Yet another week has passed, so it’s time for a little reflection:
- Northwoods Brewing Birch Wood Ale was either horrendous or mislabeled
- Founders Porter was dark, rich and sexy (as judged by pasty, cheap and awkward)
- Lake Louie Radio Free IBA was pretty good, though short on hops
- Vintage Derby Girl ESB was a good excuse for a journey to the west side
- Founders Double Chocolate Coffee Oatmeal Breakfast Stout was a nutritious breakfast substitute, albeit a little sweet for my taste
- Point Special Lager was best used for washing down a Plazaburger
- Sprecher Winter Brew was not nearly as good as Sprecher root beer
Best of the week: Founders Porter, without a doubt
Worst of the week: Northwoods Birch Wood Ale, with special honors for an extraordinarily tragic bungling of a pale ale.
Back in the summer of 2002, I worked hauling trash in a plastic packaging factory. While it was glamorous, it was also an exceptionally hot, sweaty job. That summer, my best friend and I, who worked in the same sweltering factory, made a habit of cooling off after the work day with refreshing (and nutritious) beer floats.
A thoroughly chilled beer topped with vanilla ice cream seemed just the thing to mollify the mind-numbing tedium of carting around industrial trash all day, and to bolster our rapidly dwindling body mass. Though it might sound like an odd concoction, with the right beer as a base, beer floats are perfectly delicious. That brings me to today’s selection, Leinie’s Snowdrift Vanilla Porter. While barely palatable on its own, I suspect that Snowdrift might just be an ideal beer float medium.
Like many of Leinenkugel’s most egregious abominations of fermentation (ahem, Berry Wiess, Summer Shandy, Sunset Wheat…), Snowdrift is frightfully sweet. Nonetheless, Snowdrift’s creamy vanilla flavors and hefty carbonation result in a fairly tasty experience, so long as you disregard any associations between this stuff and actual beer. In fact, it more closely resembles Titletown Sno-Cap Root Beer than it does any porter I’ve encountered.
Sadly, no ice cream was handy during the consumption of this beer (although, to be fair, I didn’t actually ask the bartender at Monkeyshines), but I think a beer that tastes like Sno-Cap quite obviously yearns to become involved in a beer float. If you’re in the mood for an actual porter, look elsewhere, but, if you’ve got some ice cream to spare, Snowdrift might be worth a try.
Leinenkugel’s Snowdrift Vanilla Porter
|Style:||Porter (sort of)|
|Notes:||Sweet and creamy with strong vanilla flavor; heavily carbonated|
|My Take:||Would make for a might fine beer float.|