Harpoon Leviathan - Triticus - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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4.22/5 rDev +7.7%
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.
01-30-2011 05:20:27 | More by ThePorterSorter
4/5 rDev +2%
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.
01-28-2011 04:32:36 | More by CuriousMonk
4.05/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
01-26-2011 19:13:52 | More by Pencible
4.15/5 rDev +5.9%
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% (!)
01-25-2011 00:53:38 | More by Billolick
2.78/5 rDev -29.1%
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.
01-15-2011 02:31:05 | More by maximum12
3.65/5 rDev -6.9%
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.
01-14-2011 02:48:12 | More by loren01
4.03/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
12-26-2010 17:38:16 | More by mtnbikerpa
3.85/5 rDev -1.8%
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!
12-24-2010 01:31:30 | More by bamojr
4/5 rDev +2%
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.
12-19-2010 22:55:41 | More by emmasdad
3.23/5 rDev -17.6%
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.
12-15-2010 13:40:20 | More by OWSLEY069
3.55/5 rDev -9.4%
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.
12-15-2010 06:52:39 | More by seeswo
3.75/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
12-11-2010 23:26:08 | More by smcolw
3.53/5 rDev -9.9%
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.
12-11-2010 02:10:15 | More by deltatauhobbit
3.98/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
12-09-2010 22:33:04 | More by jorg2619
4.03/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
12-05-2010 15:32:27 | More by AdamPT1
4.13/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
12-02-2010 23:36:08 | More by jdhilt
3.9/5 rDev -0.5%
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
11-24-2010 23:03:02 | More by alpinebryant
2.3/5 rDev -41.3%
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.
11-20-2010 01:02:42 | More by Pahn
4.05/5 rDev +3.3%
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a over sized wine glass.
The color is dark black with some brownish highlights and a thin wisp of brownish/tan head with no lacing.
The smell is a little strawberry with a wheat filled flavor. There is some chap stick like flavors that come out to poke fun at me. Fresh watermelon and strawberry flavor pops in the nose.
The taste is spicy at first with a hard alcohol flavor that announces itself then backs off into a full fruit punch that its me back. Some strong grape, currant, and raisin flavor make for a full spectrum of flavor.
The feel of this beer is big, there is a big fingerprint of alcohol as well as a flavorful body that sits down in your lap till you finish it. It goes down well and at points is easier than a barley-wine at times when it goes down.
11-18-2010 07:33:00 | More by Duhast500
3.45/5 rDev -12%
Served on-tap in a 10oz snifter at Sunset Tap and Grill (Allston, MA).
A: Murky grape-brown with short off-white cap of head that leaves no lace.
S: Sweet and tart wheaty aromas are clubbed by brash berryish and metallic alcohol. Molasses and licorice accent the aromas intensely.
T: The flavor is best described as a mixture of estery wheat tartness beat down by the raw strength of the alcohol and the sharp anise qualities of the licorice-molasses component.
M: Full-bodied and mouth-filling. The alcohol tones are a detriment though.
D: The alcohol is a blugdeon unfortunately for this one.
11-18-2010 04:15:46 | More by argock
3.58/5 rDev -8.7%
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.
11-15-2010 19:28:49 | More by PhillyStyle
4.08/5 rDev +4.1%
12 oz bottle puchased 11-14-10, 211 on bottle.
A - Deep dark brown, poured fairly aggressively to get a 1/2" head, some slight lacing.
S - Interesting smell, slight roasted smell, some hops. Smell of treacle or molasses.
T - Flavor is nothing like what I have had in the past but very good indeed. Stong roasted flavor, intesting hopping very balanced.
M - Very rich, light carbonation, but there is an alochol aftertaste
D - Not a gulping beer, light carbonation , with a warm brandy like ending.
Due to the high alcohol content, one is enough, two is just on the verge of too much.
11-15-2010 01:15:36 | More by beyah
3.75/5 rDev -4.3%
12oz into Alpine pint glass. Drink Alpine beer or go to bed!
A- Lovely dark pour, 2-finger head that fizzes out quickly, moderate lacing.
S- Nose is sweet roasted malt goodness. Undetermined dark fruit notes.
T- Great depth of wheat flavors and a boozy, fruity (almost banana) phenolic sweetness. The hops are here to help cut into the sweetness but don't do much more than that. Not nearly as cloying as I was expecting.
M- Heavy, thick, chewy. Carbonation is spot-on.
D- I liked it.. seems to be a polarizing beer, but I like wheatwines and this is a unique take on the style. Would love to see what a bourbon barrel would do to this beer..
Insanely drinkable (to me) for the ABV.
11-10-2010 13:29:29 | More by ShogoKawada
2.15/5 rDev -45.2%
Split a 4pk of this with a fellow BA.
Pours nearly black with a tiny bit of tannish foam, not much, no retention, dots of lace.
Aroma is big hearty malts, sweet caramel, with wheaty twang and a fruity component thats like slightly tangy kiwi? Very subtle but I picked that out for some reason. But its mostly just boozy. It's big and stinging. harsh.
The taste is huge as well, boozy, tons of sugary raisin, wheaty chalkiness on the palate. cloying, just not good. Messy. Mouthfeel is medium, low carbonation, just not a very pleasant beer to drink. I drain poured the second half.
11-09-2010 03:37:19 | More by Ineedabeerhere
3.08/5 rDev -21.4%
A beautiful brown color, but no head though. Not the best offering. Nose has a high alcohol scent with a bitter wheat undertones. The taste is sour, bitter and without much goodness. Mouthfeel is a medium/full body that has a slight oil trail. I'm not that impressed as the alcohol and the wheat really seems to take over everything else.
11-04-2010 03:17:17 | More by bilyboy65
Harpoon Leviathan - Triticus from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
88 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.