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

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Reviews: 143
Hads: 523
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 5.12%
Wants: 41
Gots: 47 | FT: 1
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Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: denver10 on 10-31-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of bigaltemple
2.82/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pitch black in color. Thick, frothy, mocha-colored head rests on top of this one. Definitely good retention, supplying plenty of thick patchy lacing.

S - Extremely mild aroma. Basically comes across as a cup of black coffee that has sat out all morning. Almost no trace of chocolate. Nothing exciting about this one.

T/M - Not much more going on in the taste. I do pick up some roasted malts mixed with the black coffee. Seems very thin with way too much carbonation. Finishes very ashy and dry.

O - Thought it was a weird price point, as the LoF Series beers usually start in the $8-9 range. Then I opened this one and was given reason. Definite disappointment. Can't defend New Belgium on this one. (707 characters)

Photo of kevanb
2.83/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

The beer pours a nice deep black color, touches of dark brown when struck by light, a nice, thick, frothy, 2 finger caramel colored head which has good retention, leaving behind a nice soapy film and a great network of sticky lacing. The aroma is very milky, lots of sweet milk chocolate, with bitter roasted coffee and a touch of smooth grain. The milkiness is really overpowering and pretty unpleasant. Bitter coffee hits the tongue straight away, with a touch of grain behind it, before the outrageously sweet milk chocolate comes back and really dominates the tongue. The milky flavors are a bit watered down on the tongue which makes it much worse, literally like a glass of milk with water poured over it. The body is fairly rich and full, a touch thinner than I'd like for a stout, coats the mouth well and has a nice easy finish.

Verdict: A pretty poor offering from New Belgium. The milky flavors and overbearing sweetness makes this beer very unpalatable. The Lips of Faith series has been fairly successful in my mind, but this is definitely a forgettable experience, a drain pour. (1,139 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
2.84/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This pours really well. Dark, burnt reddish/ruby with a great looking head. Lacing is thin and slick, though

Aroma is coffee. That's about it. Some hints of chocolate and roasted bread.

Flavor is coffee. And not rich coffee. More like concentrated coffee; instant, and a lot of it. Nothing really else comes out. Some roastiness.

Body is thin and slick. Drain pour half the bottle (383 characters)

Photo of beagle75
2.86/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque, dark brown color with less than one finger of diminishing mocha-tinted foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Robust brewed coffee is foremost, seeming to account for all of the dark qualities present. Baked goods, more biscuit than cookie, are also present. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with chocolate pudding, pipe tobacco, and acidic spent coffee grounds that spill well into the middle. Eventually a hard mineral quality replaces the acidity, like salt substitute, combining with malt qualities to suggest pretzel rind in the bitter-coffee finish. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium to thick viscosity, labile and astringent on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: As advertised by the coffee-shop waitress on the label, this beer caters to coffee devotees. Coffee dominates the smell, in a fairly appealing way, as well as the flavor, to disastrous effect. It is not smooth, decadent, or rewarding--as a stout should be. Instead it channels coffee at its least enticing, after it has been sensibly rejected by discerning palates. (1,121 characters)

Photo of jonbeer89
2.92/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip. Served at roughly 55 degrees.

Appearance: Pours a nice mocha head. Great retention. The color of the beer itself was a very dark brown to black. Great color.

Smell: Dark-roasted coffee and hints of the cocoa nibs are in your face. There's a slightl lighter sweet malt behind it. Hops are definitely the last thing on this beers mind.

Taste: This malty imperial stout is spiced with fair trade cocoa nibs after fermentation for nice chocolate flavor, and the coffee brings a pick-me-up zing for a full bodied and bold addition to the Lips of Faith Series. The beer still lacks what a great imperial coffee stout should possess. The term "Imperial Stout" should be used lightly with this beer. Little too sweet for my liking.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel was intense in terms of carbonation. It almost stings the mouth. Definitely pick up on the residual dryness.

Overall: I would drink the beer again, but not by choice.

Serving type: bottle (968 characters)

Photo of bigfnjoe
2.99/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass

A- pours black with a paper thin brown head that quickly fades away to nothingness, leaving me extremely dissatisfied even after an aggressive pour

S- a strong coffee aroma comes through in the nose, but there's no chocolate to speak of at all. The coffee smells real nice, but it's very one dimensional

T- burnt coffee and bitter chocolate. Sure, it delivers on the promised flavors, but it's not really pleasant at all.

M- extremely thick and full-bodied. This is where the beer truly shines....the body is pretty incredible

O- swing....and a mess. New Belgium is very hit or miss with these Lips of Faith beers....this one was a big whiff IMO (690 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.07/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Let's do this. Didn't see this coming off the LoF series.

