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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

497 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 497
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 21
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: emmasdad on 01-11-2011)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

05-17-2013 03:10:32 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.43/5  rDev +15.1%

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.

06-15-2011 18:51:24 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

04-29-2014 11:44:34 | More by djrn2
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metter98

New York

3.84/5  rDev -0.3%

A: The beer is close to being black in color; when held up to the light the edges of the glass have dark red hues. It poured with a quarter finger high dense tan head that died down, leaving wispy patches of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of lactose are present in the nose.
T: The taste has lots of lactose flavors but also has notes of roasted malts and hints of chocolate. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little creamy and thick on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a decent representation of the style. It has a good amount of lactose and some added flavors of roasted malts to lend complexity.

11-09-2013 04:07:57 | More by metter98
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%

Heavy anticipations follow the recent release of Breckenridge's new beer that showcases chocolate and heavy cream that's supported with a heafty roasty stout base.

72 pours with a very dark brown, nearly black color and with an opaque mirror-like gloss. A dainty light tan head caps the beer with solid staying power and light lacing. If poured into a coffee cup, it would be indistinguishable from espresso.

Sharper roasted grains give a distinct strong coffee scent of roasted cocoa beans, walnuts, and wood embers. Chocolate scents are somewhat prominent along with the underlying notes of heavy cream. The balance almost reminds me of brownie batter that's dominated by espresso.

Flavors jumble the order of characteristics, but all are portrayed in moderately strong balance to the point where no single flavor stands out over others. Strong roast coffees, toffee-ish underpinning, bittersweet chocolate, and heavy whipping cream take turns sharing the stage. With immediate comparisons drawn to Southern Tier's Choklat and Rogue's Double Chocolate Stout, this beer results in a much tamer taste and balance that's not so chocoholic.

Moderately textured, the beer starts with a mouth-coating lushness that buffers the palate from the strong roast bitterness and mild grain astringency, thanks to the unresolved lactose sweetness that seems to round out the rougher edges of roast. Finishing with a semi-sweet, semi-dry choco-roast combination, a long linger of coffee, chocolate, and vanilla persists well into the next sip.

As with many of the earlier examples of chocolate stouts and porters, the chocolaty flavors seem to come from the use of darker roast grains and not from actual chocolate additions themselves (newer examples typically use actual chocolate extracts for dominant chocolate flavor). This beer favorably competes with Young's Double Chocolate Stout and Rogue's Mocha Porter.

04-15-2012 17:14:04 | More by BEERchitect
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.9%

03-12-2012 01:46:06 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.9%

03-15-2012 02:41:25 | More by Texasfan549
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -22.1%

02-16-2013 18:18:42 | More by ygtbsm94
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

A; no head to speak of on a jet black body.

S: cream, vanilla, milk chocolate, light coffee and roasted malts. some oak

T: cream and vanilla dominate with coffee and roasted malts taking a back seat yet this one isnt too sweet which is nice. milk chocolate throughout. perfect degree of sweetness.

M: moderate carbonation and medium to thick body.

Overall: just the right amount of sweetness. nice amount of coffee and cream although the coffee is mild and not too bitter. certainly a nice combination of drinkability and flavor for the style.

09-27-2012 04:38:30 | More by kylehay2004
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

11 ounce pour - $6.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Dispensed a black body with a small, yellow-beige head deposited thin lace sheets on the way down.

Smell: Moderately roasty maltiness in the nose with notes of black licorice twists, soft Hershey's Kisses, and a sniff of an individually-wrapped California prune.

Taste: It says "chocolate," it says "cream," but it starts off with licorice, then gaining some traction with semi-sweet chocolate, light vanilla, and a restrained, hesitant roastiness. Splash of prune juice, a bit stark, akin to the quality of a stout aged two or so years, though, as it warms, it kinda settles down with the chocolate coming forward more. Very, very low hop character, essentially nil bitterness. A Reader's Digest of the various tastes clumped into the smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Slick, silken mouthfeel.

Overall: Breckenridge is a brewery that, well, often fails to satisfy, but this 72 is pretty good.

03-07-2012 16:12:01 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

08-11-2013 23:54:11 | More by jaydoc
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%

Served in a flared pokal at the 2012 Glunz trade show.

This was probably the beer I was looking forward to the most. It pours a dark black-brown topped by a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, cocoa powder, sweet coffee, and a hint of vanilla bean. The taste brings in more of the same, though the cocoa is a tough more bitter now; it's not quite dark chocolate, but it definitely seems to approach that designation. Meanwhile, the roast takes a stronger role, and the vanilla nearly vanishes. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a mostly smooth feel. Overall, a solid stout, one that doesn't overdo it with the chocolate and yet still maintains a healthy dessert-like quality. Good times.

