So when I read it, I thought of decomposing it three ways: by ingredients, by tasting notes of a certain beer, and by the form of beer.
Now, work is over for the day, the lizzards are in bed and there's a bit of time to get stuck into the challenge (although my mind did stray a bit at work).
Once I got past the scaredness and got thinking about the various scenarios, my conclusions hav been the same as s_sevilla's, namely that there are 3 approaches: ingredients, a certain beer or a certain form of beer.
My first thoughts were to work with a certain beer, my first thoughts were towards weissbier, with the light fruitiness, the banana and clove notes.Thinking more about this (or working with other beer styles) I feel I may move so far into the various flavours that no one will know it has anything to do with beer. And my feelings about this challenge is that the beer associations should be clear without actually being a beer. Actually, my very first thoughts went towards using one of Brewpub's beers as inspiration, but every time I've gone down the road of a specific beer, I end up in something so fragmented that it has no longer any real beer association. Other ingredients may also overpower the subtle notes of the hops and malts in a given beer, so that the profile is lost.
I have been considering mead and ginger ale but that would be straying off the challenge path (although mead would be a choice to expose the scandinavian angle - and be relatively easy - honey and herbs)
As the dessert has to be a deconstruction, it would be cheating to use actual, existing beer as a base, even though this would be an interesting challenge as well.
At the moment I tend towards choosing ingredients and the tasting notes of these ingredients to create two or three desserts components that together dispays some of the characteristics of beer and of these choice ingredients - fe.x. a specific hop or malt
that's where I'm at at the moment. I'm looking forward to this adventure and to all the discussions and suggestions
edit: Oh, I'm not quite off the chocolate idea, but has moved towards starting with chocolate malt and seeing where it goes
Edited by Mette, 09 October 2006 - 12:42 PM.