Pours black with a fine mocha central dome and rim. Smells of cocoa, milk chocolate, light roasted coffee and some oats. Tastes of coffee, chocolate, some biscuit and fudge brownies, but not sweet. A bit of oatmeal as well. Medium bodied with moderated carb and an off dry, a little too dry finish. This is a lighter take on the triad of coffee, chocolate and stout, and decent. It should be a one off for certain. (473 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.12/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Portion of a 22 oz bottle poured into a Hunahpu's snifter. From notes.

A: Pours a dark brown color that's seemingly kind of light for the style. The head is a one finger light mocha shade.

S: Some roasted barley influence appears on the nose, backed by light coffee and chocolate. I swear I pick up a bit of oatmeal, too. A bit bland, but decently balanced.

T: The flavor doesn't come off as roasty as I thought it would from the nose. A light mocha character to start becomes a chocolaty finish. Mellow and balanced, almost to a fault.

M: This one feels a bit thin and insubstantial for me. I could use a bit more creaminess here, but it drinks easily.

O: This is decent. Well balanced, but could be great with a few tweaks. (730 characters)

Photo of TheBeerCarl
3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

New belg imperial

Appearance: opaque dark brown with a light brown head. The head retention is not awesome most likely due to the low IBUs. I usually like to see a thick brown head on imperial stouts.

Smell: definite coffee and dark chocolate are the two notes that really hit first with a lingering malted caramel sweetness. The nose could use more potency.

Taste: strong chocolate flavor with lingering coffee, roasted malt and a bit of pinyness and nuttiness.

Mouthfeel: medium body with sharp carbonation. I like my imperial stouts to be mor full bodied and smooth.

Overall it is a good imperial stout but not good enough for the lips of faith label. (659 characters)

Photo of TheRealBigC
3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was hoping for a little more from this one. The coffee and chocolate flavors are there - I could definitely get a good taste of dark chocolate in each sip - but overall it was pretty average. Young's Double Chocolate Stout packs more flavor and it's not nearly as strong. With this one the higher ABV doesn't seem warranted. (326 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.21/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at a local beer store and served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery and style. 9% ABV confirmed.

Served after a twenty minute warming period following its removal from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger mocha-khaki head of lovely cream lacing, great thickness, and very good retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a dark solid black. Nontransparent/opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Looks about right for the style, though I prefer the head colour to be much darker. There's nothing unique or special about it.

Sm: Uh-oh. A mess of slightly stale coffee, overdone caramel, middling roast, and artificial cocoa. The coffee is dominant. A strong aroma, but not a great one. Still, it's bold and evocative - and I appreciate that. No yeast or alcohol is detectable.

T: Chocolate and slightly stale overdone coffee. Dark malts. Pleasant cream - a redeeming attribute. Coffee is definitely dominant, to its detriment and my chagrin. In spite of its imbalance, it's decently built for a budget imperial stout. I do like it. Some earthiness hiding beneath the late second act dark malt foundation. t has a nice roasty backbone - a feature too often absent from imperial stouts. Still, it's severely lacking in complexity and subtlety given the style. No yeast or alcohol comes through. There's not enough here to distinguish it from the countless other good-but-not-great examples of the style.

Mf: Nicely creamy - a highlight of the beer. Has a bit of a dry edge, but it tames it and comes out largely wet. Smooth throughout, but not sleek or milky. Carbonation is good, if slightly overdone. Thick enough. Pretty good presence on the palate. Complements the flavours fairly well, but it doesn't feel custom-tailored to them.

Dr: Drinkable but largely forgettable. If you're going to play at the big boy's table, you've got to bring the cajones. This is pretty solid for its price point, but I see no need to trifle with it again. A pedestrian imperial stout from New Belgium. Might be worthwhile on nitro-draught.

High C+ (2,322 characters)

Photo of hdofu
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
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. (389 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.4/5  rDev -13%
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. (582 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.41/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Hugely aromatic with coffee. Some nice suds on pouring, but it dissipates rapidly. Plenty of fizz on the tongue.

Intense coffee flavor. Very thin and sharp. Some bitter chocolate taste, even more in the aftertaste. Rather acidic. This is an oddity; it's not the usual fattened-up malt bomb of a choco stout.

Worth a try if you like big-flavored beers, but quite a lightweight coffee slash of a brew. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Grapevine Liquor in Denver. (465 characters)

Photo of mntlover
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a black not overly thick but dark anyway nice two finger coco head falls to scum and laces well.

