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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

490 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 490
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 38
Gots: 42 | 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)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: denver10 on 10-31-2012)
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Beer4Baltimore

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

01-26-2013 06:44:18 | More by Beer4Baltimore
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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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Bonna

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

01-25-2013 22:44:35 | More by Bonna
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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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Tiger33

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

01-24-2013 20:49:13 | More by Tiger33
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feelin_iffy

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

01-24-2013 02:11:15 | More by feelin_iffy
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denver10

Kentucky

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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harrylee773

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

01-22-2013 23:06:05 | More by harrylee773
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Tom-Peters

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

01-22-2013 21:55:40 | More by Tom-Peters
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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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tln13

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

01-21-2013 23:13:53 | More by tln13
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lupercmda

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

01-21-2013 04:01:38 | More by lupercmda
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Mantooth

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.8%

01-20-2013 23:39:59 | More by Mantooth
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BeerNW

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

01-20-2013 01:08:43 | More by BeerNW
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mrebeka

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

01-19-2013 17:47:09 | More by mrebeka
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beerdhabelly

Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

01-19-2013 02:35:41 | More by beerdhabelly
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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
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mweso2000

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

01-18-2013 22:32:21 | More by mweso2000
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Ford

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

01-18-2013 02:42:14 | More by Ford
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soccerfancooch

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

01-17-2013 19:08:03 | More by soccerfancooch
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Tozac

Colorado

4/5  rDev +0.8%

01-16-2013 18:10:00 | More by Tozac
Lips Of Faith - Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout from New Belgium Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 490 ratings.