Beer Geek Vanilla Shake Barrel Aged Bourbon
Mikkeller Brewing San Diego

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From:
Mikkeller Brewing San Diego
 
California, United States
Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #61
ABV:
13%
Score:
98
Ranked #394
Avg:
4.61 | pDev: 4.34%
Ratings:
28
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 19, 2022
Added:
May 03, 2017
Wants:
  5
Gots:
  5
SCORE
98
World-Class
Beer Geek Vanilla Shake Barrel Aged BourbonBeer Geek Vanilla Shake Barrel Aged Bourbon
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.
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5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by JokersAce

2021 version served in a 5oz glass at the Mikkeller tasting room in Little Italy, San Diego. They list the distinction of the 2021 version here:

"Inspired by the European-produced, Mikkeller instant-classic, Beer Geek Vanilla Shake, we treated our San Diego-brewed version with a truckload of Ecuador Tahitensis and Vanuata Planifolia vanilla beans, before finishing with some of those most incredible Yemen Mokka Matari coffee from our homies at Mostra Coffee so that we could realllllllly push the boundaries."

It smells super aromatic. Deep thick texture with just the right carbonation. Properly flavorful. So much vanilla it tastes like chocolate. It's a bit bitter, but pretty smooth to the point it's hard to stop sipping on it. Super thick and syrupy in consistency. Black with no opacity even when put to light, save for some slight mahogany around the edges. The coffee notes come through boldly in the finish. It's simply a fine stout and one of the best I ever tasted.

Apr 19, 2022
 
4.48 by Duncian from Pennsylvania on Mar 11, 2022
 
4.75 by josephwa from Minnesota on Feb 27, 2022
 
4.5 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota on Jan 03, 2022
 
4.5 by shelby415 from Oregon on Jan 02, 2022
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4.47/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by superspak from North Carolina

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
 
4.4 by rcjennings from Ohio on Feb 25, 2020
 
4.75 by rare_bird from Michigan on Jan 04, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by mothman from Minnesota

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
 
4.67 by sd123 from Georgia on Nov 29, 2019
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4.77/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by EmperorBevis from England

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
 
4.63 by chstan from California on Jun 15, 2019
 
4.33 by BarrelAgedG from California on Apr 20, 2019
 
4.75 by paulish from New York on Mar 30, 2019
 
4.49 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on Feb 25, 2019
 
5 by redfox405 from California on Feb 17, 2019
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4.63/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by BillRoth from Maryland

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
 
4.28 by Rothobinide from California on Jun 03, 2018
 
4.5 by fthegiants from California on Feb 27, 2018
 
4.71 by TonyLuvsBeer from Michigan on Jan 01, 2018
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4.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by gibgink from Missouri

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
 
4.35 by rodmanfor3 from Vermont on Nov 05, 2017
 
4.5 by kylehay2004 from Illinois on Oct 21, 2017
 
4.75 by BEER88 from Washington on Oct 20, 2017
 
4.5 by ilikebeer03 from Texas on Oct 05, 2017
 
4.62 by Richter525 from Michigan on Sep 09, 2017
 
4.94 by Srfnflmngo from California on Jun 19, 2017
 
4.75 by GRG1313 from California on May 03, 2017
Beer Geek Vanilla Shake Barrel Aged Bourbon from Mikkeller Brewing San Diego
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 28 ratings