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 beerthulhu
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
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 Erikshegda1994
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
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 -4.2%
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 -12.5%
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 q33jeff
4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
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 DoubleSimcoe
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
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 Ego
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
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 deaddear
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
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 jmasher85
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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 MacMalt
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
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 Gavage
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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 MadCat
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours black with a nice brown head that leaves good lacing

Smell: Roasted malts, some nice toastyness, hints of marshmallow and graham

Taste: Roasted malts up front, toasted marshmallow, caramel, chocolate

Feel: Full body, light carbonation fitting the style

Overall: A very good, but not overpowering, imperial stout. Drinks easier than 11.5% would suggest. Enjoyable.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
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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Photo of mikeg67
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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 metter98
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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 +3.6%
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 IronLover
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
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 facundoCNB
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A deep black pour with 2 fingers if tan head which dissipated into a long lasting 1/4" head, bits o creamy lacing. Smells awesome.. Sweet brown sugar/molasses, milk chocolate, oats, toasted grains, vanilla.
The flavor is a delicious array of sweet flavors with a subtle roast and a boozy kick. Vanilla, brown sugar, chocolate, almost a cookie dough like taste. Full body with medium carbonation makes for a smooth drink.. The alcohol is pretty subtle for being 11.6%... Yikes
This beer is absolutely awesome. Tasty beyond belief, high in abv, and at $10 is a hell of a deal compared to some of the overpriced bombers of soy sauce I've had the displeasure of tasting in the last few years.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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 stakem
3.27/5  rDev -15.1%
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 RblWthACoz
3.62/5  rDev -6%
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 DIM
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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 micromaniac129
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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 GuinnessAtRogerWilco
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
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 ForkAndSpoonOp
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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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