Guinness Ice Cream

August 15, 2014

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes:

What’s that old joke about wanting egg in your beer? It’s no joke here; a rich eggy ice cream base is the perfect partner for Guinness. You can substitute other beers that are rich and malty, or lighter pale ales, pilsners, or lagers for the Guinness. Try a Belgian Dubbel or Tripel. Hoppy bitter beers and IPA are not the best choice here, even if you otherwise love them. Check my list of beers for ice cream floats for more ideas. If it’s good for a float it should be great as an ice cream.

Alice Medrich

Makes: 3 cups


  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar, scant
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • One 11- to 12-ounce bottle of Guinness
In This Recipe


  1. Place a strainer over a medium sized bowl and set it near the stove, for the finished ice cream base.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine the cream, sugar, and salt and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks to break them up. Whisking constantly, pour the hot cream mixture slowly over the egg yolks. Scrape the mixture back into the saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens slightly and registers 175° to 180° F on the thermometer. Strain the custard, to remove any bits of cooked egg, into the clean bowl. Stir in the Guinness.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Freeze according to instructions for your ice cream maker.

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Reviews (2) Questions (0)

2 Reviews

Justin January 12, 2015
Would it be best to allow for the cream base sauce to cool before adding it into the yolks to avoid cooking the eggs?
Kirsten G. November 16, 2014
I made this last night for a supper club I belong to. Made the brown sugar apple upside down cake withat this on the side. Oh my, it was a hit. Simple to make, and although I was skeptical, it was delicious. I did substitute a chocolate porter, as I thought the Guinness might be a little too bitter. I'm sure it would have been great. I would make this again!