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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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very good

143 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 143
Hads: 675
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 23.39%
Wants: 39
Gots: 93 | 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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Reviews: 143 | Hads: 675
Photo of barczar
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of bleedsblu
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. Not dating that I could find.

Poured an oily black with less than 1 inch oatmela hea. persisted in some form until the end, lacing was thin, but consistent.

Aroma was somewhat sweet, with faintly roasted malt

Smooth tasting stout. getting the sweetness. Vanilla aftertaste

Mouth somewhere between thin and medium.

Certainly the best beer I've had from Breckenridge. Would pick it up again.

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Photo of fountainofyouth
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into the nearest glass available.

Appearance: Medium-brown head two fingers thick. Body is black and opaque.

Smell: Smells sweet and a tiny bit boozy (but not in a bad way). Vanilla, caramel, a tiny bit of citrus.

Taste: About what you might conjure from an imperial milk stout. Chocolate? Hard to find. As I often do with barrel-aged beer, I think the bourbon masks some of the depth. The first few sips finish with metal, presumably from the alcohol. That dissipates over time and tastes more balanced. No real hops to speak of.

Mouthfeel: Clean up front, lingering sugar toward the back, and dry in the very back. Carb is fairly light.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: black ale body, fat dark mocha head coalesced into a creamy head that laced the sides of the glass, as it persisted throughout the drink.

S: dark sweet chocolate and malt aromas, some suggestion of vanilla, and milk caramels

T: creamy cocoa and mocha suggestions right up front, sweet milk-infused chocolate malt; creamy, again hinting at vanilla and caramel

M: medium to thin body and light, slick, almost fluffy; super soft and creamy-feeling

O: milk/sweet stouts are not a style I often go for, but the idea of an "imperial chocolate cream stout" was very inviting. Great body and feel, perhaps a little too sweet, but then again, I knew to expect that; decadent sweetness and chocolates in creamy black ale - like an ice cream float. Great dessert ale.

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Photo of Brenden
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Just flat black in color this poured with a nice creamy but slightly fizzy head. The lacing was sticky and excessive.

Dry chocolate, maple, maybe cream and some molasses meet the nose.

The flavors are chocolatey, more to a malty chocolate, slightly roasted, tinges of molasses and a little bit of cream.

The feel is thick and velvety, maybe a bit warm, with a creamy smoothness.

This is a very simple beer but it's good, lives up to the supposed style, and yields a satisfying drink.

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Photo of Enochase04
3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

New to drinking stouts so this was a different kind of taste for me.

A- Dark almost black color with a thin brown head
S- Reminded me of a campfire..very smokey with hints of chocolate
T- Also reminded me of a campfire....at first very smokey and then towards the back you get a
little kick of chocolate
M- Creamy and heavy
O- Like I said new to stouts so this was a new taste for me. Not my favorite but not the worst I've ever had. The smokiness up front was different but had a nice subtle chocolate taste to finish off.

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Photo of hellobeerz
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours black as hell, cant see anything through it. MOTOR OIL.

S - Roasted malts, chocolate, sweet smell, with lots to want for.

T - Smooth chocolate and dark roasted malts. Lots of creamy vanilla with a slight bite. Really good.

M - Smooth and creamy, medium mouthfeel, just right carbonation.

O - Amazing stout, as it warms it surprises every sip. Amazing.

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Photo of Omnium
3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Black with just a small layer of tan head, no lacing.
S - Roasted chocolates, toffee, vanilla, and...licorice, tons of it...
T - Sickly sweet malt, anise, black licorice, vanilla, burnt toffee, a little roasty, chocolate milk.
M - Cloyingly sweet, some alcohol burn.
O - My opinion is semi-biased, I loath licorice with a burning passion, any trace of it, which it is potent in this one, ruins my palate. Aside from that its too sweet, a little boozey, and lacking on balance.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a thin dark brown color that in the end looks back with somewhat thin tan head that rose to maybe just a notch under a finger's length.

Smell: Like the description, it smells like a smooth hot cocoa with a blend of caramel.

Taste: Smooth but easily complex with a hit of chocolate and roasted sugars. This is definitely one you save to pair with your dessert.

Mouth: Lightly sticky and smooth. You feel he sweet finish at the end but leaves your quickly.

Overall: Very good beer that exceeded my expectations...Didn't think it was going to be as "sweet" but you adapt very quickly to it. I would pick it up again but to have more than one in a row is a real question to ask yourself. Salud!

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a near-black with minimal chocolate covered head that disappears quickly, leaving no lacing. A surprisingly muted aroma of roasted chocolate malts with coffee tones. The flavour is more robust, with a nice blend of chocolate milky creaminess and coffee grounds' bitterness in the finish. Roasted dark and chocolate malt tones in the body transition nicely from caramel sweetness to hop bitterness. There's enough dark and milk chocolate flavours to suit the name without being cloying. Mouthfeel is oily, as befitting the 7.2% ABV, but increased carbonation would help my personal enjoyment of this bottle.

