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72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout - Breckenridge Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

142 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 142
Hads: 665
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 37
Gots: 91 | FT: 0
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.88/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Breckenridge balloon glass.

The beer is a deep espresso bean black, with coffee brown hues around the edges. The dark cream colored head dissipates to a thin film; good sticky lacing coats the glass. The beer smells fantastic -- dark roasted malts, coffee, and bitter chocolate. The taste is phenomenal. Rich, dark bitter chocolate coats the palate at first, then notes of roasted malts and espresso coffee hit the palate. A sugary lactose burn touches the throat on the finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a dry, slightly alcoholic finish.

Overall, it goes down deliciously smooth, and makes for a great sipper. (635 characters)

Photo of NailtheAle
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The reviews are not accurate for this beer; I've had just about the best stouts out there, this stout taste almost like Founders Breakfast Stout. It's great. (157 characters)

Photo of Eachristman
4.74/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark with not a lot of head. Smell of chocolate nibs. Taste is smooth and milky with a slight bittersweet after taste. It is a very smooth drinking brew! (159 characters)

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
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. (408 characters)

Photo of bdonnelly45
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter served at cellar temperature. So black that no light would shine through with a slightly brown layer of head. The aroma was full of caramel and chocolate malt. I was a bit apprehensive that it was going to be insanely sweet but the guys at Breckenridge do a great job making beer first then adding the right amount of flavors that won't over power what it's supposed to be. Great flavor with a ridiculously smooth almost velvety feel. On the aftertaste you start to taste the lingering flavor of dark chocolate. (533 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled last night on 3/10/15 after bowling. Comes in a 4=pack for around $10.00. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a .3L 'Das Boot'.

Brew pours pretty close to a pitch black in color with just a hint of ruby-highlights near the top. Close to a 1-finger foamy beige head is seen. A good amount of ring-lacing is seen after each sip. The aroma is very nice and is of sweet chocolate and dark roasted malts for the most part. Bit more going on with the taste with some milk, sugar as well as a light hint of coffee in the mix also. Very smooth with no bitter or harsh aftertaste at all. Medium-bodied with lower carbonation which most milk stouts have. Really tasty and would drink this again! (729 characters)

Photo of shoky01
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
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. (384 characters)

Photo of AJ17
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Good chocolate cream beer. Character is similar to Sweet Baby Jesus beer but unique in it's
own way. $10 for a 4 pack! Wow, that's expensive. I should have been a Wall Street trader.
((sigh)) (192 characters)

Photo of Oakenator
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark and black. Cream colored head and good lacing. Aroma is strong sweet chocolate with dark malts. Flavor is consistent with dark malt flavor up front, vanilla in the middle and finishing with the chocolate. Nice vanilla-chocolate balance. Fairly low ABV for an imperial stout. (285 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the bottle a deep, warm sable with a thick and frothy tan head. Aroma has a strong overtone of sweet chocolate plus notes of licorice and molasses and a hint of quality roast coffee. Flavor has firm chocolate, licorice and molasses notes plus undertones of caramel and coffee, and is rather sweet but not too sweet for a beer. Firm, smooth body has a good amount of fizz. Worth a drive to the package store! (420 characters)

Photo of JayEvans813
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
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 (318 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
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. (489 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Breckenridge in Denver, CO.

Pours an opaque black with a 1/2 inch khaki colored head that fades to a thin film on the top of the beer. Nice distinct rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, dark bread/biscuits, and chocolate chip cookie dough. Taste is of the dark roasted malt, coffee beans, and dark cocoa powder. This beer has a good level of carbonation and is very crisp yet smooth in the mouth. Overall, this is a great stout that I would drink a lot of if it were offered in CA. One of the best beers I was able to try in CO. (588 characters)

Photo of themind
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What an excellent beer from Breckenridge! this stout in my opinion is right up there next to Founders Breakfast stout falling short due to the fact that Founders is just plain amazing!. I am amazed that this beer is not rated higher.

Pours a nice dark color with a generous creamy head. This beer has a great mouth feel. The taste is creamy and fantastic! this is just a really good beer.

Bottom Line: A must try in my opinion! (429 characters)

Photo of RickS95
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (754 characters)

Photo of MsRif
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Capone's. Poured a dark black with no head. No lacing. Smelled of roasty malts, bitter dark chocolate and coffee. Tasted well-balanced and complex, with notes of chocolate (less bitter in the taste than the nose), coffee, sweet malts...a touch of vanilla.

