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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

495 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 495
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 20
Gots: 27 | 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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Photo of zeff80


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
Photo of superspak


3.38/5  rDev -12.2%

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Good soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, toast, bread, and dark fruitiness. Ok aromas, but are quite muted and overly fruity. Taste of milk chocolate, toast, biscuit, roasted malt, caramel, raisin, prune, and light herbal. Lingering notes of chocolate, toast, caramel, roasted malt, dark fruits, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Pretty good flavor balance, but not as roasted as I was expecting; with a bit too much fruitiness. Minimal cloying sweetness. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish noticed. Overall this is a decent cream stout. Was not anywhere near what I was expecting in flavor profile for a stout(and I just looked on their site and there is no roasted malts whatsoever, so there is my answer). A fairly enjoyable offering though.

07-22-2012 06:22:23 | More by superspak
Photo of atr2605

New York

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%

A-pours black with a tan fluffy head with good retention
S-chocolate, lactose, vanilla
T-rich chocolate and vanilla that leaves a sweet chocolate flavor on the finish.
M-medium-full bodied with low carbonation
O-not a bad sweet stout. I think I prefer southern tier's version but I will still get this again

07-20-2012 03:09:57 | More by atr2605
Photo of cbutova


3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

A- Black beer poured into a tulip glass. A mocha tan head forms to about a finger in size and a bubbly, creamy texture. The cap retains only for a long moment and then falls to a frothy ring and some random patches atop the beer. Lots of legs and a few sticky lace spots around the glass.

S- A blend of dark and milk chocolate hits the nostrils with the most intensity. Roasted cereal grains, dark red fruits, caramel and nutty hints are there as well.

T- Starts out quite rich, and creamy with big notes of roasted black malts, chocolate bars and dry cereal grains. Dark fruit and raisin spice plays a role in the flavor as well. In the finish there is a bit of alcohol presence which could be hidden in a 7.2% beer. As I sip on, the dark fruits seem to take over and alcohol intensifies.

MF- Creamy, rich and thick bodied with high end carbonation for a medium ABV stout, even after a very aggressive pour. Alcohol warms but is not hot. The creamy, silky feel saves this category.

The dark cereal grain, red fruit and alcohol interplay actually balances fairly nicely for the second half of the beer. It feels like a lot more than 7.2% though, I could easily guess this as 10%. A bit of a drop in the carbonation could go a long way to bring this from good to memorable.

07-20-2012 01:46:07 | More by cbutova
Photo of PorterLambic


4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

Arrives black with a thick, creamy, dark tan head atop. Decent lacing but the retention is not so great.
Smell is weak with some toasted malt and cardboard notes.
Taste is much better with reply roasted malt, baking chocolate, light vanilla and whiskey notes.
Smooth, full bodied, lightly effervescent, almost creamy texture. Warming with a hint of dryness at the finish. A medicinal note shows up in the aftertaste. A nice brew.

07-19-2012 16:47:21 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of JohnnyMc


3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

This pours out a very nice pitch black with a mocha tan fluffy head.

The aroma has a lot of cocoa nibs and chocolate along with dark roasted malts.

The taste is very much the same. There are a lot of burnt/dark roasted malt notes along with the chocolate creaminess and a nice amount of bitter to balance it all out. The mouthfeel is full, rich and creamy.

Very easy to drink and a delicious beer that does this style justice.

07-19-2012 00:09:57 | More by JohnnyMc
Photo of elgiacomo


3.7/5  rDev -3.9%

12oz bottle, unknown date. Served at around 45F.

Pours black with a one finger brown head that quickly recedes to a wispy cap and ring, despite the minimal head it leaves some nice spotty lacing behind.

Aroma is roasted malts, some cocoa and chocolate, coffee, some dark fruits, herbal hops. Not super-chocolaty on the nose. Moderate strength.

