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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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149 Reviews
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Reviews: 149
Hads: 716
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 23.2%
Wants: 41
Gots: 110 | FT: 0
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Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States | website

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout | 7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: emmasdad on 01-11-2011

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a flared pokal at the 2012 Glunz trade show.

This was probably the beer I was looking forward to the most. It pours a dark black-brown topped by a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, cocoa powder, sweet coffee, and a hint of vanilla bean. The taste brings in more of the same, though the cocoa is a tough more bitter now; it's not quite dark chocolate, but it definitely seems to approach that designation. Meanwhile, the roast takes a stronger role, and the vanilla nearly vanishes. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a mostly smooth feel. Overall, a solid stout, one that doesn't overdo it with the chocolate and yet still maintains a healthy dessert-like quality. Good times.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.04/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pours black with a nice cap of tan head. Modest retention and decent lace.

Nose smells like a box of chocolate-covered Cracker Jacks. Lots of peanut brittle, smells like a bit of an oddball.

Taste is nutty chocolate with a dusty finish....wierd. Roasty for a milk stout and does not have enough sweetness to call itself a "Chocolate Cream Stout". The flavors are all over the place and never really come together coherently. Mouthfeel is not an issue here as it displays a full body and low carbonation. Not sure what it is, but I do not like this beer very much. I am going to have trouble finishing my 4-pack. Wont buy again.

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Photo of Reappropriated
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

Overall this is a quality stout, but definitely at least a tier below the best.

The pour is back with very little head, with what little there was being a brownish beige color.

You are immediately hit with the cream smell, then back up by chocolate and a hint of malt.

The taste is good, with immediate chocolate and sweetness, but more than anything there is booze. For only being 7.2%, this tastes incredibly boozy, crowding out some of the flavors that should be there. You get hints of cream and vanilla, but I would like them to be winning the battle with the alcohol, which they are clearly not. The feel is good, and I would drink this again, but I think I would wait a little bit for the alcohol to mellow.

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Photo of JayEvans813
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at world of beer south Tampa.

A- pours very dark brown/black with minimal head

S- smells of dark chocolate

T- a delicious blend of 70% dark chocolate with hint of coffee and Milky creaminess

M- finishes with chocolate milk and coffee

A very delicious stout, sweet with the taste of a dark chocolate

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Photo of socon67
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Black pour with a beige foam head that holds well. Some lacing is noted.

S - Scents of cocoa powder, milk chocolate, and vanilla. A bit of coffee is there as well.

T - Flavors of fudge, vanilla and chocolate hit the tongue. Very sweet and smooth, this is as enjoyable as a milkshake.

M - Smooth body that feels light. No carbonation of note. Easy to have a few of these.

O - Might be my favorite Breckenridge beer to date. A solid stout that you can easily kick back.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.12/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours an extremely dark brown color. The head a nicely uniform one finger khaki shade. It's bubbly yet soft, retaining itself acceptably. Small streaks of lacing are left on the glass.

S: Lots of lactose cream. And I mean a lot. Chocolate also comes through quite well, and combined with the sweet nuttiness also provided, almost gives it a roasted hazelnut vibe. Roasted barley comes out when it warms up. A very likable aroma, actually.

T: Chocolate is prevalent on the opening, fading out past the midtaste. At first, the finishing combination of roasted barley and leafy hops actually do a good job of cutting the sweetness...but only at first. Vanilla and cream soda notes start to accumulate on the palate, drowning out the roasted/hoppy bitterness and replacing it with a cloying sensation. Aside from being too sweet, it's also kind of messy...with just a bit more balance, this one could have been really good.

M: It doesn't have the creamy-yet-dry finish I like in a milk stout. Given how sweet it is, the mildly rough palate isn't a good fit with all of the sweetness running rampant. Drinkable enough, I suppose, if the sweetness doesn't deter you.

O: I really liked the aroma here - wish I could say the same about the flavor profile and palate feel. While it's not bad, it doesn't come together nearly as well as it should.

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Photo of Act25
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle pour into a Leffe Chalice. *bought as craft pack at WF so may be a bit stale.
**Came back to upgrade this a bit, with a fresher bottle. More lacing and stickiness, not flat at all. (but still too sweet and pruney, fruit cake for me, at least for summer time - still needs a stinky cheese to go with).

