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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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kjkinsey

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5%

01-09-2014 20:39:29 | More by Jason
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

Pours a small fizzy head that fades fairly quickly, over clear toasty wood brown colored beer.

Nose fairly typical scotch ale, some darker malts, brown malts, caramel, some molasses and toffee, toasty caramel reddish malts, light booze esters and fruits, and hint phenols, apple and nutty like fruit additions. As it warms big caramel and molasses like aromas come through, brown sugar, etc.

Taste starts with a nutty malt, some fruity esters from the booze as well as a touch of phenols, warming and slightly tingly booze come through quickly. Then malts set in, with plenty of brown malts, toasty reddish malts, lots of caramel, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, etc, and a little fluffy even. It has a nice nutty toffee flavor throughout, and a hint of fruity flavor from the booze esters with a light strewed apple fig like flavor. Finish is slightly bitter with more sweeteners, slightly drier but still fairly sweet, lingering nutty flavors, brown malts, brown sugar, toffee, caramel, etc, and a bit of the warming booze.

Mouth is med to slightly bigger bodied, fluffy carbonation, some warming booze.

Overall OK, not the best scotch ale around but not too bad either. Decent malts and sweeteners, plenty of booze warmth with associated esters etc.

11-06-2012 22:31:08 | More by jlindros
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

Amber to brown color, nearly clear. Requires two pours to tame the head, but this settles to rim bubbles which leaves some layered lace.

First impression is fresh paint, like when I was building model airplanes. Leans toward the darker malts albeit with a strong alcohol kicker.

Rich and malty with a touch of molasses sweetness. Lots of alcohol warmth. As advertised, this is a big beer. The swallow reminds me of a cross between Brandy and Scotch--that's how strong the alcohol is. Short aftertaste except for the strong aperitif warmth.

If you like the warm glow of alcohol, you'll love this beer.

09-23-2012 17:42:28 | More by smcolw
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

12-25-2012 02:50:05 | More by DrunkinYogi
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

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.

09-04-2012 22:31:37 | More by jdhilt
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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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wrightst

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

08-07-2014 16:59:17 | More by wrightst
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Brad007

Vermont

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

Pours a beautiful amber with a one-finger head into my glass. Great Scott, Marty, it's a wee heavy!

Sweet, smoked peat reminds me of walking through a bog at dawn.

Great Scott, this is too damn sweet! Well, not totally. A nice alcohol bite shows, followed by spice and peat.

Lingering sweet, smoky peat flavors coat the back of the mouth. A welcome compliment with a meat dish? Don't ask me!

Check it out!

07-10-2012 23:28:37 | More by Brad007
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

07-14-2012 23:00:11 | More by twiggamortis420
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

10-07-2012 20:35:34 | More by puboflyons
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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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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

08-29-2012 14:39:19 | More by tigg924
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

Got a 4-pack of this a few weeks back. Time to set my thoughts down in bits and bytes....

I poured most of 2 bottles into an old, large Rapscallion snifter. It's a deep, mostly clear, rich amber color. A bit too dark to make out what the carbo scene looked like, but the head was a touch off-white, thin, creamy and fine. Lacing was a bit on the sparse side. The nose was a somewhat sweetish, with some caramel, molasses and brown sugar. The body was a little more than medium, and it felt rather smooth going down.

Flavor is solidly sweet and malty, yet not cloying or syrupy. Caramel appears here again, plus more brown sugar, with hints that it was lightly caramelized. The smoky peat malts are on the faint side, but can be discerned if you look for them. Though lacking complexity, this is pretty tasty, overall. Would like to try a side-by-side with Sammys Wee Heavy. Cheers!

3.9/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1487

08-14-2012 22:36:40 | More by Bierman9
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Dicers

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

09-17-2013 23:15:26 | More by Dicers
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MSandahl23

Indiana

4/5  rDev +5%

12-30-2012 02:43:27 | More by MSandahl23
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

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.

06-28-2012 01:48:25 | More by DrinkSlurm
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.85/5  rDev +1%

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.

08-27-2012 22:22:47 | More by rlee1390
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.99/5  rDev +4.7%

a clean but very deep amber in color, finger of white head which quickly dissipated, lots of visible carbonation bubbles. smells of caramel, barley, heavy sweet maltyness like a barleywine, slightly fruity/wood scents. the flavor has more of a fruityness than expected, some cherry/raspberry but mildly there. lots of wood barrel, sweet malt, caramel. a very booze heavy beer, letting its presence known by stinging your gums and leaving a nice warmth in your chest. full body, moderate amount of carbonation. this is a very nice beer both in general and for the style. one of the best beers i've had from harpoon.

03-25-2013 05:53:54 | More by facundoCNB
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +5%

04-12-2013 01:07:41 | More by tbryan5
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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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BEERMILER12

Maine

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

06-28-2013 07:13:43 | More by BEERMILER12
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bonkers

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5%

12-26-2012 13:15:45 | More by bonkers
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zekeman17

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

06-30-2012 23:54:35 | More by zekeman17
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Harpoon Leviathan - Great Scott from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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