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Photo of fitrock2112
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured 72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout into a pint glass.

A - Pours black as midnight with a half of finger of mocha head.

S - Chocolate with roasted malts.

T - Not too bad, smooth chocolate with some vanilla. Roasted malts mid palate. Light toffee and more chocolate on the finish.

M - Smooth and creamy, medium to full mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

O - This is a good beer. Cheers!

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Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of BryanCarey
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pouring to a very dark brown- almost black- color, this cream stout emits an aroma of cocoa, roasted malt, vanilla, and some nuts. The foam looks nice at first, but it does settle down rather quickly and leaves only spotty lacing.

This beer has a flavor that is similar to its aroma, but with a few key differences. The tastes of dark chocolate and creamy milk chocolate are obvious and there is also some roasted malt, caramel, a touch of coffee, and some earthy notes. The body of this stout is medium and it leans toward the sweet side.

This is a creamy, tasty stout that would taste great all by itself or with a chocolate and/or nutty dessert. The sweetness isn’t overbearing and the flavor offers some good contributions from several complex tastes. It’s a little more alcoholic than its taste would lead you to believe, so you do need to take this one seriously. It’s a solid, tasty stout all- around and one that should satisfy the stout lovers and others among us.

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Photo of jwc215
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

There were two new ones from Breckenridge in the local supermarket today, so I picked up a four pack of this one. Maybe tomorrow I'll grab a sixer of the other one (some sort of holiday ale type thing? we'll see). But as I like this brewery quite a bit (especially their oatmeal stout, which I buy regularly), I figured might as well start with the stout.

Good beer in all aspects, appearance, flavor, aroma, body,, mouthfeel, finish, worthy of the Breckenridge name, and meets my pretty high expectations for them as well.

It's black with a pretty good head that doesn't disappear right away. Roasty and chocolate notes dominate the flavor and aroma, along with some coffee, and a considerable milk-chocolate component, more than I expected (but that's fine, my expectations are sometimes off base, and after all, it is a milk stout).

The body is nice and thick, good and chewy, which is how I like my oatmeal, sweet, and usually other forms of stout. You really need a knife and fork here, the body is as full or beyond that of any similarly styled beer I"ve tried.

Overall, it's a well done beer, very enjoyable. I'll have to pick up some more of this one soon.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a dark black with a light brown head. Smells of coffee, vanilla, and slight chocolate. Tastes of chocolate and coffee, nice balance, with slight berry and vanilla. Beer is carbonated well, and for its full body, it goes down smooth. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 12 oz tulipish glass. Pours a slick black, with a half inch of tan head, that leaves nice place and takes its time settling. Smell is dark chocolate, coffee beans, hints of tobacco, and maybe a little leather. Taste is mainly chocolate and coffee. Body is medium, perfect carbonation, a little dry, and awesome drinkability. This was really nice, a fairly session able flavor able stout.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.04/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pours black with a nice cap of tan head. Modest retention and decent lace.

Nose smells like a box of chocolate-covered Cracker Jacks. Lots of peanut brittle, smells like a bit of an oddball.

Taste is nutty chocolate with a dusty finish....wierd. Roasty for a milk stout and does not have enough sweetness to call itself a "Chocolate Cream Stout". The flavors are all over the place and never really come together coherently. Mouthfeel is not an issue here as it displays a full body and low carbonation. Not sure what it is, but I do not like this beer very much. I am going to have trouble finishing my 4-pack. Wont buy again.

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Photo of Reappropriated
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of JayEvans813
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
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

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Photo of socon67
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.12/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours an extremely dark brown color. The head a nicely uniform one finger khaki shade. It's bubbly yet soft, retaining itself acceptably. Small streaks of lacing are left on the glass.

S: Lots of lactose cream. And I mean a lot. Chocolate also comes through quite well, and combined with the sweet nuttiness also provided, almost gives it a roasted hazelnut vibe. Roasted barley comes out when it warms up. A very likable aroma, actually.

T: Chocolate is prevalent on the opening, fading out past the midtaste. At first, the finishing combination of roasted barley and leafy hops actually do a good job of cutting the sweetness...but only at first. Vanilla and cream soda notes start to accumulate on the palate, drowning out the roasted/hoppy bitterness and replacing it with a cloying sensation. Aside from being too sweet, it's also kind of messy...with just a bit more balance, this one could have been really good.

M: It doesn't have the creamy-yet-dry finish I like in a milk stout. Given how sweet it is, the mildly rough palate isn't a good fit with all of the sweetness running rampant. Drinkable enough, I suppose, if the sweetness doesn't deter you.

O: I really liked the aroma here - wish I could say the same about the flavor profile and palate feel. While it's not bad, it doesn't come together nearly as well as it should.

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72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout from Breckenridge Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.