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Harpoon Leviathan - Triticus - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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88
very good

215 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 23
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:
Recipe changed from the original 2005 Triticus.

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(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 06-21-2008)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 02:20:12 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

10-14-2012 00:39:37 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Exiled for sending me this one!

Pours an almost opaque cola brown with a 1 inch puffy tan head that settles to a thin cap. A nice curtain of lace forms on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark wheat bread, brown sugar, dark fruits, spices, and alcohol. Taste is of dark bread, dried fruit, and some spices. There is an alcohol twang on the tongue with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with a thick and slightly flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good wheatwine with a better smell than taste. I was hoping for more flavors based on the aromas I get from this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 02:37:24 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

05-23-2012 11:47:28 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pulled this bottle out of the cellar. Courtesy of Sir Drew. Served in a snifter.

Pours a very dark ebony color that is nearly black. Really thin collar. Nose brings some roasted malt and chocolate plus a bit of light anise character. Flavor is slightly roasted with some very mild sweetness. Mouthfeel brings everything together with a good amount of sweetness plus some light cherry character on the backend. Much better as it warms, and fairly nice overall. I'd go for this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 23:45:12 | More by Thorpe429
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 06:12:44 | More by mikesgroove
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

11-27-2013 14:35:05 | More by jaydoc
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oberon

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 14:13:30 | More by oberon
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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

This poured out as a dark brew... Not what I expected from a wheat wine. The color is a dark brown like a stout and has a thin tan head on top. The smell of the beer had a pretty good malty aroma with some wooden aging aromas as well. The taste of the beer is sweet upfront with a decent malt backbone and some dry toasted flavors in the aftertaste. For a brew that comes in at 11.5% it is very well hidden and makes this quite a dangerous brew. The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth, it has a good medium body to it. Overall I enjoyed this brew quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 20:00:13 | More by Knapp85
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 9/7/08 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, dark fruit, caramelized malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste is malty, with sweet flavors of caramel and dark fruits up front and background flavors of wheat and hops. The hops bitterness creeps up with a little extra strength in the finish. There's very little trace of the alcohol especially considering that it's 14.00%. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth but kind of slick, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Flavorful and tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, very strong kick, good representation of style, this is an excellent high-powered beer to sip on for a while.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2008 00:31:31 | More by TheManiacalOne
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wheatwine on tap? Sure, what the hell.

Beer is dark brown and really hazy. Lots of lacing even though the head is thin and broken and there is almost no carbonation. Head is made up of tiny off white bubbles.

Beer is malty sweet, not a lot of wheat in the nose oddly.

First, lets get the negatives out of the way. Beer is a little hot. OK, now that that's done, beer is sweet up front malty sweet, finishes dry, there is a mild bitterness from roasted malts in the back, the flavors are nothing of what I expected from a wheatwine at all. Its not a terrible beer but its more like an imperial brown to me if such a thing existed. there is no evidence wheat was used to make this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2010 17:43:34 | More by drabmuh
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 23:40:12 | More by WVbeergeek
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at wine source, enjoyed chilled from a tulip.

The color is deep walnut brown, practically opaque with a thick beige cap with fine bead. The head drops fast to spotty lace. The smell is pretty good with a sweet malt aroma similar to toffee with a light scent of dark wheat bread and alcohol with mild anise note and light earthy element. The feel is thick and viscous with moderately high carbonation and toasted texture with spiced accents. There is a moderate amount of alcohol and the beer finishes semi-dry overall.

This wheatwine stands out in the flavor dept for me -a candy like presence that shows the grain bill has a good amount of malt -the triticale is unique as it is toasty and does show off some of the finer flavor of both toasted wheat and rye giving a mild bread crust element with mild raisin and hint of date/nut with subtle caramel tinges toward the end. The alcohol is noticeable in the aroma more than the taste which is not an easy feat for an 11% ale - I found this to a pretty exceptional beer in the places where it counts -taste and drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 16:38:27 | More by Slatetank
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WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a complex array of malt scents; pale and dark wheat, crystal malts. It's rich and creamy with a slight roasted character and a mild alcohol warmth. The taste is good. It has a silky smooth wheat and caramel malt flavor. It's rich and slightly fruity with some hop spiciness and some mild heat in the finish. There is a good deal of depth in the flavor. The mouthfeel is incredible. It's a slow drinker that's rich and creamy; a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good beer. I hear it's a darker version of the original 100 barrel recipe. Regardless, it's a damn fine wheatwine.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 01:39:25 | More by WesWes
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Mora2000

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 04:59:38 | More by Mora2000
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +2%

11-24-2011 15:17:49 | More by Rochefort10nh
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown where only faint light passes. Good starting beige head that settles to a single layer of bubbles but leaves nice stringy and streaky lace.

Lots of molasses and maple syrup sweetness to the nose. Light alcohol.

Darker malt flavors than the smell suggests. There's some burnt toast taste to counteract the mild sweetness. Nice bitterness in the swallow. I don't taste any wheat, though. Not a thick beer, it has a decent body.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 23:26:08 | More by smcolw
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Billolick

New York

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% (!)

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 00:53:38 | More by Billolick
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2%

05-21-2013 19:30:28 | More by InspectorBob
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a three finger tan head that slowly fades to a thin layer, leaving a good lace. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is sweet malts. Color is deep brown, no highlights. Flavor is roasted chocolate and malts, high ABV is hidden, didn't get the alcohol flavor others have found. $3.00 for a 12oz bottle from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 23:36:08 | More by jdhilt
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duceswild

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

01-06-2012 05:25:58 | More by duceswild
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased as part of a 4-pack from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1/2" light tan head above the clear dark brown brew. Head recedes rather quickly, with very leggy lacing. Aroma is creamy wheat with pungent bubblegum.

Taste begins with a subtle sweetness, which slowly intensifies, yields to the bubblegum in the middle, and then finally gives way to alcohol, numbing and somewhat harsh. Mouthfeel is smooth but rough near the close, and drinkability is pretty limited by the alcohol as well. Not a bad brew, but the booze could be dialed back a bit. Maybe some age would smooth out the rough edges.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 01:42:56 | More by ppoitras
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.5%

12-26-2012 01:11:26 | More by ejimhof
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rab53

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

12-01-2011 07:02:13 | More by rab53
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, picked up in Buffalo.

Pours a murky dark brown, some dark orange highlights, a touch of red, medium sized light tan head forms and settles down to a medium ring around the glass, some lace spots stick, pretty dark for a wheatwine.

Smell is very fruity, raisin, caramel and brown sugar, big biscuit and toffee, a bit of cherry, lots of alcohol, light grapefruit and some floral, wheat, a bit of banana, real neat maltiness, bit hot but nice.

Taste is interesting, a bit of sweet and sour, some dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar, cherries, a bit of citrus and banana, quite yeasty and sweet, pretty boozy in the finish, some wheat, a bit of spice and balanced bitterness, bit of cola going down and slightly watery.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, a bit of warmth, feels almost thin but pretty solid and easy to drink. Not bad stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 04:30:07 | More by Viggo
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Harpoon Leviathan - Triticus from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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