Beer Geek Vanilla Shake - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Mikkeller ApS

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #22
Ranked #83
4.6 | pDev: 6.3%
Mikkeller ApS
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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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Sigmund from Norway

3.9/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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terpsnburps from California

4.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.39/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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DIM from Pennsylvania

4.67/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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
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Roguer from Connecticut

4.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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
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superspak from Ohio

4.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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von_kaiser from Connecticut

4.46/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

stoked to have on draft....sweet nilla scent. rich, full, decadent feel...dark khaki lace...mild vanilla flavor..charred barrel flavor and a ton of heat. gonna go back tomorrow a grab another pour.

Feb 29, 2020
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Fordcoyote15 from Kentucky

4.97/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

LONG TIME WANT. Draft pour at vintage estates boardman ohio.

L - deep and dark.

S - holy fuck. Layers and layers of molasses, carmelized brown sugar, bourbon,vanilla, caramel.

T - that's the best beer I've ever had. I can't even describe how good it is. It's like the first time I had bcbs how amazed I was at the depth of the flavors. Years and thousands of beers later this is blowing me away like bcbs did.

F - huge.

O - perfect.

Feb 23, 2020
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stevoj from Idaho

4.26/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle at share thanks to steve.Dark, ruddy browwn pour, small bubbly head. Roasty aroma complimented with chocolate, vanilla and whiskey barrel. Taste focuses on the vanilla , sweet and rich, with a pleasant warmth.

Jan 03, 2020
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BillRoth from Maryland

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

Extraordinary on draft earlier this year and now months later by Crowler.
Huge rich vanilla; sweet but also characteristically bitter with equally huge coffee and bourbon. Dense decadent velvety body. Beer Geek on steroids :)

Dec 26, 2019
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Sandis from Minnesota

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

10oz. tap sampled from a snifter at Ansari's - Eagan, MN. So, I love vanilla and for me this beer is absolutely delicious. Strong vanilla in the aroma and flavor. Thick and creamy. If someone told me I had to pick just one beer to drink for the rest of my life, this would be in the running.

Jul 15, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vanilla definitely takes the forefront on the nose, with a little bit of woodiness, as taste adds toasted double chocolate chip cookie with sweet vanilla glaze. A very mild bourbon heat and viscous, syrupy thick body finishes sticky, semi-dry. The after taste is total s'mores

Oh hey, #4000!

Mar 20, 2019
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Zach_Attack from Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

01/2017 - Lovely marshmallow, vanilla, wee graham, bourbon up front; sweet, creamy, bourbon, chocolate on body with vanilla lingering; amazing mouthfeel that's chewy and luscious.

Sep 26, 2018
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M-Fox24 from New Jersey

4.26/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: An oily, black pour with brown highlights: length, retention, and lacing are minimal

S: Aroma is well involved with traces of bourbon coinciding to arrays of vanilla fudge, caramel brownies, cocoa, oak, and tones of smoked molasses with faint, whiskey-soaked dark fruit coming on delicately

T: Vanilla surmises the palate in exquisite fashion accompanied by milk chocolate mounds, marshmallows, roasted caramelized-nuts, oak, and coffee infused creamer with traces of fruit, and hints of smoked bark

M: Granted syrupy, rich, and creamy yet mitigated and not cloying sweet. Thus, a moderated thick feel, with apt carbonation and medium heat

O: The barrel plays extremely well with the notes: the whiskey element works immensely – A sensible, and measured effort from the Mikkeller team

Sep 13, 2018
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kitch from Hong Kong

4.57/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 11.2 fl. oz. bottle, bottled on 5th September 2016 and a best before date of 5th September 2026. Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Dark dark brown, near black in colour with pretty much no head and no lacing.

Aroma: Vanilla, caramel, cream, chocolate, cocoa, oak and bourbon with hints of alcohol soaked raisin.

Taste: Cocoa, chocolate, caramel, fudge, vanilla, bourbon soaked raisin, oak, bourbon cream with touches of roasty coffee.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall: A very nice sipper with good creamy vanilla and bourbon flavours.

May 01, 2018
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Rristow from Ohio

4.32/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasted from bottle. 2016 version. Pours dark brown with minimal tan head. Vanilla, caramel and bourbon aroma. Huge vanilla flavor along with caramel, coffee, molasses, bourbon. If you like vanilla you’ll like this one. Very well done.

