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Harpoon Leviathan - Baltic Porter - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BA SCORE
89
very good

348 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 348
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 9.55%
Wants: 40
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Leviathan Baltic Porter is a dark, strong beer of considerable complexity. Brewed with a highly alcohol-tolerant strain of lager yeast, it has a smooth, full flavor with dark fruit and licorice notes in the aroma. De-husked roasted malt lends a dark chocolate character without being sharp or harsh. Raw sugar and dark crystal malt give some raisin and molasses notes while East Kent Goldings hops make for a long, earthy finish.

38 IBU

(Beer added by: lpayette on 11-16-2008)
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Reviews by timmay41:
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timmay41

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a four pack from the brewery in South Boston during a tasting.

A: Body is dark brown with amber highlights at the top and bottom of the glass. Thin (less than one finger) grayish, light brown head consisting of small carbonation bubbles. Very little lacing & retention.

S: Sweet roasted malts, toffee, light scent of caramel, some alcohol detectable. Then notes of coffee milk or coffee ice cream emerge. Really nice.

T & M: Big, aggressive first sip--carbonation and alcohol-heavy coffee taste. As it breathes it becomes a little more nuanced, delivering chocolate and dark cherry notes. Light-to-medium bodied but fizzy, which leads to some quality belching. Alcohol warmth comes through near the end of the sip and in the aftertaste.

D: I really like the effort Harpoon is putting into this series, attempting to branch out to new styles. In the future, this won't be the beer I go for when I crave a baltic porter, but it does as admirable job engaging with what this style does well--roasted, sweet taste, velvety mouthfeel, and big alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 21:26:34 | More by timmay41
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Pleasing aroma of chocolate, malts, and dark fruit.

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Appearance 3.5: Very dark brown. I would say black, but there is a fine line of brown around the edges. Almost no head and I cranked the pour. White foam on top is a pleasing contrast to the dark beer.

Smell 3.5: Nice bouquet, but a bit subdued. I smell toasted grains, high ABV hops (is that Magnum?), very light dried fruit aroma.

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Harpoon Leviathan - Baltic Porter from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
89 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.