Kiss Me, I’m Scottish-Canadian…

I will admit that it doesn’t quite roll off the tongue as saying Kiss Me, I’m Irish…but it’s what I have to work with.
I was not a beer fan until college. I was dating a boy(well, man) who was very, very into beer. He often drank what I referred to as motor oil beer. Beer up to that point is that piss colored stuff that you paid too much for at hockey games or the piss colored stuff they handed to you at Frat parties…either way, not so good. At his urging(or maybe it was just his smile :) ), I gave that motor oil a try…and you know what, I was hooked. From that point on, the darker the beer the better. I had a special place in my heart for stouts, especially the chocolate ones.
So when I saw that Emiline over at Sugar Plum was hosting an event called The Saint Patty’s Day Pub Crawl, and that alcohol was to be in your food, I immediately thought of stout. Now I have seen quite a few cakes made with stout so I knew that I wanted to do something a little different. My favorite kinds of stout are cream stouts. That got me thinking creamy. And well, what is more creamy than crème brulee…I mean cream is in the name.
Before you start saying, I don’t like beer. I understand. However, I served this to two beer haters, who licked it clean and were none the wiser to the fact that there was beer in there. Some might say it was evil not to tell, but if my mom can hide onions in meatloaf, I can hide beer in crème brulee…or crème “brew”lee as I like to call it.

If you are interested in participating yourself, head on over to Sugar Plum and check it out. You have to the 17th…so you have plenty of time.

Chocolate Stout Crème “Brew”lee

4 ounces heavy whipping cream
4 ounces Double Chocolate Stout(I used Young’s)
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate
2 ounces semisweet chocolate
1/3 cup granulated sugar
4 large egg yolks

Preheat oven to 250F.
Place chocolate into a medium bowl.
Heat cream and beer until it reaches a boil. Remove immediately and pour over chocolate. Let rest for 2 minutes and whisk together.
Whisk egg yolks and sugar together in a separate bowl. Slowly pour hot cream/chocolate mixture into yolk mixture while whisking the whole time.
Pour brewlee mixture into 4 ramekins. Bake in a water bath 1 hour 20 minutes. Remove from bath and set out to come to room temperature.
Put brewlee’s into fridge overnight.
To serve, sprinkle sugar on the top of the brewlee and caramelize with a blow torch…or place under broiler for same effect.

Serves 4.


  1. “brew”lee? i’ve got to give you a hand for that one, it’s supremely witty!! :)

  2. I’m right with you Peabody. I surprised my self liking the dark beer.
    I’m sure I’d love your Brew-lee!

  3. Love it! I am not a big beer fan at all, either. But I will have a good stout now and then. LOVE this recipe too b/c creme brulee is a personal favorite. Looks great!

  4. delicious! I want to have a bite. I had a similar experience in college…my cute boyfriend definitely convinced me to try beer and I found I quite liked it!

  5. What an interesting dessert; it sounds great. I’m with you, I love dark beers. My favorite are oatmeal stouts.

  6. i would have never thought of it, but what a creative idea! i can imagine that the stout lends a deep and rich flavor to the creme brulee. I think I’m going to have to give the recipe a try.

  7. Brew lee now that is cool! Hmmn! I guess I’ll have to try that spoonful before I can really say yum! It is an awesome idea but beer and chocolate?

  8. Crème “Brew”lee…very cute.

    I’m not a stout/beer person myself. But this recipe looks really good.

  9. So cute , Peabody! I would love to have one of your creme “brew” lee. Now does this qualify as drinking and baking :P.

  10. What a cute idea!

  11. I was also brought to beer due to a boyfriend, now fiance. He brews his own beer and loves it when I add beer to anything I am making. If I liked custard this would be a fun one to make!

  12. Ahh! That is too funny. But the smile it gave me is canceled out by the frown that this rich, chocolatey, beer-y confection is not in my belly right now!

  13. What a unique recipe!! My head almost doesn’t know what to do with it. My head says ‘weird’ my belly says ‘gimme some now!’…

  14. Oh, dude. I love creme brulee, and there’s a local microbrew that makes double chocolate porter. I know what today’s project/tomorrow’s dessert will be.

  15. I like to bake with liquor, and slip some alcohol into my hubs who says he doesn’t drink. Your Chocolate Stout Creme Brewlee is right up my alley!

  16. Oh man… I think I need to have my bro brew me a batch of chocolate stout!

  17. I love dark beer and I love brulee, so this can’t get any more perfect for me.

  18. This is just too much~ Creme Brulee is a definite favorite and oh how I LURVE me some creamy lovely stout. Very clever!

