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Beer Geek Vanilla Shake - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 113
Hads: 761
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 7.13%
Wants: 227
Gots: 191 | FT: 32
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Denmark

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

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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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Photo of SeanBond
4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Damn. This is my first non-collab beer by Mikkeller, and what an intro!

I try to make it pretty clear that I don't typically prefer stouts with coffee in them, and up until now there were only two (that I can think of) that I'd really seek out:

CBS and Vainglorious.

Now there's a third.

This stuff pours extremely thick and dark; if I didn't know any better I'd have thought it was barrel-aged. Great thick brown head as well.

The nose gives you a little roastiness with vanilla, which is borne out by the taste.

The taste is absolutely delicious; so much so that I'm surprised this thing doesn't rate higher here on BA (yeah, a 96 is great, but I've had a lot of lesser stouts that get to 100). Loads of sweet vanilla, carefully balanced by some coffee bitterness. Not the most complex beer in the world, but incredibly drinkable.

This is one of the best stouts I've ever had, and probably right up there with Darkness for my favorite non-BA stout. It probably loses based on complexity, but it's insanely drinkable for a 13% beer. Only real downside is the price point. (1,081 characters)

Photo of SayBoom
4.87/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Was drunk in comparison with AleSmith Speedway Stout.
A: The pour is viscous and deep black with a thin layer of brown colored foam. It looks better than Speedway Stout.
S: Dark coffee, caramel and biscuit, sweet chocolate and undoubtedly vanilla. Vanilla Shake lose, not enough cognac/bourbon notes.
T: Instant coffee and cognac taste, obvious hints of oatmeal. Huge bitter finish. Draw.
F: Very thick and lush body. Not overly carbonated. Boozy and warm in the finish. Mikk>AleSmith. Has longer and intense aftertaste.
Overall great stout from Mikkeller. Very recommend it if you like sweet stouts. An opposition ended in a draw) (636 characters)

Photo of Alron
4.85/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Holy Crap!
I was not expecting such a good beer. Ridiculous. Very thick, smells amazing, high abv.
Exactly what I want in a stout. I've drank alot of craft beer and frankly have been bored and disappointed for a long time. This beer has reaffirmed my faith in craft beer. (272 characters)

Photo of Feelmebone
4.85/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Everyone has their own style and i found out with this beer that thick and tasty is where its at . Pours black with a small head and the aroma with vanilla and coffee if perfect. (178 characters)

Photo of Buschyfor3
4.83/5  rDev +11%
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 Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.79/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance – A dark black color with a fairly small chocolate colored head. Leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass when swirled.

Smell – Wow, that is sweet – even more so than their Beer Geek Dessert. Vanilla shake, malted milk balls, and coffee. I love it!

Taste – Vanilla, coffee, and malt. Goes down so easy!

Mouthfeel – VERY creamy (almost too creamy), and nicely carbonated. I cannot feel the 13% abv whatsoever.

Drinkability – As I already said under taste, this beer goes down easy.

This is the best beer I've had from Mikkeller, and one of my all time favorites. A little on the sweet side perhaps, but the coffee balances it out nicely. (671 characters)

Photo of davyjoneslocker
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Truly amazing beer here.

The nose hits you with just a ton of vanilla and malt. You know you are in for a sweet surprise.

The texture of this beer is remarkable. This is where the "Shake" part really shows. Some how Mikkeller got the consistency of this to stay much more thicker than any stout you will be used to.

Incredibly smooth for 13% and so delicious. Tastes like it smells, sweet and vanilla. Such a great concept and pulled off with flying colors. (465 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

thanks sirsteve! enjoyed from a mikkeller stockholm taster.

a -gorgeous jet black with a thin dark tan foamy head that had some staying power and left rings of lace on the glass.

s -probably the highlight of the beer. deep lush vanilla over big chocolate dessert coffee. rich and roasty bold and sweet but a nice blend, but iberly anything.

t/m/o -really digging this. vanilla glazed over coffee infused stout with deep notes of chocolate. all that with the body of an oatmeal stout. simply delicious. would love to try the BA version. (538 characters)

Photo of Kirk_Grant
4.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served in a tulip wine glass

Color: Opaque at the core with an amber rim and minimal head
Smell: Dark chocolate, coffee, char, vanilla, and toffee
Taste: Coffee, toffee, dark chocolate, tar, and oak
Overall: Outstanding beer...almost no carbonation. Intense and amazing flavors...I have to wonder if this would age well and what would happen with the carbonation. In the end...I'm just happy to have another 2-3 bottles. (421 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice almost black hue with s thin mocha blanket that left great legs and thin halo. Great appearance for a 13% beer!

