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
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2010
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, slight alcohol, light dark ripe fruit, and some toasted sugars. Poured copper/amber in color with a small, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer. Clear. Sparkling. Flavor is light to medium sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of malt, light alcohol, light caramel, hops, slight toasting, slight brown sugar, and yeast. Medium body. Oily, then lightly dry and slightly sticky texture. Average carbonation. Malt, toasted sugar, hop, and caramel finish is lightly dry. 10%ABV is quite obvious in the flavor, and noticeable in the aroma. Not all that much flavor.

3.4
DocLock (11048) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2010
Bottle from Capone’s that I’m cracking now as I listen to Daughtry. The pour is clear deep coppery caramel colored with 1-finger off-white head. Not quite a 5. Nose is nice earthy caramel malt, spirity hops, fruit, tart slightly funky yeasty, with that "Hey, man, I;m a big barleywine, and you are going to have to deal with me" smell that we all crave so much. The flavor is big caramel malty, a bit sticky, very fruity, with big hops, caro syrupy malt that is big and bold, a solid complexity, and a complex, dense palate. This is one of Harpoon’s best whales, but you really need to be Ahab to appreciate it. Queequegs need not apply.

3.4
Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Bottle. Pours orangey/red with a foamy 1-finger light beige head. Aromas of citrus peel, slight juniper, caramel, and berry. The flavor is orangepeel, pine, and alcohol-soaked cherries. The aftertaste is cherry with bitter grass. Thick, full-bodied mouthfeel, and warming, with evident alcohol. Alright, but Triticus was better.

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

3.4
arone12 (934) - Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2011
Sweet like a pear! Got this on draught at maxs after a long day of bball, squash, and being target practice for a soccer match! Pours a orangey golden color. Tastes fairly sweet with a few bitter hops mixed in at the end. Smells like sugary sugar bush with some tree blossoms thrown in there.

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.

3.4
keepersj12 (3137) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2011
OK but I was expecting more. A hoppy aroma with a lot of rubbing alcohol starts this out. Looks good enough, amber with a small head. The taste is a bit sweet but dominated by bitter hops and the alcohol is a little bit too evident.

3.4
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 4, 2011
Brown pour with a small head. Aroma holds sweet caramel, some resinous and citrus hop presence (though subtle), and biscuit. Flavor is much of the same; sweet malt definitely the main component. A bit thin. OK stuff.

3.4
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 23, 2011
Bottle:   Deep amber, fiery copper hue, thin to moderate tannish head, spotty lacing.   Sweet bready nose, slightly bananaish, touch of band-aid albeit its minor.   Almost a sweetish cherry or fruity cough syrup.   Citrusy, a little band-aid and plastic like on the back.   Smooth mouthfeel, moderate body.   Sweet finish, makes up for the band-aid and slight plastic.   Still was enjoyable.   Thanks Keith!


3.4
bbbeer (880) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 20, 2011
Nice red-brown with small light-tan head. Aroma pine, floral hops, candy background. Somewhat syrupy, light alcohol presence, almost no carbonation. Flavor is quite sweet, malty caramel and brown sugar, minimal hops, boozy finish. Really needs a drier finish or more carbonation or something but somehow altogether more pleasant to drink than the individual flaws would suggest.


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