Harpoon Leviathan - Triticus - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Ratings: 226
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 26
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 06-21-2008

Recipe changed from the original 2005 Triticus.

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Reviews by JudgeRoughneck:
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

APP- Billiard black beer with decent white head leaves no lace. It is opaque.

Aroma- Prunes, raisins, soy sauce, alcohol, sherry

Taste- treacle, plum skin, fig, roasted grain, notes of toasted marshmallow

Mouthfeel- light bodied despite the heavy flavors, wheat barely comes through with all the roasted grain, combines with hot alcohol to sear any of the more pleasant flavors off the palate

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass a deep dark cola color with a thin beige head that was gone quickly.Alot of dark fruit and sweet toffee in the nose,faint toasted wheat mixed with sharp alcohol sweetness comes into play more as it warmed.Really sweet on the palate with spiced cherry flavors as well as some mild chocolate and faint wheat malt.Again as the beer warms the alcohol makes the sweetness even more intense.It's not bad but gets a little cloying about mid glass,it's a sipper that's for sure.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 4 pack (don't drink them all in one sitting) poured into a snifter.
A very dark brown color with a small tan head.
Great aroma: caramel, sweet fruit, some spice, some alcohol.
Great taste also. Caramel, dark fruit, peppery cinnamon. Alcohol there, but not in the way.
I liked this beer a lot, even though it was not like any wheat wine I've ever tasted. I also thought it was a touch too spicy. Small complaints.

Photo of DamDweller
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Harpoon Leviathan Triticus, 2010

The wheatwine style is unfamiliar territory. This beer pours a nice dark ebony with a white head. The beer has aromas of molasses, sun dried raisins and prunes. Initial taste has hits of molasses and cinnamon with a medium body. The beer coats the tongue nicely and washes away with a hint of bitterness. Despite the alcohol content there really isn't much presence of it, making this a very drinkable beer through the fall, winter, and spring months. In conclusion, this beer encourages further exploration of the wheatwine style.

Photo of Billolick
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, purchased at Cable Bev in Bardonia, NY.

No freshness/bottling date info. offered.

Pours darkest of browns, mocha head, pretty quick to go to a film, collar and moderate fine lacing.

In the nose: Molasas, raisins, rum, black bread.

Flavor notes: Ditto what I got via the sniffer, plus more dark malts, ripe fruits, moderate hops late in the finish to dry things out.

Big and flavorful brew. Super smooth mouthfeel, thick and rich feel to this one.

Well done, dangerously drinkable at 11.5% (!)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. This is the Leviathan version.

The beer pours a dark brownish-red color with a tan head. The aroma is a lot of chocolate malt with some alcohol mixed in. Definitely a boozy smelling beer. The flavor is chocolate, caramel malt and alcohol. It tastes just as boozy as it smells. I don't get much wheat character in the beer, certainly much less than I have gotten in other wheatwines. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of jondeelee
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Triticus, from the Latin word for wheat, "triticum," is a wheat wine, and the first beer of its style that I've tasted. Recognizing that I have no basis for comparison, nor any expectations, this is a rather unique reviewing experience. Judging by the smell, however, the experience should prove at least tasty, as the aromas drifting from the bottle remind me strongly of freshly-cut wheat fields after a storm, steamy marble rye bread fresh from the oven, and a hot bowlful of Grape Nuts cereal sweetened with maple syrup and molasses. The beer is, in other words, quite excellent on the nose, promising massive syrupy sugars and fruit esters, as well as a healthy shock of wheat.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a flavor that would not be amiss in a Barleywine, being heavy on syrupy sugars and delicious fruit esters, including berries, lychee nut, apricot, and orange liqueur. Strong wheat flavors--think fresh baguettes, toast, biscuit, cereal grains--do permeate the beer, bringing balance to the sugars. A slight tingle on the soft palate speaks of good hops, the beer clocking in at 57 IBUs. The 11.5% ABV does bring a boozy overtone, but most of this is well hidden by the massive sugars. Late in the mouthful the hops do bring more grapefruit and pine flavors, with a slight hint of dandelion stem. The aftertaste is a heavy and continuing blast of syrupy fruit esters, mixed with a now-slightly-too-large stream of boozy vodka-like alcohol, and lingers for a long time. Mouthfeel is a viscous medium, and carbonation is a slightly annoying medium-high, adding to the buzz on the soft palate.

