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72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout | Breckenridge Brewery

very good
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72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout

Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by emmasdad on 01-11-2011

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle (no date, but I'm guessing a recent bottling) served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Black and letting no light through. Thin tan rocky head with some fine persistent lacing noted.

Smell: Quite chocolaty - dark chocolate, cocoa powder, and vanilla.

Taste: Very sweet. Chocolate again, milk sugars, some bittersweet chocolate, a bit of leafy herbal bitterness, and a hint of char.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and approaching creamy, with some prickly carbonation. A bit of a dry finish.

Overall / Drinkability: A very sweet stout, but that's the point with this beer given the title. I think this would pair well with cookies, but it's good by itself as a dessert. I can only have one per evening though. Well crafted, but I think it needs a bit more bitterness to balance it out.

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Photo of spelingchampeon
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a 20oz stout glass.

L = Dark with a nice caramel colored head. Lacing and head both disappear rather fast.

S = Dark dry chocolate, slight malt smell.

T = Dark ..rich chocolate. A very slight after-taste that dissapates
F = Smooth, but not thick.

I've had quite a few chocolate stouts over the last year or so, and this is the richest so far. Would I drink this beer again.. yes!

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Photo of zfw
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: nice deep dark brown. Little to no head. Smell: cocoa up front, with dark malt. Taste: like the smell, dominated by chocolate and dark malts, with a bit of a (nice) boozy flavor. Feel: body is thin, to me, for a stout.

Opinions vary on stouts versus porters, but I would characterize this beer more as a porter versus a stout on both flavor balance and body. That said, it's a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Clear 14.75-oz. porter/stout glass
From: Barons Market in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $10.99 for a 4-pack
Purchased: Feb. 9, 2016
Consumed: Feb. 9, 2016
Misc.: Best before April 4, 2016

Was looking for a porter, stout or imperial stout (etc.), to try and this one piqued my interest. Not the best reviews and the two beers I reviewed from them hasn’t necessarily been spectacular, but let’s go with it.

Poured a dark reddish, black color with 1-to-2 fingers of fizzy, tan head. Minimal spots of lacing on the sides of the glass. Minimal retention. (Sight - 3.00)

Smelled milk chocolate, almost artificial like, wet cocoa, vanilla notes, some dark boozy malts, dark espresso, brownie mix and roasted dark malts. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted artificial creamy milk chocolate, vanilla, wet cocoa, roasty malts, dark toffee, dark espresso and a touch of dark fruits. Very smooth for a 7.2 pct. ABV brew. Super artificial though. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. (Feel - 3.75)

I feel like I slightly overrated this as a 3.75. I usually underrate, but a few things might have put this over tonight. (Overall - 3.75)

3.71 | 84 | B

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Photo of therica
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler from a tap filled at Castle Liquors, Williamsport, Maryland hours ago, poured into a pint glass.

A = Dark licorice, with a modest tan head but plenty of lacing.

S = Dark dry chocolate with candied fruit, modest whiffs of starch.

T = Dark burnt chocolate, mixtures of candied fruit and an occasional up-front sweetness that seems elusive.

F = If I savor it in my mouth I can find the thicker milk effect but I miss it if I gulp too quickly. Very nice feel, some dry chocolate on the tongue and a little candy sweetness coming and going.

Overall, an excellent creation.

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Photo of PunkAndPorters
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark black, like used oil. Tan head with a nice lacing. Smells of dark fruits and roasted malts. Taste fell a little short. Some mild chocolate, coffee and a slight taste of vanilla. I expected it to be a lot thicker than what it actually was and it kind of disappointed me. Still not to bad but wouldn't go out of my way to buy again.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: [4.00] The beer is black with no light coming through it. There is a full finger of creamy tan head. Overall it looks nice in the glass. The bottle lists the ABV (7.2%) I can't find any date info.

S: [3.25] A lot of dark fruit, plums, raisins, something sweet like corn syrup, roasted malts.

T: [3.00] Mild chocolate, coffee, vanilla (all dialed way down) leading into roasted malts.

M: [2.75] Carbonation is a bit more prickly than I like in the style. (It has the word cream in there and that also sets a mouthfeel expectation). No lingering off tastes. The finish is roasted malt flavor.

O: [3.00] Nothing that makes this stand out. It is very middle of the road. The words "Chocolate Cream" build up an expectation for aroma, flavor and mouthfeel. I don't think this beer met any of those expectations. It is not bad - there are just many better options out there.

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Photo of mlockman
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The chocolate and cream flavors were perfectly balanced against the malt-backbone of this stout. Not overly intense in any regard, this beer toes the line of subtly and performs phenomenally.

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Photo of Suds
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on a sunny and warm Christmas day, this beer is utterly black, with a thick tan head. The aroma is of roasted malts...chocolate malt, slight charcoal, and some alcohol. The taste is warming, full, and fairly balanced. Enjoyable.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A : Pours a dark motor oil black, an obsidian hole of all that is dark. 0% transparency. The head is beige, slightly pink or burgundy, which is the mark of a truly characterized imperial stout head. 2 fingers, then gradually resolves at 1 finger, leaving an almost peanut-butter looking lace on the sides of the glass (like a jar).

S : Some dark anise, licorice, burnt malts. Faintly behind that is a bit of coffee, cocoa, milk/cream, and oats. I was expecting more lactose and more chocolate but maybe that will come out in the taste.

T : It's solid, has a high hop presence, and ends very whip-creamy. At the forefront are charred malts, roast coffee; towards the middle it hits with lactose/creamer and... a slam of exciting carbonation tag-teamed with a hit of sharp hop. Ending is whipped and creamy. Delicious.

F : It starts milky, and then a lovely, tremendously perfect burst of carbonation sets in, and it ends charred/dry with that faint hit of creamy lactose.

O : This isn't quite the home run I expected it to be (after all, it's sold in these huge bottles), but it's still a solid stout worthy of a try. I'd have it again, and may even buy it if I can find it on sale.

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Photo of dorianmarley
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is dark brown with not much head and sticky lacing.

Nose is musty milk chocolate with cocoa nibs and cola and red fruit.

Taste is very sweet. Cream is readily apparent. Chocolate soda. Biscuit.

Mouthfeel is clean with light carbonation, mild alcohol, and clean finish.

Overall, remarkably sweet. Not that interesting.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.84/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of ElJacobian
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of Eachristman
4.74/5  rDev +22.2%
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!

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Photo of dcscientist
4.23/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.52/5  rDev +16.5%
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!

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Photo of JebBeerFish
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of TheCondor
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of Tilly
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of SamN
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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!

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72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout from Breckenridge Brewery
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