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

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89
very good

523 Ratings
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outstanding

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Ratings: 523
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 42
Gots: 47 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of homebrew311
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into NB Globe. Appearance is deep, dark, and brown with generous cocoa colored head. No light passes through, great head retention and quite a bit of lacing. The nose is dry cocoa and bold coffee. Pretty straightforward, not a lot of depth and complexity here. The taste is more significant with sweet notes of molasses and cream followed by rich chocolate and strong coffee at the back end. This brew is very full flavored and leaves quite the chocolate coffee after taste lingering on the palate. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Overall, this is an enjoyable brew from NB. I believe this is one of the first stouts I have had from them (with an exception to Clutch). This is very good, but doesn't quite live up to some of its competitors (ie FBS). A solid Lips of Faith offering nonetheless.

Photo of billab914
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into my Great Lakes glass. Black in color with a thick, rocky, chocolaty head to it. Really nice lacing on the glass as I drank it. Great looking beer overall.

Aroma shows lots of coffee to it with a little creamy chocolate. The roasted coffee is really smooth and appealing in it. The coffee flavors are very nicely done.

The taste has a little more of the roasted malts and dark chocolate coming through. The coffee starts to come out more towards the finish, but adds some really nice flavors to it. It's got a creamy, chocolaty flavor that really blends well with the coffee.

The mouthfeel is thin for the style but it does have a little creaminess to it. Carbonation is average. Overall, it was a pretty solid beer. It had some really nice coffee flavors and the creamy, chocolate balanced it pretty well. Very drinkable and flavorful. beer overall, the coffee was particularly nice in it.

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 LiquidAmber
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black in the glass. Thin light brown head that dissipates quickly to a thin film and ring around the glass and slippery light lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Flavor dominated by coffee, dark toasted malt with chocolate and a hint of molasses. Finishes with charred coffee, a hint of dark fruit and hop and coffee bitterness. Medium bodied. A unique flavor that has hints of dark fruit around the edges, although the toasted malt and coffee are front and center. ABV well covered. In some respects, not quite as complex as most imperial stouts, but the suggestions of dark fruit esters pull this through and keep it interesting. A nice, different stout in a crowded field of good stouts.

Photo of Nugganooch
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bottle – taster nonic glass
*Notes from 11/20/12

A: Pour is a muddy black color with a nice pillow of root beer style head. Retention is astounding and leaves behind some nice running legs of lace.

S: Smells of chocolate fudge with espresso beans and a bit of leafy green hops. I get sweet cookie dough in spades and faint underlying dark smoky grains. Smells like a real treat.

T: Taste is a mocha bomb! Has a super luscious chocolaty flavor with a nice coffee shop accent all throughout. Roasted cereals introduce more of a chocolate malt ball note to the beer. Hershey’s syrup comes to mind. There is a noticeable amount of earthy bitterness and some light warming alcohol. Progression leaves somewhat of a chalky cocoa powder finish. Deliciously flavored and big on the chocolate. A great dessert beer.

M: Body is somewhat thin for Imperial standards and bit wet all throughout. Carbonation is fair bringing in a slight drying crisp. Finish has that chalky after feel.

D: This definitely delivers as promised with intense chocolate and coffee flavors. Thinner body and well incorporated alcohol do make this very drinkable. Sweet and delectable but not in a sickly way. The mouthfeel and finish trip this one up a bit but a nice beer overall.

Will be picking up a few more of these for sure.

Photo of Rizalini
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber bottle into my Stone goblet...

A - Pours virtually black, with 1 1/2 fingers of cocoa brown head. A nice ring of lacing clings to the glass as i sips.

S - Smells of semi-sweet chocolate and coffee. What I expected from a coffee chocolate stout.

T/M - The taste is coffee dominant. A slight warming from the alcohol. The chocolate is more like a cocoa powder, and is hard to notice over the coffee. Medium mouthfeel, but a little thinner than I prefer my impy stouts.

O - A really decent coffee stout. My only complaints are the mouth is a little thin for a stout. It drinks more like a porter. Also the chocolate component is masked by the overwhelming coffee flavor. A very drinkable brew that I will be purchasing again. Cheers!

Photo of mothman
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark black with a tan head.

Aroma and taste are straight up espresso and coffee. A nice roast with a big chocolate profile. Reminds me a bit of fresh coffee bender.

Mouthfeel is roasty and a bit thinner bodied for a stout.

