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Beer Geek Vanilla Shake - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 113
Hads: 755
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 7.13%
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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 twiggamortis420
2.73/5  rDev -37.2%
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. (554 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.29/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle opened on 10.7.13

A - Pours a very dark brown with a light brown smaller head with good retention.

S - Oats, coffee, then strong vanilla.

T - Vanilla hits hard at first, then roasted oats and coffee with a bitter finish.

D - Heavy body with a lower carbonation.

O - Flavors are all there, but still not very good. Fake tasting to me. (345 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
3.56/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330ml to a tulip glass. My 3rd or 4th time having this one.

A - Sludgy+glass-staining black pour with a finger or so of brown head. A thick ring remains by the end.

S - Smell is pretty absurd. Chocolate chip cookie dough, vanilla ice cream, brown sugar, cake batter. Some serious vanilla for sure.

T - A little bit of coffee noticeable here, particularly in the finish, but still very much a vanilla bomb. Dessert-y vanilla chocolate caramel cookies and cream all the way. Very sweet but a touch of char seems to help balancing that out.

M - Big ol desserty stout feel, chewy, surprisingly well-carbonated but still very much on the dense side. There is some alcohol heat, but it's around what I expect at 13%.

O - This has grown on me a bit since past experiences, but it's my least favorite of the Beer Geeks. The vanilla overload obscures the coffee (and everything else, really), on top of the upped ABV make this kind of cloying, singular, and hard to tolerate more than half the bottle. Still, fans of novelty dessert sipper stouts should probably go for it. (1,070 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.61/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from some shop somewhere...I forget.

Black color, opaque, with a small tan head that receded to a small collar, leaving dots of lacing on the glass. Lots of roast in the aroma, coffee, dark malts, cocoa. Taste was similar, big time roast, dark coffee, dark malts, dark chocolate, charred wood. There was really no vanilla to speak of. It was good as a coffee stout, but I expected more of a "vanilla shake" from a beer called "Vanilla Shake." Medium-full body, roasty-bitter mouthfeel, lower carbonation. Booziness was relatively low for a 13% brew, making for a good drinker. Overall worked pretty good as an imperial coffee stout, but with no vanilla in there, it was a let-down. (689 characters)

Photo of Damian
3.7/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Drank from an 11.2 fl oz/330 ml bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA
Served in a snifter

Review #1050

Outstanding appearance. Dark brown, bordering on black. A two-finger tall, tight, creamy, mocha colored crown topped the thick and oily liquid. The head slowly dropped to a lasting film. Streaky, drippy lacing coated the glass.

The nose was interesting and also somewhat strange. Loads of roasted malts. Good amount of cocoa powder. I definitely picked up some burnt toast as well. Super boozy. There was an odd, candy like note that reminded me of a bulls eye. Almost a bit plastic-y and artificial. Touch of brown sugar. Unfortunately, very little vanilla. Toward the drink's end, however, the vanilla really made its presence known. Powdered cocoa came through stronger as well.

The flavor was rich and robust but rather rough around the edges. Again, tons of roasted malts. Intense espresso notes. Hint of smoke. Perhaps some leather. Quite boozy overall. Definitely much hotter than I anticipated. The beer finished even more boozy with notes of char and a lingering, earthy hop bitterness that intensified after the swallow.

The mouthfeel was rich, creamy and thick. Smooth and supple on the palate. Frothy. Rather milk shake-like indeed. The sugars in the beer left a slightly sticky film on my lips.

I typically love Mikkeller's barrel-aged, flavor-infused stouts, but this one just struck me as overly boozy and rather odd. After reading the initial reviews of this beer versus the latest ones, it seems that recent vintages are much hotter and more acrid and have a much more subtle vanilla presence. As is, there are definitely a number of better vanilla flavored imperial stouts available. (1,720 characters)

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.81/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Magnificent looking. Pitch black with caramel head that lingers a ring around the edge. Terrific legs. Smell is intense vanilla, as it really does smell like vanilla shake. Some cookies, and a touch of roasted malts. Flavor is complex, but muddled at times. Sweet, yet bitter with a healthy dose of vanilla. The body is really interesting. I know most people rave about its shakelike thickness, and while it looks mean in the glass, it fails to coat the tongue. The alcohol is there, but not overwhelming.

