72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout | Breckenridge Brewery

very good
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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 fitrock2112
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured 72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout into a pint glass.

A - Pours black as midnight with a half of finger of mocha head.

S - Chocolate with roasted malts.

T - Not too bad, smooth chocolate with some vanilla. Roasted malts mid palate. Light toffee and more chocolate on the finish.

M - Smooth and creamy, medium to full mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

O - This is a good beer. Cheers!

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Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
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 BryanCarey
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pouring to a very dark brown- almost black- color, this cream stout emits an aroma of cocoa, roasted malt, vanilla, and some nuts. The foam looks nice at first, but it does settle down rather quickly and leaves only spotty lacing.

This beer has a flavor that is similar to its aroma, but with a few key differences. The tastes of dark chocolate and creamy milk chocolate are obvious and there is also some roasted malt, caramel, a touch of coffee, and some earthy notes. The body of this stout is medium and it leans toward the sweet side.

This is a creamy, tasty stout that would taste great all by itself or with a chocolate and/or nutty dessert. The sweetness isn’t overbearing and the flavor offers some good contributions from several complex tastes. It’s a little more alcoholic than its taste would lead you to believe, so you do need to take this one seriously. It’s a solid, tasty stout all- around and one that should satisfy the stout lovers and others among us.

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Photo of jwc215
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a thin head that doesn't last long before becoming a thin wisp. Some spotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of chocolate, earthy notes and slight roast.

The taste is of sweet dark chocolate and cream with a hint of sour mild and some dark fruits. Slight alcohol warmth shows in the finish.

It is pretty creamy, just hitting full-bodied, but not thick.

I thought of giving the overall a straight 4, but compared to some others it's more "very good" than "outstanding".

This has nice flavors that blend well, and drinks easy, esp. for the abv.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

There were two new ones from Breckenridge in the local supermarket today, so I picked up a four pack of this one. Maybe tomorrow I'll grab a sixer of the other one (some sort of holiday ale type thing? we'll see). But as I like this brewery quite a bit (especially their oatmeal stout, which I buy regularly), I figured might as well start with the stout.

Good beer in all aspects, appearance, flavor, aroma, body,, mouthfeel, finish, worthy of the Breckenridge name, and meets my pretty high expectations for them as well.

It's black with a pretty good head that doesn't disappear right away. Roasty and chocolate notes dominate the flavor and aroma, along with some coffee, and a considerable milk-chocolate component, more than I expected (but that's fine, my expectations are sometimes off base, and after all, it is a milk stout).

The body is nice and thick, good and chewy, which is how I like my oatmeal, sweet, and usually other forms of stout. You really need a knife and fork here, the body is as full or beyond that of any similarly styled beer I"ve tried.

Overall, it's a well done beer, very enjoyable. I'll have to pick up some more of this one soon.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a dark black with a light brown head. Smells of coffee, vanilla, and slight chocolate. Tastes of chocolate and coffee, nice balance, with slight berry and vanilla. Beer is carbonated well, and for its full body, it goes down smooth. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 12 oz tulipish glass. Pours a slick black, with a half inch of tan head, that leaves nice place and takes its time settling. Smell is dark chocolate, coffee beans, hints of tobacco, and maybe a little leather. Taste is mainly chocolate and coffee. Body is medium, perfect carbonation, a little dry, and awesome drinkability. This was really nice, a fairly session able flavor able stout.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a flared pokal at the 2012 Glunz trade show.

This was probably the beer I was looking forward to the most. It pours a dark black-brown topped by a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, cocoa powder, sweet coffee, and a hint of vanilla bean. The taste brings in more of the same, though the cocoa is a tough more bitter now; it's not quite dark chocolate, but it definitely seems to approach that designation. Meanwhile, the roast takes a stronger role, and the vanilla nearly vanishes. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a mostly smooth feel. Overall, a solid stout, one that doesn't overdo it with the chocolate and yet still maintains a healthy dessert-like quality. Good times.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.04/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pours black with a nice cap of tan head. Modest retention and decent lace.

Nose smells like a box of chocolate-covered Cracker Jacks. Lots of peanut brittle, smells like a bit of an oddball.

Taste is nutty chocolate with a dusty finish....wierd. Roasty for a milk stout and does not have enough sweetness to call itself a "Chocolate Cream Stout". The flavors are all over the place and never really come together coherently. Mouthfeel is not an issue here as it displays a full body and low carbonation. Not sure what it is, but I do not like this beer very much. I am going to have trouble finishing my 4-pack. Wont buy again.

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Photo of Reappropriated
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

Overall this is a quality stout, but definitely at least a tier below the best.

The pour is back with very little head, with what little there was being a brownish beige color.

You are immediately hit with the cream smell, then back up by chocolate and a hint of malt.

