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.
Fresh 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.
Beer Ice Cream Floats
It is hot in Vancouver – temperatures reached upwards of 35 degrees Celsius this afternoon. Living in a part of the world where most homes do not have a central air conditioning unit, this kind of heat can be somewhat stifling. But there is good news, hot weather means cooling off with cold beer. But along with good news comes bad news – tonight I didn’t feel like a lager, blond ale, wheat beer, cream ale or other beers that are generally served cold, I wanted a porter. I know it is completely out of season, but I don’t lead my taste buds, my taste buds lead me.
To beat the heat this evening, my wife and I went for a drive to a the Marble Slab Creamery, a popular ice cream shop. It seems we weren’t the only ones trying to cool down with an ice cream cone, the lineup was far longer than my patience and we were forced to leave. But that is when I put the two together, rich chocolate porter, cool vanilla ice cream – chocolate porter float! We rushed to the nearest liquor store to find an appropriate porter or stout for this beer float, we ended up with Phillips Longboat Chocolate Porter.
I have seen a porter/stout beer float on restaurant menus before, but never had a real desire to give it a try. It turns out beer floats are delicious – an adult version of a rootbeer float. Next time I see a beer float on a menu I will definitely consider ordering.