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Harpoon Leviathan - Great ScottHarpoon Leviathan - Great Scott

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Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Leviathan Great Scott pays homage to the celebrated Wee Heavy Scottish Ales of the past. This beer is a full-flavored, full-bodied dark ale with a complex malt character. The hint of smokiness is a tribute to the peated malts that were historically used in Scottish brewing. Relax and enjoy with bagpipes playing in your head (kilt optional).

33 IBU

Added by elgiacomo on 05-02-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 98 |  Reviews: 35
Photo of Ecxeeder616
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of JasonL
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now in used to the hoppiness of IPAs and Pale ales but I wanted to try a nice regular ale. Since im a fan of the harpoon brothers I wanted to try this.

Now I consider this ale more of a barleywine, because of it's high alcohol content, and also since its rich with a heavy malt presence. The first sip was rather a unique experience because I never tasted a beer quite unique as this. The smell was very sweet and the taste is very sweet. It has caramel and plum flavor to me and the taste lingers for quite some time. The mouthfeel is excellent as it is not overly carbonated, another note to it being a barelywine.

Overall this is a unique ale but very pleasant. Harpoon never seems to fail me as all their beers are made with such craft and dedication that you can taste it in the beer. Overall good experience.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of ryan1788a5
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a large snifter.

A: Pours a crystal clear ruby red/brown color. the head is thin and white and dissipates fairly quickly. A thick blanket of spotty and clumpy lacing remains behind.

S: Fruity scents of raspberry and cherry. Hints of cocoa, bread crust, and a very subtle, vague spice. Faint kiss of smoke. ghost-like touch of alcohol. Grape skin.

T: Cocoa, mild crusty taste, grape skin. Sweet and malt-forward as it should be. Molasses and bread pudding. Warming, spicy alcohol toward the back end. Just the faintest whisper of campfire and smoke. Sweet finish of molasses, caramel, bread pudding, and fruits.

M: Thick, chewy, and a touch syrupy. Coats the mouth. Low carbonation. as bit creamy and smooth enough.

O: A good stab at the style. All the pieces are in place. An enjoyable beer, and a worthy entry into the Leviathan series.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of YouSkeete
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown color with an orange tint on the pour. Short pale yellow/off white head with weak retention. Deep roasted malts, toasted nuts, dry scotch, mild hops and burnt brown sugar in the aroma. Sour apple and fermented fruit with some tough nuttiness on the first sip. Roasted malt and nut flavor persists through the body while other flavors of scotch and hops make their way into the taste. Crisp yet sour finish.

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Photo of DRyan
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottle, poured into a Ranger Creek tulip glass

A: Pours a deep wooden brown with just a splash of red with a very minimal off white head that doesn't stick around at all or lace at all
S: mmmm. toffee, vanilla, some malty sweetness, some alcohol, really it smells more like a barleywine than what I'm expecting, but in a very nice way (I love good barleywine!)
T: Opens with toffee, middle is alcohol potency, and ends with just a mild hop bitterness, one of the tastiest wee heavy's I've had
M: smooth and velvety, again more in line with a barleywine
D: Very drinkable. I've been trying to sip this bottle and it's almost disappeared in the last 1/2 hour even though I'm intentionally going slow!

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a small fizzy head that fades fairly quickly, over clear toasty wood brown colored beer.

Nose fairly typical scotch ale, some darker malts, brown malts, caramel, some molasses and toffee, toasty caramel reddish malts, light booze esters and fruits, and hint phenols, apple and nutty like fruit additions. As it warms big caramel and molasses like aromas come through, brown sugar, etc.

Taste starts with a nutty malt, some fruity esters from the booze as well as a touch of phenols, warming and slightly tingly booze come through quickly. Then malts set in, with plenty of brown malts, toasty reddish malts, lots of caramel, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, etc, and a little fluffy even. It has a nice nutty toffee flavor throughout, and a hint of fruity flavor from the booze esters with a light strewed apple fig like flavor. Finish is slightly bitter with more sweeteners, slightly drier but still fairly sweet, lingering nutty flavors, brown malts, brown sugar, toffee, caramel, etc, and a bit of the warming booze.

Mouth is med to slightly bigger bodied, fluffy carbonation, some warming booze.

Overall OK, not the best scotch ale around but not too bad either. Decent malts and sweeteners, plenty of booze warmth with associated esters etc.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Brewsephus
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A- light chestnut color, clear, filtered, head is slight off white.

