Beer Geek Vanilla Shake Barrel Aged Bourbon
Mikkeller Brewing San Diego

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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #289
ABV:
13%
Score:
95
Ranked #2,730
Avg:
4.58 | pDev: 4.37%
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
23
From:
Mikkeller Brewing San Diego
 
California, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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Gots
  6
SCORE
95
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Notes: In the beer geek breakfast series – the beer that really put Mikkeller on the map, we decided to shake things up by adding a truck load of vanilla to the french press coffee trick, creating a whole new dimension to the beer that are loved by freaks and geeks worldwide. Not only that, we then placed it in bourbon barrels for 8 months for a truly unique beer experience. Aromas are sweet filled with vanilla. Palate starts with milky sweetness and offers roasted malts, chocolate and coffee.
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 23 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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superspak from Ohio

4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense and rocky tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Great spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas and flavors of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, coffee, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of molasses, toffee, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts, vanilla, and bourbon barrel notes; with big strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, coffee, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of molasses, toffee, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate pine, herbal, floral, grassy bitterness; and yeast spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, coffee, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of molasses, toffee, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, vanilla, and bourbon barrel flavors; with an amazing malt/bitterness, and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with no cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a VERY silky, velvety, and slick mouthfeel that is fantastic. Minimal warming alcohol for 13.4%. Overall this is an amazing BBA imperial stout. All around amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, vanilla, and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing style example.

Apr 01, 2020
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mothman from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Tan head. Black color.

Vanilla bomb. Sweet. Big barrel flavor. A bit of char however. Chocolate and cocoa. Oaky. Fairly smooth. Full bodied. Ends with roasted malts.

Not OG vanilla shake, but really solid.

Dec 20, 2019
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EmperorBevis from England

4.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled and bottle conditioned and sent to me by my good friend and IIMHO 2nd UK rated BA user after Blackhaddock, Zimbo
Pours a jet black body with decent tan head
Aroma is vanilla sorcery
It’s like the bourbon of your dreams

Aug 08, 2019
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BillRoth from Maryland

4.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Loved it. Had on tap at Mikkeller’s SDLittle Italy shop. Nothing to add... rich, bourbon, wood, huge dark malts...bit of wood...ahhh...and made sure to grab a Crowler for the suitcase home.

Feb 17, 2019
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gibgink from Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured on 10-14-17 at SP release. Pours black, with a bit of head. Good coffee aroma on the nose(it is brewed with coffee), along with a strong dose of vanilla. Flavor of slight coffee followed by an absolute vanilla bomb that the barrel simply enhances. Flavor sticks in the mouth and overall is incredibly smooth. Loved it.

Nov 20, 2017
Beer Geek Vanilla Shake Barrel Aged Bourbon from Mikkeller Brewing San Diego
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 23 ratings