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Harpoon Leviathan - Great Scott - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BA SCORE
86
very good

96 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 96
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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BGsWo22

New York

1.5/5  rDev -60.6%

03-20-2013 23:17:45 | More by BGsWo22
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Linda081

New York

2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

08-25-2013 21:05:01 | More by Linda081
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.53/5  rDev -33.6%

Appearance: Deep amber-hued body, clear, with a scant, beige head.

Smell: Mildly smoky, mildly sweet-scented caramel, with bready notes, faux strawberry, and a double shot of alcohol.

Taste: Sweet, with a light nuttiness of toasted cashews. Also, toasted bread. Low peat character. Mingled, mangled berries and peppery herb as a sharp acetone burn sets in. Sweetish, toasty/nutty finish with a final kick of booze.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Some stick, some burn present.

Overall: Guh! Like eletronic packaging, I'm really, really trying to get into this, but, at this point, I'm ready to just chuck it in the trash.

12-21-2013 22:42:57 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Rekrule

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

12-22-2012 04:58:00 | More by Rekrule
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hreb

Washington

2.98/5  rDev -21.8%

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.

06-14-2012 02:11:27 | More by hreb
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gobsmacker

California

3/5  rDev -21.3%

06-28-2012 21:27:38 | More by gobsmacker
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jhb138

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -21.3%

01-24-2013 03:33:11 | More by jhb138
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -16%

Looks pretty darn good, but I'm beginning to realize that's just one of the glories of the style. It's a beautiful, dark amber in the middle of my Leviathan glass that fades to orange highlights. The head is a thin collar of off-white sustained by a gentle rain of bubbles.

Smells of strawberry and distant molasses with the sandy dryness of peat. There's a touch of booze swirled in as well. Overall, it's surprisingly fruity.

Ack! The flavor starts out very dim and and smooth with a touch of fruity seltzer, but waves of peat and an entirely unsuited hop come in, confusing my palate. I'm not getting this at all. The aftertaste is the same, with two competing senses of bitter, hops and peat. Bleah. Either of the two alone would be nice, but together, they just compete. In the midst of all of this, there's a very solid and pleasingly sweet malt. If the hops were backed out of this, I suspect it would be quite remarkable. If I sip this one a bit quicker, the dissidence isn't so bad, but a bit of booze comes out.

Feels dense yet clean with a nice scrub of little bubbles. Nice. Considering this is 10.2%, the cleanness is much appreciated.

I think I may be being too picky with this one, but ultimately I'm just one enjoying it. And I had to get a 4-pack! If hoppy Scotch Ales are your thing, you may be in heaven here.

07-27-2012 17:34:29 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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jmaharaj

Maryland

3.23/5  rDev -15.2%

A- Deep copper/brown beer with a thin effervescent that head dissipates almost immediately. Looks thick, syrupy, mildly carbonated and potent.

S- Smells promising. Alchohol is certainly featured however its biting egdes are tempered under deep dried fuit and a hint of the peated malt. I do wish the peat was a little smokier but this beer certainly smells wonderful.

T- Less complex than the aroma might indicate. The peat sits quietly under everything, there but never really involoved.The alchohol strikes first then falls into a prune/raisin malt middle. The alchohol takes over egain , ending warm. Really not bad at all, cohesive but not exciting.

M- A little light. Medium bodied, but i was expecting heavier. Holds this beer well, but given that i was expecting more from the taste, perhaps i was expecting a bigger body.

O- Nice beer, surprisingly drinkable at 10.2%, but at $13 for a 4 pack, I wouldn't buy again. Not as big as the name suggests.

09-30-2012 01:25:54 | More by jmaharaj
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Djenx

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

07-18-2012 18:15:31 | More by Djenx
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MikalMick

California

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

08-28-2012 09:22:18 | More by MikalMick
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hopsabrewin

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

12-22-2013 22:00:16 | More by hopsabrewin
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pquijal

West Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

02-19-2013 21:54:47 | More by pquijal
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vbiliyar

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

05-09-2012 01:40:16 | More by vbiliyar
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.39/5  rDev -11%

Clear tawny amber with a slight reddish/brown hue. Off-white collar and thin skim of bubbles coated the top of the beer. Malty aroma, sweet caramel and toffee, hint of smoke, light alcohol, slight rose character. Low bitterness, biscuit, toffee and caramel in the flavour. Full bodied, light carbonation, lingering warmth. Decent overall, but a bit one note.

01-03-2014 00:46:11 | More by DrJay
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YouSkeete

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -10.8%

Deep brown color with an orange tint on the pour. Short pale yellow/off white head with weak retention. Deep roasted malts, toasted nuts, dry scotch, mild hops and burnt brown sugar in the aroma. Sour apple and fermented fruit with some tough nuttiness on the first sip. Roasted malt and nut flavor persists through the body while other flavors of scotch and hops make their way into the taste. Crisp yet sour finish.

12-04-2012 04:36:49 | More by YouSkeete
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ksimons

New York

3.4/5  rDev -10.8%

A-a medium brown toffee color with some orange highlights and a thin layer of white head

S-rich sticky malt, raisins, toffee, and fruit like sweetness.

T-Similar to the smell but with more hops than I was expecting from the smell. Strong alcohol taste, a bit of a cough syrup aftertaste.

M-medium to full body, light to medium carbonation

Overall the beer started out promising but the taste seemed a bit off. Maybe its the peat? Doesn't seem to fit in with the sweetness of the beer.

07-11-2012 22:57:30 | More by ksimons
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Brewsephus

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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.

11-01-2012 01:27:51 | More by Brewsephus
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ScaryEd

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

01-22-2013 00:44:17 | More by ScaryEd
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Thads324

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Pours a deep mahogany, thick light tan head dissipates quickly, decent lacing.
Aroma is super sweet, almost wheat wine like. No real hop present. Sugar, and the tiniest but of dusty smoke.
Taste starts well with a nice sweet sugar flavor. A peat flavor hits next that is a bit off putting. It's almost like sweaty skin when you kiss your wife's next in August. Next is the best part. Deep caramel and hearty rye bread. Complex and beautiful finish.
Very present alcohol and smooth creamy caramel finish. Little carbonation is spot on style wise.

Great beer sans the armpit like middle. I guess I just don't like peat. A bit high in alcohol even for a wee heavy but it's still very good. Would age very very nicely.

05-31-2012 02:40:31 | More by Thads324
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kizyle

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

08-23-2012 22:54:34 | More by kizyle
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phishfoolme

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

09-13-2012 20:12:38 | More by phishfoolme
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Ecxeeder616

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

01-23-2013 16:43:25 | More by Ecxeeder616
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

08-01-2012 23:01:32 | More by kjkinsey
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denimdemon

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

12-28-2012 03:49:52 | More by denimdemon
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Harpoon Leviathan - Great Scott from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
86 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.