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RATINGS: 424   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Leinenkugelís Snowdrift Vanilla Porter is a robust and velvety addition to Leinenkugelís seasonal selection. This porter-style beer is aged on real vanilla to reveal rich layers of caramel, coffee and chocolate that is ideal for the season.


2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
weitz15 (382) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Oil brown pour with a thin cream head. The flavor is a bit weak... only faint vanilla and a thin body.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
odinstyr (564) - Hamilton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Pours a dark red-brown with a small head. Smells of caramel, chocolate, toast. Taste is sweet and mildly bitter, chocolate, bread, flowery hops.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
streve (105) - Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2012
12oz bottle poured into a Porter/Stout glass. Pour is a dark red wine color with virtually no head. Head fizzles out like a soda would. Aroma is vanilla, cocoa and a very small hint of rubbing alcohol. Mouth is somewhat light with a watered down feel. However, some of the vanilla and caramel flavors do come out to greet the palate. Pretty clean and goes down good too. Overall, it?s just OK. It lacks in some areas that I appreciate from a good Porter.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skoll (420) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2013 on tap...Very deep mahogany colored beer when held against the light. Thin beige head. slight Nose of vanilla extract. plesent vanilla flavor with a little bit of the artificial taste that I get in some of the vanilla porters. Some caramel sweetness, milk chocolate, and faint roasted grains, . As is warms there is some burnt caramel corn notes. Not a bad use of vanilla in beer. I really enjoyed this beer on tap more than in the bottle.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Reviewed 12/15/2012. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a very dark red color. This one definitely isnít perfectly opaque by any means. The head is a one finger light mocha shade that fades quickly to a thin collar around the ring of the glass. Lacing is minimal. S: Unimpressive. Slight vanilla-esque cream soda notes and a bit of hazelnut...and thatís it. T: Again, tons of vanilla and cream soda seem to dominate (inasmuch as itís the strongest flavor note), while the only hint of this being a dark beer is slight hazelnut on the back end. I can tell after the first sip the sweetness will really wear on me hard. But the worst part? The sweetness gradually shifts into a chemical sensation thatís kind of unpleasant. M: This features honest-to-God sugar burn, caused by the huge lingering sweetness and syrupy finish. Even worse is the intense carbonation, which creates an even harsher mouthfeel. O: Even as a dessert beer, Iíd call this one a mild failure. As a porter, itís more or less a total failure. The only thing it really has going for it is drinkability - if only to get the chemical aftertaste off of the palate as soon as possible. No regrets getting a single bottle (a tick is a tick, damnit), but I donít need to ever have this again.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ronaldtheriot (1334) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Leinenkugelís Snowdrift Vanilla Porter has an initially thick, tan, creamy head, which sadly, deteriorates very quickly. It has a clear, minimally bubbly, reddish-brown appearance, and there is little-to-no lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of chocolate powder and musty aromas, but, oddly, no vanilla. Taste is of vanilla, brown bread, sugar, chocolate powder, and roasted malt. There is no bitterness here. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Leinenkugelís Snowdrift Vanilla Porter finishes mostly dry, crisp, clean, and easy drinking. This a very non-porter type beer, but itís still okay. I think this would do better as a stand alone beer, rather than something to eat a meal with. Overall, I think itís good, and thatís about it. RJT

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kevd193213 (877) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Draught. Dark brown pour with a thin tan head. Aroma of vanilla sweetener and roasted malt. Medium body. Taste is overpoweringly sweet, almost like candy.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
AdamGott (386) - Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA - DEC 26, 2012
I had to spend $14 for a twelve pack just to try this so I hope itís worth it - pours like a coke - aroma of vanilla and yeast - high carbonation detracts from the light vanilla and the roasted malt is pretty far in the back but itís not terrible.. not great and with a little less carbonation it would be better

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
arminjewell (6419) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, dark brownish black pour with thin slightly off white/tan head, aroma brought notes of vanilla, slightly artificial but not bad, some slight roast, coffee, caramel, hints of cocoa powder as well. Taste is very straightforward, vanilla notes mix right into coffee, chocolate, and finishing with some roasted malts, slightly bitter. While its straightforward, I actually like this style of beer, so it worked for me. A bit thin on the palate.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrewDad (5025) - Olympia, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Dark brown in color, tan head. Nice aroma a tad light with the vanilla but the porter malts come through nicely. Nice flavor this was a good after dinner beer or a good pasta beer.


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