Review: Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company Bourbon Barrel-Aged Leon Russian Imperial Stout | Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine
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Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company Bourbon Barrel-Aged Leon Russian Imperial Stout
94 out of 100
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company  Bourbon Barrel-Aged Leon Russian Imperial Stout

Style: Barrel-Aged Flavored Stout

ABV: 12.8

94/100
Aroma: 12
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 18
Mouthfeel: 4

Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company Bourbon Barrel-Aged Leon Russian Imperial Stout

What the brewers say

“Brewed with handmade marshmallow fluff, graham crackers, and bittersweet baker’s chocolate and aged for six months in bourbon barrels.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Moderate roast up front with vanilla, chocolate, moderate wet earth, a bit of acidity, light apple/pear fruit notes, moderate caramel notes, big sweetness, moderate umami. Lots of cherry. None of this should distract you from the brandy-like alcoholic warmth. There is plenty of vanilla and leathery oak to justify the barrel-aged label.”

Flavor: “Big sweetness is immediately apparent with moderate coconut, light vanilla, smooth roast, a touch of earthy oak, strong caramel, light plum, touch of cherry, touch of umami. Expected chocolate notes. Medium alcohol note with appropriate carbonation. Roasty at the end of the sip. Very well blended with a touch of heat on the finish. Great wood character.”

Overall: “This beer really showcases the roast, chocolate, and dark stone fruit throughout. Very pleasant. Big but not overwhelming.”

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