In a blind tasting by BJCP trained experts, this beer rated


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

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.”