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

Lips Of Faith - Imperial Coffee Chocolate StoutLips Of Faith - Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout

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BA SCORE
89
very good

475 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 475
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%


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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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 01:57:45 | More by TMoney2591
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scottfrie

California

4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 02:08:06 | More by scottfrie
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oberon

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 22:04:04 | More by oberon
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elgiacomo

Georgia

3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: growler

02-20-2013 04:38:49 | More by elgiacomo
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.36/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 03:27:29 | More by Alieniloquium
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Mitchster

Michigan

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

$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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 22:41:48 | More by Mitchster
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teromous

Virginia

3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 00:49:35 | More by teromous
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StoutHunter

Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of New Belgium's Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout from the Lips of Faith series for $6.99 at The Lager Mill. It's a cold and windy night in Mid Michigan and an Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout sounds pretty good, this is my first beer from New Belgium's Lips of Faith Series, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, 2012 Vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into an snifter.

A- The label looks good and it has nice pop art vibe to it. It poured a nice black color that didn't let any light come through with three and a half fingers worth of fluffy dark tan head that left lots of sticky lacing behind. This is a very good looking beer, almost perfect, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by some malts that impart some grainy and roasted malt aromas. Up next comes the coffee and chocolate which show up very nicely and they make for a nice 50/50 blend that has an aroma that's similar to a mocha latte. The aroma is very good and just as advertised, I really enjoy it.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by some malts that impart a grainy and medium roasted malt flavor. Up next comes the coffee and chocolate, the coffee seems to overpower the chocolate slightly but they still show up nicely and still remind me of a mocha latte . On the finish I pick up hardly any alcohol with a lighter medium amount of astringent coffee like bitterness that is just the right amount and it works well with this beer and it had a roasted malt and very coffee like aftertaste. This is a good tasting beer, I enjoyed it a good deal and it was just as advertised.

M- Very smooth, creamy, slightly sticky, medium bodied with a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was good and worked well with this beer, but I thought it could be just a little thicker.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer and pretty good example of the style, this beer exceeded my expectations and I think it could hold it's own against Founders Breakfast Stout, I really enjoyed this beer. This beer had good drinkability to it, it was very smooth with lots of nice rich flavors to hold my attention, I wouldn't rule out drinking a second bomber of this stuff and that's pretty rare for me with this style, I would love to have a bottle to share around the campfire this summer. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and aroma, they were both very good, this is the best looking stout that I've seen in awhile. What I liked the least about this beer was the mouthfeel, it wasn't bad at all, but it think it would be a little better if it was just a little thicker. I would buy this beer again, when FBS dries up this would be a nice alternative and I would recommend this to anyone who likes coffee and chocolate stouts and I thought it was also priced well which was an added bonus. All in all I was very happy with this beer, I didn't know what to expect from the Lips of Faith Series, but this turned out to be a hit and I really enjoyed drinking it. Great Job New Belgium, you can be sure that I will be checking out much more of the Lips of Faith Series.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 04:51:07 | More by StoutHunter
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Sampled in back-to-back comparison with a Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Imperial Stout.
Appearance: thick black and completely opaque, even when held to direct sunlight. Large, creamy tan head is
Smell: Big, roasted coffee and malt notes, with some dark chocolate notes.
Taste: Roasted malt and coffee at first then ramps up into a strong, smoky espresso palate. Finishes bitter leaving the aftertaste of expresso.
Mouthfeel: full body with very good carbonation.
Overall: for expresso lovers only.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 01:56:31 | More by chinchill
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Strix

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 04:12:06 | More by Strix
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a balloon glass.

The beer is coffee black with a mocha head that turns to patchy film, light lacing.

The aroma has an arid, chalky cocoa to it, as well as coffee grounds, raisins, faint alcohol.

The taste starts out alcoholic then goes to bitter dark chocolate followed with a really good coffee grind bitterness. The coffee is really in this taste. The finish is sharp, minty, and dry.

