Lips Of Faith - Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout - New Belgium Brewing

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Lips Of Faith - Imperial Coffee Chocolate StoutLips Of Faith - Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout

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BA SCORE
89
very good

523 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 523
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 42
Gots: 47 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: denver10 on 10-31-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 523 | Reviews: 143
Reviews by jsulko:
Photo of jsulko
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter glass

Pours a very dark black with decent chocolate brown head.

Smell is heavy with coffee and malty sweetness.

Taste is very coffee centric with a little sweetness. Little to no coffee bitterness on the finish.

A solid coffee stout but nothing very special for the Lips of Faith series.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with no light getting thru,a one finger beige head atop that lasted for quite awhile.Aromas mainly constited of mocha chocolate and sweet molasses,faint earthiness as it warms.Flavors start out on the sweeter side with chocolate,molasses,and some sweet alcohol,there is a decent enough earthy/roasty finish to keep the sweetness somewhat in check.Not a bad beer but there are better alternatives of the style out there.

Photo of tectactoe
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Oak Cafe. Pours a deep brown and black color with a light-brown head that was thin and faded to nothing more than a ring around the glass within minutes; no lacing to speak of. Smells of sweet coffee and creamer hit the nose first. Packed with dense, concentrated coffee flavors, this one smells sweet and powerful. Some cocoa and roasted notes on the sides, but the coffee is certainly what dominates.

Same goes for the taste - this is a coffee stout, through and though. Chocolate plays a secondary role. Sweetened, sugar & cream coffee up front; lots of sweetness, roasted malts, and some lightly burnt sugar. As the beer warms on the palate, some more dark, bitter notes come alive, but still remain very reminiscent of coffee, only this time, a strong, black, bitter coffee. The lingering sweetness hides this fading bitterness very much, however. Some black licorice and toasted cocoa beans make their way into things near the end, along with a generic roasted malt flavor, but again - coffee is the leader, here. Slight hint of alcohol near the end on the very back of the tongue. Dense body, thick, lightly syrupy, sticky, heavy, low carbonation.

This is certainly one for coffee lovers everywhere. Very sticky, sweet, and dense coffee aromas and flavors. This reminds me of the concentrate that Tim Hortons and Dunkin' Donuts use for their iced cappuccinos - you know, before it gets mixed with cream and ice. Almost a touch too sweet for my liking, meaning I could never have more than one. But it does make a nice dessert beer on occasion.

Photo of Beaver13
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours dark brown black with a medium creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet lactic chocolate and coffee roast with a slight amount of vegetables.

The flavor is sweet lactic chocolate and a lot of roasted malt and coffee and a bit of alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a nice coffee stout. Sweet with the lactic chocolate, but nice coffee and the roast balances it out. Not top tier, but great value.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big rich chocolate stout with Belgian style yeast and carbonation that pours dark brown under a finely bubbled 1” light tan foam collar. The roast and chocolate are lightly seasoned with coffee flavors. Full bodied and creamy with soft carbonation.

Photo of MattyG85
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark oily black with a moderate amount of black. About two fingers of tan head that slowly fade into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing on the glass.

Smell: A very roasty coffee and chocolate driven aroma. Dark roasted malts with big hints of coffee beans, and dark chocolate. Also some hints of burnt caramel, biscuit, toast, toffee, and nuts. Some burnt sugars and a little hint of smoke. Fairly earthy with some pretty decent hints of hops. Smells on the dry side with a big bitter roast. Pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma suggests, a roasty and bitter coffee driven taste with some chocolate. Dark roasted malts with a big taste of bitter black coffee. Good taste of dark chocolate, burnt toast, caramel, toffee, biscuit, nuts, and a little smoke. The coffee bitterness is fairly strong and the sweetness is subdued. A surprisingly noticeable presence of earthy hops add a little more bitterness. A very good coffee stout taste.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the heavier side of medium with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, bitter, and pretty drying. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: A very good coffee stout. Slightly thinner feel for an imperial but I love the dark coffee bitterness going on. The coffee taste is very solid.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours out mostly black and dark brown, nice beige head on it, .88" in depth, good lacing, retention. Yummy aroma, hits both the chocolate and coffee aspect in the right amount, not huge, not boozy, just a solid mild coffee presence and dark chocolate.