Full-bodied with minimal carbonation. Goes down smooth. More of a "dessert beer" due to the heavy nature of it. Very tasty and recommended! (410 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
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. (351 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: very dark brown. Nearly opaque with a little light slipping through around the edges.
Smell: sweet malty richness. Chocolate of course.
Taste: oh man, that's good. All the nose would suggest plus. Near perfect balance. Smooth and creamy, followed by a malty richness and a strong but not overpowering chocolate finish.
Overall: very nice indeed. Soutern Tier has perfected the chocolate imp stout IMO, but this guy gives me a run for their money. (459 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

15 Ju1 15
On-Tap 10oz. (The Ale House)

Pours a really nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is very nice , malty, with some nice chocolate notes, and some vanilla. The taste is very nice and malty, very nice touch of chocolate, vanilla note. Medium body, ABV is hidden very well. Overall very tasty. (403 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on tap at the brewery, i was really impressed with this one. a deep dark stout, not overly sweet from the addition of milk sugar, and not overly chocolaty, but the contributions of both make this beer unique. i like that its not overdone there, lets me drink a stout first rather than a flavored beer like their vanilla porter is, the accents are subtle, and the beer is rich without being too sweet. dense matte black brown in color with just an inch of tan head in the stubby tulip. the nose is dark roasted malt with a hint of cocoa and coffee there, but definitely grain first, the flavor is similar, but instead of a dried powder cocoa on the chocolate side, its more of a melty dark chocolate, still bitter, but much more silky and decadent. the body here is only medium and the alcohol doesnt show through at all. i really like this one in a holiday context, think its far better than some of the other breck beers, and would rank it up there with the best chocolate beers around right now. sturdy without being filling, very well put together here. (1,056 characters)

Photo of dcscientist
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is one of Breckenridge's better offerings. It's basically a milkshake with alcohol. You definitely taste the cream and the chocolate up front, and it's pretty smooth too. Seems like they do their best work with the darker beers, as I'm also a fan of the Vanilla Porter and the Oatmeal Stout. This is a small-batch offering sold in 4-packs, so if you find it, pick some up if you like this style. (409 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (1,074 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served at Summit's Wayside Tavern. Reviewed from notes.

(Appearance) Appears very dark, nearly black in appearance. Head is a medium tan that retains below average quality. Surface cover remains. Good appearance, below average head quality. 3.5

(Smell) Smells of chocolate malt an cocoa nibs, hint of lactose (cream), sweet sugar and black malt with coffee bean aroma in the background. Potency is medium/high. Good quality aroma with no off smells. 4.5

(Taste) Full on chocolate flavor, really well delivered with a touch of cream. Less coffee flavor in the mouth then in the nose. Really well delivered without going overboard on the sweetness. Not overly complex but for simple tastes this is a fitting and filling brew. 4.5

(Mouthfeel) A tiny bit crispy, could do better with less carbonation or an alternative carbonation source (Nitro). Not smooth enough. Not the best compliment. Low alcohol presence, medium mouthfeel. 3

(Overall) This stout does well for me. My biggest complaint is in the carbonation which goes a bit too far for this beer. Otherwise, this is an excellent offer from Breckenridge and worth a shot for any milk stout lover. 4 (1,156 characters)

Photo of FreshHawk
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark black with deep brown hues on the edges. Average sized, whispy, bubbly, foamy, khaki colored head. Average retention leaving some patches of lacing.

S - Not as strong as I'd expected. There is some chocolate (both milk and dark) along with some toasted/charred malt (including oat). Some vague coffee and anise, or maybe dark fruit, aroma.

T - This is more like it. A big dose of chocolate, both milk and dark but more of the former. Also some creamy, vanilla flavor. Some charred and roasted malt (again some oat maybe?) and hints of coffee back up the chocolate. A touch on the sweet side but definitely not solely a dessert kind of beer.

M - Medium body with average to below average carbonation. Fairly creamy.

D - Easy to drink chocolate stout. Big chocolate flavors but nothing overpowers and it doesn't get too sweet. I would gladly get another.

Notes: Nice beer with big chocolate flavors. Nose is disappointing but the taste makes up for it. Good amount of milk chocolate, but it doesn't get too sweet. A well executed chocolate stout. (1,058 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a jet black with no light getting through. About a finger of chocolatey brown head. Pretty good lacing and retention.

S- Lots of things working together here. Chocolate and sweet notes are big up front, but quickly followed by dark malt roasts.

T- Solid chocolate presence right up front. Big, dark malts intermingle to provide some balance to the semi-sweet chocolate. Towards the end, sweet cream and vanilla notes make a short appearance.

M- Creamy and thick. Somewhat over-carbonated, but not terribly so. Also easily drinkable.

Overall, I very good sweet stout from a brewery that I usually enjoy. (615 characters)

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72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout from Breckenridge Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.