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Beer Geek Vanilla Shake - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 539
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 194
Gots: 132 | FT: 20
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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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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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330mL bottle from RichD (thanks man!). No apparent bottling date. Served in a Microbrasserie Charlevoix goblet.

Pours oil black with about two fingers of deep tan head. The froth slowly settles to wisps across the surface and a thin halo that only really laces if the glass sets still for a few moments.

The rich nose is full of coffee, sweet cream, vanilla, cocoa and roasty malts.

Tastes outstanding with tons of bitter, roasty and slightly acidic coffee up front. There is still plenty of underlying complexity with dark chocolate, roasted malts, mild smokiness, molasses, subtle vanilla, burnt caramel, faint rolled oats and a hefty dose of booze. The vanilla is not as prominent as I would prefer but still contributes to the delicious layers.

Thick, creamy, hefty body with moderately mild carbonation. Lingering finish with another strong dose of coffee, cocoa, roast and an edge of vanilla.

One of the best entries in the Beer Geek stout series, Vanilla Shake delivers in all categories. Most notably it tastes outstanding and the texture is spot-on. This makes me lament that Milkeller has been pulled from the Georgia market. Worthy.

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Beer Geek Vanilla Shake from Mikkeller ApS
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