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.