New Level Leviathan

Reviewed by on December 27, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: New Level Brewing

  • Origin: Calgary, AB, CA

  • Rated On: December 27, 2018

  • Best Before: packaged November 8, 2018

  • ABV: 8.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Russian Imperial Stout

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

There is kind of a boo-boo with the label design here, making the first ‘a’ in ‘Leviathan’ look like an ‘n’.  Anyways, onward-ho!

This 473ml can pours a pretty solid black hole, with very subtle amber basal edges, and three chubby fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly brown head, which leaves some stellar spooky forest pattern lace around the glass as it slowly sinks out of sight.

It smells of gritty and grainy cereal malt, bittersweet cocoa powder, cafe-au-lait, some faint wet ashiness, and plain earthy, musty, and floral green hops.  The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, melted vanilla ice cream, weak coffee grounds, more free-range char, a hint of bruised dark stone fruit, and more understated leafy, herbal, and dead floral hoppiness.  The carbonation is average in its palate-supporting frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and quite smooth, with a rich creaminess pretty much there from the get-go.  It finishes on the sweet side, sure, the malt, cocoa, and vanilla really holding tight on the lingering reins.

Overall – this is a rather pleasant interpretation of the old-school style, with the oats and lactose really softening the whole experience.  Add to that the darned-near invisible 17-proof booze factor, and folks, I do believe we have a winner here!

Brady White

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