Have you ever had a Guinness float? Some wonderful genius took beer and plopped ice cream in it. And a legend was born. As someone who loves craft beer, I wanted to try some of my favorite brews to see how they would fare in a float. I knew pretty much all stouts would be good- but I wanted something different, something not as thick, with unique flavors. And then it hit me- Hazelnut Brown Beer Floats!
If you’ve ever had Rogue’s Hazelnut Brown Ale, you’ll know why I picked it. It isn’t too thick, but the hazelnut taste was perfect with vanilla ice cream. There were a few tricks to getting it perfectly in balance- and the biggest is having fresh vanilla ice cream. Trust me on this- the ice cream that is somewhere between fresh and freezer burned- with tons of ice crystals- is just not any good in this.
I like using french vanilla for more sweetness. I’d only suggest pairing darker, sweeter beers (with a thicker mouthfeel) with ice cream. Pretty much any amber colored beer, ale, or stout would work as long as you like the flavors in the beer itself.
- 1 bottle Rogue Hazelnut Brown Ale
- 1-2 scoops french vanilla ice cream
- Pour beer into a tall glass and add ice cream. For a thicker texture more like a root beer, let ice cream soften (almost to the melty stage) and add more ice cream- swirl to mix well.
Amount Per Serving Calories 609 Total Fat 32g Saturated Fat 10g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 20g Cholesterol 58mg Sodium 120mg Carbohydrates 49g Net Carbohydrates 0g Fiber 4g Sugar 29g Sugar Alcohols 0g Protein 11g