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Beer Geek Vanilla Shake (Bourbon Edition) | Mikkeller ApS

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Beer Geek Vanilla Shake (Bourbon Edition)Beer Geek Vanilla Shake (Bourbon Edition)

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
In the beer geek breakfast series – the beer that really put Mikkeller on the map, we decided to shake things up by adding a truck load of vanilla to the french press coffee trick, creating a whole new dimension to the beer that are loved by freaks and geeks worldwide. Not only that, we then placed it in bourbon barrels for 8 months for a truly unique beer experience. It’s dark, dangerous, sweet and incredibly tasty as you would expect, but most of all; it’s ready to conquer your breakfast table routines. Please note: The label is the same as the regular version. This one comes with a limited edition yellow wax.

Brewed at Lervig in Norway.

Added by johnsonni on 02-16-2014

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.81/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This one pours an oily looking and super dark black, with a very small head, and no lacing.

The aroma absolutely leaps out of the glass here- it smells like pure cake frosting laced with bourbon.

I definitely like Mikkeller stouts, but a lot of them go overboard in black patent malt bitterness. This is the exact opposite- there's essentially no bitterness, as this is a sweet decadent cloud of a beer. There is an almost absurd amount of vanilla here. The base has a ton of vanilla to it, but the barrel-aging seems to have amplified the vanilla even further, as the barrels probably gave off a little bit of the flavor too. There's some light oak, and silky bourbon that is well folded into the vanilla extravanganza. The label states that in the entire beer, 1% is coffee, and 0.7% is vanilla. This seems a bit absurd to me- as there is just a never-ending amount of vanilla here, and I barely get any coffee flavor. There's some slight high-quality milk chocolate, flavor too.

The mouthfeel is honestly the star- though- this is like drinking a silky vanilla cloud. It might have the best mouthfeel on a beer that I've ever had. It's light and full all at the same time, and just coats the mouth perfectly. If the beer was thicker, or more syrupy, it honestly could become too much, and too cloying. The mouthfeel- being the way it is- perfectly complements the beer.

This is a pretty special beer. This is the best beer I've had yet from this brewery. Mikkel can be hit or miss for me- this is most definitely a hit. Seek this out, if you can.

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Photo of wulfie85
4.69/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

One of the best vanilla beers I have ever had. Tried it at a share with all the big vanilla stouts and it stood with the best. Excellent body and an amazing amount of vanilla. Delicious

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.69/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Mikkeller slays another one! I enjoyed the standard Vanilla Shake, so I was very eager to try the BA version (side note: they need to do a BA Cocoa Shake as well!). Super rich vanilla on the nose, and a bit of chocolate to go with the nilla on the tongue. The barrel is a bit subdued, but overall a very drinkable dessert beer.

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Photo of Nicolaiw
4.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pitch black, small tan head fades away quite fast.
Fills the room with vanilla, bourbon, oak, cocoa, chocolate cake.
Taste is huge vanilla and bourbon. So smooth, got some heat to it and a little boozy in the finish.
The hype is real!

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.71/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Black with no head on a gentle pour. Beer looks viscous like a port wine
S - Chocolate, vanilla, carmel, oak
T- Dark coco & vanilla beans. A bit of roast malt comes through. No real heat from the barrel, but the oaky smoothness is still there and the mellow bourbon.
F- Viscous and port like
O- This beer is amazing. The barrel balances the bitterness of the base beer to make this one so well balanced. The body and mouth feel is like that of a fortified wine; coating the tongue.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.81/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep black color with a thick and viscous motor-oil body, small fizzy head disappears immediately, leaving nothing behind

S- deep aromas of mocha nut fudge jump out of the glass, typical Mikkeller. The barrel treatment is prominent, bringing aromas of spicy bourbon, caramel, coconut, oak & wood. Underlying notes of raisin, burnt marshmallow, toasted almond, butterscotch and light char

T- dark chocolate fudge flavor follows the aroma with immediate notes of toasted walnut, followed by a subtle bourbon presence that adds spicy rye, toasted oak, caramel, vanilla & toasted coconut. Dark fruit notes of raisin and fig kick in mid-palate. as it nears the close, more notes of dark fudge kick in with a linger of vanilla, bourbon & chocolate

M- thick and viscous body with low carbonation leads to a thick mouthfeel that coats the mouth, leading to a slightly creamy and velvety finish, ABV is hidden brilliantly

O- an outstanding BA stout that compliments the base beer perfectly. This one belongs in the top of the BA vanilla stout class

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Photo of Quetzolcotl
4.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

At two years old this beer is thick and chewy in the best way, nice vanilla notes in the nose and taste. Coffee is still present and doesn't taste like green pepper like a lot of people say happen to old coffee beers. Not too much carbonation but not a fault. Chocolate notes are there too, and hints of oak from barrel aging. A damn good beer and the best milk stout I've had.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.64/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black, no light penetration whatsoever. No head retained, minimal lacing, no carbonation. That's the only critique I have with this beer! It's a perfectly balanced, sweet, decadent beer that could be enjoyed as a dessert or before a meal. The bourbon influence is subtle but still distinct. No question this beer is pricey but I'm glad I had an opportunity to try and thoroughly enjoy it.

