72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout - Breckenridge Brewery

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72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout

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BA SCORE
87
very good

655 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 655
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 35
Gots: 86 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: emmasdad on 01-11-2011

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Ratings: 655 | Reviews: 148
Reviews by schoolboy:
Photo of schoolboy
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A friend of mine had a car like this back in the mid-70's. We thought it was ugly, but it was built like a tank. This beer is not really tank like. It's a little thin and watery with not much carbonation. It has a slightly boozy aroma (and taste). It is a very well balanced taste - hoppy, maltly, not very roasty (but a bit). Very nice. A bit pricey.

More User Reviews:
Photo of barczar
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque brown black with a frothy mocha head that lingers. Chocolate and cocoa counter nutty and roasted malt in the aroma. There's a touch of dark fruit tartness, and a hint of tar. Flavor is on the sweet side initially, with chocolate melding with light tart cherry underpinnings, finishing slightly roasty and a touch bitter. Nutty, toasted malt waves throughout, but chocolate sweetness rules the day. The tart character prevents it from being cloying. A little short on the roasty stout character and heavy on chocolate. Guilty pleasure of a beer.

Photo of bleedsblu
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first brew from Breckenridge, and I'm having it from a bottle.

Appearance: Jet black cannot see through it. It had only a 1/2 finger head with an aggressive pour.

Smell: It smells fresh and like a Hershey kiss.

Taste: I'm getting some coffee notes with a strong chocolate taste overall, only slightly bitter.

Mouth feel: It has a nice feel thick and satisfying.

Overall: It is a good beer and a great start for me from Breckenridge. I do believe this is my first milk stout also so cheers.

Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz sample bottle.

LOOK: Black as night, thick creamy tan head.

SMELL: Burnt sugar, hot fudge, cocoa powder, confections, sweet, hint of alcohol.

TASTE: Creamy, smooth, full bodied, milk chocolate, brown bread, faint molasses, mild roast coffee, sweet finish.

Bold but not pushy, complex but the smoothness makes it sooo drinkable. Damn good.

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler fill, Green Growler Grocery, Croton-On-Hudson, NY

Darkest of browns to near black, darker mocha head, retentive and leaving all sorts of thick and fine stick.

Earty nose, with some dark malts, vanilla and powdered sugar.

Tasty and smooth, more vanilla, dark malts and moderate chalky dryness in the finish.

Super smooth and easy on the tongue, mouth and back of the throat.

Well crafted and quite enjoyable stuff. Happy to get to try this one on draft and in nice shape.

Photo of JayEvans813
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at world of beer south Tampa.

A- pours very dark brown/black with minimal head

S- smells of dark chocolate

T- a delicious blend of 70% dark chocolate with hint of coffee and Milky creaminess

M- finishes with chocolate milk and coffee

A very delicious stout, sweet with the taste of a dark chocolate

Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Flying Saucer in Fort Worth.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is full of chocolate and roasted malt. One of the heaviest chocolate aromas I have found in a beer.

The flavor is also very nice. I get a lot of milk chocolate and roasted malt notes, with some vanilla and cream notes mixed in. There is also a hint of coffee/espresso in the flavor which I really enjoy.

Medium, creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice chocolate beer.

Photo of NilocRellim
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured cold from the bottle, it was a nice dark stout with minimal head. The smell was very sweet, chocolaty, and malty. Very creamy and chocolaty initial taste that turns quite sweet, because of the malts, and then finishes with subtle burnt aftertaste. Very low carbonation which, for me, is a MUST for a stout.

