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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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145 Reviews
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Reviews: 145
Hads: 525
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 20.87%
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.

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Reviews: 145 | Hads: 525
Photo of riored4v
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a tulip with a pitch black body. 1 finger, tan head. Good amounts of lacing.

Aroma was big on chocolate and coffee. Moderate amounts of roast. Slight earthy bitterness. Notes of biscuit. Malty and mild sweetness.

Taste was big chocolate upfront that turned to a mild sweetness. Some biscuity, roasty flavors are quickly followed with coffee. Notes of raisin and dark fruit. A bit earthy. FInishes with a mild bitterness more of a bitter chocolate.

Mouthfeel was creamy and smooth upfront that finished with a crisp mouthfeel. Medium body and no signs of ABV.

Good beer overall. A bit bitter in the finish, but solid chocolate and coffee flavors.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours like a very lightweight motor oil, black body with a light brown three-finger rocky looking head with awesome retention. Clumpy/patchy lacing.

S - Smells like...you guessed it, coffee! Espresso roast to be precise. Not getting a lot else.

T - Ever had chocolate covered espresso beans from Starbucks? That's what this beer tastes like, to a "T". Chocolate is of the dark/bittersweet variety. Just the slightest hint of ash/char in the finish, but otherwise coffee and chocolate is what your getting. Not much else going on, but the flavor is sublime. 9% ABV nowhere to be found.

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation, with a nice silky feel. Finishes quite dry. Much thinner that other Imperials, but works well with the big coffee taste in my opinion.

O - Maybe I'm just a coffee nut, but I really like this brew. Not very complex, but there's something to be had for getting to drink a liquid version of a Starbucks treat. Not sure why the low scores from other reviewers, as this beer delivers exactly what's advertised. (Ok, maybe not the "Imperial" part as we have come to know it, but it IS 9%) Buying again. Maybe this weekend.

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Photo of Joshpu
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served from a bomber into a pint glass.

A: Jet black, about a finger of head. The head is tan and frothy. Maintains a nice lacing.

S: The smell is very strong and great. I smell obvious bitter coffee notes, dark chocolate, and malts.

T: Fairly bitter coffee and chocolate notes. For me, its not to the point of overwhelming since I like bitter beers. I am not really getting a taste of the alcohol at all.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied. The flavors definitely linger, which in my opinion is a good thing. It is definitely carbonated feeling.

Overall: I think it is a good beer, not a first choice beer, but good. Although I think it lives up to its title well, maybe a little more bitter than most people might like for a stout.

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Photo of Thirstygoat
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've had this in the fridge for a while. Tonight I felt like I could have a 9% bomber, 42 mile bike ride this AM.

An espresso brown with a tan head that sticks to the glass in a layer.

Plenty of coffee on the nose, some malt, not any chocolate

Coffee taste but not overpowering, maybe the years in the cellar mellowed that? A bit of a dry to bitter bite on the back of the mouth Not much chocolate flavor But a delicious stout.

A nice thick , yet smooth feel

Wish I'd have grabbed more of this years ago

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Photo of beer2day
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark black pour with hints of chocolate. Dark cream head with excellent retention.

Nose is a nice blend of coffee and chocolate, with coffee coming out on top. Hints of vanilla cream underneath.

Chocolate hits the tongue first, then builds to a bitter blend of coffee, mocha, and light citrus hops. Chocolate makes for a very smooth and filling glass.

Heavy body, stands up well to the stronger flavors.

I'd get this again.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black-hole color with a few inches of light tan head. Clumpy lacing.

The nose presents fresh coffee grounds up front with some sweet chocolate and roasted malts. The coffee is fresh and clear. Loving the coffee nose here.

The flavors are coffee prominant and guidline the flavor of this brew. Dry bakers chocolate makes it's way after the coffee onslaught. Some roasted malts and a bit of hop bitterness linger.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a dry feel due to the coffee and bakers chocolate characteristics. Moderate carbonation.

Overall, I would list this as a breakfast stout that kills Founders BFS this year (2012) in flavor. I choose this!

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Photo of buschbeer
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a small head of off-white foam on top of an opaque black body. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Lots of coffee with a touch of chocolate.

T - Espresso and dark bread up front. Some molasses and burnt caramel in the middle and a finish of dark chocolate, more coffee, and just enough bitterness to keep it balanced.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - This is somewhere between a robust american stout and a real imperial, but it works nicely. The coffee character is excellent and there is enough chocolate to justify its inclusion in the description as well. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer served in a New Belgium globe glass, great glass, pretty good beer. Beer is black with a two finger head of small bubbles, tan, nice retention, some lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is chocolate and coffee, nice a little sweet, smells like milk chocolate.

