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Chocolate Stout Freak Shake

Chocolate Stout Freak Shake Freakshake 


In college I worked with a guy named Freak.

Large and imposing with a heart of gold under layers of ink and steel. I refused to call him Freak, making up new names for him. Finally, he stopped me, asked me why I was so opposed to using that name. "But you’re not a freak. You’re normal." In my white-girl-from-the-farm logic, this was a compliment. Once it hit his ears, it was anything but.


"No I’m not. Stop thinking normal is good, and abnormal is bad. Do you think I want to be like everyone else? The word freak means: 'a person who is unusual' and that’s me. I WANT to be a freak, I don’t want to be normal."

That was the end of it. I understood, and it changed the way I saw things. I embraced my weird in new ways. I’d never really wanted to be typical, average, or normal, but I hadn’t ever held my weird up over my head like a boombox in a John Hughes movie until that day. Weird is good, freaks are awesome, non-conforming is liberating.

Long live the freaks of the world. Milkshakes, people, places.


I beer’d up a phenomenon that is sweeping Australia from a little cafe with a long line called Patissez. Freaks of the world are uniting over the over-the-top, and anything but usual, ice cream concoctions. I, of course, felt like anything that excessive needed beer. A big beer with beautifully bold flavors that can stand up to all the noise in that glass. I chose a stout from Washington called Wrecking Ball from No-Li Brewhouse. Fantastic all on it’s own, but this recipe is about excess and Wrecking Ball kept up.

Chocolate Stout Freak Shake

Servings 2 shakes


  • 10 wt ounces 60% cacao chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup Imperial stout or barrel aged stout divided
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 pint ice cream
  • 1 cups pretzels crushed
  • 1 cup whipped cream
  • cookies and candy for garnish


  • Add the chocolate chips, 1/3 cups stout (reserve the other 1/3 cup of stout for the milkshake), and the butter in the top of a double boiler over medium heat.
  • Stir until the chocolate has melted and combined with the beer and butter (if the sauce separates, use an immersion blender to bring it back to life). Set aside.
  • Add the crushed pretzels to a bowl.
  • Dip a serving glass in the chocolate, then the pretzels to rim the glasses.
  • Add the ice cream plus the remaining 1/3 cup stout to a blender, blend until smooth.
  • Pour the milkshake into the glass until about half way full, add a few scoops of chocolate sauce on top of the ice cream, then fill the glass with the ice cream mixture.
  • Top with generous amounts of chocolate sauce, whipped cream, crushed pretzels, cookies and candy.

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Laurie B. September 21, 2016 um 7:33 am

Well, this beats my beer float by a landslide! Sounds delicious. I’ll have to watch for Wrecking Ball.

Thanks for all the great recipes. I have tried several of them and have been inspired to search out others. These have quickly become my most requested recipes.


Becky September 21, 2016 um 8:49 am

Embracing your weird is a great attitude, the world would be a very boring place if we were all normal! This looks totally delicious, I must give this a try at the weekend. Thank you for the lovely recipe 🙂


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