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

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Reviews: 144
Hads: 524
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 42
Gots: 47 | 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)

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Beer added by: denver10 on 10-31-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of denver10
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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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 beagle75
2.86/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

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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 AdamBear
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-black with a nice tan head

S-smells a lot like a chocolate chunk coffee flavored ice cream. quite strong and solid smells.

T-comes in tasting a lot how it smells. there's really not a focus on the chocolate or coffee...just a really great balance of both flavors. the flavors are quite bold and not very beer-like. tastes more like a mocha malt beverage than a beer. its definitely good. the after-taste is matching but not too strong.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a crisp finish

O-this is a really good stout. very impressive from New Belgium. it really doesn't taste anything like a real beer though. it just has that mocha flavor to it. its appreciated, but it gives the stout a certain fake character to it. its not the most drinkable beer either. the flavors aren't as fun all the way through. definitely a bomber for the sharing.

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Photo of beer2day
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an ebony color with a tight, mocha heae that leaves a bit of lacing.

Smells of coffee mostly with some slight sweetness.

Tastes of the roasted notes mostly with a bit of sweetness. Coffee and cocoa come through first with a bit of toasted marshmallow. Slight bit of brown sugar ends it with a touch of sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is pretty good, but isn't anything special in a style where there are already so many standouts.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Serving up cold and jet black, this imperial stout should be taken seriously for about one minute as the dark foam builds. Then, enjoy its velvety chocolate-covered smoothness and delicious aroma of sustainable-grown, locally-roasted coffee." Brewed in the style of an American Imperial Stout with coffee and chocolate added, this beer was released as a one-off release in the Lips of Faith Series. Available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a New Belgium Globe glass. Served above 54 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy frothed deep chocolate-tone head over a very dark brown, near black body. Retention is very good and lacing is light and patchy. 4

(Smell) Chocolate wafers, coffee and caramel cake with a mild sweetness, a hint of mild roasted barley, black patent malt and a touch of cream. Fairly well balanced sweetness with a good dose of earthy bitterness from the roasted malt and coffee beans. Potency is medium. 3.75

(Taste) The flavor has equal emphasis on the bitter and earthy notes of a stout beyond a heightened body and sweetness. Up front, the mild acidity and earthiness of coffee beans is joined by a touch of caramel grain and delicately sweetened with a dash of lactose cream. The chocolate comes through most boldly in the finish, moderately roasty with a dragging note of toasted cocoa nibs. An enjoyable balance of qualities for a well-rounded Imperial stout flavor. 4

(Mouthfeel) The texture is silky, lightly viscous and moderately dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a full frothiness and a mild crispness. Body is about medium for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is very roasty and earthy bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is low and there are no notable off characters. 3.5

(Overall) A quality American Imperial stout that I feared might suffer in overblown sweetness, but celebrates the balancing bitter and roasted aspects of coffee and chocolate alongside the body and mellow sweetness of cream and sugar, resulting in a fairly well balanced, and highly drinkable American Double Stout. My two biggest gripes come from the lost potential that this beer has to have amplified the body and the somewhat energetic carbonation, both questionable decisions for a beer that may have fared better with heightened body. The coffee may not be as forward as it was when this beer was released, but the end result is still highly enjoyable. This beer is a memorable release from the Lips of Faith series. 4

New Belgium Brewing's
Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bottle – taster nonic glass
*Notes from 11/20/12

A: Pour is a muddy black color with a nice pillow of root beer style head. Retention is astounding and leaves behind some nice running legs of lace.

S: Smells of chocolate fudge with espresso beans and a bit of leafy green hops. I get sweet cookie dough in spades and faint underlying dark smoky grains. Smells like a real treat.

T: Taste is a mocha bomb! Has a super luscious chocolaty flavor with a nice coffee shop accent all throughout. Roasted cereals introduce more of a chocolate malt ball note to the beer. Hershey’s syrup comes to mind. There is a noticeable amount of earthy bitterness and some light warming alcohol. Progression leaves somewhat of a chalky cocoa powder finish. Deliciously flavored and big on the chocolate. A great dessert beer.

M: Body is somewhat thin for Imperial standards and bit wet all throughout. Carbonation is fair bringing in a slight drying crisp. Finish has that chalky after feel.

D: This definitely delivers as promised with intense chocolate and coffee flavors. Thinner body and well incorporated alcohol do make this very drinkable. Sweet and delectable but not in a sickly way. The mouthfeel and finish trip this one up a bit but a nice beer overall.

