Leviathan - Baltic Porter
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Baltic Porter
3.99 | pDev: 9.52%
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Leviathan - Baltic PorterLeviathan - Baltic Porter
Notes: Leviathan Baltic Porter is a dark, strong beer of considerable complexity. Brewed with a highly alcohol-tolerant strain of lager yeast, it has a smooth, full flavor with dark fruit and licorice notes in the aroma. De-husked roasted malt lends a dark chocolate character without being sharp or harsh. Raw sugar and dark crystal malt give some raisin and molasses notes while East Kent Goldings hops make for a long, earthy finish.

38 IBU
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Photo of Baronash
4.8/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Someone was generous enough to leave this at a backcountry lodge for me to enjoy. If that was someone on BA, I appreciate your kindness.

Poured jet black. Chocolate and roasted malt flavors. Any booziness noted by other reviewers has mellowed out in the aging.

It was a genuinely exceptional beer, and I wish I could get my hands on another bottle or two.

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Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good Baltic Porter. Pours a dark brown clear color into a pint glass. Ruby highlights throughout when held to a light. Can see an outline of your finger on the far side of the glass when held to a light as well. The head is light tan, fairly small, but good retention.

Pleasing aroma of chocolate, malts, and dark fruit.

Taste is fairly complex, yeast, chocolate, dark fruit, malts, and sweetness. A very enjoyable taste.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth, nice blend of flavors. High alcohol is not that apparrent.

A nice drink for a cold night, smooth and satisfying.

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a single from my friend Paul M. Label looks intimidating. Leviathan has a doll's eyes. Cold and unfeeling. Now that I've stuck a toe in the water, might as well dive in... .

Appearance 3.5: Very dark brown. I would say black, but there is a fine line of brown around the edges. Almost no head and I cranked the pour. White foam on top is a pleasing contrast to the dark beer.

Smell 3.5: Nice bouquet, but a bit subdued. I smell toasted grains, high ABV hops (is that Magnum?), very light dried fruit aroma.

Taste 4.0: Front is somewhat sweet, with a strong malt-forward character. Middle is fascinating: moves from the sweet in the initial taste to a more silky smooth balanced character here. More smoked grains, and a deeper, richer burnt sugar taste. Finish is middle of the palate and is a great balance between dry and sweet. Aftertaste is remarkably short, and features more subdued smoke and dark malts.

Mouthfeel 4.0: Not many bubbles; dead on target for a porter. So many brewers go overboard in this area.

Overall 4.0: Excellent Imperial (Baltic) Porter. Smoky, smooth and thoroughly enjoyable. I was fascinated by the flavor shift in the taste: from sweet to medium to almost dry all in one swallow. Absolutely no hint of the BIG ABV this baby packs, either, so be aware if it is your turn to drive the nuns and orphans down the mountain later in the evening. Great beer and big thanks to my buddy Paul M.

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Photo of dheacck11
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a deep black with hints of ruby and purple. 1/2 finger of brown head fading quickly.

Nose is ripe with dried fruit, plum, raisin. Lots of gummy sweetness.

Taste starts with similar dark, dry fruit flavors, largely dried fig and raisin. Follows by a rich, roasty maltiness, with some hints of coffee and dark chocolate.

Feel is medium thick, perfect for the style.

Really good and robust flavors, they try to complement each other but end up clashing a bit. Still delightful to drink though.

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Photo of schwemjw
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark, amber around the edges. A finger of soft white head.
S: funky. Almost like a Belgian with dark plum and raise. Big yeast and biscuit quality. Small amount of roast and a milk chocolate.
T: wonderful dark fruit, plum and fig. Some chocolate in the middle with a little coffee bitterness on the end. Brown sugar undertones with a little biscuit quality.
M:Smooth! Not much carbination but it definitely feels light on the palate.
O: a nice Baltic porter. Fruity, funky, yeasty and flavorful. Not quite as much coffee as I'd like but I will definitely pick this up again!

