Harpoon Leviathan - Baltic Porter - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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3.88/5 rDev -2.5%
Received a single from my friend Paul M. Label looks intimidating. Leviathan has a doll's eyes. Cold and unfeeling. Now that I've stuck a toe in the water, might as well dive in... .
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.
Taste 4.0: Front is somewhat sweet, with a strong malt-forward character. Middle is fascinating: moves from the sweet in the initial taste to a more silky smooth balanced character here. More smoked grains, and a deeper, richer burnt sugar taste. Finish is middle of the palate and is a great balance between dry and sweet. Aftertaste is remarkably short, and features more subdued smoke and dark malts.
Mouthfeel 4.0: Not many bubbles; dead on target for a porter. So many brewers go overboard in this area.
Overall 4.0: Excellent Imperial (Baltic) Porter. Smoky, smooth and thoroughly enjoyable. I was fascinated by the flavor shift in the taste: from sweet to medium to almost dry all in one swallow. Absolutely no hint of the BIG ABV this baby packs, either, so be aware if it is your turn to drive the nuns and orphans down the mountain later in the evening. Great beer and big thanks to my buddy Paul M.
08-06-2013 04:41:53 | More by BeerDocT
4.1/5 rDev +3%
Pour is a deep black with hints of ruby and purple. 1/2 finger of brown head fading quickly.
Nose is ripe with dried fruit, plum, raisin. Lots of gummy sweetness.
Taste starts with similar dark, dry fruit flavors, largely dried fig and raisin. Follows by a rich, roasty maltiness, with some hints of coffee and dark chocolate.
Feel is medium thick, perfect for the style.
Really good and robust flavors, they try to complement each other but end up clashing a bit. Still delightful to drink though.
05-08-2013 23:59:03 | More by dheacck11
4.04/5 rDev +1.5%
A: dark, amber around the edges. A finger of soft white head.
S: funky. Almost like a Belgian with dark plum and raise. Big yeast and biscuit quality. Small amount of roast and a milk chocolate.
T: wonderful dark fruit, plum and fig. Some chocolate in the middle with a little coffee bitterness on the end. Brown sugar undertones with a little biscuit quality.
M:Smooth! Not much carbination but it definitely feels light on the palate.
O: a nice Baltic porter. Fruity, funky, yeasty and flavorful. Not quite as much coffee as I'd like but I will definitely pick this up again!
04-18-2013 02:52:05 | More by schwemjw
3.86/5 rDev -3%
A- dark amber brown with a thin tan head. Much lighter than other porters.
S- nothing to report here. Couldn't really pick up anything destinct.
T- I've never had a Baltic porter before, and expected a "porter" and this was anything but. However, that is not a bad thing. Tastes like a strong ale and goes down smooth. Has a sweet touch to start and it lasts the whole way, also a good thing.
M- about an average carb level, the flavor definitely fills your mouth
04-16-2013 00:53:55 | More by linnymtu
Harpoon Leviathan - Baltic Porter from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
89 out of 100 based on 352 ratings.