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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Photo of stakem
3.27/5  rDev -14.6%
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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Photo of deaddear
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
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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Photo of hopflyer
3.37/5  rDev -12%
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 Rifugium
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
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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Photo of corby112
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
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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Photo of Ego
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
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...

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

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

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

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Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of 57md
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a dark chocolate milk shake instead of a beer. This offering also has the same creamy texture of a milk shake as well. I guess that this is the kind of consistency one should expect from a beer brewed with marshmallows.

Not much of a nose to this one - surprisingly bland. Not sweet like I expected, but actually rather bitter, like roasted unsweetened cocoa. No hint of S'mores or graham crackers. Interesting, but I'm thinking that I'll pass on this if I see it again.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
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 RblWthACoz
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of claspada
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A lean brown head sits on top of a super dark brown colored ale. Looks to be nicely carbd.
Rentention in the head is long as well as some spotty lacing.
In the aroma I basically get a rich roasted aroma with a bit o' chocolate.
The taste is rich and thick with plenty of warming alcohol. I get hints of chocolate and coffee. It tastes sweet too but I don't taste the marshmallow fluff or the graham cracker.
Drinks spritly at the begining but carbonation faded quickly and finished smooth.
Flavorfull yes but lacks depth on this worthy effort.

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Photo of Gavage
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: dark brown in color with a wispy head that disappears immediately.

Smell: roasted malts, chocolate, and a bit of alcohol comes through to the nose.

Taste: roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate,an earthy bitterness, and a hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Light crispness at the start, smooth at the finish.

Overall: a decent RIS that is a bit thin. Slow sipping but satisfying.

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Photo of ForkAndSpoonOp
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber, poured into a pint glass because I am having a really, really terrible work week.

Pours opaque black with a fairly minimal tan head. I think I pour beers wrong or something. Dissipated quickly, left a really light design that was shaped kinda like Greece. Held on FOREVER.

Smells roasty and chocolatey. I'm getting more of the graham crackers than the 'shmallows. This could be really beetus.

Tastes roasty, chocolatey. Sweetness and char, like burnt marshmallows, but much less of that graham from the nose (maybe a little bit of honey or something, but it could be the power of suggestion). Really effing roasty. Alcohol is hidden pretty well. Did I mention roasty? Because it's really roasty, you guys.

Texture is medium to full. Rather creamy. Mellow carbonation, but appropriate. Not as viscous and chewy as some other RIS I've had, but it's nice.

Overall, a nice beer that could have been great. I really wanted to like this more, and I think the s'more aspect being more pronounced would have helped make it more memorable for me. RIYL roasty-ass stouts.

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Photo of IronLover
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black in color. Poured with a thick beige foam that left a ladder of sticky lacings down the glass. On the thicker side of medium bodied with soft, subdued carbonation and a smooth, creamy, sticky, sugary finish. Dark roasted malt, sweet dark chocolate aromas and hints of ground coffee. Roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors up front followed by emerging hop bitterness through the middle. Roasted malt flavors succumb to chocolate flavors at the end as this finishes cleanly and semi-dryly with a roasted malt aftertaste. A solid stout from NCBC.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, 1 year old. Pours black with tall, long lasting, creamy, beige head and lovely carbonation. Aroma is of toasted malt, cacao, bread crust, some hops and alcohol. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Taste is of nutty, toasted malt, coffee, vanilla, chocolate covered cherries, brown sugar, dark fruit and herbal hops. Finish is long, semi-dry. Nice dessert brew.

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Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
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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Photo of jmasher85
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Better than it sounds, because a chocolate marshmallow beer sounds gross. But in all honesty, it's pretty tasty. Probably could only drink one as it is fairly rich and sweet, though not overly so with only a hint of bitter in the middle. You can definitely taste the marshmallow and chocolate, the former coming out most in the finish which is long and smooth (you'll be tasting that marshmallow for a loonng time), but not so much graham cracker. The creamy, soft texture goes well with the flavor.

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Photo of DIM
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S'mores stout brewed with bittersweet chocolate, marhmallows, and graham crackers.

a: Black body and a dark tan head.

s: Tons of bittersweet chocolate with trace of sweetness that could be marsmallow. There was well incorporated alcohol as it warmed. I couldn't find the graham cracker.

t: Big, deliciously bitter chocolate dominates. There as a little bit of oddly appealing sweetness along with some heat towards the finish. With the benefit of the power of suggestion, I could be persuaded that I tasted some graham crackers at the very end.

m: Big and chewy.

o: An odd beer that worked very well. Thanks for sharing Chris.

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Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very close to being jet black in color. When held up to a bright light, the corners of the glass are very dark red in color. It poured with a short tan colored head that hardly died down and consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark malts, chocolate, and licorice are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the licorice flavors are a bit stronger. Only faint hints of bitterness are noticeable, but there are just enough underlying hops to prevent and sweetness from the heavy malt base.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. No warming is perceptible.
O: This beer is extremely drinkable considering its strength because it masks any traces of alcohol from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Omnium
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at House of 1000 Beers on 5-18-14

A - Total black with two fingers of tan head, thick wall of lacing.
S - Coffee, oak chips, roasted malts, black cherry, fig, light herbal notes
T - Big rich malt, sweet cherry puree, herbal hops
M - Creamy and semi mild tartness
O - Solid Russian Imperial, rich in feel and taste.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter. The color is jet black with a minimal tan head and lacing. The smell is primarily coffee with some dark fruitiness. When sipped, the first discernible taste is cherry, followed by coffee, chocolate, and a malty finish. It's about what you would expect from an imperial stout. Pleasantly viscous with a good amount of carbonation. The 11.6 ABV is barely noticeable. Overall, this is a well-crafted and pleasing imperial stout. It's not at the level of KBS, BCBS or Founders Breakfast Stout but it's quite good. I would drink it again

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter,black with some lighter brown edges. Intense two finger heading that leaves some nice lacing throughout. Very alive looking.

Nose starts out with a little mocha upfront and sweeter molasses takes over. Then fades again with chocolate goodness. A tame nose overall nothing really taking over.

Taste starts out with a mocha bang, quickly taken over by a hot boozey kick but just as fast as you taste it its gone. Lactic powdery notes along with a slight vanilla pops its head up then finishes with a nice heavy hop bite.

Silky smooth mouth, full bodied and excellent balance with great carbonation. A slight chew but perfect with that higher abv.

A beer brewed with marshmallow, graham cracker and chocolate very creative and complex beer. Neshaminy creek brewing is making a helluva name for itself already and its only been open two months.

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