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Column: Enjoy a scoop of this delightful rocky road inspired beer
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Wild Leap Brewing Co.'s Rocky Road Ice Cream Stout pays homage to a classic chocolatey dessert. - photo by Kelsey Podo

I tried my first rocky road ice cream hours before writing this column. 

I kind of feel like I’ve failed myself as an American, or at least as a self-proclaimed foodie, to wait this long to try the classic flavor.   

For some ridiculous reason I thought rocky road ice cream contained peanut butter, also known as my worst enemy. I soon found out that it doesn’t contain the devil’s butter, but instead flaunts chocolate ice cream mixed with chopped almonds and swirls of marshmallows. 

No, I’m not allergic, I’ve just never liked the flavor. Trust me, each year I have tried peanut butter just to see if my taste buds have changed, and each time, they answer with a resounding “no.” 

Maybe my disdain for peanut butter is where I truly fail as an American.  

Anyway, as you probably already know, rocky road is 100% certified scrumptious. I’m just astounded that I’ve gone this long without this flavor in my life. I owe this spontaneous run to the grocery store to Wild Leap Brewing Co.’s Rocky Road Ice Cream Stout.  

Rocky Road Ice Cream Stout 

Brewery: Wild Leap Brewing Co. 

Alcohol by volume: 10.5% 

Style: Stout 

Bottom line: A solid stout that embraces classic rocky road flavors 

This beautiful bold beer comes in at 10.5% alcohol by volume, which doubles the moderate 5% I typically see in stouts. It offers just enough booziness to remind you that you are indeed an adult and aren’t just drinking ice cream.  

When I took my first sip of it, I waited for a wave of sweetness to engulf my senses; however, this wasn’t the case. I’m not one for super sweet drinks, so I welcomed the balance between chocolatey richness and bitterness with open arms.  

Don’t get me wrong, the beer is sweet. I couldn’t detect any signs of marshmallows in the stout, but I noticed a hint of vanilla, a whole lot of dark chocolate and a lingering flavor of almonds. This is the sort of beer I’d prefer drinking as a dessert and not pairing with food. It’s thick, creamy and sticks in your gut like a bowl of ice cream. 

Lucky for you, this brew can be found at Downtown Drafts on the square in Gainesville. And if you find yourself traveling through LaGrange, pop by Wild Leap, located on 308 Main St., and try this beer on tap.  

For more information about Wild Leap’s beer, visit