Taste, again, hits with a substantial dose of chocolate, coffee to a lesser degree. Definitely leads with its dark chocolate foot forward, not a coffee bomb, but not a pushover either. Avoids a bitter coffee presence, probably from the smoothness of a substantial malt body and dark chocolate of the less bitter nature. Even though the chocolate is the most prominent aspect flavor wise, this beer never came off as sweet. Alcohol engrained nicely, hidden, not boozy. Pretty easy drinking stuff at 9%abv. The malt body never feels heavy either. At only $6 a bomber, this is a pretty solid option. I should have grabbed one more to age.

Photo of chinchill
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Sampled in back-to-back comparison with a Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Imperial Stout.
Appearance: thick black and completely opaque, even when held to direct sunlight. Large, creamy tan head is
Smell: Big, roasted coffee and malt notes, with some dark chocolate notes.
Taste: Roasted malt and coffee at first then ramps up into a strong, smoky espresso palate. Finishes bitter leaving the aftertaste of expresso.
Mouthfeel: full body with very good carbonation.
Overall: for expresso lovers only.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a globe glass)
A- This beer pours a jet black body with a sticky tan head of cream and a microcarbonation wall that glides up the sides of the glass

S- The full aroma of cold coffee grounds is fresh with an earthy black malt blend in the finish and some nice dark chocolate notes grow as the beer opens

T- The flavor of iced coffee finishes with a cold coffee grounds flavor and some mellow chocolate notes that turn into chocolate milk the more the beer warms. There is a coffee ground flavor that lingers in the after taste.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a thick texture on the finish. There is no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has some good coffee ground flavors but they are still coffee grounds and some good chocolate flavor, not tootsie roll or nougat, but it starts to taste a bit like quick. And the Imperial Stout is buried underneath all of those flavors.

Photo of StuporJew
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 Oz. Bottle into Unibroue Tulip.

Appearance - Rich, dark brown, almost black. Cannot see through it when held up to a strong light source. One-finger head, that leaves behind great lacing, and decent retention.

Smell - FINALLY. One of the few brews out there brewed with coffee, that actually smells LIKE COFFEE!!! Thank you , Jesus! The chocolate kicks in nicely as well, and the 9% ABV isn't apparent in the nose at all. Can't wait to taste it...

Taste - A little lighter on the palate than I expected for a beer with this much weight in the color and nose department, but still pretty impressive. The coffee leads the way, followed by exactly what you'd expect from the name... Chocolate malt. There's an inherent creaminess to this beer, that makes me wonder if the brewer worked some lactose sugar in there towards the end of the boil. It doesn't stick around the palate for as long as you would expect, and the little bit of hop that is there adds some nice pepper notes. Once again, the fact that this beer clocks in at a hefty 9% is not apparent at all, which makes it a dangerous little contender for those who like to put back dark craft beer like water. Drinker : Exercise CAUTION.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly light for being what it is, as previously mentioned. A hint of creaminess. The carbonation is light to moderate, which makes me think that NBB didn't bright-tank condition this one. (Maybe they don't use bright-tanks for their beers... more research is needed. ☺) Would be great Nitro-conditioned... just for fun. HINT HINT, NBB...

Overall - A totally drinkable, mocha-tinged effort from NBB. I was very impressed with this beer all around, due to the fact that several breweries boast about their "Coffee Porters/Stouts", that feature little to no coffee anywhere in the body or flavor of the beer.
This one is different. I will gladly add this to my list of suggested coffee beers, with a smile, and a virtual high-five to the good folks at New Belgium. Well done, friends... well done.

Photo of GilGarp
4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served a little too cold in an imperial pint glass.

Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout had me sold on the name. It's nearly black with a thick layer of lingering head. The lacing is pretty good as it settles.

Aroma is rich and roasty with nice coffee and chocolate elements already making themselves known.

