Harpoon Leviathan - Uber-Bock - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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4.48/5 rDev +27.3%
I've had a couple bottles of this squirreled away for a while now. Thought I'd reviewed it previously but I guess not. Majority of the reviews are >18 months ago, with only one review in the past year, so it seems like this one flew right by like a flash in the pan. Not currently listed on their website either. Huh. I wonder if they'll make it again. Hopefully they will after reading this review.
12oz single, code 109, served room temp in a tulip.
A: A hard pour puts up 2 fingers of spongy light orange-tan head atop the crystal clear cherry red brew. Head fades to a single layer of persistent bubbles and a healthy meniscus hugging the glass, then gradually disappears completely. No lace.
S: Sweet candy sugariness with a lot of complexity. Up very high in the nose it has a really sharp honeycomb edge, very prominent. Then some light malt sweetness mixed with cherry candy forming the body of it. Malt starch/ body is felt in the nose more than it is smelled. Tiny hints of Robitussin-type EtOH and liccorice.
T: Very very smooth and subdued flavors. Candied cherries, coconut cream, tobacco, finishing with mild spearmint, liccorice, more tobacco, and mixed herbs. Really complicated but hard to describe, I could throw up a dozen more descriptors but not be at all confident in any of them. Wish I had a case of this to explore and study it more fully.
M: Nice viscosity without being thick, very well-balanced, soft silky carbo. EtOH very well hidden. So damn smooth, wow.
D: Super silky smooth and soft, wow. Pretty sure I remember this one being a little rough and unrefined before, when I cellared it 1+yr ago, but it has aged extremely well. Sure wish I had stashed away more of it. Only got 1 bottle left after this one.
Lot of reviews mention harshness and excessive alcohol, and that seems to jive with my memory of this brew. But boy, did that ever work itself out with some patience and aging! Phenomenal brew at this point.
02-18-2013 04:38:54 | More by BeerNinja007
3.5/5 rDev -0.6%
12oz bottle served in a snifter.
pours a nice, translucent deep orange / copper tone yielding 1" of off-white / beige head. retention is middling as it dissipates fairly quickly into a think cap, collar around the glass. lacing in patches. nose is decent if somewhat unremarkable, led by a wallop of sweet malt; secondary notes of apple and a floral / herbal character.
more of the same translates to the flavor. sweet and malty with the apple and floral / herbal pulling through. boozy kick to the finish. medium-full bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.
overall i'd say this is an above average offering, though not by much. fully quaffable, but definitely not my favorite from the leviathan series.
(originally reviewed: 05-10-2011)
06-14-2012 01:54:37 | More by BostonHops
3.7/5 rDev +5.1%
A-Clear orange amber, little carbonation and one finger head
S-Sweet malt, some roasted malt and even a little bit of alcohol.
T-Bread and buttery malt, alcohol is no longer present and there is some bitterness.
M-Medium bodied, smooth but lacking in carbonation.
O-A nice Bock, very sweet at the tip of the tongue. However the alcohol is the nose is a drawback.
02-11-2012 01:08:48 | More by rlee1390
3.73/5 rDev +6%
Enjoyed in a pilsner glass
A: pours a crystal cleae light golden color with a slight reddish hie, a ton of carbonation bubbles, pours witj two fingers of pure white head that is creamy and lingers for a decent time, leaves minimal lacing
S: Citrus and fruit sweetness along with a bit of depth from a maple syrup like note
T: begins with a nice depth then kicks into a taste I would compare to apple cider, apple like taste lingers on the palate
M: medium carbonation, leaves a dry but crisp taste on the palate which once again I would compare to apple cider
O: a nice brew, no hint of the 9%. She drinks nice
01-15-2012 23:37:01 | More by BigPlay1824
3.83/5 rDev +8.8%
Got this bottle for Christmas. 12oz bottle...
A: A clear, filtered, medium redish orange with a small 1/2 inch white head that fades quickly to small bubbles atop the brew. Decent.
S: I get a nice sweet bready malt scent upfront. Almost a mild cherry scent in the back. Ok.
T: I get a sweet malt quickly subdued by a bready rye in the middle. An oatmeal type taste towards the backend with a mild booze bite on the very end. Good.
M: Medium body with a great carbonation. A malty finish. Very good.
O: All in all, this is a good beer. Very smooth drinker. I have not had too much from the style, but this is a very smooth mainstream version. Try if you like a smooth bock.
01-02-2012 03:58:32 | More by steve8robin
2.68/5 rDev -23.9%
Pours a clear light amber color with a decent sized head, sticks around for awhile, no lacing whatsoever though and fades away so that no cap is left.
Something is off with the aroma, the first thought I have is vegetables, I've had this happen with a few beers (such as Gubna, which is a different style), the byproduct to cause this aroma is not unpleasant but it's just not right for a beer, behind the aroma of green bell peppers is some caramel malt, no real hop aroma to speak of but that is expected for once.
Taste fortunately is lacking in the vegetable department, starts out with caramel malt front which is the predominant flavor, some fruity esters come into play, the strength is surprisingly well hidden, decent creamy mouthfeel.
There are a few things off about this beer which is disappointing since I'm a fan of Bocks and have enjoyed most of the other Leviathan series beers. Things started off wrong with the aroma and just couldn't impress with the taste.
12-17-2011 04:14:18 | More by deltatauhobbit
4/5 rDev +13.6%
Starts with a decent head but dies to a thin layer of bubbles. Good ring lace on the glass. Deep amber color and crystal clear.
Earthy and mildly sweet with a caramel aroma. Attractive.
A good combination of sweet with a bitter hop kicker. Rich like a bock should be. The carbonation is low, almost flat. The alcohol presence is very subtle. The aftertaste is a pleasant blend of malted sugars and peppery hop.
11-06-2011 02:34:47 | More by smcolw
Harpoon Leviathan - Uber-Bock from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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