Barrel Aged 72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout | Breckenridge Brewery

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Barrel Aged 72 Imperial Chocolate Cream StoutBarrel Aged 72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout

Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: English Sweet / Milk Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This unique release is a whiskey barrel-aged take on the brewery’s Small Batch 72 Imperial, an imperial chocolate cream stout. For every 100 bbl. batch, 400 lbs. of Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory lustrous chocolate, made especially for 72 Imperial, are added to the brew. After spending a considerable amount of time in whiskey-soaked oak barrels, the finished product is molasses in color and smells of chocolate, wood, and whiskey harmoniously blended together. The beer has a dense and decadent mouthfeel and an abundance of rich flavors, including hints of sherry and dark fruit that compliment the toasted chocolate and oak notes remarkably.

Added by MarkyMOD on 06-28-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 161 |  Reviews: 42
Reviews by tjmodica:
Photo of tjmodica
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

What has been known by Kentuckians is now popular among stout makers- that the taste of bourbon and chocolate have a magnetic attraction for one another. With bourbon ball candies a hit at any Bluegrass party, a similar taste now comes from the brewery.

The barrel-aged chocolate stout pours like thick milkshake, slowly releasing a rich lather of foam. Decadent aromas exude from the mocha brown beer with seared caramel, unmistakable dark chocolate, robust coffee and roasted walnuts. Its smooth char weaves deeply within the creamy sweetness and easily seduces the palate with the first few sips.

Sip by sip, the sweetness builds- going from bittersweet chocolate and coffee to sweeter molasses, toffee and caramel. The full saturation of malt into the tastebuds is relentless and ultimately grows into a simple syrup type of sweetness. Vanilla, coconut, soft and nutty oak all complement the sweetness that continues to grow through the finish.

Nearing fatigue, the full bodied stout offers little reprieve from the sweetness of malt, chocolate and wood. Its slight powdery texture and modest warmth aids in balance but is no real match for the sweetness. Yet, despite its shallow balance, the ale's lavish chocolate and oak tends to seduce the palate anyway.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at room temperature.

Appearance: Pours dark like a heavy root beer, complete with tan bubbles clinging all over the bottom of the glass, and a large, frothy tan head that dies slowly down to a cap. Lacing remains decent throughout the drinking process.

Smell: Sweetness and chocolate greet the nose first, supported beneath by a wave of caramel and vanilla, as if only the sweet portions of the barrel are coming through.

Taste: This beer opens with a one-two punch from lactose and chocolate flavors, which are joined an instant later by dark bread and the caramel and vanilla from the barrel. Unlike many other barrel-aged stouts I've had, the barrel notes actually act as support here, rather than taking over and being the centerpiece. Thick milk chocolate melted and spread over a yeasty, whole grain dark bread are the primary flavors. Some smoky and woody elements manifest here and there as it moves along. By the finish, the ABV shows up, with just enough heat to leave an aftertaste that reminds me of a good rye bread.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth and light for a stout, this encourages the taking of generous sips.

Overall: I like this, a lot. It's one of the better-executed barrel-aged beers I've had, using the barrel as an accent and highlight rather than the star flavors. I may have to pick up more of this one.

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Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AlarmClock314
3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, no date. Pours transparent reddish brown with a large sized light tan head. Smells of cherry, dark fruit, bourbon, vanilla, sweet lactose, and chocolate. The taste follows but with tons of tart cherry and fruit; definitely a bad bottle. Thin mouthfeel. Overall, even though it's a bad bottle, the look and feel are way off for the style. Likely won't be revisiting this one.

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Photo of JakerLou
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gibgink
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Was excited to see this beer come out, and pleased at the overall results. Pours an extremely dark brown, with the discrepancy between black and brown showing at the edges. Nice 1 and1/2 finger tan head that laces well as the beer is consumed. Pick up the bourbon on the nose with hints of chocolate. Bourbon also comes through on the taste, but dances nicely with the chocolate notes.

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Photo of boogerisu
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ksi4077
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.17/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MuFugga
3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Roguer
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beautiful, clear, perfectly black brew, topped by a sizable tan head. Fantastic retention and nice lacing. Just a hint of airy foaminess where the head meets the brew keeps it from a perfect 5.

