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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 BeerSamurai34
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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Photo of nodder
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle

A- Used motor oil black with a thin light brown head. Spotty lacing. Even with an aggressive pour the head was thin.

S- Vanilla, chocolate, coffee. A big dark/malty scent also. I def. get the vanilla shake smell.

T- The taste is nowhere near as sweet as the smell would indicate. Dark (almost burnt) coffee and dark chocolate dominate here with the vanilla very much there but taking more of a backseat. Still quite sweet but a huge bitter finish balances. Boozy but its a sweet, balanced heat.

M- Medium to full mouthfeel with not much carbonation. Very creamy and smooth. Highly drinkable for such a big beer.

O- Glad I tried this one. Was a tad expensive ($9.49 for 11.2oz bottle) but well worthy of its high marks.

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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 pmangold
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

tons of vanilla and coffee in the nose. the taste follows. this one hides it's ABV well and is quite easy to drink. an overall great beer geek stout from Mikkeller.

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Photo of Bugs318
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: inky black with a thick and creamy mocha head, some of which lingers just atop the body throughout even if most dissipates fairly quickly.
S: vanilla, vanilla, vanilla, and some coffee and roasty qualities supporting. Smells much like a super-sweet vanilla coffee.
T: vanilla up front and in the finish, but the finish is supplemented by coffee and lends credence to the belief that I am drinking a cold, sweet coffee.
M: nice and thick with moderately low carbonation. It gives a creamy thick feel with a chewiness almost like a float. A bit sticky and a touch warm in the finish.
O: a solid beer, and a pleasant surprise!

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Photo of wulfie85
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured black with great vanilla and coffee aromas. Vanilla flavor came through great as I drank as well as the coffee. My biggest complaint would be the mouth feel. I felt it was thin for a 13% stout.

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Photo of davyjoneslocker
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Truly amazing beer here.

The nose hits you with just a ton of vanilla and malt. You know you are in for a sweet surprise.

The texture of this beer is remarkable. This is where the "Shake" part really shows. Some how Mikkeller got the consistency of this to stay much more thicker than any stout you will be used to.

Incredibly smooth for 13% and so delicious. Tastes like it smells, sweet and vanilla. Such a great concept and pulled off with flying colors.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass.

Thick light tan head, with a bit of espresso cream color to it , settles to a nice collar and good sheened brown top as well. Black nearly midnight and big dark bodied quality very good looking stout.

Very interesting aroma. Cereal breakfast aromas of whispy flaked grains, vanilla sweetness, cocoa powdered dusted and an interesting nutty sense. A sense of cracker and crackling roast, like rice crisped candy bar quality and flavors coming off the bouquet. Very fun.

Palate takes a bit of a different turn. Where the sweetness and soft hinting bouquet seems to drive, it turns to much sharper and bitter quality. Big sharp roast and bitter to oily mid palate. Ashen like finish with charcoal aftertastes and quite a bit of stomach warming heat. Palate comes just barely a touch of wet, but still supportive of the flavors and a very good coating of the roast character that is very large. Chocolate warmth, and some light coffee notes, but really not much vanilla of all things.

Goes from sweetness to piping hot and bitter like a race car. It's a fun ride but also seems to have left the real big goods at the starting line behind, forgetting to carry them along this really tasty journey.

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Photo of docoman
4.71/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Glad was able to get this beer... it is exactly like the description, oatmeal stout with coffee and vanilla... color is dark as night, smell awesome, taste just the same.. enjoyed this much more than the BA breakfast mikkeller beer had about 2 months ago.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L - Pitch black. Three fingers of brown head

S - Vanilla, obviously. Burnt marshmallow and coffee.

T -Vanilla, roasted malt, milk chocolate, dark chocolate

F - Thick and luscious. 13% is nowhere to be found. Goes down too easily.

O - This one's for the sweet beer crowd. Reminiscent of Southern Tier Creme Brulee, but without the cloying factor. Ideal for dessert.

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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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Photo of W_Des
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nice and black into a snifter. Great vanilla coffee nose. Not sickly sweet like some vanilla beers and it tastes so good. Great vanilla aftertaste. Deceptively strong too at 13%. Can't really get any of that in the beer.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Black with a small tan head.
S: Lots of sweet vanilla, smells really good.
T: Big vanilla upfront. Some bittering / medicinal notes in the backend. I'm sure glad the vanilla hide the base beer. (I don't care for the weasel brunch at all) I also don't taste the 13% at all. I'm very surprised it's 13%....well hidden.
F: Smooth and creamy, just not very thick.
O: The best of the Mikkeller beer geek stouts by a long shot. Not top notch, but I recommend it if you like vanilla stouts.

