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Beer Geek Vanilla Shake (Bourbon Edition) - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 228
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 6.99%
Wants: 318
Gots: 42 | FT: 8
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: johnsonni on 02-16-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

In the beer geek breakfast series – the beer that really put Mikkeller on the map, we decided to shake things up by adding a truck load of vanilla to the french press coffee trick, creating a whole new dimension to the beer that are loved by freaks and geeks worldwide. Not only that, we then placed it in bourbon barrels for 8 months for a truly unique beer experience. It’s dark, dangerous, sweet and incredibly tasty as you would expect, but most of all; it’s ready to conquer your breakfast table routines. Please note: The label is the same as the regular version. This one comes with a limited edition yellow wax.

Brewed at Lervig in Norway.
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Ratings: 228 | Reviews: 28
Photo of dar482
4.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The aroma offers vanilla, milk chocolate, subtle bourbon sweetness, and caramel sweetness.

The flavors of confectionery vanilla dessert, lots of roasted malt in the middle, some artificial chocolate flavor. The beer is surrounded by the vanilla of the bourbon barrels and some coffee bitterness. The finish is clean, but lingers slightly of malt.

Photo of mtomlins
4.62/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black and opaque but with no head at all, even with a vigorous pour. The nose is ethereal, chocolate fudge brownie, sweet vanilla, coffee and some bossy bourbon, but not tons. The taste is very similar and the fudgy brownie is the driving force with ample vanilla some coffee and boozy bourbon and some dark roasted grains on the finish (a hint of dryness). It is thick and smooth on the palate and almost still with a lack of carbonation. I loved this beer but the thickness and lack of carb may be an issue for others.

Photo of kscaldef
4.08/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark, dark brown. No sign of any carbonation.

S: Fudgy brownie.

T: Vanilla and chocolate cake. Yum.

M: Totally flat. Reasonably drinkable given that, but certainly a sipper.

O: Seems like this lost a lot of vanilla in the barrel aging. Sure do wish this had some carbonation to bring out the aromas more and lighten up the body.

Photo of mothman
4.24/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thick and vicious. Black.

Hershey's syrup and cocoa. Maple syrup. Vanilla, caramel, bourbon, and oak. Very rich. Some peat and char (very traditional Mikkeller flavor).

Solid stuff.

Photo of dlino11
4.22/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured dark with a nice thick consistency. Smell did not reveal a lot of vanilla to me. At first the taste of the beer resembled Dark Lord but followed with vanilla and minor barrel flavor. Will have again.

Photo of wordemupg
4.42/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml gold waxed bottle poured into tulip 3/12/15, can't thank kumatmebrew enough for this one

A mortar oil black right out of the bottle, even an angry pour gives just a dark thin fast falling film that leaves no lace

S smells like liquid fudge, vanilla, sweetened coffee, sooooo much chocolate of all forms its ridiculous, not a whole lot of barrel but a little bourbon in the background, hard to believe I'm smelling a beer smells like desert

T again its like drinking liquid fudge and chocolate syrup, again the barrel plays only a minor role, the 13% is nearly invisible, a little char, dark roasted espresso grinds, but its like drinking fudge

M chewy liquid, super thick but almost flat, sticky on my lips, no heat, maybe more on the finish then anywhere else

O crazy brew here, remind me more of a chocolate liqueur then anything, interesting beer drinking experience

not exactly what I was expecting but amazing stuff, so rich, so intense, hard to believe its a beer, worth seeking out

Photo of MalibuKenny
4.96/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2014 batch poured from bottle to sniffer glass

A: Poured like a thin syrup, dark and cling to glass

S: There is no denying there is vanilla in the brew, and the coffee is very aromatic.

T: Gawd! So many characters to identify, I have to take multiple sips and wade through each one. One sip for vanilla, one sip for coffee, one sip for bourbon. Altogether, definitely a creamy smooth shake.

F: Such a heavy feel in the mouth that you might have to smack you lips a couple times after each sip.

O: Definitely near the top of this category of barrel aged adjunct stouts. Simply amazing. Does it justify the price to order and ship from oversea? To each his own I supposed. I'm just glad we ordered a CASEFUL :)

Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

thick viscous stout imbued with chocolate and vanilla flavors... very tastey. Bourbon flavors a little muted compared to bourbon county brews...

