Harpoon Leviathan - Baltic Porter - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BA SCORE
89
very good

358 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 358
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 42
Gots: 13 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Harpoon Leviathan - Baltic Porter from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
89 out of 100 based on 358 ratings.