Beer Geek Vanilla Shake - Mikkeller ApS
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4.38/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
06-05-2014 19:13:27 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.53/5 rDev +5.8%
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!
08-28-2013 17:47:25 | More by BEERchitect
4.34/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
09-02-2013 01:50:46 | More by emerge077
4.26/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
10-24-2013 03:59:13 | More by MasterSki
4.64/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
09-23-2013 13:15:27 | More by jlindros
3.61/5 rDev -15.7%
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.
06-13-2014 01:22:24 | More by Rifugium
District of Columbia
4.25/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
08-10-2014 03:29:08 | More by Huhzubendah
3.25/5 rDev -24.1%
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.
10-23-2013 19:50:36 | More by HuskyinPDX
Beer Geek Vanilla Shake from Mikkeller ApS
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