Here’s a little summer treat for all you stout fans out there: Beer ice cream float made with stout!
Now, I love stout; it’s possibly my favorite beer style next to IPA, but in the summer it can be a bit on the heavy side. Nevertheless, combined with a little ice cream, your favorite stout transforms into an indulgent summer treat – similar to a coffee Frappuccino, but with added booze!
Here’s how it works:
1. Take any good quality vanilla ice cream and place 2 – 3 scoops inside your beer glass.
2. Next, select your stout – for this post we’re using Fullers Black Cab, but any good quality stout will do – just don’t use Guinness. For a start, there are better stouts out there, but more importantly the nitro gas from the widget will make this combination very difficult to pour!
3. Once you’ve selected the perfect stout, gently pour the beer over your ice cream while tilting the glass for the ultimate beery dessert.
What’s it like?
As you can see from the included pictures, the stout float pours a beautiful marbled mocha color, with a frothy tan head. On the nose, you’re immediately greeted by the scent of fresh cream, coffee, and vanilla. Much of the inviting aroma carries through predominately into the taste, with a beautiful rich and creamy mouthfeel and the added flavor of milk chocolate.
If you’re a fan of the occasional coffee Frappuccino it would be impossible not to draw comparisons here. The added bonus of a little booze, though, makes the finish a little more robust, with slight overtones of chocolate liquors.
Finally, I’ll say this: even if you think you don’t like stout – definitely give this a try. The creamy taste and texture of vanilla ice cream really takes the edge off the bitter, roasted flavor of most stouts; similar to how milk tames a rich black coffee. In fact, even my girlfriend – who isn’t particularly keen on stout – enjoyed this combination. Interestingly enough, she did enjoy Guinness in Ireland and swears blind to me that it tastes ‘better’ over there. I refuse to believe it, and we’re going to put that ridiculous theory to the test, at some point… But anyway, I digress! Back to the final message…
For many people – particularly in the US and Canada – the idea of Root beer float will be familiar and synonymous with long, hazy summer days. Now you’re all grown up, treat yourself to this rather indulgent beer dessert and satisfy your sweet tooth over the warmer months.