Photo of floridadrift
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

The best vanilla beer in a 12oz bottle, that money can buy.

A: Dark, dark, dark, dark brown, almost black

T: It was so smooth, rich, creamy, and boozy. This beer set the bar for vanilla use and paved the way for beer and liquor being put together. God Bless Mikkeller

Photo of Tim460
5/5  rDev +9.2%

Bottle from the Mikkeller Webshop.

Black with brown head. Could tell it was viscous from the pour.

Milk Chocolate and vanilla dominate the smell and taste along with coffee and some of the heaven hills bourbon barrel on the back end. Incredible! I didn't really get any hint of alcohol from this brew.

This is the most viscous beer I've ever had.

I had Mikkeller George Vs. Brian Cherry wine BA the same session as this beer and it blew my mind but the BA Vanilla Shake is the best beer I've ever had. Substantially better than the non BA version. If they have any left in stock when I make my next order I plan on picking up a few. Expensive, but worth it.

Photo of trippytbta
5/5  rDev +9.2%

A: pours black with tiny brown head
S: like rich hot coco, melted milk chocolate, slightly bourbon
T: tastes like vanilla and chocolate immensely. Maybe like chocolate malt. The very slightest heat and BA at the end. The sweet chocolate vanilla and coffee really come through through-out this beer.
M: silky and milky. Superb mouthfeel
Overall: def a world class brew. One to be shared and sipped. A very special brew.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Served alongside the standard version.

Pitch black body with a small beige head. The aroma brings everything along from the standard version with the addition of oak and a delectable bourbon scent. Rich and thick. Palate coating. vanilla, chocolate, coffee all balanced elegantly with an out front bourbon presence. Dangerously easy to drink for a 13% abv brew. While Vanilla Shake was tasty, the BA Vanilla Shake is superb.

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.56/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a little brown head served in a little Mikkeller glass. Tons of brown film while swirling. Looks imposing and delicious.

Tons of vanilla, chocolate, and bourbon barrel in general. Wow.

Super smooth and creamy. Lots of rich chocolate and vanilla flavor and sweetness. It's almost like dunking a chocolate chip cookie in some bourbon. Slight warmth from the spirit. Some slight roast/coffee. Totally dominated with chocolate and vanilla flavor. Wow.

I loved this thing and need more.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour at the post-FWIBF bottle share held at the Adelaide Inn in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla bean, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, char, vanilla, and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a bourbon barrel aged presence that works well with the base beer.

Photo of Tele
4.46/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: 5 Pitch black with a dark tan, almost brown head. The head is a thing if beauty. So uniform and clean looking as if it were on nitro.

S: 4.5 Huge vanilla up front followed closely by roasted malt and coffee. A bit of caramel and molasses as well. Not much barrel until it warms, then there's a hint of bourbon.

T: 4.25 Like the nose, huge coffee and sweet vanilla followed quickly by roasted malt and some bitterness. As it warms, there are dark fruits and a little barrel character, but the vanilla an coffee still dominate.

M: 4.75 So rich and creamy. It is like a shake, yet it still goes down really easily. It's only flaw is that it's a tiny bit too dry at then end.

O: 4.5 Really interesting and intense. The vanilla and coffee are definitely still the dominant flavors/aromas, but the barrel seems to balance everything out a bit. A bit more bourbon character would be nice, but the chewy thick mouth feel almost makes up for it.

Photo of sunnrider
4.69/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with little carbonation and soon appears flat. The smell is something else though, loads of sweet chocolaty vanilla with a hint of the bourbon.
Tastes delicious to me, smooth and not too heavy. The vanilla isn´t overdone as in certain BA beers. It´s as good as my favourite stout, Parabola. I wish it were a little easier on the pocket but that´s not going to stop me buying more.

Photo of Rish907
3.45/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Really surprised for all the high reviews on this on. Bottom line way more bitter than expected and very roasty and bitter. Was thinner than most BA stouts with similar ABV. Tons of bourbon and very hot. Didn't think the favors melded well, and definitely not worth the hefty price tag. If you can share a bottle I recommend but not worth paying for or trading a good size bottle. Just some thoughts. Cheers.

Photo of gueuzedreg
4.3/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pretty flat here with minimal carb, small light chocolate lacing ring medium legs.

