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Fish Tale Leviathan Barleywine - Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

Fish Tale Leviathan Barleywine
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118 Ratings
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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.74%

Brewed by:
Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-03-2002)
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Reviews by marc77:
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3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled 11/02, consumed 12/04. Hazed dark bronze hue. Lean, but dogged tan head leaves loose lace. Bourbon soaked brittle and overripe grapefruit in aroma. Mild lime like tartness and hints of burnt caramel as well. Rough, yet enticing aromawise. Upfront in flavor is a note of lemon rind. Caramel apples and sourdough biscuit ensue mid palate. As the beer warns, dark toffee sweetness augments offsetting tartness. Persistent grapefruit and sour lemon hop flavor. Moderate in body, with an acceptable light viscosity. Finishes warm, with melted candied orange and sour plum hints lingering. An odd, yet enjoyable brew. Vinous, burly and ragged. A bit of a disappointment considering I cellared it for almost two years, though.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2005 00:01:26 | More by marc77
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2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

01-27-2014 18:23:18 | More by sendbeer
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4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Found a 2007 vintage for sale at my local bottle shop for 10 bucks. Why not right? A hard pour at first created some head which was a nice sign to see that the bottle's cap had not lost its proper seal and that this was kept in great care while aging. It has a thick white head and dark brown tone before being held up to light. When held up to light you get the nice red and amber tones mixed with the browns depending on the angle held at the light. On the nose at first you get a scent of candied dark fruit. Sweet plums and you get that caramel and toffee in there but not as strong as I thought. Very pleasant. For a 10% beer the fact that the alcohol scent is gone is a great sign of aging. Flavor wise this is smooth easy drinking. You get that really slight caramel flavors in there and no hops at all. I still get that almost Belgian double kind of frutiness but without the yeasty notes of a good trappist ale. This is superb. The carbonation is very light and no alcohol in the flavor. You get a full mouthfeel of the ingredients used, minus the hops of course that normally will disappear over time. For 10 bucks this is a steal. I would totally recommend this to barley wine fans and especially people looking for a strong malty beer because if the hops did anything in this beer, it did yield a bit of a earthy tone in the back end of the sip. Dare I say this is better than the aged O2 I had at Fish Tale's brew pub?

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 05:28:35 | More by Vancoubeer

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

07-27-2013 17:09:50 | More by WOLFGANG
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

04-28-2013 23:32:03 | More by mdaschaf
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-19-2012 02:15:04 | More by t0rin0
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New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, batch #5.

Pours chestnut brown with a ruby hue and a thin, whispy head of beige. A thin bead around the edge of the glass and zero lacing for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with sugar-dusted fruit, sweet malt, figs, and caramel. Hints of apples and raisins follow through.

On the fuller side of medium bodied with a sticky, tacky mouthfeel.

Sweet, juicy malt with undercurrents of red fruit and caramel start the palate. Hints of jam, candied apple, and vineous alcohol step forward.

Finishes with lingering sweet malt, toffee, and warming alcohol.

This beer is holding up very well for it's age, no cardboard or wet paper to be found. Hops are non-present so it's fairly one dimensional. Sweetish and warming otherwise.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 00:22:14 | More by brewandbbq
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

09-26-2012 01:47:54 | More by MisterE
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

08-26-2012 22:54:56 | More by beerpadawan
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

07-24-2012 14:16:35 | More by harpus
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

07-07-2012 14:40:17 | More by BillHilly
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

03-09-2012 18:03:11 | More by dmorgan310
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-30-2012 07:20:12 | More by ygtbsm94
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4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The month on the label is notched November. I've had this one for at least two years now, so guessing this is about a 2009 vintage.

A lovely clear amber body with a creamy little head which is tan. Leaves some very generous lacing on the glass.

A great smelling beer. Lots of malty goodness with scents of brown sugar, toffee and caramel sweetness. A little hop scent in there also.

Very pleasant taste of the aforementioned sweets with some bitter citrus peel hops. Quite mellow and nice. A touch of warm alcohol towards the end, but not much.

The carbonation is lower, probably due to the aging, but overall it feels really smooth and soft. The finish is dry.

A very nice barleywine that has done well with the aging process. Drinks very easy for the style at this point. A very good experience with this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 02:16:09 | More by jera1350
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-18-2011 20:07:36 | More by Rochefort10nh
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-18-2011 18:50:56 | More by FreshmanPour77
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New York

3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a clear deep copper color ale with a small foamy head with limited retention. Aroma of sweet malt is domination with some very subtle dry figs and fruits. Taste is dominated by sweet malt on the verge of being disgustingly sweet with again some light dry figs. Body is a lot more watery then I would expect with some low carbonation. Ending is quite bitter but does not attenuate some of the sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 03:34:15 | More by BlackWednesday
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dirty orange brown with pale pineapple yellow highlights that had a very very thin white head and left almost no lacing sticking to the glass.

S: caramel malts and booze are quite noticeable on the first whiff alongside slight honey, brown sugar, toffee, and faint chocolate notes.

T/M: upfront on the palate caramel malts and a mild hop bite strike first with dark fruits, slight honey, and brown sugar accents but it did have some booze as well. The brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, boozy, and sticky finish.

D: it drank really good considering the ABV and was noticing that the booze has been mellowing out with time; pretty tasty barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 03:01:50 | More by Gobzilla
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3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to FooFaa for sharing this growler on 3/5/10.