Overall, this beer is kind of all over the map for me. Delish at times and meh at others. I'd prefer Brunch Weasel to Vanilla Shake.

$9 for 11.2 oz bottle (675 characters)

Photo of Thirsty_In_Chicago
3.88/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (234 characters)

Photo of Boilerfood
3.97/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Jet black. No head of any note. The occasional khaki bubbles form if agitated, but quickly disappear. 13% ABV will do that.

S: I wish they would make air fresheners that smell like this. Vanilla comes roaring out of the bottle as soon as you pop the cap. There is a slight dark chocolate note that fades to oatmeal with a lingering alcohol heat on the tail.

T: Tons of vanilla and oats up front. This fades and leaves a coffee tail. The alcohol is a little warm, making the vanilla slightly cloying.

M: A tad thin. I cant decide if thats good or bad. I think if it were any fuller, the vanilla would be disgusting, but there is always something intangibly disappointing about a beer this dark, that is this thin. It serves its purpose, but it could be made better with a more deft use of vanilla.

O: Always leery about spending this much on a 12oz bottle, especially when it doesn't see any barrel treatment. Overall its a really well done beer. (956 characters)

Photo of gillagorilla
3.98/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (844 characters)

Photo of jeff1973
3.99/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a Maudite tulip.

A - Pitch black. Dark mocha head leaves decent lacing.

S - Vanilla and a little dark roast.

T - Vanilla, coconut, milky creaminess. Ends with a nice roasty dryness that balances everything. Not sweet at all.

M - Super thick and rich. Perfect! Low carbonation (as you might guess).

O - Really tasty brew. Balances the whole vanilla shake taste w/o being overly sweet. Really smooth also. Mouth feel is almost perfect. (471 characters)

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice smoke, cigar ash, roastiness. Some hops. Vanilla is subtle, not over the top like Goose Vanilla Rye. Super drinkable as well for a 13% huge stout, but mouthfeel is thin, and at 18 dollars per 12-ounce bottle, not really worth. (231 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.04/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from he shop. Pours thick and black like motor oil. Aggressive pour resulted in a very small dark brown head. Aroma is big time chocolate sauce, vanilla. Smells super rich and desserty. Flavor is thick vanilla coffee with a definite bitter backed. Earthy coffee makes this surprisingly not cloying. There is a huge roast presence that i was not expecting after the smell. Vanilla lingers on the palate and there is barely any trace of the ABV, just a bit of heat lingering. Thick and viscous as expected, with low carbonation. Solid dessert brew, but not sure the coffee balances this in the right way. (609 characters)

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL poured into stemless wine glass on 14-Aug-13.

Aromas of straight up rich vanilla milk shake with roasted cup of joe side by side.
Taste follows nose with thick, milky vanilla with sweet coffee roast that do not have much of the acidity to them so it's either subdued coffee in the brew, or it's over-masked by the vanilla shake. Hint of alcohol warmth but do not taste any booze.

This is a dessert beer as far as I’m concerned. In this sense, it's quite easy drinking for a dessert beer. Others that do not have the sweet tooth as I do may appreciate this one, but won't like it more than the regulars in the Beer Geek lineup, especially at this price point. Would like to enjoy this one again at some point. (726 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.06/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (304 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
4.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

After putting off drinking this (out of fear of excessive sweetness) on my own, eventually I had the chance to visit some fellow beer geeks and decided it was time to give this ago. I do love the Brunch Weasel and Hop Breakfast variants in this series and, indeed, they compose, along with the Spontaneous series, among my favorite offerings so far by Mikkeller. Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

When I thought Brunch Weasel poured thick and creamy, this was pretty much pure syrup by comparison. Pours like petrol oil, with hardly any carbonation except for a mild dark mocha head that quickly dissipates. No light shines through this and the beer practically stains the glass with each and every swirl. Unbelievably ridiculous, and while I'm hoping for some roasted notes like the other Beer Geek offerings, I had a feeling this was going to be sweeter than we perhaps were prepared for.

