Leon - Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
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Ratings: 134 | Reviews: 18 | Display Reviews Only:
3.53/5 rDev -6.9%
This beer poured out as a jet black color with a fluffy brown head on top. The lacing and retention were minimal. The smell of the beer is not nearly as sweet as I was hoping for, the aromas were much like a traditional imperial stout. It was roasted and burnt on the nose. The taste of the beer is heavily roasted up from with a minimal sweetness in the mix. The flavors of the graham cracker and marshmallow are very minimal. I was able to get either of them till the distant aftertaste. The mouthfeel was decent, I think it could have been thicker or more oily. Overall not a bad beer, but I feel the flavors need to stand out more.
09-03-2012 16:26:53 | More by Knapp85
3.64/5 rDev -4%
This is a consistent impy stout. But it doesn't really carry a lot of complexity. There are a lot of malts going on, but it seems a bit too sweet. And there is also a burn from the boozy tone. Pretty easy to drink, sure. I have to wonder what this would taste like after a year or two.
07-08-2013 03:59:19 | More by RblWthACoz
3.43/5 rDev -9.5%
First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA
This beer didn't deliver quite as much as the Smorter I had from Equinox. Looked fine, dark brown-black pour with a small beige head that receded to a ringlet. Smell of roasty dark malts, sweet, with a bit of chocolate in the mix. Taste is notably roasty, ashen, some sweetness, light notes of cocoa, and a bit of burnt marshmallow coming through in the finish. Mouthfeel was on the thinner side for a stout, about medium-bodied, low carbonation and well-hidden alcohol. Not too bad, but a little too burny, and kind of missed the mark overall.
09-26-2012 08:51:48 | More by Rifugium
3.48/5 rDev -8.2%
Draft at The Perch Pub in Philadelphia, PA.
Pours pitch black with a one finger beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic streaks of lace left behind.
Slightly roasted dark makt aroma with silky chocolate, toffee and roasted oats. There's a subtle marshmallow presence but I'm not picking up any of the graham cracker. Doesn't really smell like a s'mores, more like a regular sweet stout.
Medium bodied but thinner than expected for the style with a balance of roasted and sweeter malt notes. Dry and slightly smokey up front countered by boozy sweetness, dark chocolate and caramel. Not much marshmallow fluff but there's a very subtle grainy graham cracker presence. After a while the sweetness overwhelms making it a bit one dimensional. The ABV is well masked making it easy to drink but it's lacking complexity and could be a bit more viscous/full-bodied. Overall it's a decent sweet stout, but it doesn't really smell or taste like s'mores.
09-23-2012 22:58:48 | More by corby112
3.25/5 rDev -14.2%
Bomber poured into a snifter. The brew pours black in color with 3 fingers of frothy khaki topping. It leaves a full webby pattern of lace on the glass as it slowly fades.
The aroma is burnt and roasty like charcoal and tobacco. Plenty of bitter bakers cocoa and earth. Lots of herbal hops overtop a fusel to solvent alcohol character. A bit of sulfur emerges when swirled.
The flavor is bitter roast and earth with a highlight of slight citrus to lighten things up. An abundance of bitter bakers chocolate with solvent alcohol seemingly numbing the palate. This is overly roasted espresso, tobacco and char into the aftertaste. It displays the most faint suggestion of milk chocolate.
This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. A little rough around the edges and overall a brew that really doesnt display any of the advertised adjuncts. It quite honestly is not that enjoyable. I admittedly purchased 2 bombers of this when I saw it at a local shop. Upon opening the first one, I was disgusted and drain-poured it because more than a third of the bottle was filled with a slimy sludge mess that I have never witnessed in a beer before. I thought it might have been the advertised "marshmallow fluff" but wow it tasted horrible. I would approach this purchase with caution.
07-16-2013 18:33:08 | More by stakem
3.63/5 rDev -4.2%
Pours thick jet black color with decently well-retained tan head that recedes to leave some spotty lacing.
Aromas begin quite roasty and dark chocolate forward. As it warms I get a little more chocolate maltiness and some toffee/coffee as well. Really not getting much of the advertised lactose or marshmellow sweetness.
The tastes follow the nose with roasty dark maltiness, cacao beans and some emerging dark bitter baker's chocolate. Once again I am lacking the marshmellow or much sweetness at all even as it warms. There is a bit of bready maltiness and some more lighter toffee/coffee with some hop bitterness in the background.
Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is pretty dark roasty, dry, bitter with some emerging alcohol as well.
Overall for a beer advertising itself as a sweeter stout with marshmellow added, there really isn't much sweetness or creaminess. It's a very good to style Russian Imperial Stout but it left me wanting more with the Smore advertisement.
12-03-2012 17:01:14 | More by claspada
3.63/5 rDev -4.2%
Dark cola brown, big dense cap of brown head. Good retention and lacing. Scent leads with heavy roast, moderate coffee bean and chocolate notes, hints of dark fruit, sweetness, mild dark fruits. Taste brings components of scent... Roasts, lightly boozy. Missing notes of grahmn cracker, marshmallow sweetness only hinted at. Fuller side of medium, a touch more heft would be welcomed. Solid stout, lacking in qualities that would make this unique.
10-05-2012 17:58:40 | More by rfgetz
4.06/5 rDev +7.1%
Served on tap in a snifter
Appearance – The beer is served a pitch black color with a one finger of tan colored head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving a big level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell –The aroma is overall roasted, sweet and malty. A good level of a roasted smell mixed with a bit of a graham cracker smell create the bulk of the smell. Along with these aromas are some quite sweet aromas. The sweeter smells are of a chocolate and vanilla nature, mixed with some marshmallow like smells of more vanilla and confectioners’ sugar. All in all the mix of aromas is quite inviting, creating a rather sweet and chocolate “s’more like” smell.
Taste – The taste begins rather sweet and roasted with a good level of caramel, chocolate and vanilla sweetness and a nice roasted malt flavor that meld well with the sweet to create a chocolate bar like flavor for the brew. This sweeter chocolate flavor persists throughout the taste with other flavors of some of the marshmallow sweetness, with a more powdered sugar like taste, joining the tongue soon after the initial tastes. Some caramel and a bit more chocolate as well as some more graham cracker like flavors joining the tongue more toward the end, one is left with a rather sweet, chocolaty and smooth sugary taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average to slightly on the lower side for what would be expected of a brew of 11.6 % abv with a carbonation level that is on the average to slightly above average side. A bit of a thicker body and a little less carbonation may have suited the rich and sweet imperial stout qualities of the brew a bit better, but overall it was still rather nice and it really hides the alcohol content well as only the slightest trace of it is encountered in the taste..
Overall – A quite tasty brew overall. Big and robust, but with a amazingly hidden alcohol level. Pretty much a drinkable decadent dessert in a glass.
11-27-2013 02:16:33 | More by Darkmagus82
Leon from Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.