Lovely aroma: chocolate and cream, smooth bourbon (surprisingly noticeable for a 7.2% brew), a touch of roasted barley; sweet and smooth.

Flavor follows the nose, with big, creamy, sweet chocolate notes, just a hint of roasted barley, and slightly over-sweet - but very smooth - bourbon, with vanilla and coconut notes.

Mouthfeel is a little disappointing: thin (relatively, although about medium overall), cloying, slightly syrupy, and with a sweet aftertaste that is a little off-putting. No alcohol feel; decent overall mouthfeel, but easily the most disappointing aspect.

Very tasty and extremely drinkable BA stout, clocking in at about 1/2 BCBS, and at around $8 a bomber. Great buy, and certainly worth a try.

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Photo of Bierleichen
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of larryarms847
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown and sits midnight black in the glass with a rather thin layer of dark brown foam.

Chocolate, vanilla, oak, roasty, and some faint notes of alcohol.

Tons of chocolate, wood, roasty, vanilla, overall very sweet, but the barrel aging gave it enough earthy bitterness to make it not so overbearingly sweet.

Heavy-bodied, medium carbonation, sweet, woody/earthy bitterness, creamy smooth.

Overall, this was definitely a beer to be enjoyed with a couple of friends, the sweetness was pleasant but the barrel aging definitely toned down the sweetness on the finish. Probably would not drink one of these by myself due to the sweetness alone.

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Photo of blindpiggie
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sunofneurot
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 22 oz bottle in a snifter. This BEAST of a brew pours a decadent black
with a fantastic head of light tan foam that subsides to a thick ring and layer with
beautiful lacing. Nose of light coffee, bourbon, oak, char, vanilla, dark chocolate,
and light cream notes. Flavors hit the right notes with bourbon that is not over the top with
note of dark chocolate and char touched malts with brown sugars, raisins, smooth oat notes,
and coffee flavors touched with cream. Nice mouth feel, smooth and coating with a nice warming
booze note on the back of the taste. Overall a fantastic brew that is worthy and appreciated.


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Photo of tourdot
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MDHopster
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bluejacket74
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch frothy tan head. Head retention is good, and there's a lot of lacing. The brew smells like whiskey, wood, chocolate, roasted malt and vanilla. I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but with the addition of some coconut and dark fruit. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and easy to drink with a good amount of carbonation. I wasn't a big fan of the regular 72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout, but I liked this version better. Certainly worth trying if you've never had it before, I know I wouldn't mind trying this again!

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Photo of jaydoc
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ClePaul
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look 8/10
Smell 17/20
Taste 35/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 86/100

Summery: Nice Stout, not sure how long it was in the barrel for. Regardless, It taste really good and smooth. Would be much better if it had a little bit less sweetness and a bit more bourbon/booze. For price point, might just prefer the non barrel edition~

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

Pours a fairly dark black, with a 3/4 inch head, and a good amount of streaking down the glass.

Smells pretty nice, lots of marshmallow, cookie dough, chocolate, roasted malt, and sweet bourbon.

This doesn't quite have the punch of other big barrel-aged brethren, but it's still very tasty. It's tastes pretty fluffy, like I expect milk or cream stouts to be- silky marshmallow, Hershey's syrup, sweet bourbon, cookie dough, and a little bit of roasted malt. It's sweet without being sugary, which is nice.

This is medium bodied, it has a perfectly adequate thickness for a milk stout of 7.2%, but it of course pales in comparison to other bigger BA stouts. There's a lower level of carbonation. It's very drinkable and easy to put down a bomber.

This is better than I expected- a really nice little BA milk stout. It acccomplishes exactly what it set out to do- be a tasty, reasonably priced ($8.50 a bomber) barrel-aged treat.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: black bodied ale with a slim finger of light brown head left some sparse motes of lace behind

S: rich aroma of bourbon and chocolate right off the popping of the cap - really quite a wallop

T: bourbon and chocolate impressions thinned on the palate, subtle notes of vanilla interwoven, and some suggestions of espresso and brown sugar

M: slim and smooth, some wet wood, lactose, and booze lingers

O: a decent bourbon barrel stout, albeit in a 7.2 abv milk stout format - reminiscent of Dragon's Milk and other low profile BBA stouts - not an earth-shaker, but a good value for the price and quality.

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