2. Southern Tier Brewing Company Choklat
Alcohol by volume: 10%
This Lakewood, N.Y., brewery makes a habit of messing around with imperial stout and dedicates its entire Blackwater Series of beers to the variety's sweeter side. It puts a whole lot of coffee into its Java, swirls that coffee with Belgian chocolate in its Mokah and dumps a whole lot of vanilla in lactose into its Creme Brulee. That said, Choklat is perhaps the sweetest of the bunch and combines chocolate and caramel malts, hints of vanilla and bittersweet Belgian chocolate into its brew for one of the richest stouts available. Technically, it still doesn't qualify as a sweet stout, as that 10% ABV and mild burn at the end fall right into Imperial Stout territory. Don't let anyone disparage you for sipping this particular chocolate stout: You're drinking with the big dogs now.