Beer Geek Cocoa Shake
Mikkeller ApS

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Stout - Oatmeal
Ranked #16
Ranked #1,725
4.24 | pDev: 9.43%
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Guaro from Italy

4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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
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macrosmatic from Florida

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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
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Hallu from France

4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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Bruno74200 from France

4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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
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The_Beergery from Singapore

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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Everydayoff from Thailand

4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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
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Martine from England

4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glossing over the inky black, headless stolid body and the cocoa porridge drowned nose, you get something especially special with that flavour.

This is very different, ashy on a whole 'nother level. I've had some RIS's that have tasted like a put out cigarette but this is as if one has a firework down the back of the throat. Synthetic smoke and ash, like the kind of smoke machines you get at nightclubs. It is incredibly pungent, but in a sweet, meaty and dry sauna way. I'd imagine it's akin to pouring mocha and cedar wood oil over dy coals and inhaling the fumes.

I'm not sure if it's the oats, I'm not sure if it's the alcohol, but if I had to assign a label to this beer, I'd have to come up with something new; Post-burnt, or something of that ilk.

It's very different. Very dry. But very good.

Feb 07, 2017
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Unknown vintage; drank 12/19/15 @ the Palace.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Black/brown appearance.

Nice dark tan head; strong lace.

Sharp dark chocolate, chalk & faint booze heat notes in the nose.

Thick mouthfeel.

Bakers chocolate, cocoa & cream flavors up front; chalk notes on the finish. A nice roasty stout.

Nov 28, 2016
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a four finger brown head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Black color no highlights. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Smoky/ash nose, flavor is smoky/ash with dry cocoa, high ABV is hidden. Dry smoky finish. Pricey at $11.45 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

Oct 13, 2016
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Kurmaraja from California

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A really unique and, IMHO, great beer. Dry, burnt and ashy as people mention ... but also savory, smokey, chicory bitterness, really earthy. It's campfire coffee or dessert - imagine a mocha pot over incandescent coals at night. Lean and leathery, but with substance. Far more interesting than the run of the mill sweeter stouts.

Sep 27, 2016
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kylesobrien from Canada (QC)

3.74/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a viscous, inky black. Head is a light tan color, fades rapidly with some lacing and a thin raft of leftover bubbles. Completely opaque. No visible carbonation.

Aroma is a mix of musty grain, bitter, dark chocolate, a dash of soy sauce, and a little dark brown sugar/molasses.

First sip: bitter chocolate, black licorice, very dark, very roasty malt. Aftertaste is an interesting roasty/meaty thing, more malt with an underlying savory/brothy sort of character. Less off-putting than I would've imagined, but a somewhat unusual finish. Coffee is almost undetectable, if it's there, getting more of a roasted barley character and can't pick out the coffee at all.

Overall impression: very dark, very roasty imperial stout with a slight creaminess from the oatmeal -- but not nearly enough chocolate or oatmeal smoothness to round out the intense, bracing roasted notes. The carbonation is fairly low, but it works given the viscosity and high gravity of this beer. The mouthfeel is probably my favorite aspect, really sticks with you after a sip, texture is a little on the syrupy end but it works here.

If this beer had more coffee character and smoother bitterness, I'd recommend trying it. However given the price and the relative ease of finding tastier domestic stouts, I'd give this one a pass. Hope to try the Vanilla Shake eventually and see if I enjoy that one a bit more.

Aug 31, 2016
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Zoomslowik from Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

L- Very dark, thin mocha head that fades.

S- Heavy on the chocolate. More fudgy than anything. A little alcohol.

T- Not the most complex flavors. Bitter chocolate, a little fudgy and coffee. A little too bitter.

F- Heavy, thick and smooth.

O- Had potential, but the bitterness hurts its rating.

Jul 10, 2016
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scottfrie from California

2.98/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl bottle into snifter.

