72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout - Breckenridge Brewery

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72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout

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653 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 653
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 35
Gots: 86 | FT: 0
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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: 653 | Reviews: 148
Photo of mrfrancis
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a nearly opaque black with subtle amber highlights and a thin khaki head that recedes quickly.

S: Aromas of caramel, cream, vanilla bean, blackstrap molasses, dark chocolate, cappuccino, and earthy hops are present on the nose.

T: Delicate notes of woodsmoke, blackstrap molasses, vanilla bean, cream, caramel, cappuccino, leather, roasted grain, dried black cherry, dark chocolate, and earthy hops fill the mouth. The finish is smooth and mild, allowing a flourish of molasses, cream, vanilla bean, and caramel before the fade.

M: Full in body, velvety, and smooth, though it turns slightly sticky toward the finish. Carbonation is active, yet delicate. Alcohol is very restrained. Highly drinkable for the style.

O: A rock solid milk/sweet stout, there really isn't anything that is glaringly wrong with this beer. I could definitely see myself having this one again.

Photo of Boccu
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good stout with a nice flavor.

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

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 3/19/2015. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, toast, dark bread, vanilla, cream, light nuttiness, light herbal, and toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and chocolate notes; with good strength. Taste of big milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, toast, dark bread, vanilla, cream, light nuttiness, light herbal, and toasted earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, toast, dark bread, vanilla, cream, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt and chocolate flavors; with a good roasted bitter/sweet balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial cream stout style. All around great robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt and chocolate flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of ElJacobian
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad stout at all. Nothing really jumped out at me, but that could mean it's just really well-balanced. The taste is just a tad watery to me, but overall I enjoyed it and would drink one again.

Photo of Eachristman
4.74/5  rDev +22.5%
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!

Photo of jwilz8806
4.77/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Really good beer great flavor no alcohol taste didn't get much of a head on it when poured would buy again forsure def should try one if you see it

Photo of dcscientist
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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.

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
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!

Photo of JebBeerFish
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

My 4 pack was 1.5ish years old, which might have had some effect on the taste.

Almost no carbonation, almost no head. Predominate flavor is dark chocolate. Reminds me of a more dark chocolate Boulder Shake, but with less carbonation, and a little bit of an off flavor also (maybe due to the age of the beer).

I wouldn't run right out and buy again, but glad I bought. Would like to try this fresh on draft.

Photo of smith_s4765
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A solid beer, to say the least.

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

Second in my installment of snowy day, really cold beers. I think I drank this about 4pm today, because I wanted a dark beer. Although I would later drink lighter stuff, it worked out. Side poured from the bottle into a Boulevard/Deschutes snifter.

Appearance - Pours a deep brown to black color with little light penetration. Small half finger foamy mocha colored head that leaves little lacing. Head retention for about 2-3 minutes. Love the printing on the bottle.

Smell - Just as you would expect. Sweetness, chocolate, milk, sugar, cocoa, and some malts are all present in the nose. Smells like exactly what it is.

Taste - Silky smooth milk chocolate, cocoa, and a bit of malts are the big players on the palate. There is hints of coffee and a bit of an almond or vanilla flavoring in there as well. Amazing

Mouthfeel - Smooth as silk, velvety. Big body, finishes excellent. Leaves a sweet aftertaste.

Overall - This was a surprisingly good beer, highly recommended. There are a lot of good ones out there in this style, and I would highly recommend this one. Its worth your time and money.

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

Dark mahogany colored body; rich, creamy, sticky tan head. Milk chocolate and cocoa powder aroma; roasted grains. Mildly sweet malt flavors, infused with a deep, rich, buttery chocolate taste; very slight sense of whiskey-soaked wood. Silky smooth mouthfeel; nice coating of residual sugar sweet on the tongue.

Big flavors wrapped up and nicely joined together with a creamy smooth, velvety package. I'm not sure what kind of barrels were used for the barrel aging, but it seems like a bit of bourbon. Whatever the case, the barrel aging quality is subtle, adding to the basic sweet stout styling without stealing the show with too much alcohol heat and woodiness. Deep, complex, and well-balanced throughout. A very nice stout.

Photo of Extol
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good. I'd likely get it again.

Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a black body with one finger head and some lace. A chocolatey, milkey, aroma with some roasted malts. Beer is light to medium bodied, smooth, a little sticky, combines some chocolate and roasted malts with a milk presence and retains a good amount of sweetness and balance. Pretty solid milk stout.

Photo of KevChiTown
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tons of sweet chocolate, honestly it's like dessert beer. Perfect at the right time and place.

Photo of Norvelljeff
4.69/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Sweet stout with a little chocolate bites. Awesome beer if you just want to relax after a cold day.

Photo of SamN
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

On tap at World of Beer. Thick, luxurious and very dark. Smell is dominated by sweet mocha and cream, coffee and a mild roast note. Taste is similar, sweet, creamy with a bready, roasty finish. Mouth feel is superb, very thick and velvety. Fits perfectly with the style. A great desert beer, all aspects in balance and not overpoweringly sweet. Thumbs up!

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 jds16
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black, of course, but looks a little thin and barely any tan head. Aroma makes up for disappointing appearance. Smells like sweet chocolate, a little roast and coffee but the sweetness dominates. Tastes of hazelnut, sweetened chocolate, and a bit of coffee. Very sweet, but I'm really enjoying this. For looking so thin, mouthfeel is very creamy, medium-full. I like this beer a lot, and I will seek again.
For drinking multiples at a party? No. For sipping after dinner or as a nightcap? Hell yes.

Photo of NailtheAle
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

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

Appearance: Black. Small tan heads leaves no lace.
Smell: Roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate.
Taste: Roasted malt. Coffee, nut, chocolate.

I really like this. There is coffee and some nut at first, but ends with a very sweet taste. The smell is superb. It certainly is sweet in the finish, and I couldn't see myself drinking these back to back. But it is a great sipper, for sweetness rather than strength. It's wonderful and smooth; a dessert beer. I'd certainly drink it again.

Photo of jdshep
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I smelt the chocolate from the beer right from the get go of pouring. review: http://wp.me/p5urG4-fe

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.16/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Very dark with a strong 2 fingers of surprisingly light head. Smells a bit sweet, almost malty. Taste is way sweeter than I was expecting...and almost nothing else. Almost too sweet by the end of the glass. Feels thicker than it should be. Finish is actually a very nice coffee taste. Looks good, smells good, finishes good, but the taste is a bit lacking.

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72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout from Breckenridge Brewery
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