Saturday, February 9, 2013
Leinenkugels Snowdrift Vanilla Porter
Snowdrift Vanilla Porter
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin USA
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.
12oz bottles: ~$8.50 6 pack ~$31.00 case
This seemed to be a staple for us over the holidays. It was originally recommended to me by my daughter Molly. This was also in a variety case of Christmas bees that I got from State Line Liquors just before Christmas. I managed to save a few of these to review.
The beer pours a clear dark brown, almost completely opaque with just a hint of deep ruby hues peaking through the glass.
The nose is very nice with roasted malt aromas with a touch of vanilla.
Ahhh with a nice first sip; smooth, mildly rich and easy drinking with touch of vanilla on the finish.
The experience starts out with a dark malt sweetness up front on the tip of the tongue. That is followed by a smooth almost creamy mouthfeel as the rich porter rolls over the tongue in the middle of the sip. The back-end continues to be smooth and easy drinking with just a slight hesitation at the top of the swallow. The finish is nice with smooth but rich roasted malt flavors with notes of toffee and chocolate. There is also a very pleasant natural vanilla taste in the finish. There is very little of a hop presence just enough to slightly dry the finish. The final aftertaste is some lingering roasted malt and a touch of vanilla.
I’m a sucker for a good porter and this one is not bad at all. This may be the best beer that I’ve had from Leinenkugel.
It is also impressive when a beer warms up to room temperature and tastes as good if not better than it did when chilled.
B+ | Leinenkugel’s Snowdrift Vanilla Porter is a very nice easy drinking porter with great roasted malts flavors and a touch of vanilla on the finish.