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Beer Geek Vanilla Shake - Mikkeller ApS

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428 Ratings
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Ratings: 428
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 166
Gots: 83 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
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Denmark

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Vanilla Shake it is newest member of the great Beer Geek family. Oatmeal stout with coffee, and lots of vanilla.

(Beer added by: Rollzroyce21 on 08-15-2013)
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Photo of Buschyfor3
4.85/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

A: Jet black, super thick on the pour - probably the thickest pour I can remember in a long time; opaque for the most part - some cola edges appear late into the glass, but otherwise, this stout absorbs light into its murky darkness; 1/2 finger of mocha colored head quickly vanishes to the tiniest collar of fine bubbles around the edge of the glass; sticky lacing coats the glass.

S: A vanilla bomb on the nose - succulent vanilla bean aromas dominate from the moment the cap is popped, before the pour even makes it into the snifter; also getting huge roasted malt overtones - borderline burnt notes; some sweet, dark fruit (raisin); bittersweet dark chocolate; a bit of leather; then the huge boozy notes begin to creep up from the depths of the glass - a distinct rum-raisin note that is simultaneously sweet and stinging.

T: The palate is greeted by a big wave of vanilla from the first sip; the vanilla creates a sugary base from which balancing components branch outwards; first is a huge roasted malt note, bordering burnt/char flavors (think burnt breakfast toast); then a prominent espresso flavor comes through with a good dose of roasted bitterness, slightly astringent; a dash of dark, gourmet chocolate combines to give the impression of mocha or chocolate covered espresso beans; dark fruits in the form of dried raisins add an additional layer of sweetness spiked with a growing heat from the alcohol; finish dries out the palate, with a return of dark roast coffee, buttered toast, touch of smoke/char, and a lingering nutty presence. Alcohol does become more prominent as the glass warms - a bit more heat across the palate, a growing spicy flavor as well. Also interesting how it coats the mouth with a long-lasting, sugary vanilla presence, well after each sip - in fact, I subconsciously ran my tongue across the front of my teeth, and was surprised to pick up another pep of sweet vanilla bean flavor. Quite a complex dessert-like beer, and with a nice balance that runs sweet to roasty, to bitter, and back, with a mellower finish that invites the next sip.

M: I've often heard the mouthfeel of the biggest stouts described as similar to drinking a milkshake - in fact, I might have used the term once or twice before in my own reviews. BUT… nothing comes close to this. One of the thickest pours I recall ever seeing produces one of the thickest mouthfeels I have ever experienced - low carb results in a very creamy texture, with a distinct chewy presence in the mouth. This is a beer in milkshake form.

O: I am impressed. Wanted to save this beer for a special occasion, so I figured my birthday was the way to go, and I am glad for it. A pleasant imperial stout with dessert-like qualities and a strong, boozy kick. At 13% ABV, this is a definite sipper, but quite the sipper at that. If you can find a bottle, splurge for it. At $10 for a 12oz bottle, it is pricey (as are most Mikkeller offerings) but it is rather rare, and more than worth the cost if you want my opinion. Recommended.

Buschyfor3, 28 minutes ago
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: Pitch black with the tiniest dark mocha head on the pour that is gone as fast as it appears.

S: Roasted malts with rubbing alcohol. You would swear this was BA.

T: Roasted malts throughout. This really needs to warm up. Alcohol is a major flavor factor here, and it really seems like it was barrel-aged. Vanilla is there, but it comes across as like vanilla extract from vodka. The coffee is the most prominent and it is some dark roast of straight black coffee. I don't really get the oatmeal, but this stout is very smooth so that is perhaps where it is at. The hops are out though, I don't really get any.

M: Smooth with just the tiniest bit of carbonation.

O: It's been a while since I've had regular Beer Geek, but I'm not sure how different this is. Both are quite good.

gillagorilla, Oct 08, 2014
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Beer Geek Vanilla Shake from Mikkeller ApS
95 out of 100 based on 428 ratings.