A: Pours very dark brown, near black, with a finger of dense dark tan/brown head that faded into a thick and lasting cap of foam. Spotty lace was left down the glass.
S: Rich and sweet notes of dark chocolate, fudge, and chocolate covered malt balls dominate. However, as the beer warm, I get a kind of cooked meat smokiness and a touch of booze that begin to compete with the chocolate notes.
T: Bitter and very potent and rich flavors of baking chocolate, bitter dark chocolate, and cocoa dominate as expected, but there is also strange notes of spicy wood that reminds me of cedar mixed with higher fermenting alcohols. It’s got a kind of burnt meat/hickory bacon mixed with peat taste as well. It’s not necessarily bad, but it’s strange and not what I was expecting or looking for. The finish has notes of roasted wood and toasted grains, and the aftertaste is full of sharp bitter chocolate and warming booze.
M: Thick and heavy body, smooth and chewy carbonation, with a sticky and thick mouthfeel. The booze is noticeable but not hot, but the bitterness is sharp and distracting at times. Overall the mouthfeel is rich and potent and a big unpolished.
O: Not as smooth or decadent as I’d hoped, plus the strange smoky flavors were a bit uninvited. Not my favorite of the series, and as a chocolate oatmeal stout, in general I thought it was rough around the edges.

May 22, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Coming off the popularity of their Vanilla Shake in the Beer Geek series, expectations run high. But with the substitution of vanilla for chocolate, can the taste measure up?

Beer Geed Cocoa Shake pours with the same lavish black lushness with which all the Beer Geek oatmeal stouts lead in. A dense mocha froth swirls about the rim as the intense cocoa, char, smoke, roast and caramelized scent flood the nose. Its taste is brazen with burnt sugars- toffee, brown sugar and cream seem overcooked but in the best of ways.

As the cocoa pounds each and every tastebud into utter submission, the palate is awash with dark, deviant bitter baker's chocolate. The beer's inherent espresso, roasted walnut and smoky malt flavors act to intensify the earthy and rootish properties of the cocoa bean with mere suggestions of sweetness, cream and vanilla work to sooth the finish.

Spicy, charred and lightly of ash, the full-bodied stout is creamy and semi-sweet in finish. The same over-use of burnt character of the Beer Geek series plays on the palate with roast-derived astringent dryness and chalky, spicy after-palate. Though pushing the limits of burnt properties for most beer fans, this also helps with the beer's surprising drinkability- deceptively smooth for such imperial strength.

May 14, 2016
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epyon396 from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a dark kahki head. The head dissipated quickly and left a thin ring of foam around the edge of the glass. No lacing, moderate legs.

Tons of bitter dark and baker's chocolate on the nose. A little bit of fudge. Oatmeal and dark fruits (raisons/dates). A little bit of booze. Sometimes when I smell it, I get a little bit of baby powder or fabric softener, but I might be crazy.

The chocolate was a bit weaker than I was expecting. This a good thing. It's heavy, but not fake like some other chocolate stouts that I've had. It's more of a bitter chocolate up front, with some residual fudge long after swallowing. There's a slight smoky/burnt thing going on that caught me by surprise, but it's nice. Boozy, but masked (mostly) well.

Thick, oily, and a but syrupy. Little carbonation, but still a tiny bit prickly.

Overall, I like it, but finishing a bottle on my own was a little much. Vanilla Shake blows this one out of the water, but this one is still solid.

May 02, 2016
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pinyin from New York

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served 39F into a 5 once tulip.

Pretty much pitch black with almost no lacing or head.

Nose aroma gives me scents of rasins, cacao nibs, chocolate chip cookies and vanilla beans. Actually more like vanilla wafers flavored with extract. Like brownie batter with vanilla extract dumped in.

Normally I like a nice 8.0% stout, but this is pretty brutal, and very diabetic. I get the heavy chocolate keytones, like mixing Hershey's chocolate baking powder with water and drinking it straight. It's a very heavy chocolate flavor, and overdone in my opinion. I also get a slight diacetyl astringency, I can only assume from the 12.2% alc volume. The malts are actually really nice and play well with the overall recipe, but the chocolate is overdone here . It's way too overbearing and heavy. This stout does finish somewhat dry, but it's like a very thick syrup. Like 20W50 motor oil with a super bombardment of chocolate flavors.

