Rogue Chocolate Stout Float

Posted on 04.14.08 8:43PM under Pairing, Stout, Tasting

Rogue Chocolate Stout FloatI ran into a bottle of Rogue Chocolate Stout the other day. I’d been wanting this around Christmas, so I figured I’d pick it up.

I popped it today, and it’s a hell of a beer! The label says 15°P and 77 IBU, as well as real chocolate used in there. The nose was subtly chocolate at first, with more of a general stout smell to it. But the initial flavor was massively chocolatey, with tons of hops to back it up. An awesome bitter-sweet combination. The aroma really develops as the beer sits in the glass for a while. So much so that it even made my next beer, a porter, smell chocolatey. Cool. And don’t forget that there’s a big hop bitterness punch in there, too.

Rogue comes in 22 ounce bottles a lot of the time. This is one of those times. Midway through the first half of the bottle, I knew what I had to do with the second half of the bottle. First, I had to wait for the kids to go to bed. Then I could mix the beer with Ben and Jerry’s Fair Trade Vanilla Ice Cream that’s been calling me from the freezer (I didn’t even know there was such a thing as “fair trade vanilla”).

What a combination. I have floated other beers before, but this takes the cake. Or should I say it takes the ice cream. If you can get Rogue in your neck of the woods, or if you have another favorite chocolate stout, you have to try this. And the stout ought to be really chocolatey, not just chocolate-malty, like a Brooklyn Chocolate Stout (which is a damn fine stout in its own right).

I even went ahead and made this into more of a Beershake, by thoroughly mixing the two ingredients after the weird krausen-like material built up too much on top of the drink as the ice cream melted. And dare I say the beershake was even better than the beer float.

I wonder if the Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence is this good? I expect it to be made with more of a Belgian flare, so a bit less bitter than this one, which might be a good combo with the ice cream. I’ll have to try that soon. Before I know it, I’ll be making floats with IIPAs and Saisons.

What’s your best Beer Float?

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  1. Posted by Chipper Dave on 04.15.08 11:15 AM

    I’ve made beer floats with a couple of beers. While stouts make an excellent choice, you can also mix ice cream with porters and imperial porters. I recently opened up a 22oz bottle of Nefarious Ten Pin Imperial Porter from Ska Brewing in Colorado and topped on some premium English Toffee ice cream. Oh man was that delicious!

    Another beer that I mixed ice cream with was Bell’s Porter and vanilla ice and crunched up bits of Heath toffee bar. The toffee is a good key ingredient to bring out the chocolate malts in the beer.

    I’ve yet to try ice cream with stout, and I have a can of Oskar Blues Ten Fidy left over that I’m tempted to try it with.

    Beer floats are definitely worth it.