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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

533 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 533
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 23
Gots: 37 | 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  rDev +3.6%

TasteTester, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of chugalug06
3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
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

chugalug06, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of Immortale25
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Immortale25, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of danoble1
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

danoble1, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of Tucquan
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Tucquan, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of Lynn
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Lynn, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of Jadjunk
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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

Jadjunk, Apr 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

denver10, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.89/5  rDev +26.7%
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.

JuicesFlowing, Apr 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

jewellrunner, Apr 26, 2012
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of GallowsThief
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft at the House of Brews in Jensen Beach.

A – Poured out black with no light. Nice thick tan head that left nice lacing down the glass.

S – Nice roasted malts, milk chocolate, coffee and cocoa aromas.

T – Like the nose it starts off with a nice roasted malt flavor. Follows with a sweet chocolate flavor and an almost vanilla like ice cream taste. Get some very light coffee touches with molasses and toffee.

M – Thick and creamy on the palate. Just coats your mouth with flavor.

O – Very nice and very drinkable. I was worried by the smell it would be overly sweet but it is not. Nice balance of flavors and very tasty. This is a well done milk stout and one of my new favorites.

GallowsThief, Apr 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

tln13, Apr 17, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Heavy anticipations follow the recent release of Breckenridge's new beer that showcases chocolate and heavy cream that's supported with a heafty roasty stout base.

72 pours with a very dark brown, nearly black color and with an opaque mirror-like gloss. A dainty light tan head caps the beer with solid staying power and light lacing. If poured into a coffee cup, it would be indistinguishable from espresso.

Sharper roasted grains give a distinct strong coffee scent of roasted cocoa beans, walnuts, and wood embers. Chocolate scents are somewhat prominent along with the underlying notes of heavy cream. The balance almost reminds me of brownie batter that's dominated by espresso.

Flavors jumble the order of characteristics, but all are portrayed in moderately strong balance to the point where no single flavor stands out over others. Strong roast coffees, toffee-ish underpinning, bittersweet chocolate, and heavy whipping cream take turns sharing the stage. With immediate comparisons drawn to Southern Tier's Choklat and Rogue's Double Chocolate Stout, this beer results in a much tamer taste and balance that's not so chocoholic.

Moderately textured, the beer starts with a mouth-coating lushness that buffers the palate from the strong roast bitterness and mild grain astringency, thanks to the unresolved lactose sweetness that seems to round out the rougher edges of roast. Finishing with a semi-sweet, semi-dry choco-roast combination, a long linger of coffee, chocolate, and vanilla persists well into the next sip.

As with many of the earlier examples of chocolate stouts and porters, the chocolaty flavors seem to come from the use of darker roast grains and not from actual chocolate additions themselves (newer examples typically use actual chocolate extracts for dominant chocolate flavor). This beer favorably competes with Young's Double Chocolate Stout and Rogue's Mocha Porter.

BEERchitect, Apr 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

mcorwin, Apr 15, 2012
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4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the bottle a deep, warm sable with a thick and frothy tan head. Aroma has a strong overtone of sweet chocolate plus notes of licorice and molasses and a hint of quality roast coffee. Flavor has firm chocolate, licorice and molasses notes plus undertones of caramel and coffee, and is rather sweet but not too sweet for a beer. Firm, smooth body has a good amount of fizz. Worth a drive to the package store!

Cyberkedi, Apr 14, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: very dark brown. Nearly opaque with a little light slipping through around the edges.
Smell: sweet malty richness. Chocolate of course.
Taste: oh man, that's good. All the nose would suggest plus. Near perfect balance. Smooth and creamy, followed by a malty richness and a strong but not overpowering chocolate finish.
Overall: very nice indeed. Soutern Tier has perfected the chocolate imp stout IMO, but this guy gives me a run for their money.

cindyjeffsmith, Apr 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

ortie, Apr 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

DaveONan, Mar 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

drinkslinger028, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of ArrogantB
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle i picked up for $2.99. Dark balck color, thin brown head, looks like a stout to me. Smells very, very faintly of chocolate. Tastes more like a cream stout and I'm not sure the chocolate is even noticeable. I am glad I only bought a single because this was mediocre. I just can't get into Breckenridge brews at all.

ArrogantB, Mar 25, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. $3 from Ned's.

Appearance: Pours out dark brown, but is black and opaque as it sits in the snifter. Thin, light tan head with poor retention, but the beer leaves spots of lacing with each sip.

Smell: Sweet and a nice dry roastiness. You get a hint of the lactose. Pretty good dose of bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee beans.

Taste: There's a lot of residual sweetness. Bittersweet and sweet chocolate flavors. Roasted flavors are tamed. The finish briefly has a bitterness that clashes with the sweetness. Ultimately, that fades and just sweet remains.

Mouthfeel: The beer is very smooth, creamy, and soft, but not thick and flat. Great job.

Overall: This is a pretty good milk stout, but by no means is it an imperial stout of any kind. Note to BA, '72 Imperial is the car on the label, not a description of the beer. I'm rating it as if it were appropriately placed with the milk stouts.

rapidsequence, Mar 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Hanzo, Mar 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

greid, Mar 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Texasfan549, Mar 15, 2012
72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout from Breckenridge Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 533 ratings.