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Harpoon Leviathan - Great Scott - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BA SCORE
86
very good

97 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.12%
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:
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)
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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

TaylorK, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of diesel59
4.7/5  rDev +23.4%

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!"

diesel59, May 12, 2012
Photo of PrimScrewhead
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%

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.

PrimScrewhead, Jun 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

MightyMonk, Nov 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

zekeman17, Jun 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

wrightst, Aug 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

meghmmm, Sep 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

mttdls, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of Arithmeticus
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%

Poured room temp in shifts in sampling glass

A: very robust head; great carbonation action; dark ruddy copper color
S: very enticing malt, booze, and caramel; classic scotch ale aroma
T: smooth, seductive, deeply alcoholic taste; once again, a classic rendition of a scotch ale; very sweet; strongly hopped; peat, caramel
M: viscous, with muscle

This is a good one.

Arithmeticus, Aug 03, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +16.3%

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.

jondeelee, May 20, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +12.3%

Im a Scottish mofo so it was either this or Left Hand Smoke Jumper and I chose this fellow Scot. pours up a dark mahogany color with a quickly fading tan head. Aromas of molasses, sugar, toffee. Tastes of all of the above plus earthy smokey peat, some plum too. Big body, thick, smoothe yet has a harsh bite to it. Can't really detect the high booze. I'm all in!

stumac, Oct 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

sgerwel1985, Oct 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

HipHopinHooligan13, Aug 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

kenmyers70, Aug 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Syraquse, Feb 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Microbrewtaster, Jul 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

McBraniel, Jun 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Now in used to the hoppiness of IPAs and Pale ales but I wanted to try a nice regular ale. Since im a fan of the harpoon brothers I wanted to try this.

Now I consider this ale more of a barleywine, because of it's high alcohol content, and also since its rich with a heavy malt presence. The first sip was rather a unique experience because I never tasted a beer quite unique as this. The smell was very sweet and the taste is very sweet. It has caramel and plum flavor to me and the taste lingers for quite some time. The mouthfeel is excellent as it is not overly carbonated, another note to it being a barelywine.

Overall this is a unique ale but very pleasant. Harpoon never seems to fail me as all their beers are made with such craft and dedication that you can taste it in the beer. Overall good experience.

JasonL, Jan 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Pillowburn, Feb 19, 2014
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4.18/5  rDev +9.7%

2012 bottle, poured into a Ranger Creek tulip glass

A: Pours a deep wooden brown with just a splash of red with a very minimal off white head that doesn't stick around at all or lace at all
S: mmmm. toffee, vanilla, some malty sweetness, some alcohol, really it smells more like a barleywine than what I'm expecting, but in a very nice way (I love good barleywine!)
T: Opens with toffee, middle is alcohol potency, and ends with just a mild hop bitterness, one of the tastiest wee heavy's I've had
M: smooth and velvety, again more in line with a barleywine
D: Very drinkable. I've been trying to sip this bottle and it's almost disappeared in the last 1/2 hour even though I'm intentionally going slow!

DRyan, Nov 25, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev +8.9%

Poured from bottle into NB globe. Pours a rouby toned brown with a bit of off-white head. Sweet malts and dreid fruit aromas, and typical scotch aromas.
Its a bit smoky, but sweet malts, caramel, and dried fruit notes. Nice sweet vanilla like aftertaste. Big alcohol nose but smooth.
Overall, a really great wee heavy; most likely one of my favs.

DrinkSlurm, Jun 28, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev +8.9%

2012 bottle

A: Pours a mahogany color with a fingernails worth of head that fades to nothing within a minute

S: Nice fruity maltiness, cherries, plums, some sweetness, and a hint of smoked malts

T: Follows the nose. Nice and fruity, with notes of cherries, plums, and other darker fruits. Goes into a moderate sweetness and finally into a very light hint of smoke. Finishes with some residual sweetness and fruits. Alcohol not noticeable at all

M: Medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation

O: A very nice wee heavy with some great fruity flavors going on a just a hint of smoke as it fades away. For 10.2%, there is absolutely no noticeable alcohol and it's extremely easy to drink. A great brew in the Leviathan series, but mostly long gone at this point

BEERMILER12, Jun 28, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev +7.1%

Pours a two finger cream head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Nice crystal clear, deep amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Malty dark fruit nose and flavor is malty caramel, dark fruit and hints of alcohol. Decent Scotch ale. $3.60 for a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

jdhilt, Sep 04, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +5.8%

served cold from a bottle in a snifter, sitting to get closer to room temperature.
Appearance: Lighter than most Scotch Ales. Off white one finger head is very light and dissipates quickly.
Nose: Brown sugar, molasses, Hint of Vanilla (maybe caramel?) Smells strangely like French Toast with a hint of peaty smoke.
Taste: Alcohol. Warm, Smokey. Light peat and brown sugar mix nicely to create a warm, comforting taste experience.
Mouthfeel: Lighter, less oily more than most Scotch ales.

pmacoy78, Aug 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

tbryan5, Apr 12, 2013
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Harpoon Leviathan - Great Scott from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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