Beer Geek Vanilla Maple Shake
Mikkeller ApS

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Mikkeller ApS
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #644
Ranked #1,850
4.28 | pDev: 6.31%
May 09, 2022
Jul 14, 2017
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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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.49/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Shared can from Mikkeller San Diego, at Cardinal Mikkeller tasting. Pitch black colour, minimal tan head of poor retention. Intense sweetish aroma of malt sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, chocolate and coffee. Very sweet flavour, with the same elements as in the aroma.
May 09, 2022
Rated: 4.24 by ScottP from New Hampshire

Jun 12, 2021
Rated: 4.34 by Catalinmunteanu from Romania

Jun 29, 2020
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Reviewed by zac16125 from South Carolina

4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Mikkeller Beer Geek Vanilla Maple Shake
330mL bottle into a tulip
Best by: 21/07/27 (so I’m guessing bottle in 2016)
Consumed and reviewed in Sept 2018.

A: Pour an exceptionally dark black, and thicker than motor oil. Head is the darkest mocha brown you can imagine, 2 plus fingers width that has decent retention before dissipating down. Leaves essentially no lacing but some alcohol legs. Right up there with Marshal Zhukov for the darkest beer I’ve ever seen in a glass. Beautiful beer. 4.75

S: Wow there is a lot going on here. Maple is the first thing that I get, its very very sweet. But then other notes come out with the vanilla and coffee. Roasted malts balance the sweetness beautifully. Goddamn. Essentially perfect aroma. 5

T: Taste is very good but doesn’t live up to the nose. Its much, much more roasty on the taste, and way less sweet than the aroma implied. Vanilla remains fairly prominent, maple much more subtle. Fair amount of black coffee bitterness. Some leather and tobacco notes to round it out. 4.25

M/D: Mouthfeel is full and thick. Carbonation is appropriate. ABV is very well masked and drinkability is quite good all things considered. 4.75

O: Excellent beer. Will definitely enjoy again in the future. 4.5
Mar 23, 2020
Rated: 4.29 by RMW66 from Australia

Feb 06, 2020
Rated: 4.36 by Original_Gravity from Washington

May 18, 2019
Rated: 4.33 by ThatAmateurBeerDrinker from New York

Apr 26, 2019
Rated: 4.06 by peabody from Kentucky

Apr 01, 2019
Rated: 4.24 by jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts

Jan 13, 2019
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Reviewed by ScruffySouthpaw from New York

4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
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!
Dec 10, 2018
Rated: 4 by t2grogan from Arizona

Nov 21, 2018
Rated: 4.14 by JOBEERFB from Belgium

Oct 23, 2018
Rated: 4.24 by lochraneg from New Hampshire

Sep 09, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by Jamison85 from Indiana

Jul 24, 2018
Rated: 4.28 by edthehead from New York

Jun 25, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Jun 10, 2018
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Reviewed by Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.89/5  rDev -9.1%
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.
May 11, 2018
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Rated by joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Drank at Mikkeller Barcelona Bar.
May 07, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

May 03, 2018
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
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...
May 01, 2018
Rated by WOLFGANG from South Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
BOD 052417 Delicious, thick dessert beer.
Apr 25, 2018
Rated: 4 by chuckgietzen from Michigan

Apr 17, 2018
Rated: 4.1 by IckyT2012 from Florida

Apr 17, 2018
Rated: 4.05 by bubseymour from Maryland

Apr 11, 2018
Rated: 3.93 by JamieDuncan from Maryland

Apr 11, 2018
Rated: 4.17 by Prost76 from New Hampshire

Mar 26, 2018
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Reviewed by RaulMondesi from California

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
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!
Mar 22, 2018
Rated: 4.33 by Jrodsmrs51 from New York

Mar 13, 2018
Rated: 4.04 by lemmy187 from Missouri

Mar 10, 2018
Rated: 4.14 by MrDarcy from Massachusetts

Mar 05, 2018
Rated: 3.92 by Jakepeterson from New York

Feb 27, 2018
Rated: 3.96 by sd123 from Georgia

Feb 26, 2018
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

2.94/5  rDev -31.3%
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.
Feb 25, 2018
Rated: 4.52 by HopBelT from Belgium

Feb 24, 2018
Rated: 3.9 by Raziel313 from California

Feb 23, 2018
Rated: 4.22 by Betolito from Nevada

Feb 19, 2018
Rated: 4.29 by epyon396 from Pennsylvania

Feb 14, 2018
Rated: 4.73 by stephenlee from England

Feb 11, 2018
Rated: 4.31 by tylerstravis from Colorado

Feb 09, 2018
Rated: 4.46 by Vivs85 from New York

Feb 04, 2018
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