72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout
Breckenridge Brewery

72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout
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English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #610
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3.88 | pDev: 10.57%
Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States
Very Good
72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout
Notes: Just sit back and enjoy the ride.

Like its namesake automobile, this small batch beer is meticulously engineered for luxury and enjoyment. We start with a great, hearty stout recipe and add loads of dark chocolate – 200 pounds per 100-barrel brew. This Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout is the color of molasses and is full of rich, toasted cocoa notes with hints of dark fruit. 72 Imperial will delight the taste buds.

11 IBU
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Photo of kojevergas
3.32/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes taken in Summer 2012:

Served on-draught into a pilsner glass. Cost was $3.00 USD.

7.2% ABV. Imperial stout.

APPEARANCE: Pours a half finger worth of head of khaki colour. Head consistency is okay - okay creaminess, fair thickness. Average (~2 minute) head retention.

Body colour is a solid black. No yeast/lees are visible within.

Looks appropriate for the style. Very conventional.

AROMA: Cream, roasted barley, robust dark malts, vague hints of chocolate. A mild aroma overall.

TASTE: Creamy flavours, roasted barley, dark malt/schwarz malt sweetness, and plentiful chocolate (suggesting specialty chocolate malt). Not particularly rich or vivid, but enjoyable. Could use more roast to provide more balancing bitterness for all that sweetness.

It's tasty but simple. Slightly imbalanced. Built decently. Not real complex or subtle.

TEXTURE: Smooth and wet. A bit too thick. Not quite soft or creamy enough to really accent the chocolate. Would be better with more dryness and coarseness to highlight the roast. Suits the flavours decently enough, but fails to elevate the beer as a whole.

OVERALL: Hides its ABV quite well. A tasty beer for what it is, but not unique or special. A solid offering from Breckenridge at this price, but overall it won't dazzle discerning drinkers.

B- (3.32) / WORTHY

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Photo of bbtkd
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Breckenridge 72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout, 7.2% ABV, 11 IBU. Pours thick and black, with a one finger tan head. Nose is chocolate, cream, and malt. Taste follows, slightly sweet, not much bitterness. Excellent mouthfeel, creamy with a bit of carbonation burn. Overall excellent.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

DATE: February 3, 2017... OCCASION: celebrating what the doctors term a successful surgery for Mom... GLASSWARE: Guinness pint... dark black body as expected, with a half-finger of creamy brown head sitting confidently atop... cocoa bean, coffee bean, vanilla, band aid (in the vein of Islay scotch), cookie dough and bourbonesque suggestions.... dry at the start, mild through the mouth, and full at the finish... lingers with lactic sweetness... cola qualities make for an interesting palate... chocolate milk, slightly briny, vanilla and cookie dough--a dessertif for certain, with an alcoholic heaviness that belies its 7.2% ABV... worth the selection in my Wegman's winter pick six, flavorful and drinkable...

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Black color.

Dark khaki head; frothy lace.

Milk chocolate nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Cream soda meets chocolate taste. Not awful but pretty blah.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.34/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, pours a nearly opaque dark brown with a creamy khaki head. Molasses and malt aromas. Roasted sweet malt flavors really dominate everything else. Creamy decent mouth-feel. Overall, a nice beverage, but (for me) any chocolate flavor is entirely missing in action... disappointing since it's in the name. Alternatively, I found fantastic chocolate flavors in "Founders Porter" or even a very available "Edmund Fitzgerald Porter".

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Photo of ccg
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

'72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout
Look: Thin layer of light tan foam, small amount of lacing. 3.75
Smell: tons of chocolate and roasted malt. 4.0
Taste: chocolate, malt, brown sugar. Not the strongest flavor, but pleasant. 3.75
Mouthfeel: Light and airy. Easy to drink, but could use some more body. 3.5
Overall: It may not knock your socks off, but it's quite a nice dessert stout. 3.75

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

12oz bottle (no date, but I'm guessing a recent bottling) served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Black and letting no light through. Thin tan rocky head with some fine persistent lacing noted.

Smell: Quite chocolaty - dark chocolate, cocoa powder, and vanilla.

Taste: Very sweet. Chocolate again, milk sugars, some bittersweet chocolate, a bit of leafy herbal bitterness, and a hint of char.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and approaching creamy, with some prickly carbonation. A bit of a dry finish.

