Lips Of Faith - Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout - New Belgium Brewing
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Reviews by tectactoe:
3.83/5 rDev -3.5%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
12-14-2012 12:33:49 | More by tectactoe
More User Reviews:
4.18/5 rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I've been looking for this bad boy since I first had it (many times) when I lived in Houston in 2012-2013. Another great find!
Pours pitch black with a creamy, tan, 1/4 inch head that dissapates quickly. Still tons of coffee on the nose after this long in the bottle. Reminds me of Terrapin's Wake and Bake Imperial Coffee Stout.
First sip is somewhat bitter, like cold brew coffee. Another 10 minutes brings out something similar to a mocha latte.
Wonder if a bourbon barrel aging with the coffee would have melded well, as the chocolate malt starts to sweeten up the whole mix while it warms.
20 minutes out of the fridge and the coffee is far in the background now on the palate. Can't help wondering how some vanilla would balance this out.
Well, enough of this for one night. Great beer, try to find one!
Serving type: bottle
06-02-2014 03:54:33 | More by jerefreakinmiah
4.16/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
1 PINT, 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter
A - This beer is black with less than an inch of tan head.
S - It smells like a cup of coffee with cream and sugar added.
T - The coffee stands out more than the chocolate. It tastes more like a coffee cream stout.
M - Full
O - I think it is delicious. I did just have Founder's Breakfast stout last night, so with that lingering in my mind it knocks this beer down a little by comparison. It is a good coffee stout though, and I would definitely drink it again.
Serving type: bottle
03-22-2014 00:38:15 | More by buschbeer
Lips Of Faith - Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout from New Belgium Brewing
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