Harpoon Leviathan - Baltic Porter | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

Harpoon Leviathan - Baltic PorterHarpoon Leviathan - Baltic Porter
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Harpoon Leviathan - Baltic PorterHarpoon Leviathan - Baltic Porter

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

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by lpayette on 11-16-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 365 |  Reviews: 240
Photo of mempath
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

stellar pour....deep rouge cola with massive head that clings and lingers and clingers on and on. honeycomb pancake batter lacing to the extreme.

nice malty nutty roasty coffee-ish nose making this definitely better than just 'good'....subtle (sort of) and complex (most certainly)..actually another whiff reveals toasted sesame...amazing

who says this is all ALCOHOL and WATER? not here....this is perfect perfect....instead of a shock blast of over-roastedness, this is a complex, masochistic punch to the face subliminal message. wow. i don't know what just hit me, but i like it. i thought i was a hophead. jeez, another swallow and i am at a loss for words. sweet nutty toasty roasty smooth wallop etc

the mouthfeel is simply integrated into the taste as a unit making this too drinkable and too perfect. not even my favorite style (though sentimentally, being part Latvian, i want to like the style). i can find no fault, no wrong turn, no subtle mis-take...

the best Baltic Porter ever. by far. no, further...

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5/5  rDev +25.9%

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5/5  rDev +25.9%

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5/5  rDev +25.9%

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5/5  rDev +25.9%

Photo of Baronash
4.8/5  rDev +20.9%
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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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.65/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured awhile back at Bocktown, served a bit too cold but I did let it warm up to open it up a bit. Pours a pitch black body that absolutely eats up all visible light waves, creamy tan colored head. Aromatics offer up dark fruits soaked in a bit of booze, with some cocoa/strong coffee and mild molasses with more of an herbal hop presence in the back end. Flavor forms a cohseion of caramel/cocoa/ripened fruit plums/a touch of cherry. A slight sherry finish, very smooth dark roasted malts blend with a mild booze finish. Herbal hops for balance this beer just works. Mouthfeel is full bodied evenly carbonated big brash but full of finesse, this is well planned out and excecuted. Nice to see the Levithan series ruling in both quality and consistency, a great brew that I will reach for the next time I see it around. I will throw a couple in the cellar with my Triticus and Bigfoots.

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Photo of vmspicex
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown, mahogany in color, almost completely opaque and a creamy beige head.

S - Smells magnificent with strong molasses, dark fruit and brown sugar notes.

T/M - The taste is huge! Lots of sweet malty character with a thick and rich mouthfeel. You really taste molasses up front with a sweet over ripened plum taste following. Some woody notes but very subtle. Just an awesome hearty Baltic Porter!

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A void of color, severe darkness, opaque, heavy look with short but very fluffy, well-retained tan color head. A constant foamy covering sticks around at all times.

The aroma is very strong, heavy roastie malt, dark wheat and oats with a balance of earthiness with musty herbs, black pepper, brown sugar, musty caramel sweetness and many black fruit aroma's.

The malty complexity is staggering here, sweet caramel and chocolate malt sweetness is harnessed by a grounding of oats and wheat, earthy black pepper lager yeast, very hearty after the chunky, yummy, malt flavor subsides. Huge dark fruits pop out with blackberry jam all over your face! The yeast is hearty with earthiness galore and the heat rides in pretty gentle and perfectly balanced.

The feel is just about perfect, it's not heavy and lazy it's a big brute, full-bodied feel that can move it's ass, much like a NFL Linebacker, it's huge, but it can move!! A luxurious feel, zippy at first with a huge smoothness that is never too heavy or flat.

A Supreme beast, Huge flavor and complexity with a quoff of something much more gentle. This is easily the best beer Harpoon is Brewing right now.

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Photo of gpcollen1
4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A pleasant surprise upon entering Stew's = no IIPA festering but cases of the Baltic Porter ready for consumption.

This pours brilliantly dark - yet lets a bit of light shine on in and through for a dark ruby/brown tint. Head gets up a bit on the pour but I took it easy while using the Sam Adams glass.

Aroma is light and amok with chocolate - not over the top. Taste follows the nose - lighter beer feel yet bog and bold flavors. Starts with a light tingle of carbonation, yields to the chocolate and rides to sticky sweetness - light cottonmouth dryness. Mouthfeel on this one is exceptional - hard to say but just perfect body with a light scrub of carbonation and a very nice dry a bitter feel to it.