S- Real deep vanilla shake malt nose, lots of vanilla after than toffees and burnt sugars to follow.

T- I was hoping for more of a carb shake here, but the lack of carb gives this that thin to medium thin shake taste. Big malt shake taste with the vanilla coming off a bit fake, but not as fake as BVDL '14 tasted to me. Almost anise taste in background

M- Kinda thin here for me. I want my BA Vanilla Shake to be very filling. This was just a bit too thin; though thicker than most BA stouts. Still a really good job here, but just not as good as I am reading.

O- A wonderfully done beer; it would be great to live near the brewery to lower the price. Def tasty

Photo of raynmoon
4.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a: pitch black, sludge, motor oil. nice alcohol legs, no head really. a nice amber hue around the rim of the glass. 4.5

s: smells sweet! big dark fruits, cinnamon crackers, vanilla, dark chocolate. 4.75

t: big vanilla and tobacco up front. A touch of booze mixes in and goes down with a integrated barrel character. the lingering taste is chocolate cake. delicious. 4.75

mf: very slick, great carbonation, chewy mouthfeel. 5

overall: very nice barrel aged imperial stout. Reminds me of a more refined Angel's Share. Disappointed in the lack of big vanilla flavor, but it helps sweeten the beer and bring out more than just bourbon and vanilla. it is much more complex than that. 4.75

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance- dark black bodied beer with thick cap of dark brown head. Head drops quickly down to a scant ring around the glass Thick legs on the side of the glass after each sip or swirl.

Smell- lots of vanilla and bourbon. dark roasty coffee. chocolate. this smells fanfrickntastic! the beer has this maple thing going on in the nose even though no maple syrup was used to brew this beer.

Taste- really sweet upfront and a deep lingering bitterness on the back end of this beer. soo much vanilla. great vanilla flavor that tastes like the real deal not artificial at all. nice dose of bourbon too. in the of the beer middle I taste some light notes of smoke & moderate oak notes. beer finishes out with deep roasted espresso that is almost acrid. great balance. well done barrel notes. really really tasty beer.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied beer almost full bodied. thick, oily and chewy mouthfeel. low carbonation levels, but adequately carbonated. not boozey at all. even a room temperature the beer is mellow in reguards to noticeable booze with this beer.

Overall- this is the best barrel aged mikkeller beer out there and also the best mikkeller beer that I have drank by a long shot. I hope that you have deep pockets for this 12oz bottle of beer because that's what it will take at around $38 for 12 oz. of this beer; despite the fact that it is this is an over the top costly beer, I really enjoyed this beer a lot. the nose and mouthfeel are its best attributes and they definitely accentuate the flavor profile of this beer. Super sweet dessert stout that has a nice dark roastiness to balance the sweetness of all that vanilla.

Photo of Sean9689
3.72/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle bought online at the Mikkeller Shop for too much cash...poured into Darkness snifter.

Pours black tan-colored head, spotty lace, wisps on top. Nose is dark chocolate, light char, very light vanilla, some oak, smooth bourbon boozy character. Taste is good, but just too bitter and not enough sweetness. Dark chocolate, oak, bourbon, burnt sugars, not much vanilla character (if any at all) do to the overwhelming bitterness and roast. Full body, smooth, creamy finish.

Overall, this is a good beer, but not a great beer. This tastes nothing like Bourbon Vanilla Dark Lord, so a comparison to that is just plain silly. If you don't believe me, spend $30+ and find out. While I did enjoy this beer for the most part, it's just too bitter and not sweet enough to find any comparison to other high ABV barrel-aged beers. I would much rather drink BCBS, Black Note, BB Plead the 5th, Bomb!, etc. (I could go on & on) at much less cost. If I want a "vanilla bomb", I'll open a bottle of Eclipse Vanilla Bean.

Photo of Stevedore
4.59/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12oz yellow wax bottle, no bottling date. Unknown bottle count. Poured into a Cigar City snifter today, 3/24/2014. Big ups to Matt for sending this one to me as an extra.

App- Pours positively pitch black. Like motor oil. Lots of legs on this one. Very minimal head comes out and only at the very end of the pour. Not much lacing at all, absolutely no retention. A very still stout, even for a barrel-aged one.