Nice coffee flavors all arouc. I wish it was thicker though.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Serving up cold and jet black, this imperial stout should be taken seriously for about one minute as the dark foam builds. Then, enjoy its velvety chocolate-covered smoothness and delicious aroma of sustainable-grown, locally-roasted coffee." Brewed in the style of an American Imperial Stout with coffee and chocolate added, this beer was released as a one-off release in the Lips of Faith Series. Available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a New Belgium Globe glass. Served above 54 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy frothed deep chocolate-tone head over a very dark brown, near black body. Retention is very good and lacing is light and patchy. 4

(Smell) Chocolate wafers, coffee and caramel cake with a mild sweetness, a hint of mild roasted barley, black patent malt and a touch of cream. Fairly well balanced sweetness with a good dose of earthy bitterness from the roasted malt and coffee beans. Potency is medium. 3.75

(Taste) The flavor has equal emphasis on the bitter and earthy notes of a stout beyond a heightened body and sweetness. Up front, the mild acidity and earthiness of coffee beans is joined by a touch of caramel grain and delicately sweetened with a dash of lactose cream. The chocolate comes through most boldly in the finish, moderately roasty with a dragging note of toasted cocoa nibs. An enjoyable balance of qualities for a well-rounded Imperial stout flavor. 4

(Mouthfeel) The texture is silky, lightly viscous and moderately dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a full frothiness and a mild crispness. Body is about medium for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is very roasty and earthy bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is low and there are no notable off characters. 3.5

(Overall) A quality American Imperial stout that I feared might suffer in overblown sweetness, but celebrates the balancing bitter and roasted aspects of coffee and chocolate alongside the body and mellow sweetness of cream and sugar, resulting in a fairly well balanced, and highly drinkable American Double Stout. My two biggest gripes come from the lost potential that this beer has to have amplified the body and the somewhat energetic carbonation, both questionable decisions for a beer that may have fared better with heightened body. The coffee may not be as forward as it was when this beer was released, but the end result is still highly enjoyable. This beer is a memorable release from the Lips of Faith series. 4

New Belgium Brewing's
Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout
3.9/5.00

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 portia99
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A - Pours a super dark brown/not quite black color with two fingers of fluffy mocha foam with decent staying power. Over a minute or so the head falls steadily to the surface leaving sparse lacing on the glass.

S - Tons of milk chocolate and cocoa powder, mid-level coffee, creamy with touches of vanilla, mild dark roast. Pretty standard stout aromas.

T - Pretty much in line with the aroma, smooth and rich milk chocolate with some powdery cocoa. Coffee underneath the cocoa that grows in intensity towards the finish and blends for a smooth mocha effect. Rich and creamy. Smooth and tasty, but not remarkable.

M - Full bodied with an extremely creamy carbonation. Carb is at a lower level and makes this a bit frothy and milkshake'y. Chocolate dominates at the front and blends to the coffee at the finish. Finish also turns a bit burnt and heavily roasty with this character lingering well past the swallow. Might be the best aspect of this beer.

O - Overall a solid imperial stout that focuses on chocolate character. It is solid and well executed although lacking in some of the finer nuances that stand out in other fine examples of the style. Very drinkable (I'd have another any time), just doesn't blow me away. I wouldn't go out of my way to find this again, but it was a fine beer to have with dinner on a Thursday night.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: very thin tan head which doesn't last long on a jet black body.

S: dark chocolate, brown sugar and coffee as advertised.

T: simple but good with chocolate, hints of earthy hops and mild coffee bean bitterness. Alcohol is very well hidden

M: fairly thin light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: it's fairly basic. Not very memorable, not a bad beer. One of e better of the lips of faith series which doesn't say much but is true. Carbonation is higher than I want for a big beer like this.

Photo of Scotchboy
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Brewforia Beer Market Meridian ID. Served in a snifter...

A: Very dark body, certainly an impressive SRM, can't see anything through it. Almost no head, dark tan lace settles into a nice ring...alcohol feet visible on this one.

S: Complementary coffee and chocolate notes, freshly roasted & ground coffee, touch of astringent smoke. Grainy malt base.

T: Taste follows, with the impression of more creamy chocolate notes, but as it warms the roasted black coffee notes take over. Suggestions of mocha and cocoa but the coffee is most prominent here, with more astringent bitterness.

MF: Thinner medium body, still with some creamy tones and light alcohol notes.

O: Starts with more promise than it finishes with, its good but not great...alcohol is pretty well hidden, but I'd like more chocolate notes to complement the coffee.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 6/9/13

Cheers to Goblnmunkey7 for sharing this

Appearance: Dark brown, some some light brown around the edges - pours with a big, light brown head - impressive head retention, and leaves some streaks of lacing

Smell: May I say mocha? - a nice amount of roasty coffee - not particularly robust, but there is a nice coffee bean flavor - a nice range of chocolate - some dark chocolate and powdery cocoa - some burnt aromas, burnt grains, some some burnt vegetables

Taste: Follows the aroma with some nice levels of chocolate and coffee - not entirely what I would call imperial, but whatever - loads of cocoa, with some hints of dark chocolate - roasty coffee beans - decent amount of chocolatey sweetness - some earthy notes, with some cooked grains - hints of caramel, and some other malts, but not a ton of depth

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium, nicely carbonated, drinkable, dry finish

Overall: I suppose I prefer the sour lips

This is a nice offering from New Belgium. It's not the best coffee chocolate stout, but it is pretty tasty, I would be happy to drink this again, but I'd be trading for other Lips of Faith beers before this (e.g., La Folie).

