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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
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160
Ratings:
950
Avg:
4.32
pDev:
20.37%
 
 
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Reviews: 160 | Ratings: 950
Photo of twiggamortis420
2.73/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle courtesy of fthomasl pours a very viscous black with a small cap of mocha head. Average retention and lace.

Nose is coffee, chocolate, black licorice, herbal hops and alcohol...kind of a strange brew of everything thrown together. Kind of a mess, really. And where the fuck is the vanilla?

Tastes like old Folger's coffee grounds mixed with vodka. Ugh, maybe this is a bad bottle? I dont know but whatever it is is not working right. The viscosity would be appreciated if there was some good flavors here, but this is just a complete mess.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.83/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of strong vanilla notes with dry bitter coffee notes is pretty singular. Taste is a mix of light roasted malt with dry bitter coffee notes with tons of vanilla flavours. Body is full with nice creamy texture and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. I thought the vanilla notes were way too pronounced and push the beer in the gross territory.

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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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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.29/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle opened on 10.7.13

A - Pours a very dark brown with a light brown smaller head with good retention.

S - Oats, coffee, then strong vanilla.

T - Vanilla hits hard at first, then roasted oats and coffee with a bitter finish.

D - Heavy body with a lower carbonation.

O - Flavors are all there, but still not very good. Fake tasting to me.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.56/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330ml to a tulip glass. My 3rd or 4th time having this one.

A - Sludgy+glass-staining black pour with a finger or so of brown head. A thick ring remains by the end.

S - Smell is pretty absurd. Chocolate chip cookie dough, vanilla ice cream, brown sugar, cake batter. Some serious vanilla for sure.

T - A little bit of coffee noticeable here, particularly in the finish, but still very much a vanilla bomb. Dessert-y vanilla chocolate caramel cookies and cream all the way. Very sweet but a touch of char seems to help balancing that out.

M - Big ol desserty stout feel, chewy, surprisingly well-carbonated but still very much on the dense side. There is some alcohol heat, but it's around what I expect at 13%.

O - This has grown on me a bit since past experiences, but it's my least favorite of the Beer Geeks. The vanilla overload obscures the coffee (and everything else, really), on top of the upped ABV make this kind of cloying, singular, and hard to tolerate more than half the bottle. Still, fans of novelty dessert sipper stouts should probably go for it.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.61/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from some shop somewhere...I forget.

Black color, opaque, with a small tan head that receded to a small collar, leaving dots of lacing on the glass. Lots of roast in the aroma, coffee, dark malts, cocoa. Taste was similar, big time roast, dark coffee, dark malts, dark chocolate, charred wood. There was really no vanilla to speak of. It was good as a coffee stout, but I expected more of a "vanilla shake" from a beer called "Vanilla Shake." Medium-full body, roasty-bitter mouthfeel, lower carbonation. Booziness was relatively low for a 13% brew, making for a good drinker. Overall worked pretty good as an imperial coffee stout, but with no vanilla in there, it was a let-down.

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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 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 Damian
3.7/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Drank from an 11.2 fl oz/330 ml bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA
Served in a snifter

Review #1050

Outstanding appearance. Dark brown, bordering on black. A two-finger tall, tight, creamy, mocha colored crown topped the thick and oily liquid. The head slowly dropped to a lasting film. Streaky, drippy lacing coated the glass.

The nose was interesting and also somewhat strange. Loads of roasted malts. Good amount of cocoa powder. I definitely picked up some burnt toast as well. Super boozy. There was an odd, candy like note that reminded me of a bulls eye. Almost a bit plastic-y and artificial. Touch of brown sugar. Unfortunately, very little vanilla. Toward the drink's end, however, the vanilla really made its presence known. Powdered cocoa came through stronger as well.

The flavor was rich and robust but rather rough around the edges. Again, tons of roasted malts. Intense espresso notes. Hint of smoke. Perhaps some leather. Quite boozy overall. Definitely much hotter than I anticipated. The beer finished even more boozy with notes of char and a lingering, earthy hop bitterness that intensified after the swallow.

The mouthfeel was rich, creamy and thick. Smooth and supple on the palate. Frothy. Rather milk shake-like indeed. The sugars in the beer left a slightly sticky film on my lips.

I typically love Mikkeller's barrel-aged, flavor-infused stouts, but this one just struck me as overly boozy and rather odd. After reading the initial reviews of this beer versus the latest ones, it seems that recent vintages are much hotter and more acrid and have a much more subtle vanilla presence. As is, there are definitely a number of better vanilla flavored imperial stouts available.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.81/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Magnificent looking. Pitch black with caramel head that lingers a ring around the edge. Terrific legs. Smell is intense vanilla, as it really does smell like vanilla shake. Some cookies, and a touch of roasted malts. Flavor is complex, but muddled at times. Sweet, yet bitter with a healthy dose of vanilla. The body is really interesting. I know most people rave about its shakelike thickness, and while it looks mean in the glass, it fails to coat the tongue. The alcohol is there, but not overwhelming.

Overall, this beer is kind of all over the map for me. Delish at times and meh at others. I'd prefer Brunch Weasel to Vanilla Shake.

$9 for 11.2 oz bottle

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

This one pours a dark, dark black, with a small head, and no lacing. It looks thick AF.

