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 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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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 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 -Rick
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown/black with a nice amount of tan head. Big notes of chocolate and coffee. Vanilla notes are also present, but not as pronounced as I had thought they would have been. Taste follows the nose. Vanilla, coffee, chocolate. Very solid mouthfeel, drinks like a meal. Overall a very nice beer. Would have liked a bit more vanilla taste, but was very happy overall.

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Photo of floyd_pugman
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A fine offering. I'm normally not a fan of Mikkeller Beer Geek stouts, as they’re too dry and bitter for my liking. This beer has the same characteristics, but the vanilla nicely offsets those flavors, resulting in a complex and flavorful beer that's neither too sweet nor too bitter; indeed the bitterness on the finish draws me back in to get the next sip of vanilla. At nine bucks I'll definitely be grabbing some more bottles of this.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a tall brown head with good retention and cutains of lace. The nose and taste are massive grain bombs, roasted and sweet with lots of dark and milk chocolate, huge vanilla and nice coffee. There are a bit of bittering hops at the finish to keep this from being sweet overload. The mouthfeel is heavy, velvet smooth with appropriate carbonation. A divine experience!

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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 CoreyC
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle into a snifter

A - Black/brown with a reddish ting. Light tan head dissipates quickly.

S - Very nice - Coffee, vanilla, chocolate.

T - Vanilla, bitter chocolate, and coffee. Not too sweet with a bitter finish.

M - Nice, not too thick or heavy.

O - Very good, but could have been sweeter for me with less of a bitter finish. For those who like more bitter balance than me (most everyone) you will probably like this one a lot. ABV very hidden.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - This a glorious looking beer, with a tight tan head and opaque brown-black body. The head fades down to a nice ring, and there is a smidge of lacing as you go.

S - Interesting nose, vanilla is showcased, with boozy heat coming out front, particularly as it warms. There is a subtle sour line, suggesting a milk note.

T - This is a wild one. Open is bright hit of roast, along with vanilla and sweetness, which quickly turns to spiky coffee bitterness, and closes with acidity and a slight milky note. It is an interesting ride. Surprises include the backgrounding of the alcohol. It is a subtle note throughout, and lingers after the close, but after its dominance in the nose, it is interesting it remains more hidden in the taste.

M - Similar to the taste, the fact that this is not a super hot hit of alcohol burn is a major trick. There is some acidity, and the slick oatmeal feel, and a bit of sharpness in the close.

O - This is a huge beer, with a wild mix of flavors. It really does manage to have elements of milk, vanilla, coffee, and beer, along with a major boozy nose that is kept dialed back in both the taste and feel. It is still there, though, and the ABV is sky-high, so drink with care. If I'd knock one thing, it is the acidity is too far forward. Still, creative, and surprisingly drinkable as a moderate sipper.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Pitch black with foamy tan head, fades to a ring. Smells like vanilla espresso. Taste is powerful but soft, vanilla with bitter dark chocolate. Not as sweet as I was expecting, which is good. Full soft slick mouthfeel. Alcohol hidden well. Pricy but an outstanding dessert stout.

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

Black color. Large head in a teku glass quickly dissipates. Smells of coffee. Real nice sweet vanilla scent. Tastes the same, with more accent on the coffee rather than the vanilla. Overall, tasted good.

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

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter.

Look - Jet black.

Nose - Strong, sweet vanilla! Excellent!

Taste - Dark roasty malt and sweet vanilla! Very good!

Mouthfeel - Thick and sticky. Great! Medium carbonation. Low attenuation.

Overall - Very nice stout! A real treat! Definitely recommend this one!

Grade (A)

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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black like used motor oil with a half finger of caramel colored head
S: Roasted coffee, marshmallow, Leche chocolate. It smells like what dessert should smell like
T: Starts off bitter. Has it warms the coffee, vanilla, almond, almost as if some flan was mixed into this. Each of the flavors are present and they all play off the roasted coffee brilliantly.
Mf: Thick and lingering swear it gives me coffee breath. No way this 13%
O: It took a few sips to win me over. Half way through the bottle I was all in. Great stout.

