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

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145 Reviews
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Reviews: 145
Hads: 525
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 20.87%
Wants: 42
Gots: 47 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews: 145 | Hads: 525
Photo of tectactoe
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of nUgZ
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a almost black color with a 2 finger head and decent lacing.

S: Mostly aromas of chocolate and coffee with some roasted malts as well.

T: Chocolate along with some overcooked coffee flavors. Roasted malts, but hardly any alcohol detectable.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation.

O: For the price, this is a decent Imperial Stout. It's not unpleasant, but not impressive. It lacks the complexity of the really good Imperial Stouts available these days. I wouldn't mind having it again, but I would seek it out.

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Photo of mntlover
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a black not overly thick but dark anyway nice two finger coco head falls to scum and laces well.

Aroma is light roasted malts, some descent caramel notes lots of added chocolate almost like chocolate milk. Some light coffee but mostly just added chocolate coming through.

Taste is like the aroma light roasted notes but lots of chocolate milk like flavors with light coffee hints. Some light bitterness in finish from hops.

Mouthfeel is only little more then medium with carbonation that is on the mellow side.

Overall pretty average stout, would not of guessed it was an impy stout without looking at the bottle. Not as good as most NB brews kind of sad but not really bad just not great like it should be.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.21/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at a local beer store and served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery and style. 9% ABV confirmed.

Served after a twenty minute warming period following its removal from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger mocha-khaki head of lovely cream lacing, great thickness, and very good retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a dark solid black. Nontransparent/opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Looks about right for the style, though I prefer the head colour to be much darker. There's nothing unique or special about it.

Sm: Uh-oh. A mess of slightly stale coffee, overdone caramel, middling roast, and artificial cocoa. The coffee is dominant. A strong aroma, but not a great one. Still, it's bold and evocative - and I appreciate that. No yeast or alcohol is detectable.

T: Chocolate and slightly stale overdone coffee. Dark malts. Pleasant cream - a redeeming attribute. Coffee is definitely dominant, to its detriment and my chagrin. In spite of its imbalance, it's decently built for a budget imperial stout. I do like it. Some earthiness hiding beneath the late second act dark malt foundation. t has a nice roasty backbone - a feature too often absent from imperial stouts. Still, it's severely lacking in complexity and subtlety given the style. No yeast or alcohol comes through. There's not enough here to distinguish it from the countless other good-but-not-great examples of the style.

Mf: Nicely creamy - a highlight of the beer. Has a bit of a dry edge, but it tames it and comes out largely wet. Smooth throughout, but not sleek or milky. Carbonation is good, if slightly overdone. Thick enough. Pretty good presence on the palate. Complements the flavours fairly well, but it doesn't feel custom-tailored to them.

Dr: Drinkable but largely forgettable. If you're going to play at the big boy's table, you've got to bring the cajones. This is pretty solid for its price point, but I see no need to trifle with it again. A pedestrian imperial stout from New Belgium. Might be worthwhile on nitro-draught.

High C+

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Photo of AgentZero
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of divineaudio
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of larryi86
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium glass

A- Black with a three finger mocha head.

S- Roasted coffee, some dark chocolate.

T- Roasted coffee, some milk chocolate, bitter coffee finish, nice balance between bitter and sweet.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A tasty coffee beer worth trying. I was really hoping for more out of the Lips of Faith, but this is still a good beer.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark black with a touch of brown mixed in with a finger of frothy chocoalte colored head atop. The head fades at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is full of roasted chocolate malts and coffee with osme vanilla, black licorice, lactose, and a touch of booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of roasted milk chocoalte malts with some black lirocie and vanilla. Through the middle, lots of roasted coffee comes through with some earthy hops, and some molasses. The finish is a mix of roasted coffee and chocoalte with some molassses, black lirorice, and a touch of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, roasted, and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Great balance with good coffee and chocoalte flavors.

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Photo of whendeathsleeps
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours black, two finger of tan head, beautiful retention and lacing, this one is simply amazing looking.

S- Mocha, fresh espresso coffee, bold, roasty, milk chocolate. The smell is incredible.

T- Cocoa up front, toasty malt, milk chocolaty, some lactose sweetness, earthy bitterness, just enough to perfectly balance things out.

M- Only low point (albeit a small one) is that it is a little thin for an imperial stout, moderately carbonated, dry finish.

O- Awesome, so perfectly balanced. Correct me if I am wrong, but this is New Belgium's first stout, and it is a damn fine one. Will have again. Going to grab up some and a age a few.

Solidifies my love for New Belgium. Would love it if they made this a regular.

Try this one for sure.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of PoopChute69
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
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.


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Photo of argock
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz silk-screen labelled bomber into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.49.

A: Black thorugh the body with mocha edges and topped with 1 finger of beige head with decent retention and a good dose of lacing.

S: The aroma is strong with black coffee grounds (pre-brew) with a good citrus, herbal hops note and a solid amount of dark fruit maltiness. The chocolate component is subtle but is there.

