Harpoon Leviathan - Baltic Porter | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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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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Reviews: 239 | Ratings: 364
Photo of bum732
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a jet black, decent lacing. Smells like chocolate, pumpernickel bread hint of fig and prune notes. Very faint hops. Taste like dark fruits throughout, very potent. Tastes of chocolate as the beer warms up, nice mix with the fruit character. Beer ends with very little hop flavor and a strong alcohol presence. Finishes sweet.

Very strong dark fruit presence throughout, kind surprised me for a porter. I guess i'm used to smoky stouty like porters. Still pleasant, alcohol is a bit much, probably only drink one at a time.

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Photo of timtim
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

surprised by this one. dark black with a tannish head that leaves some nice lace. bittersweet chocolate and specialty malts with a hint of coffee in the nose and taste. some dark fruit, a faint but pleasant hop bitterness and a touch of boozy acidity in the finish. nice full body. very warming, and great for a cold winter night. harpoon does it on this one.

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Photo of WesWes
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a fine roasted malt scent along with a mild chocolate nose. It's dry with a subtle sweetness. The taste is good as well. It has a rich, alcohol filled taste that boasts of chocolate and special roast malts. It's slow and warming on the way down with a rich, mellow finish. The mouthfeel is great! It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very nice beer. Harpoon has another winner in the Leviathan series. It's flavorful and easy drinking even at 9.5%.

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Baltic Porter is dark ruby brown that approaches black with a thin mocha collar. Smells of lightly roasted chocolate. There's nice date and fig notes hinted by the yeast and alcohol that round out the enjoyable nose.

Tastes of semi sweet cocoa, hints of yeasty dark fruit. Finishes with a mild acidic bitterness courtesy of the roasted malts and warming alcohol. At first the mouthfeel appears thin, but seems to grow prior to swallowing creating an interesting and varied feel. Very drinkable as the alcohol acts as a compliment rather than a hindrance to this fine beer. By far my favorite from Harpoon, who I had previously thought less of as a brewery. Fantastic on this cold late fall evening.

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Photo of edchicma
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
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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Photo of gpcollen1
4.55/5  rDev +14.3%
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 auxiliary
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Dark brown color, with a decent size head and some lace on the glass.

smell - Some chocolate and roasted malt here.

taste - Some dark chocolate and malt taste here ending with some alchol taste. Lots of taste in this one. Might be on of the best baltic porters i have tasted yet.

mouthfeel - Medium body

drinkability - Nice sipping beer in the winter time. Would buy this again,was the better of yje 4 beers in had in my recent session.

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Photo of cyberquog
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: dark reddish brown letting very little light through.

s: sweet smelling with some hop notes in the background. Alcohol smell becomes stronger as the beer warms.

t: sweet bready malt flavors up front balanced by some bitter and citrus tasting hops. alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering. definite warming feeling in the belly. hints of brandy with some fruity esters. nice finish and lingering aftertaste.

m: not too sticky or syrupy as some high ABV beers tend to be.

pretty darn drinkable for a big beer, but still a bit 'hot' with alcohol. I don't mind a bit of alcohol taste with this type of beer but YMMV.

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Photo of trkerrigan
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance was extremely dark. The little light that does pass through gets a slight ruby appearance.

I didn't get much from the smell... slight fruity notes, dark chocolate as well.

Taste is quite complex... fruity (berries), chocolate, caramel, toffee, coffee are all there. But, immediately after my taste buds begin to dissect these many great flavors, the strong alcohol presence takes everything away. Forcing me to start over.

Despite the strong alcohol presence this a drinkable brew. The many intense flavors kept me wanting to taste more. At over 9% a couple of these will keep you warm on a cold night.

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Photo of leif86
3.41/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Near black body that shows some ruby coloring when held up to a light. Cola like head, that is to say it's a dark tan color and pretty frothy. Moderate lacing.

S: It smells like roasted grains and bitter chocolate with a hint of coffee.

T: Much better once it is allowed to warm up. A big cereal grain flavor with the expected coffee and bitter chocolate in the back. The bitterness at the end is nice and feels more to come from chocolate than hops. Tastes a little hot at times, that little boozy and wine like alcohol taste that is non too pleasant.

M: Pretty darn creamy and smooth, like silk really. Not at all sticky after I swallow.

D: For 9.5 it's a darn drinkable beer, surprisingly drinkable, until that alcohol taste rears it's ugly head. Surprised that I don't get some of it with every sip, either way it kinda kills this one for me.

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Photo of Brad007
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black color with a thin brown one-finger head into my pint glass.

Aroma is smooth with a hint of coffee and chocolate in the nose. A bit creamy as well.

Taste is sweet and malty upfront with a bit of alcohol burn and coffee/chocolate flavors. Carbonation level seems a bit high.

Mouthfeel is sweet with a good coffee bite, a bit overwhelmed by the alcohol.

Not a bad beer but the carbonation level leaves something to be desired. Needs to be properly aged in order for the good flavors to come out better.

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Photo of khiasmus
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Drdogbeer for this growler from Growling at the moon.

The beer pours black into my glass. Holding it to direct light shows good clarity and brown highlights. Not a whole lot of head, but what's there lasts forever and laces beautifully.

The aroma, when cold, presents a huge roasty character with some hints of vanilla. As it warms, more sweetness becomes evident, almost a lactose-like sweetness, much like a cream stout or milk stout. Some cherry and licorice notes in the back.

Flavor begins with the same roastiness of the nose, but changes quickly to a sweet, alcoholic note that's full of tannins and vanilla notes, maybe even some burning wood. Reminds me of sitting by a fire, but it's not a smoky flavor, just almost like... roasted wood? The sweetness and alcohol win out over the roasted grain in the finish, leaving a pleasant aftertaste. Not overly complex- the cherry and other esters don't really come out.

Mouthfeel is interesting. A bit creamy, but the alcohol gives it that cold effect from the evaporation. It's a bit syrupy and slides down well. The carbonation is medium.

Drinkability? For a baltic porter, it's great. Anyone that is a fan of the style needs to jump on this one. Excellent.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from a growler poured at the boston brewery saturday. Pours a deep black with a healthy 2" tan head. Smell is not overpowering, but some roasted, burnt malt and some coffee as well. Lots of roasted malt in the flavor as well. I get some bitter chocolate, some sugar and a good bit of alcohol. Lots of flavor that lasts and this beer gets better as it warms. Tastes like it is a very strong beer. You can tell it is a baltic- a bit more bitter and mouthfeel is sharp, not very smooth. Fairly drinkable at 9%, but I would not down more than one pint. Thanks Mike!

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Photo of lpayette
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stopped at the brewery in Windsor today for lunch and decided to pick up a case of this after having a couple of pints on draft.

Appearance- Pours a very nice deep chocolatey brown with a solid 2-3 finger head. Plenty of lacing makes its way down the glass the whole way.

Smell- Roasted barley dominates. A bit of chocolate- near truffle-like. A bit acidic which fits just fine with the style.

Taste & Mouthfeel- Beautifully rich overall. Although chocolate isn't the first thing that immediately comes to mind as you are casually drinking it, when you actually start dissecting it, that does seem to be the overriding theme with this beer. Similar to devil's foodcake really, but not super chocolatey. Slight acidic tang, but certainly not overdone. The carbonation and noticeable alcohol content make this not all that smooth and a little sharp. Bitterness from the roasted grains provides a lingering finish. Hops are pretty well covered up by the malt.

Drinkability- Not off the charts drinkable, but certainly somewhat sessionable even at the lofty height of 9.5% ABV.

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