10. Rogue Ales Chocolate Stout
Alcohol by volume: 6%
Northwest breweries tend to overdo it on the hops in their stouts, but Bend, Ore.-based Rogue gets it just right by front loading a whole lot of chocolate malt and chocolate flavoring into its stout and saving the hop flavor for the finish. Even then it's not incredibly bitter, as a combination of rolled oats and roasted barley combine with the chocolate elements for an almost milkshake-style chocolate experience. Rich, dark and sweet, Rogue's chocolate stout doesn't scorch a drinker with excessive alcohol content and doesn't deceive buyers into a dessert beer that isn't. If you're looking for something a bit more high-octane to warm a cold February night, you may want to consider a goblet of Rogue's 8% ABV Double Chocolate Stout instead.