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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

547 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 547
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 26
Gots: 40 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of BB1313
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours pitch black, one finger off-white head which fades, decent lacing and nice retention. The aromas are dominated by malt, there's also a touch of milk chocolate blended with some vanilla. The aromas are fine, but the chocolate doesn't dominate and I was expecting a chocolate assault. The flavors are bold, but more on the bitter side. This isn't as sweet as I anticipated. This isn't even close to being cloyingly sweet. The roastiness from the chocolate starts to come through in the flavors. I can taste a hint of coffee and expresso as well. I'd like to say this is bittersweet, but more bitter than sweet. If anything, it's well-balanced. There's a touch of alcohol noticeable, but not much. The mouthfeel is really nice. Smooth and creamy. It's not heavy and thick, but light and fluffy. Medium-bodied. This is beer is really easy to drink.

Nice beer for Breckenridge, but it doesn't really stand out for the most part. There are still qualities I liked and is worth a shot if you see it.

Photo of KnightRider
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of dachp
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of xDeadGuYx
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of beesy
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass

A - pours a deep, fairly clear brown with dark mahogany at the edges. Just a slight ring of medium kahki colored foam.

S - even though present, i get a lot more sweetness in the nose over the chocolate and roast. No hops to speak of.

T - malty and bready with lots of sweet chocolate and sweet, lower degree crystal malts. The beer is actually fairly malty, it's just overriden by the sweetness. Some alcohol detected on a large drink, but not detected while sippin'. Just a little roast and hop bitterness on the back end, but again its overwhelmed by sweetness. I bet this would be a fantastic barrel aged beer!!

M - very thick and sweet. Unbalanced on the sweet side in my opinion.

D - fairly drinkable for one bottle, but the sweetness keeps me from wanting another so quickly. This is the biggest weakness I find in this beer - too sweet.

Overall, a pretty nice sweet stout that got a little too sweet in my opinion. A little more attenuation or more hops would have went a long way in making this a better drinker. Would go well with chocolate desserts. I'd love to see this bourbon barrel aged with some booze and vanilla addedin the profile.

Photo of Ash
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of hosehead83
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Deep brown/black in color, with a nice two-inch head of tan foam.
Aroma-Chocolate, roast coffee
Taste-Coffee and cream, cocoa, a bit of a hop profile leading to a dry finish for a sweet stout. Not too bad overall.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Pours a dark dark brown appearing black in the glass. 1 finger khaki head that is gone within a minute. No light gets through this beer.

S: Initial smell has some dark chocolate malts and a hint of coffee. Some of that milk stout sweetness is in there too. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

T: Mild chocolate flavors with a good amount of sweetness. A little coffee in the background. Sort of an odd hop finish. Lingering milky taste.

M: A little thin and watery, especially for an imperial stout. On the contrast it is pretty easy drinking because of that.

Overall an enjoyable milk stout with good chocolate taste. Worth a try but not something I would buy a 4-pack of. With the added ABV they could have added in some more flavor.

Photo of lackenhauser
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of aasher
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a must try simply by the description on the bottle, an imperial chocolate cream stout.

This beer pours a medium bodied dark chocolate brown in color with a one finger dark khaki head. The nose is roasty with a moderate bitterness. There isn't much chocolate but there is definitely a moderate amount of coffee. As it warms to room temp there is a tad bit of cola and slightly chocolate syrup. The flavors are initially a lot of chocolate syrup and cola with a light roast in the finish. It certainly is a sweet stout. It drinks medium in body and very smooth, leaving behind a sweet milk chocolate flavor in the aftertaste. It drinks nicely and isn't cloying. It's a solid beer. It's worth a try but I prefer the "drier" Bell's Special Double Cream Stout.

Photo of neckbracesub
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of chugalug06
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very nice medium milk stout body. Great solid foam nut brown head. Brew stand black with lots of browns, decent clarity too. Mild lacing.

Tons of nuts and milk. Very sweet scent. Tons of milk chocolate. No off scents.