Mouthfeel is dry and medium bodied.

Overall, I enjoyed this a lot, as the coffee and chocolate were brought out well.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 02:27:39 | More by JuicesFlowing
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SaisonRichBiere

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 00:52:55 | More by SaisonRichBiere
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Halcyondays

California

4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours black with a medium dark tan head, some thick lace is left as the beer is drunk.

S: Heavy on the creamed coffee, fragrant, pleasing.

T: This beer has 2 distinct phases to it. Upfront it's all floral coffee an in-your-face with that flavour. In the finish it smooths out to a glorius dark chocolate flavour heavily reminiscent of brownies, very tasty.

M: Medium to full-bodied, rich, creamy and smooth.

O: A very good imperial stout. Nothing mind-blowing just a good adjunct heavy American stout.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2013 21:19:10 | More by Halcyondays
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours pitch black with a huge and dense medium-brown head forming. Fades slowly with excellent head retention. Great thick lacework left behind.

S: Lots and lots of rich roasted coffee bean. A little bit of bitter chocolate backs it up but the coffee dominates here. Get a bit of char too.

T: Loaded with coffee like in the aroma but a decent amount of baker's chocolate mixes in and subdues it a bit. Get a strong salted crunchy pretzel taste in the middle. Lingering mellowed coffee and chocolate in the aftertaste with just the slightest hint of anise.

M: Medium bodied. Smooth and mouth-coatingly viscous.

O: Pretty much exactly as the bottle says. Decent stout with heavy coffee and chocolate adjuncts. Not much else to it. Can't give it major scores due to its relatively simple nature but it's still a tasty and drinkable brew. Mouthfeel stands out a bit, I will say. Quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 06:22:43 | More by Dope
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Naters333

Illinois

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

Poured into my snifter from a 22 oz bottle.

A-Poured a nice black color that's not too thick or thin for this type of beer. Nice one inch tan/mocha head. Head was more on the tan side. Nice thin layer of tan head that sticks to the sides of the snifter. Decent carbonation.

S- Dark chocolate, slight coffee, slight alcohol, dark fudge.

T- very tasty beer. Chocolate brownie, dunkin donuts coffee, dark chocolate fudge, not overly sweet.

M- Average for the style. I would say medium body for an imperial stout. Not too thin, but not really think either.

O- I really liked this beer. Very easy to drink. Hardly any alcohol burn at all. Wouldn't want to age this beer. Smooth, tasty, and satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 07:50:53 | More by Naters333
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zachary80

Indiana

4.51/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz painted bottle, no date. Somehow this rang up under $6 before discount/tax/deposit.

Extremely dark brown body, medium creamy tan head. Good lacing.

Could smell this one once I popped open the bottle. Delicious chocolate is the most prominent with some enticing coffee notes as well. Smells a little sweet.

Huge with the coffee and chocolate in the flavor of this one. There is a real depth to the coffee flavor, unlike the shallow/generic coffee flavor of some others, and it blends perfectly with the chocolate and underlying roastiness from the stout. High in bitterness, relatively slow sweetness for an imperial stout.

Full bodied; light-medium carbonation, no alcohol presence.

Overall this is a great beer. Probably my favorite coffee/chocolate combination in a stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 03:41:06 | More by zachary80
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours out mostly black and dark brown, nice beige head on it, .88" in depth, good lacing, retention. Yummy aroma, hits both the chocolate and coffee aspect in the right amount, not huge, not boozy, just a solid mild coffee presence and dark chocolate.

