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Beer Geek Vanilla ShakeBeer Geek Vanilla Shake

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Mikkeller ApS
Denmark | website

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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Reviews: 153 | Ratings: 940
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 Sintech
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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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 Hop_God
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: deep dark chocolate. Almost black cola. Brown thick foam.

S: booze. Chocolate bar. Coffee.vanilla

T: bitter chocolate. Some subtle berries. Vanilla on the end.

F: thick syrupy. Bitter on the palate. Astringent.

O:this is very good. I do find myself wanting it to be the bourbon barrel aged version to take it over the top, but this is still awesome.

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

Wish this were a 22oz bottle as 12 oz just wasn't enough to share between 2 of us... Excellent Mikkeller offering with a nice offsetting blend of coffee and vanilla that wasn't over he top sweet. Great stuff!

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Photo of lupercmda
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick dark black with a small frothy head. Smells roasting , with lots of coffee smell and minimal chocolate vanilla smell. Instant coffee taste upfront with vanilla coming through as it warms up. Nice thick mouth feel. Very good coffee stout.

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Photo of julielynndubee
4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, rich color with frothy head. Smells smoky and vanilla. Tastes just as it smells and reminds me of smoking a black and mild...but in a great way.

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Photo of Feelmebone
4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Everyone has their own style and i found out with this beer that thick and tasty is where its at . Pours black with a small head and the aroma with vanilla and coffee if perfect.

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Photo of SayBoom
4.87/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Was drunk in comparison with AleSmith Speedway Stout.
A: The pour is viscous and deep black with a thin layer of brown colored foam. It looks better than Speedway Stout.
S: Dark coffee, caramel and biscuit, sweet chocolate and undoubtedly vanilla. Vanilla Shake lose, not enough cognac/bourbon notes.
T: Instant coffee and cognac taste, obvious hints of oatmeal. Huge bitter finish. Draw.
F: Very thick and lush body. Not overly carbonated. Boozy and warm in the finish. Mikk>AleSmith. Has longer and intense aftertaste.
Overall great stout from Mikkeller. Very recommend it if you like sweet stouts. An opposition ended in a draw)

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Photo of kkleu357
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a thinner dark black with very little head. Tons of roasty aroma with a nice sweet smell. Taste is huge sweet chocolate with tons of coffee and lots of vanilla.

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

Poured from 11.2-ounce bottle into a snifter. Appearance is almost black with a few deep brown highlights, not much of a head due to a rather tentative pour. Started out with this at just above fridge temperature and picked up some metallic notes on the nose and the palate. Let it warm to slightly below room temperature and everything came together. Taste is heavily coffee-forward, reminiscent of very strong instant coffee, with vanilla coming through as it warmed. Feel is nicely viscous, with a pleasantly bitter coffee-like aftertaste. Definitely warmth from the high alcohol content, not too much carbonation. A rare treat due to the expense, but worth an occasional splurge.

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased MLB All Star Week in Cincinnati, Kentucky (haha) and King Food Chu Amerasia. Enjoyed August 18, 2015 in a Mad Elf tulip/snifter.

Look - Oily black with a finger or more of dark tan head. It was slow to form and slow to dissipate. Very fine bubbles. Eventually just a ring sits around the edge. Medium bubbles. Blotchy lacing. Not much else I'd ask from this high abv stout.

Smell - Chocolate, powdered. Roast malt. Vanilla. Coffee. Oats. Booze.

Taste - Boozy. Chocolate. Vanilla. Oats. Bitter.

Feel - Creamy. Not overly carbonated. Medium to heavy. Bitterness does rip at the tongue and alcohol warms the chest.

Overall - Not quite what I was hoping but as the review shows, a good one. Smell doesn't quite translate to taste.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark with a nice thick lingering dark tan head. Decent lacing left in the glass. Smell is coffee, chocolate, vanilla and a pretty heavy booze smell. The taste is strong coffee and bitter chocolate with a finishing taste of vanilla. The booze burns a little at the end but fades quickly. Nice beer.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is delicious. So much vanilla on the hose with the perfect amount of carbonation with a nice lingering tan head. It's very well balanced even with all of the vanilla.

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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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