Hipster Beer Adventures, Part I: “Wee” Misadventures in Milkshakes

Sam Adams' Wee Heavy gets desserted! Photo courtesy of theperfectlyhappyman.com.


The other day, I poured half of my Wee Heavy into half a cup of coffee that was sitting in my fridge – and with the addition of two ice cubes, it was DELICIOUS. So delicious, in fact, that I wondered how this concoction would taste if I added chocolate ice cream…


For those of you who aren’t familiar with Sam Adam’s Wee Heavy, it’s a thick Scotch ale that’s made in small batches. At 10% ABV, 350 calories a serving, and $3 for a single at the liquor store, it’s also one to drink in small batches. If you enjoy Guinness, Thomas Hooker’s Chocolate Stout, or Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, try Wee Heavy – with or without the following recipes.


Now, back to the matter at hand. Today I gave the middle finger to the Sisyphean diet with which I torment myself, by creating a Wee Heavy Chocolate Coffee Milkshake. Here’s how I did it:


1 cup black coffee, chilled
1 12 oz. bottle of Sam Adam’s Wee Heavy
1 scoop Ben and Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie ice cream
Chocolate sauce


Here goes nothing...

   Here goes nothing…

Pour the chilled coffee into a pint glass, then fill the glass almost to the top with beer. Add a scoop of ice cream, then top with Redi-Whip and chocolate sauce. Consume!


Well, anyone who has ever drunk an Irish car bomb knows what happens to cream and beer. I think because of the coffee, the gross congealing process was slowed – but just in case, I rushed to drink my strange invention. The ice cream was divine and the beer-soaked brownie chunks were oddly tasty; as for the beverage itself, I liked my original coffee-beer-and-ice-cubes better.


This gave me another great idea: since I still had half a beer left, why not try yet another beverage? Next I made a Chocolate Wee Heavy Iced Coffee:


If you use Smucker’s Hot Fudge Topping, warm it up in the microwave first.


½ cup black coffee, chilled
½ cup Wee Heavy
1 spoonful chocolate syrup


Stir the first three ingredients together in a rocks glass, add ice, and enjoy!




Well, after “enjoying” half of each of my creations, I felt a wee bit heavy. I usually don’t eat sweets, so the ice cream and chocolate syrup had me sweating, while the coffee at 3:30 in the afternoon made me feel really revved up. (Jesus, when did I get this old?) I set to work typing this article in a ball of energy, but I’m waiting for the inevitable crash. I recommend trying the Wee Heavy Chocolate Coffee Milkshake, but without the whipped cream, and perhaps in a rocks-glass sized version instead of a pint. The Chocolate Wee Heavy Iced Coffee was pretty darn good, but I don’t advise having one right after the milkshake!


Ugh, what have I done to myself…


Find Wee Heavy at a liquor store near you — while it’s still available!



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