This one is nice but I am on the fence about how sweet it seems - but somehow seems to make it more drinkable. Very nice job by Harpoon and better than the IIPA me thinks thought that was nice.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So very glad to have tried this one. Thanks Liquid Town

Pours a crystal clear deep deep almost black, but with accents of ruby red. Has a medium sized creamy ivory colored head that boasts awesome retention and lacing.

Aroma of chocolate and toffee fills the air as I cracked open this gem. The smell is very complex. Also a very sweet almost burned caramel. Some alcohol and faint black licorice. Beautiful aroma for sure.

And in the flavor, it seems to get better. Tons of bitter sweet chocolate up front, then comes the toffee and caramel and sweet toffee notes along with a hefty amount of hop bitterness to balance this beast.

This truly is a beast as far as mouthfeel goes. It boasts a huge creamy, sweet body, with a bittersweet chocolate note that lasts forever. preeetty nice.

and it is oh so smooth going down. there is a slight alcohol bite, but it's not very fusal. maybe a little bit. but that'll go away with age I'm sure. Highly recommend this beast.

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Photo of nebula1999
4.51/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is amazing. Almost black with very little head retention. Aroma of malt and a little smoke. A bold, bright taste for a porter, but with rich malty overtones full of dark fruit and woodsy goodness. Alcoholic, but not overblown. A beer like none other that I have ever experienced. Fantastic mouth feel makes you want another sip, but be careful.

Harpoon Brewery's interesting "100-Barrel Series" was the beginning of their experimentation with brewing. However, the "Leviathan Series" is a bold new step for Harpoon, and Baltic Porter is the supreme showpiece, in particular.

I would recommend this beer to anyone who wants an otherworldly beer experience. If you see it in a store, buy it. Even if you don't like porters, get it for a friend that does. Just amazing.

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Photo of edchicma
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Whoa..this is one fine brew. Pours a dark chocolate with a small head..very enticing. Smell is deep and rich..smooth malts waft the nostrils very nicely. Taste is roasted dark malt that lingers on the palate with a very nice sticky presence...alcohol is hidden very nicely. A hop presence is there on the finish...well done. Mouthfeel is rich, creamy with a slight bitter finish..exceptional. This is a definite sipper, but the lack of harsh alcohol presence puts this one in the exceptional category.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown. In a pint glass, it might come off as pitch black. Thinner creme head. Nose is precisely what I expect a Baltic Porter to be. That highly fruity sweet tone with molasses like malts. Flavor is very nice. Mildly bitter sweet tone that carries a highly robust overall tone and a fairly long lasting character. Feel is quite smooth on liquid and the carbonation backs it up remaining low and just right. This is an excellent version of this style. I have had a chance to try numerous versions of Baltic Porters from Eastern Europe and this is as good and better than most. A must try for those familiar with the style and those looking to learn. Excellent.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a decent inital 1 finger head with a dark brown color. Lacing fades half way through. Appearance is not a huge deal to me, so I adjust

Smell is of chocolate malts with hints of cocoa and coffee and a bit of licorice.

The taste is outstanding. Very chocolatey and smooth, any roastiness is perceived as smooth on the palate. Low bitternes, no harshness. Caramel malts balance ou the chocolate malts and minimal roast exquisitely.

Smooth, slick mouthfeel.

This is outstanding for the style. The richness of dark malts with a backing caramel malt sweetness and a slick mouthfeel makes for one hell of a beer. I would have never guess in a million years that the abv was so high.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick dark brown with a ruby tint in the middle of near opaque beer, solid sampling of brown head on top.
Smell is thick with malts, some chestnuts, some roasted coffee aroma.
Taste is highly complex, there is coffee first with great roasted malts transitioning the flavor to a bitterish taste, maybe some chocolate there.
Finish is near dry with some hints of bitter that petters out slowly.
Drinks great, there is some booze here as this beer was clearly ramped up but it's a great choice.

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Photo of JasonA
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an non-thick oil slick black. Half a finger of head. Not too much lacing, though no real head.

Deep rich roasted malt. Something roasted, is that like some sort of roasted nut. Definitely smokey. Something else thick and rich, but I cant quite place it. Maybe some hops as expected.

Light and rich. Dark roasted malt. Maybe some chocolate.

Nicely carbonated in the mouth for a porter. Full bodied, though 9.5 ABV isnt present. Very nice.

Would love some more. Though the 3 I have left ill be adding the the cellar stock :)

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Harpoon Leviathan - Baltic Porter from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 82.7% out of 100 with 365 ratings
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