Beer Geek Cocoa Shake
Mikkeller ApS

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Mikkeller ApS
Stout - Oatmeal
Ranked #22
Ranked #3,116
4.2 | pDev: 9.52%
Mar 19, 2022
Aug 13, 2014
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Photo of Eddieeight
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Eddieeight from Ohio

Well this was purchased as a single in a 16 oz can, not a bottle like the picture on beer advocate shows. The can says it's a limited series, but i don't know what's limited about it - maybe that it's in a can? Oh well, the label is rather plain and shows a guy sipping a coffee with another guy in the coffee who's sipping a coffee with another guy in that coffee. It may go on further, but the picture is too small and i can't see it. This can popped open with a burst that sprayed my computer and dribbled down my hand into a mass of stickiness. Poured out a deep dark brown with a dark tan head that rose at least 3 inches, holy crap i've never seen a head like that before. After a minute or so it died down and i took a sniff. The scent is pretty typical of a stout, chocolate and coffee. But it's a bit metallic, and not the greatest of smells. The taste is overwhelmingly like the nose, lots of chocolate on the front, and bitter coffee beans rolling up on the back end. Notes of hazelnut nutella and vanilla add to the completion of the wash. I mean, the label doesn't lie, as it indicates it has these ingredients in it, so it certainly delivers on its promise. Mouthfeel is medium thick and moderate carbonation. Overall, a meaty drink that is like a beer version of a mocha espresso, I'm digging it. And at 13% I have to give it credit as a big brew. I like it. I would drink this again. Not unique enough to earn my top marks, but quite respectable for what it is.

Mar 19, 2022
4.52 by mishi_d from Romania on Nov 28, 2021
4.24 by Duncian from Pennsylvania on Mar 05, 2021
4.25 by paulish from New York on Jun 18, 2020
Photo of Guaro
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Guaro from Italy

Total black with irregular hazelnut head with little hold. Scent of vanilla, chocolate dessert, toasted barley, dark fruit, ash and earthy. On the palate, a sweet impact that incorporates the olfactory scents, a delicious chocolate cake, fruit in alcohol, nuts and a bitter and herbaceous finish which, together with the toasts, balances and cleans the breasts. As the temperature warms, the alcoholic warmth makes its way massively. Full body creamy and low carbonation. Delicious.

May 14, 2020
4.25 by mcthfg from Korea (South) on Nov 17, 2019
4.32 by arzt from Russian Federation on Nov 12, 2019
4.25 by MaxOhle from Illinois on Jul 03, 2019
4.31 by icemanls4 from Switzerland on Apr 26, 2019
4.21 by ThatAmateurBeerDrinker from New York on Apr 26, 2019
4.08 by Houborg1 from Denmark on Apr 03, 2019
4.34 by valianes from Canada (ON) on Mar 13, 2019
4.28 by stratusjeans from Washington on Dec 25, 2018
4.38 by Cliffy21 from Canada (QC) on Dec 19, 2018
Photo of macrosmatic
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by macrosmatic from Florida

Reviewed from notes. Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: Very, very dark brown and opaque. This looks thick during the pour and coats the glass somewhat. Forms a finger's worth of brown head that lasts well. Minimal visible carbonation. This is what an oatmeal stout should look like.

S: Baker’s chocolate and 99% cacao dark chocolate. Some vanilla and roasted malts. Caramel, some burnt toffee, and the slightest amount of char. Rich oatmeal and moist pipe tobacco. It's an amazing chocolate breakfast cereal. Maybe just the slightest bit of anise as well. Nice aroma - huge chocolate without being overly sweet at all.

T: Baker’s chocolate and very dark chocolate, vanilla and lactose (I think). Caramel, roasted malts, and oatmeal. Some very dark roastiness, with mild char again but absolutely no Band-Aid or acridity. Tobacco and just a bit of acerbic burnt flavor (like charred toffee) - I think this is from the roast, and I wouldn't miss it if it were absent. But it remains mild. More dark and bitter chocolate in the hang.

M: A very nice, thick body for an oatmeal stout. Low but as-expected carbonation sensation. The alcohol presence is remarkably mild for a beer that's this big - it doesn't taste more than 8%.

O: I'm not sure this is a personal favorite – it's almost too bitter – but a very impressive entry for style. While this is a style that I generally enjoy, this isn't what I'd typically be looking for when I grab one. But to rate it fairly, it's within style guidelines and I think remarkably well-executed. Personal preference might be 3.8/5.

