danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 28, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from OTM. The appearance is a deep creamy oozy black with a small deep brown head. The nose is flowing with whole vanilla beans and vanilla extract with some marshmallow touches. The flavors are rich with vanilla that really powers the profile Roasty malts fill in the edges at the beginning and eventually rounds out the beer. A nice spice from the vanilla bean. Not enough coffee in front for my preference or maybe the roast is on the milder side. Don’t get me wrong it is there. A nice spicy after taste with a good amount of drying. Very tasty beer.
saltyseadog (16) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - JAN 31, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
EdKing (2265) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
biirusaikou (1894) - - JAN 27, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
KyotoLefty (8402) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 24, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
punkska101 (1452) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 19, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Tarkmanius (4) - - JAN 12, 2016 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottleshare. Nose is vanilla, coffee, heavy oatmeal. Taste is an absolute tastebomb with oatmeal, lots of vanilla and liquorice. Fabulous.
VT (2233) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!
Johnstledger8 (465) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 1, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
AwaKe (164) - Laval, CANADA - DEC 31, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
mmyohane (103) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 31, 2015
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma has a lot of vanilla and coffee. Some prunes and raisins. Pours black with a small dense head that leaves beautiful lacing. Taste has a lot of coffee, dark chocolate and vanilla. Medium bitterness and medium sweetness. Great balance. Full vodied with average carbonation. Long bitter finish from the coffee. Overall a great imperial stout.