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Harpoon Leviathan - Triticus - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Ratings: 224
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 26
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Triticus on tap at The Stag's Head in Midtown Manhattan (East). First time I see or hear about this beer. Curious, had to try it...

Appearance: Served in a snifter, Triticus comes looking incredibly black, like an Imperial Stout. Mahogany when swirling. No lacing, no retention, no carbonation. Barely any head.

Smell: Raisin, Pedro Ximenez. Sweeetness. A tad of smoke, like a campfire or a kiva in New Mexico on a breezy late-autumn day. Chocolate cake. Sharp booze at the end. Roastiness.

Taste: Chocolate, a bit of hops and a medicinal finish. Biscuit/cookie, like an Oreo. Sweetness, malts and lots of dark fruit. Pomegranate reduction sauce/currant juice.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, chocolaty. Dry and boozy finish. Medium body and flavor, low carbonation.

Overall: I enjoyed Triticus. It was easier to drink than I thought. Not amazing, not earth-shattering, but a fine enjoyable. As to whether this is a wheatwine or not...

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 albertjr21
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle purchased in early Fall 2010 into an oversize wine glass on 4.27.11.

A: Appearance is that caramel highlighted dark brown of a Coca Cola under a sparse tan head.

S: Aroma is a deep and crisp roasted malt one with outstanding notes of burnt caramel sweetness, roasted cocoa, dark fruit, and alcohol.

M/T: Deep roasted wheat malt dominates throughout with a balancing crisp hop character. Mouth warming and espresso spiced dry finish. Notes of sticky caramel, chocolate earthiness, and perhaps, pine hops.

O: Not the smoothest of big brews, but nonetheless, enjoyable if you're looking for a post meal nightcap with some balls. Enjoyed slowly...

Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep dark brown color with just a hint of red around the edged with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down to a thick ring around the glass leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is full of sweet elements, including some caramel, some dark fruit, and some brown sugar. Little bit of banana scents and some alcohol aroma are also present.

T - Starts off with some dark chocolate and dark fruit flavors. Little bit of burnt malt in the background. Through the middle some coffee and caramel flavors come out. The finish is a blend of dark fruit sweetness, some booze, and some caramel that lingers nicely.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate-low carbonation. A bit syrupy and thick and very rich. The finish has a touch of alcohol that warms the mouth.

D - Pretty drinkable, however, a bit more of a sipper. The flavors and big and strong and fairly complex. The richness of the fruit and caramel sugar flavors are really nicely balanced.

Photo of Marty30
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to baconsausage for this extra.Poured into a snifter.Let sit out of the fridge for about 15 mins before the pour.

A. Pours really dark ruby to black color,with about a 1 inch tan head.

S. Smell is very sweet. Candied sugar,dark fruits,figs,caramel and alchohol.

T. First taste I get is the sweetness of the sugar and the darkfruits followed by caramel and toffee.There is something at the end I cant seem to nail,custard comes to mind, maybe vanilla? Get some alchohol burn also.

M. I like the mouth in this medium heavy semi smooth.Drinks very nicely.

D. This is a sipper for sure,I could drink 2 of these back to back. I really enjoyed this brew.If I see this around I will buy a couple.

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

another bottle courtesy of Viggo. thanks eric!

12oz bottle. sampled march 5/2011.

pours deep brown with a small cap of fine tan head. it is mostly opaque, but shows pretty good clarity at the edges. the head drops fairly fast and leaves a bit of spotty lace.

aroma is good. rich caramel and toffee. bit of alcohol. bit of pine. whole wheat bread and biscuit. lightly herbal. earthy and a bit woody.

taste is good. rich dark caramel. bit of toffee. lightly warming alcohol. slightly resiny pine. light citrus. earthy and herbal. slightly toasted whole wheat bread. bit of biscuit. touch of dark chocolate and nutty character. medium-low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. medium-large body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance. good depth. a little dark, but otherwise a tasty wheatwine.

Photo of Viggo
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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

I had been eying this 4-pack for some time, wondering if I would fall prey to the string of advertisements boasting this beer's bold characteristics. I did, grabbed it for $10.99 from Consumers in buffalo.

I poured the first few ounces and stopped. I was completely shocked by the darkness of this beer. This beer is 8-ball black, polished by condensation clinging to the outside of my Duvel tulip. There are micro-bubbles floating to the surface. I had not expected a very defining head to appear because of the color richness and alcohol content, but there was a constant halo of a dense tan head always present as if this beer were a divine entity.

Rich malts, chocolate, nail polish remover acetone, berry fruits, banana bread and molasses. Wow, powerful and mysterious. This is my first wheatwine and I am reminded of some of the bigger Dogfish head ales infused with various fruit sugars and exotic whims. I already know this beer will be a sipper and therefore I shall put on my slippers.

Powerful like the nose, sweet raisin and fig with chocolate and coffee bean. I compare this to an immortale or sam adam's triple bock (but severely toned back on content). There is a powerful burnt, caramelized sugar that comes on slowly after a sip and dominates the flavor profile after doing so. Initially there is a spicy sweetness that is light and misleading. I would say the hops were necessary to bring balance to this potent contender.

