Leon Russian Imperial Stout | Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company

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Leon Russian Imperial StoutLeon Russian Imperial Stout
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:
205
Reviews:
36
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
10.34%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
29
For Trade:
2
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2/5  rDev -48.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

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3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

OK. Just doesn't feel like a Russian Imperial Stout.

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Photo of stakem
3.27/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bomber, undated, acquired from brewery a day earlier.

A: Dark but allows some light through at the edges, minimal lacing, minimal head that dissapates quickly. Chocolate, marshmallow, and graham cracker busts of Rob Reiner on the label (or his brother Leon).

S: Chocolate, coffee, sugar. Booze well hidden.

T: Chocolate, sweetness, some coffee notes, little bit of graham cracker in the finish. Alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering.

M: Mouthfeel is average to slightly below for the style.

O: "Stout with marshmallow, chocolate, and graham crackers" sounds promising, but this is a sickly sweet mess. Not one that I'd throw down the drain, but not one that I'd buy again either.

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3.37/5  rDev -12.9%
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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3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With old man winter blasting us with his last hurrah (hopefully) this is definitely heavy beer weather before we lapse into pale, frizzy and fruity times...

eyes...
slightly chocolate head (not as dark as some), head fades pretty fast, lacing is nice, of course this is dark as night, leon is an average looking guy

nose...
yes, leon has one. nice dry dark chocolate, licorice, some marshmallow sweetness, some sense of the alcohol lurking, leon extends a nice invite

taste etc...
starts off on the sweet notes, the description on the bottle of marshmallow is pretty damn accurate, it stays rather sweet throughout only mildly going off into notes of chocolate and slightly bitter, the alcohol remains pretty hidden considering it is big

verdict?
OK, needs to be more robust with less sweetness imo. not bad considering the ABV is pretty damn large

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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Leon Russian Imperial Stout from Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
3.87 out of 5 based on 205 ratings.
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