ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
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.
ronaldtheriot (1401) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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
kevd193213 (895) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 27, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
AdamGott (386) - Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA - DEC 26, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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
arminjewell (7027) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
BrewDad (5085) - Olympia, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Hcgiii (30) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 24, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mild taste with creamy, slight vanilla wave. Stays smooth throughout. Limited aftertaste.
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EvilPuppet99 (37) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2012
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Not a bad attempt at a vanilla porter but its not what you expect for a winter brewed beer. A little too vanilla-y and the flavor dont really come together correctly.
MIBRomeo (2568) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark tan pour not much of a white head. Aroma was clearly vanilla and roast malts. Palate was very thin and a bit watery. Flavor wasnít bad but want really good either. Vanilla was the dominant taste but overly done sweet extract notes came through strongly over some light roastt malts. Easy to drink but not much there to talk about.
closey22 (1027) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark opaque black, thin tan head; aroma a hint of chocolate; Flava the same plus dry roastiness notes of root beer sweetness; feels a tax light like soda; finishes dry and toasty