08-18-2013 07:28:08 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a one-finger, tan head of foam. It left sudsy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled a little like milk chocolate. Some slight floral notes.

T - Nice chocolate flavor with an overall sweet milk chocolate taste. There was a subtle roastiness.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a creamy finish.

O - This is a really good milk stout. Not my favorite style but this one I would go back to.

07-23-2012 03:09:37 | More by zeff80
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

05-18-2013 01:24:52 | More by biboergosum
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +1.6%

Love the screen printed style bottle. I wish more breweries were doing it.

This is a fairly direct stout with constant sweet tones that work pretty well. Not blowing me away or anything, but what's there is nice enough. The beer nerd in me would certainly like more complexity, but it is what it is. A pretty easy drinker.

03-04-2013 04:19:33 | More by RblWthACoz
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nickfl

Florida

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

A - Pours with a small head of off white foam on top of an opaque, black body. The foam settles rapidly and leaves little lace on the glass.

S - Earthy chocolate with some musty coffee notes and a bit of caramel.

T - Lots of caramel and toffee up front. Some smoky coffee in the middle and a finish of earthy chocolate and light toffee.

M - Medium body moderately low carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Not bad, the elaborate, compound named description implies something a bit more complex than what you get, but it is still an enjoyable beer. Really just a slightly smoky chocolate stout.

09-27-2012 04:38:48 | More by nickfl
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev 0%

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.

11-05-2011 05:02:00 | More by Jason
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.23/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

06-17-2012 16:45:26 | More by WVbeergeek
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

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

07-12-2012 02:18:57 | More by russpowell
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev +0.3%

I picked this up at Shady McGRady's, poured chilled in a tulip fromt he 12 oz bottle.

The color is the darkest opaque brown verging on black with thick medium brown head that falls to a ring of beads. The smell is very much like iced hot cocoa -creamy and sweet aroma with cocoa powder and vanilla in the nose. The moutfeel is pretty full with a lot of sweetness coating the mouth as a sweet stout feel should be, yet it adds a dryness with the alcohol leaving the palate a little more dry after each sip with moderately high carbonation.

The flavor is good with nice chocolate notes and some caramel malt backing with a mild hint of spice or the impression after the carbonation washess over the tongue. This is a pretty decent flavor of stout with mild creamy sweetness from lactose I am assuming. The finish is semi-dry from the sugary almost syrupy aspect. Overall this is a good beer, not the best, but it has nice flavor and it hides the 7% + abv well.

04-25-2013 14:02:23 | More by Slatetank
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Poured into a pint glass, a dark, opaque black, disappointingly with no head at all. Deep aroma of dark malts, dark chocolate and a touch of smooth coffee. Complex, malty taste, with lots of creamy chocolate, as the name would imply, dark malts, a bit of coffee, vanilla bean, a definite essence of plum detected, and just a touch of smoke. Heavy-medium body, and quite nice overall.

08-23-2011 03:55:49 | More by Rifugium
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mactrail

Washington

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%

You get your money's worth of flavor from this medium-strength dark ale. A nice foam-up in the tall glass. Very dark, near black. Lots of suds on the tongue. Nice aroma of roast malt and chocolate.

It really tastes like dark chocolate, even to the slick mouthfeel. Modest bitterness, a stew of roasted malt flavors with dark caramel, cocoa, and some burnt sugar. A pleasant concoction with a surprising tart aftertaste. I keep thinking there are pomegranates in here somewhere.

Brewery says it is brewed with chocolate, Fuggles hops, California ale yeast, and several malts: Pale, Munich, Caramel, and Victory. One of the better offerings from Breckenridge, I think. From the 12 oz single bottle bought at Grapevine Liquors in Denver.

05-20-2012 05:12:26 | More by mactrail
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Mora2000

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +15.1%

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.

10-13-2011 03:13:31 | More by Mora2000
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

06-28-2012 04:13:06 | More by mendvicdog
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

Pours black with a thin head that doesn't last long before becoming a thin wisp. Some spotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of chocolate, earthy notes and slight roast.

The taste is of sweet dark chocolate and cream with a hint of sour mild and some dark fruits. Slight alcohol warmth shows in the finish.

It is pretty creamy, just hitting full-bodied, but not thick.

I thought of giving the overall a straight 4, but compared to some others it's more "very good" than "outstanding".

This has nice flavors that blend well, and drinks easy, esp. for the abv.

10-03-2013 19:46:40 | More by jwc215
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72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout from Breckenridge Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 497 ratings.