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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

515 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 515
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 40
Gots: 48 | FT: 2
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: denver10 on 10-31-2012)
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of FEUO
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer served in a New Belgium globe glass, great glass, pretty good beer. Beer is black with a two finger head of small bubbles, tan, nice retention, some lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is chocolate and coffee, nice a little sweet, smells like milk chocolate.

Beer is medium in body, sweet, chocolate, nice coffee roast bitterness at the back end, very nice beer. I'd have ti again.

Photo of ChugginOil
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
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!

Photo of PerHops
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Glibber
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Hanzo
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of illini4x4
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of PoopChute69
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Still coffee brown body topped off with a full two fingers of stubborn mocha head that laces incredibly well.

Chocolate. Coffee. Roast. Chocolate milk.

Gas station coffee charged with chocolate - a bit too thin but it's effective. No detectable booze which is a plus.

Meh.

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

Poured from a 22 oz silk-screen labelled bomber into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.49.

A: Black thorugh the body with mocha edges and topped with 1 finger of beige head with decent retention and a good dose of lacing.

S: The aroma is strong with black coffee grounds (pre-brew) with a good citrus, herbal hops note and a solid amount of dark fruit maltiness. The chocolate component is subtle but is there.

T: The flavor feels like a less flavorful Founders Breakfast Stout. The alcohol is well-hidden for sure. The flavors are a little muddled, although the chocolate is more pronounced in the flavor. The coffee is less prominent and the dark maltiness is not as full as it could be, but not bad by and means. The hoppiness in the nose is really only appreciated in the aftertaste, where the earthy bitterness rides through.

M: The mouthfeel is pretty good, but not as hefty as the best of the style, which other might like. I wish the body was either heavier or lighter, it seems in no-man's land for me. Carbonation is low as it should be.

O: Definitely solid but Founders Breakfast Stout is more flavorful and cheaper...

Photo of sbricker
3/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of StuporJew
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 Oz. Bottle into Unibroue Tulip.

Appearance - Rich, dark brown, almost black. Cannot see through it when held up to a strong light source. One-finger head, that leaves behind great lacing, and decent retention.

Smell - FINALLY. One of the few brews out there brewed with coffee, that actually smells LIKE COFFEE!!! Thank you , Jesus! The chocolate kicks in nicely as well, and the 9% ABV isn't apparent in the nose at all. Can't wait to taste it...

Taste - A little lighter on the palate than I expected for a beer with this much weight in the color and nose department, but still pretty impressive. The coffee leads the way, followed by exactly what you'd expect from the name... Chocolate malt. There's an inherent creaminess to this beer, that makes me wonder if the brewer worked some lactose sugar in there towards the end of the boil. It doesn't stick around the palate for as long as you would expect, and the little bit of hop that is there adds some nice pepper notes. Once again, the fact that this beer clocks in at a hefty 9% is not apparent at all, which makes it a dangerous little contender for those who like to put back dark craft beer like water. Drinker : Exercise CAUTION.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly light for being what it is, as previously mentioned. A hint of creaminess. The carbonation is light to moderate, which makes me think that NBB didn't bright-tank condition this one. (Maybe they don't use bright-tanks for their beers... more research is needed. ☺) Would be great Nitro-conditioned... just for fun. HINT HINT, NBB...

Overall - A totally drinkable, mocha-tinged effort from NBB. I was very impressed with this beer all around, due to the fact that several breweries boast about their "Coffee Porters/Stouts", that feature little to no coffee anywhere in the body or flavor of the beer.
This one is different. I will gladly add this to my list of suggested coffee beers, with a smile, and a virtual high-five to the good folks at New Belgium. Well done, friends... well done.

Photo of genitempo
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an impermeable dark body into a snifter. Tanned, rocky head with a disorganized, steadfast lace.

S - Blended intricacy of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt, all very subtle, but a solid union on the nose.

T - The union ends here. Very disjointed angles of all three (coffee, chocolate, and malts) with the ethanol coming into play. Although the taste is in a bit of a disarray, still very enjoyable.

MF - Medium/Heavy Bodied with a little too heavy on the carbonation.

O - I've had multiple LOF from New Belgium, this one holding the same thesis as the others: "Good, but you're better off trying me on a fresh tap in Colorado." I'm unsure if this beer will improve with cellaring, but I guess it might be worth a shot.

Photo of russpowell
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours effervescent ebony with 2 fingers of cocoa colored head. Crazy lacing & average head retention

S: Coffee grinds

T: Follows the nose, plus cocoa up front, a touch of spiceyness. As this warms a fair amount of mocha comes in to play, plus some charred grain, just a bit of booze kick. Finishes dry with much coffee grounds

MF: Fairly creamy carbonation with medium bodied, thins out a touch as this warms

A nice coffee stout, not great by any means, glad I got to try it

Photo of BeerHunter76
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of BTHU
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of spoony
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 650 ml bomber into a snifter.

A-The brew is nearly black with a one-finger brown head. The foam drops quickly, however. There is some lacing left on the glass. Pretty standard look here.

S-The brew smells, as advertised, of coffee and chocolate. There is no amazing complexity or subtle hints of unicorn tears or whatever, but it is a decent smelling concoction. Lesser flavors include some charcoal and berry fruit.

T-The taste, like the smell, is a simple, but pleasing mixture of mildly bitter coffee, milky and dark chocolate, and palatable charcoal and smoke. There is a touch of dark berry sweetness hidden in there, too. Alcohol is concealed nicely.

M-The feel is a touch on the lighter side. Carbonation is mild, but more aggressive than some in this category.

O-This beer is not the most complex or dazzling coffee brew, but after tasting it three times now on different occasions, I am ready to declare it a winner. What I like about it is how the straightforward flavors blend well with one-another (coffee goes with chocolate...who knew?) without unnecessary hoppiness, booze heat, extreme char, or other tricks. This is just a good drinking coffee stout for a snowy April evening.

Photo of chakadrum
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Hopstout
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of denimdemon
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of xdtfx
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of bum732
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Fresh roasted coffee, soft, milk chocolate, some raspberry fruitiness, bready.

L: Very dark brown/black, tan head that dissipates. Ok lacing.

T: Coffee up front with soft milk chocolate notes. An almost peanut butter taste with the coffee. Light toasty malt with a low bitterness. Finishes slightly chocolaty with light coffee roast. Semi-dry finish. More chocolate as it warms.

M: Medium thin mouthfeel, medium low carbonation.

Not bad, not as big and roasty as KBS. Chocolate is more prominent than coffee, more milk than dark chocolate.

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Lips Of Faith - Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout from New Belgium Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 515 ratings.