Overall, this is one of the better beers that I've tried in the Leviathan series (having now tried almost all of them), and is one of the few in that series that I would regularly purchase. The beer as a whole is quite delicious, and the heavy sugars are nicely tempered by the wheat flavors, in much the same way that a good bowl of oatmeal, fresh berries, and maple syrup makes for a perfect combination. Only the slightly overpronounced alcohol whang keeps this from being a near-perfect beer in my books. Well worth trying.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours almost opaque deep cola brown with ruby highlights, foaming tan head with fine speckled lacing. Aroma has dark chocolate and alcohol glazed over ripened fruit, really a bit muted a bit of herbal notes and black licorice. Flavor has a roasted creamy nearly burnt caramelized brown sugar tone. Very sweet not much balance going on the darker roasts do provide some roasted malt edges, dark chocolate or cocoa with more over ripened fruit. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied with a strong alcoholic burn in the back of the throat. Drinkablity is decent, a sipper with alot of booze, the wheatwine style so far has been hard for me to tangle with.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ST: 12oz poured into a snifter glass. Bottle lists the ABV and the year it was brewed.

A: Deep brown and murky with a thin brown head which leaves nice lacing.

S: Lots of complex dark fruit like plums and raisins and other fruit: figs, raspberry, and lemon from the hops. Sweet malt and coconut join a rich aroma.

T: Dark berries, raisins, roasted malt, slight smoke, coffee, smokey char, and spicy, warming alcohol on the finish.

M: Heavy and smooth

O: As expected from a "leviathan" beer, it has big aroma and flavor to go along with the high alcohol level. The alcohol is blended very well in this beer for 11%. It has a lot of dark fruit in the nose, and the flavors are present in the beer. There is a nice bit of roasted malt and smoke which compliments the sweetness of the fruit. The spiciness which is present in the finish also helps balance the sweetness level of the beer. Harpoon really made a solid big beer.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle > Goblet Review based on original and updated on 5/29/11

A dark and murky brown color with very little light getting through, and a 2" khaki colored head at first which falls to a slight bubbly foam as it settles in.

The aroma is dominated by ultra sweet maltiness, dates and sweet dark fruits pop out with tootsie rolls and maple syrup as it warms up more. A complex malt scent with depth but not a lot happening except dank sweetness.

The taste starts out with a bitter and earthy hop bite and some warming heat. Dry earthy tones and dark roastie wheat makes for a clean hefty-medium feel but not at all hefty as there is plenty of zippy life to make it work. The dark wheat works really well with this style and gives off a oak-wood balanced by resiny hops with more warming but not sharp heat moves in. roastie spices and more malt comes down with more complexity as it warms, with the feel of slick malt riding in to make a full bodied feel later on in the game. Good balance here and the 11.5% abv. heat does not go crazy on your face! I love the crispy-dry wheat flavor and feel with major complexity!

Let this one warm up a bit, sip, take your time and relax with this one

Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich, masterful wheatwine. Licorice aroma. Dark colour, with minimal head. Above average mouthfeel. tasty, though not overly complex, a little chocolate and toffee adding to the drinkability, hint of smoke and wood and cinammon.Hops there in the secondary A must try.

Photo of bamojr
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Wow. thats all I can say. This is nothing i ever would have expected from a wheat beer. Pours very dark with just a hint of red with a very tan creamy head. You can defiantly decern the wine-style in this one, with a very strong alcohol flavor that compliment this brew very well. Its is very think, malty, and has a nice coffee flavor. It is rather low on the drinkiblity because it is so strong in flavor and alcohol. Great Brew!

Photo of mikey711
2.13/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A: Deep brown near black with a touch of mocha colored head that is about an 8th of an inch thick. it does leave some nice webbing though

S: Burnt raisins and some plum fruit notes. heavy caramel and toffee notes with a faint hoppiness as well

T: Burnt fruit notes, mainly raisins, some boozy rum like notes but overall it is all just too much going on that could use some mellowing out

M: Very boozy and surprisingly thin.

D: maybe with some time will help but for the moment its just a bit messy

Photo of Kinsman
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single 12oz bottle at Berts in Hooksett the other day. Poured into my Smuttynose Big Beer series "Baloon" glass.

Pours a dark mahogany, almost black body with a thin white head. Not much retention of the head, but leaves a bit of a lace around the glass.