There is a syrup-like consistency with a tobacco-raisin aftertaste that clings to the back of my throat and coats it like oil. I am happy to be drinking this beer in the dead cold of winter because it's heavy and satiating. The beer is delicious as it warms with the fruit characteristics presented to my palate. The candy sweetness is well compensated by a spicy hop infusion and I cannot muster a complaint based on others I've had that are similar.

Bring this beer with you to have a cigar, bring it with you to watch the game or late night comedy, but do not try and pair this beer with anything other than possibly a steak or stew. Unfortunately there is almost no potential for a pairing, but it might do very well for cooking. However, to cook with it would be a waste of an enjoyable evening doing something else. Likewise, there would be little chance of not feeling the affects from an overwhelming 11.5% abv, which may hinder after-dinner plans on a tight schedule.
Summary: good beer, rich in character and a decent value.

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Pours amber-brown with nary a head. Strong ripe fruit aroma with some caramel and citrus hops. Sweet flavor with lots more fruit, prunes, along with caramel and toffee, as well as some rich, smokey cocoa notes. Full bodied with average carbonation. Finishes clean with lasting sweetness and mild bitterness. Nice wheatwine beer that I rarely get my hands on.

Photo of Pencible
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured a clear dark cherry with no head.
S: It smelled like dark fruit and brown sugar and alcohol, with some honey wheat and spices.
T: It tasted like sweet dark fruit and caramel first, then pumpernickel and honey wheat along with some roasty barley and coffee. It had a mellow bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with a bit of carbonation. Very smooth.
D: This was nothing outrageous, but it was super well integrated and balanced. Quite a tasty drink, although it was a bit hot, especially in the scent. It still wasn't difficult to drink, and age may help further mellow it out. Recommended.

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 maximum12
2.8/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to hoppymcgee & baconsausage for sending me bottles of this wheatwine, to feed my growing fondess for the style. As my wife has to rise at some ungodly hour tomorrow (5:30 AM) we've split a 12 oz. bottle.

Pours a dark enough red to be a kissing cousin to black. Smell is bubblegum, powder sugar that comes off bubblegum, & a further teaspoon of sweetness. There might be licorice & banana mixed in. Wow. If the smell of sugar caused cancer, this would be a weapon of mass destruction. I like it.

Triticus puzzles me. I can feel the crease between my eyes. Huge shots of alcohol & mapled sweetness vie hand-to-hand for supremacy, on a field littered with candy-coated bananas. The wheat comes in distantly, barely noticed underneath the sweetness. Hop bitterness sticks a head up & loses it almost immediately.

Cloyingly sweet, with nothing to balance it or cut into it. Boozy. I'm sad to say that six ounces of this creature is almost more than enough for one night.

This beer is a hot, muddled, sweet mess. My favorite wheatwines have are a hot, sweet, wheaty mess that somehow comes together. This one feels raw & unfinished. I'm going to stuff my remaining bottle into a dark corner & forget about it until 2015, then try again. Right now, just a decent brew.

Photo of loren01
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown/reddish color, slight head that dissipates quickly.
S: Sweet, maple, mollasses scents
T: Dark chocolate, mollasses, big time ETOH warmup. Alcohol is not very well hidden. Slight charred flavor at the end also
M: Medium to full, feels oily going down.
D: Glad I tried, probably would not seek this out again though. Good not great.

Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my glass. Served at about 50 degrees. Very dark color with a small amount of ruby coloring. Slight head, more like a thick film on the top that disappears. Only minor alcohol scents other than that no smell. Mild flavors of brown sugar, maple syrup. No real fruity nature that I would have expected. Alcohol is very warming and relaxing.

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 emmasdad
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, split with a couple friends last weekend. Poured a clear dark brown color, with a small lingering tan head. Nice fruity aromas, along with wheat, caramel and toffee. On the palate, medium bodied and smooth, with flavors of wheat, caramel, toffee and dark fruits.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black with a light tan head. In the aroma, sweet oatmeal and molasses. In the taste, sweet oatmeal, molasses stickiness, a hint of chocolate and a pinch of alcohol. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry sticky roasty malt. I thought this was a stout, no wheat hints at all. Good for what it is, but not a wheatwine.

Photo of seeswo
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a black wheatwine, which is two styles removed from being anything close to a normal beer. Normally, wheatwines have a nice golden color, but this pours much like Nemesis '10. It gets color from the dark malts that are in it. So, what is this beer? Well, every other wheatwine I have had, the wheat is a very present flavor in the experience. This, not so much. It tastes kind of like an odd barleywine. To be more specific, it tastes like a less hoppy Nemesis '10. This may be a function of age, or otherwise a lack of hops, but I would be more comfortable calling the Triticus a black barleywine than a wheatwine.