Mar 11, 2018
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DoctorD from Maine

4.37/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Overwhelming vanilla smell and taste - hides the alcohol remarkably well and very smooth. I felt it was a bit thin and more like a porter consistency, but nevertheless it is quite decadent and worth the effort if you are fond of vanilla.

Dec 14, 2017
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's. Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown almost black with a thin mocha head that faded quickly. Nice legs.

S - Aromas of massive vanilla beans galore, raw vanilla as well. Super rich. Light coffee aroma, coffee ice cream like with some light bourbon cream notes as well.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Creme broulee galore. Little burnt toffee flavour as well with nice burnt caramel. There is very nice coffee taste as well. The bourbon is rather subtle but everything else is excellent.

M - Mouthfeel is lowly carbonated, creamy, alcohol hidden nicely.

O - Overall this was a very nice beer with loads of vanilla. The barrel was really light though.

Serving Type: bottle

Sep 02, 2017
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rudzud

Light fizzy head mostly just bubbles from the pour, long thick legs, pitch black beer

Nose loads and loads of raw vanilla and vanilla chocolate mixed milk shake, dark choc cocoa, m&m candy chocolate, choc syrup, vanilla syrup, coffee ice cream, little roast, flashes of barrel and sweet bourbon cream

Taste big sweet chocolate vanilla ice cream, straight up cream, loads of vanilla, raw vanilla, big vanilla milk shake and chocolate syrup, cocoa, little barrel oak note and bit of bourbon cream, quite sweet creme Brule like, burnt caramel, nice coffee milk and burnt coffee syrup, little roast, bitter hop and roast late

Mouth is heavier bod, little syrupy, light carb, no booze which is crazy for 13%

Overall really good

Sep 02, 2017
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unclejazz from New York

4.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh hell this is one glorious beer which delivers on all levels. Spot on chewy mouth feel and the vanilla helps round out the finish. Nose hides the alcohol well and vanilla is the predominant note although the taste is full
If rich fudge, syrupy vanilla, rad note of barrel char and devil's cut. Would always enjoy this and happy to try or buy again.

Aug 26, 2017
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Frudel from Canada (QC)

4.8/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

330ml bottle.
Dark black liquid with some reddish glints, small beige head.

Nose is crazy vanilla, caramel, chocolate, coffee, small bourbon hints.

As intense in nose, vanilla is all over place in taste, but in a good way, roasted malt, coffee, medium to high sweetness, very dark chocolate bitterness, we can taste some bourbon and woody notes as well. It feels like having a vanilla malty ice cream in a glass.

It’s creamy, almost full body, long never-ending aftertaste. A nice warmth in the throat that remember us it’s 13%.

Very very good, well balanced brew!

Aug 04, 2017
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Stevem68 from Ohio

4.57/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark chocolate in color. Aroma is the bigges vanilla ever. Flavor is vanillla upon more vanilla. This is a vanilla milk shake. Body is a little thin but overall pretty fantastic.

Jul 15, 2017
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edthehead from New York

4.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not going to get to technical on this one. Dark, minimal head, smooth moderate to full mouth feel. That's said, big vanilla and bourbon on the nose, on the palate, forward and on the finish, awesome. Haven't had the base Vanilla Shake yet, but it's chilling in the cellar. Really looking forward to it even more now that I've had the BB edition.

Jun 01, 2017
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 5/9/16 ("best buy 5/9/26"); drank 4/22/17 @ the Yarchives.

Brown/black appearance.

A violent pour yielded a small tan head; minimal lace.

Vanilla, rich milk chocolate, port wine & mild oak notes in the nose.

Smooth medium thick mouthfeel.

Rich milk chocolate & oak spice flavors up front; massive vanilla notes on the finish. Mild bourbon heat emerged as this warmed.

This was way up my alley as far as profile, but honestly the barrel aging detracted rather than added to the overall effect; I just wanted more of that chocolate vanilla goodness. Still very good.

Apr 23, 2017
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.13/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a taster. Thanks Kevin for sharing this beer.

Dark brown body with a light tan head.

Medicinal vanilla, sweet vanilla extract, cherry, finish is lightly bitter . Low carbonation and a little watery.

Apr 06, 2017
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