Mouthfeel is smooth and round. But again very heavy, and way too chocolatey. Barely any carbonation, as I think the high alcohol volume ate up any carb sugar the bottle was primed with.

Way too heavy and astringent. Too much chocolate flavor and it overpowers the subtlety of the specialty grains.

Apr 28, 2016
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larryarms847 from Illinois

3.14/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice rich dark brown with no head to speak of.

Oh dear Lord, smells like stale basement. Musty, rank, chocolate, more musty rankness.

Ugh, the aroma is definitely merging into the taste and it's not good. The chocolate is coming out but it's very bitter and I can't get past the mustiness going on in the aroma with each sip.

Heavy-bodied, low carbonation, slick, thin.

Overall. Terrible. Not sure if there is some kind of infection with the bottle I had but it smells like wet moldy old laundry.

Apr 23, 2016
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Kratman from Indiana

4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very chocolate forward, some heat on the finish. I must say not my favorite but they sure do a great job of hiding the 11.2% Abv. Probably won't seek this one out or buy again though.

Apr 20, 2016
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TBonez477 from Vermont

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours jet black and was completely still. No head at all.

S: Aroma is distinctly Mikkeller, so much so that I wish I had smelled it blind because I feel I could have guessed the brewer. Some of that classic marshmallowiness that I find in so many Mikkeller stouts. Loads of chocolate to back it up.

T: Very sweet right up front. This one has notes of milk chocolate and chocolate fudge blended with some marshmallow and maybe even a little almond. Very nice, if not a bit too sweet.

M: Surprisingly not as thick as the appearance would have suggested. Not overly coating on the palate but certainly not light either. A decent fit.

O: A nice brew from these guys. I might even say my favorite of what I have tried thus far in terms of stouts from Mikkeller. Worth seeking out and at the very least trying!

Apr 01, 2016
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste: is dark fruit like dates, its smokey, dark chocolates boozy finish. Nose has cocoa nibs, darkest fruits. It is black and opaque in appearance. Delicate refined dark head. Medium to almost full bodied, reminds me of Nordic smokey beers

Mar 07, 2016
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Cmuguy420 from Michigan

4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful pour. Dark black. Chocolate head about 1 finger high. Taste slightly bitter of good chocolate. Smooth. Malty. Very tasty. ABV is hidden in this delicious brew.

Mar 02, 2016
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Falcon91Wolvrn03 from California

4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – A dark black color with a small chocolate colored head. Leaves a medium amount of lacing on the glass when swirled.

Smell – Smells of dark chocolate cake and brownies. Not nearly as sweet as the Vanilla Shake.

Taste – Dark chocolate, roasted malt, and maybe a light coffee. It’s quite good, though I prefer the sweeter Vanilla Shake.

Mouthfeel – VERY creamy and nicely carbonated. The 12.1% abv is very well hidden.

Drinkability – The chocolate tastes a little dark (bitter) for my personal liking, but a very good beer nonetheless.

Feb 29, 2016
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.55/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

330 mL bottle. Black body. Smell is rich an earthy coffee. Heavy roasted malt. And then a ton of cocoa. Like cocoa powder. Taste is also rich and chocolatey. The coffee flavor is again rich and earthy. Deep and a little grassy. Just a touch acidic. Immensely heavy. Boozy and warming. This has a really intense earthy and savory flavor. Not entirely sure how much I like it. In tiny quantities, it's interesting. The whole bottle is a little tough.

Feb 27, 2016
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vfgccp from New York

4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice solid black body with a finger of medium tan head. Nice retention and lace.

S - Warm brownie batter, chocolate liquor, baby powder, and vanilla cake.

T - 80% chocolate ganache, pumpernickel bread, molasses, and bitter cocoa powder.

M - Smooth, full body. Silky finish.

O - A cool take on a chocolate stout, with an interesting chocolate-batter flavor profile.

Feb 07, 2016
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