Beer Geek Vanilla Maple Shake
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #311
ABV:
13%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,568
Avg:
4.29 | pDev: 6.06%
Reviews:
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Ratings:
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Beer Geek Vanilla Maple ShakeBeer Geek Vanilla Maple Shake
Notes: Brewed at Lervig in Norway.

Oatmeal stout brewed with coffee, vanilla & maple syrup.

Note: Not barrel-aged.
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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a red wine glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Deep thick dark brown with an extra dark tan head rising roughly quarter of an inch off the body.

Smell: Light maple syrup you have to let the beer sit for a while before even.

Taste: Literally tastes like pancakes and espresso. Sweet bitter and lightly Malty. You can feel the maple syrup with the coffee bean lingering.

Mouth: it is very very sticky the maple finish offsets the coffee and it just lingers with you. Body is completely full medium carbonation at best might dim a little bit after letting the beer settle to room temperature.

Overall: personally I would buy this again again and again it is 1 of the most complete imperial stouts I have had but it is definitely an acquired taste the abnormal sweetness to the beer my confuse people and might make people refrain from buying it so to each their own. Always in a glass. Salud!

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Photo of Jwale73
3.89/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours one shade shy of black with no head. Nose is all maple syrup. Taste expresses maple syrup, vanilla bean hulls and extract and woody notes. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body, albeit a bit thin, with an even carbonation. Overall, very enticing but too cloying.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

im not sure that this is different beer than the canned one from the san diego brewery, maple and vanilla are reversed in the name, but the biggest difference might just be that one of them is made in the states and the other in europe, and if that is the only difference in the beers, than there is no comparison between the two, and there is really something that needs to be said for freshness and location mattering even in dark huge beers like this. the can from san diego was a league more robust than this, both in maple and vanilla, and the coffee tastes fresher as well, this doesnt seem faded, and in fact its amazing beer, but it doesnt taste anywhere near as heavy on the adjuncts as the california one did, like, not even close. here we have maple leading the way in front of the aromatic vanilla, with quite a lot of sweetness but plenty of bitter chocolate character from the malt, and a pretty well hidden alcohol strength for how big this is. heavy body, textured like maple syrup, less coffee than i want it to have, but we had it in line with several more coffee heavy beers, which may have skewed my palate away from appreciating that aspect all the way. its super cohesive and the one thing i will say for this over the other one is that i think i taste more of that cool mikkeller ale yeast, nordic and interesting, i dont really know how to describe it, but its unique to mikkeller and a few others, and i get more of it here than i did in the san diego can. great beer, somewhat more subtle too, but flavorful and delicious, as good as any big stout from mikkeller! oddly enough though, we had this next to the cocoa edition, and that one was as intense as this one was from san diego, so maybe there is something about the can vs the bottle here...

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Like a tornado that met a hurricane, this one is damn near crazy. For a 13% beer, can one get silkier? But let’s back things up, shall we? Like the devil tapping you on the shoulder, this one is dark. With that are sweet, sticky maple and sugar aromas that could possibly give you diabetes just with a sniff. But like Dr. Livingston, Raul powers on and he is met by a cornucopia of decadent maple, sweet oatmeal, and smooth vanilla - wow. The thing is just hog wild! Cheers!

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Photo of Roguer
2.94/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Dark but clear black brew, topped with a fizzy, ephemeral dark brown head. Within moments of the pour, there is no hint this beer ever had any foam.

The nose is dominated by maple: sweet, and more than a touch woody. Touches of coffee and roasted malt can be found in the background. The nose improves as the beer sits in the glass, becoming sweeter and more inviting, evoking images of a plate of eggs and bacon on the side.

On the palate, it's far less sweet, and doesn't really suggest being a big, thick, 13% imperial stout. There's some sugary syrup coming through, but far stronger is the woody aspect of maple, arriving in the first third and building well into the back half. Bitter, with notes of chocolate and coffee riding along. A little bit of smoke as well on the finish. If the vanilla is ever present, it is only on the very front end, and perhaps lingering in the back.

