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Leon Russian Imperial Stout | Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
3.86/5
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208 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#11,029
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
208
pDev:
10.36%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
30
Trade:
2
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
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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3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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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4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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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3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
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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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.27/5  rDev -15.3%
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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3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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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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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
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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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
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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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Leon Russian Imperial Stout from Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 208 ratings
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