Leon Russian Imperial Stout | Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
neshaminycreekbrewing.com

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.

Added by TheFightfan1 on 08-26-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
206
Reviews:
38
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
10.36%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
29
For Trade:
2
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Reviews by GuinnessAtRogerWilco:
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3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a Chimay goblet. Neshaminy Creek Brewing has just started distributing to NJ this month and this one they didn't have at the AC Beerfest and being a fan of Stouts I was too curious about the description of this one.

AP: 1/4" tan thin bubbly head that quickly dissipates to a thin ribbon around the glass and a silver dollar sized patch in the center. Colour is deep rich dark brown.
AR: Chocolate is the main aroma with hints of marshmallow, black bread and very faint graham cracker. Inviting.
T: Chocolate at first with the marshmallow following up. Don't really get the graham cracker as it seems to get lost or drowned in the other flavours. I get some of the 11.6% ABV heat mixed in there, but not too much to put me off. A little of the black bread is there and at the end the chocolate turns more bitter like baking chocolate with a note of espresso.
M: The best part of this beer, I think. A bit crisp at first from the carbonation, which fades and then it's creamy and silky with an almost oily smooth finish. Not chewy like you might expect from a RIS, more like an Imperial Milk Stout if such a thing existed.
OV: A solid brew that while it doesn't have a complexity of flavours, the ones that are there are pretty tasty and enjoyable. Body could be a bit heartier.

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4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
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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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1/27...bomber pours all out black. Thick as midnight, light rings of brown foam. Thick coffee nose, picks up the graham crackers too. Rich robust flavor, as kinds of tastes. Dark chocolate, coffee, milk, and the smore tastes are there too (but only b/c I am looking for it). The depth of flavor masks the alcohol, but it is in there. The result is outstanding.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep chocolate and earthy tones and a warm malty finish

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
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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Leon Russian Imperial Stout from Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 206 ratings.
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