Beer Geek Cocoa Shake | Mikkeller ApS

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Beer Geek Cocoa ShakeBeer Geek Cocoa Shake

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.12%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by jme015 on 08-13-2014

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Photo of Hayley_86
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Everydayoff
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of Jhfinn
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acurtis
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Martine
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of thoglund
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tukiluka
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rderedin
3/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jcoleMA66
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of thisXwar
4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fosters9
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jdhilt
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of kylesobrien
3.74/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DrAnnaNemis
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kplummer82
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zoomslowik
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of BlakeAM
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DucksFan16
3.56/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5


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Photo of CBrodbeck
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dbrauneis
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scottfrie
2.98/5  rDev -28%
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.

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