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Beer Geek Vanilla Shake - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 428
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 166
Gots: 84 | FT: 16
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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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Reviews by Dope:
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4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No date that I could find but this was just released.

A: Pitch black pour. Large, very dense dark brown head. Head fades very very slowly with top notch retention. Good consistent lacework from top to bottom.

S: Loads of vanilla and burnt marshmallow. Almost a nougat type aroma. Ultra sweet. Despite the 13% ABV I don't get any malt, it's buried under all that vanilla.

T: Again, super sweet vanilla up front. Fades into a charry, burnt marshmallow flavor. Coffee stands alone briefly with a bunch of bittersweet chocolate in the middle. Finish is pure bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Somehow there's no real alcohol in this beast. Long lingering coffee and chocolate in the aftertaste with hints of that burnt marshmallow still kicking around. No sign of the oatmeal under all these strong flavors, but the creamy body betrays it.

M: Heavy heavy, creamy and smooth.

O: Vanilla shake indeed. Perhaps the most vanilla flavor of any beer I've ever had. Somehow not overly sweet despite the huge ABV and vanilla presence. I think the bitter chocolate and coffee balances it out enough. Very drinkable despite the freshness and the 13% ABV. Surprisingly balanced with big, bold flavors. Easily the best beer geek * beer by 10 miles.

Dope, Aug 17, 2013
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It doesn't appear to be much out of the ordinary. It's thick and black, and by thick and black, I mean really thick and really black. It's liquid coal. The head is a bit lacking, somewhat a given considering the strength, but it's brown bubbles with little retention and no lacing.

Everything in the nose is fairly subdued and non-aggressive. Vanilla, roasted malts, toffee and chocolate are present and accounted for, but again, they show restraint.

The taste is awfully good. With the vanilla and sweet chocolate, it resembles a strong milk stout. With your eyes closed, you can see the vanilla shake being portrayed.

Extremely smooth and creamy. A bit sweet. Some heat from the ABV. While creamy, still just a bit grainy due to the high malt bill. Only when it's too warm does the heat from the ABV work the throat a bit too much. Full bodied and then some. Goes down a little too easy.

Overall, it's pretty spectacular. It's really just what I'm looking for, being a fan of the dark, chewy stuff.

RickS95, Sep 22, 2013
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Beer Geek Vanilla Shake from Mikkeller ApS
95 out of 100 based on 428 ratings.