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Beer Geek Vanilla Shake - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 128
Hads: 836
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 256
Gots: 194 | FT: 27
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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 UCLABrewN84
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour at the post-FWIBF bottle share held at the Adelaide Inn in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla bean, and vanilla frosting aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, char, and vanilla bean flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with fantastic vanilla qualities all around.

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

mikkeller has done it again, this might be my favorite of the series so far. wow is this good. its a little scary on the pour, like blacktop sealant for the driveway, more brown than that black, but similar in viscosity, this is awfully thick, and there isnt much head on it either. motor oil in the glass. the nose is incredible, the coffee is way behind the vanilla, but it doesnt seem half as sweet as the dessert edition. fresh bean vanilla and oozy barley roast, sludgy coffee, and cake frosting all present themselves to me when i sniff. the taste is on point with the nose, the coffee has a weird complexion, seeming less special than in others in the series. almost has a stale acidity to it, but fortunately it is more of a balancing counterpoint to the sweet vanilla, which is dosed about as heavily as one could imagine. fresh and real, not like a boozy extraction, but like a sliced open and scraped pod. amazing with the other flavors, but even more amazing with the texture. no carbonation, thick syrup, almost not even beer texturally, more like something to pour over pancakes or a brownie, but all that vanilla for me loves this thickness, it lets it linger on the palate forever. im not sure this needs a bourbon barrel, but i am awfully curious to try that edition. special beer, shocked to see its as strong as it is, is drinks easier than that. world class again from mikkeller.

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

If you want a beer that doesn't taste like beer... If you want a beer that easily replaces dessert... If you want a beer that should be served with a fork and a knife... If you like an aftertaste that lasts all week... If you want to drink marshmallow fluff... If you want a beer to fight you back...

...then Mikkeller has made just the beer for you!

Vanilla Shake Doesn't really pour- You simply open the bottle and wait on it to crawl into the glass. As viscous as chocolate pudding, the beer seems still at first, but a slowly building head emerges from its onyx-like abyss is highly structural fashion. Like chocolate mousse, the head is largely firm and regenerates easily with each swirl of the snifter. Its moderately speckled lace adorns the glass gracefully.

All the while, the predominant scent of vanilla entices the nose much like creme brule desserts. Just underneath, the layers of espresso roast, burnt caramel, cocoa-heavy chocolates, and walnuts reinforce the aroma of true vanilla milkshakes.

And to taste, the milkshake-like "Cookies & Cream" flavor takes me away from ale and puts me in the ice cream aisle. Bittersweet chocolate, silky espresso, roasted nuts, toffee and heavy, heavy whipping cream all converge for a most decadent taste. Soft brandy-like alcohol flavors peak through from time to time but is careful not to interfere with the malty sweetness and vanilla extract taste. Did I just taste waffle cones?

Yea, I would call it full bodied since I'm certain that its the creamiest beer that I have ever had! It engulfs the mouth as if attempting to drinking a mouthfull of marshmallow peeps. There's no sense of trying to discuss dryness or palate development- its lush, rounded, and sweet from head to tail. Its infinite lingering places the taste and texture of vanilla and chocolate well into next week.

As the ale's complexity isn't really reliant on varying tastes throughout the session, it relies instead upon its own enormity. Simple and effective on all fronts!

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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 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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.61/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from Etre Gourmet. Served in a Heady Topper glass.

A - Late-rising tan foam settles to a collar, wisps, and specks of lace. Pitch black.

S - Massive amounts of vanilla, milk chocolate, caramel and biscuit. No booze, only mild roast, and surprisingly restrained in the char and burnt realm for a Mikkeller offering. Very milkshake-esque, but not overly cloying.

T - Taste has more roast and burnt malt bitterness amid the lactose sugar, chocolate, vanilla, and caramel. Super well-hidden booze; drinks like a much light beer in terms of alcohol. A tad more charry and bitter in the finish than I'd prefer, but still quite enjoyable.

M - Chewy, creamy, sticky, smooth, with lower carbonation, and perhaps a bit of alcohol warming. Lingering stickiness, but a bit roasty and tannic in the finish.

D - I had no problem putting down a 12oz. Probably going to be good and buzzed after this one, but went down super easy. Perhaps a bit too sweet for mass quantities, but a really nice dessert treat.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Served alongside the bourbon version.

The beer is a deep, dark, inky black with a small beige head. Aromas of roast, coffee beans, vanilla. Mildly sweet with wonderful flavors emerging. 13% abv disguised gracefully. Rich and robust, with vanilla and chocolates balancing out the coffee character. Well done.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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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.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.29/5  rDev -24%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours laughably thick. Pen ink. Zero light penetration. It sits like oil in the glass and leaves alcohol legs. It also spawns a dark brown, doughy head that settles down to a finger's width. It leaves brow freckles and scars along the glass.

S-Smells like fudge and cocoa powder and nibs. The vanilla is impressively potent. Genuine vanilla, nearly like vanilla extract. Burnt maltiness, black coffee and pure roast. Vanilla and fudge are impressive here.

T-The brownie and fudge melts over the tongue. Then comes the French vanilla ice cream flavor. Dark roast coffee with espresso as well. Bitter roast and burnt oats on the finish but much sweeter than bitter overall. A little bit nutty. Finish is vanilla, espresso and liquified chocolate.

M-Chewy, oily, decadent. Perfect amount of heat. Ultra creamy. Body is huge. Softer carbonation. Lingering flavors.

O-Rich, ooey-gooey. A full-force flavor delivery system in a bottle. Something that Mayan kings would get drunk off. I split the 12 oz. bottle and could see this being taken down alone could become a bit of a chore but one I would gladly participate in.

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Photo of dar482
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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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 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.

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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....

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a brandy snifter.

A: Pitch-black and viscous with no head until the very end, when a mocha-dark half-head forms. Opaque. Heavy lacing.

S: The vanilla is strong and excellent and welcome. Strong boozy undercurrents hint at bourbon and/or chocolate. I love this.

T: The taste is thick cocoa, obvious vanilla, light booze, moderate roasted malt, milk chocoalte, and nutty coffee. A distant metallic character, especially on the distant aftertaste that may just be bitterness.

M: Thick as a milkshake. Damn. I have never felt anything quite like this.

O: A wonderful beer that is so oppressively thick and flavorful as to be almost overwhelming. It's not one-dimensional, but it batters the tastebuds into submission.

Paired with Theo dark chocolate (enrichens the beer), coffee dark chocolate (makes the beer taste more boozy and the chocolate more sweet), and coconut curry milk chocolate (amazing chocolate, overpowers even this beer).

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

Pours black and heavy. Small brown head, nice and dark. The head fades away quickly, but sticky lacing coats the glass. The aroma is full of vanilla with big chocolate backing it up. Coffee provides some depth, but it's still just a touch simple. However, the chocolate and vanilla provides plenty to enjoy. Big cocoa, milk and dark chocolate. Very rich, authentic vanilla. The taste is similar. Huge chocolate and vanilla with a bit more coffee. It's quite sweet but not cloying, and this beer definitely could have gone down that road. I'm also pleased to find that the vanilla flavor avoids any artificial, frosting-ish tendency. Big coffee, dark chocolate and vanilla ice cream in the finish. Definitely lives up to the name. The feel is creamy and thick. Luxurious. This is excellent stuff. One of the best Mikkeller beers that I've tried.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Beer Geek Vanilla Shake from Mikkeller ApS
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