72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout | Breckenridge Brewery

very good
156 Reviews
72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout

Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of dcscientist
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | 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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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.52/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled last night on 3/10/15 after bowling. Comes in a 4=pack for around $10.00. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a .3L 'Das Boot'.

Brew pours pretty close to a pitch black in color with just a hint of ruby-highlights near the top. Close to a 1-finger foamy beige head is seen. A good amount of ring-lacing is seen after each sip. The aroma is very nice and is of sweet chocolate and dark roasted malts for the most part. Bit more going on with the taste with some milk, sugar as well as a light hint of coffee in the mix also. Very smooth with no bitter or harsh aftertaste at all. Medium-bodied with lower carbonation which most milk stouts have. Really tasty and would drink this again!

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Photo of JebBeerFish
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

My 4 pack was 1.5ish years old, which might have had some effect on the taste.

Almost no carbonation, almost no head. Predominate flavor is dark chocolate. Reminds me of a more dark chocolate Boulder Shake, but with less carbonation, and a little bit of an off flavor also (maybe due to the age of the beer).

I wouldn't run right out and buy again, but glad I bought. Would like to try this fresh on draft.

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

Second in my installment of snowy day, really cold beers. I think I drank this about 4pm today, because I wanted a dark beer. Although I would later drink lighter stuff, it worked out. Side poured from the bottle into a Boulevard/Deschutes snifter.

Appearance - Pours a deep brown to black color with little light penetration. Small half finger foamy mocha colored head that leaves little lacing. Head retention for about 2-3 minutes. Love the printing on the bottle.

Smell - Just as you would expect. Sweetness, chocolate, milk, sugar, cocoa, and some malts are all present in the nose. Smells like exactly what it is.

Taste - Silky smooth milk chocolate, cocoa, and a bit of malts are the big players on the palate. There is hints of coffee and a bit of an almond or vanilla flavoring in there as well. Amazing

Mouthfeel - Smooth as silk, velvety. Big body, finishes excellent. Leaves a sweet aftertaste.

Overall - This was a surprisingly good beer, highly recommended. There are a lot of good ones out there in this style, and I would highly recommend this one. Its worth your time and money.

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Photo of Tilly
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black. Not much of a head.
Chocolate, sweetness, malt oats aroma.
Sweet chocolate cherry. Coffee flavours.
Thick rich taste. Dry mouth.
Good beer, worth buying to try it, but not worth $6 for 12 oz.

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

Dark mahogany colored body; rich, creamy, sticky tan head. Milk chocolate and cocoa powder aroma; roasted grains. Mildly sweet malt flavors, infused with a deep, rich, buttery chocolate taste; very slight sense of whiskey-soaked wood. Silky smooth mouthfeel; nice coating of residual sugar sweet on the tongue.

Big flavors wrapped up and nicely joined together with a creamy smooth, velvety package. I'm not sure what kind of barrels were used for the barrel aging, but it seems like a bit of bourbon. Whatever the case, the barrel aging quality is subtle, adding to the basic sweet stout styling without stealing the show with too much alcohol heat and woodiness. Deep, complex, and well-balanced throughout. A very nice stout.

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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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Photo of SamN
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

On tap at World of Beer. Thick, luxurious and very dark. Smell is dominated by sweet mocha and cream, coffee and a mild roast note. Taste is similar, sweet, creamy with a bready, roasty finish. Mouth feel is superb, very thick and velvety. Fits perfectly with the style. A great desert beer, all aspects in balance and not overpoweringly sweet. Thumbs up!

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Photo of jds16
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black, of course, but looks a little thin and barely any tan head. Aroma makes up for disappointing appearance. Smells like sweet chocolate, a little roast and coffee but the sweetness dominates. Tastes of hazelnut, sweetened chocolate, and a bit of coffee. Very sweet, but I'm really enjoying this. For looking so thin, mouthfeel is very creamy, medium-full. I like this beer a lot, and I will seek again.
For drinking multiples at a party? No. For sipping after dinner or as a nightcap? Hell yes.

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Photo of NailtheAle
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The reviews are not accurate for this beer; I've had just about the best stouts out there, this stout taste almost like Founders Breakfast Stout. It's great.

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

Appearance: Black. Small tan heads leaves no lace.
Smell: Roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate.
Taste: Roasted malt. Coffee, nut, chocolate.

