Growing up in the DC area, Carvel ice cream stores were a staple. What’s best known from this ice cream chain is their ice cream cakes; two layers of ice cream with chocolate cookie crumbles in between. Sure, Fudgy the Whale was shaped like the Santa cake (or is that vice versa?) And that snowman looks a little like Cookie Puss. Or his Saint Patrick’s Day cohort, Cookie O’Puss.
I loved Puss – a green monster of a cake that had cookies for eyes and an ice cream cone for a schnoz. Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. decided to pair up with the creamery and release a beer version that’s ‘…brewed with signature chocolate crunchies from Carvel®, fudge, ice cream and milk sugar.’ Which could be amazing, or horrific.
The head is all but nonexistent, no matter how quickly you pour it. But what’s there is a lovely, creamy, deep tan. Nose? There’s the usual coffee, chocolate nibs and earthy goodness. But is that a hint of mint? Yes, yes it is.
The taste? Very full and rich. It’s heavy, like drinking a chocolate-covered mint donut, and that’s the highest compliment I can think of. Fizzy on the tongue, but with a syrupy feel once that dissipates, it’s a minty chocolate kick in the pants. And it’s glorious. A strong coffee and cocoa finish rounds things nicely getting you ready for another sip. And so goes a lovely cycle of mint, chocolate, raw cocoa, and roasted malt that’ll have you emptying your glass before you know it.
Perfect with Thin Mints, or the Cookie O’Puss cake, naturally. But paired with ice cream (vanilla, chocolate fudge, or coffee – don’t sully your palate with plain chocolate), Oreo cookies, ice cream sandwiches, or any other good-with-mint dessert would be a treat. This isn’t a pair with a meal brew, it’s one to savor with dessert. Or as dessert on its own. Do you.
Style: American Stout
ABV (alcohol by volume): 8%
IBUs (international bitterness units): unknown/not given