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Beer Geek Vanilla Maple Shake | Mikkeller ApS

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: American 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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,580
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
141
pDev:
6.31%
 
 
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6
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Ratings: 141 |  Reviews: 31
Reviews by NorthSideSean:
Photo of NorthSideSean
4.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
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 larryi86
4.41/5  rDev +3%
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 +0.5%
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 GreesyFizeek
4.28/5  rDev 0%
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 StoutElk_92
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
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 FBarber
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a shiny pitch oily black color. No head whatsoever even with a vigorous pour. Beer looks still other than some tiny fizzy bubbles that momentarily appear on top of the beer.

Smell is a pungent aroma of maple syrup, brown sugar, coffee, roasted malts and a hint of chocolate. Fantastic maple aroma.

Taste follows the nose with tons of maple syrup, brown sugar, coffee, roasted and smoked malts. Hints of maple sausage comes through from the smoked malts. Surprisingly hoppy - you get some earthy bitterness on the backend with a linger gin finish of bitter hops and maple syrup. Touch of heat here, but its not too strong. Overall this is certainly a sweet beer, but I felt like the sweet flavors were much more balanced than I initially expected given the nose on this one.

Feel is thick, viscous, almost sticky. However, it is pretty easy drinking. Very mild carbonation - just a slight sensation in the mouth.

Overall this might have the best aroma of any maple syrup stout I've ever had. Its really fantastic. Overall its an outstanding edition in the Mikkeller beer geek breakfast lineup. A must try if you like breakfast stouts.

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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 Damian
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
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 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 mothman
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
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 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 PhineasMcClintock
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pkalix
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of grover37
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CPAles
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BirdsandHops
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jroof1
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of joemochas
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheEpeeist
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pants678
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Black with a brown head.

Perfect maple.

Coffee's subdued, vanilla's present and some maple sweetness but really most of the latter's on the nose. There's something flat and chalky where everything clashes. Maybe over adjunct'd.

No problems with viscosity.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Beer Geek Vanilla Maple Shake from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 141 ratings