Lips Of Faith - Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout - New Belgium Brewing
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3.95/5 rDev -0.5%
Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.
A better companion to a piece of chocolate-frosted yellow cake? Perhaps, but not many. This stuff pours a deep, dark black-brown topped by a finger of sandstone foam. The nose comprises thick coffee, roasted malts, and a hint of dark chocolate powder, though this is clearly subservient to the almighty coffee bean. The taste follows this pattern, but the tyranny is not quite as iron-gripped, the chocolate allowed to propagate certain areas like post-Edict-of-Nantes Huguenots (luckily, no meddling from some self-aggrandizing grandson of the king overturns the gains here). Things flow to a strong finish of chocolate ice cream (the expensive kind, plebs). The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a thickly fluid feel. Overall, a tasty stout, one that delivers pretty much exactly what it promises.
02-22-2013 01:57:45 | More by TMoney2591
4.09/5 rDev +3%
22oz bottle into NB snifter.
A: Pours near black with three fingers of foamy, dense, light brown head that slowly faded into a thick film leaving a network of lace down the glass.
S: Dominating and rich notes of black coffee, espresso, and coffee ground with just a hint of dark chocolate fudge beneath. Bitter smelling.
T: Coffee is again the most prominent feature, as expected, and is black and bitter. Earthy hops, bitter dark chocolate, bitter coffee and a bit of roast tie everything together. The finish is slightly sweet and sugary, and the aftertaste is full of chocolate, dark fruit, and more bitter coffee. Earthy almost spicy coffee overall.
M: Full body, thick and chewy mouthfeel, fluffy carbonation. Not the thickest beer I’ve had but it has a nice heft to it.
O: An enjoyable coffee stout. Coffee definitely dominates everything and is on the bitter side. If you love coffee you’ll love this, but it lack the depth and complexity of the greats of the style. Worth checking out though. Cheers.
02-21-2013 02:08:06 | More by scottfrie
3.9/5 rDev -1.8%
Pours jet black with no light getting thru,a one finger beige head atop that lasted for quite awhile.Aromas mainly constited of mocha chocolate and sweet molasses,faint earthiness as it warms.Flavors start out on the sweeter side with chocolate,molasses,and some sweet alcohol,there is a decent enough earthy/roasty finish to keep the sweetness somewhat in check.Not a bad beer but there are better alternatives of the style out there.
02-20-2013 22:04:04 | More by oberon
3.65/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
02-20-2013 04:38:49 | More by elgiacomo
3.36/5 rDev -15.4%
650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. No bottle date.
Appearance - Black with a nice khaki head. Surface wisps and nice lacing.
Smell - Wow it smells like chocolate from far away. Up close the coffee dominates. It's all coffee and chocolate.
Taste - Lots of coffee. Overwhelms the chocolate, but it's still there. Coffee really overwhelms everything. Kind of a fruity flavor in the finish. Not terribly interesting.
Mouthfeel - Kinda thin. Medium carbonation. A little green in the finish from the coffee.
Overall - Coffee overwhelms all of it. Becomes quite dull after a while.
02-20-2013 03:27:29 | More by Alieniloquium
4/5 rDev +0.8%
$6.99 for a 22oz bottle @ BevCo. Brewed with Pale malt, Midnight wheat, roasted Barley, coffee and chocolate. Hopped with Willamette.
9% ABV per the bottle, 39 IBU's per the website.
Pours out to a clear near black, very dark brown, forming a moderate whipped tan head with excellent retention and lacing. Moderate carbonation, ~2.5 carbs. Not quite as dark as I was expecting for an imperial stout. The nose is heavily infused with coffee, hiding most of the other characteristics...chalk, black walnut, mild roast, faint chocolate, no hops with no off-aromas. The mouthfeel is lightly tart from the coffee, with a medium-large body and some creaminess and a medium finish. The taste is a recap of the aroma...coffee, chalk, black walnut, chocolate in the aftertaste with some faint dark fruits and moderate roasted grain bite and astringency. Hops are herbal in nature with a medium bitterness. VERY chalky. As peculiar as it sounds, there is an interesting tequila bite, and I have no idea where that comes from...like white pepper. I really enjoy Willamette in stouts and porters. As it warms, the coffee takes on even more character and pretty much overpowers the beer, hiding what could have been some wonderful complexity if they would have taken it easy on the coffee.
This is a good beer, but it's a little too one-dimensional, which is a problem I frequently find with coffee stouts. This drinks more like an american stout, not an imperial due to the minimal dark fruits and the hop presence.
02-16-2013 22:41:48 | More by Mitchster
Lips Of Faith - Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout from New Belgium Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 498 ratings.