Beer Geek Vanilla Shake - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Mikkeller ApS

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From:
Mikkeller ApS
 
Denmark
Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #27
ABV:
13%
Score:
100
Ranked #81
Avg:
4.58 | pDev: 6.33%
Ratings:
577
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jan 11, 2022
Added:
Feb 16, 2014
Wants:
  447
Gots:
  55
SCORE
100
World-Class
Beer Geek Vanilla Shake - Bourbon Barrel-AgedBeer Geek Vanilla Shake - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Notes: 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.
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4.25 by Juggerr from New York on Jan 11, 2022
 
4.5 by Rkitchen from Michigan on Jun 19, 2021
 
4.45 by CarpeDiem33 from Minnesota on Jun 16, 2021
 
4.1 by Filabee from Michigan on Jun 14, 2021
 
4.42 by Ristaccia from Nebraska on May 10, 2021
 
4.59 by beefbucket from Missouri on Apr 20, 2021
 
4.5 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Apr 10, 2021
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3.9/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Sigmund from Norway

On tap at Cardinal’s big Brewers’ Night, Pitch black colour, moderate tan head. Intense aroma of vanilla, bourbon, chocolate and oak. Sweet flavour with nearly overwhelming notes of vanilla, also roasted malts, coffee and chocolate, bourbon and oak again, but the hops are very moderate.

Mar 22, 2021
 
4.59 by ArsMoriendiOU818 from Virginia on Feb 05, 2021
 
4.61 by moltch from Massachusetts on Jan 23, 2021
 
4.5 by teepeevee from Finland on Jan 05, 2021
 
4.48 by Duncian from Pennsylvania on Oct 26, 2020
 
4.4 by Bum4ever from California on Oct 03, 2020
 
4.38 by Lare453 from Florida on Sep 23, 2020
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4.54/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by unclekeith from Alaska

2016

Sep 18, 2020
 
4.46 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee on Sep 18, 2020
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4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by terpsnburps from California

One of my favorite BA stouts.
Pours a dark black, with a nice tan head.Not much head retention as its common with some BA beers.
Aroma is amazing, complex and decadent mix of vanilla, chocolatey bourbon, caramelized sugar, cookie dough, with hints of coffee and oak.
Taste is just as good. Smooth bourbon laced chocolate,lots of vanilla, caramelized sugar, followed up by hints of coffee, roasted malts, and oak. Incredible.
Mouthfeel is silky smooth, with a mellow carbonation.
Over all one of my favorite BA stouts. Mikkeller makes some incredible stous, Huge fan of the shake series. The non barrel aged ones can be too sweet for people. But this BA version is damned near perfect, everything comes together so nicely.

Aug 15, 2020
 
4.81 by HOPTOMIC_BOMB from California on Aug 08, 2020
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4.39/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

Appearance - The beer poured a murky black color with a dark tan head crowning the glass.

Smell - The sweet nose of vanilla and chocolate cakealmost reaches the level of children’s breakfast cereal. But then there is the bourbon. There is no bourbon in children’s breakfast cereal.

Taste - The bourbon leads the taste, with bold notes of chocolate, vanilla, and even a hint of coconut. Black licorice notes were also detectable at times. In the aftertaste, the sweetness of the vanilla stands out among the continuing flavors.

Mouthfeel - The stout was slick with sweetness without the need for gobs of lactose sugar.

Overall - I may like the sweetness of the non-BA version better, but this is very solid.

Aug 02, 2020
 
4.49 by ArtAttackEd from Pennsylvania on Jul 28, 2020
 
4.47 by beersgud from Kansas on Jul 26, 2020
 
4.75 by Rochefort10nh from New Hampshire on Jul 19, 2020
 
4.31 by cmukid87 from Michigan on Jun 17, 2020
 
4.78 by Buck_Jones from Michigan on Jun 14, 2020
 
4.25 by JamLand from District of Columbia on Jun 13, 2020
 
4.4 by impending from California on Jun 11, 2020
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4.67/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by DIM from Pennsylvania

2019 from San Diego

Wow there is a lot to like here. The base stout big and fudge-y. Everything else compliments rather than overwhelms it. The bourbon barrel is subtle, sweet, and warming. The vanilla is assertive, but luscious and not artificial. The coffee is difficult to discern but does add a nice layer.

Jun 01, 2020
 
4.5 by meg-ethan from Massachusetts on May 26, 2020
 
4.79 by antrocks from Massachusetts on May 14, 2020
 
4.5 by MTKATL from Georgia on May 13, 2020
 
4.25 by ADTaber from South Carolina on Apr 28, 2020
 
4.25 by Markyg21 from Connecticut on Apr 18, 2020
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4.65/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Roguer from Connecticut

Very good head production, and good retention. Body is a deep, dark hue, close to ebony.

Absolutely huge nose, swarming with tones of chocolate and vanilla (and I'm not even sure chocolate is added to this beer). Bourbon is fairly restrained, but adds a nicely sweet mash. No real coffee note. Deep and rich malt base.

Similarly thick, rich, and sweet on the palate, but with plenty of bourbon and oak, lasting all the way through the finish with some boozy heat. Absolutely delicious, with a crazy amount of vanilla, rich chocolate and brown sugar tones, and plenty of coffee, all wrapped in a warm, lush blanket of bourbon. The boozy heat announces the high ABV, but it's incredibly smooth, thick, and drinkable.

Apr 12, 2020
 
4.75 by Dharms from Pennsylvania on Apr 09, 2020
 
4.5 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota on Apr 04, 2020
 
5 by fiver29 from Ohio on Mar 21, 2020
 
4.68 by Duffman79 from Connecticut on Mar 16, 2020
 
4.6 by KevinFinneran226 from Massachusetts on Mar 15, 2020
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4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by superspak from North Carolina

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense and rocky tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Great spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas and flavors of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, coffee, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of molasses, toffee, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts, vanilla, and bourbon barrel notes; with big strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, coffee, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of molasses, toffee, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate pine, herbal, floral, grassy bitterness; and yeast spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, coffee, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of molasses, toffee, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, vanilla, and bourbon barrel flavors; with an amazing malt/bitterness, and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with no cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a VERY silky, velvety, and slick mouthfeel that is fantastic. Minimal warming alcohol for 13.4%. Overall this is an amazing BBA imperial stout. All around amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, vanilla, and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing style example.

Mar 06, 2020
 
4.5 by JLK7299 from North Carolina on Mar 03, 2020
Beer Geek Vanilla Shake - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from Mikkeller ApS
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