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Photo of AintNoTele
4.99/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Phenomenal brew from Mikkeller. Not much head but great, sweet bourbon/vanilla smell. Taste follows and is very similar to Vanilla Rye. Tastes like chocolate covered marshmallows with a hint of bourbon. I don't get much coffee flavor but who cares? Mouthfeel is on point, chewy awesomeness. I'll track another one of these down even with the steep price tag.


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Photo of Klaerity
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

THICK!! Like drinking oil tasting of pure vanilla with bourbon fragrance out of this world!! loaded with chocolate, coffee, vanilla, caramel with a nice bourbon kick!!

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Photo of simont1
4.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very oily, no head whatsoever, shaking it around doesn’t improve the head retention. Aroma of extreme vanilla, deep milk chocolate with dark chocolate, some bourbon but mostly very empowering vanilla. Taste of vanilla, chocolate, some licorice, quite sweet, lactose, bourbon, oak, more vanilla.It seems like the bourbon barrel aging added a ton more vanilla.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank this with Mikkel sitting 5 feet from me on the TG patio at their EPIC bottle share. Mikkel brought this as well as BA Brunch Weasel....both were out of this world!! Tons of Burbon but ultra smooth!!!

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Photo of aleigator
3.93/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a viscous, motor oil black color, with no head. Very thick, leaves back alcohol legs after swirling, still producing no head at all.

Both, vanilla and the barrel are very pronounced on the nose, evoking a sweeter, warming, dessert like impression. Underneath that, there are layers of molasses, caramel, earthy coffee, all leading back to the flowery, sweet vanilla, accompanied by rich, slighty hot wood. Malts add a glazed caramel impression to the beer, illustrating the sugary, biting booze, perfectly coated up by the vanilla sweetness.

Almost no carbonation at all remains recognizable among the incredible smooth mouthfeel, highlighting the beers full body.

Tastes of earthy malts, toffee, molasses, with vanilla becoming detectable at the same time as the the warming barrel does, balanced by slightly bitter, crushed coffee beans. Overall the beer is well balanced, while I expected its taste being sweeter, leading from the aromas. Coffee, toasted malts and earthy toffee exhibit a convincing counterpart to the molasses and cane sugar in the beer, resulting in a slightly bitter, hot finish. The Bourbon is well-developed, adding a lot of depth to the vanilla, as well as a pleasant bite, enhancing the dry, earthy coffee, which turns even more present during the finish.

Overall this beer tastes very interesting to me, based on the fact that it is much more that the nose revealed. It is in no way sticky sweet, while the vanilla gets beautifully enhanced by the prominent Bourbon. Unfortunately, the beers aftertaste does not come together too well for me, as coffee, vanilla and oak blend into malty, earthy liquorice, pretty much annihilating the present, but fragile vanilla impression.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.91/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours out like motor oil with next to no bubbles at all.

S- Big vanilla plus lots of nuttiness, milk chocolate and some raisin. All covered by a subtle bourbon coating with suggestions of butterscotch.

T- The roastiness comes through first with notes of bitter chocolate and mild char. Then comes the bourbon and, with it, the luscious vanilla bean that creates a caramel characteristic before finally arriving at a distinct coffee aftertaste. You hardly taste the 13% ABV. There is the slightest trace of oxidation which makes me glad I popped this bottle when I did.

M- All the flavors are supported by a silky smooth feel with nearly no carbonation (which is fine) and the fullest of body.

O- The total lack of carbonation in this beer is perfectly excusable because the beer is just that: perfect. I just couldn't imagine a BA stout getting any better. The intense sweetness of the vanilla is wonderfully complemented by the roasty bitterness and coffee notes.

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Photo of dar482
4.63/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The aroma offers vanilla, milk chocolate, subtle bourbon sweetness, and caramel sweetness.

