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Leon Russian Imperial Stout | Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company

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Leon Russian Imperial StoutLeon Russian Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Leon is a big beer. So big, it has twice as much malt as any other beer we brew.. On top of the copious amounts of two row barley, Munich, Victory, Chocolate, Black Patent, and Caramel 80 malt in this beer each 15 barrel brew has 50 pounds of freshly in-house handmade marshmallow fluff as well as 16 pounds of bittersweet bakers chocolate, and 30 pounds of crumbled graham crackers. Leon clocks in at just over 80 IBUs and 11.6% ABV. Does it taste like a Smore’s? That’s for you to decide, but either way this is one fun beer to make, not to mention drink.

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Ratings: 223 |  Reviews: 46
Photo of TheWolf
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of meatyard
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pounder of RIS? Yes... poured into a grip shaped goblet: color is solid black, head is tan with fine bubbles, head presents 1/2 inch thick on the initial pour, a bit less on subsequent pours from the 16oz can.

Smell is light roast, chocolate, toasted bread and graham crackers.

Taste is similar to aroma - light roast, big chocolate, marshmallow and graham cracker notes are there, almost like burnt marshmallow; flavor is unique - though the typical RIS flavors are limited or muted the additions do shine through. Ethanol like flavors are limited, even at 12%.

Mouthfeel is moderate with a good amount of sweetness, carbonation is limited but a bit but i think that works for the style and additions. Ethanol burn starts to emerge with warmth.

Overall a different, big RIS - but the flavor additions are noticeable and work with the limited roastiness.

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Photo of Jsalz21
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Solid black color. Above average body, creamy thick feel with low to just above low carbonation
Aroma is malt, roasted malt, espresso, dark chocolate and black coffee. Some vanilla and Graham cracker show up in the aroma
Taste is similar but the marshmallow Graham cracker show up more in the taste than the aroma all though it's not overpowering. This is sweet but far from sickening sugary sweet with just a very mild coffee bitter finish.
Overall the base beer is excellent and the add ons were still a good addition to this beer flavor wise. I would definitely seek this out again

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Photo of Shade1951
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good! Poured from a can into a regular glass. Has a tan head that lasts a long time, and a good amount of lacing. Almost completely black in color. Mouthfeel has a slight creaminess, adequate carbonation. Smell is dark bitter chocolate, which at first I mistook for hops. (I dislike stouts that are infused with hops.) But the bitterness is definitely a chocolate bitterness, and not from hops.

Quite nice, overall. A bit too rich to have more than one at a time, but it's something I might pick up again if in the right mood for it. I suspect this would work better in cold weather than now in July.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(1 pint can, no packaging or best by date... most of it poured into a snifter)

L: dark-coffee brown liquid; little bit of khaki-colored foam on the pour that quickly collapsed into a thin collar... no lace

S: dark chocolate, burnt turbinado, prune, espresso syrup... graham cracker spices most certainly emerge in a couple minutes, and not an unpleasing addition to the other aromas; they fade a bit with the nose accustomed... booze present for sure, rather mellow, but with some medicinal character

T: whoa! my god... total s'more and espresso... touch of mocha swells up in the aftertaste... I'm rather astonished how much charred marshmallow is coming through, and its slow, drawn-out trek across the palate, huh... it has a sweetness, but more of a burnt caramel flavor rather than sugar syrup - flavors have a fortunate balance... remove that marshmallow, and the base beer is pretty decent - the stout flavors do eventually push back to the fore

F: might be up there top 3 as one of the most viscous, motor-oily stouts I've had, but much of it carried past - its bitterness, booze, and the subtle bubbles cut through just enough that I don't feel the need to tap out, but actually crave another sip (at least to the half-way point)

O: of course I don't actually read the fine print until I was about to pop the top - probably would've avoided otherwise; at least, probably wouldn't have had this right before dinner... seriously, this is readymade to turn into a reduction sauce with which to top a slice of cheesed-cake (graham-cracker crusted, I'm sure)

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Photo of mattreitz49
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerBeast
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Furlinator
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sposter4
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EMV
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Nearly black pour with thin brown head. Falls fast... solid rim of lacing.

S: Rich and sweet... dessert... cocoa, marshmallow, mild espresso, and roasted sugars.

T/F: Sweet and roasty... dark chocolate, burned sugars and grains... the roast and light hopping balance the sweetness a bit but this is definitely a dessert beer. Picking up a little of the marshmallow... not so much the graham cracker. Heavy bodied and warming... sticky on the tongue. Hides its super dangerous ABV. Definitely a sipper. Lingering sweetness and chocolate milk in the aftertaste.

O: This is a BIG stout... chocolate, dessert, and sweets... all mixed into a tasty beer. Not one I could drink often, and one that must be sipped. Even better as it gets up to room temp.

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Photo of CharlesK
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque, dark brown in color with ¾ inch head. Taste is deep baker’s chocolate, vanilla, marshmallow, and light graham cracker. Heavy bodied, sweet and roasty, but not overly sweet, with low carbonation. Makes for a good, not great dessert stout.

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Photo of jwat
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into pint glass in November 2017. There was no drink-by date on the bottle. I drank this within 1 month of purchase.

Appearance: Very dark black with a thick tan/brown head. Head remains thick for a while, and leaves nice lacing on the glass, more lacing than most other stouts.

Smell: Strong aroma of chocolate and caramel. There is some additional sweetness from roasted coffee and malts. Not much hop aroma.

Taste: There is an interesting combination of flavors. There is strong chocolate flavors with some smoky roasted malt flavors, and a little caramel flavor. There is some bitterness from hops. There is a strong alcohol presence as with other Imperial Stouts.

Mouth-feel: Thick, but with an extremely smooth and creamy body.