I really like this. There is coffee and some nut at first, but ends with a very sweet taste. The smell is superb. It certainly is sweet in the finish, and I couldn't see myself drinking these back to back. But it is a great sipper, for sweetness rather than strength. It's wonderful and smooth; a dessert beer. I'd certainly drink it again.

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.16/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Very dark with a strong 2 fingers of surprisingly light head. Smells a bit sweet, almost malty. Taste is way sweeter than I was expecting...and almost nothing else. Almost too sweet by the end of the glass. Feels thicker than it should be. Finish is actually a very nice coffee taste. Looks good, smells good, finishes good, but the taste is a bit lacking.

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Photo of StoutBrotha602
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

tried this last night in my Rogue Spiegelau Stout glass

Pour: dark pour that has a frothy cream head .. looks excellent in the stout glass .
Mouthfeel : creamy light kinda velvety
Aroma: to me, very well roasted coffee notes and light chocolate
finish: creamy tart light bitterness

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
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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Photo of AJ17
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Good chocolate cream beer. Character is similar to Sweet Baby Jesus beer but unique in it's
own way. $10 for a 4 pack! Wow, that's expensive. I should have been a Wall Street trader.

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Photo of iTunesUpdates
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Great look to this beer. Completely black with no light at all. Finishes with a chocolate taste and hints of coffee overall. Poured a 2 finger head. Surprisingly has a slight spice feel on the mouth but still remains smooth.

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Photo of EvoRich
3.84/5  rDev -1%

Look: Poured into a Sam Adams pint glass, it's a very dark brown, almost black with about one finger of head which fades to nearly nothing in a short time.

Smell: A hint of chocolate and some fruity notes. Some sweet spicy notes.

Taste: I'm not getting much chocolate. It almost has a slightly spicy feel, similar to cinnamon. It has sweet flavors, some fruits, and creme. There is a small hint of chocolate left after each sip.

Feel: Medium bodied, high in carbonation.

Overall: Pretty good beer. Nothing to rave about, but it's good. Not sure I'd go out of my way to find it, but it it's there, I may pick some up.

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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 MikeWard
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. Not dating that I could find.

Poured an oily black with less than 1 inch oatmela hea. persisted in some form until the end, lacing was thin, but consistent.

Aroma was somewhat sweet, with faintly roasted malt

Smooth tasting stout. getting the sweetness. Vanilla aftertaste

Mouth somewhere between thin and medium.

Certainly the best beer I've had from Breckenridge. Would pick it up again.

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Photo of fountainofyouth
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into the nearest glass available.

Appearance: Medium-brown head two fingers thick. Body is black and opaque.

Smell: Smells sweet and a tiny bit boozy (but not in a bad way). Vanilla, caramel, a tiny bit of citrus.

Taste: About what you might conjure from an imperial milk stout. Chocolate? Hard to find. As I often do with barrel-aged beer, I think the bourbon masks some of the depth. The first few sips finish with metal, presumably from the alcohol. That dissipates over time and tastes more balanced. No real hops to speak of.

Mouthfeel: Clean up front, lingering sugar toward the back, and dry in the very back. Carb is fairly light.

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

A: black ale body, fat dark mocha head coalesced into a creamy head that laced the sides of the glass, as it persisted throughout the drink.

S: dark sweet chocolate and malt aromas, some suggestion of vanilla, and milk caramels

T: creamy cocoa and mocha suggestions right up front, sweet milk-infused chocolate malt; creamy, again hinting at vanilla and caramel

M: medium to thin body and light, slick, almost fluffy; super soft and creamy-feeling

O: milk/sweet stouts are not a style I often go for, but the idea of an "imperial chocolate cream stout" was very inviting. Great body and feel, perhaps a little too sweet, but then again, I knew to expect that; decadent sweetness and chocolates in creamy black ale - like an ice cream float. Great dessert ale.

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Photo of Brenden
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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Photo of KYGunner
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Just flat black in color this poured with a nice creamy but slightly fizzy head. The lacing was sticky and excessive.

Dry chocolate, maple, maybe cream and some molasses meet the nose.

The flavors are chocolatey, more to a malty chocolate, slightly roasted, tinges of molasses and a little bit of cream.

The feel is thick and velvety, maybe a bit warm, with a creamy smoothness.

This is a very simple beer but it's good, lives up to the supposed style, and yields a satisfying drink.

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72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout from Breckenridge Brewery
3.88 out of 5 based on 748 ratings.
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