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Beer Geek Vanilla Shake - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 133
Hads: 869
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 21.02%
Wants: 257
Gots: 200 | FT: 30
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Mikkeller ApS
Denmark | website

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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Photo of OmahaKF
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Smell is big chocolate and coffee, hint of caramel, and a little bit of soy sauce.

Taste is molasses sweetness, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, some slight booziness and a fairly bitter finish.

Overall, another nice Beer Geek offering - really smooth for the ABV.

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Photo of CoreyC
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle into a snifter

A - Black/brown with a reddish ting. Light tan head dissipates quickly.

S - Very nice - Coffee, vanilla, chocolate.

T - Vanilla, bitter chocolate, and coffee. Not too sweet with a bitter finish.

M - Nice, not too thick or heavy.

O - Very good, but could have been sweeter for me with less of a bitter finish. For those who like more bitter balance than me (most everyone) you will probably like this one a lot. ABV very hidden.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - This a glorious looking beer, with a tight tan head and opaque brown-black body. The head fades down to a nice ring, and there is a smidge of lacing as you go.

S - Interesting nose, vanilla is showcased, with boozy heat coming out front, particularly as it warms. There is a subtle sour line, suggesting a milk note.

T - This is a wild one. Open is bright hit of roast, along with vanilla and sweetness, which quickly turns to spiky coffee bitterness, and closes with acidity and a slight milky note. It is an interesting ride. Surprises include the backgrounding of the alcohol. It is a subtle note throughout, and lingers after the close, but after its dominance in the nose, it is interesting it remains more hidden in the taste.

M - Similar to the taste, the fact that this is not a super hot hit of alcohol burn is a major trick. There is some acidity, and the slick oatmeal feel, and a bit of sharpness in the close.

O - This is a huge beer, with a wild mix of flavors. It really does manage to have elements of milk, vanilla, coffee, and beer, along with a major boozy nose that is kept dialed back in both the taste and feel. It is still there, though, and the ABV is sky-high, so drink with care. If I'd knock one thing, it is the acidity is too far forward. Still, creative, and surprisingly drinkable as a moderate sipper.

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

12 oz bottle. Pitch black with foamy tan head, fades to a ring. Smells like vanilla espresso. Taste is powerful but soft, vanilla with bitter dark chocolate. Not as sweet as I was expecting, which is good. Full soft slick mouthfeel. Alcohol hidden well. Pricy but an outstanding dessert stout.

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

Black color. Large head in a teku glass quickly dissipates. Smells of coffee. Real nice sweet vanilla scent. Tastes the same, with more accent on the coffee rather than the vanilla. Overall, tasted good.

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Photo of jakecattleco
3.96/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle of unknown age split into a shaker pint. Really enjoyed this beer in comparison to Dessert. Nose was less boozy and could distinctly pick up strong chocolate and faint vanilla notes. Flavors play well together, and the booze was hidden moderately well. Good appearance and mouthfeel. Pricey, but I'd probably purchase again if in the mood...though that craving could be easily satisfied by FBS which I like better.

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Photo of Sintech
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter.

Look - Jet black.

Nose - Strong, sweet vanilla! Excellent!

Taste - Dark roasty malt and sweet vanilla! Very good!

Mouthfeel - Thick and sticky. Great! Medium carbonation. Low attenuation.

Overall - Very nice stout! A real treat! Definitely recommend this one!

Grade (A)

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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black like used motor oil with a half finger of caramel colored head
S: Roasted coffee, marshmallow, Leche chocolate. It smells like what dessert should smell like
T: Starts off bitter. Has it warms the coffee, vanilla, almond, almost as if some flan was mixed into this. Each of the flavors are present and they all play off the roasted coffee brilliantly.
Mf: Thick and lingering swear it gives me coffee breath. No way this 13%
O: It took a few sips to win me over. Half way through the bottle I was all in. Great stout.

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Photo of hopsolutely
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to Phyl21ca!! Although his own rating wasn't positive, I believe this beer deserves all accolades and its spot under "Epic". A brilliant roasted malt and vanilla bomb with a finish that lingers. Less oily or thick feeling than I'd expected, but minimal heat for the 13% ABV. An awesome "sipper" that's perfect to share on one of this fall's first cool afternoons...

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.83/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of strong vanilla notes with dry bitter coffee notes is pretty singular. Taste is a mix of light roasted malt with dry bitter coffee notes with tons of vanilla flavours. Body is full with nice creamy texture and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. I thought the vanilla notes were way too pronounced and push the beer in the gross territory.