Would I buy it again? For the price of the four-pack... No. There are much better stouts available, but definitely worth a grab for something new to try.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into stout glass. Clean brown pour, jet black in the glass with visible carbonation, lets no light through. Fizzy dark tan head which dissipates leaving lovely lacing and film. Smell is sweet, smooth, coffee and chocolate, all in balance. Taste is similar; coffee and chocolate bitterness predominate up front, with a sweet silky finish that goes perfectly with the velvety mouthfeel.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black body smooth creamy light beige khaki head, forms thick with fine bubbles. Even speckled lacing left behind, aroma comes off a bit muted with shades of dark chocolate and cream. A bit of toffee and caramel with dark roasted malt base this smells balanced not too dessert like. Sharp sweetness cream based, with roasted malts bringing dark chocolate and hints of mild coffee. Smooth balanced and drinkable flavors are well coordinated, it's a very nice beer especially as it warms up a bit even more flavor bursts. A hint of sourdough tartness or yogurt like quality is in there, and it actually works with the sweet and lactic notes that come with a good cream/milk stout. Impressive beer from Breckenridge, I'm glad I didn't give up on them their imperial series typically doesn't disappoint. Mouthfeel even flowing carbonation creamy textured, medium to full bodied. Not a harsh bone in it's body, smooth all day very nice impy cream stout. Overall a beer I would recommend to friends and dedicated beer drinkers alike, excellent quality from first to last sip.

Photo of Tilly
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black. Not much of a head.
Chocolate, sweetness, malt oats aroma.
Sweet chocolate cherry. Coffee flavours.
Thick rich taste. Dry mouth.
Good beer, worth buying to try it, but not worth $6 for 12 oz.

Photo of Brenden
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The tan head atop this beer is thick and dense, just taller than one finger and well sustained at that state. It only falls very slowly and leaves lots of almost chunky webbing and netting below a ring before alternating to patching and heavy spotting.
Chocolate seems like part of the bills but doesn't bring all the decadence it could. The roasty base supports it well. There's a bit of caramel/toffee sweetness, necessary to even out a charred woods note that almost goes astringent and likely would without it. Roasted coffee rests underneath as part of the overall effect, and just under all of that is some meaty nut. It's more powdery on the nose and slightly more fudgy on the palate. It does have a sort of lactic creaminess to it, which clues me in to its nature despite only imperial stout being in the description available. It doesn't have as much of the sweetening and smoothing effect as some of the masters, but it almost reaches it.
It has a richness to it and has the body of an imperial stout, big and full. It's thick, but not terribly heavy. The robustness is felt as well as the roast, as it leans toward the dry end when wood and underlying roasty effects kick in more strongly than sweetness from middle to finish.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Pours a dark dark brown appearing black in the glass. 1 finger khaki head that is gone within a minute. No light gets through this beer.

S: Initial smell has some dark chocolate malts and a hint of coffee. Some of that milk stout sweetness is in there too. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

T: Mild chocolate flavors with a good amount of sweetness. A little coffee in the background. Sort of an odd hop finish. Lingering milky taste.

M: A little thin and watery, especially for an imperial stout. On the contrast it is pretty easy drinking because of that.

Overall an enjoyable milk stout with good chocolate taste. Worth a try but not something I would buy a 4-pack of. With the added ABV they could have added in some more flavor.

Photo of Reappropriated
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

Overall this is a quality stout, but definitely at least a tier below the best.

The pour is back with very little head, with what little there was being a brownish beige color.

You are immediately hit with the cream smell, then back up by chocolate and a hint of malt.

The taste is good, with immediate chocolate and sweetness, but more than anything there is booze. For only being 7.2%, this tastes incredibly boozy, crowding out some of the flavors that should be there. You get hints of cream and vanilla, but I would like them to be winning the battle with the alcohol, which they are clearly not. The feel is good, and I would drink this again, but I think I would wait a little bit for the alcohol to mellow.

Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, thanks be to doktorzee for bringing this back for me from his tour of Colorado breweries last week.

This beer pours a solid black abyss, with ever so slight cola basal edges, and one skinny finger of tightly foamy, sort of creamy tan head, which leaves some nice spider web lace around the glass as things sink away.

It smells of medium-dry musty cocoa, lightly soured mild solids, a bit of caramelized malt, slightly burnt brown sugar, a touch of cafe au lait, and earthy, mildly bitter hops. The taste is creamy milk chocolate, soft caramel malt, tame gritty coffee notes, and an earthy, leafy astringency, with a teeny weenie booze warming.

The carbonation is present, but typically welcome in its softness, the body a decent medium weight, and quite smooth, with a veritable creaminess. It finishes on the sweet side, the lactose - both milk and chocolate borne - filling the bill, with little else breaking through.

An agreeable enough milk stout, the alcohol well sublimated, and thus a certain balanced attained. However, there just doesn't seem to be that certain complexity that might carry this higher and farther into one's good graces.