Beer is medium in body, sweet, chocolate, nice coffee roast bitterness at the back end, very nice beer. I'd have ti again.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pitch black pour, looks great in my snifter. Mocha colored head that slowly disappears and leaves some bubbles. A lot of lacing.

S- Tons of coffee with a lot of roasted malt. Smells really good, but not a whole lot of chocolate in the nose. Maybe some bittersweet chocolate.

T- Surprisingly not a malt bomb. Coffee is huge in the taste with roasted malts and a slight chocolate flavor. The surprise is the hops that come through from the middle to the end. A really good mix of flavors.

M- Full bodied, medium-high carbonation. Slight sting on the roof of my mouth, but very smooth.

O- Really good coffee stout. I thought the coffee over powered any chocolate, but this is a really good desert beer.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Taste: chocolate malt, roasted coffee, rich and molasses notes.
Black and opaque. Cocoa and coffee nose.
Full body with thick tan head. Smokey and would pair well with dessert.
39 IBUs

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Photo of srandycarter
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Black, creamy head, lots of creamy lace.

S - Predominantly coffee, with a back bone of sweet malt.

T - NICE! Creamy, chocolate coffee flavors, melding nicely together.

M - Very creamy, good carb, good balance, pleasant coating on the palate.

D - Despite the ABV, could have a few.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice. Stamped 121005061.

A: Black, but not impenetrably so. A touch of mocha head

S: Dry-sweet coffee, bitter hops. Deep, pleasant, and alluring.

T: Mmm. This is good, but perhaps not exceptional. Very strong coffee, with somewhat weaker chocolate. An actual hop presence is welcome. The finish is not dryish.

M: Dryish and chalky. A touch sweet.

O: Lips of Faith has never disappointed and nor does this. Would have again. Typical but worthy coffee imperial stout.

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Photo of larryi86
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium glass

A- Black with a three finger mocha head.

S- Roasted coffee, some dark chocolate.

T- Roasted coffee, some milk chocolate, bitter coffee finish, nice balance between bitter and sweet.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A tasty coffee beer worth trying. I was really hoping for more out of the Lips of Faith, but this is still a good beer.

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Photo of jsulko
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours black with a medium dark tan head, some thick lace is left as the beer is drunk.

S: Heavy on the creamed coffee, fragrant, pleasing.

T: This beer has 2 distinct phases to it. Upfront it's all floral coffee an in-your-face with that flavour. In the finish it smooths out to a glorius dark chocolate flavour heavily reminiscent of brownies, very tasty.

M: Medium to full-bodied, rich, creamy and smooth.

O: A very good imperial stout. Nothing mind-blowing just a good adjunct heavy American stout.

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Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into NB snifter.

A: Pours near black with three fingers of foamy, dense, light brown head that slowly faded into a thick film leaving a network of lace down the glass.
S: Dominating and rich notes of black coffee, espresso, and coffee ground with just a hint of dark chocolate fudge beneath. Bitter smelling.
T: Coffee is again the most prominent feature, as expected, and is black and bitter. Earthy hops, bitter dark chocolate, bitter coffee and a bit of roast tie everything together. The finish is slightly sweet and sugary, and the aftertaste is full of chocolate, dark fruit, and more bitter coffee. Earthy almost spicy coffee overall.
M: Full body, thick and chewy mouthfeel, fluffy carbonation. Not the thickest beer I’ve had but it has a nice heft to it.
O: An enjoyable coffee stout. Coffee definitely dominates everything and is on the bitter side. If you love coffee you’ll love this, but it lack the depth and complexity of the greats of the style. Worth checking out though. Cheers.

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Photo of Zach136
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Trappeze Pub in Athens, GA. Served in a Palm snifter.

$5/12oz $3 for Half Pour.

A - Opaque black with light tan head that disappears quick. Excellent lacing.

S - Mostly rich milk chocolate with a hint of coffee.

T - Strong on the coffee flavor, not very much chocolate at all. Definitely a "fresh" coffee flavor as well. No hops to speak of.

M - Fairly rich, chewy and creamy. Leaves a sweet sticky residue in your mouth after.

O - Great coffee stout. Not the best, but very good. I'd love to sit on it for a year or so and I bet I'd like it even more.