Aroma is not very strong, but gives of hints of dark fruit like raisins and cocoa. Between the aroma and appearance, one would begin to think of this a more of a Russian imperial stout.

Flavor is sweet and boozy. Malt presence is huge, providing a mix of bready flavors with sweet caramel and cocoa. Hops provide a nice bitterness, but their flavor is hidden by the alcohol.

The booziness provides a nice warming feeling without being overbearing. Full bodied but goes down oh so smoothly. Overall a very enjoyable brew but it would be tough to drink more than one at a time.

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Pizzeria Paradiso in a brandy snifter:

A: Deep and dark black color with a thin tan/light brown head.

S: The aroma had a nice big malty aroma with a hint of wheat and a big boozy component.

T: I didn't know what really to expect as this was only the second of this style that I have ever had, but it had a big taste. Dark fruits with heavily toasted malted barley with a big boozy finish. I expected more characteristics of a wheat beer/hefeweizen.

M/D: The beer had a heavy body and with the high alcohol content, one should probably not enjoy more than one and any sitting. The beer was creamy, but it felt a little watered down. Overall, not a bad beer, but I am unsure as to why it is called a wheat wine when I really didn't get any characteristics of a wheat beer.

Photo of puboflyons
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz bottle marked 2011. Sampled on October 27, 2011. The pour is a handsome looking dark brown to black with a thin tan head and pretty good clarity through its opaqueness. Powerful malt and chocolate aromas penetrate the nose with a hop presence on the backside. The body was about medium but firm, meaning the texture did not break down into carbonation bubbles while swirling. The chocolate is a bit more obvious in the taste than in the aroma with a pungent, strong hop bitterness melding itself into the experience. It is too bad that I did not notice it was a wheat wine/barley wine until after I opened it. I wonder what it might have tasted like at this time next year. Guess I'll have to buy another one and shelf it.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. 11.5% ABV, 211 printed on the neck.

A - Dark brown, almost black beer is pretty surprising! A tall pour had no more than a thin pile of light khaki head. Poor retention from the alcohol and no real lace left over on the glass.

S - Chocolate and roasted coffee gives this wheatwine an interesting aroma to start. Especially since lemon citrus and dry wheat with some straw comes through after. A very interesting blend altogether. Toasted amber malts and a hint of molasses also. No hops.

T - Very roasted, reminiscent of Edmund Fitzgerald porter actually, chocolate and coffee in this overpower the light honey-drizzled wheat flavor. Once again, no hops. Much more of an über-porter than a wheatwine. Still nice though.

M - Full-bodied and rich with a roasted dry and lightly bitter finish with a smooth entry. Moderate carbonation and a little alcohol warmth felt on the end.

D - A sipper and nothing more than that to be sure, it's a good beer but doesn't quite fit the style from what I've had. It's good regardless.

Photo of hoppymcgee
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Blind Tiger in NYC at a Harpoon event on 8/4/10. This one is listed at 11.1% ABV. Served in a tulip glass.

A: Black with only a small ring of head. Not what I expected for a wheatwine.

S: Toasted cinnamon raisin bread, oak chips, and wheatberries. Unique.

T: Complex much? Oak bomb, hop presence, and nuttiness. Dark fruits are lurking. This beer needs a little aging to bring out some caramel-esque/sweeter flavors.

M: Perfecto!

D: Oof. This one is heavy, really heavy. Not even so much the booze or richness, just really creamy. Maybe it's the carbonation? Take this one slow.

Overall, I should have stuck just the sample of this rather than the full pour, but that doesn't mean it wasn't good! Thanks Alan!

Photo of BeanBone
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: A dark brown, very nearly black body capped by a little less than a finger of creamy tan-tinged head that leaves great lacing on the way down.

Aroma: Licorice, dark malt, vanilla, and booze come together to produce a truly intriguing proposition. This is going to be big.

Flavor: A complex mix of licorice, smokiness, dark fruit, oak, vanilla, toasty malt, grain, mild chocolate, and alcohol. It's a complex and balanced mix that is balanced. Licorice, toasty malt, and lots of spicy alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and syrupy with smooth carbonation and a sweet finish. Mild alcohol burn throughout.

Drinkability: This drinks as fast as I can imagine an over 11 percent beer drinking.

