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Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
163
Ratings:
959
Avg:
4.32
pDev:
8.33%
 
 
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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 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 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 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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Photo of jdhilt
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a five+ finger light brown head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Black color no highlights. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Vanilla nose, flavor is vanilla, some tartness, decent, high ABV is hidden. Pricey at $11.45 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

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Photo of DispyDnb
3.63/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Tap at Lager Lager in Berlin. As usual i don't fully get the hype on most of Mikkeller beers.
This indeed was a super drinkable stout for its abv but i couldnt find it excting at all, and for the price they sell it...well. Good yes but not impressed, would like to try the ba version tho.

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Photo of BillDraper
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Expensive but important . For breakfast on an empty stomach . Smell is weak and I like that. Very sweettongue expecting of hot bourblin brooks and was presently surprised by its timidity.

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

Pours pure black oily, small dark head.
Aroma: Cocoa, molasses, vanilla, roasted malts, spice/pepper
Taste: thick, huge vanilla profile, coffee, roasted malts, molasses, little smoke, little boozy with pepper notes, very pleasant.

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Photo of brianmandell
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Best by 10/02/26: Dark brown pour with very thin dissipating head. Smells of darkly roasted malt, sweet chocolate, coffee and vanilla. The flavor is amazingly balanced by lactose sweetness and bittering hops, coffee and roasty malts. The sweet chocolate and vanilla flavors are delicious, like a decadent dessert. The mouthfeel is velvety smoothness with soft carbonation - Almost perfect. Really great sweet stout here. One of the smoothest I've had - goes down dangerously easy!

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Photo of raysat
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle from the bottle shop in Lyngby. Poured in a snifter. Deep black colour with a thin caramel head. Aroma is vanilla with much coffee and roast. Flavour is rich and warming, alcohol disguised well. Good stout.

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Photo of braican
4.91/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance:
OK I guess it's not perfect. Didn't really retain head and looks a bit flat so loses a little there. Still looks amazing though.

Smell
Vanilla cake and roasted chocolate. Very sweet. Maybe a little booze, but it's real subtle

Taste
So much vanilla. So much chocolate. Even some dark fruit as it warms a little, but those ice cream flavors dominate.

Feel
Super smooth. A little if the alcohol heat, but it enhances rather than detracts. It FEELS like a milkshake.

Overall
This puts in an argument for best beer I've ever had. Definitely heavy on the vanilla, but that's what I like. You could put this on at an ice cream shop. That would be one kickass soft serve machine.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

If I was tasked with creating an imperial stout that was accessible for all levels of beer nerds, this would be that beer. It pours a pure jet black with 2 fingers of dark tan head. The aroma is toffee, caramel, dark chocolate - and vanilla. Loads of vanilla.

The taste is heavy on the dark chocolate, but the vanilla balances it, then continues to come forward as the taste settles in the back of your mouth. At 13% ABV, I kept waiting for the alcohol burn to light me up, but it never happened. This drinks so smooth, it's almost silly - how can a beer with this much flavor and this much alcohol not pound you into submission? This is spectacular, IMHO.

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

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a finger of dense tan head that fades to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of boatloads of vanilla with some coffee undertones. Slight roasted malt as well but mostly vanilla and coffee
T: Taste is vanilla, coffee, roasted malt and bitter dark chocolate. The vanilla comes and goes at times to give the other flavors a moment to shine but it always comes back. Swallow is roasted malt, espresso and bitter dark chocolate with slight hints of vanilla
M: Thick and velvety on the palate with slightly prickly carbonation and a dry finish from the ABV
O: This is a very good beer. Probably one of the best I've had from Mikkeller. It has some great complexity and flavors with the nice addition of the vanilla. Definitely one to try if you like big stouts.

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Photo of RMelyon
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Cellared since late 2014, drank July 2016. Smelled a little like sour milk on the nose, which scared me, but this beer is a goddamned frappachino with alcohol in it. Most chocolate of any beer I've ever had, and the vanilla just puts it over the top. It's a little hot at 13%, but that's mostly masked. Worth the hefty price tag for purchase at least once a year. Drink it.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well here we are: Beer review #700, another milestone another BIG beer - at 13% ABV Mikkeller Beer Geek Vanilla Shake is no slouch, plus I’ve always been a fan of Mikkeller brews - there’s a real feel of Mad Brewer Scientist about the one-man party machine that is Mikkel Borg Bjergsø. Let’s talk about Vanilla Shake, which is from the much vaunted and sought-after Beer Geek series of Mikkeller brews. It’s got several things I love in a beer: Oatmeal, coffee and vanilla bean. Plus it’s Mikkeller, so it’ll be good (if not awesome). Just a note to my readers: I’m taking a short hiatus from reviewing to do up a top 100 list of beers - keep waiting/watching.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Strange: From first pour it looked as if it would have nary a head, like most high ABV brews, but then like the birth of the universe (because I was like there man) the most amazingly dense khaki head I’ve ever seen in a non-nitro beer formed and slowly decayed - how poetic Mikkeller! The body is obsidian black. 9/10.

