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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

500 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 500
Reviews: 121
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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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Gord for this bottle. Poured in to Bruery tulip.

A - Black. One finger of medium brown head that reduced to a thin layer.

S - Sweet milk chocolate, roasted malts and a slight bitterness evident in the background.

T - Very sweet up front with a huge chocolate flavour. Roasted malt profile enters in the midlde with a slight bitterness. The finish is bitter with a big semi-sweet chocolate flavour.

M - Medium body. Creamy and smooth. light to moderate carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout
Breckenridge Brewery
Style: Milk / Sweet Stout
ABV: 7.20 %

LOOK: Pours a dark oily blackish brown with a tan foam. Leaves plenty of lace down the glass. Looks like oily sludge.

SMELL: Milk and dark chocolates, coffee, dark fruits, wood, and alcohol make for a pretty enticing aroma.

TASTE: Roasted malts are used for a espresso taste, along with sweet cream, lactose, date and a twang of astringent flavor. The alcohol presence is strong for a beer that is 7.2%, it drinks like a much stronger beer. Dark chocolate is there more as it warms, leaving a nice aftertaste.

FEEL: Full bodied, smooth and creamy.

OVERALL: A solid brew from Breckenridge. Boozy, but not without some nice chocolate and cream notes. Maybe it was an aged keg? Still was quite drinkable.

Stinkypuss, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of RickS95
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love the dark stuff. Extremely dark brown/black, bordering on pitch black. The head is crazy thick, tan, and when it finally recedes, the glass is coated with a thick, dark lace.

I don't initially pick up the chocolate, but it's full of malt, smoke, roasted barley, and coffee.

The chocolate makes an appearance in the taste. While not too chocolatey, it's quite prominent. There's no escaping it's a milk stout, the sweet mild is very apparent as well.

Very thick, full bodied. Exceptionally creamy. Sweet. Only in the swallow do the hops show up. Alcohol is well-hidden.

This beer is right up my alley. It might be too sweet for some, but for others it would make a great dessert beer. For me, I could drink it in any weather at any time of day.

RickS95, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a jet black with no light getting through. About a finger of chocolatey brown head. Pretty good lacing and retention.

S- Lots of things working together here. Chocolate and sweet notes are big up front, but quickly followed by dark malt roasts.

T- Solid chocolate presence right up front. Big, dark malts intermingle to provide some balance to the semi-sweet chocolate. Towards the end, sweet cream and vanilla notes make a short appearance.

M- Creamy and thick. Somewhat over-carbonated, but not terribly so. Also easily drinkable.

Overall, I very good sweet stout from a brewery that I usually enjoy.

boilermakerbrew, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of jmathis
3/5  rDev -22.1%

jmathis, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

zeff80, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of superspak
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

superspak, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of atr2605
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

atr2605, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of cbutova
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

cbutova, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of PorterLambic
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

PorterLambic, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of JohnnyMc
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

JohnnyMc, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of elgiacomo
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

elgiacomo, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of themind
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

themind, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of bdonnelly45
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

bdonnelly45, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of Hopstout
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Hopstout, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of 22Catch22
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

22Catch22, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

russpowell, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of kelvarnsen
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

kelvarnsen, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of laxer8811
4/5  rDev +3.9%

laxer8811, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of thecheapies
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

thecheapies, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of StoutishDan
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

StoutishDan, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of rderedin
3/5  rDev -22.1%

rderedin, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

mendvicdog, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of cjgator3
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

cjgator3, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of Shnanign
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Shnanign, Jun 22, 2012
72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout from Breckenridge Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 500 ratings.