ReggieDunlap (2772) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark brown with a medium tan head. Aroma has roasty vanilla with a touch of grassy/straw notes. Flavor has dark chocolate...chalky tootsie rolls...with some roastiness and light vanilla. Mouthfeel is medium and the finish is roasty with dark chocolate...vanilla fades in this one after the initial aroma and few sips.
andrewlol (48) - san antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was excited to try this one, but kinda tasted like a regular stout with artificial vanilla. I did enjoy it thought pretty good.
ChainGangGuy (4229) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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, itís 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.
steve1966 (83) - Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
People love to bash Leinies and I was slightly afraid of this one that Fireside was undrinkable still have a few bottles full from last year I need to throw out...... Was scared this would be thin Smells good tasty, Cocoa coffee first sip great Very bock like or milk stout like rather than porter. No harshness of a normal porter here. Just milky smooth dark and rich. Did not get much vanilla here and that was probably for the best. Nice full bodied dark beer Leinies has made up for taking the 1888 bock off the market. A nice surprise hope it sells for them or it will be pulled next year for something else. Will be buying a few more six packs to get me through the winter and into bock season Nice job Leinies.
crossovert (5632) - Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2012
1.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Thin mouthfeel. Almost vanilla minty aroma. Doesnít taste natural, if it is aged on real vanilla beans there is also vanilla added. And i doubt it is aged on vanilla beans. Brewed with the house lager yeast which is a bad choice for this style though some lager yeasts can be used.
bluejacket74 (1127) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle, stamped with FEB1113 on it, I assume thatís 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, itís a bit smooth and creamy. I think itís a solid brew. Got a single bottle from a friend of mine for free, so Iím not sure about the price of this beer.
novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Okay, this one isnít so much a beer as it is a high end vanilla latte. But I for one, can appreciate that- the vanilla bean is strong in this one, and if you pour it into a glass, you can even see the remnants of the actual bean. Super rich layers, a lovely seasonal from Leinenkugels.
Bricktop86 (475) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 19, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark brown with red highlights. Aroma is roasted malts with some sour notes. Taste is typical porter up front that quickly fades to vanilla that quickly fades to nothing.
b3shine (3501) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle to pint. Looks decent; a semi-transparent reddish-brown with fluffy light beige head that slowly dissipates into lacing. Smells of malt and vanilla. Tastes like it smells, but better. Solid on the palate too. This one exceeded my expectations.
whiskeyrocks (47) - Lindenhurst, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2012
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Super dark.... maybe im sick or something but im not tasting much here. A little vanilla and a little coffee flavor. But other than that not much going on. I expected more flavor from this... bummer