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Beer Geek Vanilla Shake - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 128
Hads: 837
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 21.02%
Wants: 257
Gots: 194 | FT: 27
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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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Photo of SeanBond
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
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 -12%
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 +7.9%
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%
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 +1.8%
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 -3.2%
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%
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 +10.6%
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 +3.9%
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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Photo of Mightykingmalard
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours like molasses. Midnight black. Head is cream white, but when you swirl it it leaves a thick yellow tint on the glass.

S: smells like vanilla bean ice cream, almost exactly.

T: huge malt presence. Really does taste like a vanilla shake. And I like vanilla shakes so this is awesome.

M: thick, creamy, sits on the tongue and gets better. Leaves a great residual taste.

O: delivers exactly what it says. It's a boozy vanilla shake. Not that everything mikkeller does isn't great, but this is pretty darn good.

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Photo of aleigator
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Many thanks to MrOrla for the bottle.

Pours a motor oil black color, with a decent froth, dark brown head.

Smells of fudge, roasted coffee, bakers chocolate and cocoa nibs among a slightly floral, wooden vanilla note. Evokes a desert like, rich impression, without turning particular sweet. Lovely, well integrated vanilla aromas top off the viscous, toffeeish roastiness, with a decent chocolate depth.

Begins with bready, slighty bitter coffee, paired with smooth, thick, warming milk chocolate, creating a very pleasant mouthfeel. Turns sweeter, with fudge and caramel, adding to the chocolate, while inviting a gentle amount of vanilla to the palate. Drinks like chocolate mousse, with bitter, scorched coffee admidst ornate vanilla, creating a full, sweeter mouthfeel. The coffee becomes more present with vanilla being recognizable, providing a dry note to the palate as a fitting counterpart to the convincing sweetness, very well balanced beer. Despite the full body of the beer, it maintaines a certain, lovely ease, due to the vanilla. Has a slightly boozy heat to it during the finish, which profoundly gets wrapped up by chocolate, cane sugar and nougat. Vanilla fades during the finish, while the beer turns quite sweet, while continously drinking smooth, with earth and molasses, as well as some slightly tamed coffee.

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Photo of Shaunbkgb
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of GregJ
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of Sam-VW
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

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Photo of Buschyfor3
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours thick and black, no head
S: Tons of vanilla sweetness
T: Huge vanilla, very sweet, dark chocolate, light coffee, thick mouthfeel, caramel, roasty bitterness

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.2/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.73/5  rDev -37%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.61/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
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 .

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Beer Geek Vanilla Shake from Mikkeller ApS
95 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.