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Beer Geek Vanilla Shake | Mikkeller ApS

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Beer Geek Vanilla ShakeBeer Geek Vanilla Shake
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Vanilla Shake it is newest member of the great Beer Geek family. Oatmeal stout with coffee, and lots of vanilla.

Added by Rollzroyce21 on 08-15-2013

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Photo of TBonez477
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smooth, sweet vanilla aroma. Taste starts huge with vanilla and alcohol, melding into dark roasted coffee. Body is smooth and thick with mild carbonation.

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Photo of W_Des
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nice and black into a snifter. Great vanilla coffee nose. Not sickly sweet like some vanilla beers and it tastes so good. Great vanilla aftertaste. Deceptively strong too at 13%. Can't really get any of that in the beer.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Black with a small tan head.
S: Lots of sweet vanilla, smells really good.
T: Big vanilla upfront. Some bittering / medicinal notes in the backend. I'm sure glad the vanilla hide the base beer. (I don't care for the weasel brunch at all) I also don't taste the 13% at all. I'm very surprised it's 13%....well hidden.
F: Smooth and creamy, just not very thick.
O: The best of the Mikkeller beer geek stouts by a long shot. Not top notch, but I recommend it if you like vanilla stouts.

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Photo of darktronica
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No head worth mentioning, even with a vigorous pour. Was worried it had gone flat as a result, but was merely fairly low carb.

Smell is of vanilla and maltmaltmaltmaltmalt. This is like Milk Duds turned up to 11. I want a candle that smells like this.

Mouth feel is a bit thin, making this dangerously easy to drink. Vanilla Shake is such an apt name; Mikkeler has nailed it. The coffee is subdued, and I get a hint of mint and chocolate instead. This is delicious.

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Photo of Marius
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thick pour, huge vanilla, cocoa and marshmallow smell. Tons of vanilla, together with cocoa, dark chocolate, caramel and coffee in the taste, the alcohol is barely noticeable until the drink gets warm. Medium body with moderate carbonation, making for a surprisingly drinkable beer. Amazing stuff.

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Photo of Alron
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Holy Crap!
I was not expecting such a good beer. Ridiculous. Very thick, smells amazing, high abv.
Exactly what I want in a stout. I've drank alot of craft beer and frankly have been bored and disappointed for a long time. This beer has reaffirmed my faith in craft beer.

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Photo of Suds_Suds
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Tons of vanilla on the nose, has a very rich oatey marshmellowey mouthfeel, thicker than expected. Some dark fruit and hint of coffee in the taste. Finishes very smooth and the flavor lingers, like eating a piece of chocolate. Superb overall.

Drank both of my bottles. I'm definitely going to seek this out next time it releases.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

a 12 oz bottle poured into a Speigelau glass

A: very little head but what there was, was frothy and chocolaty in appearance a pitch black brew

S: it smells a lot like a vanilla milkshake at first blush but there is some dark roast here with a little chocolate and like an oatmeal cookie smell and almost vanilla gives it a slight marshmallow quality

T: Wow lots of vanilla sweetness but then some layers of bitter dark chocolate...

M: Very thick and lush it just blankets and caresses your tongue

O: I think the vanilla is overwhelming but you still have a great beer here lots of flavors if you can sift through them and what a mouthfeel. it's what Victory at Sea would be if it had a lush mouthfeel

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Photo of IPAGeorge
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint

A. Pours a black beer with 1 finger of frothy cappuccino colored head. 1 minute of head retention. Little lacing.

S. Lots of vanilla as the name suggests. Roasted malts..

T. Again lots of vanilla. You get that roasted malt essence. It is what it is. And it fits it well.

M. 6 out of 10 on thickness. Creamy. Mild carbonation. What you would want from a stout.

O. This beer accomplishes exactly what it when for. It's a nice clean Oatmeal Stout with alot of vanilla. The mouthfeel is right on spot. A very nice beer.

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Photo of Rutager
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Viscous looking pour, thin tan head. So much creamy vanilla in the nose, with a little milk chocolate and just a hint of dark malts underneath.

Huge sweet vanilla on the tongue, pretty much drowns out the stout but overall a great desert beer.

A great beer to try once, but that's enough for this bro.