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Photo of linnymtu
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- dark amber brown with a thin tan head. Much lighter than other porters.
S- nothing to report here. Couldn't really pick up anything destinct.
T- I've never had a Baltic porter before, and expected a "porter" and this was anything but. However, that is not a bad thing. Tastes like a strong ale and goes down smooth. Has a sweet touch to start and it lasts the whole way, also a good thing.
M- about an average carb level, the flavor definitely fills your mouth

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Photo of JStans12
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a deep dark brown/black with a small head that dissipates quickly.

S - The nose is full of dark plum fruit with some roasty malt notes in the background.

T - Rich chocolate and dark fruit are most prominent. Some boozy notes and a burnt and slightly hoppy bitterness in the finish.

M - Full bodied and very lightly carbonated. Plenty of alcohol warmth.

O - Very different than most porters I have experienced. Fruitier and richer. The richness of this beer can not be overstated. Overall enjoyable, but not mind blowing.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear amber when pouring , black in the glass, one finger off white head.

S-Roasted malt, slight coffee, burnt notes, leather, oak and smoke.

T-Very roasty, burnt, some with leathery notes. Like a smoked porter almost. Alcohol is not noticeable. Chocolate. As it warms alcohol heat becomes more present

M-Lighter than I was expecting, slight carbonation and creamy.

O-A vast improvement over other beers in the series. The high alcohol isn't entirely noticeable.

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Photo of shand
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I pulled this guy out of my cellar because I noticed the cap was crimped oddly - probably meant nothing, but to be on the safe side, better drink it ASAP. Harpoon Baltic Porter pours black with a tiny, bone-white head. The aroma is robust, with roasted malts and dark fruits taking the forefront. The roasted malts border on burnt. The first sip is smoother than expected, with a very nicely rounded body. The dark fruits come though stronger, along with a smooth chocolate flavor that tempers the roast. The mouthfeel is thick and velvety, and the drinkability is very good. Overall, this is a very good Baltic Porter, especially for how cheap the Leviathan series is. Highly recommended.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a velvety black color with a half inch light tan head. Light lacing on glass as you drink it down.

S: Slightly ashy with robust burnt and deeply roasted barley aroma. A touch of bitter chocolate, licorice, and dried fruit esters. Small earthy, piney hops for balance.

T: Rich, dark roasted and burnt malt flavors rule this beer and you get a noticeable licorice flavor that suits this beer well. Spme very dark chocolate and the hop additions add to the bitterness that is in the finish of this beer. Some ripe plum notes and dark fruity esters come through too.

M: Medium to full body this beer is and a noticeable alcohol warmth comes through as well.

O: A very warming beer with a rich flavor and ample strength to warm the soul and please the palate at the same time. One of the nicest, well produced beers in the Leviathan series I have tasted so far. It really can call for a second or third round and still be interesting and fulfilling!

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into crooked stave tulip. Pours a deep brown with a slight deep amber hue. Slightly off white thin head.
Slightly sweet licorice and scotch aromas. Taste is slight sweet sugar and roasted malts, some scotch flavor, chocolate, slightly bitter...Easy to drink, nice flavor, robust yet crisp...nice all around brew. Worth it...get one, especially for the price.

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my tulip.

A – Poured out a nice coca-cola brown with half finger of light tan head that settled quickly with not much retention. No real lacing to speak of.

S – Fairly light aroma with hints of roasted malts, dark chocolate and dark fruit.

T – Rolls out with a light smoky flavor. Very tasty rich chocolate and malt flavors follow. Touch of coffee, molasses and toffee. Creamy like taste as well, reminds me of the fluff you put on sandwiches. Finishes with a bite of alcohol and a bit of burnt woodiness.

M – Creamy all the way. Nice solid carbonation. Very good on the palate.