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Damn! Most natural vanilla beer I think I've ever had. Vanilla blends in nicely with stout flavors. Not just a vanilla bomb with nothing else to add. Definitely would go for more of this.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was recommended to me as I was looking at beers in John's Grocery in Iowa City.
Comes in 12 oz. bottles.
A - Pours black with a tan head. Looks like it will taste great.
S - Aroma is coffee and vanilla. Smells like it will taste great.
T - You get sweetness, roasted coffee, vanilla, a little chocolate. Sweet and bitter at the same time.
M - Thick and creamy!
O - Wow, if I'd known it was this good I would have purchased 2 or 3. Not cheap, but this is an awesome desert beer. And you do not notice the 13% ABV. If your wife likes coffee and chocolate, let her taste this, mine loved it. Would I drink a bomber by myself - you betcha.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's viscous; it's roasty; it's a Mikkeller stout! More than vanilla, I get a strong flavor of roasted marshmallows. This beer carries the spirit of the campfire. I'm glad I tried this stout. Due to price, I'll never buy it again. Which is certainly a shame, because it is rather tasty and fun to sit with for a while. But I don't feel like spending $10.99 on a 12oz bottle more than once.

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a teku glass:

Appearance: Pours an inky jet black with a really thick, frothy head. Head lingers for a little while, which surprised me for a 13% brew. Lots of sticky mocha-colored lacing throughout.

Aroma: Plenty of vanilla bean and chocolate up front, with some booziness and heat lingering behind it. Roasted coffee beans and bitterness also.


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

Really nice beer. Looks dark and deep with chocolate. Awesome golden foam forms with nice lacing. Smells light on the vanilla, bitter coffee grounds. The vanilla beans really come through as you work your way through this... The warmer it gets the better the creamy vanilla takes over from the bitter coffee taste. Mouthfeel is slightly thin (typical of oatmeal stouts I've had) and bitter. The vanilla notes takes over but the bitterness is still very present. Overall a great beer, would love to be able to pick this up all year long. Very enjoyable

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Photo of larryarms847
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown and sits midnight black in the glass. Looks thinner than I was anticipating with a thin layer of dark brown foam.

Sweet cream/vanilla, heavy roasted coffee, chocolate, with no noticeable alcohol heat.

Just wow, huge chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and roasty flavor. Just when the explosion of sweet chocolate and creamy vanilla hit, the roast and coffee bitterness washes over to create perfect balance.

Medium-heavy bodied, low carbonation, appears thin for a hefty stout, but the creamy smooth and sweet profile fades into a nice roasty bitterness. Wonderfully balanced.

Overall, while this comes off strongly sweet, the bitter roasted profile counteracts spectacularly. Wish I grabbed a few more of these.

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

Poured from a bottle (11.2oz) into a goblet.

Ink black pour with 1 finger of caramel colored foam.

Nose is heavy coffee with some biscuity yeast.

Flavor is heavy on unsweetened chocolate followed by lingering vanilla and coffee. Very light carbonation.

I'm having a hard time finding the 13% ABV on this one and I'm drinking it way too fast. Dangerous. The mouth feel is thick and viscous, but in a good way. It's not cloying despite it's rich feel. Very smooth.

Flavors really progress and open up as it warms. Continued notes of chocolate, vanilla, and espresso continue to intensify as I near the bottom of my glass.

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Photo of Prospero
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: deep dark chocolate. Almost black cola. Brown thick foam.

S: booze. Chocolate bar. Coffee.vanilla

T: bitter chocolate. Some subtle berries. Vanilla on the end.

F: thick syrupy. Bitter on the palate. Astringent.

O:this is very good. I do find myself wanting it to be the bourbon barrel aged version to take it over the top, but this is still awesome.

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

Wish this were a 22oz bottle as 12 oz just wasn't enough to share between 2 of us... Excellent Mikkeller offering with a nice offsetting blend of coffee and vanilla that wasn't over he top sweet. Great stuff!

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Photo of lupercmda
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick dark black with a small frothy head. Smells roasting , with lots of coffee smell and minimal chocolate vanilla smell. Instant coffee taste upfront with vanilla coming through as it warms up. Nice thick mouth feel. Very good coffee stout.

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Photo of julielynndubee
4.66/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of Feelmebone
4.85/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of SayBoom
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
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)

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Photo of kkleu357
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a thinner dark black with very little head. Tons of roasty aroma with a nice sweet smell. Taste is huge sweet chocolate with tons of coffee and lots of vanilla.

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Beer Geek Vanilla Shake from Mikkeller ApS
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