Aroma is light roasted malts, some descent caramel notes lots of added chocolate almost like chocolate milk. Some light coffee but mostly just added chocolate coming through.

Taste is like the aroma light roasted notes but lots of chocolate milk like flavors with light coffee hints. Some light bitterness in finish from hops.

Mouthfeel is only little more then medium with carbonation that is on the mellow side.

Overall pretty average stout, would not of guessed it was an impy stout without looking at the bottle. Not as good as most NB brews kind of sad but not really bad just not great like it should be. (718 characters)

Photo of chanokokoro
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a 12 oz. New Belgium branded globe glass

Pours pitch black capped with two and half finger fluffy beige head. Good retention and abundant lacing coats the inside of the glass as the brew is consumed. Quite a bit of dark chocolate, roasted malt, and light notes of espresso on the nose. Opens with dark chocolate joined midpalate with big roasted semi-sweet malt flavor and espresso. The espresso joins with fairly evident bittering hops and cocoa powder on the finish. Light bodied for a double/imperial stout; checking in on the heavier side of medium bodied, abundant carbonation. Slick and creamy on the palate. Overall, like most New Belgium Lips of Faith series brews I've had, Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout isn't a disappointment but doesn't exceed expectations, either. The chocolate flavor, not the coffee, is the star in this brew. As a result, split this one with someone as the chocolate may be too much for one person. (966 characters)

Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Thick dark brown almost black. Lacing is kind of weak...

S: Coffee bitterness. That's really about it. It's a nice smell but not very complex. Maybe some vanilla in there as well.

T: Big coffee and chocolate notes. Very nice at first but then they fade to a residual bitterness which is not the most pleasing. The flavors here are little more controlled than in other coffee and chocolate beers I've had but still they hit a little dull.

M: Sits with a pretty good body. Carbonation cuts through quite a bit. Also a dull bitterness is hard to handle...

Overall a slightly above average beer. A little more control that other beers like it but still not the best. (670 characters)

Photo of nUgZ
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a almost black color with a 2 finger head and decent lacing.

S: Mostly aromas of chocolate and coffee with some roasted malts as well.

T: Chocolate along with some overcooked coffee flavors. Roasted malts, but hardly any alcohol detectable.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation.

O: For the price, this is a decent Imperial Stout. It's not unpleasant, but not impressive. It lacks the complexity of the really good Imperial Stouts available these days. I wouldn't mind having it again, but I would seek it out. (578 characters)

Photo of DavidST
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. This pours a pitch black with a decent mocha colored head which has a decent retention rate and leaves a lacing. The smells are of chocolate, but sort of a fake chalky chocolate, a little coffee, and roasted malts. The feel is medium. The taste is okay, the chocolate isn't as great as other chocolate stouts I have tried. (368 characters)

Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- nearly opaque dark brown 1 finger of brown foam lingers and leaves lacing

Aroma - coffee vanilla, roasted cocoa

Taste- definite coffee on the front end and dark chocolate even baking chocolate. a lot of back end roasted malt character. Hops assert themselves in the finish, a bit too much.

Mouthfeel- Dry definitely dry for this high ABV and noticeable alcohol warmth.

Overall- this one was hyped quite a bit when i was buying it but may not live up to it. It is good and does a lot of things well- ( Mouthfeel and aroma in particular) but I feel it falls a little bit short. I do enjoy the coffee the most in this, i just wish it had a tad more complexity in the taste. I found myself struggling to taste more than coffee. (742 characters)

Photo of DocJitsu
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a a dark, muddy brown with a scorched caramel color head. The head foam is reminiscent of when water is poured into a glass that just contained milk. A lot of asymetrical bubbles. Quite a bit of lacing around the glass. The aroma is comprised of brewed coffee, ground coffee, and powder cocoa for chocolate milk or hot chocolate. Not a whole lot more going on there. The mouthfeel is disappointing. Too watery and thin. A bit of sharpness due to the hop carbonation interaction toward the end. Heavy on the coffee with distinct notes of powdered cocoa mix. There's a little smokiness in the middle with something akin to a salty, grilled olive, if you will. I think they missed the mark with this one. (707 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (397 characters)

Photo of ocelot2500
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (491 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 11.12.12

A - Pours a dark brown with a nice two inch medium brown head. Good retention.

S - Lots of coffee and roasted chocolate.

T - Smooth coffee up front followed by subtle chcolate and roasted malt.

D - Mediumb body with good fizzy carbonation.

O - Coffee dominated and a bit thin and subtle. (318 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (265 characters)

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Lips Of Faith - Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout from New Belgium Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.