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Photo of Get_Lowell
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip.
Look: Pitch black with slight layer of dark brown foam, foam quickly dissipates and leaves slight semblance of head. Light tan lacing on the sides. Beer looks thick and still.
Smell: Tons and tons of vanilla, big chocolate notes seep through. Very pungent. Perhaps too much vanilla.
Taste: Loads of chocolate on the front and tons of vanilla on the back end. Roasted coffee notes on the back end but I also get a metallic tang. Likely some mild infection.
Feel: Moderate to heavy thickness. Roast coffee oil lingers on the palate.
Overall: As a big fan of beer geek, vanilla shake adds a little pizzazz that treats you right. Wish the infection wasn't there though, it really kills the roasted coffee aftertaste and holds this beer back.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really does taste like a vanilla shake. Sweet and silky and dangerously drinkable. I have a bottle of BA Vanilla Shake and it will be interesting to compare.

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Photo of Thirsty_In_Chicago
3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Lots of vanilla on the nose. There's a considerable amount of char/bitterness in the taste, which leaves me wanting more sweetness to balance it out. Mouthfeel was nice and big. In the end I'm not as impressed as others seem to be.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.56/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330ml to a tulip glass. My 3rd or 4th time having this one.

A - Sludgy+glass-staining black pour with a finger or so of brown head. A thick ring remains by the end.

S - Smell is pretty absurd. Chocolate chip cookie dough, vanilla ice cream, brown sugar, cake batter. Some serious vanilla for sure.

T - A little bit of coffee noticeable here, particularly in the finish, but still very much a vanilla bomb. Dessert-y vanilla chocolate caramel cookies and cream all the way. Very sweet but a touch of char seems to help balancing that out.

M - Big ol desserty stout feel, chewy, surprisingly well-carbonated but still very much on the dense side. There is some alcohol heat, but it's around what I expect at 13%.

O - This has grown on me a bit since past experiences, but it's my least favorite of the Beer Geeks. The vanilla overload obscures the coffee (and everything else, really), on top of the upped ABV make this kind of cloying, singular, and hard to tolerate more than half the bottle. Still, fans of novelty dessert sipper stouts should probably go for it.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

thanks sirsteve! enjoyed from a mikkeller stockholm taster.

a -gorgeous jet black with a thin dark tan foamy head that had some staying power and left rings of lace on the glass.

s -probably the highlight of the beer. deep lush vanilla over big chocolate dessert coffee. rich and roasty bold and sweet but a nice blend, but iberly anything.

t/m/o -really digging this. vanilla glazed over coffee infused stout with deep notes of chocolate. all that with the body of an oatmeal stout. simply delicious. would love to try the BA version.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tons of Vanilla here, especially in the nose. The aroma is almost completely vanilla untill it warms a bit revealing the booziness. More complexity in the taste with some roasted coffee coming through nicely, but still mostly vanilla.

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Photo of SeanBond
4.88/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Damn. This is my first non-collab beer by Mikkeller, and what an intro!

I try to make it pretty clear that I don't typically prefer stouts with coffee in them, and up until now there were only two (that I can think of) that I'd really seek out:

CBS and Vainglorious.

Now there's a third.

This stuff pours extremely thick and dark; if I didn't know any better I'd have thought it was barrel-aged. Great thick brown head as well.

The nose gives you a little roastiness with vanilla, which is borne out by the taste.

The taste is absolutely delicious; so much so that I'm surprised this thing doesn't rate higher here on BA (yeah, a 96 is great, but I've had a lot of lesser stouts that get to 100). Loads of sweet vanilla, carefully balanced by some coffee bitterness. Not the most complex beer in the world, but incredibly drinkable.

This is one of the best stouts I've ever had, and probably right up there with Darkness for my favorite non-BA stout. It probably loses based on complexity, but it's insanely drinkable for a 13% beer. Only real downside is the price point.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.81/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Magnificent looking. Pitch black with caramel head that lingers a ring around the edge. Terrific legs. Smell is intense vanilla, as it really does smell like vanilla shake. Some cookies, and a touch of roasted malts. Flavor is complex, but muddled at times. Sweet, yet bitter with a healthy dose of vanilla. The body is really interesting. I know most people rave about its shakelike thickness, and while it looks mean in the glass, it fails to coat the tongue. The alcohol is there, but not overwhelming.

Overall, this beer is kind of all over the map for me. Delish at times and meh at others. I'd prefer Brunch Weasel to Vanilla Shake.

