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Beer Geek Vanilla Shake (Bourbon Edition) - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 7.44%
Wants: 223
Gots: 27 | FT: 7
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: johnsonni on 02-16-2014)
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Reviews by 4DAloveofSTOUT:
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4.64/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Apr 02, 2014
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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.

sunnrider, Jun 03, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewing the Bourbon Barrel Aged Beer Geek Vanilla Shake from Mikkeller out of Copenhagen, Denmark. This is their delectable Beer Geek Vanilla Shake aged for eight months in a second-use bourbon barrel. Same label as the regular version, distinguished only by the dull golden/Dijon mustard colored wax.

Score: 100

2014 vintage bottle served in a stemmed Mikkeller taster glass and enjoyed on 02/16/14. Review is from iPhone notes

Appearance: Pours a deep brown coffee color that is practically black. Not much head or retention lacing/froth-wise, but swirling this beer browns the side of the glass more than Bourbon County Brand Stout and leaves behind big oily legs and a mysterious milled oats-like residue on the sides of the glass. 5/5

Smell: HUGE vanilla here, with ample fudge/chocolate brownie notes too. Molassses undertones, and only a light amount of "straight bourbon" in the aroma. There is a good roastiness present, and a little bit of spent coffee grounds too. The fudge and vanilla and roast are quite bold, and in perfect harmony. This smells like a roasty Bourbon Barrel Aged Vanilla Bean Dark Lord! 5/5

Taste: This beer is best described as a roasty Bourbon Barrel Aged Vanilla Bean Dark Lord with a lovely underlying bitterness rather than decadent sweetness. Dark chocolate and roast upfront, followed by a huge wave of mashmallowy vanilla flavor and then finishing with a strong cocoa and light coffee bitterness that linger with the vanilla and add great balance. As with the nose, there is a subtle and complementary molasses and bourbon flavored backbone that accentuates the chocolate and vanilla here. Hints of coconut too. As the beer warms up, a little oak flavor develops towards the finish and a big fudge flavor comes out of the woodwork. So much going on, so balanced, so well integrated. 5/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, low carbonation. Sweetness and roastiness upfront, with a strong and delectable balancing bitterness towards the finish. Creamy, viscous mouthfeel. 5/5

Overall: Ungodly expensive, but worth every penny. This is Bourbon Barrel Aged Vanilla Bean Dark Lord (BVDL) junior, with a great underlying bitterness that makes the bottle dangerously (and selfishly) drinkable. The non-barrel aged version of this beer was great, but the barrel aging takes this beer to a whole 'nother level. This is easily a top five overall stout, quality-wise capable of going punch-for-punch in a blind tasting with the likes of BVDL, Kentucky Breakfast Brunch Stout (KBBS), Rare Bourbon County Stout, and Barrel Aged Abraxas. Although the price is hefty, I justified buying several after sampling this bottle because (1) most people who would seek out a bottle of BVDL, myself included, would jump at a $70 bottle of BVDL in a heartbeat considering that its a $50 bottle retail, and (2) I am happy to pay a premium to have two 12 oz bottles that can be consumed at separate points in time rather than one 750 ml or 22 oz bottle that is a one-and-done. Mikkeller (allegedly) only bottled a couple hundred bottles from this batch, but there are still a handful available for sale on their website. Order one now, while you still can, and do not look at the billing receipt after placing your order -- you'll thank me later, even if your wife monitors your credit card statements.

Cost: $35 (shipped) for a 12 oz bottle.

jegross2, Feb 22, 2014
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Beer Geek Vanilla Shake (Bourbon Edition) from Mikkeller ApS
100 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.