RATINGS: 497   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Leinenkugels Snowdrift Vanilla Porter is a robust and velvety addition to Leinenkugels 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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikem409 (2014) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Bottle. Pours amber brown with solid khaki head. Aroma of nuts and vanilla. Taste is rather thin but solid roasted vanilla flavor

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbaaron (1998) - Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2012
The vanilla overtakes for me. I get Dr pepper and jack Daniels honey. Creamy, medium body. I like it and I dont...too sweet?

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RSRIZZO (1973) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 30, 2016
12oz bottle (courtesy of Headbanger) poured into a Shaker at 42. Color is a deep near black brown with mellow carbonation and a thin tan head. Aroma is roasted malt and vanilla. It has a medium body with a crisp mouth feel. Flavor comes in a little sweet with vanilla and mild coffee, then just a hint of hop spice and bitterness. After taste is dry with a baking coco note. Overall its good, but not a great winter porter.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
seymour (1957) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Tasted from bottle into a nonic pint glass. It poured a very dark brown color, red around the edges, with thick beige foam and some lace. Typical aromas and flavors of porter: grain, bread, toast, nuts, caramel, roasted barley, faint citrusy hops, plus LOADS of real vanilla. Just the right amount of body and residual sweetness, moderate carbonation, lingering fruity aftertaste. The vanilla is prominent, too novel for a classic example of porter, but a nicely-done treat. It seems to me this is what A&W Root Beer tries to taste like. After finishing the 6-pack, I went back and bought a 12-pack, which is a pretty strong recommendation. I think this beer receives unfairly low ratings; Id bet money if didnt have a twist-off cap and SAB/Miller distribution, beer nerds would think more highly of it. This is the sort of experimentation microbreweries are praised for and megabreweries are punished for.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluejacket74 (1945) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2012
12 ounce bottle, stamped with FEB1113 on it, I assume thats the best by date. Served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass, when held up to the light the beer pours a dark reddish/brown color with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The brew smells like vanilla, roasted malt, milk chocolate and some coffee. The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, except that the chocolate flavor is both bittersweet and milk chocolate. Also, I think the flavors are a little stronger in comparison to the aroma. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, its a bit smooth and creamy. I think its a solid brew. Got a single bottle from a friend of mine for free, so Im not sure about the price of this beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JMerritt (1941) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Dark brown with red highlights and a very large tan head that is partially diminishing. Great lacing - thin yet even. Vanilla bean hits you foremost upon the first sniff, though it is quickly replaced by roasted nuts and lightly charred coffee. Mildly roasty flavor, balanced between bitter and sweet, with the vanilla nearly (but not quite) hidden underneath mild coffee, toasted grains and nuts. Medium bodied with a soft, fine carbonation. A rather easy drinking porter, perhaps a bit light on heartiness, but tasty and accessible.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zgaier (1927) - 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.

1.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
HuskerTan (1885) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - DEC 27, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Bottle. A- Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, molasses. A- Black color, dark liquid, tan head. T- Malty, coffee tones, hints of vanilla. P- Full body, thick texture, flat carbonation, bitter finish. O- A strong tasting porter. The coffee tones take away from all the other tones that are in this beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
andyhwcinc (1871) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Enjoyed at Thanksgiving dinner with my family, straight from the bottle. I didnt take tasting notes for this one, but remember it being pretty decent. Im typically not a big fan of the beers from this brewery, but this one was pretty smooth with decadent vanilla notes and light chocolate. Would definitely have this again.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ronaldtheriot (1859) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Leinenkugels Snowdrift Vanilla Porter has an initially thick, tan, creamy head, which sadly, deteriorates very quickly. It has a clear, minimally bubbly, reddish-brown appearance, and there is little-to-no lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of chocolate powder and musty aromas, but, oddly, no vanilla. Taste is of vanilla, brown bread, sugar, chocolate powder, and roasted malt. There is no bitterness here. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Leinenkugels Snowdrift Vanilla Porter finishes mostly dry, crisp, clean, and easy drinking. This a very non-porter type beer, but its still okay. I think this would do better as a stand alone beer, rather than something to eat a meal with. Overall, I think its good, and thats about it. RJT


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