Brooklyn Chocolate Stout is one of my favourite beers to experiment with because it is strong, well-balanced and relatively inexpensive.
On its own Brooklyn Chocolate Stout is dark brown black with lots of deep mocha coloured head. There is coffee and chocolate on the nose and in the flavour. It has a creamy mouthfeel but retains a bit of effervescence which makes it very drinkable. There is a nice roasted finish.
From this base you can add a light fruity beer to make it sweeter and less alcoholy or you can kick up the coffee with some espresso vodka or you can add it to chocolate cupcakes to make them a little more adult.
But if you are feeling a little more adventurous you can add a couple spoonfuls of ice cream and voila you have a beer float!
Beer and Ice Cream together at Last…
I have been meaning to try out beer and ice cream for sometime now so when I opened the fridge and saw a cold chocolate stout and a pint of vanilla bean coconut ice cream I knew tonight was the night.
What does ice cream do for beer?
Lots. The ice cream melts into the stout ramping up the creamy mouthfeel of the beer. The vanilla flavour takes the edge off the roasty coffee notes like a wondrous cafe au lait. The ice cream reactivates the head creating a light porous layer on top of the beer. The finish becomes very smooth and sweet.
As a vegan bonus, the addition of ice cream lets me enjoy something similar to a milk stout or creamery beer without the milk additives.