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

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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
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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 AgentZero
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Was looking for something to drink, this seemed like a bargain buy at $5.99 for the bomber at Whole Foods.

A - Black beer with two fingers off-brown colored head. Lots of splotches and trails left on the sides of the glass. Opaque.

S - Lots of coffee with just the faintest hint of chocolate. Some nice roast. A pretty nice smelling beer, straight forward, no real surprises.

T - Taste is mostly coffee, with a nice strong non-bitter taste. There is a touch of chocolate in there with some toasted malts and a good bit of roast. Slight souring on the end, finishes a bit milky.

M - Overly carbonated at first, a bit prickly. Gets better with some swirls. Medium bodied.

O - Starts out good, other than the carbonation. At the end it leaves you lacking somehow, but it's not a bad beer. Fine for the bomber price, solid, but nothing spectacular.

Photo of Florida9
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown, but appears to be a glossy black in the glass. Forms a small-to-moderate sized tan colored head that reduces fairly quickly to a thin surface coating and a small, but stable, collar. Some very light lacing.

S: Coffee, chocolate, cocoa, and roasted malts. Some light molasses and brown sugar along with a mild earthy mushroom scent.

T: Taste starts off with a very mild sweetness and some sour coffee. Notes of bitter dark chocolate. There is a touch of vanilla and some heavy roasted malts. Finishes with a not overly pleasant aftertaste of cheap, black coffee.

M: On the heavier side of medium, but thin for the style. Slightly acidic, but not "sour" in the lactic/acetic connotation of the word. Moderate roasted malt type bitterness.

O: Well, this beer delivers on both the coffee and chocolate from where it gets its name. Unfortunately, this is cheap coffee and not very good chocolate. Overall, a decent beer. Lighter body does make it more drinkable than most Imperial Stouts, but, then again, Imp Stouts aren't exactly known for their drinkability.

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 12 oz. mug. Super Bowl Sunday.

Appearance- Pours a thick black. Looks very matte black in the glass. Initial pour left a huge, bubbly, creamy brown head that barely budged until I took a drink. The head looked like a thick chocolate milkshake from a soda fountain that sells $8 milkshakes. Lots of cloudy residual lacing on the glass. Great looking.

Smell- BIG, roasty, nutty coffee notes, and strong dark chocolate notes precede milk sugar sweetness, and faint acidic vanilla notes. No hops to speak of. Like walking down a fine coffee aisle with strong quality cocoa under your nose, and eating dark chocolate covered coffee beans. This smells better than it looks. I love coffee and chocolate stouts, and this smells like the best of them.

Taste- Booze up front, immediately followed by watered-down coffee with a faint acidic sweetness, that ramps up into a strong, smoky espresso palate. Finishes weak and bitter. Roasty, bitter dark chocolate lingers on the palate. A big let down. Thankfully the coffee notes appear in the middle, but not enough to save it from being average.

Mouthfeel- Surprisingly not as heavy as I thought it would be. Quite watery. A bit thick, but lacking the dense, oily viscosity akin to most imperial coffee/chocolate stouts I've had. A bit fizzy even, but watery nonetheless.

Overall- This one is all over the place. It presents well, but goes downhill from there. Not a great beer, but it somehow manages to work. Smells great, looks great, tastes light and is surprisingly watery, but it isn't too boozy for an imperial. All of this makes it quite drinkable, but just lacking considering the style. I wouldn't mind trying a draft offering. They did nail it on the name- the only flavors and aromas to speak of are chocolate and coffee. It's just weak. Perhaps the most "refreshing" imperial coffee chocolate stout? A minnow in a pool of big fish chocolate/coffee stouts out there.

Cheers.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured black with good carbonation lpresenting a nice brown cap, bubbles, lacing and moderate head retention leabes some light lacing and bubbles after a few sips

S: Immediate Folgers like coffee inspiration with a healthy dose of pure dark and milk chocolate

T: Black coffee taste upfront which tends to really hang around start to finish. The blend of rich cocoa and dark cocoa play a backseat to the coffee but not over[powered and appear almost as instant as the coffee. Both chocolate and coffee persists start to finish with a bitterness and roastiness to boot. Finish is long, dry and subtley sweet

M: Hefty body, well carbonated, not really creamy but more so astringent.

O: Not bad but probably wont go back to it unless its Nitro'd

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 teromous
3.66/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown and black body, with a small creamy tan head. Some spots of lacing.

S: I pick up notes of light coffee.

T: Very mellow flavors here. There's coffee and some oak-like woody flavor. The label reads "Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout." I didn't really pick up any chocolate flavors. There is a roasted quality to the beer that could be chocolate, but when I drink this I don't immediately taste chocolate. It's coffee and more coffee.

M: This beer is light on bitterness. It is fairly smooth. Easy to drink. The body is robust and full.

O: Overall the beer was a nice Imperial Stout. I felt the coffee flavors worked well with it. I would have liked a lot more chocolate flavor. I would recommend it to those who enjoy coffee stouts exclusively. I felt it did have a nice robust flavor and mouthfeel which was enjoyable.

Photo of elgiacomo
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz growler. Served at around 55F.

Pours black with a two finger light brown head that leaves nice sheets of spotty lacing and recedes to a wispy cap and ring.

Aroma is coffee, cocoa powder, roasted malts, nutty, peanut butter. Good to very good strength.

