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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

514 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 514
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 22
Gots: 33 | 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 tmcelman
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

tmcelman, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of EigenBeer
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

EigenBeer, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of BMMillsy
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pours creamy, dark, and rich looking with a small brown head. Aroma with big chocolate notes, light roast, and definite lactose presence. Flavor follows with massive chocolate and lactose--like some chocolate milk--but with a nice roast that balances this out and keeps it from cloying sweetness. This could be a dessert beer, but it really doesn't have to be. Nice all around.

BMMillsy, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of Skye1024
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Skye1024, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of captainbearcat
5/5  rDev +29.5%

captainbearcat, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of peensteen
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown with a ring of tan head, some lace as well. Smell is quite roasty with lots of chocolate bittersweet and milk, coffee grinds, some milky/lactic notes and very light hop. Taste is sweet and roasty, big chocolate flavours, coffee, lightly bitter, some lactic flavours in the finish, roasted aftertaste. Lightly carbonated, medium body, smooth creamy/milky feel. Solid stuff, and went down quite quickly, something I could revisit gladly.

peensteen, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of aaronblain22
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

aaronblain22, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of zonker17
4/5  rDev +3.6%

zonker17, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of Mitchster
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$3.29 for a 12oz bottle @ BevCo. Brewed with Pale, Munich, Caramel, and Victory malts as well as Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Dark Chocolate. Hopped with Fuggles. Fermented with California Ale yeast. 11 IBU, 7.2% ABV.

Appears filtered. Pours out to a clear black, forming a creamy dark tan head with average retention and sparse lacing. Carbonation is on the low side, ~2.0 carbs or so. The nose opens with a tootsie roll type "fake" chocolate liquor type aroma, lots of black walnuts and vanilla. Very little to no hop nose. Mouthfeel is very soft and creamy with a rich body. You can tell the california ale yeast didn't get to an FG much lower than 1.020. Lots of residual sweetness, but not overly syrupy...more of a dessert beer. The taste is a recap of the aroma...lots of chocolate, black walnut and vanilla, then a VERY mild bitterness...almost nonexistent.

Not too shabby...rich and decadent, but it would certainly be better if it were just fermented with cocoa powder instead of chocolate. I would also ferment it with a yeast that has more esters, just with a high mash temp to ensure enough residual sugars.

Mitchster, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of IpeeA
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

IpeeA, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of roadies
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

roadies, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of The_1084
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

The_1084, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of schoolboy
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A friend of mine had a car like this back in the mid-70's. We thought it was ugly, but it was built like a tank. This beer is not really tank like. It's a little thin and watery with not much carbonation. It has a slightly boozy aroma (and taste). It is a very well balanced taste - hoppy, maltly, not very roasty (but a bit). Very nice. A bit pricey.

schoolboy, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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 -14.5%
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%
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 +8.3%
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 -22.3%

jmathis, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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 -12.4%
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 -8.5%
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 +0.5%
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
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4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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 +0.5%
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
72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout from Breckenridge Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 514 ratings.