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Beer Geek Vanilla Shake - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 623
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.55%
Wants: 201
Gots: 159 | FT: 26
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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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Photo of Buschyfor3
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of Thirsty_In_Chicago
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of williamjbauer
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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....

Photo of SomethingClever
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

a 12 oz bottle poured into a Speigelau glass

A: very little head but what there was, was frothy and chocolaty in appearance a pitch black brew

S: it smells a lot like a vanilla milkshake at first blush but there is some dark roast here with a little chocolate and like an oatmeal cookie smell and almost vanilla gives it a slight marshmallow quality

T: Wow lots of vanilla sweetness but then some layers of bitter dark chocolate...

M: Very thick and lush it just blankets and caresses your tongue

O: I think the vanilla is overwhelming but you still have a great beer here lots of flavors if you can sift through them and what a mouthfeel. it's what Victory at Sea would be if it had a lush mouthfeel

Photo of RickS95
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of CraigMack61
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

It's what I picture Olivia Wilde's butt tastes like.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with a nice khaki head. Thick collar. Lots of lacing anr surface wisps.

Smell - Woo, lots of vanilla. Coffee and a deep roasted malt. You can almost smell the bitterness of the malt.

Taste - Vanilla monster. Dark chocolate and coffee. Sweet. Coffee is strong and pushing the limits of the flavor I want. Very roasty. No booze.

Mouthfeel - Bitter chocolate malts. Heavy. Medium carbonation.

Overall - It's a great combination of flavors without being gimmicky.

Photo of jcruelty
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Motor oil dark. Smells good, tastes like a smooth coffee shake. I don't drink many stouts but I f*cks with this.

Photo of Treyliff
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter glass

A- pours a thick jet black color with a small fizzy dark tan head that disappears completely, leaving nothing behind

S- big hit of vanilla bean up front with aromas of marshmallow, vanilla whipping cream, caramelized brown sugar, toffee, chocolate milk shake, cocoa powder, malted milk balls, rum raisin & a hint of coffee.

T- sweet and creamy up front with lots of lactose sweetness that is truly reminiscent of a milk shake. Flavors of fresh marshmallow, whipped cream, malted milk balls, french vanilla ice cream, caramel/toffee, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, raisin & espresso. More creamy vanilla lingers on the palate long after

M- thick and viscous body with low carbonation leads to a creamy & chewy mouthfeel that continues all the way to a slightly warming finish

O- Mikkeller makes some of my favorite stouts and this is no exception. The creamy vanilla is spot on and this is dangerously drinkable at 13%, very well done

Photo of KYGunner
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Ink black color lends to a deep brown head. The head was fizzy but mounted thicker and slowly disappated.

SWEET VANILLLA! Just a creamy sweet vanilla scent but oh what a beautiful aroma.

The flavor is sweet vanilla also but it tends to the one dimensional. It's an easy dessert beer that almost feels like an after dinner aperitif. As good as it is it doesn't hide the 9.5 ABV as a slight alcohol finish lingers. I really like the taste but it loses points for a lack of complexity.

This is the thickest creamiest feel I've ever come across. It's as close to a "vanilla shake" as one may experience in a beer. It actually has weight to it.

Photo of gillagorilla
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of emerge077
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Inky jet black, pours into the glass placidly like motor oil, until the last bit. A huge reverse cascade builds and rises to the rim after pouring. Sheets of tan mocha stained lace and dense foam in the glass.

Vanilla is huge in the aroma, toasted marshmallow and chocolate syrup.

Flavor is also big on vanilla obviously, it does get slightly medicinal. Very roasty, dry bitter aftertaste. Dark chocolate, vanilla marshmallow, light coffee. Alcohol is fairly well hidden. Texture and consistency are almost identical to a melted milkshake, creamy and viscous, rich with lactose and milky. Moderate bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. Overall pretty nice, and definitely worth a try.

Photo of Mightykingmalard
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours like molasses. Midnight black. Head is cream white, but when you swirl it it leaves a thick yellow tint on the glass.

S: smells like vanilla bean ice cream, almost exactly.

T: huge malt presence. Really does taste like a vanilla shake. And I like vanilla shakes so this is awesome.

M: thick, creamy, sits on the tongue and gets better. Leaves a great residual taste.

O: delivers exactly what it says. It's a boozy vanilla shake. Not that everything mikkeller does isn't great, but this is pretty darn good.

Photo of Rutager
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Viscous looking pour, thin tan head. So much creamy vanilla in the nose, with a little milk chocolate and just a hint of dark malts underneath.

Huge sweet vanilla on the tongue, pretty much drowns out the stout but overall a great desert beer.

A great beer to try once, but that's enough for this bro.

Photo of rjp217
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass

A - Pitch black with a dark brown head, only 1/2 finger that dissipated fairly quickly

S - So. Much. Vanilla. It's everywhere and it's oh so good. There's some marshmallow for sure as well. I get tiny chocolate notes and coffee as well but the vanilla is predominate.

T - So. Much. Vanilla. And that's not a bad thing. The 13% balances with the vanilla very well. I don't get as much coffee in the taste so it's nice and sweet with lingering bitterness. Well done.

M - Heavy cream and velvet smooth.

O - A wonderful dessert beer that I calmly sipped through and enjoyed. It's not overly sweet and is a perfect way to end an evening. It's my favorite of the Beer Geek series

Photo of JohnQVD
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Opaque black with a thin medium brown head that leaves a ring of foam on the glass much like the original. Smell is coffee and chocolate with vanilla, and the taste is basically the same but with the addition of a nice alcohol burn. Feel is heavy with light carbonation. Outstanding. Even better than the original.

