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Harpoon Leviathan - Barleywine Style Ale - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BA SCORE
86
very good

225 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 225
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 21
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 11-20-2010)
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Reviews by Flounder57:
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

12 oz bottle was poured into a Boulevard tuliped glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger head that has reduced and left nice lacing on the side of the glass. The beer is a nice mohogany crimson ruby red color with carbonation coming up through the center of the glass

Smell: sweet caramel and toffee malt aromas. Slight hints of banana and raisins. Super sweetness and alcohol hide a lot of other aromas.

Taste: Same as taste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little chewy, alcohol is very boozy, medium to full bodied and easy to enjoy.

Overall: Over the past year I have become accustomed to barleywines and the many different breweries that produce them. Will be having more of these in the future.

11-12-2011 05:24:44 | More by Flounder57
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oberon

North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -12.1%

My first review on the newer updated BA.Poured into an imperial nonic a rich clear amber bronze with a 1/2 finger head atop that left a a broken ring of lace as it settled pretty quickly.Deeply fruity in the nose along with caramle malts,alot of sweet alcohol as well.Sweeter and alcoholic on the palate,somewhat hot it takes a little while to get used to,after awhile some fruity notes and leather-like flavors com in to play but it's still an acoholic monster.It looks great,feels great,and has alot going for it but it's hot and on the sweet side for my taste.

02-24-2012 20:40:32 | More by oberon
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.35/5  rDev -12.1%

A cherry amber color with a thin tan head.
Caramel/toffee aroma, some citrus. Alcohol there.
Citrus hops up front in the taste, followed by the caramel/toffee malt. Kind of boozy.
Overall, a pretty nice barleywine. However, it was a little too alcoholic for me. Rather intrusive.

06-07-2011 20:55:42 | More by lordofthewiens
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3HovsepiansBrews

California

4/5  rDev +5%

A - Orange/brown w/ light brown head
S - Alcohol, butter, bsicuit/breadiness, spiciness from esters
T - Butter, alcohol, subtle hop fruitiness, and a slight hint of wood
M - Medium bodied with a slight syupiness, but still a decent amount of carbonation
O - This is the best harpoon brew I have ever had, it is a pretty good english barleywine. The alcohol is one of the most prominent character that makes one of these beers really nice to have, but that is about all you can have. I would definitely get this beer again sometime.

01-16-2012 16:13:18 | More by 3HovsepiansBrews
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

08-01-2014 14:14:34 | More by Doomcifer
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +9.7%

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date though this beer is probably good to go for cellaring /aging if needed.

Clear dark copper color, egg shell colored head rises to the top of the pint glass and holds strong. Smells of shortbread, caramel, figs, peppery alcohol and a hint of toasted bread. Big creamy body with a smooth mouth feel. Fresh woody, minty, leafy and faintly orangey hops ride a pretty big wave of caramel maltiness. Hop bitterness is certainly there to balance. A little biscuity then the figgy flavors jump in with a peppery alcohol warmth. More leafy woody hop flavor in the semi-dry finish.

Sip after sip this beer grows on me more and more. Sure you could probably cellar this beer but it is drinking great now.

01-04-2011 02:13:10 | More by Jason
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +1%

Poured into a wine glass at Bert's Landing, Plymouth--$2 draft of the day--great deal

Appearance: burgundy in color, hazy, 1/2 inch head that fades quick

Smell: caramel and pine

Taste: deep brown sugar and caramel start, the body contains figs--more brown sugar, piney hops, and bread, the end finishes a bit citrusy and still more bready brown sugar

Mouthfeel: sweet start followed by a bitter spike and a blend that lingers with a dry finish, medium-light carbonation, heavy bodied

Overall: A sipper but and enjoyable one. The hops do come out more than some other English barleywines that I have had. One of the better Leviathan beers I have had, yet there are others in the style I would go to first. A nice offering.

04-22-2011 13:57:40 | More by tigg924
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +5%

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the brown sugar with some caramel malt and piney hops mixed in. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of sugar as well as some pine and orange notes. While there is some hop flavor, there is very little bitterness resulting in the beer being very sweet. The alcohol is barely detectable. Very easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very nice overall.

02-08-2011 05:53:37 | More by Mora2000
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

3.03/5  rDev -20.5%

Harpoon's Leviathan series take on an English-style Barleywine begins with just about as sugary a nose as you could expect from this style, filled with berries (especially strawberry), banana, pear, and effervescent white grape. Brown sugar and a biscuit malt backing provide a counters, and hops supply a fresh citrus grapefruit spritzer backing.

