Friday, June 1, 2012

72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout

Today I'm drinking 72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout brewed by Breckenridge Brewery of Colorado in Denver, Colorado. The painted-on label is very cool, depicting (correct me if I'm wrong, car geeks) a 1972 Chrysler Imperial LeBaron wrapping about 270° around the bottle. This is one of Breckenridge's Small Batch Series Beers. I really enjoyed their 471 Small Batch IPA a while back, so I'm looking forward to trying this one now.

Roasty, lightly nutty aroma with a prominent coffee/cocoa mix. Nice! Very creamy texture. Starts sweet, milk chocolate and cocoa, luscious and coating the palate. Sweet prunes and light coffee nuances come next. Roasted malt and even some smoke characteristics pop up here and there as well.

Some light hops do come along, and, together with that initial roasted malt and 7.2% alcohol, try to combat the sweetness. Not too successfully. Good flavors, awesome mouth feel and coating. I wish there was just a bit more balance for the sweetness. But I'd check it out. Pretty nice all-around. The "About this Beer" section on their website offers the little "Aboutness" about this beer, but it does say... "Just sit back and enjoy the ride."

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