Photo of ThickNStout
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

330mL bottle from RichD (thanks man!). No apparent bottling date. Served in a Microbrasserie Charlevoix goblet.

Pours oil black with about two fingers of deep tan head. The froth slowly settles to wisps across the surface and a thin halo that only really laces if the glass sets still for a few moments.

The rich nose is full of coffee, sweet cream, vanilla, cocoa and roasty malts.

Tastes outstanding with tons of bitter, roasty and slightly acidic coffee up front. There is still plenty of underlying complexity with dark chocolate, roasted malts, mild smokiness, molasses, subtle vanilla, burnt caramel, faint rolled oats and a hefty dose of booze. The vanilla is not as prominent as I would prefer but still contributes to the delicious layers.

Thick, creamy, hefty body with moderately mild carbonation. Lingering finish with another strong dose of coffee, cocoa, roast and an edge of vanilla.

One of the best entries in the Beer Geek stout series, Vanilla Shake delivers in all categories. Most notably it tastes outstanding and the texture is spot-on. This makes me lament that Milkeller has been pulled from the Georgia market. Worthy.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Lost Abbey Teku. The pour is jet black and oily-looking with very low carbonation, but a rough pour manages to produce a dark, sinister-looking lacing on top. Really like the nose on this beer. Lots of fudge, coffee, and creamy sweet vanilla.

Full body, velvety feel, and lots of flavor. The vanilla and malt hit you first, teasing you with a creamy, candy-like sweetness tinged with dark bakers chocolate. The thick, viscous feel almost fools you into thinking you really are drinking a milkshake, then the coffee notes charge in. The coffee here is just as strong and bitter as it was in Beer Geek Breakfast (a beer I did not like). Here though, with the malt and vanilla notes to balance it, the intense bitterness seems much better-suited to the profile. Sweetness or no sweetness though, that bitterness definitely lingers behind, leaving a lasting coffee and unsweetened chocolate flavor that goes on and on.

This beer is definitely better than Beer Geek Breakfast. Same intensely-bitter flavor, but with more sweetness to balance it out. Nevertheless, I find the coffee flavor almost overwhelmingly bitter and lacking in that richness that great coffee has. Still, if you're standing in the craft beer section of your bottle shop thinking of buying a bottle of this and a bottle of Beer Geek Breakfast, just get two bottles of this.

Photo of petesapetes
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wow!! A smidge-ish too sweet...I think....ish...I want more.....

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.73/5  rDev -37%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle courtesy of fthomasl pours a very viscous black with a small cap of mocha head. Average retention and lace.

Nose is coffee, chocolate, black licorice, herbal hops and alcohol...kind of a strange brew of everything thrown together. Kind of a mess, really. And where the fuck is the vanilla?

Tastes like old Folger's coffee grounds mixed with vodka. Ugh, maybe this is a bad bottle? I dont know but whatever it is is not working right. The viscosity would be appreciated if there was some good flavors here, but this is just a complete mess.

Photo of OGShotzy
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big fan favorite. Only bought one—at the liquor store at the source in Denver,CO—but it hid the booze really well. Smelled and tasted like dessert.

Photo of stumac
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drinkin this after a 12 hour shift, about to eat some homemade fish soup with my love Amanda

Photo of Grackos
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

$20 here in Florida but really good.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Celebrating an incredible Colts win against the (formerly) undefeated Seahawks with a beer I’ve been dreaming about for weeks. Cheers!

A: Deep, shining black body under a fizzy mocha-colored head – pours so thick that it swallows up the retention in a matter of seconds, leaving only dusty swirls of brown color on top.

S: Holy hell, this is hands-down the sweetest nose I have ever come across. Even a brief whiff sends up a rush of dense, milky vanilla ice cream, chocolate cake frosting, and butterscotch scents – reminiscent of crème brûlée, both the dessert and the beer – with an afterthought of rich Italian espresso. Slight hint of booze, too, though it’s mostly covered up by the sugar.

T: Complex sweetness that comes at you with remarkable intensity, just bordering on cloying. Brownie batter gooeyness, whipped cream, maple syrup, burnt caramel, and vanilla extract that’s nearly an overdose – it’s all here, with the surprisingly strong heat of bourbon, robust, spicy hops, and the occasional glance of mint. But the best part is the roasted finish. The palate dries with heat (especially from the hop flavors), but it truly takes on another form as the coffee and smoke tones come in to close it out. The aftertaste is mainly crisp burnt toast, but it has some residual sweetness that leaves the taste of pure caramel on the tongue for quite some time.

M: Has the consistency of a root beer float after much of the ice cream has melted: dense, creamy, frothy. The oatmeal in this stout has created a texture that truly capitalizes on the milkshake sweetness, allowing this beer to live up to its name even more.

O: Remarkable, especially for a massive beer in a style full of massive beers. The spicy dryness balances what can only be described as a decadent malt bill, working like a match made in heaven – though, believe me, one glass is more than enough. Another excellent, interesting beer from Mikkeller.

Photo of GregJ
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a half finger brown head. Smells of vanilla and hot cocoa. Tastes of vanilla, a little boozy but impressive considering the 13%, hot cocoa, roast malt and mocha. Heavy body, medium/light carbonation, vanilla and hot cocoa aftertaste.

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Beer Geek Vanilla Shake from Mikkeller ApS
96 out of 100 based on 623 ratings.