4. Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout
Alcohol by volume: 10%
There's some chocolate flavor in here, but prepare to get nice and toasty looking for it.
Brooklyn's been brewing this bad, black beast since the mid-1990s, and it's been warming cold winter nights ever since. This is not a sweet stout, and we actually feel kind of bad listing it among a bunch of them, but this Russian Imperial Stout has a deep chocolate flavor behind its slow-burning alcohol content. At one point Brooklyn sold it in six packs, but we applaud its well-advised decision to limit it to packs of four. Brewmaster Garrett Oliver recommends having a snifter of it with chocolates, cheesecake, fruit tarts, ice cream or strong cheeses such as Stilton. We'd have to agree, mostly because it's a beer best enjoyed as a nightcap.