On the tongue, the beer begins immediately sweet, the strawberry, banana, and pear notes translating perfectly to the tongue, almost bubble gum sweet in their fruit esters, and dominate the flavor profile for most of the mouthful. These are joined in lesser amounts by vanilla and pepper. Towards the end of the mouthful, as the sugars die off, the malts come into stronger play, bringing toasted grain and nut flavors, joined strongly by the 65 IBUs and their grapefruit/pine goodness, which have so far been mostly subsumed beneath the massive sugars (which tells you a lot about the sugar levels). The aftertaste is mainly hops, and lasts for a while. Mouthfeel is a thick medium to medium-heavy, and carbonation is also medium to medium-heavy.

Overall, this is a good Barleywine, though I feel that the carbonation is a bit excessive, the sugars are slightly heavy, and the hops overly dominate the end of the mouthful. The beer doesn't--at least for me--match up to the excellent levels of Harpoon's other Leviathan beers. Don't get me wrong: this is still a good beer, but of the Leviathan beers that I've tried (which is all but one of them), this is towards the bottom of the rankings.

07-31-2011 02:22:14 | More by jondeelee
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dogfishandi

New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

02-11-2012 04:57:15 | More by dogfishandi
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alesaram

Guam

5/5  rDev +31.2%

10-15-2012 23:08:04 | More by alesaram
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Djenx

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

07-18-2012 19:12:38 | More by Djenx
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lnashsig

Texas

4.53/5  rDev +18.9%

Bottle from October 2010- been cellaring since. Poured from bottle into DFH snifter. Pours a rich dark amber color, with a creamy off white head that stands on top of the beer. No receding. Some lacing stays on the side of the glass. A terrific looking beer. Smell- toffee, mocha, some grainy aromas, caramel. What I would expect from the style, very appetizing aroma. Taste- creamy mouthfeel, a rich sweet blast of dark fruits like prunes, raisins, dark cherries. Very little hop presence or bitterness, this is just a super smooth and drinkable barleywine. And, no heat whatsoever from the ABV- it is well hidden in the creamy sweetness that the beer offers. I enjoyed this one, will seek out again.

01-06-2012 01:50:10 | More by lnashsig
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Aberration

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Poured into a Good ol' Pint Glass.

A: This beer boasts a very nice red/orange hue to it. Looks fantastic.

S: Nose is very complex but I got a phenolic cherry smell almost, which put me off a bit. Other than that it smelled good. Esters and malt primarily.

T: The phenolic taste was there for me to go with the smell, but the taste was good though. Very complex with honey, spices, esters.

M: Full bodied barleywine, what else can be said?

O: Very good offering by Harpoon, I can't wait to age some of these and come back to them later when they've mellowed out!

06-30-2011 17:49:11 | More by Aberration
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ABokononist

New York

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

07-16-2012 17:09:26 | More by ABokononist
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Wegomlegging

Virginia

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

Deep clear brown pour with good head. Decent smell, mostly hops. Taste is also hoppy, also slightly sweet and malty with alcohol coming through in the middle of the swallow. Nice finish, but overall a little harsh. This beer is one that requires an open mind to enjoy.

02-06-2011 06:06:57 | More by Wegomlegging
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bamojr

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

This is quite potent brew, as is par normal with the Leviathan series. It has a strong malty taste that rounds off quite nice on the tongue. This is one of the better beers in the leviathan series, which is saying something considering the caliber of this whole line. It does have a very strong alcohol flavor to it that I have not noticed quite so much in the rest of the series, but they still round this one out for an all around good beer.

12-24-2010 00:29:21 | More by bamojr
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pastramionrye7

Germany

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

07-15-2013 00:16:54 | More by pastramionrye7
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Cnorrisl

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

08-24-2012 17:47:28 | More by Cnorrisl
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tenacioustomato

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +5%

03-22-2012 19:32:40 | More by tenacioustomato
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snowmaggedon

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

11-01-2012 22:21:51 | More by snowmaggedon
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zimm421

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

02-24-2013 23:39:27 | More by zimm421
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

06-14-2013 22:31:13 | More by Kegatron
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Seaba

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.3%

02-28-2013 19:17:58 | More by Seaba
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Enriquehopnog

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5%

11-12-2013 20:50:39 | More by Enriquehopnog
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Harpoon Leviathan - Barleywine Style Ale from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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