Lips Of Faith - Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout - New Belgium Brewing
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4/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
01-29-2013 07:50:53 | More by Naters333
4.51/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
01-29-2013 03:41:06 | More by zachary80
4.04/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
01-25-2013 23:16:28 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.44/5 rDev +11.8%
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.
01-25-2013 16:59:39 | More by brewdude1982
3.99/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
01-25-2013 16:51:35 | More by tdm168
3.59/5 rDev -9.6%
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.
01-25-2013 14:21:39 | More by Sammy
3.88/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
01-25-2013 00:58:22 | More by portia99
4.24/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
01-24-2013 01:00:10 | More by denver10
2.8/5 rDev -29.5%
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.
01-22-2013 01:56:54 | More by kevanb
3.98/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
01-22-2013 01:13:07 | More by UCLABrewN84
Lips Of Faith - Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout from New Belgium Brewing
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