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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

503 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 503
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 40
Gots: 44 | 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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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 11.12.12

A - Pours a dark brown with a nice two inch medium brown head. Good retention.

S - Lots of coffee and roasted chocolate.

T - Smooth coffee up front followed by subtle chcolate and roasted malt.

D - Mediumb body with good fizzy carbonation.

O - Coffee dominated and a bit thin and subtle.

HuskyinPDX, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of GOGRANDE
4/5  rDev +0.8%

GOGRANDE, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of AdamBear
4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-black with a nice tan head

S-smells a lot like a chocolate chunk coffee flavored ice cream. quite strong and solid smells.

T-comes in tasting a lot how it smells. there's really not a focus on the chocolate or coffee...just a really great balance of both flavors. the flavors are quite bold and not very beer-like. tastes more like a mocha malt beverage than a beer. its definitely good. the after-taste is matching but not too strong.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a crisp finish

O-this is a really good stout. very impressive from New Belgium. it really doesn't taste anything like a real beer though. it just has that mocha flavor to it. its appreciated, but it gives the stout a certain fake character to it. its not the most drinkable beer either. the flavors aren't as fun all the way through. definitely a bomber for the sharing.

AdamBear, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of jsteele
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

jsteele, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

DrunkinYogi, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle $5.99. Standard stout appearance, black, good head. This has a very nice aroma of coffee to it but almost no chocolate, I wonder what type of beans they used? Flavor was more coffee, a hint of chocolate, well done. This isn't going to beat anything like KBS but it is a very good value. Nice job New Belgium.

ArrogantB, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of hdofu
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me give it to you straight, it isn't a bad beer, but it does have a bad smell. Appearance is a dark brown with a muddy spongey head.
Taste is smokey, cocoa (unsweetened) with a bit albeit not great deal of coffee flavor. Smell is what baffles me as it has an odor of sewage in front of the chocolate. Mouthfeel is smooth and sudsy. It would be an ideal beer if it wasn't for the smell.

hdofu, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of Nugganooch
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bottle – taster nonic glass
*Notes from 11/20/12

A: Pour is a muddy black color with a nice pillow of root beer style head. Retention is astounding and leaves behind some nice running legs of lace.

S: Smells of chocolate fudge with espresso beans and a bit of leafy green hops. I get sweet cookie dough in spades and faint underlying dark smoky grains. Smells like a real treat.

T: Taste is a mocha bomb! Has a super luscious chocolaty flavor with a nice coffee shop accent all throughout. Roasted cereals introduce more of a chocolate malt ball note to the beer. Hershey’s syrup comes to mind. There is a noticeable amount of earthy bitterness and some light warming alcohol. Progression leaves somewhat of a chalky cocoa powder finish. Deliciously flavored and big on the chocolate. A great dessert beer.

M: Body is somewhat thin for Imperial standards and bit wet all throughout. Carbonation is fair bringing in a slight drying crisp. Finish has that chalky after feel.

D: This definitely delivers as promised with intense chocolate and coffee flavors. Thinner body and well incorporated alcohol do make this very drinkable. Sweet and delectable but not in a sickly way. The mouthfeel and finish trip this one up a bit but a nice beer overall.

Will be picking up a few more of these for sure.

Nugganooch, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of chanokokoro
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a 12 oz. New Belgium branded globe glass

Pours pitch black capped with two and half finger fluffy beige head. Good retention and abundant lacing coats the inside of the glass as the brew is consumed. Quite a bit of dark chocolate, roasted malt, and light notes of espresso on the nose. Opens with dark chocolate joined midpalate with big roasted semi-sweet malt flavor and espresso. The espresso joins with fairly evident bittering hops and cocoa powder on the finish. Light bodied for a double/imperial stout; checking in on the heavier side of medium bodied, abundant carbonation. Slick and creamy on the palate. Overall, like most New Belgium Lips of Faith series brews I've had, Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout isn't a disappointment but doesn't exceed expectations, either. The chocolate flavor, not the coffee, is the star in this brew. As a result, split this one with someone as the chocolate may be too much for one person.

chanokokoro, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Texasfan549, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

kjkinsey, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of jnikkel
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

jnikkel, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of josephwa
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

josephwa, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at the COOP today for a pretty reasonable $6 if memory serves... Poured into my slim tulip with a solid 2 finger brown head... only okay retention, but good lacing... the brew is pitch black.

Smells as advertised... fairly thick cocoa and a lesser coffee element... the additions tend to blow out any real stout aromas... with warmth, I swear I get a little cinnamon.

Coffee is better represented on the palate... really dig it.. chocolate is there but the coffee beans are the big player... stout flavors are again a bit muted...

Body seems a touch light for a 9% brew.. the carbonation is also a bit high IMO.. still a decent mouthfeel.

I will probably buy this again.. but don't think it will do well in the cellar and only get worse with time.