S-The malt is the only smell present. Very difficult to pick up the peat malt on the nose. Dark malts, crystal malt scent.

T-Robust, to say the least. Very malt forward, sweet, bitterness from hops undetectable. Malt bitterness present, balanced. Peat malt holds a huge amount of flavor, which is actually refreshing. Too much peat malt can make you gag, but this seems to be very close to that line without going over it. Fruity, cranberry, plum, fig, slight cherry, black currant, faint caper spice. Alcohol heat blows through on the finish. It's a hot hot heat from the alcohol, not whiskey hot, but closer to a spiced rum. I don't mind it, it finishes off the pallet from all the lingering flavors, especially the peat. It is a dear hallmark of this style, even if 10.2% is pushing the limits of a Wee Heavy.

M- Full bodied, sharp/hot alcohol, medium-high carbonation (definitely carbonated enough so that the beer doesn't come across as syrupy).

0- Been there, done that beer. Cannot session, and one kills your pallet so that all subsequent beers are thin and one dimensional. Very tasty when you are craving a Wee Heavy. I'll keep the rest in my fridge until I'm ready for another craving. Flavors are all there, even if they are all 'turned up to 11'. As with the other Leviathan series beers, I appreciate the effort, but one and done is enough.

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4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Im a Scottish mofo so it was either this or Left Hand Smoke Jumper and I chose this fellow Scot. pours up a dark mahogany color with a quickly fading tan head. Aromas of molasses, sugar, toffee. Tastes of all of the above plus earthy smokey peat, some plum too. Big body, thick, smoothe yet has a harsh bite to it. Can't really detect the high booze. I'm all in!

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of acevenom
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Pours slightly hazy copper with a light cream colored head that dissipates slowly. There appears to be abundant tiny bubbles rising in the beer. Some lacing is left on the side of the glass. The beer smells of sweet malts with some alcohol in the aroma. I pick up some of the peated malt as well. The alcohol is forward in the taste as well as some of those smoky and sweet flavors I'd expect from the malts. There's some back end bitterness and some dark fruit notes. It's a rich flavored beer. The body is full with moderate carbonation. The alcohol brings a nice warming quality, making it acceptable for a cool evening. The finish is fairly clean thanks to the carbonation. This is a very good beer.

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3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle served about 40 degrees. Sampled on October 7, 2012.

It pours a very attractive looking dark amber with copper hues throughout and a head that rises slightly than diminishes to a ring.

The aroma is malts, caramel malts, and more sweet malts. That is the best way to define it. Some boozy character but no smoky character as promised in the description.

The body is bold and creamy. I like that a lot.

The taste begins with a whole lot of malty sweetness and a more downplayed bitterness at the end that does not linger for very long. Still, as far as Scottish Wee Heavy's go, Harpoon has a pretty good rendition on the style.

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3.27/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Deep copper/brown beer with a thin effervescent that head dissipates almost immediately. Looks thick, syrupy, mildly carbonated and potent.

S- Smells promising. Alchohol is certainly featured however its biting egdes are tempered under deep dried fuit and a hint of the peated malt. I do wish the peat was a little smokier but this beer certainly smells wonderful.

T- Less complex than the aroma might indicate. The peat sits quietly under everything, there but never really involoved.The alchohol strikes first then falls into a prune/raisin malt middle. The alchohol takes over egain , ending warm. Really not bad at all, cohesive but not exciting.

M- A little light. Medium bodied, but i was expecting heavier. Holds this beer well, but given that i was expecting more from the taste, perhaps i was expecting a bigger body.

O- Nice beer, surprisingly drinkable at 10.2%, but at $13 for a 4 pack, I wouldn't buy again. Not as big as the name suggests.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber to brown color, nearly clear. Requires two pours to tame the head, but this settles to rim bubbles which leaves some layered lace.

First impression is fresh paint, like when I was building model airplanes. Leans toward the darker malts albeit with a strong alcohol kicker.

Rich and malty with a touch of molasses sweetness. Lots of alcohol warmth. As advertised, this is a big beer. The swallow reminds me of a cross between Brandy and Scotch--that's how strong the alcohol is. Short aftertaste except for the strong aperitif warmth.

If you like the warm glow of alcohol, you'll love this beer.

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Harpoon Leviathan - Great Scott from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
3.81 out of 5 based on 98 ratings.
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