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Photo of hopsolutely
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to Phyl21ca!! Although his own rating wasn't positive, I believe this beer deserves all accolades and its spot under "Epic". A brilliant roasted malt and vanilla bomb with a finish that lingers. Less oily or thick feeling than I'd expected, but minimal heat for the 13% ABV. An awesome "sipper" that's perfect to share on one of this fall's first cool afternoons...

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

Lots of vanilla flavor in this stout. It's still a very heavy stout at the same time. I feel this draws away from the vanilla flavor some. Good though not world class IMO.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was recommended to me as I was looking at beers in John's Grocery in Iowa City.
Comes in 12 oz. bottles.
A - Pours black with a tan head. Looks like it will taste great.
S - Aroma is coffee and vanilla. Smells like it will taste great.
T - You get sweetness, roasted coffee, vanilla, a little chocolate. Sweet and bitter at the same time.
M - Thick and creamy!
O - Wow, if I'd known it was this good I would have purchased 2 or 3. Not cheap, but this is an awesome desert beer. And you do not notice the 13% ABV. If your wife likes coffee and chocolate, let her taste this, mine loved it. Would I drink a bomber by myself - you betcha.

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

It's viscous; it's roasty; it's a Mikkeller stout! More than vanilla, I get a strong flavor of roasted marshmallows. This beer carries the spirit of the campfire. I'm glad I tried this stout. Due to price, I'll never buy it again. Which is certainly a shame, because it is rather tasty and fun to sit with for a while. But I don't feel like spending $10.99 on a 12oz bottle more than once.

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a teku glass:

Appearance: Pours an inky jet black with a really thick, frothy head. Head lingers for a little while, which surprised me for a 13% brew. Lots of sticky mocha-colored lacing throughout.

Aroma: Plenty of vanilla bean and chocolate up front, with some booziness and heat lingering behind it. Roasted coffee beans and bitterness also.


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

Really nice beer. Looks dark and deep with chocolate. Awesome golden foam forms with nice lacing. Smells light on the vanilla, bitter coffee grounds. The vanilla beans really come through as you work your way through this... The warmer it gets the better the creamy vanilla takes over from the bitter coffee taste. Mouthfeel is slightly thin (typical of oatmeal stouts I've had) and bitter. The vanilla notes takes over but the bitterness is still very present. Overall a great beer, would love to be able to pick this up all year long. Very enjoyable

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Photo of larryarms847
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown and sits midnight black in the glass. Looks thinner than I was anticipating with a thin layer of dark brown foam.

Sweet cream/vanilla, heavy roasted coffee, chocolate, with no noticeable alcohol heat.

Just wow, huge chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and roasty flavor. Just when the explosion of sweet chocolate and creamy vanilla hit, the roast and coffee bitterness washes over to create perfect balance.

Medium-heavy bodied, low carbonation, appears thin for a hefty stout, but the creamy smooth and sweet profile fades into a nice roasty bitterness. Wonderfully balanced.

Overall, while this comes off strongly sweet, the bitter roasted profile counteracts spectacularly. Wish I grabbed a few more of these.

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Photo of ChefMacAttack
4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle (11.2oz) into a goblet.

Ink black pour with 1 finger of caramel colored foam.

Nose is heavy coffee with some biscuity yeast.

Flavor is heavy on unsweetened chocolate followed by lingering vanilla and coffee. Very light carbonation.

I'm having a hard time finding the 13% ABV on this one and I'm drinking it way too fast. Dangerous. The mouth feel is thick and viscous, but in a good way. It's not cloying despite it's rich feel. Very smooth.

Flavors really progress and open up as it warms. Continued notes of chocolate, vanilla, and espresso continue to intensify as I near the bottom of my glass.

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Beer Geek Vanilla Shake from Mikkeller ApS
4.32 out of 5 based on 967 ratings.
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