Beer Geek Vanilla Shake
Mikkeller ApS

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Mikkeller ApS
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #414
Ranked #991
4.33 | pDev: 8.08%
May 09, 2022
Aug 15, 2013
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Notes: Vanilla Shake it is newest member of the great Beer Geek family. Oatmeal stout with coffee, and lots of vanilla.
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3.25/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by Sigmund from Norway

Shared can from Mikkeller San Diego, at Cardinal Mikkeller tasting. Pitch black colour, minimal tan head of poor retention. Sweetish aroma of malt sugar, vanilla and coffee. Very sweet flavour of vanilla and coffee, too sweet and one-dimensional for my taste.

May 09, 2022
4.48 by JensUrup from Denmark on Feb 28, 2021
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4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mothman from Minnesota

Bottle. Likely about 5 or so years old. No head. Thick, oily black color.

Vanilla, fudge, cocoa, chocolate, and coffee. Roasted malts. Caramel. Earthy hops in the finish. Full bodied, thick.

Jan 29, 2021
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3.96/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by Guaro from Italy

Black with creamy and persistent brown head. Aroma: chocolate, coffee, vanilla, caramel and a hint of soy sauce that is a bit intrusive. On the palate there is chocolate and lots of vanilla. This sweetness is slightly tempered by coffee, roasting and a light bitter resinous note. Abv present in the drink and in the aftertaste. Massive and oily body and quite velvety. Low carbonation.

Jan 09, 2021
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4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

16oz can. Stamped canning date is '11/25/2019'. Something about 10 TailFeather following.
Black body, with tiny mahogany brown back lit edge. Consistent one skinny finger of darker tan head. Scattered tiny spots of lacing.
Aroma is mostly vanilla and chocolate, with a little bit of fudgy coffee.
Taste is a hit of vanilla and chocolate, followed by a big hit of coffee. The aftertaste is mostly the coffee. No bitterness.
Thicker mouth feel. Okay carbonation.
This beer delivers a sweet hit and then a balancing with the coffee. Coating in the mouth allows all flavors to express.

Nov 29, 2020
4.21 by GeorgeAKeim from Oregon on Nov 20, 2020
4.5 by DBosco from Massachusetts on Sep 01, 2020
4.49 by Buck_Jones from Michigan on Aug 08, 2020
4.14 by Scottsbeer from Florida on Aug 07, 2020
3.67 by Sound_Explorer from Washington on Jul 25, 2020
4.73 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin on Jul 23, 2020
4.48 by ppavlick from New Jersey on Jul 11, 2020
5 by NickThePyro from Washington on Jul 08, 2020
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3.68/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by DIM from Pennsylvania

Gaaahhh, so much vanilla! Disappointed by the lack of coffee flavor, this is just an overwhelming amount of vanilla for my palate. I strongly prefer the barrel aged version which was stellar.

Jun 11, 2020
4.44 by Blcookies from Nevada on Jun 09, 2020
4.05 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut on Apr 30, 2020
3.05 by Donco from Pennsylvania on Mar 31, 2020
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3.68/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by hopley from Massachusetts

2017 bottle, drank 03.26.20

Fell pretty far below my expectations. When I took the cap off there was no pop suggesting that the carbonation had been released and the beer had gone bad, but when I poured it, there were definite signs of carbo. Just around the edges and some swirl in the center. Black body otherwise, and an oaty kinda dirty smell. The taste out of the fridge was oaty and roasty, no vanilla. As it warmed, I got a little alcohol, but not much considering the ABV, but still no vanilla. Overall, the first of the Beer Geeks I've tried and can't say I was impressed - I'll get another one eventually and drink it fresh to see if the age may have had something to do with it; cellaring could have had an effect, but it hasn't had an effect on others of similar ages.

Mar 27, 2020
4.5 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Feb 27, 2020
4.49 by Phoodcritic from Michigan on Feb 11, 2020
4.35 by BeardedWalrus from North Carolina on Jan 18, 2020
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3.68/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by MaximalC from Illinois

Pours seal brown topped by a finger's worth of fine, khaki froth with solid staying power. Aroma smells of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and toffee.

The taste features coffee, chocolate, lactose, and vanilla up front, along with earthy, herbal hops for contrast. The sweet and bitter are both quite present, and slightly quarrelsome if I'm being honest. Medium-heavy body and moderate carbonation make for a smooth, substantive mouthfeel. A palpable stickiness lingers on the lips between sips.

Overall, this is a bit sweet and syrupy even for my tastes. As a pastry stout it's on par, but it's something of a slow sipper if that's not your bag.

Jan 10, 2020
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4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by stevoj from Idaho

2018 Bottle at share. Dark brown, silky pour. Roasty, smoky coffee. Vanilla barely present. Thick, creamy. 2020 - 16oz can from Tavour. Black, oily pour. Aroma is boozy roast and vanilla. Taste features booze up front, roast, chocoalte, vanilla, sweetness. Syrupy. Nice!

Jan 03, 2020
4.46 by SaxmanRick from Minnesota on Dec 22, 2019
4.7 by HungarianCount from California on Dec 20, 2019
5 by Ziosa from Missouri on Dec 18, 2019
4.25 by Eziel from Ohio on Dec 17, 2019
4.7 by GarageRock from New Jersey on Dec 11, 2019
4.77 by akopczyk from Ohio on Nov 29, 2019
4.09 by Nunya from Ohio on Nov 24, 2019
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4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by mrklnvl from Ohio


Nov 22, 2019
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4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by BFCarr from New Jersey

Very nice. Very vanilla. Dark smooth and roasty too. Very good.

Nov 16, 2019
4.5 by Montanabeerz from Montana on Nov 06, 2019
4.29 by SFNC from North Carolina on Nov 01, 2019
4.43 by drummerdwzp from Connecticut on Sep 17, 2019
4.15 by Dave2234 from Minnesota on Aug 27, 2019
4 by captainkrad from New Jersey on Aug 24, 2019
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3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by beerloserLI from New York

A dark black color on the pour with a frothy brown head. Decently floral on the nose with malt, lactose, and chocolate. Big time chocolate malt upfront on the initial sips. A big rush of the vanilla and coffee flavors which seem to be rather prominent. Rather smooth on the flow and finish as well. Full bodied with a rather heavy and decadent feel. The heavy feel can be a bit to much at times rendering a rather oily feel that does not drink that great. Additional notes of vanilla, coffee, cocoa, brown sugar, lactose, cake batter, cinnamon, burnt toast, black licorice, and dark candied fruits.

Overall, not bad but I'm not exactly in love with it. The heavy feel is a bit to overcome.

Jul 15, 2019
4.48 by kkmiller76 from New Jersey on Jun 23, 2019
4.55 by DruC4 from Michigan on Jun 02, 2019
Beer Geek Vanilla Shake from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 1104 ratings