Beer Geek Vanilla Shake - Mikkeller ApS
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Reviews by Stevedore:
4.25/5 rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
11.2oz bottle, poured into an unlabeled snifter on 9/25/2013. Going off some scribbled notes and memory.
Pours pitch black, very opaque. A small bit of mocha coloured head that dissipates fast, leaving pretty much nothing. No lacing, no nothing. It's just a fairly average looking stout.
However, the nose is exploding with raw vanilla. There are hints of coffee and roast malts, but the nose is so dominated by vanilla and a little bit of booze. This is really something.. I don't think I've smelled this much dominant vanilla, not even in Vanilla Bean Dark Lord for example.
Now this is weird. There is so, so, so much coffee in the first couple of ounces that I drink. So much bitter espresso with alcohol.. with absolutely nothing else. I was confused at first. But after a few ounces and some time to warm up, there is a crapton of raw vanilla that comes to take over that coffee. It doesn't completely take the coffee over, but it is incredibly strong. Ridiculous. At room temperature, its a perfect blend of coffee and vanilla. There isn't a whole lot of room for the underlying malts, actually, which I guess is what Mikeller was going for.
Now this is a thick-ass bodied stout. One of the thickest I've seen. Decent carbonation. Smooth, but definitely a sipper. Not much booziness which is awesome.
Lots of vanilla. Lots of coffee. Not much else. That's what Mikeller is all about- over the top. But not a lot of balance. I wish there was more complexity, but what the hell, this beer is called a Vanilla Shake. You are definitely getting what you are buying here! Definitely worth trying once, especially if you like vanilla.
Serving type: bottle
10-03-2013 04:56:21 | More by Stevedore
More User Reviews:
4.13/5 rDev -4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
A - Thick black coffee that pours zero head. Small bubbles stick to the side of the glass. Very thick.
S - Smells of vanilla extract and that's really about it. Very one dimensional fragrance.
T - Vanilla overpowers the tastebuds and then it slowly turns into a vanilla latte. LOTS of sweet vanilla and a very slight coffee bitterness at the end. Very powerful vanilla flavor that really lingers in the after taste. No alcohol is present which is pretty impressive for a beer this big. When you exhale it almost leaves the taste of a vanilla coke on your palette.
M - Extra thick body that is very smooth. Flavor really lingers on the tongue.
O - Fans of the sweet stouts will love it. One of those beers that I'm glad I had one, but don't need another.
Serving type: bottle
04-03-2014 07:19:06 | More by ThePaleRider
Beer Geek Vanilla Shake from Mikkeller ApS
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