black beer ice cream

Beer Ice Cream Recipe

Turn delicious beer into ice cream. This dessert is ultra-creamy and the subtle taste of malt and hops is surprisingly good.

I used Monteith’s Black Beer. It’s a “dark beer blended from five malts with biscuit, caramel, chocolate and coffee flavours”. Ideal for ice cream.

monteith's beer ice cream

The ice cream base is a creamy, French vanilla style recipe. It combines with dark beer to create superb ice cream. You can reduce the egg yolks if you want a lighter dessert.

beer ice cream recipe
black beer ice cream

Black Beer Ice Cream Recipe

It seems only natural to turn delicious beer into ice cream.
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Course: Dessert
Keyword: beer, ice cream
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Freeze time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups thickened cream
  • 1 1/2 cups full cream milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 1/4 cups black beer


  • Add cream, milk, and sugar to a saucepan over medium heat and stir until dissolved.
  • Split the vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape seeds into the liquid mixture. Add bean pod and heat until simmering (do not boil).
  • Whisk egg yolks until light and thickened.
  • Slowly pour one cup of the cream liquid into the yolks whilst whisking. Whisk the egg yolk mixture back to the saucepan.
  • Stir liquid over a medium heat for about 5 minutes until the custard coats the back of a spoon. Don't boil.
  • Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate for at least 3 hours (preferably overnight).
  • Add beer to a saucepan and simmer until it reduces to roughly 3/4 cup then refrigerate until cooled.
  • Whisk beer into custard base and then add to ice cream maker. Churn as per manufacturer's instructions.
  • Once churned, add to an airtight container and freeze for at least 2 hours.

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