Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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3.08/5 rDev -8.6%
Appearance is a light brown with red highlights, plenty of light brown foam. Nose is roasty with a minimal hint of vanilla at the back. The taste is very sweet with chocolate caramel and lots of vanilla. The roast doesn't white balance out the sweetness, things taste nearly artificial. Mouthfeel is light with moderate to high carbonation. Overall, pretty lackluster. Meh.
11-22-2012 22:13:50 | More by homebrew311
3.4/5 rDev +0.9%
12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body with a small-sized, very short-lived, beige head.
Smell: Slight chocolate, modest roasted malt, and the namesake vanilla.
Taste: As with the smell, it's more of the same -- some chocolate, caramel, mild roast, and the vanilla. Sufficiently sweet. Slight earthy, not quire bitterish tone midway. More of the same through to the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-light carbonation. Reasonably smooth, slick mouthfeel overall.
Overall: Snowdrift comes across as the Creamy Dark but with some vanilla additive added.
11-22-2012 20:25:05 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.53/5 rDev +4.7%
Colour of cola, small head of foam, goodly amount of lacing.
I smell some vanilla, fruity notes, sweet malt.
I taste vanilla, sweet malt, light notes of cocoa, coffee in and around the other flavours. It finishes lightly bitter.
An easy drinking brew that I find tasty enough to keep me interested..I'm glad they didn't go overboard with the vanilla as it could have dominated the flavours and made this more one dimensional. I like.
11-22-2012 16:27:05 | More by Bitterbill
3.1/5 rDev -8%
A: Looks good. Dark, nice creamy head that doesn't dissipate.
S: malty, light, hint of smokiness. An odd bitter note. No vanilla despite the name.
T: Pretty weak. A bit of smokiness a bit of vanilla a bit of malt and a lot of water. The lightness of the beer really means the flavors need to be on the money but here they were rather dull.
M: Very light but carbonation was not overly agressive.
Overall this was a pretty average beer. The taste had no real standout notes and the lightness of it really took a lot away.
11-22-2012 14:07:09 | More by Jamesthebrit
3.5/5 rDev +3.9%
12 ounce bottle, stamped with FEB1113 on it, I assume that's the best by date. Served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass, when held up to the light the beer pours a dark reddish/brown color with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The brew smells like vanilla, roasted malt, milk chocolate and some coffee. The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, except that the chocolate flavor is both bittersweet and milk chocolate. Also, I think the flavors are a little stronger in comparison to the aroma. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit smooth and creamy. I think it's a solid brew. Got a single bottle from a friend of mine for free, so I'm not sure about the price of this beer.
11-21-2012 23:23:10 | More by bluejacket74
3.3/5 rDev -2.1%
A: Pours a very dark brown in color with some amber highlights and a very light amount of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall dark beige head that slowly reduces to an even layer of thick film covering the entire surface of the beer. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, and vanilla (though a slightly artificial vanilla aroma).Some very light notes of cocoa.
T: Light flavors of roasted malts with some hints of bittersweet chocolate but the dominant flavor is that of vanilla - and lots of it. Light amounts of sweetness.
M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy yet still a little thin/watery.
O: Enjoyable but not really anything special - I would not go out of my way to try this one again... Pretty easy to drink.
11-21-2012 03:07:31 | More by dbrauneis
3.23/5 rDev -4.2%
Appearance: Clear deep amber in color, with a small tan head, which retains fairly well, thin glass-coating lacing, slight small and slow-rising carbonation.
Aroma: Abundant vanilla and lesser wood notes, toasted malt, dark cocoa, and caramel.
Taste: Opens with roasted malts, vanilla, coffee, and bitter cocoa. As the taste progresses, earthy and wood notes appear. Finishes with a lingering wood note. and slight bitter cocoa and earth.
Mouth feel: Smooth and fairly soft, pleasant.
Drinkability/notes: A very nice example, quite pleasant.
Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass bottle, with a twist-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.
Source: Purchased at HEB in Harker Heights, TX, a six-pack of twelve-ounce bottles for $7.99.
11-21-2012 00:12:55 | More by Pegasus
3.38/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
11-20-2012 22:31:32 | More by Brenden
3.48/5 rDev +3.3%
Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.
A tad early for snow, per se, but I'll take a good vanilla porter any day. Is this one good? Let's find out: This stuff pours a deep ruby-sienna topped by a finger of light khaki foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, toasted barley, and some mild chocolate in the deep recesses. The taste holds notes of roasted malts, cocoa, vanilla bean, and a touch of light bubblegum at the very end. Things are kinda chalky all-around, though, detracting somewhat from what could have been a pretty tasty vanilla porter. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly smooth feel. Overall, a nice porter, one that deals with the vanilla pretty well (meaning they don't either overdo it or make it ridiculously sweet). Not bad.
11-20-2012 18:01:29 | More by TMoney2591
Leinenkugel's Snowdrift Vanilla Porter from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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