LOOK: Black as tar, thick creamy tan head, but first bottle fades too fast and leaves too little lacing. Flat. Prune juice like.

SMELL: Burnt sugar, boardwalk, cocoa powder, confection kitchen, sweet, prunes, hay, alcohol.

TASTE: Creamy, full bodied, licorice first, a melange of chocolate, sweet brown bread, molasses, roast coffee, prunes, flour less chocolate cake, fruitcake, with a sweet finish. (not much hop bitterness). Given the complexity, the mishmash, this is a last beer of the evening brew.

MF. Flattish, but smooth and fat and juicy.

Overall - Complex and a bit messy. Don't need my beers this sweet. Want some heavy cream cheeses, and smelly rind to go with this. Dessert beer - yes! Winter - beer - Yes! Tastes like an aged stout…. Not as good as Youngs Double or Imperial Stouts I have tried.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, thanks be to doktorzee for bringing this back for me from his tour of Colorado breweries last week.

This beer pours a solid black abyss, with ever so slight cola basal edges, and one skinny finger of tightly foamy, sort of creamy tan head, which leaves some nice spider web lace around the glass as things sink away.

It smells of medium-dry musty cocoa, lightly soured mild solids, a bit of caramelized malt, slightly burnt brown sugar, a touch of cafe au lait, and earthy, mildly bitter hops. The taste is creamy milk chocolate, soft caramel malt, tame gritty coffee notes, and an earthy, leafy astringency, with a teeny weenie booze warming.

The carbonation is present, but typically welcome in its softness, the body a decent medium weight, and quite smooth, with a veritable creaminess. It finishes on the sweet side, the lactose - both milk and chocolate borne - filling the bill, with little else breaking through.

An agreeable enough milk stout, the alcohol well sublimated, and thus a certain balanced attained. However, there just doesn't seem to be that certain complexity that might carry this higher and farther into one's good graces.

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Photo of Sammy
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly good chocolate beer from Steve in Warren. He added this one in July 2012 and I received in December. Really nice chocolate pudding flavour, that went well with my chocolate brunch. Dark chocolate bodied with a nice head. Very drinkable. One of the better ones I have had from them.

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Photo of stephens101
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This brew has a slight tan head. Color is dark brown with crimson edges. Has a distinctly vanilla and milk chocolate aroma with black coffee and plum playing lesser roles. Tastes of palpable dark/milk chocolates, roasted nuts and dark fruits. Has a nice bitter finish that was a bit unexpected, but quite welcome. A subtle, contrary woodiness is noticed deep down, and the rebel in me digs it. Medium to heavy with a full on creamy body that lives up to its name. Has an abundance of alcohol heat but smooth overall. Mikey likes it.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up at Shady McGRady's, poured chilled in a tulip fromt he 12 oz bottle.

The color is the darkest opaque brown verging on black with thick medium brown head that falls to a ring of beads. The smell is very much like iced hot cocoa -creamy and sweet aroma with cocoa powder and vanilla in the nose. The moutfeel is pretty full with a lot of sweetness coating the mouth as a sweet stout feel should be, yet it adds a dryness with the alcohol leaving the palate a little more dry after each sip with moderately high carbonation.

The flavor is good with nice chocolate notes and some caramel malt backing with a mild hint of spice or the impression after the carbonation washess over the tongue. This is a pretty decent flavor of stout with mild creamy sweetness from lactose I am assuming. The finish is semi-dry from the sugary almost syrupy aspect. Overall this is a good beer, not the best, but it has nice flavor and it hides the 7% + abv well.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Virtually black, medium brown head.

S - Chocolate syrup, milk chocolate, subtle hints of burnt brown sugar. Molasses cookies, and a touch of sweet coffee.

T - Chocolatey but not ultra sweet. The chocolate notes are more like chocolate cookies or cake, with hints of frosting. A sweet mocha flavored candy bar. Cocoa dusted grains, dry biscuit.

M - Slick and mildly viscous. The faint carbonation lends itself to the body and richness of this beer.

