While beer can be incorporated into baked goods like beer breads and even chocolate cakes, beer and baked goods don’t necessarily go hand-in-hand. I would say that I see more wine pairings with desserts and spirit-infused baked goods than I do similar pairings with beer. This particular beer, however, brings baked goods to the beer and not the other way around. The Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale is the result of a collaboration between New Belgium Brewing Company and Ben & Jerry’s, infusing one of the ice cream company’s most popular flavors into a light bodied ale. Naturally, I had to give the seasonal beer a try.
Unfortunately, the beer did not taste like I had melted down chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream and funneled it into a bottle. But then again, I didn’t really expect it to! The beer has a sweet sweet aroma with vanilla and malt in it, as well as enough caramel to make me think of brown sugar. The ale itself is slightly sweet with only a hint of bitterness to it (remember, this isn’t an IPA), and notes of buttery cream, vanilla, chocolate and more malt. I wouldn’t say that I would guess “chocolate chip cookie dough” as the flavor of this ale if I had to taste it blind, but it is easy to pick out elements that tie the two together and it’s a fun beer to enjoy during the holidays for a little change of pace! If you’re feeling bold, turn it into a beer float by pouring it over a scoop of real chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream – and I recommend using Ben & Jerry’s, of course.