Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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Reviews by Brenden:
3.38/5 rDev +0.3%
Snowdrift is a very dark brown that's thick by its color and thins out a little as less remains. A tan head that tries and doesn't have a lot of success growing maintains a bit of foam before that is lost as well. Light spotting is left on the glass.
Vanilla? Initially it's not there, sitting behind a weird, tangy graininess that pushes it down. As it opens up, it doesn't get good, but it does get better. There's a touch of coffee in the malts with a bit of wood. It's light, but once it evens out, it's at least not a bad aroma.
Vanilla comes out in the flavor much better, albeit a somewhat sugary, syrup-like vanilla. Otherwise malts are solid and impart all the coffee and wood notes I get from the aroma along with a bit of cocoa and something bubble gum-like akin to what I'd get from the use of a Belgian yeast strain sans spiciness of earthy character.
The feel has a crispness that's not too hard and some smoothness, but the body is a little light for a porter. No problems otherwise.
11-20-2012 22:31:32 | More by Brenden
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2.91/5 rDev -13.6%
Pours a deep brown, dark ruby red color. Thick tan head reduces to about a quarter-inch pretty quickly. Some slight vanilla on the nose, full of sweetness and handfuls of roasted, dark malts. Upon the first taste, the body is kind of a let down - very thin and highly carbonated, not something you'd expect from a porter. Oak and wood chips hit first; all-around, huge bouts of roasted malts cloud the palate. Vanilla bean plays an overcast role, not as prominent at first, but growing toward the end of the sip. I'm picking up some slight honey flavors in there as well. The sweetness grows and grows from the start to the finish. At first, it seems like a nice touch, but there isn't enough of a hop profile to offset it, and near the end of the beer, the sweetness is nearly cloying and a little over-the-top. It has a dense vanilla-coffee bean aftertaste, not bad.
For a porter, it's nothing to write home about, and the sweetness needs to be balanced better. However, it's not awful, and it's certainly one of the better offerings I've had from Lienenkugels. Just too sweet.
12-10-2012 04:05:38 | More by tectactoe
3.7/5 rDev +9.8%
12 ounce can. Feb 2014 (?) on the bottom of the can.
Pours dark amber w/ a reddish hue. Mocha head, frothy and staying nicely. Goes to a thicker film, and leaves some low sheeting and ample fine scattered bits of lacing.
Mild nose of some sweet malts, sugary chocolate and a hint of coffee.
Lighter on the palate then the typical porter. Notes of more milk chocolate, coffee cake and a whiff of vanilla. Not bad. Decent, lighter bodied, easy drinking and sessionable winter brew.
02-16-2014 02:20:56 | More by Billolick
3.53/5 rDev +4.7%
Had on tap at the BBC Cedarville--served into a pint glass
Appearance: dark brown in color, opaque, minimal head, medium carbonation
Smell: roasted malt and vanilla--very light smell
Taste: big vanilla taste followed by roasted malt with more vanilla on the finish
Mouthfeel: medium/light body, medium carbonation, sweet with roastiness
Drinkability: This one is typical Leinie's. If you typically like their beers, you will like this one. If not, I suspect you will not like this one as well. Nice vanilla taste over a decent porter. A bit sweet, but still one I will get again.
11-28-2012 17:02:14 | More by tigg924
3.8/5 rDev +12.8%
Appearence is that of a solid dark beer.
Beer has a pleasant vanilla-y smell to it, as the name would suggest. Taste has just a touch of kick to it, but is generally smooth and enjoyable to drink.
Overall, I would recommend it to those who like porters.
02-03-2014 01:45:09 | More by Michael_Squires
3.48/5 rDev +3.3%
This porter came in a bottle, and was poured out into a pint glass. Porter looked clear, dark brown and had a creamy beige head. Smelled like malts and vanilla, and I could also detect a slight almond aroma. Just like it smelled, the porter tasted very malty, like vanilla, and finished with a toasty bitter finish. Slightly creamy, and heavy on the palate. More of a sipping beer.
Would I buy this beer again? Probably not.
09-04-2013 03:14:58 | More by NilocRellim
4.46/5 rDev +32.3%
Pours a clear medium-dark brown with large tan head which dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma is initially vanilla that fades into a pleasant roasted malt with strong cocoa notes. Taste is vanilla, and sweet Mexican chocolate, very mild and smooth drinking. Aftertaste is like a store-bought chocolate cookie. Not an intense beer; very mellow and pleasant on the palate.
I had a case of this in my cooler at a neighborhood BBQ and it disappeared quickly.
11-14-2012 18:20:25 | More by wattoclone
Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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