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Mikkeller
Brewed at Lervig Aktiebryggeri

Style: Imperial Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
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RATINGS: 557   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Oatmeal Stout brewed with coffee & vanilla


Fin's rating

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (8856) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, - JUL 8, 2013
Bottle from Dranken Geers, Oostakker, Nr Gent June 2013 consumed at home in company of Casey & Traci 06.07.13 Pours black with dark brown head, looks good. The nose is a good combination of vanilla and coffee with a goodly dollop of cream and chocolate or milky, creamy chocolate to be more precise. Whilst I like this beer and whilst I like the vanilla, maybe the vanilla is deployed just a little too heavily here, nice but a little overkill. I think the strength is very well masked I really didn’t believe it was that strong. Good beer, very good in fact, smooth, indulgent and really tasty, just not quite great. A8 A4 T7 P4 Ov15 3.8


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IlGagario (28) - Modena, ITALY - FEB 9, 2016
In bottiglia, a casa, pinta inglese. Colore nero impenetrabile. Testa alta e copiosa, color crema di caffè, mediamente grassa, da soapy a cremosa, molto amara e dal sapore di crema brulée, sottilmente piccante e di persistenza abbastanza breve. Naso dolce di vaniglia, crema e caramello tostato. Carbonazione da soffice a vivace alle fauci. Aroma potente di caffè, ferocemente amaro, che increspa la lingua, poi recupero dolce, da dessert, di crema brulée, vaniglia, cioccolata, caramello, foglie di cacao e di tabacco, speziatura di pipa dolce. Corpo pieno. Finale azzimato di cioccolato fondente, appena piccante che tende a balsamizzarsi verso una sensazione erbacea di piante di cacao e di tabacco, con la bocca lasciata piacevolmente dolce e un po’ floreale come di radici, ma anche avena. La nota negativa è che si destruttura in fretta e quindi andrebbe bevuta velocemente quando è fresca, proprio come un frullato. Una volta alzatasi la temperatura, domina solitario l’amaro, esagerato e un po’ fastidioso. Ciononostante, si tratta di un ennesimo prodotto interessante ed alternativo da casa Mikkeller, che inizialmente può intrigare (e certamente è da provare), arricchendo la nostra dispensa nel reparto sweet stout. Grazie a Saverio e Cristina per il dono e la scoperta.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
saltyseadog (16) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - JAN 31, 2016
Part 2 of a 3 part Mikkeller Beer Geek vanilla stout review. 330ml bottle from Prairie Trail Hy-Vee, in a Sam Smith pint glass. AROMA Muted aromatics, really have to get my nose down in the glass to get a whiff, or maybe it’s the last beer still lingering on my palate. Coffee beans, cocoa and Hershey bar. More Hershey bar than anything else. APPEARANCE Pours darker and more coffee-like than Mikkeller Dessert. No head to speak of, only a thin layer of bubbles that dissipates in the distance from the kitchen to the den. TASTE Flavor is much better than smell. Really well integrated medium roast coffee and chocolate bar with a soft airy vanilla finish that lingers a long time without being offensive. PALATE Medium to full body lightened by vanilla, slick and mouthcoating with a long finish. Not a creamy or sticky beer. OVERALL Very good. The aromatics are simpler and more subdued than Mikkeller Dessert and were difficult to tease out on its heels, but Vanilla Shake is really quite a good well-integrated beer with better balance than most stouts, and not as much cavity-causing potential as Mikkeller Dessert. Another excellent vanilla flavored stout.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
EdKing (2265) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2016
Bottle from Bottledog. Looks beautiful. Opaque very dark brown, brown tan head, oily and a little thick in the glass. Nose wrong foots me slightly. Big liquorice, molasses, salty, yeast extract, roasted malt, black sugar., black coffee, aged wood barrel. I was expecting lots of sweetness and vanilla but it’s quite subtle dark chocolate, vanilla. Taste is yeast extract, liquorice, salty, molasses, black coffee lots of roasted malt, dryish but also black sugar sweetness and vanilla and aged wood barrel. It’s good but not blowing me away.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
biirusaikou (1894) - - JAN 27, 2016
Draught at Mikkeller Tokyo. Tons of vanilla, feels like ice cream, oreo cookie, notes of coconut and raisin, long sweet finish. I guess it does feel like a Vanilla Shake, but not really my thing and not very beer-like.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KyotoLefty (8451) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 24, 2016
Tap at Tokyo. Black and shiny with lace. Huge vanilla nose, a bit raspy, chocolate, rum, coffee. Too heavy on the additives. Very chemical tasting, vanilla is harsh and overdone. Don’t dig it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
punkska101 (1455) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 19, 2016
Bottle by private import thx Alex A: dark chocolate, roastiness, light vanilla, some caramel app: pitch black small beige head t/p: full body with long bitter finish. Velvety texture. O: as it warms the aroma get more intense, full of chocolate and roastiness. A beer worthy of taking it’s time to drink quite complex.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Tarkmanius (4) - - JAN 12, 2016 does not count
Bottleshare. Nose is vanilla, coffee, heavy oatmeal. Taste is an absolute tastebomb with oatmeal, lots of vanilla and liquorice. Fabulous.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
VT (2233) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2016
330 ml bottle. Pours black with a short lived dark beige head. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, roast, hazelnut and coffee. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, roast, ash. Finish is loads of vanilla, coffee, some oatmeal and roasted hazelnut. Lingering nice vanilla, coffee, some chocolate. Full body, velvety and soft mouthfeel, weak carbonation. Solid!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Johnstledger8 (465) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 1, 2016
Bottle. Pitch black with a mostly lasting soft bubbly dark brown head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, coffee, liquorice. Taste is of vanilla, liquorice, dark chocolate, raisins, coffee, light bitter finish. Sticky syrupy mouthfeel, soft to medium carbonation. Lovely.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AwaKe (164) - Laval, CANADA - DEC 31, 2015
En bouteille. Couleur noir opaque, pratiquement pas de mousse, apparence huileuse. Arômes de choco, café, noisette. En bouche on dirait que le liquide prend de l’expansion, toute la bouche est stimulée par les saveurs de café vanille sucré, choco, amertume, beaucoup de grains rôtis. C’est un palais assez garni, effervescence surprenante pour le style, c’est piquant, bien agréable, on ressent pas le 13% au goût. C’est définitivement un produit d’exception et ça répond aux attentes sans problème.


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