Beer Geek Vanilla Shake | Mikkeller ApS

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Beer Geek Vanilla ShakeBeer Geek Vanilla Shake

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Vanilla Shake it is newest member of the great Beer Geek family. Oatmeal stout with coffee, and lots of vanilla.

Added by Rollzroyce21 on 08-15-2013

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The look is deep darkness with only a one finger mocha head.
It smells almost like a RIS with aside the coffee, vanilla and coffee some tangerine and orange. Also some nuts. Some booziness but not that much. Earthy.
Well it's melted marshmallow with the vanilla and some smoke or even burnt notes, but also ristretto coffee and cocoa nib. Very roasted. Some more vanilla like vanilla ice cream. The hop is there no doubt with a big earthy presence. The taste is very balanced.
The mouthfeel is thick and chewy. Tinkling carbonation.
Well one more time this a world class beer from Mikkeller very well crafted at De Proef. It's impressively bold and balanced. I can't believe that's at 13% ABV. It's one of the most drinkable imperial stout I ever had.

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Photo of Virby44
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bshefftz
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OrangeMen
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 vintage
~ 6 months from bottling date

Appearance- Pours a black color, slight brown hues, opaque. Thin layer of frothy, medium tan colored head. Alcohol legs stain glass with a brown film-like layer. Small patches of head lacing.

Aroma- Earthy vanilla beans, sweet creaminess. Sweet chocolates, dark fruits, oatmeal raisin cookies. Rich molasses, brown sugar. Mild roasted malt, cocoa powder, tinge of alcohol.

Taste- Milk chocolates, bittersweet cocoa, dark chocolates, vanilla cream, marshmallow. Rich molasses, brown sugar, dark fruits, raisins. Roasted malt, slight char, coffee, alcohol notes.

Feel- Medium to full bodied, very creamy and smooth, lingering bitterness mostly from alcohol. Lower carbonation.

Overall- Wonderful creamy dessert-like flavors combine and blend so smoothly. Vanilla is right up front w/ a creamy marshmallow type sweetness, but the beer finishes with an aggressive bite of roastiness, coffee, and warming alcohol. Dark fruits, molasses, and rich sweet flavors add nice complexity.

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Photo of parpalapelix
3.67/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Everydayoff
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap served in a stemmed glass at Mikkeller Bangkok. This one is 2015 brew.

Pitch charcoal black in color with very deep brown hue at the bottom through the light, it comes with thick tan frothy head that stays with good retention before sinking to some long-lasting bubble film atop and leaving lots of lacing patch and spot.

Aroma is massive vanilla, it is everywhere and coats a nose for a while until coffee and milky yet creamy chocolate come into play together with cocoa powder and roasted profile. It is also nicely complement with brown sugar, dark bread, a little smoke, and caramel.

Loads of vanilla as well through the palate sensation, very very sweet vanilla-ish. It is quite boozy at time with warming alcohol poking through, anyway, its creamy and milky chocolate, cocoa, and coffee help to distract your attention from alcohol together with roasted, dark bread, brown sugar, caramel, slight smoke, and charred nut. Hop is muted here and sunken underneath the other flavors.

Full body with some sticky touch, smooth mouthfeel with some crisp and moderate carbonation through the palate to carry all the things well, finish is dry.

Great sipping beer, warming, complex yet very tasty, alcohol is there but do not let it take you away from this almighty one.

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Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Duffman79
4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmaskell33
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of buschbeer
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 FL OZ bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black and is topped with an inch of mocha head that leaves a little lacing.

I get lots of vanilla in the smell. I get a little chocolate. The coffee seems to have faded.

Once again I get a lot of vanilla. The coffee is faint and very bitter at this point. I get some chocolate.

Full mouthfeel with low carbonation

I should have drank it soon after purchase. The coffee is pretty much gone, but the vanilla is great. The alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz. bottle

Pours black with a creamy frothy tan foam head. Smells like pure vanilla, rich dark chocolate, roasted coffee, some dark fruits, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes slightly boozy with lots of vanilla, rich dark chocolate, roasted coffee, some dark fruit, and floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy and slick with moderate carbonation. Overall a real nice coffee vanilla imperial oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2 fl oz bottle with some Lost Abbey stemware
Last had on 10/18/15

Looks rather thick and dark as pitch coal in the glass with a tall stack of dimply mocha brown head that settles back into the body after a few reserved minutes. Light ribbons and a few dots of lace noted.
Vanilla cream exudes with dark toasted cereal, fresh coffee grounds, nutty cocoa, dark berries, and a mild spice with some booze and faint char there. Sweet vanilla bean with charred grain, chocolate nougat, and marshmallow. Coffee is dark, rich, and lasting throughout. Thick and mostly full bodied with a great cream like consistency. Fudgy like espresso brownies with some syrupy dark fruit toppings. Seems lower in carb with some warming alcohol and a healthy dose of roast bitterness to it. Sleek and lingering on the palate with an earthy bitter finish. Could use a bit more finesse but it’s good. Recommended.

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Photo of Jpb123
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mjgsilva
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.51/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a tulip glass.

A: The body is pitch black. The head is minimal being brown coloroured, and having minimal retention. Lacing is minimal as well. But looking very good.
S: The aroma profiles are left to coffee and alcohol, being this the only place where you can feel the alcohol in this beer. That said, this is great.
T: The taste is composed by coffee, tons of it, vanilla, toffee, and some maltiness in the back. Very good.
M: The body is medium high to high. Carbonation is low but great. Bitterness is very soft since the beer is more softy, going into sweet tones. Being a 13% ABV beer, you simply can't find it.
O: One of the best Mikkeller beers I've ever had.

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Photo of von_kaiser
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pezhead_79
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark color with lots of aroma. The vanilla flavor is very forward and becomes more pronounced with temperature. Overall a very sweet vanilla stout, but the thickness helps even out most of the sugars.

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Photo of Gtg642
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kingjohnh
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of reebtaerG
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brureview
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No brew date. BB on the cap 10/02/26.

Poured a dark chocolate opaque color with less than a 1/2 finger head in a Moa snifter.

Aroma is quite good, and is stronger with warming:vanilla, sweet, milk chocolate.

Very spicy bitter and tart MF. Excellent for the style.

Taste: extraordinary- one of the better tastes in an Oatmeal stout: cocoa, chocolate, vanilla. very intense flavor which fades with warming,

Excellent finish: chocolate, cocoa, spicy bitterness on the back of my tongue.

Overall: great beer. One of the best in the style. The taste is a standout, and the MF has great character.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.93/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Unknown vintage; drank 9/14/15 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Black/brown appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big dark khaki head; a curtain of lace.

Vanilla, milk chocolate & marshmallow notes in the nose.

Thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Vanilla, peanut butter, marshmallow & milk chocolate flavors; no booze heat. A dessert masterpiece; among the best beers I've ever had.

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Photo of KettleBellFreak
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Warm chocolate and coffee nose, hazelnuts and oatmeal as it warms up.

Ugly as hell when it pours. Looks thin and the head is ugly and doesn't fizz quite right even for the normal short mikkeller slim, tight foam

Taste is malty, oatmeal and vanilla, little more coffee as it warms. Thick, chewy mouth feel

Great beer.

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