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Beer Geek Vanilla Shake - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 115
Hads: 767
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 7.37%
Wants: 227
Gots: 192 | FT: 32
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Rollzroyce21 on 08-15-2013

Vanilla Shake it is newest member of the great Beer Geek family. Oatmeal stout with coffee, and lots of vanilla.
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Reviews by Dope:
Photo of Dope
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (1,237 characters)

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Photo of smakawhat
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass.

Thick light tan head, with a bit of espresso cream color to it , settles to a nice collar and good sheened brown top as well. Black nearly midnight and big dark bodied quality very good looking stout.

Very interesting aroma. Cereal breakfast aromas of whispy flaked grains, vanilla sweetness, cocoa powdered dusted and an interesting nutty sense. A sense of cracker and crackling roast, like rice crisped candy bar quality and flavors coming off the bouquet. Very fun.

Palate takes a bit of a different turn. Where the sweetness and soft hinting bouquet seems to drive, it turns to much sharper and bitter quality. Big sharp roast and bitter to oily mid palate. Ashen like finish with charcoal aftertastes and quite a bit of stomach warming heat. Palate comes just barely a touch of wet, but still supportive of the flavors and a very good coating of the roast character that is very large. Chocolate warmth, and some light coffee notes, but really not much vanilla of all things.

Goes from sweetness to piping hot and bitter like a race car. It's a fun ride but also seems to have left the real big goods at the starting line behind, forgetting to carry them along this really tasty journey. (1,257 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Split with rudzud.

Pours thick syrupy pitch black motor oil like dark beer, very little black head like, nice legs like a cognac

Nose is just pure awesome vanilla, pure vanilla bean, buttery vanilla, a creamy oatmeal base, some fresh brewed but light coffee. A light vanilla layered coffee bean too, with hints of dark malts again layered in vanilla.

Taste is very thick and creamy, tons of vanilla again, vanilla milk shake for sure, with a fresh coffee too, vanilla coffee bean. A nice creamy oatmeal feel and flavor. Some bitter roast with light metallic tannin from the dark malt, and bitter earthy vanilla pod like flavor. It also has a bit of bakers choc, fluffy nougat, and vanilla ice cream. Mild bitter earthy hop in there. Finish gets fairly bitter and but more roasty tannin flavor, tons more vanilla and bit more cocoa lingering, bit of creamy oats and vanilla shake like lingering. Chewy and fluffy like a vanilla nougat. And somehow not very sweet or boozy. Back end has some coffee with some bitter tannins.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, very creamy, decent carb, very very little booze, velvety almost velour.

Overall fan friggen tastic. (1,156 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.61/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from some shop somewhere...I forget.

Black color, opaque, with a small tan head that receded to a small collar, leaving dots of lacing on the glass. Lots of roast in the aroma, coffee, dark malts, cocoa. Taste was similar, big time roast, dark coffee, dark malts, dark chocolate, charred wood. There was really no vanilla to speak of. It was good as a coffee stout, but I expected more of a "vanilla shake" from a beer called "Vanilla Shake." Medium-full body, roasty-bitter mouthfeel, lower carbonation. Booziness was relatively low for a 13% brew, making for a good drinker. Overall worked pretty good as an imperial coffee stout, but with no vanilla in there, it was a let-down. (689 characters)

Photo of Buschyfor3
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (3,064 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

If you want a beer that doesn't taste like beer... If you want a beer that easily replaces dessert... If you want a beer that should be served with a fork and a knife... If you like an aftertaste that lasts all week... If you want to drink marshmallow fluff... If you want a beer to fight you back...

...then Mikkeller has made just the beer for you!

Vanilla Shake Doesn't really pour- You simply open the bottle and wait on it to crawl into the glass. As viscous as chocolate pudding, the beer seems still at first, but a slowly building head emerges from its onyx-like abyss is highly structural fashion. Like chocolate mousse, the head is largely firm and regenerates easily with each swirl of the snifter. Its moderately speckled lace adorns the glass gracefully.

All the while, the predominant scent of vanilla entices the nose much like creme brule desserts. Just underneath, the layers of espresso roast, burnt caramel, cocoa-heavy chocolates, and walnuts reinforce the aroma of true vanilla milkshakes.

