obguthr (6825) - 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 isn’t too off-putting. Good. HIGHB4LL (837) - 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. bnwokedi89 (106) - 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. BOSSbrewer (2705) - 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. 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.
1guywith_aboat (254) - phenix city, Alabama, USA - DEC 2, 2014
While very drinkable, I feel like it’s 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. JHeath99 (1680) - 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. Fredis23 (564) - 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. Clarkdvm (542) - 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. ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, 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 it’s still possible to screw up what should be an idiot-proof recipe. Leinenkugel’s Snowdrift Vanilla Porter is a good example of this. What should be a standard porter with vanilla added, it drinks like an amateurish homebrew. It’s not horrible, but it’s 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: There’s a certain quality of faux craft (or “crafty”) beers like Leinenkugel’s that’s noticeable right away. I’m not sure how to describe it other than it’s simply not an authentic taste. Right away, I notice there’s a porter-like composition to this palate, but it’s not as genuine-tasting at it should be. There’s an essence of dark malt, but it’s not especially roasty or toasty. It actually kind of reminds me of a cola gone flat. There’s a consistent sweetness here, but it’s almost as though it’s from aspartame. There is a vanilla taste on the back end, though it’s 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 it’s tolerable.
Drinkability: Leinenkugel’s Snowdrift Vanilla Porter is most definitely not a fizzy yellow beer, yet the mouthfeel feels like that of one, only less carbonated. It’s definitely thin, but not slick; and at least there’s no cloying aftertaste (or any aftertaste for that matter). For a 6% ABV brew, it’s amazing easy to gulp down, but it should have more body and be the kind of beer that’s savored, not chugged.