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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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Photo of jdhilt
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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
Photo of Celtics76
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this while preparing to grill a Greek pizza and watching the Sox continue to collapse. I poured it into a Red Hook Limited glass.

The head is thin/fizzy and quickly reduces to a ring around the glass. Dark brown in color with a smoky aroma. Appears to have very mild carbonation.

The aroma comes out in the taste - sweet smoky flavor with hints of caramel as it warms. Has a very heavy, syrupy feel to it. There's a solid alcohol burn which I don't mind, however the 10.2% ABV is quite obvious here.

This is a good representation of an Imperial Scotch Ale. I recommend letting it warm a bit before consuming, as serving it too cold causes the alcohol to overpower the complex flavors.

Celtics76, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of tigg924
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

tigg924, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of MikalMick
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

MikalMick, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of rlee1390
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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.

rlee1390, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of kizyle
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

kizyle, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of carlitos92
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

carlitos92, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of pmacoy78
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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
Photo of kenmyers70
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

kenmyers70, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of Bierman9
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

Bierman9, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of HipHopinHooligan13
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

HipHopinHooligan13, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of tigerbeer90
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this great scott from a bottle into a chalice. Malty with a bit of strawberry? This beer was overall a good beer. Not much alcohol taste, but a little bit of confusion in the mouth. From the darker color, I expected a little more. This is not as good as the imperial IPA, but worth a try.

tigerbeer90, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of Arithmeticus
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

kjkinsey, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of Microbrewtaster
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Microbrewtaster, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

DarkerTheBetter, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of RyanGoodman
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

RyanGoodman, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of andylipp
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

andylipp, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of DBoone
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

DBoone, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of Djenx
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Djenx, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of Danno48
4/5  rDev +5%

Danno48, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of obrike
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4 pack at Specs in Round Rock for about 10 bucks.

This one pours a dark copper with a decent head that disappears quickly...a little lacing, but nothing much...fairly pedestrian looking beer.

Getting a caramel, cinnamon-booze infused scent. Very rich. The burnt malt is apparent in this one...some bitter peat or tea as well. Smells pretty good.

Taste follows...pretty boozy, but a warming, rich flavor. Sweet as hell, but not cloying. The spices (i'm getting cinnamon quite a bit) and rich malt are pretty tasty. I'd like to drink this one during the colder months...really savor it. Almost more of a treat beer or dessert beer. I will more than likely buy it again in Nov or Dec, but a little too big and sweet for me in the heat of July in Texas.

Nice job on this one Harpoon.

obrike, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of dreis
4/5  rDev +5%

dreis, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

twiggamortis420, Jul 15, 2012
Harpoon Leviathan - Great Scott from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
86 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.