Beer Geek Vanilla Maple Shake | Mikkeller ApS

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed at Lervig in Norway.

Oatmeal stout brewed with coffee, vanilla & maple syrup.

Note: Not barrel-aged.

Added by Stevedore on 07-14-2017

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#1,453
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
135
pDev:
6.31%
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Photo of edthehead
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hayley_86
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jwale73
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.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
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.

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Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
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...

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Photo of WOLFGANG
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

BOD 052417 Delicious, thick dessert beer.

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Photo of chuckgietzen
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IckyT2012
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bubseymour
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Prost76
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RaulMondesi
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!

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Photo of Jrodsmrs51
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lemmy187
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MrDarcy
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jakepeterson
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sd123
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Roguer
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.

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Photo of BenBreeg
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Raziel313
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Betolito
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of epyon396
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stephenlee
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tylerstravis
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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