A - Poured a clear reddish orange, copper-tinted body with half an inch of frothy off-white head that reduced to a patchy film and delicate, web-like lacing.

S - Tea-like hops and herbal notes mingle with caramel malt and a warm alcohol presence. Further back in the mix, some perfumy notes and a hint of citrus oils also emerge.

T - Hoppy up front with a perfumy character and sharp herbal notes, as well as an oily citrus character. Sweet malts balance the bitterness with caramel and toffee notes. Finish is warm and boozy with a bit of phenol alcohol character partially disguised by sweet caramel notes.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and fair amount of carbonation, although the mouthfeel is a tad thin and oily overall. Finishes warm and boozy on the palate.

D - Pretty solid barleywine overall. Although the alcohol was a little obtrusive and the hops a bit sharp, this was still pretty tasty.

Serving type: growler

03-13-2010 20:56:06 | More by ffejherb
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3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear dark amber color with a small head. Nose is dark fruit, booze, licorice, and caramel. Taste is malty, caramel flavor with dark fruits and booze. Also boasts a ceetain earthiness as well. 10% abv is well hidden. Very good and just how I remember it.
06 Vinatge on tap.
Spured and funky. Thin ad past its prime fire sure.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2010 02:02:19 | More by barleywinefiend
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3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dirty amber with no head, no legs. A lot of sediment floating about. Three years ago I wouldn't have touched this beer.
Bitter hops and fresh, earthy, watery malts. Toffee.
Despite the aroma, there is very little hops profile in this one. A slight bitterness, but heavy stale malts, and some toffee and perhaps some stale milk chocolate. Little bit of alcohol presence, but surprisingly low considering the ABV.
Very smooth for a barleywine. Flat and a little thick and sticky.
Fairly drinkable, though not remarkable enough to make me seek out another bottle of this one.
I found it interesting though. I wish I knew when it was bottled. Something tells me it was at least a couple years ago.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 00:31:54 | More by Parrotbeak
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3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I think this was the first barleywine I ever had, back in 2002 or so. Glad to finally see this again where I live. "Spawned" (bottled) in November, probably of '08, but I'm not sure. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

Glassy rust colored liquid with a thin off-white collar and iridescent skin, punctuated by a large raised bubble that looks uncannily like the eye of a large octopus. A swirl spreads the collar across the surface. Lacing chatters down the glass rapidly leaving a few thin globules behind, suspended in clear legs.

Intense malt aromatics present as soon as the bottle cap is popped. Dark fruit esters, suggesting old raisins and dates reconstituted in light sherry join the chorus.

The initial taste is of apricots and figs suspended in alcohol served in a leather goblet - with a dash of orange bitters. Biscuity malt in large quantities and very faint cocoa and clove mid-palate. Throughout, there is a dusty note, like a room no one has lived in for several years. Dry and somewhat bitter finish, the hops only really making an appearance in the after-taste.

Low but adequate carbonation, and a bit thin, especially considering the ABV.

Very mild as far as barleywines go, though the flavor profile is enjoyable and unique enough. Would love to try this on cask someday.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 04:40:33 | More by augustgarage
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3.13/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was the 2004 Leviathan which I had on tap at the Bailey's Taproom anniversary in August '09. The colour was cloudy amber with no head at all. The nose was sweet and similar to refined white sugar. On the palate, it was slightly bitter up front with some hops that quickly faded and were followed by a wave of sweetness. The finish was bitter and quite quick.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2009 04:19:36 | More by slaintemhor
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3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A brewery that Minnesota once got distribution for but now does not from my understanding. I must say the name is amazing, Leviathan, a great reference to Moby Dick and consequently one of my personal favorite metal albums from Mastodon.

A: Cloudy brown/orange accented body, with 3 cm white sea foam cap, lacing is layered, and a small head remains. Perhaps in part to my Duvel glass.

S: sweet Malt, orange citrus, your grandma's perfume, and raisin.

T: Not as hoppy as I was expecting, also not sure of when this was this 12 oz was bottled (2007?) as the hop profile could have faded since then. Tastes like grain that has been wrapped up in 2 week old alcohol soaked orange peels with a cherry twist. The citrus element of this beer isn't big/bright at all and leaves me unsatisfied, but better than average.

M: Slightly thin for the ABV, but nice smooth finish.

D: I can say I found this beer good, but I feel like I have been craving bigger and bolder English Barleywines/Old Ales. Interesting beer that I just purchased tonight.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 05:01:12 | More by MPLS
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3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Murky brown-amber, thin, fading head.

Smell: Enticing floral aroma I've never encountered in a barleywine, some deep caramel sweeness.

Taste&Mouthfeel: Pretty disappointing after the smell. Feels quite thin right off the bat, a little bit of brown sugar sweetness after it warmed up some. Mostly a dry, bitter taste.

Drinkability: Extremely light feel for a barleywine, but high price and mediocre flavor do not help it.

Picked up a bottle on sale, I'm going to guess it is Nov. 2008 bottling. It was in a refrigerator all that time--the store I bought it from keeps everything cool. Not very much to say, other than it is very light feeling for a 10% beer and seems to be lacking in malt balance for a barleywine. Smelled great but not great tasting.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 18:25:54 | More by Mdog
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Fish Tale Leviathan Barleywine from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
87 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.