Beer Geek Vanilla Shake - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Mikkeller ApS

Beer Geek Vanilla Shake - Bourbon Barrel-AgedBeer Geek Vanilla Shake - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #23
ABV:
13%
Score:
100
Ranked #85
Avg:
4.6 | pDev: 6.3%
Reviews:
77
Ratings:
555
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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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Reviews by peterpunk15:
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peterpunk15 from Massachusetts

4.88/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I really enjoy the Mikkeller Beer Geek series but this one took things to the next level. Its aroma is incredible and packs a ton of vanilla flavor with it. It's incredibly smooth for a 13% and the Bourbon taste is barely noticeable, a good thing for a sweet stout like this one.

Apr 03, 2017
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YodersBeerEmporium from Iowa

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!!!

Jun 03, 2015
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dlino11 from Illinois

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.

Jan 19, 2015
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mobius387 from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -13%

Apr 14, 2014
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SveNss0N from Massachusetts

4.59/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jan 22, 2017
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Everydayoff from Thailand

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

2016 batch, on-tap served in a Mikkeller stemmed glass at Mikkeller Bangkok.

Sinful black with some deep ruddy brown hue along the edge when hits the light, rich tan frothy head builds up to stand for a while before subsiding to some foamy sheet atop and leaving plenty of refined yet sticky lace sip by sip.

In a nose, the aroma delicately comprises of big vanilla, very rich dark and creamy chocolate, cocoa, mocha, caramel, dark bread, toasted biscuit, charred nut, also with some touch of bourbon that is reminiscent of oaky, woody, spicy, and mellow fruit.

Chocolate fudge, dark and creamy chocolate, cocoa, mocha, vanilla, caramel, dark bread, toasted biscuit, charred nut, all of these flavors are harmoniously blended up creating super delicious and luscious taste. Bourbon barrel yields more complexity with its spicy, woody oak, and some mellow fruitiness profile. It is vanilla and sweet overall but in very good way and not that cloying as it is counterbalanced by all those delicacy and tasty tang.

Full and rich body but not that too sticky with some carbonation to yield smoothness and some crisp mouthfeel through the palate, finish is pleasantly dry.

This one is just really close to flawless. Completely blow me away, complex, solid, tasty, and alcohol is very well hidden, could never be missed. I also keep one bottle for cellaring and will see how it is developed by year to come.

Dec 27, 2016
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vizzionman from Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Apr 30, 2014
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mklisz from New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apr 23, 2018
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KevBot89 from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Apr 24, 2017
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vziznznzyz from North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Feb 28, 2017
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Nurhyme21 from Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dec 27, 2014
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mattreitz49 from Florida

4.56/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Dec 18, 2016
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controlfate from Illinois

4.9/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Mar 22, 2015
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greenspointexas from Texas

4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Apr 22, 2014
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sourdog from California

4.44/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nov 30, 2016
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badboy7113 from Florida

4.15/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 25, 2014
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Nedster10 from Michigan

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dec 10, 2018
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LoveStout from New York

4/5  rDev -13%

Apr 17, 2014
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maljay26 from Florida

4.66/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jan 11, 2017
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bmur112 from Maryland

4.92/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Feb 23, 2015
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Beer4B from Florida

4.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Nov 03, 2015
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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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dannyhead from Florida

4.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mar 04, 2015
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mserviam from Denmark

3.94/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: black, little light brown head disappears quickly
S: Vanilla with some nutty chocolate. Sharpness of the vanilla mellows as it warms.
T: Chocolate, some coffee bitterness with a nice bourbon alcohol finish.
M: Creamy, low carbonation.
O: Glad I got this one on tap at Mikkeller and Friends before it was gone. An outstanding barrel aged stout. Not overly sweet as I'd expected from the vanilla infusion with the right hint of bourbon finish. The alcohol tasted comes more from the barrel than the high ABV. The flavors of this beer unite, living up to the name of "Shake."

Mar 21, 2014
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madnismo from Florida

5/5  rDev +8.7%

Feb 27, 2014
Beer Geek Vanilla Shake - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 555 ratings