Flavor is spot on for what it says on the bottle. Coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts in abundance. It's well-balanced too with good sweetness and bitterness with none of the coffee or chocolate being too overpowering.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and perfectly carbonated.

Overall a really nice imperial stout. Definitely worth trying if you like a creamy smooth coffee stout.

Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Expectations were high, unrealistically, on this LOF series beer owing to the high score. Big coffee, cold coffee taste, with a little chocolate in the aftertaste. Aroma only coffee.Dark body with lots of cream head. I would like more of the chocolate. Thanks Josh.

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pitch black with a huge, thick, brown head that has great retention

S - chocolate, dark fruit, faint coffee, roasted malts

T - intense dark fruit notes, some rich sweet chocolate notes, faint coffee-like bitterness

M - medium bodied, a bit thin at times, well carbonated, some faint warming alcohol

This is a decent beer with a nice flavor profile. I like this beer, but I wish it were a bit more full-flavored. Neither the coffee nor the chocolate are as intense as I would have liked it to be. The dark fruit notes are impressive and add layers of depth. The mouthfeel is a bit thin which also takes away from the overall experience. Despite all this it is still a really nice stout that is worth checking out.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. No bottle date.

Appearance - Black with a nice khaki head. Surface wisps and nice lacing.

Smell - Wow it smells like chocolate from far away. Up close the coffee dominates. It's all coffee and chocolate.

Taste - Lots of coffee. Overwhelms the chocolate, but it's still there. Coffee really overwhelms everything. Kind of a fruity flavor in the finish. Not terribly interesting.

Mouthfeel - Kinda thin. Medium carbonation. A little green in the finish from the coffee.

Overall - Coffee overwhelms all of it. Becomes quite dull after a while.

Photo of russpowell
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours effervescent ebony with 2 fingers of cocoa colored head. Crazy lacing & average head retention

S: Coffee grinds

T: Follows the nose, plus cocoa up front, a touch of spiceyness. As this warms a fair amount of mocha comes in to play, plus some charred grain, just a bit of booze kick. Finishes dry with much coffee grounds

MF: Fairly creamy carbonation with medium bodied, thins out a touch as this warms

A nice coffee stout, not great by any means, glad I got to try it

Photo of Vonerichs
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, almost black color with an inch of dense coffee colored head.

The smell is all coffee, but stale coffee with a little cardboard.

Coffee and chocolate flavored make it two dimensional, but they are pronounced. The finish is bitter coffee grounds.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. A touch creamy.

Overall, it's a decent stout that over performs its $6 price tag, for sure.

Photo of hdofu
3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me give it to you straight, it isn't a bad beer, but it does have a bad smell. Appearance is a dark brown with a muddy spongey head.
Taste is smokey, cocoa (unsweetened) with a bit albeit not great deal of coffee flavor. Smell is what baffles me as it has an odor of sewage in front of the chocolate. Mouthfeel is smooth and sudsy. It would be an ideal beer if it wasn't for the smell.

Photo of morimech
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Inky black color with a large tan head that had excellant retention. The head settles to a very thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass. A very good looking stout.

Smell is mostly coffee with a mild hint of chocolate buried deep underneath. Also a touch of roasted malt. Overall the aroma is a bit mild.

Plenty of complexity in the flavor. Coffee is the dominating factor with bitter, unsweetened chocolate playing a much lesser role. Nice roasted malt qualities as well with just a faintest hint of smoke in the finish. Just the slightes hint of alcohol.

Moderate heft to the body. Supremely carbonated however. Just a smooth, creamy texture that compliments the other qualities of the beer.

This is a good coffee stout. The chocolate did not play that large a role, at least not one I was led to believe by the label. There are many better value coffee stouts on the shelves so this will not rank high on a repurchase list.

Photo of bum732
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Fresh roasted coffee, soft, milk chocolate, some raspberry fruitiness, bready.

L: Very dark brown/black, tan head that dissipates. Ok lacing.

