Imperial Stout Floats

, from Issue #64. July, 2015
Photography by Aaron McLean.
Imperial Stout Floats

A grown-up alcoholic version of your childhood float. The rich, dark flavours of a stout or porter beer in this luscious sauce marry beautifully with vanilla ice cream.


Vanilla ice cream
Imperial stout

Stout and chocolate sauce
250ml Imperial stout
¾ cup brown sugar
1 cinnamon stick
50 grams dark chocolate, chopped



Sauce: Put the beer, sugar and cinnamon stick in a medium saucepan and bring to the boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Simmer vigorously for about 10 minutes until reduced and syrupy. Take care it doesn’t bubble up over the side of the saucepan. 

Remove from the heat and cool for 10 minutes. Add the chocolate and stir to melt. Cool completely before using. 

To assemble: Place scoops of ice cream in tall glasses. Slowly pour the beer over the ice cream, allowing a little time for the foam to subside and then pouring in more to fill the glass. Drizzle the ice cream with a spoonful of the chocolate sauce and serve immediately. The chocolate sauce makes enough for about 12 floats.