Chocolate anything gets my vote, but I was sceptical about the new chocolate beers which have come on to the market. They're mostly stout (because it works best with chocolate), so I've rounded up a list of the top four I've had the gusto to try.
Master's is Europe's first ever Mint Chocolate Imperial stout. This special blend is brewed down south in Somerset using local ingredients. At £5 a bottle it's the most expensive listed, but is surprisingly delicate on the tongue, and is the most 'stout-like', with a hint of chocolatey mint, which comes through as you sip.
This is the cheapest (£1.79), 'chocolate beer' I've found, and possibly the most chocolatey on this list. This bottle of porter is flavoured with dark chocolate, vanilla, and overtones of mocha. It's perfect for baking with, but the smoothest, and most drink-able of the lot.
You can taste the money, in this bottle of stout. Black chocolate is certainly notable as you take a swig. Specially roasted malts give it a flavour like no other, and if you're a bit of a beer-snob you might like this with some cheese. Alone it's a powerful tonic, which might get you jolly a bit quicker than normal if you're enjoying a bottle on an empty stomach. £3.59 a bottle.
Reminiscent of Wether's toffees. With hints of prune brandy and spicy pine hops, there's a smoky edge to stop it being too sweet. I consider a drink for men. I don't know many men who like very sweet drinks, so if you're a fan of Bailey's, Rose wine, or alcohol which is bitter, with a hint of sweetness, this is perfect drink for 'men'. It's bargain (£2.29)
Try a chocolate flavoured stout, and see how you find the new beers on the market.