|Beer for dessert?
Beer and dessert are usually not words found in the same
sentence. Generally, this is a good rule to follow. But, like all
rules, there are exceptions. As an example of an exception
I pose the following combination - Ice Box cake and
Southern Tier Crème Brulee stout.
For those of you unfamiliar with Ice Box cake. It is a simple
dessert. It consists of a layer of Graham crackers, a layer of
cooked chocolate pudding, and a layer of whipped cream.
This sequence is repeated a second time. It is kept in
the refrigerator until served.
The Southern Tier Crème Brulee Stout tastes just like it
sounds. It literally is like a dessert in a bottle tasting very
much like the dessert it is named for.
Especially if you follow this suggestion.
The Crème Brulee stout is sold in a 23 oz bottle so splitting it
among friends is no problem. There were four of us so it was
easily split four ways. What really brought out it's flavor was
that it was served in Brandy snifters.
The Brandy snifter concentrated and focused the Crème
Brulee like aromas. The effect was like smelling a freshly
made Crème Brulee dessert.
This stout will probably mate well with other desserts of your
choice (one that comes to mind is a good quality vanilla ice
cream with the Crème Brulee stout poured over it like a sauce)
but the ice box cake mated well for a couple of reasons.
The Graham crackers in the ice box cake matched up and
mated well with the creamy sweet flavor of the stout. Kind of
like what it might taste like if you dunked the crackers in the
stout. Also, the chocolate flavors offered up by the chocolate
pudding were echoed by the stout flavors in the beer.
Together they show that, there are exceptions to every rule.
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