Nov 04, 2018
4.46 by Mooslerfitness from Ohio on Oct 03, 2018
4.32 by jroof1 from Massachusetts on Sep 28, 2018
4.56 by JamieDuncan from Maryland on Jul 11, 2018
4.25 by edthehead from New York on Jun 25, 2018
4.06 by SayBoom from Ukraine on May 26, 2018
4.35 by Diura from New York on Apr 16, 2018
4.06 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Feb 11, 2018
Photo of Hallu
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Hallu from France

I usually don't like stouts brewed with chocolate, because usually it's an American brewery doing it, and they put rubbish chocolate in, too sweet, not enough cocoa. Mikkeller didn't make the same mistake. This is pure dark chocolate that's in this, very complex. And you find those flavours in the beer : the sharp bitterness, the smokiness, the wood notes... On top of that it's a strong stout without the chocolate. There's tobacco and leather notes, and it's not sweet at all. The genius is that usually with strong not sweet stouts you have booze notes too present, alongside dark fruits, almost a winy taste. This is not the case here. It's full bodied yes, sticky, but not sweet nor does it feel too heavy. The alcohol is nicely balanced by the strong flavour. This is an amazing stout. Don't let the "oatmeal stout" style fool you, it's very different from most oatmeal stouts out there, it's rich and complex, a pure delight.

Dec 02, 2017
Photo of Bruno74200
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Bruno74200 from France

It pours a pitch black motor oil body with a nice mocha head. It smells like a nice dark chocolate with some orange zest. You've got also some red berries notes and vanilla.
Big bitterness in the taste with a big earthy hop character. Cocoa and espresso notes are present. Burnt chicory. No booziness at all despite the very high abv. It's quite drinkable even if it might be overly bitter. It might hits me hard later

Nov 15, 2017
Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

Poured to a Cantillon taster.

A: Body is pitch black, having very little to no carbonation. The end is formed only in the end of the pour with a light brown head. No retention, some lacing and very syrupy.
S: The aroma is very strong of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. There's also some plums here I guess. The aroma is really sweet.
T: Taste starts off to a milky chocolate, turning to a more dark chocolate and along the way, taste gets more bitter with chocolate and hops, finishing in a bright Imperial Stout finish of great sweetness and low bitterness from hops but high from chocolate and roastiness.
M: Body is high. Carbonation is medium to low. Alcohol is almost unnoticeable, but for a 12.1% ABV beer, this is a feat.
O: Mikkeller is the thing on imperial stouts. I'm grateful for this beer.

Nov 11, 2017
4.38 by Dzu from Russian Federation on Oct 28, 2017
3.92 by BeerBucks from New York on Sep 23, 2017
4.25 by BdM from Netherlands on Aug 12, 2017
5 by igl from Russian Federation on Jul 30, 2017
4.29 by Dougwillhike from New Jersey on Jul 28, 2017
4.15 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts on Jul 22, 2017
4.25 by MTKATL from Georgia on Jul 10, 2017
4.5 by NickThePyro from Washington on Jul 07, 2017
Photo of The_Beergery
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by The_Beergery from Singapore

330 ml bottle. Pours a deep brown black with a thin ring of tan froth which dissipates quickly, but is regenerated with swirling later. Aromas are dominated by dark dried fruits, cherries and raisins, dark chocolates and cocoas, roasted malts and some coffee. Taste starts off sweet - dried fruits, bourbon-like booziness, but quickly turns bitter - dark bitter chocolates and cocoa, and then a bittersweet mix of these two flavours into the finish. In the mouth, it feels full bodied, with some carbonation bite, creamy and oily and coats the mouth quite slickly. Massive, complex oatmeal stout with something for everyone in it.

Jul 06, 2017
3.79 by DanGeo from Michigan on May 31, 2017
4.38 by stephenlee from England on May 29, 2017
4 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands on May 19, 2017
Photo of Everydayoff
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Everydayoff from Thailand

On-tap served in a stemmed glass at Mikkeller Bangkok.

Jet inky black in color, it tops with thick creamy tan head that well retains itself with very good retention before slowly collapsing to some bubble film atop and leaving plenty of lacing patch and spot here and there.

The aroma makes me wow. It is all the way with cocoa that comes in very full scale reminding of intense cocoa beverage, creamy cocoa, and cocoa powder. Coffee and chocolate is there and not being sunken with its milky chocolate and black coffee flavor as well as roasted, subtle licorice, and some smoke. Malt is there too with notes of dark bread, vanilla, and caramel while hop with suggestion of wee earthiness undertone.

The palate sensation is coated and covered by sweetness and cocoa. Yes, it is sweet overall but totally not that cloying with touch of coffee, chocolate, roasted, vanilla, caramel, dark bread, some smokiness, and licorice to leverage. There is some bitterness at the end from both earthy hop and roasted along with big residual cocoa sweetness that is quite lasting well in the aftertaste.

The body is full with some sticky touch through the palate. Smooth through the mouthfeel with some crisp and moderate carbonation to carry all the things well, finish is pleasantly dry.

Supreme cocoa Stout, it won't go wrong and nearly flawless if you love cocoa same time as beer. Alcohol is well hidden thought underneath its rich cocoa profile.

Mar 09, 2017
3.79 by Jhfinn from New York on Feb 11, 2017
3.83 by acurtis from New Jersey on Feb 11, 2017
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Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 304 ratings