A touch fizzy, with a touch of heat reminding you that this is, indeed, a potent brew.

This is a very interesting brew, and not quite what I expected. The strong wood aspect mid-palate is somewhat unpleasant, and definitely overpowering. Plenty of brewers have experimented with maple stouts, and most have found success (often commercially, as well). This attempt, while not a bad beer precisely - and drinkable enough - does not seem to fall into that category.

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Photo of Vidblain
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Vanilla Maple Shake smells especially sweet - even in a mostly-maple beer share event, it was quite noteworthy.

The taste makes it quite clear that the beer is heavily adjuncted. Thankfully, the vanilla and maple both taste natural. They are fairly well blended though, to the degree that neither has a distinct presence in and of itself.

There was a mild hop presence that wasn't all that pleasant to me - it doesn't play well with the sweet adjuncts. Nevertheless, the beer is quite good.

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Photo of Holderness
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L -- Pours a very dark black with only the smallest brown head produced with well-aerated pour. Zero retention or lacing
S -- The maple really jumps out of the glass on this one. Also getting lots of smoke, dark chocolate, coffee, hazelnut, vanilla, dark stonefruit, and a touch of citronella
T -- Huge smokey bittersweet chocolate upfront, which is mellowed out by maple and brown sugar sweetness alongside well-roasted barley, oats, coffee, and a faint tropical fruitiness. The maple teeters on the edge of tasting artificial, but it doesn't quite fall down
F -- Smooth and silky thanks to the oats. Minimal carb. Big mouthfeel.
O -- Probably my favorite offering from Mikkeller thus far. Once again, though, the high price tag (in this case $11/12oz bottle) is a real bummer and prevents a higher rating.

87/100

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Photo of Phineasco
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pitch Black with no head. Has low carbonation.
Smell: Maple syrup, vanilla beans, peanut butter, mild smoke, and molasses.
Taste: Maple syrup, vanilla beans, mild smoke, and peanut butter.
Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy.
Overall: A good maple stout from Mikkeller. A big improvement over vanilla shake.

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Photo of Jlabs
3.56/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass via bottle

Color is like the black hole

Smell is decent maple and vanilla extract
Not getting any coffee

Taste is sweet maple but then getting a lot of hop bite..for a stout?..kinda weird..was my pallette wrecked from drinking a few stouts before hand?..maybe.. but this was a huge disappointment for me..will revisit again down the road

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a fairly dark black, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like those maple sugar candies, with chocolate syrup, smoky ash, and bitter black patent malt.

This is your classic Mikkeller stout, in that the roasty bitterness is cranked way up. However, the maple character is really sweet, and adds an intense counterpoint to the already intense base. This makes for a super intense but also strangely balanced beer. There's some sweet milk chocolate and a wisp of smoky flavor.

This is pretty thick and rich, like most stouts from these guys. There's a lower level of carbonation.

This is better than some of the negative reviews I've been seeing. It's appropriately intense.

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Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep black beer topped by a half finger of dense tan head which fades quickly leaving no trace.
S: Smells of roasted malts, coffee, vanilla and a little maple. Maple was strong on the initial scent after the pour but has faded to the background.
T: Taste is roasted malts, coffee, maple, and vanilla in a nice harmony. Maple and vanilla come in strong toward the middle and end to add some balance to what is fairly bitter tasting coffee. Swallow is more roasted malts, coffee, maple, and vanilla with what really tastes like piney and herbal hops.
M: This beer is full in body with a slightly creamy feel on the palate. The beer has pretty low carbonation and almost feels flat on the palate while the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this isn't a bad beer at all. Good flavors and complexity but it tastes a little over-hopped and I would have liked the maple to be a little more prominent. Really solid beer but not quite what it needs to be for the price.

