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Harpoon Leviathan - Triticus | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon Leviathan - TriticusHarpoon Leviathan - Triticus

Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Recipe changed from the original 2005 Triticus.


Added by Bierman9 on 06-21-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 229 |  Reviews: 135
Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich, masterful wheatwine. Licorice aroma. Dark colour, with minimal head. Above average mouthfeel. tasty, though not overly complex, a little chocolate and toffee adding to the drinkability, hint of smoke and wood and cinammon.Hops there in the secondary A must try.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Exiled for sending me this one!

Pours an almost opaque cola brown with a 1 inch puffy tan head that settles to a thin cap. A nice curtain of lace forms on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark wheat bread, brown sugar, dark fruits, spices, and alcohol. Taste is of dark bread, dried fruit, and some spices. There is an alcohol twang on the tongue with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with a thick and slightly flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good wheatwine with a better smell than taste. I was hoping for more flavors based on the aromas I get from this one.

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Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a dark brew... Not what I expected from a wheat wine. The color is a dark brown like a stout and has a thin tan head on top. The smell of the beer had a pretty good malty aroma with some wooden aging aromas as well. The taste of the beer is sweet upfront with a decent malt backbone and some dry toasted flavors in the aftertaste. For a brew that comes in at 11.5% it is very well hidden and makes this quite a dangerous brew. The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth, it has a good medium body to it. Overall I enjoyed this brew quite a bit.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 9/7/08 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, dark fruit, caramelized malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste is malty, with sweet flavors of caramel and dark fruits up front and background flavors of wheat and hops. The hops bitterness creeps up with a little extra strength in the finish. There's very little trace of the alcohol especially considering that it's 14.00%. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth but kind of slick, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Flavorful and tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, very strong kick, good representation of style, this is an excellent high-powered beer to sip on for a while.

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Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass a deep dark cola color with a thin beige head that was gone quickly.Alot of dark fruit and sweet toffee in the nose,faint toasted wheat mixed with sharp alcohol sweetness comes into play more as it warmed.Really sweet on the palate with spiced cherry flavors as well as some mild chocolate and faint wheat malt.Again as the beer warms the alcohol makes the sweetness even more intense.It's not bad but gets a little cloying about mid glass,it's a sipper that's for sure.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pulled this bottle out of the cellar. Courtesy of Sir Drew. Served in a snifter.

Pours a very dark ebony color that is nearly black. Really thin collar. Nose brings some roasted malt and chocolate plus a bit of light anise character. Flavor is slightly roasted with some very mild sweetness. Mouthfeel brings everything together with a good amount of sweetness plus some light cherry character on the backend. Much better as it warms, and fairly nice overall. I'd go for this again.

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Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown where only faint light passes. Good starting beige head that settles to a single layer of bubbles but leaves nice stringy and streaky lace.

Lots of molasses and maple syrup sweetness to the nose. Light alcohol.

Darker malt flavors than the smell suggests. There's some burnt toast taste to counteract the mild sweetness. Nice bitterness in the swallow. I don't taste any wheat, though. Not a thick beer, it has a decent body.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of duceswild
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

golden amber then came forward from the bottle, splashing down into the glass with a very hazy thud. Lots of carbonation here as well kept the whole thing alive and kicking with a two inch layer of white foam that quickly faded down to leave a bare top.

The aroma was full of spices and wheat, very musty with a deep down and earthy note to it. I was picking up lots of rye type smells, hints of grass and a touch of grapes. Translated over the taste very well. Very rich wheat flavor. Lots of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. There were touches of almost musty pepper or something, hard to place, but very full and very difficult to fully grasp the flavor. Nice hot streak of alcohol running through it as well. Nice medium body with a really good carbonation profile, there was a nice fullness to it.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at wine source, enjoyed chilled from a tulip.