The flavors of confectionery vanilla dessert, lots of roasted malt in the middle, some artificial chocolate flavor. The beer is surrounded by the vanilla of the bourbon barrels and some coffee bitterness. The finish is clean, but lingers slightly of malt.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.62/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black and opaque but with no head at all, even with a vigorous pour. The nose is ethereal, chocolate fudge brownie, sweet vanilla, coffee and some bossy bourbon, but not tons. The taste is very similar and the fudgy brownie is the driving force with ample vanilla some coffee and boozy bourbon and some dark roasted grains on the finish (a hint of dryness). It is thick and smooth on the palate and almost still with a lack of carbonation. I loved this beer but the thickness and lack of carb may be an issue for others.

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Photo of kscaldef
4.08/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark, dark brown. No sign of any carbonation.

S: Fudgy brownie.

T: Vanilla and chocolate cake. Yum.

M: Totally flat. Reasonably drinkable given that, but certainly a sipper.

O: Seems like this lost a lot of vanilla in the barrel aging. Sure do wish this had some carbonation to bring out the aromas more and lighten up the body.

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Photo of mothman
4.24/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thick and vicious. Black.

Hershey's syrup and cocoa. Maple syrup. Vanilla, caramel, bourbon, and oak. Very rich. Some peat and char (very traditional Mikkeller flavor).

Solid stuff.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.56/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a very pleasant surprise. I expected the slightly overpowering mess of normal Vanilla shake, but the barrel really balanced and smoothed out this beer. There is still a lot of vanilla, but in just the right way.

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Photo of dlino11
4.22/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured dark with a nice thick consistency. Smell did not reveal a lot of vanilla to me. At first the taste of the beer resembled Dark Lord but followed with vanilla and minor barrel flavor. Will have again.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml gold waxed bottle poured into tulip 3/12/15, can't thank kumatmebrew enough for this one

A mortar oil black right out of the bottle, even an angry pour gives just a dark thin fast falling film that leaves no lace

S smells like liquid fudge, vanilla, sweetened coffee, sooooo much chocolate of all forms its ridiculous, not a whole lot of barrel but a little bourbon in the background, hard to believe I'm smelling a beer smells like desert

T again its like drinking liquid fudge and chocolate syrup, again the barrel plays only a minor role, the 13% is nearly invisible, a little char, dark roasted espresso grinds, but its like drinking fudge

M chewy liquid, super thick but almost flat, sticky on my lips, no heat, maybe more on the finish then anywhere else

O crazy brew here, remind me more of a chocolate liqueur then anything, interesting beer drinking experience

not exactly what I was expecting but amazing stuff, so rich, so intense, hard to believe its a beer, worth seeking out

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Photo of MalibuKenny
4.96/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2014 batch poured from bottle to sniffer glass

A: Poured like a thin syrup, dark and cling to glass

S: There is no denying there is vanilla in the brew, and the coffee is very aromatic.

T: Gawd! So many characters to identify, I have to take multiple sips and wade through each one. One sip for vanilla, one sip for coffee, one sip for bourbon. Altogether, definitely a creamy smooth shake.

F: Such a heavy feel in the mouth that you might have to smack you lips a couple times after each sip.

O: Definitely near the top of this category of barrel aged adjunct stouts. Simply amazing. Does it justify the price to order and ship from oversea? To each his own I supposed. I'm just glad we ordered a CASEFUL :)

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Photo of floridadrift
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

b2: The best vanilla beer in a 12oz bottle that money can buy. Liquid Gold.

A: Dark, dark, dark, dark brown, almost black

T: It was so smooth, rich, creamy, and boozy. This beer set the bar for vanilla use and paved the way for beer and liquor being put together. God Bless Mikkeller

b1: falling off, like old vanilla, super thick like motor oil. still pretty good!

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Photo of Tim460
5/5  rDev +8.7%

Bottle from the Mikkeller Webshop.

Black with brown head. Could tell it was viscous from the pour.

Milk Chocolate and vanilla dominate the smell and taste along with coffee and some of the heaven hills bourbon barrel on the back end. Incredible! I didn't really get any hint of alcohol from this brew.

This is the most viscous beer I've ever had.

I had Mikkeller George Vs. Brian Cherry wine BA the same session as this beer and it blew my mind but the BA Vanilla Shake is the best beer I've ever had. Substantially better than the non BA version. If they have any left in stock when I make my next order I plan on picking up a few. Expensive, but worth it.

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Photo of trippytbta
5/5  rDev +8.7%

A: pours black with tiny brown head
S: like rich hot coco, melted milk chocolate, slightly bourbon
T: tastes like vanilla and chocolate immensely. Maybe like chocolate malt. The very slightest heat and BA at the end. The sweet chocolate vanilla and coffee really come through through-out this beer.
M: silky and milky. Superb mouthfeel
Overall: def a world class brew. One to be shared and sipped. A very special brew.

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