Will be picking up a few more of these for sure.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Brewforia Beer Market Meridian ID. Served in a snifter...

A: Very dark body, certainly an impressive SRM, can't see anything through it. Almost no head, dark tan lace settles into a nice ring...alcohol feet visible on this one.

S: Complementary coffee and chocolate notes, freshly roasted & ground coffee, touch of astringent smoke. Grainy malt base.

T: Taste follows, with the impression of more creamy chocolate notes, but as it warms the roasted black coffee notes take over. Suggestions of mocha and cocoa but the coffee is most prominent here, with more astringent bitterness.

MF: Thinner medium body, still with some creamy tones and light alcohol notes.

O: Starts with more promise than it finishes with, its good but not great...alcohol is pretty well hidden, but I'd like more chocolate notes to complement the coffee.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 12 oz. mug. Super Bowl Sunday.

Appearance- Pours a thick black. Looks very matte black in the glass. Initial pour left a huge, bubbly, creamy brown head that barely budged until I took a drink. The head looked like a thick chocolate milkshake from a soda fountain that sells $8 milkshakes. Lots of cloudy residual lacing on the glass. Great looking.

Smell- BIG, roasty, nutty coffee notes, and strong dark chocolate notes precede milk sugar sweetness, and faint acidic vanilla notes. No hops to speak of. Like walking down a fine coffee aisle with strong quality cocoa under your nose, and eating dark chocolate covered coffee beans. This smells better than it looks. I love coffee and chocolate stouts, and this smells like the best of them.

Taste- Booze up front, immediately followed by watered-down coffee with a faint acidic sweetness, that ramps up into a strong, smoky espresso palate. Finishes weak and bitter. Roasty, bitter dark chocolate lingers on the palate. A big let down. Thankfully the coffee notes appear in the middle, but not enough to save it from being average.

Mouthfeel- Surprisingly not as heavy as I thought it would be. Quite watery. A bit thick, but lacking the dense, oily viscosity akin to most imperial coffee/chocolate stouts I've had. A bit fizzy even, but watery nonetheless.

Overall- This one is all over the place. It presents well, but goes downhill from there. Not a great beer, but it somehow manages to work. Smells great, looks great, tastes light and is surprisingly watery, but it isn't too boozy for an imperial. All of this makes it quite drinkable, but just lacking considering the style. I wouldn't mind trying a draft offering. They did nail it on the name- the only flavors and aromas to speak of are chocolate and coffee. It's just weak. Perhaps the most "refreshing" imperial coffee chocolate stout? A minnow in a pool of big fish chocolate/coffee stouts out there.


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Photo of Lemke10
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This pours a very dark brown/black color with a slight brown head. The aroma is very strong with coffee and some malt tones. The taste is heavy with malt flavors and hint of coffee. The taste starts off good but as you drink the bottle, it does get very malty and chalky. A good beer but it could use some improvement.

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Photo of kevanb
2.83/5  rDev -28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

The beer pours a nice deep black color, touches of dark brown when struck by light, a nice, thick, frothy, 2 finger caramel colored head which has good retention, leaving behind a nice soapy film and a great network of sticky lacing. The aroma is very milky, lots of sweet milk chocolate, with bitter roasted coffee and a touch of smooth grain. The milkiness is really overpowering and pretty unpleasant. Bitter coffee hits the tongue straight away, with a touch of grain behind it, before the outrageously sweet milk chocolate comes back and really dominates the tongue. The milky flavors are a bit watered down on the tongue which makes it much worse, literally like a glass of milk with water poured over it. The body is fairly rich and full, a touch thinner than I'd like for a stout, coats the mouth well and has a nice easy finish.

Verdict: A pretty poor offering from New Belgium. The milky flavors and overbearing sweetness makes this beer very unpalatable. The Lips of Faith series has been fairly successful in my mind, but this is definitely a forgettable experience, a drain pour.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz growler. Served at around 55F.

Pours black with a two finger light brown head that leaves nice sheets of spotty lacing and recedes to a wispy cap and ring.

Aroma is coffee, cocoa powder, roasted malts, nutty, peanut butter. Good to very good strength.

Flavor mirrors the aroma, coffee, cocoa/chocolate, roasted malts, peanut butter, hint of dark fruit, rather sweet, minimal bitterness, mild alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, creamy and smooth with soft carbonation.

More about the coffee than chocolate, and picking up a distinct peanut butter character. Kinda makes me think of Terrapin’s Liquid Bliss, yet this doesn’t utilize any peanuts. Pretty good, but not as thick or rich as other Imperial Stouts out there.

