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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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abex44

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.8%

12-20-2012 19:47:22 | More by abex44
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Granahan57

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.8%

12-20-2012 03:51:14 | More by Granahan57
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Florida9

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 02:59:53 | More by Florida9
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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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Rick760Sd

California

4/5  rDev +0.8%

12-19-2012 06:19:06 | More by Rick760Sd
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CommanderOfAwesome

California

3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 05:22:18 | More by CommanderOfAwesome
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danedelman

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

12-19-2012 00:10:34 | More by danedelman
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headyhopzhead

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

12-18-2012 15:24:11 | More by headyhopzhead
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

12-18-2012 04:36:22 | More by GRG1313
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Zorro

California

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light proof black colored beer with a tall brown colored head. This on is very dark.

Smell is strongly of chocolate and espresso with a strong toasted grain aroma. Not super complex but the scent screams chocolate and coffee.

Starts out sweet with a strong chocolate flavor. Coffee is strong and tasty. Little bit of of Kahlua taste to it. Again not complex but it nails the expected flavors perfectly.

Mouthfeel is good.

A very competent coffee and chocolate beer. Sure it could be more complex but it nails the taste of chocolate and coffee.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 01:23:53 | More by Zorro
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jriggins6

Colorado

4/5  rDev +0.8%

12-17-2012 19:51:37 | More by jriggins6
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BWH999

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

12-17-2012 15:10:22 | More by BWH999
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Zaphog

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

12-17-2012 00:36:58 | More by Zaphog
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JohnBender

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

12-16-2012 23:17:59 | More by JohnBender
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Gregfalone

California

5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into my newcastle goblet.

This pours jet-black, not a trace of light comes through, even when held up to light. Aggressive pour yields about an inch of beige head that fades to a thin film after a few minutes. Looks perfect

Smells strongly of chocolate, and coffee, with a slight tinge of alcohol.

The taste starts with very strong black coffee like you'ld get at a truckstop/diner with chocolate malt in the finish. I can not taste any alcohol here. I'm impressed!

Mouth feel is pretty thick and wet, and the carbonation is there, but feels soft and welcoming.

Overall this is a delicious beer. It reminds me of ballast point victory at sea without the vanilla, or alcohol burn. I'd put it right up there at the top.
This is a beer I will definitely be drinking again. I hate to give all 5's, but I can't find any faults in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 07:18:12 | More by Gregfalone
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Cris4545

Indiana

5/5  rDev +25.9%

12-16-2012 03:14:55 | More by Cris4545
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -25.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 02:54:15 | More by bigfnjoe
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Beaver13

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours dark brown black with a medium creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet lactic chocolate and coffee roast with a slight amount of vegetables.

The flavor is sweet lactic chocolate and a lot of roasted malt and coffee and a bit of alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a nice coffee stout. Sweet with the lactic chocolate, but nice coffee and the roast balances it out. Not top tier, but great value.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 02:31:06 | More by Beaver13
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Tamarack22

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

12-15-2012 02:42:42 | More by Tamarack22
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zeff80

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 01:20:20 | More by zeff80
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mynie

Indiana

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

Something starting to irk me--and I don't mean to call out New Belgium in particular, since lots of breweries do this--but I hate this conflation between double stouts and imperial stouts. Is there a reason the "imperial" tag can't be reserved for Russian Imperials?

Anyhow, onto the beer. It's a dark pour, nearly opaque, with a solid brown head, thick and only lightly fizzy. Smells of very sweet chocolate with just a hint of roasted coffee bitterness.

Tastes like it smells: a fairly standard, strong mocha stout with decent balance. Starts off with big nodes of coffee, moving into a sweeter, chocolatey middle, and ending on mild nodes of spice, bitter stout barley, and alcohol. Not particularly complex, and the back end gets a little weak, but overall quite solidly done.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 19:34:09 | More by mynie
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2012 12:33:49 | More by tectactoe
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ThickNStout

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 06:14:55 | More by ThickNStout
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tbone1384

Wyoming

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

12-14-2012 04:30:12 | More by tbone1384
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Vonerichs

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 03:03:26 | More by Vonerichs
Lips Of Faith - Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout from New Belgium Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 486 ratings.