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RATINGS: 58   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 354   ABV: 11.8%
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Leon is a big beer. So big, it has twice as much malt as any other beer we brew, and also requires us to do a double mash just to reach such a high wort gravity. Each 15 barrel brew has 45 pounds of freshly handmade marshmallow fluff made by our in house chef and Production Manager, Steve Capelli, as well as 16 and half pounds of bittersweet bakers chocolate, and 30 pounds of crumbled graham crackers.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlindGuardianco (29) - - MAY 16, 2015
Super tasty beer , lots of chocolate flavour, not too bitter very appealing aroma, will buy again!

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
demannu (139) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2015
A bit disappointed here. Flavor toys with the elements of a smores without delivering the whole experience. Was going for a simple chocolate, marshmallow, graham cracker taste that would bring me back to my childhood days of sitting near a fire toasting mallows and making gooey smores. Didn’t happen. The presence of dark fruit in the flavor ruined that. Not sure why it was there, but it hurts this beer imo. There is no fruit in a smores. Aroma was solid (chocolate and slight marshmallows no graham cracker though), personally the body was a bit heavy. a smooth (minimal carbonation) creamy full body. Maybe a stickiness in the mouth feel would have also helped evoke more of a smores experience? Dark brown pour, opaque black once in a glass with moderate lacing. Alcohol was well hidden. Was so excited by the possibilities, just didn’t deliver. Damn shame.

2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
JerseyBrew (55) - Hillsborough, New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2015
This beer may taste like what the name suggests. To bad it makes for s horrible beer. I get the graham. I like that. Fluff is just white sugar with air. Zero taste. This beer should not have the body that it does. Way to much caramel grain. Not a Russian imperial base in any way. Flavor is not complex at all. To me this is just another ncbc failure ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
Underdogs88 (257) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2015
Light notes of graham cracker and roast with some fruity esters. Appearance is a very dark brown with a moderate tan head. Flavor is sweet with some roast. The mouthfeel is full bodied with medium carbonation. The aroma was promising, but I don't enjoy the flavor and mouthfeel of this beer. The flavor is bland and the body is way to high to be enjoyable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gription79 (2434) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Poured from a 22 ounce bomber. There is a solid smoky note in this beer. The graham crake is noticeable in both aroma and flavor. This is a smore in a glass.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jflopsu (763) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Pours black with dark brown head and an appearance of brown sugar. Has a chcolate, malt and brown sugar aroma. Has a creamy taste with chcolate , coffee, brown sugar and light dark fruits. Intersting aftertaste with some malty dark fruits given the coffee/chcolate flavors.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Countbeer (5098) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 12, 2014
Bottle: Thanks Jdb288: Served in a Chouffe glass: Meeium sized brown head. Black beer. Aromas of chocolate, wood roast, some herbs, cacoa, flowers, marshmallows and malt roast. Flavours of dry cacoa tones, roast (malt & wood), some hops, some mocha, some marshmellows, good bitter, some liquorice, coal and mocha with a teeny tiny cinnamon sprinkle. Aftertaste is bitter, roast, (dry) cacoa powder, coal and roasted malts. Low carbo, thick to oily close to silky mouthfeel, full bodied and a light dry bitter roasty thicker texture. Good stuff! Quite heavy on the bitters and no trace of any sweetness from marshmallows. Well done!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mike67 (892) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2014
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.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 22, 2014
THOUGHTS: Nice imperial stout. Hard to tell at first if there was anything unique or unusual about the flavor or aroma based on the odd ingredients but as it warmed they began to develop. The aroma was a little hot, but the alcohol was fairly well hidden in the flavor. It was fairly easy to drink for the high ABV. It went down easy. Better and better as it warmed. Went well with cocoa roast almonds. TECHNICAL: Drank 5/12/2013. Bottle. Poured very dark brown that was basically opaque black in the glass with decent legs and a small, light, reddish brown head that mostly diminished. Toward the end it looked like graham cracker crumbs floating in the wisps of the head. The aroma was a little weak compared to the flavor but had moderate chocolate and coffee; light hops when very warm; dark fruit; cherry; slight vanilla; alcohol; pie crust, a little smoke and acrid burnt marshmallows. The initial flavor was moderately sweet, slightly acidic and lightly bitter; while the finish was moderate to heavily sweet, light to moderately bitter, slightly sour and lightly acidic. There was chocolate syrup, caramel, molasses, coffee syrup, a little roasted malt, hints of smoke, a little vanilla (which might be marshmallow), something a little like cinnamon, a little alcohol, cherry and other dark fruit, cream, vanilla and I think actually Fluff when warmer, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and, when very warm, pine hops. The medium to full body was oily but sticky on the lips with soft carbonation with a light alcoholic finish.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (1952) - - OCT 3, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 11-27-13- 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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