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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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Photo of BDIMike
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Complete black, viscous color. When held thinly to the light a bit of a mahogany color can be seen. There is absolutely bo carbonation or head.
Good aroma with a nice amount chocolate and bourbon/alcohol smell. The warmer it gets the more one can smell a good amount of prune and vanilla come in as well.
The taste gets better as the beer warms up. The first blast is a bit of a harsh bourbon taste that is taken by a nice chocolate and vanilla taste. There is a good pruney tinge too.
Mouthfeel is very syrupy. A bit of thickness and stickiness, almost like molasses.
Drinkability is very nice for such a high ABV. There is not too much harshness that the beer runs you over. There is not as much taste to the beer that I expected, but that makes it more drinkable. An interesting beer that is definitely worth a try. Nice to warm you up from the inside on a cold day...

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10 oz snifter at the Sunset.

Dark mahogany and almost opaque, with barely a whisp of foam at the rim. Faint crimson edging and no lacework to speak of.

Aromatics are chock full of chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. Strong fusels step forward and theres a trace of nostril clearing.

Thickish and syrupy mouthfeel. Light carbonation and chewy.

A blast of bourbon and chocolate up front on the palate. Vanilla, roasted malt, and fusel-laden alcohol quickly take over.

Finishes with lingering bourbon, chocolate, and wincing fusels. Quite warming.

Quite the massive brew. Subtle like a steamroller. The alcohol fusels are a bit much to take, but I like it. Too bad this ones not in bottles, as a few years might reign this one in a bit.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
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 Hojaminbag
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A brown body with no head at all and lots of carbonation bubbles. Actually looks a lot like a coke or pepsi.

Smells very nice. Some dark fruits, some roasted malts. Very sweet, a little boozy.

This stuff is great and very complex. Lots of malt in the body along with sweetness from some dark fruits. pretty boozy. Finishes really sweet, leaving a sweet taste in your mouth.

A surprisingly thin smooth mouthfeel. Not so boozy that it burns.

At 14 ABV this is incredibly drinkable, great beer.

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Photo of soccerman7
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from the Windsor brewery.

This was a monster living up to its name.
Appearance - Deep ruby/brown/copper color.
Nose - Picked up a bunch of notes ranging from sherry to banana and spice.
Taste - Outstanding! sweetness (malts more than wheat) work well and not over the top. Banana notes similar to a Hefe. extremely balanced. raisin and sherry notes on the tail with a hint of spice (cinn?). Faint oak.
Mouth - exceptionally smooth and hides the huge ABV quite well. Almost oily.
Drinkability - truly remarkable. They took the Bro's original hundred barrel release and pushed it. Well worth a trip to the brewery.

Really sad they are not going to bottle this release but all others.

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Photo of Atron67
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had this at the actual brewery.

A- came out pretty dark, brown, not dead black but closer to a brown porter, but crystal clear, which seems way off of a wheatwine, but anything this huge is gonna be outthere in terms of style, and i really dont care much interms of determining quality

S- very oaky, strong fruity characters on top, it was relativley subtle, but the carbonation was real light so its not too surprising.

T- sips like a thick chardonnay, but which someone unloaded currants, other fruits, and many other things into it. super smooth, pretty amazing. ends slightly sweet with a great lingering 'sweet-wine' like finish. the dark malts really provide a light rumminess for the rest of the fruits to interplay

M- syruppy thick, perfect for the style, low carbonation. lingering stickyness

d- amazing sipper, goes down very smooth.

idk what the ingredients were but the wheat was overwhelmed. outstanding beer, and definitely not in its own style.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.7/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this one at The Publick House...that's double karma!!

