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Leviathan (Merlot Barrel Aged) - Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

Leviathan (Merlot Barrel Aged)Leviathan (Merlot Barrel Aged)

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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%

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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 08-15-2009)
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Reviews by Alieniloquium:
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3.81/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a Teku snifter. Batch 4, November 2002.

Appearance - Deep red amber body. No head. A few bubbles.

Smell - Lots of wine. Caramel. Oxidation. A bit of acidity.

Taste - Wine has taken over. Tangy red wine. Oak. Caramel. Lots of oxidation.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation. Medium body and some tanginess.

Overall - Had this after Poseidon. Poseidon is far superior, but this is nice. Wine completely dominates the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 02:35:28 | More by Alieniloquium
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4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow wow holy shit. Fucking good I can't believe that after 13 years his parents house up so incredibly well great flavored dad know I'm station to speak Italian-year-old American barley wine and I wouldn't doubt it perfect amount of Merlot barrel aging intermingling with fragrant pecan American barley wine delicious Caramel Taj Mahal country chocolate just a phenomenal beer absolutely no oxidation Pres. phenomenal bottle thank you so much Dan for sending this my way. This beer is symbolic, as is my review. Redondo!!!

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 00:40:14 | More by BucketBoy
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We had Batch 2 (2000; merlot barrel aged) and Batch 3 (2001; cab franc barrel aged). Both served in a tasting snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy red amber color with a finger of off whtie head that fades to a layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Dark fruit and mild caramel. I'm getting a wine note along with some red fruit. Very smooth.

Taste: This is incredibly smooth but hasn't really fallen apart that I can tell. Wine and some red fruit with a smooth, slightly sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with very smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This was a treat to try. I'm sure I won't have another, but I would given the chance.

Appearance: Pours a reddish dark brown color with a half finger of off white head that leaves a layer on top of the pour.

Smell: I'm getting lots of malt sweetness with some dark fruit and caramel.

Taste: Quite sweet, I'm getting some dark fruit and brown sugar. Just a bit oxydized, but what can you do? There is a mild wine barrel note. The finish is sweet.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the syrupy side of medium with tingly carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: It was so cool to try these beers. They've stood up to the test of time quite well.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 04:21:42 | More by oline73
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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Brad for this one. Batch 2 (2000; merlot barrel aged) and Batch 3 (2001; cab franc barrel aged) served together.

Merlot barrel aged. Nose is quite smooth with a bit of wine in the background. Flavor is surprisingly hoppy. Super smooth.

Cab Franc. Nose is hoppie than the batch 1 and the nose isn't as wine heavy. Flavor has a bit more booze. Great caramel and fruit

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 15:44:53 | More by Thorpe429
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch #4 from 2002. Served in Hill Farmstead stemware.

A - White foam quickly settles to a few wisps, and thin collar. Ruby-brown body with a glint of transparency.

S - Red fruits, smooth caramel, and not much else. Quite understated, with minimal red wine or barrel presence. The malt character was mildly reminiscent of the Wooden Hell we opened earlier, but this had faded considerably.

T - The taste suffers similarly, with a hollowness mid-palate that's abutted by red fruits and mildly jammy red wine. Minimal oak and no discernible alcohol either. Some bready and slightly toasted grain flavors as well. Super mellow and understated - perhaps too much so.

M - Some light alcohol warming, low carbonation and a slightly water medium-thin body.

D - We had heard this might be infected, and thankfully that wasn't the case. However, this particular bottle was well past its prime, as the vinous and malt flavors are quite faded. The flavor is a tad better than the aroma at this stage, but it's nothing remarkable. Still, quite easy to drink considering the ABV. I imagine some bottles of this are better than others.

Serving type: bottle

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4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2000, Batch 2

Once upon a time, many years ago Fish made great brews...

A: Poured a toffee color with surprisngly good carbonation considering the age, sported a small dirty white cap and light bubbles.

S: Toffee, caramel, wood and Earthy notes. Light red wine and light booze

T: A mixed bag of faded booze and hops, a nice light caramel, toffee, faded brown sugar, oak and Earthy notes. A very minimal red wine comes out. All of the flavors really mesh well and present a fluid taste

M: Medium in body, well carbonated, as balanced and smooth as a barleywine can be.

O: Considering the age of this beer I have to give it a 5. Well crafted and I can only dream of what this beer was fresh. No oxidation or funk. Only if Fish would go back to making stuff like this.

Serving type: bottle

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to cpferris for sharing this magnum at a tasting. 2000 vintage.

A: Pours a hazy wooden brown with a big light brown head that faded into a fuzzy film that lasted forever and left good lacing. Great head retention for being so old.
S: Sweet smelling with notes of raisins, vanilla and spicy bourbon.
T: Sweet, spicy, woody and maybe even a little sour with notes of vanilla, oak, dark fruits (merlot?) and chocolate.
M: Medium body, slick mouthfeel with easy carbonation and lots of sugary sweetness.
O: For being so old this beer is rather sweet. I didn’t pick up much of the wine, but it was pretty good all around. Thanks again for the pour, Chad.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 02:16:20 | More by scottfrie
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3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing this rarity, Chad.

