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Chocolate Stout Float


Beer and food combinations have started to make their way into restaurants all across America. This could be a food and beer pairing such as spicy food and India Pale Ale. It could also be cooking with beer, like when wheat beer is used in a cake recipe. Here is a simple dessert, The Chocolate Stout Float, that uses a combination of both techniques.

I prefer Young’s Double Chocolate Stout with vanilla gelato. The stouts dark chocolate bite pairs well with the sweetness of the gelato. This is a great way to finish a meal and a unique beer pairing.


2 cans or bottles of Young’s Double Chocolate Stout
1 pint vanilla gelato
4 tall dessert glasses

1. Put two scoops of gelato in dessert glasses
2. Slowly pour Young’s over the gelato
3. Serve with long spoon


  1. Sherri | Monday, February 9, 2009

    Uggh! JJ, you’ve gone too far with this “beerlove” thing. I’ll put the beer in the cake, but…

  2. JJ Bagley | Monday, February 9, 2009

    You have to try it. I know it sounds strange but the Young’s has so much chocolate flavor it doesn’t taste like beer when it is paired with the gelato.

  3. Mark | Monday, February 9, 2009

    What’s gelato? Why not use vanilla ice cream?

    Looks good though!

  4. Sebastian Banfield | Monday, February 9, 2009

    I love Young’s, I’ll have to give this a try.

  5. JJ Bagley | Monday, February 9, 2009

    Gelato is Italian style ice cream. It is usually made from fresh ingredients and has intense flavors and a very creamy texture. Of course you can use any vanilla ice cream but if your going to use great beer you might as well use a great gelato.

  6. Erik Arneson | Tuesday, February 10, 2009

    I’ve really been wanting to try something like this with Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, or maybe Dogfish Head Chicory Stout. You beat me to it!

  7. Katie | Tuesday, February 10, 2009

    Gelato has less cream than ice cream (more milk) which is probably a good thing given how heavy of a beer stout is. How about adding a couple of crushed malted milk balls (like Whoppers) to the top? That would double on both the chocolate and the malt flavors!

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