Verdict: Triticus is a unique and fascinating brew. It's big, complex, astonishingly drinkable, and fun throughout. I haven't had many Wheatwines, but this is certainly the best I've tried yet. Harpoon continues to thoroughly impresses me with the Leviathan series.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

From notes:

A - Pours nearly black, with a tan small finger's worth of head.

S - Slight chocolate, malts, graininess, and a tiny hint of alcohol.

T - Slightly sweet, with a noticeably banana character. Very little booze on the taste, it is well concealed.

F - Medium in body, with a little creaminess.

D - Heaps of flavor, and a well hidden ABV gives this some scary drinkability!

Photo of smakawhat
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass. 2011 dated on the neck line of the bottle.

A very light coffee cream like head, with varied sized bubbles mostly small sits on top of a brown/black walnut body with some red hue edges. Head snaps and makes some noise too. That is usually not a good sign for me. Good wispy top as the drink settles.

Nose is small with subtle malts and barleywine sense. Slight cherry chewy fruit notes and some jam.

Mild malt and some booze like alcohol prevalent in the palate. Big on banana fruit for the finish. Missing that classic wheat like chewiness that I miss so much. Palate feels a little dry and fussel alcohol sense.

Overall not really gravitating to this much. Doesn't have much going on.

3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle to snifter. $4.50 for the single. Batch 211 aged for at least 15 months & served at cellar temp. Sampled 9/25/11.

A: This dark wheat wine-style ale pours with 1 finger of light brown frothy/foamy head. Quick to diminish. Body is dark ruby-brown. No lacing.

S: The big malt bill includes toasted toffee and caramel plus a bready aroma reminiscent of a honey roll. Slightly herbal and resiny. The wheat character is minimal or indistinguishable altogether.

T: Toffee and honey-forward with some notes of dark fruit not far behind. Dates, figs & fermented red apple. Light tobacco, herbal with general spiciness in the background. Well integrated alcohol lingers, providing warmth from the belly up. Long lasting flavor and incredibly sweet. Truthfully, not too far off from an English Barleywine. Overall, the flavor is good - just lacks complexity.

M: Very smooth. Medium body with a slick, very alcoholic texture. Soft carbonation.

O: Triticus is an above average wheatwine. I probably wouldn't make it a repeat purchase, although I'd be very interested in trying some of the different wine barrel treatments. Those sound tasty...

Photo of Greywulfken
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What the hell is a wheatwine, right?

A: pitch black with a very thick bubbly head - thinned out quickly, but looked great up front - surprised at the darkness of the beer - expect barleywine-esque beers to be dark brownish, but this was black (actually the edges has a translucent brown character)

S: not a big sense of smell guy - got some malt and some hops, some grains

T: coffee, and hell yeah, I tasted the wheat - something like the bran flakes in raisin bran - and some very dark fruits (like a dark quad such as Pannepot), but not too sweet - let's say 50/50 sweet and not sweet (does that make sense?); is it fair to say there were rye notes or was it just the wheat? Nonetheless, I picked up on the grains.

M: loved it - not heavy - medium-bodied, some crispness, some roughness - not a wimp beer, but classy

O: delighted - I've had a bunch of barleywines and maybe 2 rye beers, and maybe 2 witbiers as well - but this beer stands alone - it has aspects of all three styles, but is a really nice, bold brew - with a great aftertaste (gimme another) - it reminds me of an olden times beer - like medieval almost - and I would definitely buy this again.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

golden amber then came forward from the bottle, splashing down into the glass with a very hazy thud. Lots of carbonation here as well kept the whole thing alive and kicking with a two inch layer of white foam that quickly faded down to leave a bare top.

The aroma was full of spices and wheat, very musty with a deep down and earthy note to it. I was picking up lots of rye type smells, hints of grass and a touch of grapes. Translated over the taste very well. Very rich wheat flavor. Lots of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. There were touches of almost musty pepper or something, hard to place, but very full and very difficult to fully grasp the flavor. Nice hot streak of alcohol running through it as well. Nice medium body with a really good carbonation profile, there was a nice fullness to it.

Photo of jmarvin4189
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Black with a little off white head

Smell - theres not too much to the smell, kind of a sweet roasted smell to it

Taste/ Mouthfeel - has a chocolate roasted flavor, is very smooth and a little thick. The high abv isn't noticed in this one

Drinkability - its a really nice sipping beer

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