So, enough about what it is like. How does it taste? Pretty good. I actually don't like it as much as the Nemesis '10 (or the '09 for that matter), and kind of miss that big hop profile. This tells me that the Nemesis '10 might not age as gracefully as I hope. Back to the beer under review...there is some slightly off flavor that accompanies the finish of this brew the diminishes as the beer warms. I would definitely set it out for 30 minutes before giving it more than a sip. At 11.2% ABV, I imagine this will be enjoyed slowly. I would buy 2 and drink one the next time it is cold out and leave the other in the basement for a year and see what you think then.

In the pursuit of the ultimate wheatwine, this beer falls flat. Outside of style, I would call this decent, but not what I am looking for or expecting when striving for wheatwine.

Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

2010 12oz bottle

Pours a brown color with dark ruby hues at the edges when held up to the light, hardly any head or lacing at all.

Smell has a wheaty malt aroma, hints of bubblegum and a strong alcohol presence.

Taste has a nice mix of malt and bubblegum, bits of spiciness throughout, the alcohol strength is very evident right away and even feels a slight burn in the back of the throat, decent creaminess with soft carbonation.

I think with a bit more time this would be quite good, but I'd sooner reach for Smuttynose's Wheat Wine.

Photo of jorg2619
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I grabbed this beer based on prior experience with the Leviathan series. Pours a deep ruby near black and is thick reminding me of used motor oil. I was struck by the amazing smell of this beer. Tons of subtle malt smell with a delicate but identifiable hops zest around the edges. The hop smell is earthy with a bit of citrus. To taste this beer I expected something like an old ale meets a wheat wine. I actually tasted a subtle malt bomb that is all wheat wine with some subtle hopping. Unfortunately the hop flavors become undetectable after the first few sips. Luckily the over all flavor of this beer is good. I was only hit by how sweet this beer becomes as it warms up.

Photo of AdamPT1
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a surprisingly deep black color with a thick cream colored head that lingers on the edges throughout the beer. First smells bring out sweetness with malty notes and an alcohol aroma. The beer's ABV is 11.5% which is not for the timid beer drinker. The taste is strong with caramel maltiness with hints of smoke and a hoppy bitterness. The beer finishes with mild pepper notes that tend to linger with a slight alcoholic after taste. The beer boasts a good carbonation that lasts even as the beer warms. I highly recommend this for beer lovers who enjoy a strong dark taste, especially in the winter.

Photo of jdhilt
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.

Photo of alpinebryant
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cola colored brown with no visible bubbles / carbonation coming to the top. Some lacing on the sides.
Smell of banana esters, cocoa, caramel, toffee, raisins and purple grape juice.

Taste of cocoa nibs mixing with licorice, overripe bananas, and of course belgian yeast with fruity esters and purple grape concentrate. The booze is extremely strong in this one. I will probably throw the next 3 of this 4 pack in the cellar for a few years to see what happens. To say the least, this is an interesting beer. All over the place with cocoa, licorice, banana, nail polish and booze. I kinda like the complexity, and will stop from hating on this because of the booze factor. Booze has its place and if you are looking for it, it is in this beer.

For those people speaking down on the booze factor in here, I hear your voice, I just don't know that your point is valid. If you can get all of these flavors in a beer without alcohol in it I would love to try it. This is a sipper , not to be chugged

Carbonation low, Drinkability for a wheatwine is pretty good, most wheatwines have a very light mouthfeel as does this however if you sit on one glass for a long while as it is intended, I think it gets decent drinkability as well

Photo of Pahn
2.35/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. "211" is printed on the neck of the bottle, so if you know what they're trying to say with that, you probably know when the beer was bottled.

Appearance: Free pour yields a light tan head that quickly dissipates into a tiny ring around the surface. Pours a solid black that's reddish and semi-translucent around the edges. No lacing.

Smell: Caramel and sweetened grape juice. Some nice, ambiguous smells like raisin and banana bread, with the grape juice aroma not overboard but complimentary to the rest. Boozy. Smells like an interesting beer.

With warmth, all you can generally smell is alcohol. Some really faint roasted and dark fruit aromas pop in and out, but it's predominantly like rubbing alcohol / nail polish remover.

Taste: First sip: grape, chocolate, alcohol. It's a little stout-like, with roasted malt and chocolate flavors dominating. Long straight alcohol aftertaste along with warmth in the chest. Next sip: significantly more grape, sweeter and with an emerging note of anise. Roasted flavor more in the background, alcohol still prominent.

The third sip: cough syrup. And it's down hill from there. Harsh, overwhelming booze colored by occasional hints of some of the other things mentioned above.

All the good flavors taste better in other beers. The solvent-like alcohol taste is too much. This flavor reminds you that alcohol is a poison, and why people cut liquor with juice or cream. Sickening.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Kind of watery. Hot as hell. Hard to gauge other aspects of the feel (like carbonation) in light of the heat.

Drinkability: I'm considering pouring this down the drain.

I have no problem with high alcohol beers; I've given As to several beers with a higher ABV than this. However, this beer tastes like hard liquor that alludes to various beer styles (stout, weizenbock). To be blunt, this beer is awful.

Harpoon Leviathan - Triticus from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
88 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.