Very bitter, not at all like the scent. Milk chcolate falls apart and miss-delivers. Very chalky and dry on the finish.

All over the board with this brew... Great nose and appearance. But the flavors are a hot mess of chalky flavors. Recommended at the right price of around $3.5/draft; $1.5/12oz...But, I paid $2/bottle and I over paid

Photo of Immortale25
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours an opaque jet black color with a 1/4 inch brown head that doesn't retain much before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and light surface foam. Decent ring of lacing.

S- Moderately roasty with dark chocolate notes.

T- Solid roast flavor with plenty of sweetness accentuating the chocolate flavors. Not much bitterness. Notes of caramel, toffee and, yes, cream. Easy to take multiple sips which is nice since the ABV is medium.

M- Very creamy and quite thick with medium-low carbonation and a robust body.

O- A very good example of a milk stout. Nothing Earth-shattering, but definitely one of the better offerings by Breckenridge.

Photo of danoble1
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Tucquan
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2012-04-28 in Columbia, PA

A - Opaque dark brown with a 1/2-finger head that fades away quickly and leaves light lacing.

S - Dark chocolate, bold roast coffee, hint of plum. Not real strong but pleasant.

T - Like a strong mocha coffee with heavy cream stirred in. Fairly sweet initially with plenty of roasted grain and chocolate. There some herbal spice and molasses in the aftertaste, which is somewhat astringent and lightly bitter.

M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation. Reasonably creamy and definitely smooth.

O - Enjoyable flavor. Wouldn't be my first pick for this style. Give me a Founders Breakfast or a Terrapin W&B over this but I'd be glad to have it served to me anytime.

Photo of Lynn
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Jadjunk
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served at Summit's Wayside Tavern. Reviewed from notes.

(Appearance) Appears very dark, nearly black in appearance. Head is a medium tan that retains below average quality. Surface cover remains. Good appearance, below average head quality. 3.5

(Smell) Smells of chocolate malt an cocoa nibs, hint of lactose (cream), sweet sugar and black malt with coffee bean aroma in the background. Potency is medium/high. Good quality aroma with no off smells. 4.5

(Taste) Full on chocolate flavor, really well delivered with a touch of cream. Less coffee flavor in the mouth then in the nose. Really well delivered without going overboard on the sweetness. Not overly complex but for simple tastes this is a fitting and filling brew. 4.5

(Mouthfeel) A tiny bit crispy, could do better with less carbonation or an alternative carbonation source (Nitro). Not smooth enough. Not the best compliment. Low alcohol presence, medium mouthfeel. 3

(Overall) This stout does well for me. My biggest complaint is in the carbonation which goes a bit too far for this beer. Otherwise, this is an excellent offer from Breckenridge and worth a shot for any milk stout lover. 4

Photo of denver10
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours black with a 3/4 thumbs width mocha head that completely disappeared before I had a chance to put my glass down. Little if any lacing. Rich and semi-sweet aroma of chocolate, cream, and some coffee, though the chocolate does not shine like I would have hoped. Kind of a weird flavor profile to this, throughout the sip there is this thin but sharp sweetness that hits you alongside the regular flavors of some roasted malt, liquorice, and coffee. A mild chocolate shows itself in the after taste. Thinnish mouthfeel like I have come to expect from Breckenridge's dark beers. Overall, an alright beer that probably isn't worth buying again. Better Breck beers to choose from and far better milk stouts to choose from.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.89/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Breckenridge balloon glass.

The beer is a deep espresso bean black, with coffee brown hues around the edges. The dark cream colored head dissipates to a thin film; good sticky lacing coats the glass. The beer smells fantastic -- dark roasted malts, coffee, and bitter chocolate. The taste is phenomenal. Rich, dark bitter chocolate coats the palate at first, then notes of roasted malts and espresso coffee hit the palate. A sugary lactose burn touches the throat on the finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a dry, slightly alcoholic finish.

Overall, it goes down deliciously smooth, and makes for a great sipper.

Photo of jewellrunner
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout from Breckenridge Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.