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Beer For Desert?

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

blog-010I had the most amazing desert last Saturday, or was it the most amazing beer? Anyway, regardless of what it was it was awesome. Ready to find out what it was? Okay, it was an ice cream float…. made with beer. I’ll let that sink in. If your familiar with the Guinness float, then this won’t seem so far fetched, but it definitely seemed strange to me. All you need to make a stout float is a mug of your favorite stout, and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. I’m curious as to who first invented this drink, and why they did so. Were they a light beer lover who wanted to make their deep roasty stout more palatable? Maybe they were a beer connoisseur who thought the two sounded tasty together. Perhaps it was an overworked parent who was seeking an escape while making the kids root beer floats. I think however, that like many great culinary inventions it was a result of small changes over time, combined with happy accidents. This was for sure a happy accident though as it has survived the years, and is still apparently a popular drink in some circles. Here are some stouts that would go extremely well in this concoction.

Ninsaki Oatmeal Stout – I tried two separate stouts (for research purposes) and this was by far the better

Rogue’s Chocolate Stout

Guinness– from the bottle, that way you get those neat little nitrogen bubbles

Cappuccino Stout – I’m not normally a fan of this style, but love RedHooks Double Black. I used this as my other stout, and it didn’t work out so well for me since the bitterness overpowered the ice cream

The cappucino, oatmeal, chocolate, and dry stouts deffinatly seem to be the more popular, but the choices are far from limited. I could see this being made with a sweet stout or a milk stout also. However I’d stay away from american stouts due to the brighter hop flavors, and the russian stouts due to their complexity. Also if it says double, triple, or extra in the name realize that the bitter flavors will be stronger.