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btl_DBThe summer has been a wash out. Today with the rain pounding down and a damp chill descending on the house I thought about the whimsical 4 pack of Sam Adams Imperial Series Double Bock lager I purchased the other day while stocking up on my summer volume beer, Pabst. (See other posts for the story)
I packed some venison sausage, whole grain macaroni and a fresh egg from under one of our hens into a bowl, popped the mix into the microwave and grabbed a Double Bock from the fridge. As the turntable hummed around, I drew in a long sip of the mahogany lager. Wow! this beer is ultimately smooth! On the label Jim Koch tells us that this “lager reveals a deep mahogany color and velvety smooth flavor.” Well I wouldn’t use the words velvet but I get the image. This double bock is silky smooth. 9.5% ABV is hidden inside this superb brew. Not a hint of harshness; the malt is huge. Drink this for dessert period.
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With the Sam Adams Imperial Series and Harpoon’s Leviathan we have a bundle of the finest kind right here. More to come, Sam has an Imperial Stout, also.
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In mid December Beer Guy Jim pulled up to the garage and unloaded multiple boxes full of a wide selection of the finest brews he could acquire: Merry Christmas! My job was to revel in the bounty until Christmas Eve when the gathering of the clan began. Well, I practiced self control for a few days but my undoing was the fact the tops of the boxes were not closed. I browsed, nodding at some familiar fine labels. One evening as I started up the ramp to the kitchen my eye caught the Harpoon “H” on a bottle with a dark label I was not familiar with. Self control fled; I reached for the bottle neck and had it in the kitchen with the opener in my hand before I realized.

baltic_porter_4pkLeviathan Baltic Porter poured into the glass, a dark full porter. I took that first full sip. Wow! that was outstanding! This drink was such a dramatic surprise, rich, full taste, strong flavors, high abv (9.5%) but smooth and subtle, a real Baltic Porter. I finished this in short order, set the glass down on the counter and went to the garage to grab the rest of the four pack. None of these great brews made it ’til Christmas Eve!

But that is the prelude. A few days ago¬†when I zipped up to Hannaford’s to grab that six pack of the “Black” as I mentioned in a previous post, I spied a lone four pack of the Leviathan sitting disheveled down on a low shelf amidst a jumble of ne’er do well beers. Automatically my hand latched onto it. This time a Leviathan Imperial IPA at 10% abv. This drink belongs right beside the Dogfish Head IPA’s, the 60 Minute and the 90 Minute both.

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I think we beer guys here have a consensus that Harpoon IPA (the regular label version) is maybe the standard setter for IPA. This Leviathan model has the backbone of the regular Harpoon – the intensity of the hops as a constant throughout… start to finish – with deeper multiple tastes buried in this robust body. It is a strong ale that finishes very well. The last couple of ounces left in the glass as the conversation swirls and the cheese and crackers disappear is as tasty and true to the brew as the first powerful taste at the top of the glass.

Hats off to Harpoon on the series and their growing reputation around here for high quality brew. Harpoon IPA is in all the stores, now let’s start to see more of the Leviathan available. The one draw back to this big brew series is the price. Hannaford’s charges $10.50 (+/- a few cents) for a four pack. That makes it a specialty, not an everyday drink for sure.

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