2013 Update: Dublin Mudslide has ceased production
Ok, this review needs to come with a disclaimer. This particular pint, well, it was bought for St. Patrick's day. I'm not a drinker, so I thought this would make an fun substitution. Unfortunately I got busy with the surprise romp up to Vermont, and while there, I tried Mud Pie. I realllllly didn't like Mud Pie and ever since then I was afraid that this pint would taste the same. Sure mud pie is Irish coffee liqueur and this is Irish cream liqueur and I should have know the difference, but well, hey, I'm here now.
I start digging in and am instantly struck with a single word that sums this ice cream up perfectly. This ice cream would more aptly be described as Tiramisu, and that is a good thing. I went in expecting to totally dislike this flavor yet here I am very pleased with my find. Sure, there is that subtle coffee vibe, but hey,that's tiramisu for you. The coffee is also lingering there in the aftertaste, but I really can't complain. That's the great thing about being subtle, it's harder to get frustrated with it.
Tiramisu is one of those great desserts that you treat yourself to like once a year, and here Ben & Jerry's has recreated something similar in a pint. The good news is that it doesn't end there. Inside our delightful pint are chocolate chocolate chip cookies and they are superb. I was having a grand old time taking a big cookie bite with ice cream on the side. I guess I'm just amazed that a five month old pint of ice cream tastes this good. You can't beat a good surprise and I am surprised right now.
On Second Scoop: So I finally went back for my second scoop, though I will admit it was with lowered expectations. "Why?" you ask, well, because first I read the 2004 two dips review which wasn't too bad, but then I found gigi's 2007 review and I really started to wonder. Did there use to be a cheap alcoholic taste to this that maybe faded in the long wait in my freezer? or has there been changes since this use to be just a limited edition flavor? I dug in and honestly, I still like this flavor. Maybe it's not a perfect tiramisu flavor, but it's the closet thing I can think of. I also still love those ooey gooey chocolate chocolate chip cookies that are floating around, though I wouldn't say no to a few more of them. I appreciate the fact this ice cream is unique enough to be different, but not so crazy coffee different that most people will be turned off from it.