Smell- Tons of oak barrel, bourbon sweetness, chocolate fudge, sharp vanilla and bitter espresso. Very complex, intense and comes together very well. The vanilla never dominates, which is a bit disappointing yet the complex interplay of the ingredients all have done well in its time in the barrel.

Flavour- Sticky sweet bourbon, oak barrel, good bit of vanilla essence, lots of bitter black coffee and charred malt, accompanied by milk chocolate and molasses. Very nice interaction between the vanilla flavours and the bourbon sweetness, with the bitter coffee. Finish is mostly sticky sweet bourbon that just coats my palate. Very good, very tasty and not too much for one person to handle.

Mouthfeel- Best aspect of the beer. Full bodied, thick and viscous, truly chewy. Makes Bourbon County and its ilk seem watery in comparison. This is a very sticky beer that brings a lot of sweet bourbon flavours on the backend that threaten to overwhelm your palate. At the same time, this is easily a one-man job should you wish to enjoy it as such. No ABV heat at all.

Overall- On its own merits, this is a delicious bourbon barrel-aged beer. It's unique in that it's a coffee vanilla stout that will bring a lot of its bitterness. Yet, there is a nice complex interplay of bourbon, vanilla and coffee that reminds me a lot of how the maple syrup blends with the coffee flavours in Mornin' Delight. So yeah, this is an extremely good stout. I will say however, that this is nowhere near the level of BVDL in any category other than mouthfeel. In comparison, it's too bitter, has too much coffee flavours and the base stout is not anywhere near sweet enough to approximate Dark Lord. So don't buy this thinking you're getting BVDL. Buy this because you want an unique and very tasty BA stout. Now, the expense? I'm not entirely sure this is worth $35 for 12oz.. (hint: it's definitely not), but I'm trying to find ways to convince myself that it is, that's how good it is. And because of that, I don't feel bad for drinking this beer all by myself and not sharing it.

Photo of brother_kenneth
4.93/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So glad to finally try this beer. It is well worth the cost! The beer is completely black and has no head whatsoever. With a gentle swirl, the glass becomes totally coated in a dark sticky brown. Looks like motor oil. The nose is loads of vanilla and coffee. Some bourbon too! Mouthfeel is thick and downright phenomenal, even without any carbonation. In fact, that makes it better, in my opinion. Tasty as hell too! The front end is bourbon, tons of vanilla, and some chocolate as well. The finish, as reported by others, is a bitter and roasty coffee, which I found to be delightful. I fucking love this beer. Nearly perfect in all ways. Get it while you can.

Photo of drmcleod10
4.64/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the pricey BA Vanilla Shake. Drinking this one by myself because I felt selfish. Celebrating the new job and upcoming graduation and some other small wins for me.

Poured into a Hunahpu's glass and filled to the brim.

A - Deep dark coffee brown pour. Not much head, appeared for only a second than dissipated into the Abyss. This one stains the glass it's so dark and thick.

S - Smelling it as I sit here typing this while taking small sips. Loads of Vanilla, Fudge, Chocolate, Coffee. Bourbon is hardly noticeable in the smell. From what I've read and heard, the smell was closely resemble that of Bourbon Vanilla Bean Dark Lord

T - Taste is much the same with a dazzling display of balance between the fudge, vanilla, coffee, chocolate and bourbon undertones. One could describe this as marshmallows mixed with vanilla fudge and chocolate. This is one of the best tasting beers i've experienced. Never have had a stout with so many unique flavors that balance and blend so well together.

M - One of the chewiest, mouth coating, thick beers I've experienced. Extremely creamy and enjoyable with a full bodied low carb feel.

O - Overall I would put this up there with Mornin' Delight and King Sue. One of the most well balanced beers I have had

Photo of mserviam
3.94/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: black, little light brown head disappears quickly
S: Vanilla with some nutty chocolate. Sharpness of the vanilla mellows as it warms.
T: Chocolate, some coffee bitterness with a nice bourbon alcohol finish.
M: Creamy, low carbonation.
O: Glad I got this one on tap at Mikkeller and Friends before it was gone. An outstanding barrel aged stout. Not overly sweet as I'd expected from the vanilla infusion with the right hint of bourbon finish. The alcohol tasted comes more from the barrel than the high ABV. The flavors of this beer unite, living up to the name of "Shake."

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Beer Geek Vanilla Shake (Bourbon Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
100 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.