  19. Brewlee… you’re punny… too much?

  20. Brilliant x2: name and recipe

  21. This sounds like such a fun dessert! I have to admit I can’t imagine try to imagine what it must taste like. Malty? Sweet? Bitter? I’m going to have to try it some day just to see what it’s about. fabulous idea!

  22. I too, am not a beer drinker but I have been known to enjoy a perfectly pulled Black and Tan now and then. I have never seen Youngs Chocolate Stout…I’ll have to look for it as this recipe looks yummy.

  23. Ha! I love it! “Brew”lee is so gosh darn clever. This sounds so delicious, since I love beer and creme brulee.
    I’ve had that beer, myself. It’s good, but it’s a huge bottle. It took me about 2 hours to drink it. Fabulous job!!!

  24. I am suspicious but curious. Yes, I would try it.

  25. my hubby adores dark beer. Guinness is one of his fav Irish beers , I’m yet to figure out how he has that black beer but he just does. But double chocolate stout does sound yummy. I just love to mix booze n dessert . Double the goodness !

  26. What a creative recipe! I love it! I’ve never been much of a beer drinker, but I do like a cream stout, and I adore “brew”lee!

  27. You probably would have had to sneak it past me too – though it looks so good I might have chosen to not hear you say there was beer in it. :-)

  28. Now thats clever and I bet really good.

  29. Mmmm, this sounds/looks heavenly. I’m going to try this one.

  30. My mom’s birthday is St. Patty’s Day. I’m making a Guiness Chocolate Cake for our celebration!

  31. That looks absolutely delicious! Happy St. Patty’s Day!

  32. Beer and food go very well together. That stout crème looks gorgeously scrumptious! Wow!



  33. It looks great and I like your name for it!

  34. Haha, oh Peabody, the title of your post brought a smile to my face – true, it’s doesn’t roll off the tongue like the original phrase, but it’s still quite clever :0)

    Even though I don’t drink, I must say that your Chocolate Stout Crème “Brew”lee looks positively SUMPTUOUS!! And once again, the title is quite clever. You’ve done it again, Peabody!

  35. I love the pun, and the dish itself sounds incredible, even though I’m another non-drinker.

  36. I’m a Red Amber Ale kinda girl myself, but I’d try your “Brew”lee any day! :)

  37. Oh. My. Word. That looks amazing. Stout is so great in baking!

  38. I hate beer, but maybe a good creme brulee would help it along ;) ha ha.

  39. Everybody’s Irish on St. Patty’s Day!

    I looove stout, I gotta try this!

  40. My Hubs, beer-nerd extraordinaire, just might be in love with you after I show him this post :)

    Gotta try this, and really need to catch up on my blogs – lots of work and family stuff happening, so I’ve been a big slacker (it’s all I can do to update my own). Great job! I’ll have to try it, because I am a big stout-lover myself. Kinda partial to the oatmeal stouts…

    Oh! And PS: you pour half a bottle of that chocolate stout there over a half-glass of Lindemann’s cherry lambic, and you’re in heaven. Cherry-choco madness in beer form. Sah-weeeet.

  41. I’m not a beer person myself, but I’d probably lick a cup of brewlee clean and ask for another. It looks wonderful!

  42. hmmm… i’m another beer hater. but if you say that you can’t taste it, then i believe you :) great entry for the pub crawl…

  43. We have been a big fan of Double Chocolate Stout here at our house for some time. It is good beer!
    I haven’t really had it with dessert but why not! Thanks for the Creme Brulee.

    Sharona May

  44. love the pun on the name!! Very clever!!

  45. This look sooooooooo good…I wonder how this would taste with Bard’s Tale Sorghum Ale (gluten free). I’ll have to add some chocolate to the mix to get a similar flavor.

    Natalie @ Gluten A Go Go

  46. The Irish husband of mine has me hooked on dark beers too! This sounds delicious! Happy Anniversary Peabody!

  47. I’d probably just drink the beer before I get around to cooking anything with it ;)

  48. I like to take either coffee ice cream or B&J Black and Tan ice cream and use a melon baller to make tiny ice cream scoops in a cordial or shot glass – then add coffee or chocolate stout – little, tiny ice cream/stout floats.

  49. This sounds so intriguing! And your photographs are absolutely delectable.

  50. I am into chocolate beer these days. Does not really tatse like chocolate but is a mild flavoured dark beer…LOVE it!!!Great dessert for the pub crawl as well:D


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