Harpoon Leviathan - Baltic Porter | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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365 Ratings
Harpoon Leviathan - Baltic PorterHarpoon Leviathan - Baltic Porter
BEER INFO

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

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
365
Reviews:
240
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
9.55%
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
14
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 365 |  Reviews: 240
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very drinkable baltic porter. A bit of the BP edge, but mostly tastes closer to a RIS with chocolate malting. A little roast. Smooth and good drinkability. Pours dark, smells malty. Something I would keep several in the fridge if I could.Sweetish yet balanced.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice deep brown color with a thin tan head on top. The smell of roasted malts and hints of chocolate on the nose. The taste of the beer was also full of rich roasted flavors and a good bitter dark finish. The mouthfeel wasn't too bad but it could have been just a little thicker I think. Overall this wasn't a bad Baltic but there are better out there.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ah, this is the second time I've tried something from the Harpoon Leviathon series and the second time I immensely enjoyed it.

A great dark beer.. nice and hearty with tons of lacing and a beautiful dark color. Taste is of roasted malts with some dark fruit undertones... blended together amazingly with a nice zing of alcohol on the tongue. Very drinkable for the high ABV and really warms you up.. try this one out.

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Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
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 brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a coffee brown color with ruby highlights; the thick tan cap retains well but only leaves a few strands

Smell: Rum-soaked prunes, dark chocolate, roasted malt and a hint of soy

Taste: Opens with a fruity chocolate character that moves in a fusel alcohol direction by mid-palate, with burnt charcoal elements appearing underneath; after the swallow, the dark fruit takes center stage, though the rougher flavors linger underneath

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation and some warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: A bit too rough around the edges to compete with some of the better Baltic Porters (think Smuttynose, for example) but still a decent enough beer

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark black color porter with a huge light brown foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aromas of black chocolate and roasted malt are well balanced and quite enjoyable. Taste is also a well balance mix between some lightly bitter roasted malt notes with some dry black chocolate. Body is a bit thin with good carbonation and no signs of alcohol. A fuller body and more chocolate notes would have made this a pretty perfect Baltic Porter but this is very good nonetheless.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into CCB snifter.

Color is a dark ruby hued bronze. Pours a small layer of beige head.

Aroma: Rich dark fruits. Plums and raisins. Big malty profile. Sweet toffee and caramel. A touch of heat on the nose.

Taste: Rich and malty. Huge malt profile with dark dried fruits. Plums and raisins again are present. More toffee than caramel malt flavors here. Not to bad. Roasted malt in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a bit crisp, and refreshing. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends malty and dry.

Overall, a decent baltic porter. Nice flavors all around, but nothing to strong. It is drinkable as well. As it warms I get a lot more roasted malt flavors. Glad I got a chance to try it.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Typical. Black body with brown highlights when held to the light. Creamy tan head. Average retention. Minor lacing.

Aroma: Dark malts with a bit of very dark, almost-burnt sugar and suggestions of roastiness and chocolate. Bittersweet chocolate.

Flavor: It's fruity with sweet red berries, a thread of anise, and soft underlying notes of delicate chocolate. Coffee-like roasted-hints frame it around the edges... but it's mainly creamy, sugary coffee at this point. Mmmmm... coffee can be fruity too. Not that this flavor is coming from coffee, because it's not, but it is reminiscent... (I'm not a big enough coffee afficianado to try to suggest what beans or where might give that). It seems sweet up front, and perhaps a bit in the finish, yet across the middle its perfectly balanced. The sweetness in the finish is short-lived as well, and gives way to a bit of dark malt acidity that's more like black coffee, but it's still infused with notes of sweetish red berries.

Mouthfeel: As appropriate. Medium leaning heavily on dextrins towards medium full, and moderately carbonated for smoothness.

Drinkability: Overall this beer fits the style and, once warmed a bit, becomes nicely rounded. But I think the fruitiness is a bit overdone (perhaps personal preference). Beyond that, I think it's nicely put together, and a fairly impressive pint. I like the way that it's sweetish at first, but that I can find myself with some leafy hops and soft caramel lingering long after it's been gone.