This is a good Imperial Stout, and it has a variety of flavors that adds a nice complexity to the beer. It is very smooth and enjoyable to drink. I would buy this again.

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Photo of tdm168
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of larryi86
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Black with a small mocha head

S- Roastes malts, slightly acidic coffee, lots of graham crackers, some dark fruits, some chocolate, touch of alcohol/vanilla, marshmallows. I’m not getting the full s’mores aroma every time I lift up the glass, but it doesn’t remind of s’mores at times.

T- Roasted malts, some coffee, some chocolate, graham cracker, some dark fruits, touch of marshmallow.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A solid stout inspired by s’mores. Worth trying if you find a bottle, but nothing I would go out of my way for.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz Free Will long stim tulip glass, not sure on the bottle date. Poured near room temperature down the center of the glass, pours a very dark mahogany, with a 2 plus inch light tan head that leaves plenty of thin wispy lace behind, and settles into a thin layer of khaki bubbles around the edges.

Smell is gram cracker, dark chocolate, marshmallow, coffee grounds, and some hints of alcohol.

Taste follows s'mores all the way, maybe some nuttyness and warming alcohol to go along with the gram cracker, chocolate, and marshmallows.

Mouthfeel is bigger than medium, mild carbonation, maybe a tad dry, and excellent drink ability for 11.6% ABV.

Overall this is really pleasant and dangerously drinkable Stout. Thanks @jzeilinger for this bottle.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter, the appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a subsiding finger's worth of tan foamy head that slid off at a nice pace. Beautiful webbing lace clung nicely all around.
The aroma gathered in a damn nice blend of dark and milk chocolates, sweet to bitter to roasty and absorbent with a nice crisp dark fruit sweetness gravitating towards each other extremely nice. Slight marshmallow/super light on the graham cracker open up in it as it warmed.
The flavor pinched the sweetness into the dark roasty side gliding through the bitterness stealthily to move right on into the aftertaste right as I was hoping it would.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with fine sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt good. Touch of stickiness, not cloying, but acceptable as there's a touch of roasty grip.
Overall, extremely nice RIS that I would love to come across again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Neshaminy Creek Brewing Co. "Leon Russian Imperial Stout"
on tap

Look: Typical R.I.S. appearance. Average head retention. Limited lacing.

Smell: Very chocolatey. Dark chocolate with some roast and a hint of dark sugar.

Taste: Again, very chocolatey with dark bittersweet chocolate. Some roastiness like cold black coffee, caramel, toast, and fruit (apple, soft pear). It hints at coconut but never really gives it to you full out. A solid bitterness balances it. The alcohol has a presence but never really shows until the lingering finish which is dry, roasty and chocolatey with a snap of alcohol.

Feel: Medium leaning medium-full in body with a delicately crisp carbonation that foams up in the mouth as it warms becoming "pillowy' or "airy".

Overall: Not a bad take on the style at all but somehow missing a little bit of the magic that makes some others stand out. Oddly, this is made with additional, and expensive, ingredients (marshmallow, chocolate, and graham crackers) but they haven't helped; nor do the really stand out and make it unique.

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Photo of bret717
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look- pitch black liquid with a tan head that settles to a half finger. Lacing thoroughly coats glass

Smell- really had to struggle to get much nose off of this, but did pick up son hints of coffee roast, anise and graham cracker

Taste- full on graham crackers up front transitioning into coffee and bakers chocolate and ends with some vanilla sweetness (maybe the marshmallows?) and mild bitterness. These flavors all work really well together and nothing seems out of place or artificial. And unlike most imperial stouts I've had, I actually preferred it colder. It was good as it warmed too, but graham cracker faded and the coffee/bakers chocolate flavors came to the forefront.

Feel- medium full mouthfeel, smooth and soft

Overall- other than the almost nonexistent nose, this beer was outstanding and Neshaminy did a great job of making these flavors work together. It really does taste like a smore while tasting like a top notch RIS at the same time.

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Photo of calcnerd
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beerthulhu
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

- with Marshmellow, chocolate and graham crackers.

A: A viscose inky, black pour exits the bottle producing a firm, bready textured hazelnut colored head of one finger standing. Retention was above average, leaving a fine whispy line of lacing on the vessel. A good sense of micro-beads creep up along the vessel walls rather quickly with the pitch dark background, like shooting stars to the surface.

S: Dry bakers chocolate can be had on the nose, with a deep and roasted nature balanced by a sweetness of burnt marshmellow. A small charred wood presence and campfire ash is detected, along with dry roasted barley and oats giving this a good standing.

T: The flavor was thick and viscose, milky chocolate base malts and no doubt oats thicken this up like porridge soup or oatmeal. Oily bittering roast brings a dark and vibrant nature to the flavor balanced with the burnt sense of marshmellow as with the nose. Roasted hop flowers and pine leave a nice tender chardness and coating on the tongue. Rich chocolate and marshmellow and malt sweetness mask the massive 11.2% abv without a second thought. Smoked pine and a beautiful silty touch of roasted malts an chocolate licorice and dark fruit of plums rounds things out.

M: Thick and chewy base malts, no doubt some oats here, give this a heavy chew factor and milky thickness. Bittering sense of roasted malts on inner cheeks, again no real detection of alcohol here, even when warmed beyond proper serving temperature.

O: A huge flavor and roasted appeal, with an exceptional mouthful provides a silky roasted treat, smooth bitterness and deceptive alcohol appeal with a very smooth drinkability factor. Love the burnt sweetness of marshmellow, cant say i picked up on the emphasis of the graham crackers unless it contributed to the mouthful rather flavor. Very smooth and underated imho.

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Photo of whatname
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Leon Russian Imperial Stout from Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 223 ratings