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Photo of SerialHiker
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown…head is a light mocha color, thick and airy looking foam…thins to a pinky finger thickness…a solid looking stout…(4.5/5)

Smell: Tons of dry chocolate, I could smell this beer as soon as I popped the cap…some creamy milkiness, roasted malts, roasted coffee bitterness and oatmeal follow…this is a dessert beer for sure, it has a lush chocolate cake meets creamy latte aroma that is mouthwatering…coffee bitterness isn’t overly strong, very much blended into the entire chocolaty package…seems any real hop appearance has faded, leaving a very inviting malty explosion…(4.25/5)

Taste: Very much like the nose…roasted malts, roasted coffee (espresso) bitterness, chocolate and oatmeal up front and strong…there’s a doughy quality that lends itself to the overall chocolate cake taste…it’s also got a noticeable creaminess that keeps the robust maltiness somewhat contained…there’s an earthy, molassas sweetness to it and a slight booziness comes as it warms…little sign of hops bitterness…a very tasty brew that borderlines on almost too much chocolaty flavor…(4/5)

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, it feels light for an imperial stout…it does fluff up nicely though, bringing roasted malt, espresso bitterness and milk chocolate to the palate…carbonation could be a bit more, but it’s nice…it’s light, smooth and mildly chewy…it finishes fairly crisply for an imperial stout, a chocolaty/roasted coffee malt flavor lingers well into the after taste…(4/5)

Overall: This is a tasty brew…the roasted malts, chocolate and coffee flavors are blended fantastically bringing a liquid dessert to the palate…my one complaint is that it’s maybe too flavored…the roasted malts are very well done and seem to sustain well on their own, only to sometimes be drowned out by all that chocolate…as it warms, it seems to thin out a bit more than I would like from a stout, leaving wanting a slightly more robust imperial stout…anyway, what I have here is good, very drinkable and easy to recommend…the Lips of Faith series is supposed to contain some fantastic brews and this leaves me wanting more from New Belgium…I picked this brew up in the winter and had it stashed away in my closet for a rainy day…I’m glad I pulled it out tonight, it’s gonna be a great brew to watch this Game 7…(4/5)

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Photo of Dope
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours pitch black with a huge and dense medium-brown head forming. Fades slowly with excellent head retention. Great thick lacework left behind.

S: Lots and lots of rich roasted coffee bean. A little bit of bitter chocolate backs it up but the coffee dominates here. Get a bit of char too.

T: Loaded with coffee like in the aroma but a decent amount of baker's chocolate mixes in and subdues it a bit. Get a strong salted crunchy pretzel taste in the middle. Lingering mellowed coffee and chocolate in the aftertaste with just the slightest hint of anise.

M: Medium bodied. Smooth and mouth-coatingly viscous.

O: Pretty much exactly as the bottle says. Decent stout with heavy coffee and chocolate adjuncts. Not much else to it. Can't give it major scores due to its relatively simple nature but it's still a tasty and drinkable brew. Mouthfeel stands out a bit, I will say. Quite nice.

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I get a somewhat bitter dark chocolate aroma off of this, and it's backed with a nice smooth espresso roast to round it out. Very inviting, and very nice aroma overall.

Pitch black in color, no highlights when held to a light source. It has a rich, dark tan head that reminds me of hot chocolate foam. It has good retention and laces extremely well on the glass sides.

Coffee right up front, but it's not bitter like I imagined as it would be. Mid-palate is a burst of chocolate and it finishes with a smooth espresso bean. Very much like eating chocolate covered espresso beans. The mouthfeel is medium-full, but lighter than I would have thought. Carbonation has a little bite to it, but its not too bad. Overall this is a really nice beer, it's something that I would drink after a meal with desert.

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Photo of Strix
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice looking, deep black with a chocolate head.

Chocolate and coffee - roasty notes in the nose.

Dark chocolate and coffee the primary flavors, with a milk stout vibe and a bit of a dry finish.

Very smooth mouthfeel.

Wonderful mouthfeel and flavors everybody likes make this quite drinkable, but overall the flavors are muted, and in the genre of big coffee chocolate stouts, sadly this isn't really a standout. Tasty but not remarkable.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

L – Deep brown-to-black color with a 2-finger, frothy, bubbly, tan head. Really nice retention and some great patchy lacing.

S – The aroma consists of tons of coffee and a nice amount of cocoa. There are touches of molasses or caramel present, as well.

T – The taste starts off sweet for a second with chocolate and caramel notes and rapidly shifts to a bold and bitter roasted coffee flavor. As roasted bitterness fades, the sweetness becomes apparent again with chocolate and cream taking the forefront. It tastes like a mocha and certainly lives up to its name.

F – Medium-to-full-bodied with good carbonation, a creamy and smooth mouthfeel, and a bittersweet and slightly dry finish. Coffee and chocolate flavors linger for a while. There may be a touch of warmth from the alcohol, but the ABV is hidden very well.

O – This is a nice imperial stout. It’s not overly complex but it is exactly what it says it is – a coffee and chocolate imperial stout. The appearance and mouthfeel are lighter than I’d like to see in an imperial stout (they are at about the halfway point between a porter and a stout), but the aroma and taste are right where they need to be. Another solid contribution to the Lips Of Faith series.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Lips Of Faith - Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout from New Belgium Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.