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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

149 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout | 7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emmasdad on 01-11-2011

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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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Photo of acelin
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown with a minimal head, minimal lacing. From the bottle into a pint glass.

Smells of chocolate, some sweetness, dark roasted barley. Some alcohol.

Taste is smooth, thick, and almost chewy. Lots of sweetness, some dark fruit, creamy, roasted bread, mollasses, and vanilla.

Overall an ok beer, nothing amazing. There are better beers in this category.

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

Poured cold from the bottle, it was a nice dark stout with minimal head. The smell was very sweet, chocolaty, and malty. Very creamy and chocolaty initial taste that turns quite sweet, because of the malts, and then finishes with subtle burnt aftertaste. Very low carbonation which, for me, is a MUST for a stout.

Would I buy it again? For the price of the four-pack... No. There are much better stouts available, but definitely worth a grab for something new to try.

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Photo of BostonHops
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours the customary stout dark brown, sits an opaque black; aggressive pour yields a finger or so of tan head with modest retention and some patchy lacing evident. nose offers milk chocolate with secondary notes of vanilla, roasted malt, and leather.

taste is middling, not really living up to expectations. the chocolate, vanilla, and roasted malt are all there, but just doesn't strike the chords i was hoping for. for one thing the chocolate presence is vaguely artificial. medium bodied mouthfeel with carbonation on the lower side of medium.

overall, it's OK. i didn't have to choke it down but nothing i'd trip over myself to obtain again. too many other better takes on the style out there IMO.

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Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer at their BBQ place at the brewery.

Beige starting head that leaves some stringy ring lace. Near black color where no light passes through.

Mild darker malt aromas.

Lots of darkened toast flavors up front, bordering on burnt. Slightly sweet, but there is no real chocolate flavor here. Well-balanced presence of hops--they take the back seat, but prevent the beer from being to coy. Think porter with a higher level of hop. Smooth aftertaste of toasty, darker malts. Rich body with a spritzy level of carbonation.

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Photo of Kraeusen
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Six pack purchased for $10.99 at local Fine wine/Beer store. Poured dark (as expected). Very little head but maybe poured a little too cold.I am a hop-head at heart so rating an Imperial Stout is not my forte.

Mouth feel is thick, taste is coffee then chocolate follows with that hint of cream/smoothness at the end. Aroma is just slightly alcohol that cannot be tasted.

Overall this is a good beer but as a Hop-head I don't have much to compare it to but I would call it a good beer. Nothing is bad at all. A style that I am just not used to but I appreciate the complex tastes that comes along with it. This beer showcases all the good things a stout brings to the table.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from the Potsdam NY IGA for 3.50$

Appearance - Black/Brown colour with with an average size fizzy/frothy light brown head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some really good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, light smoke

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and some roasted/toasted nuts. There is also a bit of a smokiness and a bitter coffee flavour and some vanilla. It ends with a grainy chocolatey slightly aftertaste.

Overall - An okay beer.. there's something about it that just doesn't seem right. I feel like I can taste a bit of cheap booze flavour, but maybe I just have a bad bottle.

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

A - Pours with a small head of off white foam on top of an opaque, black body. The foam settles rapidly and leaves little lace on the glass.

S - Earthy chocolate with some musty coffee notes and a bit of caramel.

T - Lots of caramel and toffee up front. Some smoky coffee in the middle and a finish of earthy chocolate and light toffee.

M - Medium body moderately low carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Not bad, the elaborate, compound named description implies something a bit more complex than what you get, but it is still an enjoyable beer. Really just a slightly smoky chocolate stout.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A; no head to speak of on a jet black body.

S: cream, vanilla, milk chocolate, light coffee and roasted malts. some oak

T: cream and vanilla dominate with coffee and roasted malts taking a back seat yet this one isnt too sweet which is nice. milk chocolate throughout. perfect degree of sweetness.

M: moderate carbonation and medium to thick body.

Overall: just the right amount of sweetness. nice amount of coffee and cream although the coffee is mild and not too bitter. certainly a nice combination of drinkability and flavor for the style.

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

Draught @ Headkeeper: This one pours a very dark opaque brown color. There was a dense tan head that lingers and leaves some lacing. The aroma is lighter than expected. Chocolate, some roastiness and a hint of sweetness. Some milkiness also. The taste is nice. There was a milky/silky mouthfeel. The taste has chocolate malts, some roastiness, a hint of citrus malts and a bit of lactose. Nice.

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Photo of Brad007
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost bought Wachusett's example to compare against this but decided not to. I want something unique instead.

Pours a pitch black with a thin brown head into my glass. Well, it's bog-standard color for the style.

A bit of cream and cocoa pop up in the nose. Carbonation isn't so welcome though. Then again, it could just be acrid?

Slick and delicious. Think cocoa and cream but with less cream. It has the characteristics of the style down pat (slick mouthfeel, etc).

Lingering cocoa and cream in the mouthfeel but otherwise, nothing special to write about. Not sure how it qualifies as an "imperial" as alcohol is still a paltry 7.2%. Export stout perhaps?

Good choice if you like milk stouts, which just aren't that common around here.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark (nearly black) brown color with almost no head

S: Very leathery, along with some roasted malts, dark chocolate, and anise. Some lactose present as well

T: Again, leathery with some roasted malts, lactose sweetness, hints of milk chocolate towards the finish, and a very light hop bitterness again towards the end with the chocolate

M: Medium-full bodied with low-moderate carbonation, very smooth from the lactose/cream element

O: Not the best chocolate cream stout, but a solid one that is worth a shot. If you like some sweetness and chocolate but don't like to be overpowered by it (say for example, Choklat would have these overpowering characteristics for a lot of people) then this is a stout for you. Definitely an enjoyable stout, especially for desert

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.08/5  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.

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Photo of peensteen
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of Mitchster
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of RickS95
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  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.

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