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RATINGS: 393   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Leinenkugel’s Snowdrift Vanilla Porter is a robust and velvety addition to Leinenkugel’s 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.


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3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ContemplateBeer (1529) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 11, 2012
Aroma of moderate roast with some chocolate and caramel; the vanilla presence seems rather subdued. Appearance is black with light mocha head. Flavor up front is lightly roasty; the vanilla peeks in briefly thereafter, the finish is sweet, thin caramel. Palate is creamy, but at once thin bodied. Nothing offensive really, but also not a standout beer. By no means a bad beer.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkmagus82 (964) - - AUG 26, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 2-2-13- Poured from can into a pint glass Appearance – Pours a deep brown color with a ruby red hue seen shinning through when held up to the light. Upon pouring there is a two finger cream colored head. Over a moderate amount of time the head fades to leave a great amount of lacing on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma is heaviest of sweet caramel and vanilla. Mixed with these smells are some lighter aromas of roasted malt, chocolate, and some nut. Taste – The flavor begins with roasted malt and some caramel sweetness. Upfront there is a rather strong vanilla flavor which lasts throughout much of the taste. Flavors of cocoa soon some to the tongue creating a semi-sweet chocolate flavor when combined with the sweet caramel and vanilla flavors. The sweet caramel fades some however toward the end with a coffee flavor becoming more pronounced. In the end a lightly sweetened chocolate vanilla flavored coffee taste is left to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is a little on the thinner side with respects to creaminess with the carbonation being on the slightly lower side as well. While the lower carbonation level was very fitting for the porter style and matched the chocolate, coffee and vanilla flavors well, a thicker body would have given the beer a better mouth-coating feel. Overall – A fairly easier drinking porter. While possibly a bit heavy on the vanilla, the beer has a pretty nice sweet, but not too sweet flavor.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
hockeybeerguy (1947) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - AUG 8, 2014
Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a dark hazy brown color with dark orange/copper tints along the side of the glass. The smell had a decent bready to roasty coffee notes with a light smoke and vanilla. The taste was lightly sweet and semi-roasty with a light vanilla rolling underneath here and there. On the palate, this sat about a light on the body with a semi-sessionable quality to it. The carbonation was actually fairly smooth with the same finish Overall, this was just okay because the flavorings in the aroma and taste didn’t really seem to show a real depth. Almost as if it was just thrown in and not necessarily blended that well. If anything, I do like the idea that they put out with this one.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
rentonj7 (30) - USA - JUL 6, 2014
A: Bready. There’s a lot of roasty notes, but there is something off about them; leather; smoke, tons of artificial vanilla. Almost like a vanilla coke. A:Deep reddish brown that shows a little light through the glass. Large frothy tan head that’s slightly marred by a "soapy" appearance. T: light sweetness, it’s really hard to get past the vanilla. P: light body, thin slightly creamy feel. The finish is somewhat drawn out but there’s not much there. The head lingers but there the beer is flat on the tongue. O: Slightly less than OK. I’m wonder what the base porter must have tasted like to get covered by all the artificial vanilla dumped on it . . .

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
redtechnj (203) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2014
Appearance- Ruby red/brown with a smallish tan head. Aroma- Burnt malts and very slight chocoalte and vanilla scents. Flavor- Roasted malts and vanilla, kind a tart background,nice vanilla fade away.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
vtafro (3253) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2014
Bottle. Dark pour with tan head. Light roasted and vanilla aromas, however artificial. Vanilla, chocolate, and roasted flavors.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TXBadger (1345) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 5, 2014
Pours a black color with tan head. Vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and some caramel on the nose, very aromatic; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a little sweetness.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerdedone (2603) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a decent tan head. Aroma of vanilla, caramel and light roast. Flavor of roasted malts, vanilla, faint chocolate and some notes of caramel.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jjgmd (1407) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2014
At Josh’s apartment, watching the Pacer / Heat playoff game, pours dark brown color with a flat head. Nose is plain vanilla , otherwise bland, Taste is vanilla, but not very complex and not all that flavorful. Finish is plain and dry vanilla. Quaff score 6 / 10

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zgaier (1364) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2014
Pours an amber brown with a tan head and aroma of chocolate, vanilla, and roasted malt. Taste is sweet, of roasted malt with light chocolate and vanilla notes with a sweet, malty finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
teddybeer (2216) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 23, 2014
Thanks to José Pérez. Dark brown color, almost black with a minimal and quickly diminishig off-white head. Aroma has notes of licorice, some coffee, and light roasted malts. Flavor is slightly sweet at the beginning, roasted notes with licorice and coffee beans notes, some ashes in the final with a light bitterness.


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