Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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2.4/5 rDev -28.8%
Poured into a nonic at 45 degrees.
Appearance: A one finger head that has poor retention. The head is ivory in color, foamy, and creamy. The color of the beer is dark brown, like used motor oil; however, dark reddish hues glisten from the light. The clarity of the beer is opaque with some carbonation bubble visible from the side of the glass.
Nose: Deep roasted malt with acrid aromas followed by toffee, kettle caramel, and grain. The vanilla is faint with a leather tone, faint sugar and grass.
Taste: The malt is roasted with a burnt acrid overtone with some toffee, and kettle caramel. The vanilla once again is faint with a a leather tone, faint sugar, grass, and herbal note.
The mouth feel of the beer is slightly astringent. thin, and carbonated.
The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium. I really hate to say this but this porter is below average. The flavors are not uniformed, the vanilla is playing peek a boo with the taste bud. I have had some better porter. I wish Leinenkugel would try to put more effort in making higher quality beer instead of a Henry Ford assembly line.
12-01-2012 06:23:27 | More by colts9016
3.53/5 rDev +4.7%
Snowdrift Vanilla Porter pours out brown with a small head. Coffee, vanilla, and roasted malts come through on the nose. The taste hits with the sweet vanilla right out the gate, which then backs up a bit to let more of the roast characteristics out the gate. Pretty simple, but tasty. The mouthfeel is a bit too light and prickly, but the drinkability is good. Overall, not too much to write about this one. It's a tasty porter with a very light body.
12-01-2012 04:32:59 | More by shand
3.2/5 rDev -5%
Poured into a shaker pint glass.
The beer pours a dark, dark brown with a lot of ruby coming through the light. An oatmeal colored head slowly recedes, and light sticky lacing makes random spots on the glass initially.
The aroma is a very generic vanilla note, like a watered down vanilla. Also a chalky cocoa note in there.
The taste is very porterish, if that's a word. Faint bitter coffee notes, some vanilla (again, read my aroma description), a cinnamon and cocoa finish.
The mouthfeel is watery, carbonated, and medium-to-light in body.
Overall, I just bought a single bottle of this, and it served it's purpose. I think it could be a lot better if the vanilla didn't taste watered down.
12-01-2012 04:04:20 | More by JuicesFlowing
3.5/5 rDev +3.9%
Pours a dark ruby brown with a finger of a dark tan creamy head.
The smell is roasted malt and chocolate with a definite vanilla bean scent.
The taste is similar to the nose... Bittersweet chocolate and Roasty malt with a sweet vanilla taste with a slight bitterness on the finish.
It's a fairly creamy porter that I enjoyed.... I thought the taste intensified as it warmed. Of course, it should be drank at 50deg or higher! Some will drink this right out of the fridge which is so wrong for a porter.
To me.. This is a great release for the season from Leinenkugel that I will get again!
11-29-2012 06:58:09 | More by Tuey13
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
1.7/5 rDev -49.6%
Tastes a little bit like cough syrup.
You might wonder about the math that resulted in an overall score of 1.0, even though 3 of 4 scores were 3.0 and one was 1.0... This is because taste is more important than the other characteristics. And also because I don't know enough to accurately rate this beer's mouthfeel, and I didn't study it's appearance. How can you study a beer's appearance when it's in a brown bottle? Why pour the beer into a glass to review it, when the beer will be drank from a bottle almost all of time? I mean, who would make the extra effort to pour this disgusting beverage into a glass anyway? And even though other beers from this brewer are tolerable, I still don't think that the majority of them warrant the dirtying of a clean glass.
Well, there's my two cents. I just got home from Kroger and this was the first one that I tried from the seasonal variety pack. Moments later I was googling furiously to find out how I could share my disgust with the world, and just moments ago I created my first Beer Advocate account.
I kinda doubt that my impression is different from what your own would be, because I enjoy a wide range of beers from Coors Light to Sam Adams Boston Lager, and every draft stout or IPA that I've tried.
Bottom line: Avoid this beer (unless you have a cough, because something tells me it would work well for that).
11-28-2012 02:19:31 | More by jdaugh23
Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 1,068 ratings.