Beer Geek Vanilla Shake - Mikkeller ApS

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rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 7.39%
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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 ThePaleRider
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
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 -6.2%
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 +7.9%
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. (495 characters)

Photo of anteater
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
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 +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). (972 characters)

Photo of tsauce2
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
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%
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 +7.4%
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 +3.7%
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 -2.8%
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)

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. (1,004 characters)

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. (345 characters)

Photo of roger617
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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. (1,218 characters)

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. (484 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Lost Abbey Teku. The pour is jet black and oily-looking with very low carbonation, but a rough pour manages to produce a dark, sinister-looking lacing on top. Really like the nose on this beer. Lots of fudge, coffee, and creamy sweet vanilla.

Full body, velvety feel, and lots of flavor. The vanilla and malt hit you first, teasing you with a creamy, candy-like sweetness tinged with dark bakers chocolate. The thick, viscous feel almost fools you into thinking you really are drinking a milkshake, then the coffee notes charge in. The coffee here is just as strong and bitter as it was in Beer Geek Breakfast (a beer I did not like). Here though, with the malt and vanilla notes to balance it, the intense bitterness seems much better-suited to the profile. Sweetness or no sweetness though, that bitterness definitely lingers behind, leaving a lasting coffee and unsweetened chocolate flavor that goes on and on.

This beer is definitely better than Beer Geek Breakfast. Same intensely-bitter flavor, but with more sweetness to balance it out. Nevertheless, I find the coffee flavor almost overwhelmingly bitter and lacking in that richness that great coffee has. Still, if you're standing in the craft beer section of your bottle shop thinking of buying a bottle of this and a bottle of Beer Geek Breakfast, just get two bottles of this. (1,369 characters)

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Celebrating an incredible Colts win against the (formerly) undefeated Seahawks with a beer I’ve been dreaming about for weeks. Cheers!

A: Deep, shining black body under a fizzy mocha-colored head – pours so thick that it swallows up the retention in a matter of seconds, leaving only dusty swirls of brown color on top.

S: Holy hell, this is hands-down the sweetest nose I have ever come across. Even a brief whiff sends up a rush of dense, milky vanilla ice cream, chocolate cake frosting, and butterscotch scents – reminiscent of crème brûlée, both the dessert and the beer – with an afterthought of rich Italian espresso. Slight hint of booze, too, though it’s mostly covered up by the sugar.

T: Complex sweetness that comes at you with remarkable intensity, just bordering on cloying. Brownie batter gooeyness, whipped cream, maple syrup, burnt caramel, and vanilla extract that’s nearly an overdose – it’s all here, with the surprisingly strong heat of bourbon, robust, spicy hops, and the occasional glance of mint. But the best part is the roasted finish. The palate dries with heat (especially from the hop flavors), but it truly takes on another form as the coffee and smoke tones come in to close it out. The aftertaste is mainly crisp burnt toast, but it has some residual sweetness that leaves the taste of pure caramel on the tongue for quite some time.

M: Has the consistency of a root beer float after much of the ice cream has melted: dense, creamy, frothy. The oatmeal in this stout has created a texture that truly capitalizes on the milkshake sweetness, allowing this beer to live up to its name even more.

O: Remarkable, especially for a massive beer in a style full of massive beers. The spicy dryness balances what can only be described as a decadent malt bill, working like a match made in heaven – though, believe me, one glass is more than enough. Another excellent, interesting beer from Mikkeller. (1,950 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

highest rated mikkeller I've had yet. and 13% ? ?
straight black, with double thick chocolate milk topping and lacing. serious issue in the aroma dept, though. I just sprayed some vanilla spray at the bug walking across the ceiling and this smells just like it; so i'm not certain if it's the brew or the spray i'm smelling although I believe it is the brew.... very nice though....
after tasting this I am certain it IS the brew. this is truly a vanilla shake. very well done. nice stout. nice coffee notes, nice cocoa; very nice vanilla... strong aroma of sweet flavors. almost a novelty brew at this point except it's very tasty and very high abv. and the thickness and categorization as a stout authenticates the brew! as I sit here, with the fan blowing and watching the ball game, I get a distinct vanilla aroma from this coming off the glass. this is nearly a masterpiece, if you're into novelty beer. It MUST be classified as 'novelty'. it would be a great dripping over some vanilla ice cream. it would good on the rocks. maybe even pureed? it belongs in its own right as a beer, although it IS very sweet and I will rate it as such. still great for its category!!!! (1,176 characters)

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. (1,641 characters)

Photo of portia99
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a Throwback snifter.

A - Pours a pitch black color with practically no light making any penetration into the body. No real head formation, but a thick dark tan collar forms and manages to leave sparse lacing on the glass.

