Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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3.85/5 rDev +14.2%
Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.
A - Pours dark reddish-brown, with a finger and a half of cream-white head. Not a lot of lacing.
S - Vanilla, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, vanilla.
T - Same as smell. Lots of vanilla and chocolate malt.
M - Maybe the best part of the beer. If you don't slug it down too fast it gathers some fuzzy, cozy froth and goes down pretty fully.
O - Reminds me a lot of Sam Adams' Hazel Brown or Founder's Porter. While not quite up to par with those, still enjoyable. Also nice to see a new seasonal from Leinie's.
11-27-2012 10:31:49 | More by punky796
3.18/5 rDev -5.6%
pours out a dark brown colour with strong ruby hues. little tannish head and just alittle lace. cocoa, vanilla and nougat aromas abound. the vanilla comes through in the taste profile, melding well with the chocolate and nougat undertones. tastes fine enough. surprising enough is the slight bitterness from some noticeable hopping seemingly of the noble variety...it does come across as a bit spicy and compliments the slightly higher than average ABV. i'm drinking this a bit colder than i should and am curious as to where this might head at a more appropriate temperature. for now it seems to be heading in the right direction...it doesn't come across as too artificial or too forced. medium bodied at best with a semi crisp mouthfeel and lagerish feel. this has a decent drinkability for a leinies concoction...i could see having a few of these during the winter months.
overall...an above average offering from the gateway beer kings of the northland. if, as it warms and i drink a few more, doesn't become cloying, artificial or too boring...i might revisit this.
11-26-2012 23:58:12 | More by budgood1
3.3/5 rDev -2.1%
A - Dark amber. Almost a dark purple held up to the light. A bit of light does shine thru. head is gone immediately. lacing is none. very small amount of carbonation rising. very thin.
S - A low roast. Chocolate and vanilla are present. mild amount of carmel. not a lot happening.
T - Better than it smells. But again just mild amounts of chocolate, vanilla and carmel. I personally don't like the deep roast- which this certainly does not have.
M - Thin and mildly frothy. Alcohol give a nice heat on the tongue.
O - Thin. Not as sweet as it should be. Doesn't resemble a porter at all actually. Hoped for bold - received pretty mild. Vanilla presence was descent. Avg beer drinker will probably find this very good. but it doesn't meet the style very well and all flavors are average at best.
11-26-2012 16:34:44 | More by weonfire
2.48/5 rDev -26.4%
Poured into pint glass, allowed to warm for a few minutes.
Decent looking beer, nice dark brown with a present but thin and fading creamy head, some lacing.
Aroma hints at the coming vanilla bomb, but does have nice chocolate malt underlinings.
Taste was a bit to sweet for my liking, but I can see many liking this brew.
Light mouthfeel lead to an overall easy drinking and enjoyable beer.
Not bad, not great, pretty much standard Leinenkugel fare.
11-25-2012 20:27:57 | More by Moose90
3.18/5 rDev -5.6%
Finger of tan head, low retention. Dark brown body.
Smells of vanilla and roasted malt.
Initial light taste of sweetness, then chocolate and finally vanilla to end.
Thin body, low carbonation.
A fair porter. A fuller body would help and it's a bit sweet for my taste.
11-25-2012 20:05:55 | More by Fatehunter
3.48/5 rDev +3.3%
Enjoyed on tap at the Thunder Bay Grill. Served in an imperial style pint glass, and was pretty well chilled.
A) Very dark brown with not quite a finger of light tan head. The head quickly fades to nothing. There was no lacing noted.
S) Caramel malt, some roast, and definitely some vanilla bean.
T) Light chocolate, hint of caramel, vanilla sweetener. This is a little bitter-sweet. I would have actually liked a little more of the vanilla to come out in the flavor. The flavor gets quite earthy/roasty as this finishes up. That was the aftertaste for me as well.
M) A lighter medium body, with the same from a carbonation standpoint. This was pretty smooth, and relatively creamy.
O) I have to say, this exceeded my expectations. While I won't be running out today to grab a six pack, this was a decent seasonal. Give it a try....
11-25-2012 14:29:06 | More by RoamingGnome
3.1/5 rDev -8%
I picked up a six pack of Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter last week for $8.99 at Krogers. I find most Leinenkugel beers to be pretty average, but i'm always down to try their new beers so I thought I would give their new winter seasonal a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.
A- The label is pretty typical for the brewery with a winter themed background. It poured a very dark brown color that took on a deep ruby color when held to the light with two fingers worth of tan head that quickly faded to a thin ring that eventually disappeared and it left hardly any lacing behind. This beer is pretty average looking, it's not that impressive to look at.
S- The aroma starts off with a big presence of vanilla that's pretty dominating and is almost artificial smelling after that comes some nicely roasted malts that impart some roasty, chocolate, coffee, and slight caramel aromas. I also pick up a good amount of sweetness in the aroma that gives it almost a candy like aroma. The aroma isn't that bad, I would say it's above average with some nice roasted aromas to help balance out all that vanilla.
T- The taste is similar to the aroma, but it's much thinner. It starts off with some vanilla that's much lighter then it was in the aroma and it's quickly followed by some roasted malts that have a higher amount of medium sweetness and impart some light roasty, coffee, chocolate, and caramel flavor with a slight nutty flavor, the roasted flavors quickly fade to a sweet grainy flavor that goes into the aftertaste with a slightly nutty and roasted flavor. The taste is pretty average, it's not bad, but it's not good either, the flavors that are suppose to be highlighted come off thin and watery.
M- Smooth, slightly creamy, a little prickly, and medium bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty average, it would be nice if this beer was a little thicker and the carbonation was toned down.
Overall I wasn't a big fan of this beer, it wasn't impressive and I thought it was a pretty average example of a vanilla Porter, the flavor and body seemed a little watered down and I didn't deliver what I wanted from this beer. This beer didn't have the best drinkability it was smooth, but the flavors didn't hold my attention so one would be enough for me, there's no need to drink two in a row. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma, it wasn't the greatest but it turned out to be the highlight of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the watered down flavor and mouthfeel, it needed to be bolder, richer, and less carbonated. I won't be buying this beer again, I would much rather have a Vanilla Java Porter from Atwater the flavors come through much better in that beer, I wouldn't recommend this beer. All in all I was let down with this beer, it seemed to lack those robust flavors that a good Porter should have and the mouthfeel also held this beer back, I'm chalking this one up as another average at best Leinenkugel's beer, I thought Fireside Nut Brown was a much better winter seasonal.
11-24-2012 04:51:02 | More by StoutHunter
Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 1,070 ratings.