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Photo of sukwonee
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black body with 2 finger frothy mocha head. Good amount of lacing. Good looking beer, although it looks rather thin for an imperial stout.

S: Roasted malt, coffee, milk chocolate. Simple.

T: Coffee, chocolate, roasted malt. No complexity here, but it's quite delicious. It tastes like milk chocolate with dark coffee added. Some hop taste at the end, but very faint. Although delicious, it's a bit of a disappointment as well. There isn't much flavour (or aroma) in this beer. I expected much bolder flavour. I would categorize this as a regular American stout.

M: Smooth, but rather thin for the style. No alcohol burn.

O: Very good tasting, easy drinking stout, but it's not an imperial stout. If you like coffee and roastiness, you will enjoy this quite a bit.

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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 cvm4
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours coffee back with a two finger than head. Body didn't seem to look thick or viscous.

S - Huge notes of expresso & dark chocolate.

T - Black coffee with cocoa nibs. It's a little sweet with dark fruits through the midway and a light bitterness ending.

M - Disappointed here... Body is thin with high carbonation.

O - Great smell & flavors but the thin body makes a great beer somewhat mehhh.

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Photo of Dave1999
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pure black with a tiny tan head.

The smell is coffee, quite sweet.

The taste is coffee and milk chocolate.

The mouthfeel is smooth with low carbonation, very smooth.

This beer is simple, it's all about the coffee but it does it well. The smell is nice and strong and the taste follows.

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Photo of Strix
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice looking, deep black with a chocolate head.

Chocolate and coffee - roasty notes in the nose.

Dark chocolate and coffee the primary flavors, with a milk stout vibe and a bit of a dry finish.

Very smooth mouthfeel.

Wonderful mouthfeel and flavors everybody likes make this quite drinkable, but overall the flavors are muted, and in the genre of big coffee chocolate stouts, sadly this isn't really a standout. Tasty but not remarkable.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. This pours a pitch black with a decent mocha colored head which has a decent retention rate and leaves a lacing. The smells are of chocolate, but sort of a fake chalky chocolate, a little coffee, and roasted malts. The feel is medium. The taste is okay, the chocolate isn't as great as other chocolate stouts I have tried.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

L – Deep brown-to-black color with a 2-finger, frothy, bubbly, tan head. Really nice retention and some great patchy lacing.

S – The aroma consists of tons of coffee and a nice amount of cocoa. There are touches of molasses or caramel present, as well.

T – The taste starts off sweet for a second with chocolate and caramel notes and rapidly shifts to a bold and bitter roasted coffee flavor. As roasted bitterness fades, the sweetness becomes apparent again with chocolate and cream taking the forefront. It tastes like a mocha and certainly lives up to its name.

F – Medium-to-full-bodied with good carbonation, a creamy and smooth mouthfeel, and a bittersweet and slightly dry finish. Coffee and chocolate flavors linger for a while. There may be a touch of warmth from the alcohol, but the ABV is hidden very well.

O – This is a nice imperial stout. It’s not overly complex but it is exactly what it says it is – a coffee and chocolate imperial stout. The appearance and mouthfeel are lighter than I’d like to see in an imperial stout (they are at about the halfway point between a porter and a stout), but the aroma and taste are right where they need to be. Another solid contribution to the Lips Of Faith series.

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Photo of scratch69
3.97/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a mocha head.

S: Medium and dark roast coffee is the strongest scent in the nose along with roasted malt, and bittersweet chocolate.

T: Dark roast coffee dominates the taste, along side dark chocolate and roasted malt.

M: Full bodied and creamy smooth.

O: Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of teromous
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown and black body, with a small creamy tan head. Some spots of lacing.

S: I pick up notes of light coffee.

T: Very mellow flavors here. There's coffee and some oak-like woody flavor. The label reads "Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout." I didn't really pick up any chocolate flavors. There is a roasted quality to the beer that could be chocolate, but when I drink this I don't immediately taste chocolate. It's coffee and more coffee.

M: This beer is light on bitterness. It is fairly smooth. Easy to drink. The body is robust and full.

O: Overall the beer was a nice Imperial Stout. I felt the coffee flavors worked well with it. I would have liked a lot more chocolate flavor. I would recommend it to those who enjoy coffee stouts exclusively. I felt it did have a nice robust flavor and mouthfeel which was enjoyable.

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Lips Of Faith - Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout from New Belgium Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.