Smells like a big vanilla disaster, sweet, maybe a tiny bit artificial, gummy, with some chocolate, and roasted malt.

This has a whole hell of a lot of vanilla in it, practically to it's detriment. The amount of vanilla lends a sort of gummy and slightly astringent thing to the proceedings here, making it slightly unpleasant. It's got a that bitter black barley thing that lots of Mikkeller stouts have, with some chocolatey malt, and light coffee notes. I know it's called Vanilla Shake, but if the vanilla was toned down a little, this would be way better.

This is incredibly thick bodied, probably a milkshake (duh?), with a lower level of carbonation. It's so rich.

Far from the best in the Beer Geek series, but alright in small doses.

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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 Prospero
3.85/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pitch black appearance with dark brown rich head, strong chocolate notes and sweet vanilla on the nose, coffee is mild and kind of hides in the background. Flavor does seem overly bitter for being an oatmeal stout, again chocolate & vanilla dominate the coffee. The mouthfeel is slick and a little oily, detracts from the rich flavor. Rich dessert beer.

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Photo of Thirsty_In_Chicago
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Lots of vanilla on the nose. There's a considerable amount of char/bitterness in the taste, which leaves me wanting more sweetness to balance it out. Mouthfeel was nice and big. In the end I'm not as impressed as others seem to be.

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Photo of jakecattleco
3.96/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle of unknown age split into a shaker pint. Really enjoyed this beer in comparison to Dessert. Nose was less boozy and could distinctly pick up strong chocolate and faint vanilla notes. Flavors play well together, and the booze was hidden moderately well. Good appearance and mouthfeel. Pricey, but I'd probably purchase again if in the mood...though that craving could be easily satisfied by FBS which I like better.

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Photo of Boilerfood
3.97/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Jet black. No head of any note. The occasional khaki bubbles form if agitated, but quickly disappear. 13% ABV will do that.

S: I wish they would make air fresheners that smell like this. Vanilla comes roaring out of the bottle as soon as you pop the cap. There is a slight dark chocolate note that fades to oatmeal with a lingering alcohol heat on the tail.

T: Tons of vanilla and oats up front. This fades and leaves a coffee tail. The alcohol is a little warm, making the vanilla slightly cloying.

M: A tad thin. I cant decide if thats good or bad. I think if it were any fuller, the vanilla would be disgusting, but there is always something intangibly disappointing about a beer this dark, that is this thin. It serves its purpose, but it could be made better with a more deft use of vanilla.

O: Always leery about spending this much on a 12oz bottle, especially when it doesn't see any barrel treatment. Overall its a really well done beer.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: Pitch black with the tiniest dark mocha head on the pour that is gone as fast as it appears.

S: Roasted malts with rubbing alcohol. You would swear this was BA.

T: Roasted malts throughout. This really needs to warm up. Alcohol is a major flavor factor here, and it really seems like it was barrel-aged. Vanilla is there, but it comes across as like vanilla extract from vodka. The coffee is the most prominent and it is some dark roast of straight black coffee. I don't really get the oatmeal, but this stout is very smooth so that is perhaps where it is at. The hops are out though, I don't really get any.

M: Smooth with just the tiniest bit of carbonation.

O: It's been a while since I've had regular Beer Geek, but I'm not sure how different this is. Both are quite good.

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Photo of jeff1973
3.99/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a Maudite tulip.

A - Pitch black. Dark mocha head leaves decent lacing.

S - Vanilla and a little dark roast.

T - Vanilla, coconut, milky creaminess. Ends with a nice roasty dryness that balances everything. Not sweet at all.

M - Super thick and rich. Perfect! Low carbonation (as you might guess).

O - Really tasty brew. Balances the whole vanilla shake taste w/o being overly sweet. Really smooth also. Mouth feel is almost perfect.

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Photo of papat444
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours totally black, getting a whiff of vanilla and chocolate. Flavor intense and sweet but bitter and dry in finish. Mouth coating, chocolate coffee flavor like moka a bit.

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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 DoubleSimcoe
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice smoke, cigar ash, roastiness. Some hops. Vanilla is subtle, not over the top like Goose Vanilla Rye. Super drinkable as well for a 13% huge stout, but mouthfeel is thin, and at 18 dollars per 12-ounce bottle, not really worth.

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Photo of OmahaKF
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Smell is big chocolate and coffee, hint of caramel, and a little bit of soy sauce.

Taste is molasses sweetness, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, some slight booziness and a fairly bitter finish.

Overall, another nice Beer Geek offering - really smooth for the ABV.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from he shop. Pours thick and black like motor oil. Aggressive pour resulted in a very small dark brown head. Aroma is big time chocolate sauce, vanilla. Smells super rich and desserty. Flavor is thick vanilla coffee with a definite bitter backed. Earthy coffee makes this surprisingly not cloying. There is a huge roast presence that i was not expecting after the smell. Vanilla lingers on the palate and there is barely any trace of the ABV, just a bit of heat lingering. Thick and viscous as expected, with low carbonation. Solid dessert brew, but not sure the coffee balances this in the right way.

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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 TBonez477
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smooth, sweet vanilla aroma. Taste starts huge with vanilla and alcohol, melding into dark roasted coffee. Body is smooth and thick with mild carbonation.

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