S: A mad fusion of vanilla bean and cold drip coffee - fully one of the sweetest smelling brews I’ve encountered, which begs the question of whether there will be anything to balance it out with. Hints of powdered chocolate add to the gargantuan dessert-like aroma - I fully thought for a second there that my nose would dive right in to the glass. 8/10.

T: Soooo damn tasty! A syrupy coffee/vanilla concoction that hits the palate with a truckload of vanilla sugar then sweeps it away with bitter roasted coffee... towards the finish a kiss of smoke touches the back palate and lingers on like a dying campfire. Yes, this is one BIG brew, but it’s never chaotically so, it remains throughout a rich decadent and more importantly: harmonious experience. Bravo yet again Mikkeller! [you handsome bastard] 9/10.

M: Mouthfeel is like drinking something with a viscosity akin to honey with a soul-crushingly dense but light carbonation. Another reason why Oats rule man! 9/10.

D: This is one of those once-in-a-lifetime brews that is really quite nice but you wouldn’t have more than one in a sitting because it’s just so damn BIG and syrupy (and ever so slightly more bitter than I like), it’s borderline waaaay too much (like Black Buffalo) but it’s good to have these massive brews on occasion (as long as you don’t have to drive anywhere forever). I found this a fitting way to reach beer #700, and I’m looking forward to doing up my top 100 beers list. 9/10.

Food match: Bernard Black’s luxury pie.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottled
Pours a jet black body with tan head that retreats to the edge of the glass
Smells of chocolate shake fizzy treats and wet cardboard
Tastes like a special chocolate vanilla crusha limited edition with a shot of something special
Outstanding

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Photo of fondyball20
3.69/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Too much char, bitter coffee, smoke. Based on other reviews I think there is a lot of batch variation because I didn't get much vanilla, almost all char/smoke

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Photo of ccg
3.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Beer Geek Vanilla Shake
Look: Roughly a finger of foam, tons of lacing happens almost immediately. 4.25
Smell: The smell is all smoked oats and earthy hops. No coffee or vanilla to be found. The smell reminds me of Mikkeller's Black Hole stout, which I thought was a bit too aggressively hopped, but it had the same earthy/floral thing on the nose. 3.75
Taste: Bitter coffee is a layer underneath bitter hops. Toasty. Oats. Chocolatey malt. Vanilla is there if you really look for it, but it's not in the foreground. 3.75
Mouthfeel: Soft and smooth and perfectly carbonated. 4.25
Overall: It's a well-made stout, but I'm disappointed. If you're going to call it "Vanilla Shake," there should be more sweetness, and it should be showcasing the vanilla. 3.75

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz. capped bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Aroma is roasty... seems like the case with all Mikkeller stouts. Aromas of chocolate, vanilla, fudge, brownie and lactose. Moderately aromatic but the flavors work well together. Upfront flavors or chocolate, smoke and roast. Lots and lots of roast. Vanilla comes in waves towards the middle and doesn't stop. There's a lactose and fudge component that serves to amplify and really display the creaminess of the vanilla. Accented, boozy aftertaste. Full bodied with low carbonation. Slick, full and chewy in the mouth with some heat going down. Given the pedigree, not unexpected but the feel here is excellent.

Solid but I just don't understand why there needs to be so much roast and smoke in this one. Really detracts from the overall experience of the beer. This is good... but could be way way better.

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Photo of mobrado
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Outrageously expensive at over 3x the price of Victory at Sea, but very tasty, with more vanilla, more coffee and more body than VaS. The bitterness of the coffee and the hops offset the massive dose of vanilla and sweetness nicely.

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Photo of superspak
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into snifter, best before 2/10/2026. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty coffee, vanilla, cream, brown sugar, toffee, toasted dark bread, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and coffee/vanilla notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty coffee, vanilla, cream, brown sugar, toffee, toasted dark bread, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness. Moderate roast/char and herbal hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty coffee, vanilla, cream, brown sugar, toffee, toasted dark bread, smoke, char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and coffee/vanilla flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance; with slight lingering roasted astringency building up after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from hop/char bitterness, that lightly increases through the glass. Light carbonation and very full bodied; very smooth, creamy/silky/slick, and moderately sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish, with zero booziness. Overall this is a fantastic imperial stout. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and coffee/vanilla flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the huge ABV. I wish this wasn’t so acridly roasty/bitter, but it was still highly enjoyable all around.

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Chocolate, vanilla, smoke, metallic and booze - Sadly, not in that order. The flavors work well, just nothing that works amazingly well. Was hoping for less char taste, WAY less heat and a touch more sweetness and vanilla.

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Photo of pants678
3.28/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Black with no head to speak of.

Candied vanilla extract.

Powdered sugar and vanilla. Might be missing cacao. Not awfully complex and isn't hitting my palate right. Vanilla's bordering piercing, not countered by much of anything.

Somehow hallow.

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