Overall / Drinkability: A very sweet stout, but that's the point with this beer given the title. I think this would pair well with cookies, but it's good by itself as a dessert. I can only have one per evening though. Well crafted, but I think it needs a bit more bitterness to balance it out.

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Photo of spelingchampeon
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a 20oz stout glass.

L = Dark with a nice caramel colored head. Lacing and head both disappear rather fast.

S = Dark dry chocolate, slight malt smell.

T = Dark ..rich chocolate. A very slight after-taste that dissapates
F = Smooth, but not thick.

I've had quite a few chocolate stouts over the last year or so, and this is the richest so far. Would I drink this beer again.. yes!

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Photo of zfw
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: nice deep dark brown. Little to no head. Smell: cocoa up front, with dark malt. Taste: like the smell, dominated by chocolate and dark malts, with a bit of a (nice) boozy flavor. Feel: body is thin, to me, for a stout.

Opinions vary on stouts versus porters, but I would characterize this beer more as a porter versus a stout on both flavor balance and body. That said, it's a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Clear 14.75-oz. porter/stout glass
From: Barons Market in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $10.99 for a 4-pack
Purchased: Feb. 9, 2016
Consumed: Feb. 9, 2016
Misc.: Best before April 4, 2016

Was looking for a porter, stout or imperial stout (etc.), to try and this one piqued my interest. Not the best reviews and the two beers I reviewed from them hasn’t necessarily been spectacular, but let’s go with it.

Poured a dark reddish, black color with 1-to-2 fingers of fizzy, tan head. Minimal spots of lacing on the sides of the glass. Minimal retention. (Sight - 3.00)

Smelled milk chocolate, almost artificial like, wet cocoa, vanilla notes, some dark boozy malts, dark espresso, brownie mix and roasted dark malts. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted artificial creamy milk chocolate, vanilla, wet cocoa, roasty malts, dark toffee, dark espresso and a touch of dark fruits. Very smooth for a 7.2 pct. ABV brew. Super artificial though. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. (Feel - 3.75)

I feel like I slightly overrated this as a 3.75. I usually underrate, but a few things might have put this over tonight. (Overall - 3.75)

3.71 | 84 | B

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Photo of therica
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler from a tap filled at Castle Liquors, Williamsport, Maryland hours ago, poured into a pint glass.

A = Dark licorice, with a modest tan head but plenty of lacing.

S = Dark dry chocolate with candied fruit, modest whiffs of starch.

T = Dark burnt chocolate, mixtures of candied fruit and an occasional up-front sweetness that seems elusive.

F = If I savor it in my mouth I can find the thicker milk effect but I miss it if I gulp too quickly. Very nice feel, some dry chocolate on the tongue and a little candy sweetness coming and going.

Overall, an excellent creation.

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Photo of PunkAndPorters
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark black, like used oil. Tan head with a nice lacing. Smells of dark fruits and roasted malts. Taste fell a little short. Some mild chocolate, coffee and a slight taste of vanilla. I expected it to be a lot thicker than what it actually was and it kind of disappointed me. Still not to bad but wouldn't go out of my way to buy again.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: [4.00] The beer is black with no light coming through it. There is a full finger of creamy tan head. Overall it looks nice in the glass. The bottle lists the ABV (7.2%) I can't find any date info.

S: [3.25] A lot of dark fruit, plums, raisins, something sweet like corn syrup, roasted malts.

T: [3.00] Mild chocolate, coffee, vanilla (all dialed way down) leading into roasted malts.

M: [2.75] Carbonation is a bit more prickly than I like in the style. (It has the word cream in there and that also sets a mouthfeel expectation). No lingering off tastes. The finish is roasted malt flavor.

O: [3.00] Nothing that makes this stand out. It is very middle of the road. The words "Chocolate Cream" build up an expectation for aroma, flavor and mouthfeel. I don't think this beer met any of those expectations. It is not bad - there are just many better options out there.

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

The chocolate and cream flavors were perfectly balanced against the malt-backbone of this stout. Not overly intense in any regard, this beer toes the line of subtly and performs phenomenally.

