Chad9976 (1442) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 26, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
gregwilsonstl (1440) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 10, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tastes like vanilla beans. Iím not sure it can have any more vanilla in it. Slight hint of chocolate.
trapped (1438) - New York, TURKEY - MAR 13, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Reddish brown with light chocolate colored creamy head, caramel aroma, caramel taste with a hint of vanilla, medium carbonation, medium finish with slight bitterness at the end. A bit thin bodied but not bad.
trevor211 (1437) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours dark brown. Flavor really throws you with this one -- it smells like a pretty standard porter, with some chocolate and darker malts (although there really isnít much there) -- but the flavor brings in root beer and vanilla cream soda. It has a really weird artificial sweetness that doesnít do it any good. This tastes more like a novelty beverage youíd get for a college party than it does like something they put a good amount of effort into. The vanilla is too sweet and artificial, and doesnít add much complexity. Really more like a soda than a beer.
kevinator (1434) - The Colony, Texas, USA - APR 28, 2014
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Average with some flaws. Aroma was very malty with tiny bits of roasted character and vanilla. Typically dark brown color with a sustainable head. Palate was full but left a malty puckering feel that was not all that pleasant, which was not from souring, just imbalance. Flavors were roasted and vanilla with a little nuttiness. The hops presence was minimal with the maltiness being somewhat dominating. Not worth a return visit.
degbert (1403) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours a transparent red-brown with a light, fine-grained cream head -- looks for all the world like root beer. Mild nose is vanilla, coffee, cocoa, smoke; what there is of it, that is. Light and sweet; mostly vanilla and mild coffee, with a touch of baking chocolate. Mouthfeel is very smooth despite the weakness of the body. Itís all right, but it doesnít stand out from the crowd of mediocrity.
EtTuCthulhu (1385) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - NOV 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma of the beer is subtle, blending vanilla and roasted malts, and the appearance combines a reddish brown color with a medium light head that diminishes quickly. The taste is mildly sweet yet quite umami, which is a nice blend; furthermore, the palateís fairly complementary due to the oily texture, medium body, soft carbonation, and a long yet muted extension of the flavor.
Finhead (1375) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown with some crimson highlights and a tan head. The aroma has slightly roasted vanilla with some mild coffee. It has a medium body with sticky texture and average carbonation. The taste is roasted with coffee flavor and a dry finish.
deekyn (1371) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A - pours dark brown with low head. S - this smells like a coconut macaroon! Toasted coconut, milk chocolate, wet oak, espresso, and toasted malts. M - light medium body. Watery but oh so deserty. Lingering amazing sweet but not overpowering end. T - toasted malts, espresso, vanilla, raw cacao, wet oak, carob, toasted coconut. O - sweet porter. Drinkable and mellow. 3.3
tnkw01 (1363) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap. Started out with such potential. Nice brown amber color. Decent head and some lace. Aroma, was wonderful. Oaky vanilla. But the taste was a let down. Blend of favors was really good just weak and watery.