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Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle in Antwerp. Creamy light tan head. Black color.

Maple syrup covered pancakes for days. The vanilla adds to the sweetness. Pastry on pastry. Chocolate fudge. This is a dessert beer. Full bodied. This is very enjoyable. I’d love to try the BA version. Not MD level, but easier to get which is nice.

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Photo of jws7968
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark and thick. The maple and vanilla aroma is fantastic. The taste is the same. This is one of my favorite beers. The mouth feel is awesome. I have never had a beer with this much maple syrup taste. I could drink this for breakfast.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I recently had Mikkeller Beer Geek Vanilla Maple Shake, an Oatmeal Stout brewed with coffee, vanilla and maple syrup. This is among the best Imperial Stouts I've had, but it was a tad too sweet.

Look: black with a thin mocca colored head

Aroma: roasted malts, coffee, and vanilla

Taste: roasted malts, coffee, vanilla and maple syrup. However, what stands out the most is the vanilla flavor. I've never had a stout with so much vanilla, but it comes out nicely.

Feel: Fullbody but smooth

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Photo of amano_h
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I am thoroughly of the opinion that Mikkel Borg Bjergsø's raison d'être is to slowly kill off the neckbeard population in Developed Nations that either import or produce his beers by giving them diabetes through his sweeter darker offerings.
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His evil twin brother probably shares the same vision, but got lost somewhere in between making pastry stouts with actual pastry added during boil, and starting a new IPA-centric brewery that tries and fails to churn up hypebeasts that may or may not be seen or released ever again, kind of like how Monkish does with their beers.

Useless speculation about the Bjergsø twins aside, there seems to be a lot of buzz surrounding this beer and I'd like to say it's justifiably so; it's probably the first adjunct stout I've drank this year which delivers exactly what it says it will without the aid of bourbon or any oak aging whatsoever.

A diabetic gobbledy-goop of maple sausage, spicy vanilla beans, chocolate-covered espresso beans and honey form the aromatic core of this beer. Not-too-unpleasant green apple-like notes surface toward the back as you let the brew sit a while, but I'm probably going to need a shot of insulin if I keep sticking my nose in this glass, so I'll stop.

I can hear my pancreas screaming bloody murder with every sip of this brew. The sweet contingency consists of the same components found on the nose as maple, vanilla beans, mocha/espresso, and some more honey form the nuanced yet distinct diabetic notes of this beer. There is, however, a twist: hints of light smoke, and a pleasantly drying bitterness helps neutralize enough of the sweetness that you're actually able to take multiple sips of this without holding on to the area North of your ovaries while rolling on the floor screaming in bloody pain -- if it weren't for all the maple and honey flavors, this could have maybe been something akin to a (Imperial) Cascadian Dark Ale.

The mouthfeel on this one is probably the most enjoyable out of all the Mikkeller beers I've tried. Debatably full-bodied, sticky, thick, almost chewy, with a nice creamy and slick texture. Gentle, almost non-existent simmering carbonation, with zero heat detectable whatsoever. I'm ashamed to say that I actually enjoyed this, but somehow relieved that I only bought one instead of two, like I usually do with beers that have aging potential.

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Photo of rypkr
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thickest beer I've ever poured. Mind blown at the viscosity on this.

Smell is as anticipated and nice, but theres also a lot of earthy hops that I'm not digging. So much maple though. Smells decadent and hopefully doesn't taste too earthy for what it's trying to be.

Taste is maple french toast with whipped cream swished around with black dark roast coffee. A little too roasty IMO as this could have been stellar but is a little overcome but the dirt like roast and char.

Feel is less thick than I hoped given the appearance but in NO WAY thin. It's pretty flat also.

Overall. Good but won't revisit.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Pitch black with dark brown edges. No head. Looks like flat Pepsi

S - Holy maple syrup, Batman! A maple overload with a heaping helping of marshmallow, fresh coffee, and some roasty and smoked malts

T - All the flavors or slightly subdued on the taste. They re still present, just not as dynamic as the nose.