Yeah, there's no distinct roasted notes on the nose here - only extreme sweetness imparted by the hefty dark malt profile and the inclusion of vanilla beans alike. Big notes of sweet milk chocolate, fudge, light coffee, and tons of lightly burnt and caramelized sugars of sorts - this is pretty much like ST's Crème Brûlée except a little less sweeter, somehow. Maybe because the malt profile is only roasted enough? Can't get past the intense vanilla, butterscotch, and toffee at first. It's really too much, and the alcohol actually increases the sweetness. It's amazingly hedonistic and decadent, but it's perhaps a little too much than what the casual dessert beer drinker would actually want.

What a magnificent surprise that the flavor is, however - yes, it's goddamn sweet, but holy hell is it complex! I simply expected a sweet malt syrup/burnt vanilla combo here, but there is so much more going as the beer crosses the palate. At first there's some light notes of dark fruits, such as dark cherries (or cherry pits) with molasses, as well as a rich truffle-like dark chocolate and caramel texture. Then, the vanilla explodes everywhere, delivering a experience akin to eating a spoonful of crème brûlée on steroids. The aftertaste keeps on giving, revealing notes of maple syrup, fudge, as well as a bready baked malt character that reminds me of Bourbon maple malted waffles, for those of us who have been lucky enough to have it. My friends, suffice to say, could not finish their glass, but I downed mine like a trooper. It's very syrupy and boozy, with the alcohol and extra residual sugars knocking you across the face with each sip, but luckily there's a plethora of flavors and some decent carbonation that prevents it from reaching into Dark Lord territory, or something scarily similar. A real treat!

Definitely not something you can practically consume, however, but the experience is quite unique, even in the realm of dessert beers. The flavor utterly blew me away, and luckily all other aspects of the beer are pretty decent overall. I'd probably get sick if I had a bottle to myself, but I'll definitely try this again next time I get the chance. I'll stick to 3oz pours next time, though! (3,124 characters)

Photo of aleigator
4.07/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Many thanks to MrOrla for the bottle.

Pours a motor oil black color, with a decent froth, dark brown head.

Smells of fudge, roasted coffee, bakers chocolate and cocoa nibs among a slightly floral, wooden vanilla note. Evokes a desert like, rich impression, without turning particular sweet. Lovely, well integrated vanilla aromas top off the viscous, toffeeish roastiness, with a decent chocolate depth.

Begins with bready, slighty bitter coffee, paired with smooth, thick, warming milk chocolate, creating a very pleasant mouthfeel. Turns sweeter, with fudge and caramel, adding to the chocolate, while inviting a gentle amount of vanilla to the palate. Drinks like chocolate mousse, with bitter, scorched coffee admidst ornate vanilla, creating a full, sweeter mouthfeel. The coffee becomes more present with vanilla being recognizable, providing a dry note to the palate as a fitting counterpart to the convincing sweetness, very well balanced beer. Despite the full body of the beer, it maintaines a certain, lovely ease, due to the vanilla. Has a slightly boozy heat to it during the finish, which profoundly gets wrapped up by chocolate, cane sugar and nougat. Vanilla fades during the finish, while the beer turns quite sweet, while continously drinking smooth, with earth and molasses, as well as some slightly tamed coffee. (1,336 characters)

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No pop when opened. Comes out of the bottle looking like used motor oil. Fearing a flatish beer, I used an aggressive 2-step pour into a tulip glass. That created a nice fluffy head brown with good retention and lots of lacing.

Smells like an open bottle of liquid vanilla. Sweet marshmallow, chocolate.

It is a vanilla bomb, but there is enough dark malt and chocolate to hold the vanilla in check a little. It is also quite sweet with a marshmallow taste as well as smell. That is followed by a little bitterness in the finish, which may be from the hops or the vanilla or both. Oatmeal helps to smooth it out, but in the end, the vanilla dominates.

This is a thick, sweet, syrupy beer, with small amount of carbonation, but ends up with a nice smooth mouthfeel.

This would be a tastier stout if the vanilla were not so overdone. I just realized this is 13%, the alcohol is pretty well hidden. High sugar, high(ish) alcohol spells headache/bad hangover if one overindulges on this beer. (994 characters)

Photo of ThePaleRider
4.11/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (758 characters)

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.12/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Black with a small tan head.
S: Lots of sweet vanilla, smells really good.
T: Big vanilla upfront. Some bittering / medicinal notes in the backend. I'm sure glad the vanilla hide the base beer. (I don't care for the weasel brunch at all) I also don't taste the 13% at all. I'm very surprised it's 13%....well hidden.
F: Smooth and creamy, just not very thick.
O: The best of the Mikkeller beer geek stouts by a long shot. Not top notch, but I recommend it if you like vanilla stouts. (495 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass.