O - A tasty one, sweet but not annoyingly sweet. Tasty chocolate notes and dessert-like thoughts. Still a good stout body and slick feel.

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Photo of Segelstrom
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A = poured into frozen tumbler and only got a slight head. Color was nice chocolate

S - nice dark malty smell

T - you can taste the notes of chocolate w/o it being overbearing. good stout flavor

M- carbonation not overbearing but enough to keep fresh if you are a slow drinker

O - worth buying again but not the best CCS I've had.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Breckenridge's 72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout last week for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. It's been a while since I have had a brew from Breckenridge and this one sounds pretty good, I'm interested to see how it turns out, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but It's fairly fresh since it just showed up. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- I really like the label of this beer, it looks nice, goes with the name, and I'm a sucker for Silk screened bottles, it's eye catching and it looks nice. It poured a nice black color that didn't really let any light come through and it had two fingers worth of medium tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with medium amount of sweetness that had a milk sugar like aroma to it and was followed by some medium roasted malts, molasses, dark chocolate, milk chocolate and a very light amount of coffee that just barely shows up. Up next comes a creamy milk sugar and lactose like aroma that is just enough for the style. This beer had a nice aroma that was true to style and true to its name.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness that had a light milk sugar like flavor to it followed by some medium dark roasted malts, milk chocolate, and a slight bit of coffee towards the finish. After that I get some sweet and creamy lactose flavors. On the finish there's a lighter amount of medium bitterness followed by a sweet cream, roasted malt, and chocolate like aftertaste. This was a good tasting beer and it was very true to style, I enjoyed the taste.

M- Smooth, creamy, silky, on the lighter side of medium bodied, with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation The mouthfeel was nice, but I wish it was just a little thicker.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a good example of the style, it had pretty much all the things that I look for in the style and the added chocolate aspect was nice and true to it's name. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth and the flavors held my attention well, I could drink a couple of these, but this isn't the type of beer I would session, it has good drinkability for the style. What I liked the most about this beer was the how true to style it was, it was just what I want and expect from the style and it had good balance, the appearance was also pretty good. What I liked the least about this beer was the mouthfeel, it wasn't bad, but it would be nice if it was just a little thicker. I would buy this beer again when looking for a nice Milk Stout, I enjoyed it and it was priced right so I would buy it again and I would recommend it to anyone who likes the style. All in all I was happy with this beer, I've been let down a couple time by Breckenridge, but this one turned out pretty good and I would for sure be interested in trying more of their brews. It's not a favorite Milk Stout, but I think it's good and an enjoyable example of the style. Good Job guys, this beer was better than I expected.

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Photo of lstokes
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very dark pour with a tan head and a burnt sugar nose. The taste continues the burnt sugar, but also cocoa, caramel, roast coffee, more sugar and dark chocolate. All of the right flavors for a dessert stout, with a silky mouthfeel, but almost too sweet. Nothing to make it stand out, although it's a good dessert stout that would probably be fun to pair.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into stout glass. Clean brown pour, jet black in the glass with visible carbonation, lets no light through. Fizzy dark tan head which dissipates leaving lovely lacing and film. Smell is sweet, smooth, coffee and chocolate, all in balance. Taste is similar; coffee and chocolate bitterness predominate up front, with a sweet silky finish that goes perfectly with the velvety mouthfeel.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep chocolate brown with a light tan head that floats gently before fading and leaving a fine amount of thick foam sticking to the sides. Not much carbonation but I wouldn't expect that from a Milk Stout.
Fine dark chocolate, touches of bitter coffee and sweet heavy cream. Picking up just a faint hint of orange zest in the way deep backround. Nothing much to brag about here.
Semi bitter coffee, semi bitter chocolate, and not too sweet. Semi good tasting. The alcohol and a touch of sour dark fruit come thru a little bit. I'm not impressed, but it's not half bad either.
Medium thickness. Glides down your throat and hangs onto your tongue nicely. Leaves a nice creamy bitterness in the finish.
Glad I tried this, but it probably won't be anything I seek out again unless I'm having a Milk Stout tasting. I was hoping for more but overall very decent.