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

Enjoyed on a sunny and warm Christmas day, this beer is utterly black, with a thick tan head. The aroma is of roasted malts...chocolate malt, slight charcoal, and some alcohol. The taste is warming, full, and fairly balanced. Enjoyable.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love the bottle more than anything else, but not mad at the beer either. A little sharp but chocolatey, definitely on the lighter side, with a little milky malt.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A : Pours a dark motor oil black, an obsidian hole of all that is dark. 0% transparency. The head is beige, slightly pink or burgundy, which is the mark of a truly characterized imperial stout head. 2 fingers, then gradually resolves at 1 finger, leaving an almost peanut-butter looking lace on the sides of the glass (like a jar).

S : Some dark anise, licorice, burnt malts. Faintly behind that is a bit of coffee, cocoa, milk/cream, and oats. I was expecting more lactose and more chocolate but maybe that will come out in the taste.

T : It's solid, has a high hop presence, and ends very whip-creamy. At the forefront are charred malts, roast coffee; towards the middle it hits with lactose/creamer and... a slam of exciting carbonation tag-teamed with a hit of sharp hop. Ending is whipped and creamy. Delicious.

F : It starts milky, and then a lovely, tremendously perfect burst of carbonation sets in, and it ends charred/dry with that faint hit of creamy lactose.

O : This isn't quite the home run I expected it to be (after all, it's sold in these huge bottles), but it's still a solid stout worthy of a try. I'd have it again, and may even buy it if I can find it on sale.

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

Appearance is dark brown with not much head and sticky lacing.

Nose is musty milk chocolate with cocoa nibs and cola and red fruit.

Taste is very sweet. Cream is readily apparent. Chocolate soda. Biscuit.

Mouthfeel is clean with light carbonation, mild alcohol, and clean finish.

Overall, remarkably sweet. Not that interesting.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

15 Ju1 15
On-Tap 10oz. (The Ale House)

Pours a really nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is very nice , malty, with some nice chocolate notes, and some vanilla. The taste is very nice and malty, very nice touch of chocolate, vanilla note. Medium body, ABV is hidden very well. Overall very tasty.

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

A: Pours a nearly opaque black with subtle amber highlights and a thin khaki head that recedes quickly.

S: Aromas of caramel, cream, vanilla bean, blackstrap molasses, dark chocolate, cappuccino, and earthy hops are present on the nose.

T: Delicate notes of woodsmoke, blackstrap molasses, vanilla bean, cream, caramel, cappuccino, leather, roasted grain, dried black cherry, dark chocolate, and earthy hops fill the mouth. The finish is smooth and mild, allowing a flourish of molasses, cream, vanilla bean, and caramel before the fade.

M: Full in body, velvety, and smooth, though it turns slightly sticky toward the finish. Carbonation is active, yet delicate. Alcohol is very restrained. Highly drinkable for the style.

O: A rock solid milk/sweet stout, there really isn't anything that is glaringly wrong with this beer. I could definitely see myself having this one again.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 3/19/2015. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, toast, dark bread, vanilla, cream, light nuttiness, light herbal, and toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and chocolate notes; with good strength. Taste of big milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, toast, dark bread, vanilla, cream, light nuttiness, light herbal, and toasted earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, toast, dark bread, vanilla, cream, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt and chocolate flavors; with a good roasted bitter/sweet balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial cream stout style. All around great robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt and chocolate flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of ElJacobian
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad stout at all. Nothing really jumped out at me, but that could mean it's just really well-balanced. The taste is just a tad watery to me, but overall I enjoyed it and would drink one again.

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Photo of Eachristman
4.74/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark with not a lot of head. Smell of chocolate nibs. Taste is smooth and milky with a slight bittersweet after taste. It is a very smooth drinking brew!

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Photo of dcscientist
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is one of Breckenridge's better offerings. It's basically a milkshake with alcohol. You definitely taste the cream and the chocolate up front, and it's pretty smooth too. Seems like they do their best work with the darker beers, as I'm also a fan of the Vanilla Porter and the Oatmeal Stout. This is a small-batch offering sold in 4-packs, so if you find it, pick some up if you like this style.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

3/3...pours very dark black, light ring of tan foam. Dark chocolate nose, espresso coffee too. Hearty creamy taste, bold coffee bitter swirls into creamy milky smoothness. Not unlike chocolate milk. Beyond smooth, loaded with flavor.

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