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Beer Geek Vanilla Shake - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 541
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 195
Gots: 134 | FT: 20
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Denmark

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
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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Ratings: 541 | Reviews: 83
Reviews by Fux:
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4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very thick, syrupy, viscous, opaque black liquid. A small creamy mocha with deep mahogany glints is to be spoken of. This looks heavy!
S: Nose of chocolate cake, brownie, thick milk chocolate, very sweet, with some strawberry candy sweetness, ripe cherry, black forest cake, the whole thing being wrapped in a pregnant vanilla sweetness. This smells like calorie. But a pure one!
T: The taste is also mainly focused on chocolate flavors, heavy on the palate, overpowering, very sweet with notes of soaked fruits and dark fruits (prune mainly), over a malty, biscuity backbone. Of course the vanilla wrapping up the palate can be found again, oddly, the coffee favors are quite faint. The finish however is quite dry and bitter on bittersweet chocolate (and a little bit of coffee there), which helps cutting the overall sweetness.
M: The palate is very thick, smooth and velvety, also sticky. The alcohol and the sugar are being felt. This is not a thirst quenching beer (!) but it can be drunk quite easily thanks to the dryness on the finish.
O: This is a beer for the gourmands, perfectly shaped for the dessert. Obviously, the is not recommended for the diabetes. Otherwise, this is excellent.

More User Reviews:
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4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Served from bottle in a TG snifter

Pours deep dark brown with a thin half finger bubbly ecru head with min retention, moderate lacing.

Smells like a vanilla candle, pretty awesome, with a touch of booze and flaked oats on the nose. Taste starts with candi sweetness, strong vanilla notes, almost overpowering, with delightful oatmeal cleansing the palate and moderate warming booze that finishes the journey.

Very pleasant smooth, creamy, almost near watery body with moderate etoh.

Amazing strongly vanilla forward oatmeal stout with a great mouthfeel. Not worth $15 to buy another one at only 12oz but great to try once. You buy, and I will drink it....

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Beer Geek Vanilla Shake from Mikkeller ApS
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