Tasting: March 25, 2014
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Beer #: 525
Leon Russian Imperial Stout
At one time, the Lenni Lenape Indian Nation encompassed all of New Jersey, as well as, eastern Pennsylvania and southern New York State. Although the Lenape language is connected to the names of many of our towns, it’s clear that these names were simply ways to describe the land itself and not its geographic boundaries. For example, “Pequannock” means “land suitable for planting” and “Wanaque” means “land of sassafras”.
Since Bucks County falls within what would have been the Lenape Nation, “Neshamany” is also of Lenape origin. The assumed definition – appropriately for these purposes is “place where we drink twice”. Although from what I’ve read, it’s a description of a bend in the creek that gives the water the appearance of flowing in different direction.
Leon Russian Imperial Stout? Well, I don’t think that this name came from the Lenape Indians. Perhaps it refers to Leon Trotsky the Russian Marxist and connects by way of this being a Russian imperial stout. At 11.6% alcohol by volume – it certainly has the brawn to be called a Russian imperial stout. This one offers the twist of adding the ingredients found in s’mores – graham crackers, baker’s chocolate – and marshmallow fluff.
The brewery website describes the ratios:
Each 15 barrel brew has
· 45 pounds of freshly handmade marshmallow fluff
· 16 and half pounds of bittersweet baker’s chocolate
· 30 pounds of crumbled graham crackers.
For those (like me) wondering how much is each bottle, I’ve done the math on Leon Russian Imperial Stout. Here’s the result:
· about 2/3 of a fluid ounce of fluff
· about 2 chocolate chips.
· and about ¾ of a graham cracker.
Roasted flavor dominates here. Sorry any marshmallow or graham cracker influence are demure at best. The chocolate is marginal but evident. Isn’t as boozy as I would have thought. Then again it isn’t as lush as I would have thought either. It’s a bit too simplistic and one dimensional – Leon Russian Imperial Stout gets an okay 84 points from me.