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RATINGS: 456   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
obguthr (4451) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2014
Mild pecan nose. Clear ruby black, medium tan, good lace. Vanilla dominant, kibble underneath. Doughy finish. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Mild residual sweetness that isnít too off-putting. Good.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
HIGHB4LL (824) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 6, 2014
12 oz. bottle from Cash Wise in Watford. Appearance: finger light brown head that does not last, dark brown to blood red color, good lacing, clear. Aroma: vanilla, roast, chocolate, very light coffee notes, citrus hops on exhale. Palate: full body, average carbonation, very bitter finish, oily carbonation. Taste: sweet caramel and vanilla with slight chocolate malt, into light citrus bitter finish, Overall, pretty drinkable, interesting hop choice for the style, but nothing amazing. Not bad at all either.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bnwokedi89 (94) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Very dark beer, as dark as Coca Cola. Absolutely no foam at the top of this beer as a result of the very minimal carbonation. Dark and creamy after taste and finish. Although it claims to have vanilla, this beer wasn't overly sweet which is a huge positive. Sometimes vanilla can overpower! The underlying aroma and flavor has a slight hint if coffee. Overall this is a decent beer worth trying during the holiday time frame.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BOSSbrewer (2523) - Arkansas, USA - DEC 3, 2014
Had at porch nite thanks to Raith. Pours dark brown. Vanilla and Chocolate on the notes. A bit lighter bodied. Nice for a macro. Good beer.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bobblehead (65) - Kansas, USA - DEC 2, 2014
Poured from a bottle, coffee, chocolate and vanilla aroma, light sweetness, light body, creamy, average carbonation, long finish, nice stout.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
1guywith_aboat (254) - phenix city, Alabama, USA - DEC 2, 2014
While very drinkable, I feel like itís missing a good roasted malt character. Aroma is on point but flavor is only mediocre. Not bad by any means but nothing to write home about either. The vanilla works out really well.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JHeath99 (1355) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - NOV 28, 2014
Bottle. Pours an opaque dark dark brown with a layer of tan head. Aroma and taste of malts and chocolate with a hint of vanilla.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fredis23 (515) - Hickory Hills, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2014
Dark Opaque Brown With Shades of Red, Nice Big Head, Light Lacing. Toasted Aroma with Hint Cocoa. Toasted, Vanilla, Coffee, Chocolate. Rather Thin, More Strange Bitter Than Sweetness. Drinkable. While it is not my favorite, It is Decent Enough. OK.

2.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Clarkdvm (228) - Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Bottle. A generic porter with overly sweet vanilla flavor & aroma. Not bad but no outstanding qualities. Flavor lingers in your mouth.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chad9976 (1363) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 26, 2014
There are certain brewing techniques I always thought could be used to make any beer taste good (for example: adding a ton of hops, or adding a lot of sweet flavors). Though once in a great while I encounter one that shows that itís still possible to screw up what should be an idiot-proof recipe. Leinenkugelís Snowdrift Vanilla Porter is a good example of this. What should be a standard porter with vanilla added, it drinks like an amateurish homebrew. Itís not horrible, but itís nowhere near as good as it should be.

I poured a 64oz growler into a nonic pint glass. My girlfriend picked this up for $12.99 ($0.20 per ounce).

Appearance: Opaque black hue. Pours to a small, tan, foamy head which dissipates quickly and leaves only a little lacing.

Smell: Quite faint aroma of mineral water and a hint of chocolate.

Taste: Thereís a certain quality of faux craft (or ďcraftyĒ) beers like Leinenkugelís thatís noticeable right away. Iím not sure how to describe it other than itís simply not an authentic taste. Right away, I notice thereís a porter-like composition to this palate, but itís not as genuine-tasting at it should be. Thereís an essence of dark malt, but itís not especially roasty or toasty. It actually kind of reminds me of a cola gone flat. Thereís a consistent sweetness here, but itís almost as though itís from aspartame. There is a vanilla taste on the back end, though itís mild and short-lived. All these complaints aside I have to admit there is nothing particularly off about this brew as far as brewing flaws. There is a noticeable mineral taste, but itís tolerable.

Drinkability: Leinenkugelís Snowdrift Vanilla Porter is most definitely not a fizzy yellow beer, yet the mouthfeel feels like that of one, only less carbonated. Itís definitely thin, but not slick; and at least thereís no cloying aftertaste (or any aftertaste for that matter). For a 6% ABV brew, itís amazing easy to gulp down, but it should have more body and be the kind of beer thatís savored, not chugged.


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