As mentioned in my last beer review post, stouts are my favorite type of beer ever, but are unfortunately not really a summer beer. I was thinking of ways to “summer-ize” stout, and discovered that STOUT ICE CREAM FLOATS are a thing. My entire life had changed. I needed to try this out right away.
At the same time, a co-worker who brews his own beer gave me a bottle of an oatmeal stout he had made. It was the first time he had made an oatmeal stout, so he warned me it wasn’t the best, so I thought it may be a good candidate for the ice cream float experiment. The beer has a strong toffee-malty smell, but sadly that toffee taste was not as pronounced. There was also slightly bitter-burnt taste, and not much creaminess from the oatmeal. I had told my co-worker about my ice cream float plan, and he agreed that it would go a long way in improving his beer.
To the beer I added a scoop of Haagen-Dazs vanilla and a scoop of coffee ice cream. The ice cream started to melt into the beer immediately, and I hardly needed to use the spoon. The melted ice cream swirling into the dark brew added a creamy lactose-ness I enjoy in stouts, and the vanilla and coffee ice cream also contributed well to the faint coffee-chocolate-y flavors present in the beer, helping to bring them up a bit. And while a regular root beer float would be way too sweet for me (I don’t like sweet things that much), the ice cream brought a light sugary-ness that mellowed out the heaviness of the beer.
Overall, I thought it was a great combination, one that I will be trying out different with different kinds of stouts and ice cream combinations. (I suspect that a milk stout with dulce de leche ice cream would be DELICIOUS.)