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Mikkeller Beer Geek Vanilla Shake (Bourbon Edition)

Brewed at Lervig Aktiebryggeri

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 130   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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In the beer geek breakfast series Ė 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. Itís dark, dangerous, sweet and incredibly tasty as you would expect, but most of all; itís ready to conquer your breakfast table routines. Please note: The label is the same as the regular version. This one comes with a limited edition yellow wax.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcberko (8412) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 18, 2015
On tap at Mikkeller & Friends Reykjavik, pours black with a tiny beige / tan head. Nose brings out loads of vanilla, sweet bourbon, and loads of caramelized sweet sugar. Flavour is intense, with intensely sweet loads of vanilla, candied sugar, caramel and decadent bourbon. Desert-like sweetness, but not cloying at all. Phenomenal complexity. Superb.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (4101) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 3, 2015
Bottle with thanks to bursprak. Pours inky black, very small brown head, dissipates quickly with some lacing. Aroma is pure desert, chocolate fudge with vanilla toffee topping. Flavor is full sweet, light bitter, huge waves of chocolate, vanilla, coconut and a bit of mellow bourbon. Full body, creamy mouthfeel. Really good, but almost a bit too hedonistic after a while.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
andrew_drinks (233) - Luxembourg, LUXEMBOURG - MAR 20, 2015
Bottle from Mikkeller online. Pours thick and black, super dense and oily, no head. Viscose. Aroma of chocolate breakfast cereal, if you took it with full-cream milk and Makers Mark. Very lightly carbonated, but just the right amount for the big body. Huge, rich flavour - bitter chocolate, treacle, licorice, chocolate syrup, cooking chocolate, cacao, vanilla cream and a bit of heat on the finish with more vanilla. Indulgent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4277) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 10, 2015
Nice pour with a thin tan head. Very dense aroma, Vanilla and Bourbon with wood and roast showing. Alcohol and fruit skins show with some molasses. Warming in the mouth with some alcohol. Vanilla and chocolate with dark fruit and Bourbon. Full bodied and warming.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MarcoDL (2596) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 24, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2015 Rating #2500. Bottle. Black oily pour, no head. Rich and strong aroma of vanilla, bourbon booze, sweet coffee and a bit of oak. Taste is overwhelmingly good. Very full and long evolving, with strong earthy vanilla, cofee, roasted malt, milk chocolate and a boozy bourbon finish with a little bitterness. Really amazing, world class beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
rxeight (1737) - Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2015 330ml Bottle, big thanks to Erik. Smell is beyond amazing. Like a Milky Way candy bar explosion. Taste is vanilla and bourbon. Some oak barrel. Roast and sweetness. My only complaint is that itís completely flat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bursprak (979) - Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 8, 2015
Bottle split 4 ways. Pitch black pour with a small dense mocha head. Nose is sweet, vanilla fudge, some chocolate and light roast. Taste is sweet as well, vanilla fudge, caramel, milk chocolate, light coffee notes and some roasted malts. Wonderful stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zakoon (144) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 3, 2015
33cl bottle enjoyed @ home. Pours black with almost no head. Aroma is vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, light roasted malt and molasses. Flavour is sweet. Full bodied, thick texture, soft carbonation and boozy bourbon and vanilla finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martinus (3489) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - JAN 28, 2015
UPDATED: APR 7, 2015
Black colour, beige head. Aroma of vanilla, lots of vanilla. Malts, light bourbon, coffee, chocolate. Bitter flavour, sweet malts, brown sugar, liquorice, caramel, roasted malts. Finish vanilla, coffee, pronounced bourbon.
8-4-8-4-16: 4.0
(From draught @ Mikkeller Bar Victoriagade. KÝbenhavn visit, 2014)

Pitch black colour, tan head. Aroma of coffee, vanilla, caramel, bourbon, lots of vanilla. Bitter coffee flavour, sweet malts, cacao, caramel, roasted malts, vanilla. Full body, thick, quite alcoholic. Finish vanilla, bourbon, coffee and cacao. Nice.
9-4-8-5-16: 4.2
(from 33cL bottle -was initially under the impression I was opening a normal vanilla until I read about the wax- @ home)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Saeglopur (698) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - DEC 31, 2014
330 ml waxed bottle from Mikkeller Webshop.
Black, oily body, with a tiny, creamy, dark brown head.
Delicious, sweet aroma of vanilla, milk chocolate, coco, bourbon.
Tastes of booze, bourbon, choclate, coco, vanilla, barrel notes, dried fruits some bitter coffee.
Full, slick, oily mouthfeel, with a soft carbonation.
Finishes boozy, alcohol warming, with bourbon, bitter chocolate, coffee, subtle vanilla and long-lasting wooden barrel notes.

Tasty! While the nose is just amazing, the taste is a bit too boozy for my liking, although still enjoyable and complex. Overall a delicious, heavy, thick and sweet Stout, to sip slowly, but not my favourite Imperial Stout from Mikkeller.

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