Wouldn't have guessed it to be a Wheatwine. I'm assuming this is the correct "Triticus" because it was advertised at 14%. Unbelievably rich and fruity. Poured a deep mahogany color with a huge stiff tan head that resisted fading. Nice lacing from start to finish. Smelled really rich and sweet; dark fruits, alcohol, cherries, molasses. Full bodied and adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is almost thick. Full flavored the taste is similar to the nose. Dark fruits, sweet malts, molasses, and cherries. Way too easy to drink! The 14% ABV warms after it's well on its way down. The mouth (4.75) coats the tongue sooo nicely and the dark fruit and cherries character lingers nicely. REALLY enjoyed this one...glad i had to run or I'd screw up and order another. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Damian
4.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank on-tap at the Publick House, Brookline, MA
Served in a tulip

Poured a near opaque, dark mahogany color with a thick, silky, light tan, one-finger head that slowly faded to a creamy ring. The head was similar to one you might expect from a nitro pour. Outstanding retention, especially for a beer with such alcohol prowess. Streaks of lacing cascaded down the glass.

The aroma was subtle initially but came out much more as the beer warmed. Sweet and rich with strong dark fruit notes. Oaky and quite boozy. Phenolic with indications of banana and spiced rum.

The taste was similar to the nose yet more intense. Fruity, boozy and robust. As the with the aroma, dark fruits (raisins and figs) came through strong. Sweet and spicy with rich, caramel malts and notes of brown sugar. Some banana was also noticeable. Boozy with a pleasant, rum-like alcohol warming on the back end. At 14%, the alcohol was definitely noticeable yet not in the least bit overwhelming. The finish was slightly hoppy and citrusy, and it provided a nice balance to this otherwise sweet and alcohol rich brew. The long-lasting aftertaste was sweet, spicy and rummy.

The mouthfeel was super thick, rich and creamy. Full-bodied and mouth coating with a fine, mild carbonation. After each sip, the liquid left a sticky, syrupy coating on my lips.

Drinkability was simply astounding for a 14% ABV brew. The alcohol was sweet, warming and quite pleasant. This is a terrific beer to sip and savor as an after dinner drink.

Hands down, this is the best beer that Harpoon has ever produced. The purpose of their Leviathan Series is to attract craft beer enthusiasts who have been disappointed with the mediocre brews in their 100 Barrel Series. Boy, did they ever get my attention with this initial release. Keep up the great work!

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Photo of DrDogbeer
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap most recently at Union Brewhouse, although I tried a couple of growlers straight from the brewery as well. Pours a dark brown, black with a thin tan head. Smells of dark fruits, wine, and lots of alcohol. Tastes are similar. I have liked this beer more each time I have tried it. It is extremely strong- almost makes you wince after each sip and warms you as you drink it. Very slick mouthfeel. I am excited for Harpoon to start up this series!

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Photo of Nesued
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass at The Sunset Grill and Tap in Boston, from a tapped keg. Great overall experience at The Sunset and thanks to Marc (owner) for allowing us to sample this one!

This is my first experience with a wheatwine, so I approach this evaluation with much fear and trembling.

Appearance - A dark brown/black in color. Not hazy per se, just very dark which hinders the abilty to get a good gauge. No carbonation to speak of, and therefore, no head whatsover. "Good legs" (to use a wine term) exhibited after several swirls. This is going to be an experience.

Smell - Mild in aroma, very slight nose of a grassy/bready presence with a bit of malt thrown in for good measure. Hard to pick out an overwhelming aroma. The alcohol is there, as expected, but not (thankfully) in a slap in your face way. If I had to classify, I would say a bready dominance.

Taste - Wow, darn unusual. Interesting here, a little spicey, a little clovey, a little fruity...very odd. The alcohol is unmistakable, while somewhat tempered by a woody edge (I'm sure a product of the barrel aging). Very much a "bright" alcohol presence that would mellow with aging.

Mouthfeel - How do you say "thin" and "thick" at the same time? This had, what I think, an unexpected thin body, which would make you regret taking in more than a you want in a sip! However your palate is then blasted by the complexity of this offering. I try hard to remove my bias of thinking/comparing this with a barleywine. Moves along nicely around the palate and very much "grows" into a much thicker feel. Little carbonation aiding this process.

Drinkability - A huge beer and also a new style for me. A great experience to the wheatwines, which will make me seek out more. I doubt I'll have this one again, not because it wasn't enjoyable, but instead due to my ability to obtain more easily. However, if I see a Triticus, I'll be more than happy to add it to my beer cellar and revisit it in a few years, to see how it matures.

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