F - Minor alcohol burn, but nothing major. Thick body without being sticky or cloying.

O - Very good maple stout. Taste didn't go pound-for-pound with the aroma, but this is till a must try stout.

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Photo of richj1970
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz bottle. I think the best by date is in 2027 so I’m assuming this is pretty fresh.

A: Pitch black with minimal mocha head even with aggressive pour. Zero lacing.

S: Rich coffee, baking chocolate, vanilla, and light maple syrup.

T: Rich roasted almost burnt coffee although it mellows a bit upon warming. Very dark bitter chocolate and bold vanilla mixed with sweet maple syrup.

M: Full bodied with fairly light carbonation. Coats the tongue with a syrup like quality. Finish is somewhat sweet but not as much as I might have expected.

O: Excellent stout that showcases the adjuncts quite well. Many thanks to @larryi86 for the chance to try it.

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Photo of Jsalz21
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I will be the first to admit I am not a gigantic fan of Mikkeller and their overpriced, overrated beers. Still, I go in eyes open, because it felt hyped just enough that it was worth it.

The beer pours like ink, and in a snifter it sits like it. No head is built up, even with a vigorous pour. Pure black in a glass.

Aromas of sweet maple syrup and vanilla extract are predominant here. It is purely sweet, with just a hint previewing the beer.

Flavor! The flavors at work here are very sweet maple, backed up by vanilla, but not so much dueling. They are much more complimentary here. They create this range of pipe tobacco and molasses to maple syrup and a slight roastiness.

The feel is what you should expect. It is very alcoholic and has some harshness to it from the maple character. I would love to see what this tastes like after a year, but I am too enthralled by what it tastes like now to see.

This is far and away my favorite Mikkeller beer. It is so vibrant, if a bit one (two?) dimensional in terms of flavor delivery. It ripples with savory sweetness. Mark me down as a lover of this beer, for sure.

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Photo of Damian
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a (330 ml) 11.2 fl oz bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
BF 21/07/27
210717
Served in a snifter

The beer poured the blackest of blacks and appeared ridiculously thick and viscous in the glass. Even with a fairly aggressive pour, there was no head or lacing whatsoever. I cannot remember the last time I saw a beer that looked this foreboding.

The nose was nearly as extreme as the appearance and also spectacular. As one might infer, this was a total maple and vanilla bomb. Really sweet but not overly so. Big, fragrant, creamed coffee notes. Coffee liquor perhaps, or maybe a vanilla flavored K-Cup. Fairly boozy. I swear I picked up some bourbon, even though this definitely was not the bourbon barrel-aged version. Somewhat raisinsy too. Port came to mind. Overall, really interesting and complex.

The flavor was similar to the nose but more bitter and somewhat rougher around the edges. Rich and malty up front. Loads of roasted malts for sure. Some caramel too. Big maple and vanilla notes. The beer turned more roasty as the liquid moved along the palate. Espresso came through in the center. The lingering finish contained notes of bitter, acrid char, a big boozy kick and a touch of earthy hops.

The mouthfeel was gigantic. Super rich and viscous. Full bodied, and then some. Practically milkshake-like. Creamy and smooth on the palate. The liquid contained a super fine, frothy, subtle effervescence that suited the beer’s viscosity perfectly.

As its name implies, Beer Geek Vanilla Maple Shake is an unapologetic maple, vanilla and coffee bomb. My only knock against this is the intense roasty bitterness in the finish. I can only imagine how over the top the barrel-aged version must be.

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Photo of larryi86
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle poured into a teku

A-Black with a deep mocha ear that fades quickly

S- Tons of maple syrup, roasted coffee, vanilla, slightly smoky, dark chocolate.

