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 Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
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 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 Rifugium
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
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 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 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 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 corby112
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
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 rfgetz
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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 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 claspada
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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 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 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 justintcoons
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Leon is Neshaminy Creek's Imperial S'mores Stout brewed with marshmallow fluff, bittersweet bakers chocolate and graham crackers.

Poured into a Chimay chalice.

Pitch black with 1-2 fingers of light brown head. Great retention for the 11.5% abv.

Vanilla, lactose, milk chocolate, mashmallow and some graham cracker. Smells like a really nice Milk Stout.

Milk chocolate, vanilla, marshmallow and prune. Some dirty espresso notes. Very earthy and smokey. Light notes of graham cracker and honey.

Medium-full bodied, creamy, sticky and dry.

Lots of marshmallow and vanilla. Very earthy and smokey. The 11.5% abv is hidden extremely well. This is a very well done Imperial Stout. Keep your eye out.

NCB is also currently aging some of this to put out a Bourbon Barrel version of Leon sometime next year. :)

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Photo of 57md
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
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 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 TheFightfan1
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Leon Russian Imperial Stout from Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
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