finish.
bhensonb (15336) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 29, 2011
Bottle from ericandersnavy. Looking forward to a distinct malt backbone. Pours ruddy copper with a foamy beige head. Aroma of mildly roasted malt. Smooth. Sweetish. Hints of hop fragrence. Full bodied. Sweet roast caramel. Very caramel. Floral hop. ESB on steroids. Very nice sweetness followed by light bitter. Slight bite. Then back to true caramel. Like those little Kraft goodies. Very nice ale. VTHopHead (1511) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Bottle/12oz - Pours a dark reddish amber in color with a small off white head that produced some small amount of lacing on the glass. Low carbonation. Aroma is quite malty and slightly sweet with a small amount of hops. Flavor is also a little sweet, but the hop bitterness does almost balance that out. Lingering bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden and not really a part of the flavor profile. Does produce some tummy warming though. A reasonably good BW... llcooldave (1218) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2011
Beautiful reddish copper color. Creamy head as well. Fruity alcohol aromas. Ripe bananas and apples. Clean fruity flavor with some ripe banana notes and alcohol esters as well. Overall, this is fairly drinkable, or the 10% ABV is becoming normal to me so it’s not as noticeable. You know what... buy it and drink it. Thank me later... AirForceHops (7296) - 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.
ben4321 (6535) - 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
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.