Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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3.38/5 rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
11-20-2012 22:31:32 | More by Brenden
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