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

A: Black body with 2 finger frothy mocha head. Good amount of lacing. Good looking beer, although it looks rather thin for an imperial stout.

S: Roasted malt, coffee, milk chocolate. Simple.

T: Coffee, chocolate, roasted malt. No complexity here, but it's quite delicious. It tastes like milk chocolate with dark coffee added. Some hop taste at the end, but very faint. Although delicious, it's a bit of a disappointment as well. There isn't much flavour (or aroma) in this beer. I expected much bolder flavour. I would categorize this as a regular American stout.

M: Smooth, but rather thin for the style. No alcohol burn.

O: Very good tasting, easy drinking stout, but it's not an imperial stout. If you like coffee and roastiness, you will enjoy this quite a bit.

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a jet-black color with a one-finger, light brown head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of coffee and chocolate. Some light caramel notes.

T - It tasted very roasty with espresso and dark chocolate flavors. A touch of molasses and piney bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a pretty good coffee stout. Another fine Lips of Faith series brew.

Photo of divineaudio
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber into my deschutes snifter.

a - pours black with a finger thick, rocky, light brown head. after calming i get a thin film and big sheets of lacing in the glass.

s - smells like a mocha milkshake. good, but has a bit of an artificial quality to it.

t - pretty much like it smells. big coffee and dark chocolate flavors with plenty of roasted and burnt malts. has some faint dark fruity notes in there as well. a little on the sweet and artificial side but pretty well put together.

m - full bodied, medium carbonation, finer co2 profile. has a nice smoothness and faint alcohol warming.

o - was pleasantly surprised by this one. a little rough around the edges and doesn't quite have the depth of something like fbs, but still enjoyable. a must try for stout lovers.

Photo of PoopChute69
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Still coffee brown body topped off with a full two fingers of stubborn mocha head that laces incredibly well.

Chocolate. Coffee. Roast. Chocolate milk.

Gas station coffee charged with chocolate - a bit too thin but it's effective. No detectable booze which is a plus.

Meh.

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 ChainGangGuy
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 ounce pint - $6.75 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Dispensed a very dark brown body, I think. I mean, they've got some dim-lighting in here tonight, allowing the Christmas lights to light the joint. Oh, topped with a finger of dusky, beige suds.

Smell: You've got your notes of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee -- yep, it's a coffee-chocolate stout, alright.

Taste: An expected start of roasty grains, dark chocolate, bold coffee, and even some dark caramel. Then, the chocolate and coffee flavors exponentiate. Scant perceived fruitiness. A little acidity. Some bitterness, not much, and some alcohol warmth presenting itself. Roasty, choco-coffee finish with some more alcoholic heat.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. It's lightly velvety.

Overall: It's pleasant enough, though not overly complex; it never strays beyond the implied "coffee" and "chocolate" in its moniker.

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 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 JohnGalt1
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at the COOP today for a pretty reasonable $6 if memory serves... Poured into my slim tulip with a solid 2 finger brown head... only okay retention, but good lacing... the brew is pitch black.

Smells as advertised... fairly thick cocoa and a lesser coffee element... the additions tend to blow out any real stout aromas... with warmth, I swear I get a little cinnamon.

Coffee is better represented on the palate... really dig it.. chocolate is there but the coffee beans are the big player... stout flavors are again a bit muted...

Body seems a touch light for a 9% brew.. the carbonation is also a bit high IMO.. still a decent mouthfeel.

I will probably buy this again.. but don't think it will do well in the cellar and only get worse with time.

4/3.5/4/3.5/3.5

Photo of Proteus93
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

T'is the season for a stout, and this looked as good as any, so I picked up a bottle!

A: Pours a deep cola-brown, but ends up nice and opaque in the glass, topped with a moderate sandy head.

S: Big on the scents... more of the creamy chocolate rounded out with the coffee roast. Perhaps a touch over-the-top, but at least they are pleasant scents. The balance could be a little better.

T: Much of the scent comes right through into the flavor. Sweet and chocolaty, with a bit of bitterness towards the finish. There's almost a little hint of fruitiness that I pick up on, but can't quite place it... in addition to the little bit of raisin, that is.

M + D: Body is a little on the thin side as far as stouts go, but it does have a decent oiliness that coats the mouth a little, making up for it--somewhat. Not too bad, though a little sweet for my tastes. I might consider it again.

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

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 8.99. Bottled 11/05/12 (I think, but the code is smeared). Served in a Sweetwater snifter.

Pours near black with a finger and a half muted tan head that fades quickly but leaves large sheets of lace.

Smells of cold coffee, cocoa and roasty malts.

Tastes of bold roasty coffee, chocolate, burnt wood and a healthy kick of booze. The alcohol isn't over bearing but it sure isn't hidden.

Creamy medium feel with moderate carbonation. Long aftertaste of bitter cocoa-laden coffee.

A solid, well brewed imperial coffee chocolate stout. It doesn't really put other familiar/ similar seasonal releases to shame but it is a tasty stout. Being a fan of imperial coffee stouts I'll enjoy a couple more of these while they are around.

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