Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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3.8/5 rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter
12 oz. brown bottle, dated "APR1414 B20010852"
Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter pours a clear, very deep mahogany brown body beneath a two-finger thick head of pillowy dark tan foam. The head retention is good, and it slowly dwindles to a wide collar. Streaks and spots of lacing are left behind with each sip.
In the nose the vanilla component is quite clear. It's sugary, but soft, and not nearly as artificial as it can sometimes be in other examples that take it perhaps a bit too far. Beyond that there's some dark chocolate and fudge-like maltiness.
The flavor is as the nose suggests, with a general chocolate cake type character. It's not overdone, or overtly sweet though. A subtle bitterness keeps it in check, as does some dark malt acidity, although it does finish a touch sweet with a note of chocolate and some underlying fruitiness as well as a lingering note of vanilla. No hop flavors are to be found, leaving the lightly sweet dark malts as the focus.
Medium bodied and moderately carbonated.
In the end it's a fairly charming beer. I don't see it as having a lot of drinkability, but it's not cloying. It should make a great holiday beer, or as a special dessert beer.
Serving type: bottle
02-04-2014 00:50:41 | More by NeroFiddled
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