$9 for 11.2 oz bottle

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Photo of Treyliff
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter glass

A- pours a thick jet black color with a small fizzy dark tan head that disappears completely, leaving nothing behind

S- big hit of vanilla bean up front with aromas of marshmallow, vanilla whipping cream, caramelized brown sugar, toffee, chocolate milk shake, cocoa powder, malted milk balls, rum raisin & a hint of coffee.

T- sweet and creamy up front with lots of lactose sweetness that is truly reminiscent of a milk shake. Flavors of fresh marshmallow, whipped cream, malted milk balls, french vanilla ice cream, caramel/toffee, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, raisin & espresso. More creamy vanilla lingers on the palate long after

M- thick and viscous body with low carbonation leads to a creamy & chewy mouthfeel that continues all the way to a slightly warming finish

O- Mikkeller makes some of my favorite stouts and this is no exception. The creamy vanilla is spot on and this is dangerously drinkable at 13%, very well done

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Photo of PVMT
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not quite Bourbon County Vanilla Rye, but close. Great color and terrific nose. Vanilla is present, but not sweet or cloying. Stout is rich and smooth and strong and does not taste like a 13% abv beer at all.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

mikkeller has done it again, this might be my favorite of the series so far. wow is this good. its a little scary on the pour, like blacktop sealant for the driveway, more brown than that black, but similar in viscosity, this is awfully thick, and there isnt much head on it either. motor oil in the glass. the nose is incredible, the coffee is way behind the vanilla, but it doesnt seem half as sweet as the dessert edition. fresh bean vanilla and oozy barley roast, sludgy coffee, and cake frosting all present themselves to me when i sniff. the taste is on point with the nose, the coffee has a weird complexion, seeming less special than in others in the series. almost has a stale acidity to it, but fortunately it is more of a balancing counterpoint to the sweet vanilla, which is dosed about as heavily as one could imagine. fresh and real, not like a boozy extraction, but like a sliced open and scraped pod. amazing with the other flavors, but even more amazing with the texture. no carbonation, thick syrup, almost not even beer texturally, more like something to pour over pancakes or a brownie, but all that vanilla for me loves this thickness, it lets it linger on the palate forever. im not sure this needs a bourbon barrel, but i am awfully curious to try that edition. special beer, shocked to see its as strong as it is, is drinks easier than that. world class again from mikkeller.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark chocolate brown. Completely opaque in the glass. Small khaki colored head which leaves fine lacing behind. Neither the head or lacing last long.

Aroma is strong, pure vanilla. Undertones of coffee, heavy cream and oats. Mild roasted malt.

Like the aroma, vanilla dominates. Some sweetness. Cream, cane sugar and dark molasses. Mild coffee, roasted malt and oats.

Medium body with a creamy thickness. Moderate carbonation. Some bitterness in the aftertaste.

Very nice vanilla flavor, though quite strong. Could use a bit more coffee oomph. Rather sweet going toward overly so.

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Photo of OGShotzy
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big fan favorite. Only bought one—at the liquor store at the source in Denver,CO—but it hid the booze really well. Smelled and tasted like dessert.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance – A dark black color with a fairly small chocolate colored head. Leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass when swirled.

Smell – Wow, that is sweet – even more so than their Beer Geek Dessert. Vanilla shake, malted milk balls, and coffee. I love it!

Taste – Vanilla, coffee, and malt. Goes down so easy!

Mouthfeel – VERY creamy (almost too creamy), and nicely carbonated. I cannot feel the 13% abv whatsoever.

Drinkability – As I already said under taste, this beer goes down easy.

This is the best beer I've had from Mikkeller, and one of my all time favorites. A little on the sweet side perhaps, but the coffee balances it out nicely.

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Photo of blankenhoney
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with no date enjoyed today, March 1, 2015, from a snifter

A: Rich, inky black with a huge, rusty, and foamy copper-brown head

S: A vanilla-bean explosion: loads and loads of vanilla bean, lightly caramelized sugar, cocoa, sweet malts, and a good bit of rummy booziness.

T: Sweet, sugary vanilla beans, chocolate malts, and a bit of roast. It really is a lot like a malted vanilla milkshake.

M: Creamy, milky, and just a bit lighter than medium-bodied.

O: Fantastic stuff, especially if you like vanilla in your stouts. Manages to be very vanilla-forward and pretty sweet without being cloying. Endlessly drinkable.

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Beer Geek Vanilla Shake from Mikkeller ApS
95 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.