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Photo of darktronica
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No head worth mentioning, even with a vigorous pour. Was worried it had gone flat as a result, but was merely fairly low carb.

Smell is of vanilla and maltmaltmaltmaltmalt. This is like Milk Duds turned up to 11. I want a candle that smells like this.

Mouth feel is a bit thin, making this dangerously easy to drink. Vanilla Shake is such an apt name; Mikkeler has nailed it. The coffee is subdued, and I get a hint of mint and chocolate instead. This is delicious.

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Photo of Marius
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thick pour, huge vanilla, cocoa and marshmallow smell. Tons of vanilla, together with cocoa, dark chocolate, caramel and coffee in the taste, the alcohol is barely noticeable until the drink gets warm. Medium body with moderate carbonation, making for a surprisingly drinkable beer. Amazing stuff.

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Photo of Alron
4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Holy Crap!
I was not expecting such a good beer. Ridiculous. Very thick, smells amazing, high abv.
Exactly what I want in a stout. I've drank alot of craft beer and frankly have been bored and disappointed for a long time. This beer has reaffirmed my faith in craft beer.

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

Wow! Tons of vanilla on the nose, has a very rich oatey marshmellowey mouthfeel, thicker than expected. Some dark fruit and hint of coffee in the taste. Finishes very smooth and the flavor lingers, like eating a piece of chocolate. Superb overall.

Drank both of my bottles. I'm definitely going to seek this out next time it releases.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

a 12 oz bottle poured into a Speigelau glass

A: very little head but what there was, was frothy and chocolaty in appearance a pitch black brew

S: it smells a lot like a vanilla milkshake at first blush but there is some dark roast here with a little chocolate and like an oatmeal cookie smell and almost vanilla gives it a slight marshmallow quality

T: Wow lots of vanilla sweetness but then some layers of bitter dark chocolate...

M: Very thick and lush it just blankets and caresses your tongue

O: I think the vanilla is overwhelming but you still have a great beer here lots of flavors if you can sift through them and what a mouthfeel. it's what Victory at Sea would be if it had a lush mouthfeel

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Photo of IPAGeorge
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint

A. Pours a black beer with 1 finger of frothy cappuccino colored head. 1 minute of head retention. Little lacing.

S. Lots of vanilla as the name suggests. Roasted malts..

T. Again lots of vanilla. You get that roasted malt essence. It is what it is. And it fits it well.

M. 6 out of 10 on thickness. Creamy. Mild carbonation. What you would want from a stout.

O. This beer accomplishes exactly what it when for. It's a nice clean Oatmeal Stout with alot of vanilla. The mouthfeel is right on spot. A very nice beer.

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Photo of Rutager
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Viscous looking pour, thin tan head. So much creamy vanilla in the nose, with a little milk chocolate and just a hint of dark malts underneath.

Huge sweet vanilla on the tongue, pretty much drowns out the stout but overall a great desert beer.

A great beer to try once, but that's enough for this bro.

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Photo of Get_Lowell
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip.
Look: Pitch black with slight layer of dark brown foam, foam quickly dissipates and leaves slight semblance of head. Light tan lacing on the sides. Beer looks thick and still.
Smell: Tons and tons of vanilla, big chocolate notes seep through. Very pungent. Perhaps too much vanilla.
Taste: Loads of chocolate on the front and tons of vanilla on the back end. Roasted coffee notes on the back end but I also get a metallic tang. Likely some mild infection.
Feel: Moderate to heavy thickness. Roast coffee oil lingers on the palate.
Overall: As a big fan of beer geek, vanilla shake adds a little pizzazz that treats you right. Wish the infection wasn't there though, it really kills the roasted coffee aftertaste and holds this beer back.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really does taste like a vanilla shake. Sweet and silky and dangerously drinkable. I have a bottle of BA Vanilla Shake and it will be interesting to compare.

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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 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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Beer Geek Vanilla Shake from Mikkeller ApS
4.32 out of 5 based on 941 ratings.
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