4/3.5/4/3.5/3.5

JohnGalt1, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
9% ABV,

A - Lips of Faith Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout gloops out with a thick and quiet pour, filling the glass with a midnight black beer. Before subsiding rather quickly, a dark tan head forms over the beer and leaves delicate lace on the glass.

S - Wake up to the aroma of this beer; powerful freshly roasted dark coffee beans! It's reminds me of my morning routine of grinding beans and brewing dark roast coffee. Hints of milk chocolate add some smoothness behind the dark bittersweet chocolate and mocha aroma that's so abundant while a trail of faint smokiness wafts in.

T - Much of the roasted chocolate aroma can be attributed to the malts used, but the beer's aroma doesn't much suggest "malt" as it's other characteristics. The same can't be said for the taste though, which predominantly features a heavy, acrid bitter roast that's almost burnt tasting. Baker's chocolate and extremely dry cocoa overlap the cold-brewed roasted coffee flavor for a rough-around-the-edges finish that features notes of chocolate-covered raisin, molasses, rye toast, and oak.

M - Harsh, acrid bitterness bites at the tongue throughout the duration of this beer with a full body and gritty, oily feel that has few moments of smooth milk chocolate feel appearing few and far between. Light carbonation dances on the tongue keeping it from feeling completely like a thick, unforgiving beer.

O - New Belgium's Lips of Faith Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout pours nicely, creating a powerful and inviting aroma of fresh coffee and chocolate but it's flavor, and subsequently the feel, become gritty, rough, and somewhat arresting. Smooth it out by enjoying for dessert with some creamy cheese cake.

BeerFMAndy, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of Powderhornphil
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Powderhornphil, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of inspektor
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

inspektor, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of bkrbdan
4/5  rDev +0.8%

bkrbdan, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of Rizalini
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber bottle into my Stone goblet...

A - Pours virtually black, with 1 1/2 fingers of cocoa brown head. A nice ring of lacing clings to the glass as i sips.

S - Smells of semi-sweet chocolate and coffee. What I expected from a coffee chocolate stout.

T/M - The taste is coffee dominant. A slight warming from the alcohol. The chocolate is more like a cocoa powder, and is hard to notice over the coffee. Medium mouthfeel, but a little thinner than I prefer my impy stouts.

O - A really decent coffee stout. My only complaints are the mouth is a little thin for a stout. It drinks more like a porter. Also the chocolate component is masked by the overwhelming coffee flavor. A very drinkable brew that I will be purchasing again. Cheers!

Rizalini, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of Dave1999
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pure black with a tiny tan head.

The smell is coffee, quite sweet.

The taste is coffee and milk chocolate.

The mouthfeel is smooth with low carbonation, very smooth.

This beer is simple, it's all about the coffee but it does it well. The smell is nice and strong and the taste follows.

Dave1999, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of Proteus93
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

T'is the season for a stout, and this looked as good as any, so I picked up a bottle!

A: Pours a deep cola-brown, but ends up nice and opaque in the glass, topped with a moderate sandy head.

S: Big on the scents... more of the creamy chocolate rounded out with the coffee roast. Perhaps a touch over-the-top, but at least they are pleasant scents. The balance could be a little better.

T: Much of the scent comes right through into the flavor. Sweet and chocolaty, with a bit of bitterness towards the finish. There's almost a little hint of fruitiness that I pick up on, but can't quite place it... in addition to the little bit of raisin, that is.

M + D: Body is a little on the thin side as far as stouts go, but it does have a decent oiliness that coats the mouth a little, making up for it--somewhat. Not too bad, though a little sweet for my tastes. I might consider it again.

Proteus93, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of DocJitsu
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a a dark, muddy brown with a scorched caramel color head. The head foam is reminiscent of when water is poured into a glass that just contained milk. A lot of asymetrical bubbles. Quite a bit of lacing around the glass. The aroma is comprised of brewed coffee, ground coffee, and powder cocoa for chocolate milk or hot chocolate. Not a whole lot more going on there. The mouthfeel is disappointing. Too watery and thin. A bit of sharpness due to the hop carbonation interaction toward the end. Heavy on the coffee with distinct notes of powdered cocoa mix. There's a little smokiness in the middle with something akin to a salty, grilled olive, if you will. I think they missed the mark with this one.

DocJitsu, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of roblund
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

roblund, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of AgentMunky
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice. Stamped 121005061.

A: Black, but not impenetrably so. A touch of mocha head

S: Dry-sweet coffee, bitter hops. Deep, pleasant, and alluring.

T: Mmm. This is good, but perhaps not exceptional. Very strong coffee, with somewhat weaker chocolate. An actual hop presence is welcome. The finish is not dryish.

M: Dryish and chalky. A touch sweet.

O: Lips of Faith has never disappointed and nor does this. Would have again. Typical but worthy coffee imperial stout.

AgentMunky, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of ctrevino
2.25/5  rDev -43.3%

ctrevino, Nov 21, 2012
Lips Of Faith - Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout from New Belgium Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 503 ratings.