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.

Added by TheFightfan1 on 08-26-2012

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Photo of CharlesK
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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 +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.09/5  rDev +6%
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 +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of larryi86
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
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 +4.7%
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 +9.8%
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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Photo of NeroFiddled
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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Photo of bret717
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
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 +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Photo of whatname
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Walleybeer
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Erikshegda1994
4.36/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark Brown appearance little to know head with lots of lacing

Smells of chocolate, marshmallow and predominantly graham cracker

Nice flavor of chocolate and marshmallow with a nice malt flavor to balance the sweetness with little to no bitterness

Very rich and velvety in your mouth full bodied feel with excellent flavors

Overall a great RIP only thing missing for me was the graham cracker...you can definitely smell it in the head but the flavor is just not there which is a little disappointing but still overall a surprisingly delicious Neshaminy Creek Beer

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Photo of ajm5108
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Normal color, not much carbonation or head. Nose is a pleasing robust chocolate malt, and if you strain you can definitely sense some marshmallow & milk chocolate but not so much any graham cracker. Maybe a faint fusel note buried deep. Taste is fine, really just some good dark malt flavors. The adjuncts don't really contribute anything beyond a little bitter chocolate towards the end. Pretty straightforward but nothing misses the mark.

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Photo of hopflyer
3.37/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Unknown bottled date

Pours dark brown, cola, light tan head.

Nose is a blend of chocolate and dark fruit.

Taste continues the chocolate with a hefty dose of bitterness and a vanilla background. A little bit or caramel and toffee flavor too.

Medium to even light bodied for an RIS and lower carbonation. Not very oily or slick and only leaves a thin coating. Not quite as big as the label makes it out to be.

I guess they tried to replicate a s'mores with this but I'm not getting mich of anything more than a bit above average RIS. Not finding any influence from the marshmallow or graham cracker other than maybe a slight vanilla flavor. It does deliver with some bittersweet chocolate, but this one is pretty lacking in the body.

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Photo of Stofko1992
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of q33jeff
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark black pour, aroma is chocolate, bourbon,coffee...Very aromatic. Taste is caramel, chocolate. Very smooth and creamy, Thick. Good stuff....on tap at Blend. 11.6% is well masked.

Bottle to snifter. Aged about 15 months.

LOOK: thick dark black. Medium light brown head that fades, but lacing remains.
AROMA: chocolate cake, Graham crackers.
TASTE: more bittersweet chocolate.
Feel: thick. Chewy.

Still awesome.



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Photo of abkayak
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SebastianMandeville
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MTKATL
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thoroughly underwhelming, considering how good most Neshaminy Creek brews are. Mouthfeel is too thin, flavor is too sweet and monochromatic, no roastiness or excitement. It drinks well, though, considering the 11.5% ABV

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Photo of ericat78
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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