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Harpoon Leviathan - Great Scott - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BA SCORE
85
very good

95 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 95
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:
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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Brad007

Vermont

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 23:28:37 | More by Brad007
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bspain5

New York

4/5  rDev +5.3%

07-10-2012 23:25:15 | More by bspain5
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zekeman17

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

06-30-2012 23:54:35 | More by zekeman17
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McBraniel

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

06-30-2012 15:20:40 | More by McBraniel
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gobsmacker

California

3/5  rDev -21.1%

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

Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Georgia

4/5  rDev +5.3%

06-19-2012 21:59:05 | More by ohtheguilt
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hreb

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 02:11:27 | More by hreb
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bradcochran1234

Georgia

4/5  rDev +5.3%

06-13-2012 03:57:06 | More by bradcochran1234
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PrimScrewhead

Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 20:05:19 | More by PrimScrewhead
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yaksurf

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.3%

06-10-2012 02:09:08 | More by yaksurf
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raythealeman

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

06-09-2012 00:41:40 | More by raythealeman
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JoshuaGoins

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +5.3%

06-01-2012 04:25:45 | More by JoshuaGoins
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Thads324

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 02:23:55 | More by jondeelee
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whoneeds8

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.3%

05-17-2012 01:49:07 | More by whoneeds8
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AdamP

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-17-2012 00:35:07 | More by AdamP
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diesel59

New York

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!"

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 02:37:30 | More by diesel59
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vbiliyar

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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

Georgia

3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, unknown date, but fresh release. Served at around 45F and allowed to warm through the review.

Pours clear red/copper with a small off-white head that quickly recedes to a wispy cap and ring, leaving some short-lived lacing behind.

Aroma features fruit such as apples and pears, some peaty smokiness, caramel, toffee, some herbal hops. Very good strength.

Flavor is also rather fruity with cherries, apples, pears, some peat, notes of toffee and molasses, moderate sweetness, mild bitterness, alcohol is there and the finish isn't the best...tastes kind of like watered-down Robitussin on the end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, pretty sticky, good carbonation.

Solid Wee-Heavy, but not great. The Robitussin-esque finish is keeping me from fully enjoying this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 02:46:35 | More by elgiacomo
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Harpoon Leviathan - Great Scott from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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