Strykzone (4405) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
After doing the MountainZilla trail run the radio crew stopped in at Chubby’s in Alton and I was pleasantly surprised to find this. I got the last half pint as the keg ran dry. This beer poured quite dark and had a creamy layer. The aroma was vanilla and was pronounced. That was also tasted and later cocoa. This tended to be a sweet beer and the feel was somewhat creamy.
Pailhead (4381) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Courtesy of northernbrews
Bottle: The aroma consists roasted nuts, light caramel, chocolate, and a hint of vanilla. It pours a dark brown with some faint orange highlights. It has a small beige head that quickly fades to a ring around the edges of the glass. The flavor starts with a quick dose of sweet chocolate, caramel, and vanilla notes. The finish has light-moderate roasted nuts with a touch of coffee. It’s light bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, considering it’s from Leinenkugel, I expected it to be much sweeter. It’s not that sweet and the vanilla isn’t over the top.
badgerben (4354) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown color with a whispy head. Aroma of vanilla bean. Slightly bitter chocolate flavor. Light vanilla. Not really sweet or bitter, but maybe a bit astringent.
ChainGangGuy (4274) - 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, it’s 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.
JK (4244) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Not very good. Black. Light vanilla in the aroma and under-flavored. Some malt, but I certainly wouldn’t call it rich, as the palate is rather thin. There are several better vanilla porters out there.
b3shine (4236) - 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.
nick76 (4140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma is toasted and sweet with light but definite chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and adjunct malt. The appearance is red brown with a thin head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is average. Overall easy to drink but nothing special, pretty much a macro.
thornecb (4113) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours mahogany into a shaker. Tan head with good retention recedes leaving spot lacing to coat surface. Vanilla and roasted nut aromas. Medium bodied and dry with upfront vanilla turning to crisp nutmeat in the lasting earthy finish.
nuplastikk (4093) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 16, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Brink. Amber-brown, stained glass. Creamy beige head. The vanilla is huge and overpowering, really the only thing going on. Medium bodied, very easy to drink for the ABV, probably because it is so sweet. Too sweet to go back for more, not a quality offering. My score seems way too high.
unclemattie (4001) - Georgia, USA - DEC 9, 2012
2.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz twist-off bottle. Black color, thin tan head. Not much aromas. Basic Porter nose. Tastes of chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, distant coffee/burnt grain character. Light and simple Porter with good flavors. A bit stronger than expected, makes for a nice and inexpensive winter ale.(3545)