T- Maple syrup, roasted coffee, touch of vanilla, smoky, touch of dark fruits, some dark chocolate, finish is bitter coffee with a touch of pine.

M- Smooth, full body.

O- This is the most maple syrup forward beer I’ve tried. The nose reminds me of pouring maple syrup on pancakes near some fresh brewed coffee. If you find this I highly recommend buying it.

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 7/21/2017. Pours thick/oily pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark brown head with good retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, maple syrup, vanilla frosting, nutty coffee, caramel, cream, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, and toasted dark bread; with lighter notes of smoke, char, herbal, wood, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, vanilla, maple syrup, and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, maple syrup, vanilla frosting, nutty coffee, caramel, cream, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, and toasted dark bread; with lighter notes of smoke, char, herbal, wood, and roasted earthiness. Mild roast/char and herbal hop bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, maple syrup, vanilla frosting, nutty coffee, caramel, cream, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, toasted dark bread, smoke, char, herbal, wood, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, vanilla, maple syrup, and light earthy hop flavors; with a nice roast/hop bitter/sweet balance; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from hop/char bitterness. Bit of lingering astringency through the glass, but not overwhelming. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety, and lightly slick/sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 13%. Overall this is an amazing flavored imperial stout! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, vanilla, maple syrup, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV; despite the increasingly bitter/drying finish. Extremely rich stout malt complexity, with perfectly balanced vanilla/coffee/maple flavors. One of the most maple/vanilla intense beers I've ever had, but it doesn't overwhelm. A bit rough on the finish, but still a highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz. bottle

Pours opaque pitch black with a dissipating brown foam head. Smells like the most rich and decadent pure maple syrup I have ever smelled, rich pancakes with maple syrup, some berries, red grape, plum, fruity roasted coffee, chocolate, rich brown sugar, vanilla, sweet molasses, caramel, dark toffee, oats, roasty toasted bready malts, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. It tastes like a shot of maple syrup was poured into the beer. Dark roasty stout base, dark baking chocolate, dark roasted fruity coffee, berries, red grape, plum, rich vanilla, pure maple syrup, brown sugar, dark molasses, caramel, dark toffee, oats, toasted bready malt, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, syrupy and viscous with moderate smooth carbonation. Overall a really excellent imperial oatmeal stout with coffee, vanilla and maple syrup. This is the maple syrup I've been looking for in a beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Being a brewery who's not afraid to shake things up a bit, Mikkeller takes the flavors of dessert and slathers them across an imperial stout recipe with reckless abandonment.

Beer Geek Vanilla Maple Shake simply exudes decadence with its scent alone. Maple, vanilla and coffee are paramount while gentle wafts of chocolate, smoke and caramel suggests a highly dessert-like session. Espresso black, even the beer's mocha froth carries the appearance of true coffee creme. As the malts splash against the front of the tongue, its unsure if this is beer or a maple java milkshake. Creamy, molasses, maple, vanilla and char all make their mark early and often.

And as the ale soothes and massages the tastebuds, the full saturation of caramel, maple, vanilla, toffee, sorghum and blackstrap molasses proves to be unrelenting. Cakey, fudgy and dense, the lushness of the beer is like roasted marshmallows on the middle palate. Finishing boldly bitter, the beer's hop character easily disguises as a stern coffee and cocoa-like bitterness that brings the balance to nearly even keel status.

Full, dense and with the viscosity of seemingly motor oil, a tar-like texture renders this stout to a slow, steady and patient sipping affair; one that's meant to share multiple ways unless a diabetic shock is preferred. A long and sugary aftertaste leaves the late palate with bittersweet impressions overall.

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Photo of Nicolaiw
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black, thick with tan / mocha head.
Huuuge aroma of maple, vanilla, bitter chocolate
Taste is thick, sweet maple, coffee, fudge, little smoke, this one screams breakfast.
Can't wait for a barrel version.

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Beer Geek Vanilla Maple Shake from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 145 ratings