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Harpoon Leviathan - Great Scott - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BA SCORE
86
very good

98 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Leviathan Great Scott pays homage to the celebrated Wee Heavy Scottish Ales of the past. This beer is a full-flavored, full-bodied dark ale with a complex malt character. The hint of smokiness is a tribute to the peated malts that were historically used in Scottish brewing. Relax and enjoy with bagpipes playing in your head (kilt optional).

33 IBU

(Beer added by: elgiacomo on 05-02-2012)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by PrimScrewhead:
Photo of PrimScrewhead
4.6/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Malty, sweet, smokey & boozy. This is a great beer for the price and a fantastic representation of the style.

Beautiful deep amber in appearance.
Malt, sugar and alcohol is what you smell and malt, sugar and alcohol is what you taste. Finishes with a hint of smokey peat.

I liked this Wee Heavy offering over Dirty Bastard (it's OK at best) and Sam Adams (I liked that one more than most).
Maybe a push with Skull Splitter and Trinity Brewhouse's Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy

You can usually get a 4-pack for under $10. For a beer weighing in at 10.2%, that's almost unheard of.
Fantastic choice for your 2nd or 3rd beer of the evening, when you have settled in and need something to savor.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of diesel59
4.7/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am a big fan of the scotch ale style and I have to admit this stuff is right up there w/ Founders Backwoods Bastard... I am very impressed!!! I really don't know how they got all that flavor in there without a bunch of shit floating around...but they did... this is top shelf stuff and should be bought, hidden, hoarded, and enjoyed privatly as not to be shared w/anyone ... I think this is going to be a hot item... "STOCK UP!"

Photo of VernonKell
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of tigg924
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the New World Tavern. Served into a tulip glass.

Appearance: cloudy, dark chestnut brown in color, minimal head, low carbonation

Smell: caramel, peat, and flowers

Taste: deep caramel start, peat, and heather and other flowers--maybe a touch of lavender

Mouthfeel: sweet, medium-heavy body, high carbonation for the style--prickly

Overall: Outside of the aggressive carbonation, I really enjoyed this one. A bit boozy even for the style, it was good and complex. I would certainly get this again.

Photo of jondeelee
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great Scott opens rich and malty, the aromas drifting from the bottle heavy with caramel and brown sugar, with touches of vanilla. Rich, whole-grain rising bread dough brings earthiness, and a healthy does of orange, nectarine, and fig fruit esters adds lovely complexity. The nose also bears a slight smoky quality, like a wood burning stove full of pitchy pine smelled from afar, or peat moss. But sugars win out on the nose, providing a varied and compelling aroma that is especially heavy in fruits and candies, which play off the slight smokiness well.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a mimicry of this sweet smoky flavor, the sweets being quite sugary and providing caramel, brown sugar, orange, vanilla, and nectarine, as well as touches of cream and cherry/berry. The smokiness is quite subtle, but not so much that it’s overlooked, and adds a layer of peat. Crusty breads, rich yeasty dough, and floury baguette help offset the sugars, joined by just a touch of grapefruit and pine from the hops. The aftertaste is still heavy on sugars, but brings on a larger layer of smoke and grapefruit rind, slightly burning the soft palate. The high 10.2% ABV is slightly noticeable throughout the entire mouthful, but more so in the aftertaste, adding to the burn. Mouthfeel is a creamy medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is excellent fare, being full-bodied and finely nuanced, the craftsmanship immediately apparent in the complexity and variance of flavors. The sugars especially are delicious, providing a malty sweetness that more brewers would do well to take notice of. The high alcohol content does get slightly in the way, especially late in the mouthful, and the beer needed just a touch more bread flavors to keep pace with the sugars, but there aren’t many Wee Heavies on the market better than this.

Photo of whoneeds8
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of gobsmacker
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of Djenx
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of sgerwel1985
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of hreb
2.98/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

4 pack of 12oz bottles; no date given. Beer pours reddish orange but surprisingly pale for a scotch ale. Aroma is phenolic and slightly sweet. Flavor is similarly fruity. As promised by the Leviathan series the flavors are really big here, and so is the ABV. There's no overpowering bitterness or chalkiness, just big scotch ale flavor profile. I don't get much smokiness or caramel, unfortunately.

Fans of this particular style of wee heavy may really like this, but I'm just not a huge fan.

Photo of KRella
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Brewsephus
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A- light chestnut color, clear, filtered, head is slight off white.

S-The malt is the only smell present. Very difficult to pick up the peat malt on the nose. Dark malts, crystal malt scent.

T-Robust, to say the least. Very malt forward, sweet, bitterness from hops undetectable. Malt bitterness present, balanced. Peat malt holds a huge amount of flavor, which is actually refreshing. Too much peat malt can make you gag, but this seems to be very close to that line without going over it. Fruity, cranberry, plum, fig, slight cherry, black currant, faint caper spice. Alcohol heat blows through on the finish. It's a hot hot heat from the alcohol, not whiskey hot, but closer to a spiced rum. I don't mind it, it finishes off the pallet from all the lingering flavors, especially the peat. It is a dear hallmark of this style, even if 10.2% is pushing the limits of a Wee Heavy.

M- Full bodied, sharp/hot alcohol, medium-high carbonation (definitely carbonated enough so that the beer doesn't come across as syrupy).

0- Been there, done that beer. Cannot session, and one kills your pallet so that all subsequent beers are thin and one dimensional. Very tasty when you are craving a Wee Heavy. I'll keep the rest in my fridge until I'm ready for another craving. Flavors are all there, even if they are all 'turned up to 11'. As with the other Leviathan series beers, I appreciate the effort, but one and done is enough.

Photo of Linda081
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of puboflyons
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle served about 40 degrees. Sampled on October 7, 2012.

It pours a very attractive looking dark amber with copper hues throughout and a head that rises slightly than diminishes to a ring.

The aroma is malts, caramel malts, and more sweet malts. That is the best way to define it. Some boozy character but no smoky character as promised in the description.

The body is bold and creamy. I like that a lot.

The taste begins with a whole lot of malty sweetness and a more downplayed bitterness at the end that does not linger for very long. Still, as far as Scottish Wee Heavy's go, Harpoon has a pretty good rendition on the style.

Photo of DBoone
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of HipHopinHooligan13
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of JoshuaGoins
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of MikalMick
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of ScaryEd
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of rlee1390
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Translucent ruby one finger head with some carbonation and slight lacing.

S-Rather malty, some caramel, tad bit of peat, dark fruits (plums?)

T-Caramel, little beat, some bitterness. Plums and other dark fruits. Not as much smokiness as I would have liked.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation, a tad watery and even some alcohol heat.

O-A good scotch ale but a little too boozy and not enough smokey notes.

Photo of andylipp
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz plaid-clad fish bottle of the 2012 vintage pours a clear, light copper color with a small off-white head. Not much retention and lacing.

Nose is big, bold butterscotch, caramel and toffee. Lots of sweetness and pretty big alcohol.

Taste is better than the smell and appearance might indicate...maybe combined! The butterscotch flavors work well to soften the toffee and toasty aspects very nicely. The ABV is far more tame than I thought possible after the sniff test. Fairly sweet, and does not show some of the darker malt traits I typically like to see in a Scotch Ale...peat, smoke and even a bit of chocolate can be nice...but this beer is really tasty. This might be a good candidate for the cellar. Worth a purchase as most of the leviathan beers seem to be.

Photo of BGsWo22
1.5/5  rDev -60.5%

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Harpoon Leviathan - Great Scott from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
86 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.