S - Aromas of vanilla vanilla vanilla! A big time vanilla bomb with nice Fudgy vanilla notes, no alcohol at all, with nice faint roast malts with vanilla coffee, milky creamy vanilla milkshake.

T - Taste is just like the nose, vanilla bomb upon vanilla bomb. Vanilla chocolate, vanilla coffee, vanilla milkshake. This is incredible, alcohol is there but a warming note. Light bitter roast but a lingering vanilla finish. Wow, incredible. Just incredible, vanilla nougat here

M - Mouthfeel is outstanding for the style, creamy, rich, barely any alcohol at all. Costa the mouth in a velvet blanket of vanilla.

O - Overall I absolutely loved this beer. Rich vanilla upon vanilla here, with a stellar nose, phenomenal treasure here. Love this. (923 characters)

Photo of docoman
4.71/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Glad was able to get this beer... it is exactly like the description, oatmeal stout with coffee and vanilla... color is dark as night, smell awesome, taste just the same.. enjoyed this much more than the BA breakfast mikkeller beer had about 2 months ago. (256 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a black color with a brown mocha head.

The aroma has an aroma of vanilla bean coffee with some bittersweet coffee and roasty malt.

The flavor follows of bittersweet coffee and chocolate along with roasted malt. There's a good amount of sweetness with the thick body and it's all wrapped around a vanilla bean sweetness.

The beer is a thick thick stout that hides its ABV extremely well with pronounced vanilla. This is the best version of the Beer Geeks I've had. (484 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.67/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - Midnight brown with edges of light coffee. Dark khaki head settles quickly with low lace.

S - Really nice nose. Sweet coffee, vanilla, Oreo cookie cream, burnt molasses.

T - Outrageous profile. Fresh brewed coffee, huge vanilla cream note, almond, molasses, Oreo cookies, touch of oatmeal, dry char, thick milk chocolate, a hint of anise, bitter cocoa nibs, caramel.

M - Perfect. Thick, silky, creamy.

O - Mikkeller is a master of the style, and this is might be his best stout to date. (495 characters)

Photo of julielynndubee
4.66/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, rich color with frothy head. Smells smoky and vanilla. Tastes just as it smells and reminds me of smoking a black and mild...but in a great way. (150 characters)

Photo of MCain04
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into a Darkness glass at cellar temp.

Pours a motor-oil black body with a dark tan/head, great retention and lacing.

Smell is VERY vanilla-forward, with strong chocolate notes, milk sugar, a lot of sweetness from malts and vanilla, not a lot of roast in the nose, smells like a chocolate cupcake with vanilla icing.

Taste Is very vanilla forward, a lot of chocolate, some coffee, some roasty bitterness and acidity balances this a bit, cloyingly sweet, dry finish. Very little alcohol presence, maybe a slight burn on the end, hard to believe this is 13% ABV.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, low carbonation, heavy, smooth, really nice sipper.

Overall, stay away if you don't like vanilla. If you do, this is a must try. Buy, trade, do whatever it takes. This is a dessert beer and an absolute treat. (824 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
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 Marius
4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
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 JohnQVD
4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (314 characters)

Photo of W_Des
4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nice and black into a snifter. Great vanilla coffee nose. Not sickly sweet like some vanilla beers and it tastes so good. Great vanilla aftertaste. Deceptively strong too at 13%. Can't really get any of that in the beer. (226 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
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 (982 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours up a sliver of head that actually has decent retention for being a sliver of head. The head is dark beige with hints of burnt amber while the body is a opaque and dark chocolate black, or really just dark black. This is one of the darkest beers I've ever seen. No lacing at all.

Nose- This is amazing. This is a definite 5. If an aroma can be creamy, this is the aroma. Vanilla, caramel, toffee, and butterscotch, butterscotch, butterscotch. Hints of coconut. Hints of cotton candy and buttery popcorn. Peanut nuttiness. Marshmallows, canting toward fluff. Smells a lot like Southern Tier Creme Brulee but even better. If the tongue reflects half of this, this beer will be really good. If it shows all of it, it will be superb.