And to taste, the milkshake-like "Cookies & Cream" flavor takes me away from ale and puts me in the ice cream aisle. Bittersweet chocolate, silky espresso, roasted nuts, toffee and heavy, heavy whipping cream all converge for a most decadent taste. Soft brandy-like alcohol flavors peak through from time to time but is careful not to interfere with the malty sweetness and vanilla extract taste. Did I just taste waffle cones?

Yea, I would call it full bodied since I'm certain that its the creamiest beer that I have ever had! It engulfs the mouth as if attempting to drinking a mouthfull of marshmallow peeps. There's no sense of trying to discuss dryness or palate development- its lush, rounded, and sweet from head to tail. Its infinite lingering places the taste and texture of vanilla and chocolate well into next week.

As the ale's complexity isn't really reliant on varying tastes throughout the session, it relies instead upon its own enormity. Simple and effective on all fronts! (2,009 characters)

Photo of Thirsty_In_Chicago
3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Lots of vanilla on the nose. There's a considerable amount of char/bitterness in the taste, which leaves me wanting more sweetness to balance it out. Mouthfeel was nice and big. In the end I'm not as impressed as others seem to be. (234 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from Etre Gourmet. Served in a Heady Topper glass.

A - Late-rising tan foam settles to a collar, wisps, and specks of lace. Pitch black.

S - Massive amounts of vanilla, milk chocolate, caramel and biscuit. No booze, only mild roast, and surprisingly restrained in the char and burnt realm for a Mikkeller offering. Very milkshake-esque, but not overly cloying.

T - Taste has more roast and burnt malt bitterness amid the lactose sugar, chocolate, vanilla, and caramel. Super well-hidden booze; drinks like a much light beer in terms of alcohol. A tad more charry and bitter in the finish than I'd prefer, but still quite enjoyable.

M - Chewy, creamy, sticky, smooth, with lower carbonation, and perhaps a bit of alcohol warming. Lingering stickiness, but a bit roasty and tannic in the finish.

D - I had no problem putting down a 12oz. Probably going to be good and buzzed after this one, but went down super easy. Perhaps a bit too sweet for mass quantities, but a really nice dessert treat. (1,004 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

mikkeller has done it again, this might be my favorite of the series so far. wow is this good. its a little scary on the pour, like blacktop sealant for the driveway, more brown than that black, but similar in viscosity, this is awfully thick, and there isnt much head on it either. motor oil in the glass. the nose is incredible, the coffee is way behind the vanilla, but it doesnt seem half as sweet as the dessert edition. fresh bean vanilla and oozy barley roast, sludgy coffee, and cake frosting all present themselves to me when i sniff. the taste is on point with the nose, the coffee has a weird complexion, seeming less special than in others in the series. almost has a stale acidity to it, but fortunately it is more of a balancing counterpoint to the sweet vanilla, which is dosed about as heavily as one could imagine. fresh and real, not like a boozy extraction, but like a sliced open and scraped pod. amazing with the other flavors, but even more amazing with the texture. no carbonation, thick syrup, almost not even beer texturally, more like something to pour over pancakes or a brownie, but all that vanilla for me loves this thickness, it lets it linger on the palate forever. im not sure this needs a bourbon barrel, but i am awfully curious to try that edition. special beer, shocked to see its as strong as it is, is drinks easier than that. world class again from mikkeller. (1,399 characters)

Photo of tjk135
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of tbryan5
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of sabitu
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of warnerry
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Jordandid
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Afroman
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of JakerLou
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mmcurran
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mctizzz
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Marius
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thick pour, huge vanilla, cocoa and marshmallow smell. Tons of vanilla, together with cocoa, dark chocolate, caramel and coffee in the taste, the alcohol is barely noticeable until the drink gets warm. Medium body with moderate carbonation, making for a surprisingly drinkable beer. Amazing stuff. (297 characters)

Photo of Prospero
3.85/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pitch black appearance with dark brown rich head, strong chocolate notes and sweet vanilla on the nose, coffee is mild and kind of hides in the background. Flavor does seem overly bitter for being an oatmeal stout, again chocolate & vanilla dominate the coffee. The mouthfeel is slick and a little oily, detracts from the rich flavor. Rich dessert beer. (356 characters)

Photo of gibgink
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bpfrush
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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Beer Geek Vanilla Shake from Mikkeller ApS
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