Flavor is milk chocolate, cocoa, some dark chocolate as well, roasted malts, dark fruits, some coffee, quite sweet but short of being cloying, minimal alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, sticky, good carbonation.

Tasty chocolate stout. Aroma is lacking, flavor makes up for it.

07-18-2012 02:44:44 | More by elgiacomo
Photo of themind

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +15.1%

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!

07-13-2012 22:10:27 | More by themind
Photo of bdonnelly45


4.55/5  rDev +18.2%

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.

07-13-2012 17:07:08 | More by bdonnelly45
Photo of Hopstout


4/5  rDev +3.9%

07-13-2012 03:11:44 | More by Hopstout
Photo of 22Catch22

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

07-12-2012 03:08:57 | More by 22Catch22
Photo of russpowell


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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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

07-11-2012 16:06:51 | More by kelvarnsen
Photo of laxer8811

New York

4/5  rDev +3.9%

07-08-2012 01:49:01 | More by laxer8811
Photo of thecheapies


3.94/5  rDev +2.3%

Extremely dark brown with a beige head that had trouble forming. Now that it's here, it wants to stick.

Lightly lactic notes in the aroma tells you it's a milk stout. Very roasty nose with dark chocolate notes and heaps of kilned barley grain. Nuances of dark fruits evident, not unlike, black cherry.

Appropriately lactic, but held in check in that aspect. Light booze creates a signal that channels through chocolate, tart cherry, and woody tones. Stoicly bitter despite being a sweet stout. Almost bold in flavor.

Medium-heavy body with smiling carbonation. Feels great. Not cloying, just a light tack on the lips to remind you that you're enjoying something a little more decadent.

Solid milk stout that boasts some great roasty character and suggestions of things sweet, sticky, and rich.

07-06-2012 04:11:14 | More by thecheapies
Photo of StoutishDan


3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

07-06-2012 03:32:13 | More by StoutishDan
Photo of rderedin


3/5  rDev -22.1%

07-01-2012 05:24:53 | More by rderedin
Photo of mendvicdog


4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

06-28-2012 04:13:06 | More by mendvicdog
Photo of cjgator3


3.28/5  rDev -14.8%

12oz bottle 

A- Pours a dark black color with a dark tan head with decent lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is dark slightly roasted malts and chocolate. Not all that impressed with the aroma, pretty faint and bland. 

T- The taste is much better. Dark and roasty up front with some bittersweet chocolate coming through and some warmth from the alcohol in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amout of carbonation.

O- Overall, not bad but I thought this was a pretty average beer within the style. Nothing I would purchase again.

06-23-2012 03:21:46 | More by cjgator3
Photo of Shnanign


3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

06-22-2012 22:36:20 | More by Shnanign
Photo of rkarimi


3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

06-22-2012 15:55:27 | More by rkarimi
Photo of shand


4.05/5  rDev +5.2%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic.

This is a great looking stout. It pours out black with a thick mocha colored head. The head retains and laces very well. The aroma isn't doing it for me, it's a bit faint, and I'm mostly just getting garden variety roasted malt. The taste is excellent, this is really a superiour milk stout. It has great creamy lactose and malt flavors that pair nicely with the smooth milk chocolate and roasty coffee. The finish is just like chocolate milk. The mouthfeel is light and lightly carbonated, and the drinakbility is very good. Overall, this is a great milk stout.

06-22-2012 04:29:37 | More by shand
Photo of Countfapula

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

06-20-2012 15:48:17 | More by Countfapula
Photo of 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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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.9%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick consistency. There was an inch of tan-colored, foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: An interesting aroma of chocolate, malt, and sugar.

T: Tasted of coffee (a light amount), chocolate, malt, milk, and a slightly burnt quality. A very focused, robust (for the style), tasty beer.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a creamy, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is an enjoyable, well done beer. I'm not the biggest fan of milk stouts, but this was a winner.

06-13-2012 22:40:47 | More by avalon07
72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout from Breckenridge Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 495 ratings.