Photo of Paponetti44
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Totally surpassed my expectations. Light body, but a great beer overall

Photo of Sammy
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly good chocolate beer from Steve in Warren. He added this one in July 2012 and I received in December. Really nice chocolate pudding flavour, that went well with my chocolate brunch. Dark chocolate bodied with a nice head. Very drinkable. One of the better ones I have had from them.

Photo of socon67
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Black pour with a beige foam head that holds well. Some lacing is noted.

S - Scents of cocoa powder, milk chocolate, and vanilla. A bit of coffee is there as well.

T - Flavors of fudge, vanilla and chocolate hit the tongue. Very sweet and smooth, this is as enjoyable as a milkshake.

M - Smooth body that feels light. No carbonation of note. Easy to have a few of these.

O - Might be my favorite Breckenridge beer to date. A solid stout that you can easily kick back.

Photo of cjgator3
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle 

A- Pours a dark black color with a dark tan head with decent lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is dark slightly roasted malts and chocolate. Not all that impressed with the aroma, pretty faint and bland. 

T- The taste is much better. Dark and roasty up front with some bittersweet chocolate coming through and some warmth from the alcohol in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amout of carbonation.

O- Overall, not bad but I thought this was a pretty average beer within the style. Nothing I would purchase again.

Photo of RickS95
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love the dark stuff. Extremely dark brown/black, bordering on pitch black. The head is crazy thick, tan, and when it finally recedes, the glass is coated with a thick, dark lace.

I don't initially pick up the chocolate, but it's full of malt, smoke, roasted barley, and coffee.

The chocolate makes an appearance in the taste. While not too chocolatey, it's quite prominent. There's no escaping it's a milk stout, the sweet mild is very apparent as well.

Very thick, full bodied. Exceptionally creamy. Sweet. Only in the swallow do the hops show up. Alcohol is well-hidden.

This beer is right up my alley. It might be too sweet for some, but for others it would make a great dessert beer. For me, I could drink it in any weather at any time of day.

Photo of shoky01
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Flying Saucer Eleventeen anniversary party.

A: Dark dark, black/brown. Little tan head with light lacing around edge

S: Light choco smell. Malts roasted.

T: Big malty flavor, then the choco and creaminess hits. Love the slight spices.

Mf: almost coke like slight fizziness.

Oa. Like it a lot. I like choco stouts and crean stouts, choc cream is awesome.

Photo of russpowell
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent ebony with a thumb of mocha head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Charred grain, a bit of coffee, faint dark fruittyness

T: Slight chocolate flavors, roasty malt, a touch of woody hops & mocha up front. More mocha & a bit of lactic twang as this warms, some hints vanilla & hazelnut linger at the edges, plus dryness, some charred malt bitterness as well. Finishes sweet, maybe a little twangy with a serious mocha edge & just a bit of coffee

MF: Medium bodied, fairly firm carbonation, thins out a bit as this warms

A nice milk stout, this is easily one of the better beers from these guys I've had in a long time , fairly good drinakability for the style & ABV

Photo of tomfneph
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is an opaque inky black beer with 1/4 inch creamy tan head that was short-lived. The predominate smell is roasted chocolate malt, coffee, and dark fruit. The taste is moderately sweet, creamy, mocha. The mouth feel is surprisingly thin for a stout and probably the weakest aspect of this beer. The 7.2% ABV is well hidden. There is no bitterness. I much prefer Southern Tier Chokolat or Mocha to this effort by Breckenridge.

Photo of StoutBrotha602
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

tried this last night in my Rogue Spiegelau Stout glass

Pour: dark pour that has a frothy cream head .. looks excellent in the stout glass .
Mouthfeel : creamy light kinda velvety
Aroma: to me, very well roasted coffee notes and light chocolate
finish: creamy tart light bitterness

Photo of KTCamm
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

3/3...pours very dark black, light ring of tan foam. Dark chocolate nose, espresso coffee too. Hearty creamy taste, bold coffee bitter swirls into creamy milky smoothness. Not unlike chocolate milk. Beyond smooth, loaded with flavor.

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72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout from Breckenridge Brewery
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