S - No mistaking it...there is a ton of vanilla in here. Alcohol wafts out of the sea of vanilla giving an almost vanilla extract quality to it. Really great, sweet and smooth vanilla...not much else. A faint coffee-ish aroma makes its way thru the vanilla barely and is hard to place exactly as coffee. I also get a really mild, cool and almost minty aroma too. Liquid dessert for sure.

T - Wow...very nice! Far more coffee penetrates into the flavor and takes a firm leading role. Fudgy, chocolatey flavors are rich against the coffee. Vanilla comes in equally strong creating a three way combo of perhaps the worlds 3 greatest flavors - coffee, chocolate, vanilla. Throw in a light caramelly, brown sugary sweetness and the combination of flavors is complete. I've had some liquid candy bars before, but this one makes a strong case for being the best representation I've ever had.

M - Sweet, smooth vanilla, rich fudgy chocolate and dark roasted and bitter coffee...extremely smooth overall. Boozy in the aroma, but hidden rather well in the flavor and feel...only a mild warmth hits the back of the throat on each swallow. Thick and full bodied, rather syrupy in texture. Carbonation is at a lower level...just enough to breathe some life into the beer and present a mild tingle.

O - When I saw the name Vanilla Shake, I had high hopes for this...vanilla laden imperial stout just sounds like a perfect libation...and it lives up to expectations nicely. Really great dessert beer. Could drink a lot of this v ery easily. Will be looking for this one again. (1,814 characters)

Photo of auroracrisis
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into Bruery tulip.

Pours inky, motor oil black with a minimal amount of dark brown head. Head dissipates soon into a ring around the edges. Tiny bit of lacing, lots of legging.

Huge wafts of vanilla and coffee. A touch of dark chocolate behind that.

Opens with gigantic flavors of vanilla and coffee. Fudge and some roast as well.

Heavy on the tongue and smooth. Very sticky, no hint of the alcohol which is surprising.

A big time vanilla bomb. Pretty solid, could use a better nose. Not very complex but definitely tasty. (536 characters)

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No pop when opened. Comes out of the bottle looking like used motor oil. Fearing a flatish beer, I used an aggressive 2-step pour into a tulip glass. That created a nice fluffy head brown with good retention and lots of lacing.

Smells like an open bottle of liquid vanilla. Sweet marshmallow, chocolate.

It is a vanilla bomb, but there is enough dark malt and chocolate to hold the vanilla in check a little. It is also quite sweet with a marshmallow taste as well as smell. That is followed by a little bitterness in the finish, which may be from the hops or the vanilla or both. Oatmeal helps to smooth it out, but in the end, the vanilla dominates.

This is a thick, sweet, syrupy beer, with small amount of carbonation, but ends up with a nice smooth mouthfeel.

This would be a tastier stout if the vanilla were not so overdone. I just realized this is 13%, the alcohol is pretty well hidden. High sugar, high(ish) alcohol spells headache/bad hangover if one overindulges on this beer. (994 characters)

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. (1,156 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Ink black color lends to a deep brown head. The head was fizzy but mounted thicker and slowly disappated.

SWEET VANILLLA! Just a creamy sweet vanilla scent but oh what a beautiful aroma.

The flavor is sweet vanilla also but it tends to the one dimensional. It's an easy dessert beer that almost feels like an after dinner aperitif. As good as it is it doesn't hide the 9.5 ABV as a slight alcohol finish lingers. I really like the taste but it loses points for a lack of complexity.

This is the thickest creamiest feel I've ever come across. It's as close to a "vanilla shake" as one may experience in a beer. It actually has weight to it. (642 characters)

Photo of RickS95
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It doesn't appear to be much out of the ordinary. It's thick and black, and by thick and black, I mean really thick and really black. It's liquid coal. The head is a bit lacking, somewhat a given considering the strength, but it's brown bubbles with little retention and no lacing.

Everything in the nose is fairly subdued and non-aggressive. Vanilla, roasted malts, toffee and chocolate are present and accounted for, but again, they show restraint.

The taste is awfully good. With the vanilla and sweet chocolate, it resembles a strong milk stout. With your eyes closed, you can see the vanilla shake being portrayed.

Extremely smooth and creamy. A bit sweet. Some heat from the ABV. While creamy, still just a bit grainy due to the high malt bill. Only when it's too warm does the heat from the ABV work the throat a bit too much. Full bodied and then some. Goes down a little too easy.

Overall, it's pretty spectacular. It's really just what I'm looking for, being a fan of the dark, chewy stuff. (1,005 characters)

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. (923 characters)

Beer Geek Vanilla Shake from Mikkeller ApS
95 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.