Beer Geek Vanilla Shake - Mikkeller ApS
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4.2/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
11-10-2013 02:30:26 | More by seand
4.64/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
11-10-2013 01:02:43 | More by MCain04
4.49/5 rDev +4.9%
Appearance - The stout was black in appearance with mocha head hugging the sides of the glass.
Smell - The vanilla is easily noticeable and quite attractive. I don't know if you can describe an aroma as smooth, but this should be an example.
Taste - On the initial taste, one gets the impression of vanilla marshmallow. It is a little like Lucky Charms in liquid version. The chocolate that follows is smooth and milky. There is a dark chocolate after that lingers nicely. Despite the warming potential of a 13%ABV, the aftertaste was not particularly warming.
Mouthfeel - A good sweet stout coats the tongue and gives the impression of incredible smoothness. Vanilla shake is very smooth and creamy.
Overall - I would definitely seek this one in the future. Overall, a very solid effort from Mikkeller.
11-03-2013 22:27:39 | More by JohnnyHopps
4.23/5 rDev -1.2%
Beer is jet black. Almost no head at all, just a very thin bit of tan that fades very quickly.
Nose contains a lot of vanilla. Chocolate and some coffee. The vanilla is pretty overpowering.
Flavour is more balanced. Chocolate, vanilla and some coffee. Some roasted malt. The coffee comes out more in the finish, but mixed with the chocolate and vanilla it tastes just like coffee crisp. Quite tasty- a true dessert beer. Sweet, but there is a slight bitterness as well. Better than the nose. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden.
Full bodied, moderately carbonated. Smooth and a bit slick.
Overall, very nice. A tasty treat.
11-01-2013 01:38:45 | More by jrenihan
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
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
4.35/5 rDev +1.6%
12 oz. bottle poured into snifter.
A: Pours thick as engine oil, and just as dark. I had a quite aggressive pour, ended up with almost 2 fingers of head. Has a thick, dense khaki colored head that reduces very slowly, and leaves very little lacing.
S: Throughout the entire glass, the most dominant aroma was vanilla, shocker! I poured this in the kitchen, then when I walked in the living room my wife commented on the wafting aroma of vanilla. In the midst is also roasty, toffee, coffee.
T: Very similar to a milk or sweet stout. The upfront flavor is a big vanilla slam, with a lingering vanilla for what seems like an eternity after every sip. The 13% is covered so well, yet I still want to drink this slow to savor every sip.
M: I practically had to chew it.
O: What an incredible beer! I drank this over the course of an hour, and as it warmed the flavor stayed very consistent - which was somewhat surprising. I expected other flavors to take lead as it warmed, oh no, vanilla was incredibly demanding tho whole glass. Regardless if you were drinking it, or if your last sip was 10 minutes ago. Regardless if you were in the same room, or half way across the house. You get the point. Well named, great beer.
10-23-2013 01:39:28 | More by roger617
Beer Geek Vanilla Shake from Mikkeller ApS
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