Wednesday, December 16, 2015

72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout (review)

Beer Review #67

I've never been to Colorado. They say its nice; a hotbed for two of my favorite things: trail running and craft beer. Sure, the state is also home to Coors, one of the world's foremost producers of canned piss, but along with California its one of the states that became synonymous with the craft beer movement before we even realized there was a movement. That said, with so many excellent Pennsylvania / New  York beers available from my local craft beer providers, I don't really have much experience with Colorado beers beyond one review of a New Belgium product...

...but today I came home with a four pack of 72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout from Breckenridge Brewery .  I'm glad I did. 72 is pitch black with a substantial creamy brown head. Aroma: faint, well balanced chocolate, coffee and roasted notes, and maybe a bit of vanilla.

But the taste is where its at. This beer is ridiculously, absurdly, exquisitely mellow (barrel aged perhaps?) While you certainly won't forget you are drinking a beer, bitterness is very subdued. This sucker is Smooooth. Its an '"Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout" that you could serve to a virgin-drinker without turning them off to craft beer forever and yet still enjoy its subtleties yourself. Creamy, well hidden alcohol content, chocolate, dark roasted malts in equal measure. Would go great with dessert.

72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout is part of Breckenridge Brewery's small batch series.

Musical Pairing: Gutter Ballet by Savatage

Twin Tiers Beer Trail:
-Twin Tiers Craft Beer Club
The Jolly Farmer, Waverly
Bluestone Brewing Company (Sayre)
- Diversion Brewing Co. (Chemung)
River Barge Brewing (Wyalusing)

Beer Review Index
1. Saranac Legacy IPA
2. Country Pumpkin
3. Green Trail IPA
4. Dream Machine IPL
5. Dog Tooth Pale Ale
Ithaca Apricot Wheat
Southern Tier IPA
Firehouse Blonde Ale 
Hop Devil IPA
10 Southern Tier 2XIPA
11 Stone IPA
12 Brooklyn Oktoberfest
13 New Belgium Shift
14 Cascazilla Red IPA
15 Embrr Rye Porter
16 Snow Roller Hoppy Brown Ale
17 Red Irish Ale (home brew)
18 Celebration Fresh Hop IPA
19 Dry Irish Stout (home brew)
20 Hop Hunter IPA
21 Flower Power IPA
22 Rebel IPA
23 Southern Tier 2XONE IPA
24 Right-O-Way IPA
25 Cayuga Cruiser
26 HopBack Amber Ale
27 Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA
28 Uinta Detour Double IPA
29 Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA
30 Tangier Session IPA
31 Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA
31 Founders Centennial IPA
32 Wagner India Pale Ale
33 Raging Bitch Belgian Style IPA
34 Saranac Imperial IPA
35 Troegs Perpetual IPA
36 Anchor IPA
37 DirtWolf Double IPA
38 Ruination Double IPA
39 Captain Lawrence IPA
40 Silverback Double IPA
41 Live Citrusy Session Pale Ale
42 Stone Delicious IPA
43 Hop Nosh IPA
44 Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA
45 Southern Tier Imperial Pumking
46 Hop Knife Harvest Ale
47 Arrogant Bastard
48 Southern Tier Double Milk Stout
49 Uinta Anniversary Barley Wine
50 Java Head Coffee Stout
51 Weyerbacher 20th Anniversary Belgian Style Dark Ale
52 Chocolate Sombrero Stout
53 4 Elf Winter Warmer Ale
54 Allagash Black Belgian Style Stout
55 Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
56 Palo Santo Marron
57 Choklat Imperial Stout
58 Blithering Idiot Barleywine
59 Allagash Tripel Ale
60 Old Heathen Imperial Stout
61 The Mad Elf Ale
62 Blackout Stout
63 Weyerbacher Double IPA #1
64 Weyerbacher  Double Simcoe 
65 Storm King Imperial Stout
66 Edmund Fitzgerald Porter

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