Harpoon Leviathan - Triticus - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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3.68/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
04-17-2012 14:13:30 | More by oberon
3.58/5 rDev -8.7%
A: Pours a dark amber color with a thin tan head.
S: Spice, burnt sugar, roasted malt and wheat, toffee and a light note of earthy and spicy hops.
T: Heavy sweetness with touch of toffee, caramel, thick malt and wheat syrup, spicy clove and touch of vanilla. Hops add some earthy and bitter notes but balance is to the sweet.
M: Full body and slightly syrupy with a medium carbonation level and noticeable alcohol warmth.
D: This was not as impressive at first but as it warmed this beer came out quite well. It is a sipper and can be enjoyed with dessert, dark chocolate or strong cheeses. Give it a try and be patient with it.
04-15-2012 18:09:40 | More by scottbrew4u
4.38/5 rDev +11.7%
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.
04-14-2012 02:28:37 | More by Greywulfken
3.15/5 rDev -19.6%
Pours out a bourbon whiskey colored brown, very clear with light tan head. No lacing in my wine glass.
Smells of scotch whiskey phenols, caramel and sweeter malt, toasted wheat bread, more booze.
Taste has some wheat and sweet malt, but it really resembles a watered down fine scotch whiskey. It really does taste distilled and even lent out some heartburn later. The flavor isn't bad, just overwhelmed by alcohol.
Mouthfeel is medium with high carbonation. No head retention.
It would be great in a 6oz pour, but 12oz is too much and not very enjoyable after a while. I will cellar the rest and try them as I go.
02-16-2012 00:48:04 | More by Netdigger2
3.63/5 rDev -7.4%
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...
02-11-2012 16:31:14 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
3.78/5 rDev -3.6%
A-Clear deep ruby, almost balck in the glass, one finger head
S-The smell is off, can't quite place it, maybe a result of some wheat and spice combination.
T-Strong wheat presence, a little spice, bittering hops are present however there is some alcohol bite.
M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation and smooth.
O-A decent wheatwine, however the nose was off putting and you can detect some alcohol.
02-09-2012 14:20:02 | More by rlee1390
3.98/5 rDev +1.5%
A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a dark brown color and a thick, murky consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.
S: A very sharp aroma of malt, caramel, coffee, and booze.
T: Tasted of coffee, caramel, malt, and a slightly astrigent quality. The alcohol was noticeable to a certain degree. An interesting, robust flavor.
M: A well-carbonated beer with a crisp, clean finish. Medium-bodied.
O: A pretty good beer that's worth trying, though I don't think I'd add it to my regular rotation.
01-27-2012 15:04:27 | More by avalon07
3.83/5 rDev -2.3%
Received this as an extra from Smakawhat. It's the temperature of my chilly cellar, and I'm pouring it into a tulip glass.
It's an opaque beer, colored dark brown. The head is tan and not very thick. A small layer bubbles built up as soon as I finished pouring, but it quickly settled back down to a ring of bubbles an small skim of foam.Swirling brings the head back and leaves a nice film that holds onto a few patches of foam.
This beer certainly smells like a spicy malt-forward offering. I can detect anise, earthy roots and some alcohol.
The flavor is also very malty, as you'd expect from a wheat wine. My limited experience with this style has lead me to expect a more floral flavor than this, but since this is a "dark" version of the style, more earthy flavors make sense to me. There is a hint of chocolate that I can taste, and a slight coffee bitterness. Alcohol can be tasted as I swallow, but the beer doesn't come across as overly strong.
This is a full bodied beer. There isn't a whole lot of coating, but what's there has some good malt flavors. The beer feels more carbonated that I expected, which was a pleasant surprise.
This is an interesting beer. I'm not always a fan of beers that are "the dark version of a style you already know," but this one seems to take wheat wine in an interesting direction. I'm glad I got it as an extra in a trade, as I don't think I would want an entire 4 pack. I feel like a few of the bottles would sit around for a while (although with this ABV that shouldn't hurt the beer). I think the original packaging—a 22oz bottle—would be a great way to enjoy Triticus.
01-14-2012 21:34:38 | More by ToasterChef
4.28/5 rDev +9.2%
Blind beer #3 from Shogo--
Calls for a pint... Into my nonic with you!
I was honestly hoping for something hoppy tonight... Like a nice IPA or something (call it hopslam envy-- it hasn't hit the SW burbs of Chicago yet!). I grabbed this and hoped against hope...
Tis not to be.
This is dark-- very deep reddish brown, with a tan head. Very nice retention.
Smells of giant coffee notes, some piney resin, even a touch of mint.
This beer has an odd tongue-numbing sensation to it-- it's quite hard to explain. The flavor has all the notes I expected from the nose, and reminds me of a porter crossed with a barleywine in a strange way.
Feels pretty fully and oily.
Well... I have NO IDEA what this is.
REVEAL-- Harpoon Leviathon Triticus.
This is a wheatwine? A wheatwine??? Wow. This is a dark wheatwine! Very complex, tons of flavor-- quite interesting.
Having this blind, wheatwine wasn't even something I considered as a style.
Now knowing what it is, here are my ratings;
01-14-2012 04:50:18 | More by AleWatcher
Harpoon Leviathan - Triticus from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
88 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.