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Photo of chinchill
3.47/5  rDev -12.8%
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 Thorpe429
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Served in a tulip glass. Pours a very, very dark brown that is almost entirely opaque unless it's held up to the light. Pretty good tan head with a tiny bit of lacing. The nose is roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, and some small amount of dark fruits. The taste is roast and chocolate for the most part with some light caramel and date flavors. Good, full body. Not the best baltic porter I've had, but quite nice.

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Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

First of the Leviathan series I have been able to get my hands on.Poured into a imperial nonic a deep but not opaque black,there is some ruby tint thru out,a thinner off white head atop that never really sticks around for long.Aromas were doppelbockish in my mind,deep fruit and bread-like malt along with some brown sugar and alcohol,more like a hybrid or melding of styles in the nose.Great malty flavors,sweet with big raisin notes mixed with bitter chocolate and some sweetish alcohol but it doesnt burn.Full and lush in the mouth its sublime but the alcohol does creep as it warms,a kick ass brew meant to be drank one at a time.

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Photo of nickfl
3.42/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of light brown head on an opaque black body with some minor, ruby highlights. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Light chocolate and toffee with a dominant espresso note. Some caramel in the background and a hint of alcohol.

T - Coffee flavors up front with moderate malt bitterness. Sweet caramel in the middle with some spicy alcohol notes and dark chocolate. Strange interplay of sweet and bitter in the finish with an odd cherry note.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - The flavors are quite syrupy and a combination of excessively hot alcohol and a weird, cloying flavor in the finish makes for low drinkability. The big Harpoon beers seem to be pretty hit or miss and aside from the aroma this one is a boozy, sticky mess.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 12/31/08 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a snifter glass.

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

S: The aroma is of roasted dark malts, coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with strong flavors of dark fruit, dark chocolate, roasted coffee. Then there's a mild hops presence that comes in and provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, not the best Baltic Porter that I've had, but a good strong darker beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of smithj4
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of smcolw
3.41/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chunky head with good ring lace. Deep ruby brown where light only shows through on the edge.

Slightly sour aroma; otherwise, a chaulky mocha smell.

Creamy latte flavor, with the emphasis on the coffee. Moderate body with a low level of carbonation. A very light sweetness to the brew.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to a kind trade for this bottle. I had been wanting to polish off the other half of the series and this bottle could not have landed in my hands soon enough. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, thos one was consumed on 02.18.2009.

The pour was very nice, rich dark brown and essentially completely opaque as I look at it. A nice head of light tan about a half inch in height comes up and over the top, settling down nicely into a thin film that coated the inside of the glass very nicely. Rich aroma here of dark fruits, touches of molasses and rich dark chocolate. A touch of bitterness or sour as it warms up and gets even thicker. The flavor was excellent, classic for the style indeed. Rich notes of burnt chocolate, dark prune like fruits, a touch of sour cherries and sweet molasses coat the tongue as the full and rich body on this one leave you looking for another smooth sip right after the first. The alcohol was very well hidden and that made this one a really fine sipper that I cannot argue against. This was a real highlight for me and top notch beer for sure.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at the Brewery store after the tasting in Boston MA.
Poured chilled into a goblet

A - Deep walnut brown w/ a 2 finger rocky sandstone head. The head is comprised of pin-sized bubbles. The beer is attractive w/ a translucent garnet hue. The lace clings and forms like sunspots w/ a rising tan flame pattern on the rim of the glass

S - A rich caramel, nut and chocolate nose w/ a big yeasty, roasty aroma. The smell is woody, slightly tobacco-like and has hints of smoke

M - A med carbonated creamy, slighty dry at first and then mildly sweet w/ a spicy warm finish. A nice smoothness is achieved in the feel from the lager yeast coinciding with mild malt roastiness

T - Almost immediate fruit and nutty flavors pop out w/ cherry like fruit and nuts from the malt. The hops are both spicy and earthy and the flavors from the malt and yeast meld in the plum like sweet taste w/ a mild tangy flavor. The alcohol is noted in the flavor w/ a mild cocoa note, but the taste has a smoothness that is indicative of baltic porters fermented with lager yeast

D - One of my favorite styles and this is an excellent example of the style w/ high drinkability. This beer left me wanting more an uncommon quality usually. This is a very satisfying baltic porter-Kudos Harpoon

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Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -2%
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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Harpoon Leviathan - Baltic Porter from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
3.98 out of 5 based on 365 ratings.
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