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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

486 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 486
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 39
Gots: 41 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: denver10 on 10-31-2012)
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jsulko

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 04:24:40 | More by jsulko
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 01:13:21 | More by stephenjmoore
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srandycarter

California

4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2013 22:33:52 | More by srandycarter
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Halcyondays

California

4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2013 21:19:10 | More by Halcyondays
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 16:44:30 | More by drabmuh
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beer2day

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 03:34:48 | More by beer2day
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ChugginOil

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 08:05:05 | More by ChugginOil
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buschbeer

Ohio

4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 PINT, 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

A - This beer is black with less than an inch of tan head.

S - It smells like a cup of coffee with cream and sugar added.

T - The coffee stands out more than the chocolate. It tastes more like a coffee cream stout.

M - Full

O - I think it is delicious. I did just have Founder's Breakfast stout last night, so with that lingering in my mind it knocks this beer down a little by comparison. It is a good coffee stout though, and I would definitely drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 00:38:15 | More by buschbeer
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Joshpu

California

4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 09:42:26 | More by Joshpu
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nickfl

Florida

4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 00:45:25 | More by nickfl
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jerefreakinmiah

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've been looking for this bad boy since I first had it (many times) when I lived in Houston in 2012-2013. Another great find!

Pours pitch black with a creamy, tan, 1/4 inch head that dissapates quickly. Still tons of coffee on the nose after this long in the bottle. Reminds me of Terrapin's Wake and Bake Imperial Coffee Stout.

First sip is somewhat bitter, like cold brew coffee. Another 10 minutes brings out something similar to a mocha latte.

Wonder if a bourbon barrel aging with the coffee would have melded well, as the chocolate malt starts to sweeten up the whole mix while it warms.

20 minutes out of the fridge and the coffee is far in the background now on the palate. Can't help wondering how some vanilla would balance this out.

Well, enough of this for one night. Great beer, try to find one!

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2014 03:54:33 | More by jerefreakinmiah
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superspak

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, bottled on 10/5/2012. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, light char, toast, and roasted earthiness. Awesome aromas with big presence of coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, light char, toast, and roasted earthiness. Good amount of roasted coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, light char, toast, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt flavors; with a nice sweetness/bitter coffee balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, silky, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent imperial coffee stout! All around great balance and complexity of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 04:51:47 | More by superspak
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brurevu

Texas

4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This sucker poured a pitch black with a decent tan head that immediately exuded coffee, chocolate and roasted malt aromas. The taste was very rich and deep with dark chocolate and a roasted malt that had a slight hint of bitterness on the tail. The coffee flavors may have faded a bit over the months, but they were still present with a good dark roast kick that really balanced this deep dark and rich brew. The coffee aromas and flavors asserted themselves as it warmed and made for a complete coffee confection.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 21:33:28 | More by brurevu
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genitempo

Texas

4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an impermeable dark body into a snifter. Tanned, rocky head with a disorganized, steadfast lace.

S - Blended intricacy of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt, all very subtle, but a solid union on the nose.

T - The union ends here. Very disjointed angles of all three (coffee, chocolate, and malts) with the ethanol coming into play. Although the taste is in a bit of a disarray, still very enjoyable.

MF - Medium/Heavy Bodied with a little too heavy on the carbonation.

O - I've had multiple LOF from New Belgium, this one holding the same thesis as the others: "Good, but you're better off trying me on a fresh tap in Colorado." I'm unsure if this beer will improve with cellaring, but I guess it might be worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 04:41:27 | More by genitempo
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riored4v

Colorado

4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 01:40:42 | More by riored4v
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TempeBeerMan

Arizona

4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 03:18:17 | More by TempeBeerMan
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denver10

Kentucky

4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Going to re-do this review since my latest experience with this one was FAR superior to my initial one.

Pours black with a dirty white head. Aroma is coffee and dark chocolate with a little roast. Flavor followed suit; some nice coffee (that has toned down significantly from my first try...in a very positive way...still there for sure, just in a more fitting/balanced way), some dark chocolate that offers some bitter and milkiness but not quite sweetness, some roasted barley, and a kiss of some char in the finish. A medium body, somewhat creamy. Overall a well done and highly enjoyable beer. Would happily drink again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2013 01:00:10 | More by denver10
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gregmoscetti

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

11-13-2012 21:51:45 | More by gregmoscetti
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jbogner

New York

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

07-04-2014 23:22:07 | More by jbogner
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djschnabel

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

12-24-2012 23:13:12 | More by djschnabel
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TheSleepyMonkey

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

02-28-2014 05:59:38 | More by TheSleepyMonkey
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wmobley

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

03-15-2013 18:18:29 | More by wmobley
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Keith_R

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

09-29-2013 03:42:38 | More by Keith_R
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Tiger33

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

01-24-2013 20:49:13 | More by Tiger33
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

12-23-2012 05:15:22 | More by KevinGordon
Lips Of Faith - Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout from New Belgium Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 486 ratings.