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Photo of 57md
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with a finger and a half of beige head. The head retains for quite some time. The nose is mildly roasty. The consistency is creamy and the flavor includes mild chocolate notes. The finish is slightly astringent and includes a note of alcohol presence which is odd considering that this is a relatively low ABV imperial.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours jet black, tan lacing for a head.

Smells of roasted coffee, wood and cocoa.

Tastes of chocolate, oak, molasses, coffee and vanilla.

Medium to full creamy body with mild tingling carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

An above average stout, rich flavor, on the sweet side, with decent body. There are a few better stouts out there for sure, but this one is still worth trying and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark and black. Cream colored head and good lacing. Aroma is strong sweet chocolate with dark malts. Flavor is consistent with dark malt flavor up front, vanilla in the middle and finishing with the chocolate. Nice vanilla-chocolate balance. Fairly low ABV for an imperial stout.

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Photo of robhbest
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into snifter.

A: Pours a pitch black, 1 finger off white head.

S: Not much smell here, slight chocolate tones, a little roasted malt.

T: Roasted coffee, Chocolate, caramel

M: Medium thick bodied, good carbonation

O: Nice drinking beer in one of my favorite styles. Wouldn't go out of my way for it as I don't see much chocolate resemblance as stated in the label however a decent stout regardless.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Love the screen printed style bottle. I wish more breweries were doing it.

This is a fairly direct stout with constant sweet tones that work pretty well. Not blowing me away or anything, but what's there is nice enough. The beer nerd in me would certainly like more complexity, but it is what it is. A pretty easy drinker.

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Photo of argock
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a clear glass snifter. No freshness date. 4-pack purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $10.49.

A: Very dark brown to black with short-lived 1/2 finger of light beige head with a few scraps and dots of lace.

S: Very chocolatey aroma with raisin and prune aromas along with some espresso-ish aromas as well. No hops presence at all.

T: The flavor is also very chocolatey with a lot less coffee flavor than in the aroma. The dark maltiness with some dark fruitiness but a hefty dose of roast is in there. I don't get much licorice. The chocolate flavors are varied and hit multiple spots on the continuum - dark chocolate (up front), milk chocolate (aftertaste), brownie.

M: Very smooth and silky with medium body and light carbonation. Very drinkable.

O: A really good dark beer from Breckenridge Brewery. After their IIPA, I had not really found a lot of their packaged beers to pack much punch, but old '72 does with a tight package of chocolatey stout goodness.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Dark black with half-finger, tan, fizzy head that lasted less than a minute. Pretty good lacing.

S: Roasted malt. Chocolate, milk, and coffee.

T: Moderate sweetness and moderate bitterness. Milk, coffee, roasted malt, alcohol.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Slightly smooth, and crisp.

O: I like this beer because it's an Imperial cream stout, and I haven't had too many of those. Tastes like an above average stout.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at ShopRite Liquors in Wharton yesterday, hoping that this would be worth the $11.99 that I spent for a 4-pack. Hadn't had a Stout of this type in a while and thankfully, the smell and mouthfeel of the lactose was not overpowering. It was certainly present and this turned out to be one of the smoother Stouts that I've had in quite some time, as well as a beer where the alcohol was hidden quite well!

As to be expected, the pour was quite dark to this. There was a decent head, some lacing after each sip that slowly slid down the side of my pint glass, and a bit of a garnet edge when I held this up against the light. The first note that I smelled and tasted was that of milk chocolate, followed by some hearty malt, vanilla, and plain coffee. The mouthfeel was quite creamy with only a small hint of roasted and toasted notes in the aftertaste. No bitter chocolate here and the hops only seemed to add body and a slight warming effect to this, but not any flavor that I could easily discern.

The alcohol in this was well-hidden and only at the end could I feel the buzz kicking in. This was not that "sweet" but certainly fit the bill of a Cream Stout, while keeping a thinner-than-expected body and mouthfeel. The carbonation could have been a bit higher since there wouldn't have been a lot for it to compete it. As it, this was a decent beer that would be fine in its own as a dessert, but almost calls for something more bold and tart to counter it and help kick the subtle flavors up a notch.

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72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout from Breckenridge Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.