A: The beer pours amber in color with an off-white head.

S: Big time oak aroma with a bit of red wine to it. Brown sugar and toffee with a surprisingly mild oxidation. Not too much going on in terms of the the aroma.

T: Typical barleywine flavors going on here. Toffee, brown sugar, and toasted bread give the beer its sweetness. Oak, vanilla, and red wine (maybe some red fruits) round out the flavor.

M: Medium in body and a decent amount of carbonation.

O: Considering how old it is, this is pretty good. But, it's not an amazing beer at this point.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 04:25:55 | More by womencantsail
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4.93/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch No. 2, Bottled Nov. 2000.

This is finally being consumed after 10 years of aging on Valentines Day with my beautiful wife.

Pour: Deep, opaque, copper brown/red, like a liquified penny with a quickly dissipating white, soap bubble head. This looks moderately syrupy at first but a slosh of the glass shows a perfectly bodied liquid.

Nose: Rich toffee, dark fruits like fig and especially golden raisins comes to mind. Wonderful merlot shines through the rich toffee along with strong oak, alight vanilla and slight sherry like oxidation.

Taste: this is a perfect balance of vinous Merlot and rich toffee of a beautiful barleywine. Initially vinous notes come forth, slightly tart, oak infused, with vanilla followed by rich toffee, raisins, fig, sherry oxidative notes, more oak and finally a garnet of merlot. This tastes better than any beer you can imagine. It is truly a blending masterpiece. This batch no. 2 is the pen-ultimate version of this beer. The 2l, $120 bottle at Bottleworks might just be in my possession soon :)

Mouthfeel: Perfect carbonation (even after ten years), this is like Old Guardian with a bit more bubbles. It coats the mouth but doesn't feel sticky or syrupy. This feels just right to me. They've achieved a beautiful mouthfeel even after all this time.

Overall: This is the most wonderfully amazing beer I've ever encountered. It beats any BW I've had by far and is probably the beat barrel aged beer I've ever enjoyed (and I've had plenty of great ones). If you have a chance to trade for or buy this I would recommend it. It is well worth the money and I think it could cellar for even a few more years but might just be at its best right now. An amazing accomplishment, a feat of supernatural proportions. This is the best beer I've ever consumed. Please make this again Fish Tale (Olympia, WA). A beautiful masterpiece, this beer is outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 03:12:37 | More by waltersrj
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4.93/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

At long last, the time has come. To celebrate the end of my law school career, I have chosen to pull this gem out of my cellar. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a snifter.

2000 vintage - batch no.2

DISCLAIMER: serve a little on the cold side and consume as it warms. the beer went from a 4.4 to a near perfect score just by warming up to room temperature. also this is definitely a beer that you need more than a 6 oz. serving to review. so much changed from beginning to end as I consumed this beer.

A- Pours a vibrant, dark amber with a hint of ruby hues throughout. Slightly cloudy. Produced two fingers width of cream colored head. Reduced to a thick ring around the glass. Some lacing as the beer was consumed.

S- Aromatic and complex. The base is rich with carmel, raisins, and sweet malts. Infused is a dark fruit, vinous aroma. With every swirl of the glass, the merlot scent seems to grow. I'm very much enjoying this.

T- Like the aroma, but so much better. The vinous notes are actually more dominant here. It's almost like a light merlot blended with rich barleywine base. The blending is perfect. Just enough toffee, raisin, malt flavor to shine through the merlot. The wine like flavors have a slight tart aspect to them at first, but then quickly fade and develop into full, complex note. Absolutely phenomenal as to the depth and complexity here.

M- Medium bodied, but carries itself a little fuller. Finishes semi-dry on the palate. Perfect amount of carbonation.

D- Off the charts. I can drink this all day...no joke. So flavorful and at 10%, the alcohol is not even noticeable.

Overall, a giant, herculean thanks to Daniel for giving me this opportunity. Perfect beer to celebrate with. So divine and complex...still can't get over the quality of barrel aging in this beer. One of the best beers I have ever had, period.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2010 21:17:01 | More by rhinos00
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4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2002 bottle thanks to Matta.

A: Pours a vibrant amber hue with a small white head. Light retention and no light.

S: Lots of dark fruit, light sweet apple, caramel, and red wine.

T: Very similar to aroma. Lots of fruit, caramel, and light brown sugar. Some nice bold red wine notes with hints of oak and vanilla.

M: Medium in body, sort of light in carbonation.

D: Good, this one has aged gracefully and huge thanks to matt for having a retarded cellar that he is so willing to share.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 14:28:45 | More by tpd975
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