Thick light tan head, with a bit of espresso cream color to it , settles to a nice collar and good sheened brown top as well. Black nearly midnight and big dark bodied quality very good looking stout.

Very interesting aroma. Cereal breakfast aromas of whispy flaked grains, vanilla sweetness, cocoa powdered dusted and an interesting nutty sense. A sense of cracker and crackling roast, like rice crisped candy bar quality and flavors coming off the bouquet. Very fun.

Palate takes a bit of a different turn. Where the sweetness and soft hinting bouquet seems to drive, it turns to much sharper and bitter quality. Big sharp roast and bitter to oily mid palate. Ashen like finish with charcoal aftertastes and quite a bit of stomach warming heat. Palate comes just barely a touch of wet, but still supportive of the flavors and a very good coating of the roast character that is very large. Chocolate warmth, and some light coffee notes, but really not much vanilla of all things.

Goes from sweetness to piping hot and bitter like a race car. It's a fun ride but also seems to have left the real big goods at the starting line behind, forgetting to carry them along this really tasty journey. (1,257 characters)

Photo of Furlinator
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque black with cola edges. The 1/2 inch brown head remains as a thick ring on top and leaves heavy golden brown curtains of lace.

The smell is of black coffee, vanilla, booze and faint chocolate.

The taste is of milk chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt and a trace of coffee.

The texture is thick, creamy, syrupy and viscous with medium carbonation.

A big, sipping stout for sure. The smell is somewhat boozy and hot but, the flavor is much more user friendly. Solid coffee and vanilla flavor with minimal alcohol bite. Well done . (545 characters)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Bottle shared thanks to ravensdkr thanks Chris!

The beer pours a dark brown with lighter brown on the edges, it looks very viscous as it pours, not much carbonation in the look, maybe a slight amount of lacing very small amount.

The smell has a warming vanilla smell almost like a vanilla tea with milk with a slight amount of coffee in it as well. Nutty, maple syrup in the nose too. The taste follows suit but with a heavier hand of cocoa and malt lactose type flavors. Some slightly bitter sweet lingering flavors are there reminding me of espresso or Turkish coffee. Some warming alcohol is actual welcome to contradict the sweeter flavors of the beer.

The feel is the best part, it is super thick and very smooth over the palate, the low carbonation seems to fit the idea and flavors of the brew very well.

Overall a nice beer, definitely worth a try. Did not notice the 13% abv at all! (897 characters)

Photo of leroybrown10
4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark chocolate brown. Completely opaque in the glass. Small khaki colored head which leaves fine lacing behind. Neither the head or lacing last long.

Aroma is strong, pure vanilla. Undertones of coffee, heavy cream and oats. Mild roasted malt.

Like the aroma, vanilla dominates. Some sweetness. Cream, cane sugar and dark molasses. Mild coffee, roasted malt and oats.

Medium body with a creamy thickness. Moderate carbonation. Some bitterness in the aftertaste.

Very nice vanilla flavor, though quite strong. Could use a bit more coffee oomph. Rather sweet going toward overly so. (606 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft @ Mikkeller Bar

Black body with a light brown head. Leaves some lace and brown film when swirled.

Tons of coffee, vanilla, and chocolate on this thing. I get a little fruitiness in there as well on the taste. Man, so much coffee goodness in here. Def comes through better than in the BA version. The load of vanilla and chocolate balances out the coffee though.

Tastes excellent. (389 characters)

Photo of seand
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque black with a small amount of light brown head. Just a ring around the edge of the glass retains, leaving minor lacing.

S: Deeply and richly sweet vanilla and malt, with a touch of roasted nuts.

T: Continues to be deeply rich and sweet, with an overwhelming vanilla note. The finish is slightly dry. There's a strong low boozy note throughout as well.

M: Full body, low carbonation.

Overall, really good. Strong, boozy, and sweet, but still drinkable and very tasty. (488 characters)

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Beer Geek Vanilla Shake from Mikkeller ApS
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