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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

503 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 503
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 40
Gots: 44 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

CWhite, Dec 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

appetiteforparis, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of tswater
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

tswater, Dec 28, 2012
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.

beagle75, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of arash1000
3/5  rDev -24.4%

arash1000, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of GTB
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

GTB, Dec 26, 2012
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.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

brwnchrstpher, Dec 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

raffy313, Dec 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

djschnabel, Dec 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Myst, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of KevinGordon
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

KevinGordon, Dec 23, 2012
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.

Bung, Dec 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

ThirdEyePA, Dec 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

FlussigkeitMut, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of sendbeer
4/5  rDev +0.8%

sendbeer, Dec 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

doucmehu, Dec 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

abex44, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of Granahan57
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Granahan57, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of Florida9
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.

Florida9, Dec 20, 2012
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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.

riored4v, Dec 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Rick760Sd, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
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.

CommanderOfAwesome, Dec 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

danedelman, Dec 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

headyhopzhead, Dec 18, 2012
Lips Of Faith - Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout from New Belgium Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 503 ratings.