Beer Geek Vanilla Shake
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #149
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4.35 | pDev: 8.05%
Mikkeller ApS
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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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3.68/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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hopley from Massachusetts, Mar 27, 2020
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3.68/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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MaximalC from Illinois, Jan 10, 2020
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3.84/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle at share. Dark brown, silky pour, small bubbly head. Roasty, smoky, coffee aroma. taste mirrors the aroma, although the Vanilla is barely present. Thick, creamy.

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stevoj from Idaho, Jan 03, 2020
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3.92/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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beerloserLI from New York, Jul 15, 2019
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4.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Black color with a tan head, ecler flavor with lots of vanilla and whipped cream, taste of vanilla, roasted malts and coffee, medium plus body, soft carbonation, excellent vanilla stout.

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mishi_d from Romania, May 28, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass via can

Color is a deep mocha brown with tan head

Smell is sweet vanilla coffee

Taste follows the nose..very sweet

Low carbonation and mouthfeel is thick

Top notch vanilla bomb stout

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Jlabs from New York, May 24, 2019
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4.77/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

De Decervecitas. Viendo Los 100 2x11-12. En copa Teku. Nada de espuma. La adicion de vainilla le da un toque a postrecito tipo omnipollo que sienta fenomenal a un birrote ya de por si excepcional. Abv muy oculto. Sin espuma

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Photo of jamesroses
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2 year old bottle. Completely black. No head. Strong vanilla and roasted coffee aromas. Taste follows the nose with an extra massive bittersweet chocolate bite. Aftertaste is cold coffee alike. Not the best of this beer. Alcohol not detected. Overall a really nice brew.

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jamesroses from Argentina, Jun 20, 2018
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4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pitch black with a brown head. Retains well. Spotty lacing.

S: Heavy roast- french roast and char. Lots of bitter dark chocolate. Malted milk balls and vanilla. Starchy. Earthy hops.

T: Heavy roast and char, bitter dark chocolate, cracked coffee beans, chicory, earthy hop bitterness, and some starchiness. All of this is enveloped in a wave of vanilla that overtakes everything and becomes the dominant flavor. Trailing finish sees vanilla duelling with a lot of bitter dark chocolate and woody roast.

M: Rich and thick with a velvety smooth texture. Melted milk chocolate in the mouth. Carbonation is ample but gentle, scrubbing only slightly.

O: Pretty good stuff. The vanilla smoothes over the many harsher bitter and roasty edges of this beer and makes for a far more hedonistic drinking experience.

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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts, Jun 06, 2018
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4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

very dark appearance that has a slight tan head. The aroma is a blend of malt vanilla and coffee. Taste is also a nice blend of malt, coffee and vanilla. After 14 months of aging there is no alcohol aftertaste.

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Radcpa from Washington, May 09, 2018
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4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2019. Acquired a while back from the Brewdog webshop. Described on the label as an oatmeal stout brewed with coffee and vanilla; the ingredients also include lactose.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A very dark brown hue that appears ultra-black in the glass. Produces a smallish head of creamy brown foam that resembles the crema on an espresso; this lasts for a minute or two before reducing to a collar with surface lacing.

S: Aroma of rich roasted malt with hints of dried fruit, molasses, brown sugar, coffee, vanilla, subtle spice, soy sauce, ale yeast, faint stewed hops and a massive warming whiff of booze in the background. Superb, even though the alcohol numbs the senses.

T: Tastes of rich dark malt with notes of roasted grain, dried fruit, molasses, brown sugar, coffee, vanilla, mild spice, soy sauce, ale yeast, faint stewed hops and a hot alcoholic twang in the background. Very sweet, followed by a powerful malt-driven bitterness upon swallowing. Fantastic.

M: Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, with soft carbonation and an unctuously thick body. Slightly astringent - the alcohol strips the palate. Aftertaste of bitter roasted malt, sweet brown sugar, molasses, dried fruit, coffee, ale yeast, mild vanilla and stewed hops.

O: Excellent - imperial stouts don't get much better than this. Looks great, while the aroma and flavour are superlative; astoundingly good stout character. Amazing body. Rich, intense and balanced - everything that an imperial stout should be. The coffee and vanilla blend seamlessly into the base beer. If you love stouts then this one is an absolute must-try.

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jazzyjeff13 from United Kingdom (England), Apr 01, 2018
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4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Another fabulous, crazy huge, sublime stout from Mikkeller. The mouthfeel alone is worth the price of admission. This is a vanilla coffee stout for grown-ups, gentle dark-roasted malt sweetness supports an elaborately delicious construction of pure, elegant espresso and seriously pungent vanilla beans.

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Photo of Holderness
4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L — Dark black body with a small dark brown head produced with aerated pour. Minimal retention, but there’s a good amount of lacing and alcohol legs along the side of the glass
S — Vanilla, milk chocolate, char, coconut, coffee, and fresh baked cake
T — Dark chocolate, vanilla, maple, dark roast coffee, char, hint of dark fruit
F — The oats give a nice silkiness and creaminess to the body. Medium+ mouthfeel, medium- carb. Burnt finish
O — The $11/12 oz bottle pricing is a bit excessive. That said, it’s a very good, roasty dessert stout that is not at all lacking in the vanilla department


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Holderness from Massachusetts, Dec 28, 2017
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4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Truly a dessert beer - this was so sweet and you know from the smell that it is vanilla overloaded. Good light stout which artfully hides the alcohol - very VERY smooth and quick to go down. A little thin when compared to other heavyweight stouts but about what you expect from an an oatmeal stout.