T: Coffee up front with soft milk chocolate notes. An almost peanut butter taste with the coffee. Light toasty malt with a low bitterness. Finishes slightly chocolaty with light coffee roast. Semi-dry finish. More chocolate as it warms.

M: Medium thin mouthfeel, medium low carbonation.

Not bad, not as big and roasty as KBS. Chocolate is more prominent than coffee, more milk than dark chocolate.

Photo of nimrod979
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bomber poured into a Goose Island tulip glass.

Appearance: Near opaque black. One and a half finger tan head with pretty nice retention and excellent lacing.

Aroma: Roasted dark malt, dry powdered chocolate, and coffee. Aromas are a tad underwhelming.

Taste: Sweet up front with a dry cocoa powder chocolate flavor, before being balanced out by a more roasty and slightly bitter coffee presence. Alcohol is non-existent. Reminds me of chocolate cake/brownies.

Mouthfeel: Medium full but admittedly thinner than I expected for a 9% Imp. Stout. Soft carbonation. Reminds me of chocolate milk with it's consistency. Finish is quick and slightly bitter.

Decent beer but only a slightly above average.

Photo of Treyliff
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap at Barley's Taphouse in Asheville

A- pours pitch black with a small creamy light-tan head, reduces to a small layer leaving lace covering the rim

S- toasted cereal grain, fresh ground coffee, chocolate malt, slightly smoky

T- wow how is this not rated higher!? Intense fresh coffee notes with cereal grain sweetness, sweet chocolate malt mid palate, just enough hop kick at the end to compliment a semi dry finish

M- medium body, foamy mouthfeel with a smooth finish, abv hidden very well

O- this reminds me of a poor mans FBS, just a bit lighter mouthfeel and not as much chocolate. Still an amazing stout that is worthy of a higher rating IMO.

Photo of Bung
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. It's pretty much black, thin layer of cream colored head. Laces the glass just a bit.

Aroma, roast malt and heavier coffee. Some dark chocolate and cocoa.

Taste, roast malt and some chocolates. Dominated by coffee though, but there is a slight cardboard accompanying it. The coffee is just a tad acrid. It just doesn't blend well enough.

The likedness to straight coffee is present in the slightly thinner body. Carb is good though, almost creamy and the abv is hidden.

Normally like the big coffee stouts, actually any coffee stouts. There is just room for improvement here, like most non pale/sour NB brews. Too much straight black coffee, the best are more mocha lattes.

Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black bodied, just a ton of sticky tan foam that coats the glass in delicate patterns. Lasting surface coverage and residual spotty lacing after each sip.

Smells like a great cup of coffee. Earthy roast, toasted bread, oats, light chocolate, it has a nice depth to it.

Roasty black malt and bitter coffee flavors, mellow and harmonious, light dry dark chocolate in the background. Light bodied, more like a coffee stout or porter in body rather than an imperial version, but imperial is just a word anyway. Very smooth and mellow in feel, supple and quite drinkable. Never harsh or astringent like instant coffee. Overall a great coffee stout, with a suprisingly hidden 9% abv.

Photo of n2185
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with three fingers of tan head that fades into a thin cap with a solid sheet of lacing.

S: Roasted malts with lots of rich, robust coffee notes. Not much else going on here, but as a coffee junkie I still enjoy it.

T: Roasted malts and huge robust coffee flavors here as well. Underneath are some bitter chocolate notes with a slightly bitter, charred finish.

M: Medium-thick body with medium carbonation, this beer is a bit lighter and more carbonated than I expected. It works, though I tend to prefer a smoother, creamier body in my stouts.

O: A good coffee stout, overall. Not terribly complex, but full of nice coffee notes and enjoyable.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an ebony color with a tight, mocha heae that leaves a bit of lacing.

Smells of coffee mostly with some slight sweetness.

Tastes of the roasted notes mostly with a bit of sweetness. Coffee and cocoa come through first with a bit of toasted marshmallow. Slight bit of brown sugar ends it with a touch of sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is pretty good, but isn't anything special in a style where there are already so many standouts.

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Lips Of Faith - Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout from New Belgium Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 523 ratings.