Flavor mirrors the aroma, coffee, cocoa/chocolate, roasted malts, peanut butter, hint of dark fruit, rather sweet, minimal bitterness, mild alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, creamy and smooth with soft carbonation.

More about the coffee than chocolate, and picking up a distinct peanut butter character. Kinda makes me think of Terrapin’s Liquid Bliss, yet this doesn’t utilize any peanuts. Pretty good, but not as thick or rich as other Imperial Stouts out there.

Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2012 bottle poured in a snifter.

A: Pours like most Imperial Stouts, doesn't stand out, but looks delicious none the less. No head to speak of with some alcohol legs present.

S: Coffee is right. Right away first whiff hit with strong coffee aroma. Not getting a huge roasty-ness, more of an ice coffee aroma. Not getting much else, but it hits the coffee mark.

T: Highly drinkable, smooth though a tad slight for an Imperial Stout. Not as thin as Drakonic mind you. Some slight bitterness from the hops at the end. Little chocolate as well.

M: Medium bodied and creamy. Lot of action on the tongue.

O: A very solid highly drinkable beer. It hits the mark as a coffee Imperial Stout but not a lot else going on here. Not very complex, which is fine. Great drinkable beer, probably more drinkable than most Double/Imperial Stouts. I could definitely see me having a few of these on draft at the local pub.

Photo of arizcards
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber from Total Wine Arrowhead in mid November for $8.99. Bottled in October 2012.

Beer poured black with a nice brown head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is very strong of fresh roasted coffee.

Taste is a bit uneven, roasted coffee is dominant with some hints of chocolate. Alcohol warming with each sip.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall this is not a bad brew. It has some good flavors but it does not mesh together as well as hoped.

Photo of fountainofyouth
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a rocket into a standard pint glass. I'm probably serving it colder than I'm supposed to.

Appearance: Pours a pretty impressively large light-brown head. Very good retention. As I expected, the body color is just a black wall of beer. I don't know if I've seen a more impenetrable beer.

Smell: Dark-roasted coffee grinds are right out front and music to my nose. There's some slightly lighter sweet malt behind it. Not much room for hops.

Taste: The depth of taste is not quite as intense as I imagined it would be -- it's not really "imperial." The coffee grinds are perceptible but don't dominate. Sweetish malty backing is there, but light. Balanced overall, without the need for or presence of hops. The alcohol is well-hidden in taste but the warmth is palpable on the way down. I have to really reach to find anything cocoa-y. (No, wait -- is that some milk chocolate I taste up front? Can't tell.) There is also definitely some black barley, contributing a near-ashy taste.

Mouthfeel: The first thing I noticed was the carbonation, which kind of stings my sensitive mouth. The body is fairly heavy, as one would expect. Only a little bit of residual dryness in the back.

Overall: Not worth the 55 cents per ounce I paid, but a good beer.

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 Sarlacc83
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Belmont Station.

A: Black with no forecast for sunshine. 1/2" of thick, fluffy cappucino head.

N: Chocolate milk, fudge, Hershey's syrup, and espresso beans. There is a slightly offputting metallic flavor. Some roasted malt. All in all, it's well balanced with the sweetness, but it does lose some points for the aforementioned metallic flavor.

T: Coffee forward. Chocolate flavors grow as the beer warms. Milky taste with prominent roastiness. Has some wood and oak elements even if there's no actual oak aging. Nice stuff.

M: Really thin for the style. If this was labeled a 'single' stout, I'd be more forgiving.

O: A pleasant afternoon drinker and a beer worth recommending. A little more body and some additional complexity - though, given the ingredients you may not be looking for more - and this would be a real stunner.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The darkest beer I’ve had from New Belgium is Snow Day, so this should be a little more intense – and hopefully just as satisfying. Cheers.

A: Smooth, opaque body with the color of dark chocolate and a foamy, rich brown head of churning foam two inches high. Soon after, there’s a full half-inch of retention and a belt of lacing all the way around.

S: Prevalent roasts but just as much sweet spice: spent coffee grounds, baking chocolate, cinnamon, hazelnut, and nutmeg combine for a Tiramisu-like aroma. The malts even show hints of vanilla cream and banana pudding, hinting even more that this is a dessert beer, though they also impart a mild raspberry and biscuit dough aroma. Outstanding nose here – this one’s right up my alley.

T: This is imperial, all right; you can tell from the first sip. It hits with rich, warming alcohol, followed by gooey brownie batter and spicy mocha flavors. And hops are not far behind, progressing a thin pine flavor to full-on resins in a matter of seconds – with that, it certainly wins my hophead heart. But from there, it thins out, finishing with a shrug-worthy note of faint coffee dryness. There’s no big fanfare of dark bitterness, no lingering chocolate decadence; it just dies away. Like instant cocoa, it’s wonderfully satisfying at first, but ends up thin and leaving you wanting more.

M: Again, this one is thin and slick. It goes down without a fight, and that’s the problem: a coffee stout should be bold, not watery.

O: A perfect example of a beer that gives a great first impression, with the nose and first few sips, that is. If I had a three or four ounce pour of this at a beer festival, I’d be singing its praises and searching for bottles. But alas, this beer doesn’t hold up to continued scrutiny as well as I’d hoped…nevertheless, it's still good beer. Thicken this one up and you have a winner.

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.

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 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 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 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 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.

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