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Beer Geek Vanilla Shake - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 116
Hads: 769
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 7.13%
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Gots: 194 | FT: 32
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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 Shaunbkgb
4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black. Huge viscosity. Vanilla, coffee, cocoa, some hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is the standout feature of this beer. As others have said it is close to a milkshake. Definitely worth picking up. (206 characters)

Photo of GregJ
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a half finger brown head. Smells of vanilla and hot cocoa. Tastes of vanilla, a little boozy but impressive considering the 13%, hot cocoa, roast malt and mocha. Heavy body, medium/light carbonation, vanilla and hot cocoa aftertaste. (254 characters)

Photo of Sam-VW
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%

A - Jet black with a small cola coloured head. Disipates to a thin ring of bubbles and then a small mocha coloured cap in the middle. Very sticky lacing.

S - Lots of Vanilla beans, big roasted malt aromas, some sweet, sundried fruit and some rum notes.

T - Sweet Vanilla first of all, followed by a huge roasted malt flavour. Espresso and belgian dark chocolate. Finishing with some rum-raisin notes.

M - Very thick mouthfeel, a lot like a Vanilla Shake, Low carbonation and very creamy. Finishes sweet with more Vanilla. (528 characters)

Photo of Buschyfor3
4.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

A: Jet black, super thick on the pour - probably the thickest pour I can remember in a long time; opaque for the most part - some cola edges appear late into the glass, but otherwise, this stout absorbs light into its murky darkness; 1/2 finger of mocha colored head quickly vanishes to the tiniest collar of fine bubbles around the edge of the glass; sticky lacing coats the glass.

S: A vanilla bomb on the nose - succulent vanilla bean aromas dominate from the moment the cap is popped, before the pour even makes it into the snifter; also getting huge roasted malt overtones - borderline burnt notes; some sweet, dark fruit (raisin); bittersweet dark chocolate; a bit of leather; then the huge boozy notes begin to creep up from the depths of the glass - a distinct rum-raisin note that is simultaneously sweet and stinging.

T: The palate is greeted by a big wave of vanilla from the first sip; the vanilla creates a sugary base from which balancing components branch outwards; first is a huge roasted malt note, bordering burnt/char flavors (think burnt breakfast toast); then a prominent espresso flavor comes through with a good dose of roasted bitterness, slightly astringent; a dash of dark, gourmet chocolate combines to give the impression of mocha or chocolate covered espresso beans; dark fruits in the form of dried raisins add an additional layer of sweetness spiked with a growing heat from the alcohol; finish dries out the palate, with a return of dark roast coffee, buttered toast, touch of smoke/char, and a lingering nutty presence. Alcohol does become more prominent as the glass warms - a bit more heat across the palate, a growing spicy flavor as well. Also interesting how it coats the mouth with a long-lasting, sugary vanilla presence, well after each sip - in fact, I subconsciously ran my tongue across the front of my teeth, and was surprised to pick up another pep of sweet vanilla bean flavor. Quite a complex dessert-like beer, and with a nice balance that runs sweet to roasty, to bitter, and back, with a mellower finish that invites the next sip.

M: I've often heard the mouthfeel of the biggest stouts described as similar to drinking a milkshake - in fact, I might have used the term once or twice before in my own reviews. BUT… nothing comes close to this. One of the thickest pours I recall ever seeing produces one of the thickest mouthfeels I have ever experienced - low carb results in a very creamy texture, with a distinct chewy presence in the mouth. This is a beer in milkshake form.

O: I am impressed. Wanted to save this beer for a special occasion, so I figured my birthday was the way to go, and I am glad for it. A pleasant imperial stout with dessert-like qualities and a strong, boozy kick. At 13% ABV, this is a definite sipper, but quite the sipper at that. If you can find a bottle, splurge for it. At $10 for a 12oz bottle, it is pricey (as are most Mikkeller offerings) but it is rather rare, and more than worth the cost if you want my opinion. Recommended. (3,064 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 Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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. (308 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 VelvetExtract
4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (1,120 characters)

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 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 ThickNStout
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,153 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (600 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 brstls4drmrs
4.61/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a cigar city tuplip.

A - nice thick viscosity with a small dark brown flaky head. It looked like a piece of thin carmelized brown sugar on top that quickly disappeared. Dark as night.

S - vanilla, slight coffee and big roasted malts with hints of chocolate.

T - roasted chocolate malts with some vanilla bean and hints of coffee and even caramel.

M - medium carbonation with a slight bitterness.

O - an excellent stout. (441 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a teku

A- Black with a three finger mocha head.

S- Vanilla, chocolate, roasted coffee.

T- Vanilla, milk chocolate, roasted coffee, bitterness of coffee in the finish that balances the sweetness, hint of alcohol.

M- Smooth, creamy, medium to full body.

O- Very easy to drink alcohol is well hidden. Really hope that I am able to get more of this. Worth every penny. (396 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 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 vfgccp
4.67/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (495 characters)

Photo of anteater
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle

A: Black with a dark tan head

S: Vanilla, coffee, chocolate

T: The name of this beer, Vanilla Shake, is pretty accurate. There is a ton of vanilla and it works great with the chocolate, coffee, roasted barley and sugar. This beer is pretty sweet and there's not much bitterness but its not cloying, it works. Not much alcohol presence.

M: Pretty thick, great body

O: Maybe the best I've had from Mikkeller, its like a thicker FBS with more Vanilla. Really good stuff. Could be a bit sweet for those who don't like sweeter beers, but I think that its very well done for a sweet beer. (608 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
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). (972 characters)

Photo of tsauce2
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

P: 12 fl oz bottle in to a DFH tulip

A: SRM is black. Opaque. Head is brown/chocolate, 1 in, dissipates to cover the top of the beer. Medium lacing. Medium carbonation.

S: Vanilla dominates the nose, but also dark roast malt, coffee, toffee.

T: Vanilla quickly followed up by big dark roast malt, chocolate, coffee. Slight alcohol burn, but it is 13%. Aftertaste is dark roast malt and vanilla.

M: Full body, viscous. Vanilla adds complexity to body. Slightly wet finish.

O: Mikkeller knows how to do the dark stuff for sure. This is great. Vanilla in this is so tasty, but not overdone. This is one of the Mikkeller beers I don't feel so bad about paying $10 for a bottle. (678 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)

Photo of MCain04
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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. (824 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (809 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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. (626 characters)

Beer Geek Vanilla Shake from Mikkeller ApS
96 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.