Taste- Starts off much more subtle than the nose- hints of vanilla and caramel and toffee start on the front and begin to build. Much more oak (something I've come to expect from vanilla beers) to the finish but not too malignant. Butterscotch on the finish. Heat but it doesn't evince 13% alcohol. Coffee notes abound much more than on the nose and blend well with the vanilla/oak. A bit of sourness around the edges that seems to hint at cherries or raisins. Could be more reflective of the nose but I imagine that would be so sweet I couldn't drink it. There is caramel and toffee as well but vanilla/oak and coffee dominate the middle while butterscotch takes up the finish. Molasses, brown sugar, and heavy espresso. This is a damn good beer and displays why you can't dismiss Mikkeller outright for their lesser beers. Some honey. Boozy, a little messy, but it works for this beer. The coffee is brilliant and is not plagued by the sourness I get from many coffee stouts. I can only imagine what some aging (perhaps Pinot Noir barrels) could bring out in this beer. Great, solid beer. The ten bucks for a bottle is easily worth it. The oatmeal is pretty inconspicuous but provides a warm background and sits behind the butterscotch of the finish.

Mouthfeel- Fairly thick, almost heavy bodied. Very syrupy, think molasses. Slight grittiness from the oatmeal but nothing that would make it chewy. Leaves the tongue a little slick, in a good way. Moderate carbonation works well.

Drinkability- There should be a warning label on this beer. I just might crush a 330 ml bottle at 13% in less than an hour. 10 buck is a bit pricey but this beer is worth it.

Overall- After a weekend of drinking a Drie Fonteinen Geueze, five different Cantillons, Boneyard RPM, Bear Republic Tartare, and Heady Topper, this is probably my favorite. It won't be my highest rated but it is closer to what I like to drink than any of those others. This is probably my best drinking experience since Bois, Abacus, or Mother of all Storms. If you like rich and creamy, boozy stouts, pick this up. This is a must try. I'm glad I did. (2,866 characters)

Photo of brstls4drmrs
4.61/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a cigar city tuplip.

A - nice thick viscosity with a small dark brown flaky head. It looked like a piece of thin carmelized brown sugar on top that quickly disappeared. Dark as night.

S - vanilla, slight coffee and big roasted malts with hints of chocolate.

T - roasted chocolate malts with some vanilla bean and hints of coffee and even caramel.

M - medium carbonation with a slight bitterness.

O - an excellent stout. (441 characters)

Photo of OGShotzy
4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (153 characters)

Photo of velcrogrip
4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very sold beer with some bite.

Appearance was jet black with a dark brown head that rose 3 fingers, then quickly dissipating.

Smell was divine... with vanilla and chocolate

Taste was vanilla, with bitter sweet chocolate and molasses along with a modest bite really were pleasing. Very roasty. Almost would have guessed this was a Russian stout. Flavors slightly resemble Marshal Zhukov. You can pick up a little of the alcohol at 13%, but it is in no way overpowering.

Mouthfeel was very soft, creamy... very light carbonation

All in all, a solid beer that I would definitely seek out again. (596 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

highest rated mikkeller I've had yet. and 13% ? ?
straight black, with double thick chocolate milk topping and lacing. serious issue in the aroma dept, though. I just sprayed some vanilla spray at the bug walking across the ceiling and this smells just like it; so i'm not certain if it's the brew or the spray i'm smelling although I believe it is the brew.... very nice though....
after tasting this I am certain it IS the brew. this is truly a vanilla shake. very well done. nice stout. nice coffee notes, nice cocoa; very nice vanilla... strong aroma of sweet flavors. almost a novelty brew at this point except it's very tasty and very high abv. and the thickness and categorization as a stout authenticates the brew! as I sit here, with the fan blowing and watching the ball game, I get a distinct vanilla aroma from this coming off the glass. this is nearly a masterpiece, if you're into novelty beer. It MUST be classified as 'novelty'. it would be a great dripping over some vanilla ice cream. it would good on the rocks. maybe even pureed? it belongs in its own right as a beer, although it IS very sweet and I will rate it as such. still great for its category!!!! (1,176 characters)

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Beer Geek Vanilla Shake from Mikkeller ApS
96 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.