The color is deep walnut brown, practically opaque with a thick beige cap with fine bead. The head drops fast to spotty lace. The smell is pretty good with a sweet malt aroma similar to toffee with a light scent of dark wheat bread and alcohol with mild anise note and light earthy element. The feel is thick and viscous with moderately high carbonation and toasted texture with spiced accents. There is a moderate amount of alcohol and the beer finishes semi-dry overall.

This wheatwine stands out in the flavor dept for me -a candy like presence that shows the grain bill has a good amount of malt -the triticale is unique as it is toasty and does show off some of the finer flavor of both toasted wheat and rye giving a mild bread crust element with mild raisin and hint of date/nut with subtle caramel tinges toward the end. The alcohol is noticeable in the aroma more than the taste which is not an easy feat for an 11% ale - I found this to a pretty exceptional beer in the places where it counts -taste and drinkability.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New beer picked up at Bert's today shoved in the freezer and enjoyed by the air conditioner after dinner. Bottle says 11.5% abv.

Pours a deep brown with mahogany highlights and a thinnish off white head that rapidly dissipates to a ring on top. Smells of sweet candy and dark fruits, burnt sugar, roasted grain and a touch of alcohol. Taste is sweet with fruits, raisins, cherries and plums come to mind. Molasses and dark sugar rolled in ethanol. Long lingering alcohol burn and hop bitterness in the finish. Creamy mouthfeel, medium body with a medium dry finish, light carbonation. The alcohol becomes more and more evident in both the aroma and the taste the longer I let this one sit. This beer could use some time to mellow out.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours almost opaque deep cola brown with ruby highlights, foaming tan head with fine speckled lacing. Aroma has dark chocolate and alcohol glazed over ripened fruit, really a bit muted a bit of herbal notes and black licorice. Flavor has a roasted creamy nearly burnt caramelized brown sugar tone. Very sweet not much balance going on the darker roasts do provide some roasted malt edges, dark chocolate or cocoa with more over ripened fruit. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied with a strong alcoholic burn in the back of the throat. Drinkablity is decent, a sipper with alot of booze, the wheatwine style so far has been hard for me to tangle with.

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of rab53
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of Billolick
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, purchased at Cable Bev in Bardonia, NY.

No freshness/bottling date info. offered.

Pours darkest of browns, mocha head, pretty quick to go to a film, collar and moderate fine lacing.

In the nose: Molasas, raisins, rum, black bread.

Flavor notes: Ditto what I got via the sniffer, plus more dark malts, ripe fruits, moderate hops late in the finish to dry things out.

Big and flavorful brew. Super smooth mouthfeel, thick and rich feel to this one.

Well done, dangerously drinkable at 11.5% (!)

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Photo of imbibehour
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass. 2011 dated on the neck line of the bottle.

A very light coffee cream like head, with varied sized bubbles mostly small sits on top of a brown/black walnut body with some red hue edges. Head snaps and makes some noise too. That is usually not a good sign for me. Good wispy top as the drink settles.

Nose is small with subtle malts and barleywine sense. Slight cherry chewy fruit notes and some jam.

Mild malt and some booze like alcohol prevalent in the palate. Big on banana fruit for the finish. Missing that classic wheat like chewiness that I miss so much. Palate feels a little dry and fussel alcohol sense.

Overall not really gravitating to this much. Doesn't have much going on.

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Photo of mklisz
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Dicers
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drabmuh
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wheatwine on tap? Sure, what the hell.

Beer is dark brown and really hazy. Lots of lacing even though the head is thin and broken and there is almost no carbonation. Head is made up of tiny off white bubbles.

Beer is malty sweet, not a lot of wheat in the nose oddly.

First, lets get the negatives out of the way. Beer is a little hot. OK, now that that's done, beer is sweet up front malty sweet, finishes dry, there is a mild bitterness from roasted malts in the back, the flavors are nothing of what I expected from a wheatwine at all. Its not a terrible beer but its more like an imperial brown to me if such a thing existed. there is no evidence wheat was used to make this beer.

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