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%
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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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3.7
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 22, 2011
A - Pours a clear orange-red color with a finer of off-white head. The head fades down to a thick ring around the glass, leaving behind some nice lacing. S - Aroma is full of rich roasted caramel malts and some dark fruit sweetness. There is also just a touch of booze and bread. T - Starts off with a mix of deep roasted caramel malts and some dark fruit sweetness. Just a hint of hops in the background. Through the middle, some sweeter fruit flavors come through alongside some bread flavor. The finish is a blend of dark fruit, some sweet malt, and just a touch of alcohol flavor that lingers nicely. M - Medium-full bodied with moderate-low amount or carbonation. Has an almost syrupy feel to it. The finish has a bit of a dryness to it which is really nice. D - Pretty drinkable, especially considering the 10% abv. The hops are a nice surprise. The overall flavors are nicely balanced and develop nicely, especially as the beer warms up a bit.

3.7
armando629 (2456) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAY 30, 2011
12 oz. bottle.
Poured hazy deep mahagony with a moderate tan head. Fruity aroma of malt, honey and caramel, some candy, spicy vanilla. Oily texture, alcool in the flavor with malt and caramel, fruity raisins and honey again with a bit of oxidation. Hops bitterness in the finish with grapefruit, hghhraphe, tuttifrutti.

3.7
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Bottle from Sam’s Quik Shop in Durham. Pours a reddish amber with a thin beige head. Nose is malty--lots of caramel and toffee, but also some cherry skins and dark fruits, sort of like some American quads. Some hops. Interesting. Taste is a bit boozy.

3.7
beerfest5 (1207) - Cloneen, IRELAND - JAN 23, 2012
Didn’t seem very creative, more like an imperial ipa on steroids. Boozy, deep amber, some sweet dark fruit, mostly boost.

3.7
Radek Kliber (7470) - 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.

3.7
garthicus (2939) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 23, 2012
Thanks to Blankboy. Appearance: Ruby red, thick off white head. Aroma: Sandalwood, malty, good amount of hops, super spicy, cloves, vanilla, lemon. Flavour: Spicy, alcohol, malt, slightly metallic, toasty, slightly medicinal, long bitter alcoholic finish.

3.7
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2013
12oz bottle, backyard birthday style porno poor
Appearance - Clean amber, silky lacing
Aroma - Honey, hops, sweet oranges
Taste - Cherries, dried oranges, nutty, toffee, bitter hops

This beer was heavy as hell and fun to drink. Aggressively complex with surprisingly well hidden alcohol attributes. This one will only get smoother as it ages.

3.6
Jblauvs (1358) - Chester, Vermont, USA - NOV 24, 2010
Glowing Port like pour with a thin fizzy offwhite head. Aroma is alcohol, lady fingers, some fig, brown sugar. Mouthfeel is medium, with a bit of alcohol harshness on the tongue. Flavor is very young, boozy barleywine with brown sugar, raisin and fig. Despite the booziness, this is actually very easy to drink. Showing great potential.

3.6
crusianbeer (116) - Oregon, USA - DEC 1, 2010
pous a very dark amber color with about a finger of head. nose is thick with sweet, brown sugary molasses, hops, and alcohol burn. yum. lol taste is about spot on with the nose. Very sweet, with a strong brown sugary molasses flavor. Alcohol on the finish is definitely there, but the burn is not too bad due to the hops and the sweet making it pretty smooth. Makes me wonder what this would do in the cellar... a little thin for my tastes, as the barleywines I have been liking lately have been pretty thick. But, overall not too bad an attempt.

3.6
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear, dark amber/brown with rich beige head. Aroma of strong malt, notes of honey and strong fruity esters with a touch of alcohol spice. Flavor is very much the same and sweet with fussel notes, candy sugar, pepper and strong bitter finish. Mouth feel is heavy body with medium-high carbonation. Overall, not bad.


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