Taste, again, hits with a substantial dose of chocolate, coffee to a lesser degree. Definitely leads with its dark chocolate foot forward, not a coffee bomb, but not a pushover either. Avoids a bitter coffee presence, probably from the smoothness of a substantial malt body and dark chocolate of the less bitter nature. Even though the chocolate is the most prominent aspect flavor wise, this beer never came off as sweet. Alcohol engrained nicely, hidden, not boozy. Pretty easy drinking stuff at 9%abv. The malt body never feels heavy either. At only $6 a bomber, this is a pretty solid option. I should have grabbed one more to age.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 23:16:28 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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brewdude1982

North Carolina

4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This was a bomber poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark beautiful black with a good head with dark brown bubbles and good lacing. It smells bready. It tastes like roasted malts and coffee, followed by a sweet caramel. It has a good body and carbonation to match. I love this beer an would recommend to anyone who likes coffee, chocolate, and/or stouts.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 16:59:39 | More by brewdude1982
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pitch black with a huge, thick, brown head that has great retention

S - chocolate, dark fruit, faint coffee, roasted malts

T - intense dark fruit notes, some rich sweet chocolate notes, faint coffee-like bitterness

M - medium bodied, a bit thin at times, well carbonated, some faint warming alcohol

This is a decent beer with a nice flavor profile. I like this beer, but I wish it were a bit more full-flavored. Neither the coffee nor the chocolate are as intense as I would have liked it to be. The dark fruit notes are impressive and add layers of depth. The mouthfeel is a bit thin which also takes away from the overall experience. Despite all this it is still a really nice stout that is worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 16:51:35 | More by tdm168
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.59/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Expectations were high, unrealistically, on this LOF series beer owing to the high score. Big coffee, cold coffee taste, with a little chocolate in the aftertaste. Aroma only coffee.Dark body with lots of cream head. I would like more of the chocolate. Thanks Josh.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 14:21:39 | More by Sammy
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portia99

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A - Pours a super dark brown/not quite black color with two fingers of fluffy mocha foam with decent staying power. Over a minute or so the head falls steadily to the surface leaving sparse lacing on the glass.

S - Tons of milk chocolate and cocoa powder, mid-level coffee, creamy with touches of vanilla, mild dark roast. Pretty standard stout aromas.

T - Pretty much in line with the aroma, smooth and rich milk chocolate with some powdery cocoa. Coffee underneath the cocoa that grows in intensity towards the finish and blends for a smooth mocha effect. Rich and creamy. Smooth and tasty, but not remarkable.

M - Full bodied with an extremely creamy carbonation. Carb is at a lower level and makes this a bit frothy and milkshake'y. Chocolate dominates at the front and blends to the coffee at the finish. Finish also turns a bit burnt and heavily roasty with this character lingering well past the swallow. Might be the best aspect of this beer.

O - Overall a solid imperial stout that focuses on chocolate character. It is solid and well executed although lacking in some of the finer nuances that stand out in other fine examples of the style. Very drinkable (I'd have another any time), just doesn't blow me away. I wouldn't go out of my way to find this again, but it was a fine beer to have with dinner on a Thursday night.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 00:58:22 | More by portia99
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denver10

Colorado

4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2013 01:00:10 | More by denver10
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kevanb

Illinois

2.8/5  rDev -29.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 01:56:54 | More by kevanb
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Bottle pour for New Brew Thursday's 3rd Anniversary event held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with a coffee flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 01:13:07 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Uncle_Jimmy

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- nearly opaque dark brown 1 finger of brown foam lingers and leaves lacing

Aroma - coffee vanilla, roasted cocoa

Taste- definite coffee on the front end and dark chocolate even baking chocolate. a lot of back end roasted malt character. Hops assert themselves in the finish, a bit too much.

Mouthfeel- Dry definitely dry for this high ABV and noticeable alcohol warmth.

Overall- this one was hyped quite a bit when i was buying it but may not live up to it. It is good and does a lot of things well- ( Mouthfeel and aroma in particular) but I feel it falls a little bit short. I do enjoy the coffee the most in this, i just wish it had a tad more complexity in the taste. I found myself struggling to taste more than coffee.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 00:21:22 | More by Uncle_Jimmy
Lips Of Faith - Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout from New Belgium Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 475 ratings.