Leviathan (Merlot Barrel Aged) | Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

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Leviathan (Merlot Barrel Aged)Leviathan (Merlot Barrel Aged)

Brewed by:
Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
Washington, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by HopHead84 on 08-15-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 15
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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3/5  rDev -29.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.82/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a Teku snifter. Batch 4, November 2002.

Appearance - Deep red amber body. No head. A few bubbles.

Smell - Lots of wine. Caramel. Oxidation. A bit of acidity.

Taste - Wine has taken over. Tangy red wine. Oak. Caramel. Lots of oxidation.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation. Medium body and some tanginess.

Overall - Had this after Poseidon. Poseidon is far superior, but this is nice. Wine completely dominates the flavor.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of BucketBoy
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow wow holy shit. Fucking good I can't believe that after 13 years his parents house up so incredibly well great flavored dad know I'm station to speak Italian-year-old American barley wine and I wouldn't doubt it perfect amount of Merlot barrel aging intermingling with fragrant pecan American barley wine delicious Caramel Taj Mahal country chocolate just a phenomenal beer absolutely no oxidation Pres. phenomenal bottle thank you so much Dan for sending this my way. This beer is symbolic, as is my review. Redondo!!!

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of oline73
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We had Batch 2 (2000; merlot barrel aged) and Batch 3 (2001; cab franc barrel aged). Both served in a tasting snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy red amber color with a finger of off whtie head that fades to a layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Dark fruit and mild caramel. I'm getting a wine note along with some red fruit. Very smooth.

Taste: This is incredibly smooth but hasn't really fallen apart that I can tell. Wine and some red fruit with a smooth, slightly sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with very smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This was a treat to try. I'm sure I won't have another, but I would given the chance.

Appearance: Pours a reddish dark brown color with a half finger of off white head that leaves a layer on top of the pour.

Smell: I'm getting lots of malt sweetness with some dark fruit and caramel.

Taste: Quite sweet, I'm getting some dark fruit and brown sugar. Just a bit oxydized, but what can you do? There is a mild wine barrel note. The finish is sweet.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the syrupy side of medium with tingly carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: It was so cool to try these beers. They've stood up to the test of time quite well.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Brad for this one. Batch 2 (2000; merlot barrel aged) and Batch 3 (2001; cab franc barrel aged) served together.

Merlot barrel aged. Nose is quite smooth with a bit of wine in the background. Flavor is surprisingly hoppy. Super smooth.

Cab Franc. Nose is hoppie than the batch 1 and the nose isn't as wine heavy. Flavor has a bit more booze. Great caramel and fruit

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3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch #4 from 2002. Served in Hill Farmstead stemware.

A - White foam quickly settles to a few wisps, and thin collar. Ruby-brown body with a glint of transparency.

S - Red fruits, smooth caramel, and not much else. Quite understated, with minimal red wine or barrel presence. The malt character was mildly reminiscent of the Wooden Hell we opened earlier, but this had faded considerably.

T - The taste suffers similarly, with a hollowness mid-palate that's abutted by red fruits and mildly jammy red wine. Minimal oak and no discernible alcohol either. Some bready and slightly toasted grain flavors as well. Super mellow and understated - perhaps too much so.

M - Some light alcohol warming, low carbonation and a slightly water medium-thin body.

D - We had heard this might be infected, and thankfully that wasn't the case. However, this particular bottle was well past its prime, as the vinous and malt flavors are quite faded. The flavor is a tad better than the aroma at this stage, but it's nothing remarkable. Still, quite easy to drink considering the ABV. I imagine some bottles of this are better than others.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2000, Batch 2

Once upon a time, many years ago Fish made great brews...

A: Poured a toffee color with surprisngly good carbonation considering the age, sported a small dirty white cap and light bubbles.

S: Toffee, caramel, wood and Earthy notes. Light red wine and light booze

T: A mixed bag of faded booze and hops, a nice light caramel, toffee, faded brown sugar, oak and Earthy notes. A very minimal red wine comes out. All of the flavors really mesh well and present a fluid taste

M: Medium in body, well carbonated, as balanced and smooth as a barleywine can be.

O: Considering the age of this beer I have to give it a 5. Well crafted and I can only dream of what this beer was fresh. No oxidation or funk. Only if Fish would go back to making stuff like this.

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Leviathan (Merlot Barrel Aged) from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 35 ratings