Thursday, April 16, 2015

Beer Review: Cocoa Shake

Reviewing Cocoa Shake, a new variant of the infamous oatmeal stout from from Mikkeller out of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Score: 92

2014 vintage bottle served in a stemmed Mikkeller & Friends glass and enjoyed on 04/15/15.

Appearance: Pours an inky black color with a wisp of brown head that quickly and totally settles. Has a denser appearance with less head than the other Shake beers I have had, somewhat akin to Bourbon County Brand Stout. Swirling the brew lightly tints the sides of the glass with its brown oily legs. 4.5/5

Smell: Nestle hot cocoa powder and malted milk balls. Yum! 4.5/5

Taste: Luscious waves of chocolate coat the palate, like a cold, rich glass of milk chocolate hot cocoa with a good bitter finish. Has a touch of dark fruit on the midpalate, with some raisin flavor that bleeds over in the finish as it warms up. Quite a delicious chocolate-forward brew, albeit somewhat simplistic. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, and seemingly less viscous than its vanilla counterpart. A touch over-carbonated for the flavor profile. Has a mildly bitter finish, and develops a bid of an astringency as it warms up. 3/5

Overall: A pretty damn good beer with a mouthfeel that could use some tinkering. If this had the mouthfeel of Vanilla Shake, it would be on par qualitywise. This one was definitely worth trying. 

Cost: $15 for a 330 ml bottle.

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