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 #645
Ranked #15,644
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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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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Photo of barczar
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque brown black with a frothy mocha head that lingers. Chocolate and cocoa counter nutty and roasted malt in the aroma. There's a touch of dark fruit tartness, and a hint of tar. Flavor is on the sweet side initially, with chocolate melding with light tart cherry underpinnings, finishing slightly roasty and a touch bitter. Nutty, toasted malt waves throughout, but chocolate sweetness rules the day. The tart character prevents it from being cloying. A little short on the roasty stout character and heavy on chocolate. Guilty pleasure of a beer.

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

This is my first brew from Breckenridge, and I'm having it from a bottle.

Appearance: Jet black cannot see through it. It had only a 1/2 finger head with an aggressive pour.

Smell: It smells fresh and like a Hershey kiss.

Taste: I'm getting some coffee notes with a strong chocolate taste overall, only slightly bitter.

Mouth feel: It has a nice feel thick and satisfying.

Overall: It is a good beer and a great start for me from Breckenridge. I do believe this is my first milk stout also so cheers.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a black body with one finger head and some lace. A chocolatey, milkey, aroma with some roasted malts. Beer is light to medium bodied, smooth, a little sticky, combines some chocolate and roasted malts with a milk presence and retains a good amount of sweetness and balance. Pretty solid milk stout.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick consistency. There was an inch of tan-colored, foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: An interesting aroma of chocolate, malt, and sugar.

T: Tasted of coffee (a light amount), chocolate, malt, milk, and a slightly burnt quality. A very focused, robust (for the style), tasty beer.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a creamy, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is an enjoyable, well done beer. I'm not the biggest fan of milk stouts, but this was a winner.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The tan head atop this beer is thick and dense, just taller than one finger and well sustained at that state. It only falls very slowly and leaves lots of almost chunky webbing and netting below a ring before alternating to patching and heavy spotting.
Chocolate seems like part of the bills but doesn't bring all the decadence it could. The roasty base supports it well. There's a bit of caramel/toffee sweetness, necessary to even out a charred woods note that almost goes astringent and likely would without it. Roasted coffee rests underneath as part of the overall effect, and just under all of that is some meaty nut. It's more powdery on the nose and slightly more fudgy on the palate. It does have a sort of lactic creaminess to it, which clues me in to its nature despite only imperial stout being in the description available. It doesn't have as much of the sweetening and smoothing effect as some of the masters, but it almost reaches it.
It has a richness to it and has the body of an imperial stout, big and full. It's thick, but not terribly heavy. The robustness is felt as well as the roast, as it leans toward the dry end when wood and underlying roasty effects kick in more strongly than sweetness from middle to finish.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout from Breckenridge Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 760 ratings