72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout | Breckenridge Brewery

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87
very good
756 Ratings
72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States
breckbrew.com

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by emmasdad on 01-11-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
756
Reviews:
158
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
10.59%
 
 
Wants:
43
Gots:
128
For Trade:
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Photo of Sammy
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
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 Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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 jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Breckenridge in Denver, CO.

Pours an opaque black with a 1/2 inch khaki colored head that fades to a thin film on the top of the beer. Nice distinct rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, dark bread/biscuits, and chocolate chip cookie dough. Taste is of the dark roasted malt, coffee beans, and dark cocoa powder. This beer has a good level of carbonation and is very crisp yet smooth in the mouth. Overall, this is a great stout that I would drink a lot of if it were offered in CA. One of the best beers I was able to try in CO.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on tap at the brewery, i was really impressed with this one. a deep dark stout, not overly sweet from the addition of milk sugar, and not overly chocolaty, but the contributions of both make this beer unique. i like that its not overdone there, lets me drink a stout first rather than a flavored beer like their vanilla porter is, the accents are subtle, and the beer is rich without being too sweet. dense matte black brown in color with just an inch of tan head in the stubby tulip. the nose is dark roasted malt with a hint of cocoa and coffee there, but definitely grain first, the flavor is similar, but instead of a dried powder cocoa on the chocolate side, its more of a melty dark chocolate, still bitter, but much more silky and decadent. the body here is only medium and the alcohol doesnt show through at all. i really like this one in a holiday context, think its far better than some of the other breck beers, and would rank it up there with the best chocolate beers around right now. sturdy without being filling, very well put together here.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is close to being black in color; when held up to the light the edges of the glass have dark red hues. It poured with a quarter finger high dense tan head that died down, leaving wispy patches of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of lactose are present in the nose.
T: The taste has lots of lactose flavors but also has notes of roasted malts and hints of chocolate. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little creamy and thick on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a decent representation of the style. It has a good amount of lactose and some added flavors of roasted malts to lend complexity.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Heavy anticipations follow the recent release of Breckenridge's new beer that showcases chocolate and heavy cream that's supported with a heafty roasty stout base.

72 pours with a very dark brown, nearly black color and with an opaque mirror-like gloss. A dainty light tan head caps the beer with solid staying power and light lacing. If poured into a coffee cup, it would be indistinguishable from espresso.

Sharper roasted grains give a distinct strong coffee scent of roasted cocoa beans, walnuts, and wood embers. Chocolate scents are somewhat prominent along with the underlying notes of heavy cream. The balance almost reminds me of brownie batter that's dominated by espresso.

Flavors jumble the order of characteristics, but all are portrayed in moderately strong balance to the point where no single flavor stands out over others. Strong roast coffees, toffee-ish underpinning, bittersweet chocolate, and heavy whipping cream take turns sharing the stage. With immediate comparisons drawn to Southern Tier's Choklat and Rogue's Double Chocolate Stout, this beer results in a much tamer taste and balance that's not so chocoholic.

Moderately textured, the beer starts with a mouth-coating lushness that buffers the palate from the strong roast bitterness and mild grain astringency, thanks to the unresolved lactose sweetness that seems to round out the rougher edges of roast. Finishing with a semi-sweet, semi-dry choco-roast combination, a long linger of coffee, chocolate, and vanilla persists well into the next sip.

As with many of the earlier examples of chocolate stouts and porters, the chocolaty flavors seem to come from the use of darker roast grains and not from actual chocolate additions themselves (newer examples typically use actual chocolate extracts for dominant chocolate flavor). This beer favorably competes with Young's Double Chocolate Stout and Rogue's Mocha Porter.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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 kojevergas
3.32/5  rDev -14.2%
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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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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 Boone757
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of nickfl
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
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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