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

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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

32 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 31
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
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 +8%
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!!!

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4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Batch2:
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.

Batch3:
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.

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4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
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

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01-06-2013 15:44:53 | More by Thorpe429
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
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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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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barleywinefiend

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4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
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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California

4/5  rDev -5.7%

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scottfrie

California

4.03/5  rDev -5%
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.

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womencantsail

California

3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
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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Leviathan (Merlot Barrel Aged) from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
92 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.