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Beer Geek Vanilla Shake (Bourbon Edition) - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 257
Avg: 4.58
pDev: 6.99%
Wants: 363
Gots: 31 | FT: 6
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Mikkeller ApS
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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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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.64/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black, no light penetration whatsoever. No head retained, minimal lacing, no carbonation. That's the only critique I have with this beer! It's a perfectly balanced, sweet, decadent beer that could be enjoyed as a dessert or before a meal. The bourbon influence is subtle but still distinct. No question this beer is pricey but I'm glad I had an opportunity to try and thoroughly enjoy it.

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Photo of AintNoTele
4.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Phenomenal brew from Mikkeller. Not much head but great, sweet bourbon/vanilla smell. Taste follows and is very similar to Vanilla Rye. Tastes like chocolate covered marshmallows with a hint of bourbon. I don't get much coffee flavor but who cares? Mouthfeel is on point, chewy awesomeness. I'll track another one of these down even with the steep price tag.


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Photo of Klaerity
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

THICK!! Like drinking oil tasting of pure vanilla with bourbon fragrance out of this world!! loaded with chocolate, coffee, vanilla, caramel with a nice bourbon kick!!

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Photo of simont1
4.84/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very oily, no head whatsoever, shaking it around doesn’t improve the head retention. Aroma of extreme vanilla, deep milk chocolate with dark chocolate, some bourbon but mostly very empowering vanilla. Taste of vanilla, chocolate, some licorice, quite sweet, lactose, bourbon, oak, more vanilla.It seems like the bourbon barrel aging added a ton more vanilla.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank this with Mikkel sitting 5 feet from me on the TG patio at their EPIC bottle share. Mikkel brought this as well as BA Brunch Weasel....both were out of this world!! Tons of Burbon but ultra smooth!!!

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Photo of aleigator
3.93/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a viscous, motor oil black color, with no head. Very thick, leaves back alcohol legs after swirling, still producing no head at all.

Both, vanilla and the barrel are very pronounced on the nose, evoking a sweeter, warming, dessert like impression. Underneath that, there are layers of molasses, caramel, earthy coffee, all leading back to the flowery, sweet vanilla, accompanied by rich, slighty hot wood. Malts add a glazed caramel impression to the beer, illustrating the sugary, biting booze, perfectly coated up by the vanilla sweetness.

Almost no carbonation at all remains recognizable among the incredible smooth mouthfeel, highlighting the beers full body.

Tastes of earthy malts, toffee, molasses, with vanilla becoming detectable at the same time as the the warming barrel does, balanced by slightly bitter, crushed coffee beans. Overall the beer is well balanced, while I expected its taste being sweeter, leading from the aromas. Coffee, toasted malts and earthy toffee exhibit a convincing counterpart to the molasses and cane sugar in the beer, resulting in a slightly bitter, hot finish. The Bourbon is well-developed, adding a lot of depth to the vanilla, as well as a pleasant bite, enhancing the dry, earthy coffee, which turns even more present during the finish.

Overall this beer tastes very interesting to me, based on the fact that it is much more that the nose revealed. It is in no way sticky sweet, while the vanilla gets beautifully enhanced by the prominent Bourbon. Unfortunately, the beers aftertaste does not come together too well for me, as coffee, vanilla and oak blend into malty, earthy liquorice, pretty much annihilating the present, but fragile vanilla impression.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.91/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours out like motor oil with next to no bubbles at all.

S- Big vanilla plus lots of nuttiness, milk chocolate and some raisin. All covered by a subtle bourbon coating with suggestions of butterscotch.

T- The roastiness comes through first with notes of bitter chocolate and mild char. Then comes the bourbon and, with it, the luscious vanilla bean that creates a caramel characteristic before finally arriving at a distinct coffee aftertaste. You hardly taste the 13% ABV. There is the slightest trace of oxidation which makes me glad I popped this bottle when I did.

M- All the flavors are supported by a silky smooth feel with nearly no carbonation (which is fine) and the fullest of body.

O- The total lack of carbonation in this beer is perfectly excusable because the beer is just that: perfect. I just couldn't imagine a BA stout getting any better. The intense sweetness of the vanilla is wonderfully complemented by the roasty bitterness and coffee notes.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.56/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a very pleasant surprise. I expected the slightly overpowering mess of normal Vanilla shake, but the barrel really balanced and smoothed out this beer. There is still a lot of vanilla, but in just the right way.

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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.

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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

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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 :)

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Photo of floridadrift
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

b2: The best vanilla beer in a 12oz bottle that money can buy. Liquid Gold.

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

b1: falling off, like old vanilla, super thick like motor oil. still pretty good!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Beer Geek Vanilla Shake (Bourbon Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
97 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.