The taste is good, with immediate chocolate and sweetness, but more than anything there is booze. For only being 7.2%, this tastes incredibly boozy, crowding out some of the flavors that should be there. You get hints of cream and vanilla, but I would like them to be winning the battle with the alcohol, which they are clearly not. The feel is good, and I would drink this again, but I think I would wait a little bit for the alcohol to mellow.

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Photo of JayEvans813
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at world of beer south Tampa.

A- pours very dark brown/black with minimal head

S- smells of dark chocolate

T- a delicious blend of 70% dark chocolate with hint of coffee and Milky creaminess

M- finishes with chocolate milk and coffee

A very delicious stout, sweet with the taste of a dark chocolate

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Photo of socon67
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Black pour with a beige foam head that holds well. Some lacing is noted.

S - Scents of cocoa powder, milk chocolate, and vanilla. A bit of coffee is there as well.

T - Flavors of fudge, vanilla and chocolate hit the tongue. Very sweet and smooth, this is as enjoyable as a milkshake.

M - Smooth body that feels light. No carbonation of note. Easy to have a few of these.

O - Might be my favorite Breckenridge beer to date. A solid stout that you can easily kick back.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.12/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours an extremely dark brown color. The head a nicely uniform one finger khaki shade. It's bubbly yet soft, retaining itself acceptably. Small streaks of lacing are left on the glass.

S: Lots of lactose cream. And I mean a lot. Chocolate also comes through quite well, and combined with the sweet nuttiness also provided, almost gives it a roasted hazelnut vibe. Roasted barley comes out when it warms up. A very likable aroma, actually.

T: Chocolate is prevalent on the opening, fading out past the midtaste. At first, the finishing combination of roasted barley and leafy hops actually do a good job of cutting the sweetness...but only at first. Vanilla and cream soda notes start to accumulate on the palate, drowning out the roasted/hoppy bitterness and replacing it with a cloying sensation. Aside from being too sweet, it's also kind of messy...with just a bit more balance, this one could have been really good.

M: It doesn't have the creamy-yet-dry finish I like in a milk stout. Given how sweet it is, the mildly rough palate isn't a good fit with all of the sweetness running rampant. Drinkable enough, I suppose, if the sweetness doesn't deter you.

O: I really liked the aroma here - wish I could say the same about the flavor profile and palate feel. While it's not bad, it doesn't come together nearly as well as it should.

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Photo of Act25
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle pour into a Leffe Chalice. *bought as craft pack at WF so may be a bit stale.
**Came back to upgrade this a bit, with a fresher bottle. More lacing and stickiness, not flat at all. (but still too sweet and pruney, fruit cake for me, at least for summer time - still needs a stinky cheese to go with).

LOOK: Black as tar, thick creamy tan head, but first bottle fades too fast and leaves too little lacing. Flat. Prune juice like.

SMELL: Burnt sugar, boardwalk, cocoa powder, confection kitchen, sweet, prunes, hay, alcohol.

TASTE: Creamy, full bodied, licorice first, a melange of chocolate, sweet brown bread, molasses, roast coffee, prunes, flour less chocolate cake, fruitcake, with a sweet finish. (not much hop bitterness). Given the complexity, the mishmash, this is a last beer of the evening brew.

MF. Flattish, but smooth and fat and juicy.

Overall - Complex and a bit messy. Don't need my beers this sweet. Want some heavy cream cheeses, and smelly rind to go with this. Dessert beer - yes! Winter - beer - Yes! Tastes like an aged stout…. Not as good as Youngs Double or Imperial Stouts I have tried.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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 Sammy
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
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 stephens101
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This brew has a slight tan head. Color is dark brown with crimson edges. Has a distinctly vanilla and milk chocolate aroma with black coffee and plum playing lesser roles. Tastes of palpable dark/milk chocolates, roasted nuts and dark fruits. Has a nice bitter finish that was a bit unexpected, but quite welcome. A subtle, contrary woodiness is noticed deep down, and the rebel in me digs it. Medium to heavy with a full on creamy body that lives up to its name. Has an abundance of alcohol heat but smooth overall. Mikey likes it.

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

I picked this up at Shady McGRady's, poured chilled in a tulip fromt he 12 oz bottle.

The color is the darkest opaque brown verging on black with thick medium brown head that falls to a ring of beads. The smell is very much like iced hot cocoa -creamy and sweet aroma with cocoa powder and vanilla in the nose. The moutfeel is pretty full with a lot of sweetness coating the mouth as a sweet stout feel should be, yet it adds a dryness with the alcohol leaving the palate a little more dry after each sip with moderately high carbonation.

The flavor is good with nice chocolate notes and some caramel malt backing with a mild hint of spice or the impression after the carbonation washess over the tongue. This is a pretty decent flavor of stout with mild creamy sweetness from lactose I am assuming. The finish is semi-dry from the sugary almost syrupy aspect. Overall this is a good beer, not the best, but it has nice flavor and it hides the 7% + abv well.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Virtually black, medium brown head.