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DoctorD from Maine, Nov 26, 2017
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4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slow building dark tan head, humble size and quickly gone. Ebony brew.

Vanilla, chocolate, and coffee nose; strong, sweet, and sublime! Hint of roast and syrup .

Similar on the palate: baker's chocolate and vanilla up front, yielding to roasted barley and coffee. Finishes strong with coffee, more vanilla, and smoky bacon (I have no idea where that note comes from, but it's consistent in almost every sip). Long bitter finish.

Smooth and sticky. Not quite as sweet as a dessert stout, but close.

Complex, far too approachable for the ABV, and delicious.

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Roguer from Georgia, Nov 25, 2017
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is definitely a well blended brew that comes around every once and awhile throughout the year. I picked up a few bottles recently and I’m glad I did. Smells of vanilla and coffee roast up front. And as you drink, you’re hit with a sweetened vanilla backed by a nice coffee roast on the finish.. Even better as this warms to room temperature. If you like vanilla, you’ll LOVE this beer. I’d like to try the barrel aged variant of this.

Excellent beer!...

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3.73/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: deep brown, thick, tan bubbly head, that fades quickly
S: sweet, vanilla, coffee
T: boozy, vanilla, coffee
F: thick, sticky, boozy
O: good sipper for a chilly night

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TonyLema1 from South Carolina, Nov 10, 2017
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4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brought to me by a friend who went on vacation to San Diego because he knows I love me some vanilla. And this stout is a vanilla bomb! Very tasty. Very rich. Wish I could have every night!

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JLK7299 from North Carolina, Nov 07, 2017
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4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a pure black color with an eggshell foamy white cap of a little head. Subtle quick sliding lace.
The aroma seemed to pull a nice semi-sweet to bitter grasping cocoa nib-like quality flowing on into the roastiness and then the vanilla bean sweetness comes flowing in just as I hoped it would that nice "stealthily sweet" with a mild "bean-like" quality.
The flavor mildly brings in a nice sweetness from the vanilla to present to the cocoa nib sweet to roastiness in the exact same manner that shows an absolutely fantastic realistic and wonderful aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt good, somewhat low, with the ABV showing it's due favor. Mild sweet to roasty yet creamy sort of vanilla to milk chocolate finish.
Overall, an absolutely wonderful imperial oatmeal stout that shows an absolute eloquence of aromas and flavors fully supporting it's body in it's entirety.

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Photo of glennchapin
4.89/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a rich ebony color, with half-finger of beautiful mocha head. Hints of vanilla in the nose quickly overpowered by dark chocolate and maple. Taste and mouthfeel are heavenly - creamy smooth with an overlay of oats and coffee finish. A vanilla bomb and oh so sublime!

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4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mikkeller Beer Geek Vanilla Shake, 13% ABV. Pours thick and black,with a short brown head. Nose is huge vanilla, chocolate, and lactose. Taste follows, slight sweetness, moderate bitterness. Excellent mouthfeel, overall outstanding. Man what a vanilla bomb.

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bbtkd from South Dakota, Sep 07, 2017
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4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pitch black with 2 inch tan head.
Smell: Dark chocolate, dried fruit, plums, and raisins.
Taste: Rich dark chocolate, bitter bite, dried fruit, caramel, and raisins.
Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy. A big beer.
Overall: A good imperial stout, but disappointed with the absence of vanilla.

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Phineasco from Massachusetts, Aug 20, 2017
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4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Dark chocolate with a half finger of dark khaki head, weak lacing, mostly opaque.

Smell: Rich vanilla extract, dark chocolate, brown sugar, tootsie roll, light burnt sugar.

Taste: Heavy creme brule, vanilla extract, milk chocolate, burnt sugar, heavily sweetened vanilla latte, a good hit of booze.

Feel: Heavy end of medium bodied, coats the mouth, thick and slick mouthfeel.

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Spinaltapped from Illinois, Aug 18, 2017
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4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque black in the glass with a thin brown head that dissipates to a ring around the glass with light lacing. Aroma of semi-sweet dark toasted malt, vanilla and only hints of coffee and chocolate; there really is a vanilla shake impression in there. Flavor follows; semi-sweet dark toasted malt, vanilla, cocoa, light coffee; the vanilla giving it a light marshmallow note. Finishes with dark malt and some coffee, nuts and hop bitterness that is not as obvious in the early taste. Medium bodied with ligth creaminess. Another great entry in this Geek series. The vanilla is handled very well and melds nicely with the malt. Coffee is faint (there is actually more chocolate flavor than cofee), but there is distinct coffee bitterness in the finish which fits in with the hops. ABV well covered. A fine late night dessert stout, the caffeine not withstanding.

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LiquidAmber from Washington, Aug 11, 2017
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4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a thick velvety black with no head and some dark brown lacing. Nearly No carbonation visible.

A: very smooth vanilla and chocolate with a mellow light roasted malt.

F: lots off chocolate and vanilla up front followed by a hit of roasted malts and coffee. Cofffee finishes.

M: full body and very smooth. Nice! A little bitter coffee and some roasted malts after. Just a hint of the alcohol.

O: exceptional beer. The name really says it all, it really is a chocolate vanilla shake.

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edisacoolcat from Virginia, Aug 10, 2017
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