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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

515 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 515
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 41
Gots: 47 | FT: 2
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

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

Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of bookerandy
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of ellswrth
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
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 scratch69
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Black in color with a fingers worth of tan head. Light amount of lacing.

Smell- Coffee and roasted malt aroma with notes of chocolate.

Taste- Dark roasted malt and black coffee flavors dominates with notes of sweet chocolate toward the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

Overall- Pretty good beer and very drinkable. The flavors aren't very complex which suits my palate just fine.

Photo of jrohrbacher
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of jroberge1981
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Hartssassy
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Chugs13
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of vanillacokaine
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of cradke
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown to black. Pour is a little less viscous than other Imp. stouts. Very nice head and some decent lacing.

Smell: Good coffee and very forward chocolate. Some decent malt and it finishes smooth. Very few bitter notes.

Taste: Very pronounced coffee and chocolate again. Some hazelnuts thrown in. Limited bitter notes with a smooth aftertaste. Kind of like having a extra chocolate coffee late. Sweet but not to cloying.

Mouthfeel: A little thin compared to most imperial stouts but with a good amount of carbonation. It's very pleasant and it drinks very easy; almost too easy!

Overall: Very pleasant. Very forward on the chocolate and coffee as advertised. A little thin but it's very easy to drink. For New Belgium not doing very many stouts, this is a solid beer and for $6, I will drink this all day long. Well done

Photo of CWhite
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of appetiteforparis
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of tswater
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of beagle75
2.8/5  rDev -29.5%
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.

Photo of arash1000
3/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of GTB
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
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 brwnchrstpher
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of raffy313
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of djschnabel
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Myst
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of KevinGordon
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Bung
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Lips Of Faith - Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout from New Belgium Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 515 ratings.