O – After a light aroma I was worried about this however the flavor profiles is fantastic. It’s a ton of flavors packed into this beer. All mix together well. Extremely tasty brew here and I am looking forward to more. Would love to get this on tap.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Harpoon's Baltic Porter pours jet black, with two fingers of foam that manage to rise up enough to spill out of my glass. Head retention is good, and the lacing left behind coats the glass so thoroughly that at first glance I couldn't tell if it was lacing or if the head just hadn't receded. The nose features roasty dark chocolate heavily, with a little bit of a biscuit character also appreciable. The flavor adds in a bit of raisin sweetness at the open, which plays nicely off the bittersweet chocolate that comes in for the second half of each sip. The body is a little more chewy than I usually find in a Baltic Porter, but it's not bad, especially given that it's matched with a carbonation that has just a bit more kick to it as well. Overall, Harpoon Balic Porter is a solid entry in the Leviathan Series. It's not a beer I'd actively seek out, but I wouldn't mind finding it in my glass again either.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage

A: Pours a deep mahogany color with 2 fingers worth of tan head

S: Get some definite lager yeast, along with toasty and roasty malts, dark fruits, molasses, and a hint of earthy hops

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the yeast going along with the malts, which are chocolatey and lightly roasted. Goes into some dark fruits and molasses. All the while, it is quite earthy, most likely due to the hops and toastiness of the malts

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Fairly smooth

O: A solid baltic porter with a nice bit of complexity and warmth. A good sipper for the cold winter nights ahead

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.26/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, late 2012 Vintage. Served at around 50F.

Pours thin dark brown with red highlights and a two finger light brown head that leaves a little lacing and recedes to a wispy, foamy cap.

Aroma is grainy, earthy, dusty, underlying notes of cocoa powder and hints of dark fruit. Good to very good strength (but not that enjoyable).

Flavor is dark fruits, cherries, figs, dates, raisins, molasses, some chocolate, a tinge tart, pretty sweet, some alcohol but not bad for 9.5%. Much bigger and better flavor than aroma.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, very sticky, moderate carbonation.

Well, I love Baltic Porters and I’ve been looking for this one for years. Very excited to see it come in my store last month. Pretty good, but still a little disappointing, particularly the odd grainy aroma that doesn’t match the flavor at all.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at j ryans. Harpoon leviathan series are really some great brews so I figured this is worth the try

A- a dark molasses body that begins completely foamy and recides giving lacing scrambled on the edges. A very opaque cola body that's so dark you can't tell what's going on

S- cocoa nibs and black coffee lead way to a sweet molasses scent with even some dark fruit chiming in. While its not overpowering, it's certainly there

T- A strong brown sugar presence covers the cocoa nib flavor as the backbone of the brew. The coffee scent now couples with a sugar and theme content exhibiting a good solid taste profile. Very bitter on the exit which really rounds off the brew as complex and enjoyable. It's got some alcohol on it

M- creamy and carbonated

O- while Baltic porter did not come out swinging, but the tasting, I found I stumbled on an awesome brew! Excellent properties between the sweet flavors and bitter finish made for an excellent treat. Highly recommended and I'll be looking for a four pack of this! Great job harpoon!

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A great shade of pitch black with a 1/2 inch of sticky opaque colored head. The head doesn't seem to want to break to just a rim.

S - Cocoa and roasted malts. I am even getting some bakers chocolate. Doesn't smell very chalky or any notable abv, so awesome.

T - Well there is the respectable porter chalkiness and a touch of roast. I like the sweetness in this it keeps it from getting too chalky or roasty. The chocolate gives it a great flavor.

M - Medium bodied and chewy. It drinks better than most Baltic porters and is very creamy.

Overall it was worth the 4 dollar price tag. These beers always impress me and I would recommend this to any stout or porter lover

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Photo of Dope
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fresh batch from 2012.

A: Pours a dark brown with a slight reddish tinge. Big fluffy light brown head. Fades super slowly, leaving an almost solid wall of lacing behind. Excellent retention.

S: Creamy roasted malt. Some smoke in there. Just a touch of chocolate.