S - Chocolate syrup, milk chocolate, subtle hints of burnt brown sugar. Molasses cookies, and a touch of sweet coffee.

T - Chocolatey but not ultra sweet. The chocolate notes are more like chocolate cookies or cake, with hints of frosting. A sweet mocha flavored candy bar. Cocoa dusted grains, dry biscuit.

M - Slick and mildly viscous. The faint carbonation lends itself to the body and richness of this beer.

O - A tasty one, sweet but not annoyingly sweet. Tasty chocolate notes and dessert-like thoughts. Still a good stout body and slick feel.

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

A = poured into frozen tumbler and only got a slight head. Color was nice chocolate

S - nice dark malty smell

T - you can taste the notes of chocolate w/o it being overbearing. good stout flavor

M- carbonation not overbearing but enough to keep fresh if you are a slow drinker

O - worth buying again but not the best CCS I've had.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Breckenridge's 72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout last week for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. It's been a while since I have had a brew from Breckenridge and this one sounds pretty good, I'm interested to see how it turns out, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but It's fairly fresh since it just showed up. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- I really like the label of this beer, it looks nice, goes with the name, and I'm a sucker for Silk screened bottles, it's eye catching and it looks nice. It poured a nice black color that didn't really let any light come through and it had two fingers worth of medium tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with medium amount of sweetness that had a milk sugar like aroma to it and was followed by some medium roasted malts, molasses, dark chocolate, milk chocolate and a very light amount of coffee that just barely shows up. Up next comes a creamy milk sugar and lactose like aroma that is just enough for the style. This beer had a nice aroma that was true to style and true to its name.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness that had a light milk sugar like flavor to it followed by some medium dark roasted malts, milk chocolate, and a slight bit of coffee towards the finish. After that I get some sweet and creamy lactose flavors. On the finish there's a lighter amount of medium bitterness followed by a sweet cream, roasted malt, and chocolate like aftertaste. This was a good tasting beer and it was very true to style, I enjoyed the taste.

M- Smooth, creamy, silky, on the lighter side of medium bodied, with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation The mouthfeel was nice, but I wish it was just a little thicker.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a good example of the style, it had pretty much all the things that I look for in the style and the added chocolate aspect was nice and true to it's name. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth and the flavors held my attention well, I could drink a couple of these, but this isn't the type of beer I would session, it has good drinkability for the style. What I liked the most about this beer was the how true to style it was, it was just what I want and expect from the style and it had good balance, the appearance was also pretty good. What I liked the least about this beer was the mouthfeel, it wasn't bad, but it would be nice if it was just a little thicker. I would buy this beer again when looking for a nice Milk Stout, I enjoyed it and it was priced right so I would buy it again and I would recommend it to anyone who likes the style. All in all I was happy with this beer, I've been let down a couple time by Breckenridge, but this one turned out pretty good and I would for sure be interested in trying more of their brews. It's not a favorite Milk Stout, but I think it's good and an enjoyable example of the style. Good Job guys, this beer was better than I expected.

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Photo of lstokes
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very dark pour with a tan head and a burnt sugar nose. The taste continues the burnt sugar, but also cocoa, caramel, roast coffee, more sugar and dark chocolate. All of the right flavors for a dessert stout, with a silky mouthfeel, but almost too sweet. Nothing to make it stand out, although it's a good dessert stout that would probably be fun to pair.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into stout glass. Clean brown pour, jet black in the glass with visible carbonation, lets no light through. Fizzy dark tan head which dissipates leaving lovely lacing and film. Smell is sweet, smooth, coffee and chocolate, all in balance. Taste is similar; coffee and chocolate bitterness predominate up front, with a sweet silky finish that goes perfectly with the velvety mouthfeel.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep chocolate brown with a light tan head that floats gently before fading and leaving a fine amount of thick foam sticking to the sides. Not much carbonation but I wouldn't expect that from a Milk Stout.
Fine dark chocolate, touches of bitter coffee and sweet heavy cream. Picking up just a faint hint of orange zest in the way deep backround. Nothing much to brag about here.
Semi bitter coffee, semi bitter chocolate, and not too sweet. Semi good tasting. The alcohol and a touch of sour dark fruit come thru a little bit. I'm not impressed, but it's not half bad either.
Medium thickness. Glides down your throat and hangs onto your tongue nicely. Leaves a nice creamy bitterness in the finish.
Glad I tried this, but it probably won't be anything I seek out again unless I'm having a Milk Stout tasting. I was hoping for more but overall very decent.

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Photo of 57md
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with a finger and a half of beige head. The head retains for quite some time. The nose is mildly roasty. The consistency is creamy and the flavor includes mild chocolate notes. The finish is slightly astringent and includes a note of alcohol presence which is odd considering that this is a relatively low ABV imperial.

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72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout from Breckenridge Brewery
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