seymour (1623) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted from bottle into a nonic pint glass. It poured a very dark brown color, red around the edges, with thick beige foam and some lace. Typical aromas and flavors of porter: grain, bread, toast, nuts, caramel, roasted barley, faint citrusy hops, plus LOADS of real vanilla. Just the right amount of body and residual sweetness, moderate carbonation, lingering fruity aftertaste. The vanilla is prominent, too novel for a classic example of porter, but a nicely-done treat. It seems to me this is what A&W Root Beer tries to taste like. After finishing the 6-pack, I went back and bought a 12-pack, which is a pretty strong recommendation. I think this beer receives unfairly low ratings; Iíd bet money if didnít have a twist-off cap and SAB/Miller distribution, beer nerds would think more highly of it. This is the sort of experimentation microbreweries are praised for and megabreweries are punished for.
AKThunder (166) - New York, USA - DEC 29, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I had higher hopes for this to be honest. It has some slight chocolate, vanilla, and malty taste, but retains absolutely no head at all. Would rather Yuengling Porter or Dundee Porter anyday.
weitz15 (383) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 29, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Oil brown pour with a thin cream head. The flavor is a bit weak... only faint vanilla and a thin body.
odinstyr (587) - Howell, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a dark red-brown with a small head. Smells of caramel, chocolate, toast. Taste is sweet and mildly bitter, chocolate, bread, flowery hops.
streve (105) - Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
skoll (420) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
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 (1472) - 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 (903) - 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