1 1/2cupssalted pretzelsbroken into bite sized pieces
1/2 - 3/4cupstout caramel sauce from this site
For the ice cream
In a large bowl, combine the sugar, eggs and cornstarch and beat with a hand mixer until thick and pale yellow, about 3-5 minutes. Set aside.
In a medium saucepan, heat the half and half to just barely a simmer. In a slow steady stream, add the hot half and half to the egg mixture, beating constantly at a medium speed. When mixture is combined, pour it back into the pan and heat over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture thickens.
Place a fine mesh sieve over a large bowl and pour the custard through the sieve to remove any large egg particles. Scrape the outside of the sieve to capture as much of the custard as possible. Cool for 10 minutes, then stir in the heavy cream and vanilla. Chill for at least 2 hours or overnight.
Follow the manufacturer's instructions for your ice cream maker to churn the ice cream. In the last few minutes before the ice cream is ready, add the pretzel pieces and churn until fully combined.
Spoon about 1/4 of the ice cream into a freezer-safe container. Drizzle several tablespoons of stout caramel over the ice cream. Continue layering in this fashion Ice cream:stout caramel and finish with ice cream on top. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for several hours or overnight.
Serve with extra pretzels and caramel sauce if desired.
Ultimate Cheater's Version - which I completely endorse if you don't have an ice cream maker - or don't want to wait - A scoop of your favorite vanilla + a drizzle of stout caramel sauce + a handful of broken pretzel pieces. :-)