Post four of the now canonized beer dinner deals with dessert, Beer Ice Cream Floats. Our gracious hosts broke out the ice cream maker for this one. They followed the vanilla recipe that came with the machine and it produced a very good, very creamy vanilla ice cream.
I know Erik has previously blogged about beer floats and it is no coincidence that I used one of the same beers that he did. The Philllips Longboat Chocolate Porter went really well with the ice cream. It’s bitterness and roasted malt and chocolate flavors combined well with the sweetness of the ice cream. As one who is not particularly fond of sweets, beer ice cream floats might just be my favorite dessert. We also had on hand a Southern Tier Jahva Imperial Coffee Stout, which was a lot more intense than the Phillips Chocolate Porter. This bad boy weighed in at 11% ABV and, while tasty, was tough to drink in anything but small quantities. It was truly a beer for the veteran beer drinker, but it went well with the ice cream in my opinion. In the below picture, you’ll see two floats, one with ice cream added first and one with beer added first. Whichever way you decide to go, pour beer or add ice cream slowly to avoid eruptions, then enjoy.