Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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3.4/5 rDev +0.9%
Ba Review #241
Served On: 12/07/2012
Glassware: Tumbler Pint
Labeled ABV: -6.0%
Date/ Code: Feb 11 - 2013
This was from a 12-pack of cans from Brewskies of New Oxford for around $13.00.
Look: The beer poured a semi-clear dark copper with a thin off-white film on top. Minimal carbonation bubbles were detected.
Smell: Sweet vanilla was at the forefront. A biscuity malt also made up a big part of the aroma. Also some faint brown sugar notes were present.
Taste: Carbonation ripped up the middle followed by sweet vanilla and some coffee bean. The vanilla did seem a little artificial. The middle was more of a biscuit quality with notes of cracker and yeast. The finish was rather dry. A candy sweetness did seem to linger into the aftertaste.
The use of vanilla in the profile and a nicely masked 6% ABV are just couple of reasons I would grab this one again.
12-07-2012 17:11:27 | More by CraftBeerTastic
3.75/5 rDev +11.3%
Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of vanilla, some coffee. Taste is good, lots of vanilla, some cocoa and coffee, lots of flavor. feels medoium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.
12-07-2012 06:45:45 | More by tone77
2.43/5 rDev -27.9%
Pours a deep reddish brown. A half finger of beige head that quickly dissipates. No lacing.
Weird smells coming from this one. I pick up the vanilla that gives it the name but I'm also getting sarsaparilla, chocolate, and an artificial sweetness nose.
The taste follows with vanilla, root beer, chocolate and and ginger snap. Generally I like all of these things but not mixed together and in beer form. It's a refreshing attempt at something new from Leinie's but there's a bit too much going on here.
Good, creamy mouthfeel with ample carbonation. If the taste hadn't ruined the beer, the mouthfeel would be the perfect way to finish off a solid porter.
Overall, nowhere near one of my favorite porters. I commend them for branching out of their normal offerings but there are too many flavors fighting each other in this beer and a lot of them have an artificial taste to them.
12-07-2012 01:52:30 | More by qthompso
1.93/5 rDev -42.7%
Poured into a shaker pint.
Transparent dark, dark brown with red highlights and a half finger of head.
Cream soda, black licorice and artificial raspberry.
Cream soda, artificial raspberry, black licorice and Splenda. Just the lightest dusting of cocoa. WTF is this? BLECH!
Light bodied and heavily carbonated.
This is bad. I don't think Leinenkugel's has any idea what a Porter is.
12-06-2012 01:42:04 | More by justintcoons
2.53/5 rDev -24.9%
Initially, it pours a very thin head of about half a finger, which dissipates quickly leaving moderate lacing. The look is a deep, dark, brownish-black with just a tint of red when it catches the light. The nose is deceptive and it doesn’t hold much of a smell when compared to its strong taste. A malty porter with a complicated palate but a lingering cocoa after taste that is reminiscent of a dark chocolate candy bar. I really like the way a vanilla-coffee flavor bursts at first taste followed by the overbearing cocoa finish to really add a varied taste experience. The Snowdrift holds a slight bitterness to it, almost like coffee and the mouthfeel is strongly carbonated but smooth. This is a bit more on the darker and bitterer side than most beers but pretty standard for a porter. It warms the drinker and is perfect for enjoying on a snowy winter night while cozied up in a ski chalet somewhere.
12-05-2012 05:47:47 | More by FratyardVines
3.03/5 rDev -10.1%
A - See through black with a quickly receding one finger off white head. No lacing.
S. Weird malt, slight vanilla. Pretty lacking.
T - Now this is more like it. Massive vanilla up front, slight light coffee in the finish.
M - Medium body with heavy carbonation.
O - Overall, this wasn't too bad for a Leine. Not great by any means however. Completely average. I can think of better beers to drink on a cold snowy night however.
12-03-2012 04:40:53 | More by SometimesIfart
4.28/5 rDev +27%
It's nice looking. A bit light for my liking, think dark cola. But the head is an attractive shade of dark beige and lasts a good while. A finger and a half thick at the beginning eventually winds down to a thin cover, leaving a decent lace.
Mostly malt in the nose. As the bottle suggests, there's a splash of vanilla and coffee, but both are fairly repressed and play backup roles. As it warms, the chocolate finally comes through.
The taste is pretty special. The vanilla and coffee both are more aggressive. A combination of chocolate and caramel malt round out the taste.
Sweet and creamy, a modicum of bitter for balance. Smooth. Only more alcohol and thickness would increase the score.
This is a really good beer, especially in the cooler months. Overall, a porter than can stand up with almost any other I've had, and generally cheaper.
12-03-2012 03:44:07 | More by RickS95
3.73/5 rDev +10.7%
A nice smooth beer, It had a slight vanilla and a little coffee flavor both were very mild. It had a nice dark color a little cream colored, short lived head . Felt medium bodied in the mouth. very little aftertaste, no bitterness . A nice beer for cold weather.
12-03-2012 01:45:00 | More by ToddL
Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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