T: Lots of chocolate, char and smoke up front with just a hint of dark fruits. Some mild molasses in the middle with more smoke. Bitter chocolate in the middle and in the finish. Smoky lingering aftertaste with a touch of burnt toast.

M: Medium bodied, creamy and smooth.

O: Decent baltic porter. Nice and creamy with decent roasted malt aspects. Smoky for the style which I am not a huge fan of but it's not overpowering at least. Decent.

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Photo of Papabear55
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very dark brown. Nice khaki colored head with decent lacing stuck around for a good amount of time.

S- Notes of coffee, raisin, burnt malt and a little bit of pine on the end maybe? It's hard to tell.

T- Black coffee with a hint of chocolate at the beginning. Dark fruit and malts throughout the middle of the palate with a bit of a bitterness on the back end.

M- Not boozy for the abv of this beer. its a bit oily and coats your tongue nicely. Medium mouthfeel I would say.

O- Nice beer coming from Harpoon.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours the darkest shade of brown I've ever seen! Just little hints cola color shine thru when held to the light. Nice thick kahki head that really hangs on and lingers. Nice sticky lacing that clings and hangs on tightly.

S- Cocoa powder, chocolate syrup, dense notes of coffee, dried fruits (fig/cherries/raisin), charred wood and malt. Nice bitter citrus fruits really come thru at the end.

T- Chocolate covered orange slices. Nice rich black coffee, hints of pine, roasted nuts, charred wood, raisins and various dried fruit. I like how the chocolate goes from syrup to dry cocoa powder when it rolls down your tongue.

M- Kinda slick and oily without being over done. It glides down your throat and wraps the tongue nicely. No real sence of the alcohol. I like how dry it is.

O- This is a great Baltic Porter! Dry, citrusy, cocoa, raisins, charred malt. I can't wait to have this again!

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Photo of morebeergood
3.61/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The 2012 four pack edition, poured into a Harpoon 100 Barrel stemmed glass. Nice surge of carbonation on the side of the glass forms a nice brown head atop a dark brown body. Moderate lacing noticed. Smell was metallic; very reminiscent of the oyster stout they made a while back. Taste was good. I liked the flavors of rum, molasses, raisins, and chocolate. It had a pretty good mouthfeel, but could have been a real winner if it was a bit thicker. Not bad, but not an all star. I have another 4 pack in the basement to age, to see what 6 months or 1 year does to this beer.

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Photo of avalon07
3.11/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch and a half of creamy, off white, fairly long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: Not a huge aroma, but some hints of chocolate, malt, and dark fruit.

T: Tasted of dark chocolate, a little hops, roasted malt, raisins, and a slight burnt quality. Oddly, all these ingredients don't add up to much. It simply tasted like a halfway constructed beer.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: I'm kind of surprised by the high ratings for this beer. It seems like one of those beers that could have better than it was.

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Photo of chinchill
3.47/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

2012 12 oz bottle poured opaque with red-brown edges. The small, weak head soon reduced to a ring but left lacing nonetheless.

Aroma: Dark fruits, alcohol esters and a touch of smoke.

Flavor: Fruity and boozy for style.

Feel: Full body with low carbonation.

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Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is close to jet black in color. It poured with a thin tan head that quickly died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of dark malts and licorice in the nose.
T: The taste isn’t that complex and has flavors of dark malts and notes of chocolate with hints of licorice.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and a bit thin for the style with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather easy to drink compared to other beers in the style because it’s a little lighter in body and you can’t taste any of the alcohol.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in color with a short lived off-white head. Nice nose on this. Dark chocolate and fruit give a pleasant balanced sweetness. A bit of roasted malt and a touch of spice. The flavor offers a nice chocolate character and a touch of roast. Dark fruits, especially raisins and plums, and a touch of spice. Just a touch of roast to give some bitterness.

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Leviathan - Baltic Porter from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 365 ratings