T: The flavor feels like a less flavorful Founders Breakfast Stout. The alcohol is well-hidden for sure. The flavors are a little muddled, although the chocolate is more pronounced in the flavor. The coffee is less prominent and the dark maltiness is not as full as it could be, but not bad by and means. The hoppiness in the nose is really only appreciated in the aftertaste, where the earthy bitterness rides through.

M: The mouthfeel is pretty good, but not as hefty as the best of the style, which other might like. I wish the body was either heavier or lighter, it seems in no-man's land for me. Carbonation is low as it should be.

O: Definitely solid but Founders Breakfast Stout is more flavorful and cheaper...

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Photo of StuporJew
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 Oz. Bottle into Unibroue Tulip.

Appearance - Rich, dark brown, almost black. Cannot see through it when held up to a strong light source. One-finger head, that leaves behind great lacing, and decent retention.

Smell - FINALLY. One of the few brews out there brewed with coffee, that actually smells LIKE COFFEE!!! Thank you , Jesus! The chocolate kicks in nicely as well, and the 9% ABV isn't apparent in the nose at all. Can't wait to taste it...

Taste - A little lighter on the palate than I expected for a beer with this much weight in the color and nose department, but still pretty impressive. The coffee leads the way, followed by exactly what you'd expect from the name... Chocolate malt. There's an inherent creaminess to this beer, that makes me wonder if the brewer worked some lactose sugar in there towards the end of the boil. It doesn't stick around the palate for as long as you would expect, and the little bit of hop that is there adds some nice pepper notes. Once again, the fact that this beer clocks in at a hefty 9% is not apparent at all, which makes it a dangerous little contender for those who like to put back dark craft beer like water. Drinker : Exercise CAUTION.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly light for being what it is, as previously mentioned. A hint of creaminess. The carbonation is light to moderate, which makes me think that NBB didn't bright-tank condition this one. (Maybe they don't use bright-tanks for their beers... more research is needed. ☺) Would be great Nitro-conditioned... just for fun. HINT HINT, NBB...

Overall - A totally drinkable, mocha-tinged effort from NBB. I was very impressed with this beer all around, due to the fact that several breweries boast about their "Coffee Porters/Stouts", that feature little to no coffee anywhere in the body or flavor of the beer.
This one is different. I will gladly add this to my list of suggested coffee beers, with a smile, and a virtual high-five to the good folks at New Belgium. Well done, friends... well done.

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Photo of genitempo
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
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

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Photo of spoony
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 650 ml bomber into a snifter.

A-The brew is nearly black with a one-finger brown head. The foam drops quickly, however. There is some lacing left on the glass. Pretty standard look here.

S-The brew smells, as advertised, of coffee and chocolate. There is no amazing complexity or subtle hints of unicorn tears or whatever, but it is a decent smelling concoction. Lesser flavors include some charcoal and berry fruit.

T-The taste, like the smell, is a simple, but pleasing mixture of mildly bitter coffee, milky and dark chocolate, and palatable charcoal and smoke. There is a touch of dark berry sweetness hidden in there, too. Alcohol is concealed nicely.

M-The feel is a touch on the lighter side. Carbonation is mild, but more aggressive than some in this category.

O-This beer is not the most complex or dazzling coffee brew, but after tasting it three times now on different occasions, I am ready to declare it a winner. What I like about it is how the straightforward flavors blend well with one-another (coffee goes with chocolate...who knew?) without unnecessary hoppiness, booze heat, extreme char, or other tricks. This is just a good drinking coffee stout for a snowy April evening.

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Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured into a mug to a deep black with no light passing through with a light tan head that slowly fades
S: smells of coffee and chocolate with a tinge of roast malt
T: coffee flavors on the front end with some chocolate notes and some nice raosty flavors. swallow brings lots of chocolate flavors and some coffee and a bit of hop
M: a little thinner than expected but still on the full side of things, very smooth and silky though. a little dry on the finish
O: not bad at all. the label isn't a lie. good flavors but a little lacking in complexity. it's well carried out though it isn't world class.

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Photo of bum732
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of stumac
4.72/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured up black as night. Big tan crown. Lots of lacing. Aromas of chocolate, faint coffee bean, something super sweet in the mix. Tastes of burnt malty goodness, coffee like a mah fudger, nice dark chocolates. Smooth carbo, full bodied. I like my beer like I like my women, thick and black. Just kidding

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.84/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This pours really well. Dark, burnt reddish/ruby with a great looking head. Lacing is thin and slick, though

Aroma is coffee. That's about it. Some hints of chocolate and roasted bread.

Flavor is coffee. And not rich coffee. More like concentrated coffee; instant, and a lot of it. Nothing really else comes out. Some roastiness.

Body is thin and slick. Drain pour half the bottle

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Photo of arizcards
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Lips Of Faith - Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout from New Belgium Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.