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

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

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145 Reviews
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Reviews: 145
Hads: 525
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 20.87%
Wants: 42
Gots: 47 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: denver10 on 10-31-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 145 | Hads: 525
Photo of argock
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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...

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Photo of Florida9
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown, but appears to be a glossy black in the glass. Forms a small-to-moderate sized tan colored head that reduces fairly quickly to a thin surface coating and a small, but stable, collar. Some very light lacing.

S: Coffee, chocolate, cocoa, and roasted malts. Some light molasses and brown sugar along with a mild earthy mushroom scent.

T: Taste starts off with a very mild sweetness and some sour coffee. Notes of bitter dark chocolate. There is a touch of vanilla and some heavy roasted malts. Finishes with a not overly pleasant aftertaste of cheap, black coffee.

M: On the heavier side of medium, but thin for the style. Slightly acidic, but not "sour" in the lactic/acetic connotation of the word. Moderate roasted malt type bitterness.

O: Well, this beer delivers on both the coffee and chocolate from where it gets its name. Unfortunately, this is cheap coffee and not very good chocolate. Overall, a decent beer. Lighter body does make it more drinkable than most Imperial Stouts, but, then again, Imp Stouts aren't exactly known for their drinkability.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into snifter at ITAP stl. Pours a deep rich black with a finger of tan head. Nice sticky lacing. Wow crazy coffee aromas, mixed with some sweet sugar.
Taste is lots of coffee, sweet chocolate, roasted malts, and a bit of lacto sugar. Really nice.
This is a great brew. If you like coffee you would like this brew. Id get again for sure.

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Photo of Zach136
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Trappeze Pub in Athens, GA. Served in a Palm snifter.

$5/12oz $3 for Half Pour.

A - Opaque black with light tan head that disappears quick. Excellent lacing.

S - Mostly rich milk chocolate with a hint of coffee.

T - Strong on the coffee flavor, not very much chocolate at all. Definitely a "fresh" coffee flavor as well. No hops to speak of.

M - Fairly rich, chewy and creamy. Leaves a sweet sticky residue in your mouth after.

O - Great coffee stout. Not the best, but very good. I'd love to sit on it for a year or so and I bet I'd like it even more.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Black, creamy head, lots of creamy lace.

S - Predominantly coffee, with a back bone of sweet malt.

T - NICE! Creamy, chocolate coffee flavors, melding nicely together.

M - Very creamy, good carb, good balance, pleasant coating on the palate.

D - Despite the ABV, could have a few.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into NB Globe. Appearance is deep, dark, and brown with generous cocoa colored head. No light passes through, great head retention and quite a bit of lacing. The nose is dry cocoa and bold coffee. Pretty straightforward, not a lot of depth and complexity here. The taste is more significant with sweet notes of molasses and cream followed by rich chocolate and strong coffee at the back end. This brew is very full flavored and leaves quite the chocolate coffee after taste lingering on the palate. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Overall, this is an enjoyable brew from NB. I believe this is one of the first stouts I have had from them (with an exception to Clutch). This is very good, but doesn't quite live up to some of its competitors (ie FBS). A solid Lips of Faith offering nonetheless.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark oily black with a moderate amount of black. About two fingers of tan head that slowly fade into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing on the glass.

Smell: A very roasty coffee and chocolate driven aroma. Dark roasted malts with big hints of coffee beans, and dark chocolate. Also some hints of burnt caramel, biscuit, toast, toffee, and nuts. Some burnt sugars and a little hint of smoke. Fairly earthy with some pretty decent hints of hops. Smells on the dry side with a big bitter roast. Pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma suggests, a roasty and bitter coffee driven taste with some chocolate. Dark roasted malts with a big taste of bitter black coffee. Good taste of dark chocolate, burnt toast, caramel, toffee, biscuit, nuts, and a little smoke. The coffee bitterness is fairly strong and the sweetness is subdued. A surprisingly noticeable presence of earthy hops add a little more bitterness. A very good coffee stout taste.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the heavier side of medium with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, bitter, and pretty drying. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: A very good coffee stout. Slightly thinner feel for an imperial but I love the dark coffee bitterness going on. The coffee taste is very solid.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 PINT, 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

A - This beer is black with less than an inch of tan head.

S - It smells like a cup of coffee with cream and sugar added.

T - The coffee stands out more than the chocolate. It tastes more like a coffee cream stout.

M - Full

O - I think it is delicious. I did just have Founder's Breakfast stout last night, so with that lingering in my mind it knocks this beer down a little by comparison. It is a good coffee stout though, and I would definitely drink it again.

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Photo of harrymel
3.07/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Let's do this. Didn't see this coming off the LoF series.

Pours black with a fine mocha central dome and rim. Smells of cocoa, milk chocolate, light roasted coffee and some oats. Tastes of coffee, chocolate, some biscuit and fudge brownies, but not sweet. A bit of oatmeal as well. Medium bodied with moderated carb and an off dry, a little too dry finish. This is a lighter take on the triad of coffee, chocolate and stout, and decent. It should be a one off for certain.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark black with a touch of brown mixed in with a finger of frothy chocoalte colored head atop. The head fades at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is full of roasted chocolate malts and coffee with osme vanilla, black licorice, lactose, and a touch of booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of roasted milk chocoalte malts with some black lirocie and vanilla. Through the middle, lots of roasted coffee comes through with some earthy hops, and some molasses. The finish is a mix of roasted coffee and chocoalte with some molassses, black lirorice, and a touch of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, roasted, and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Great balance with good coffee and chocoalte flavors.

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Photo of Mitchster
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of arizcards
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber from Total Wine Arrowhead in mid November for $8.99. Bottled in October 2012.

Beer poured black with a nice brown head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is very strong of fresh roasted coffee.

Taste is a bit uneven, roasted coffee is dominant with some hints of chocolate. Alcohol warming with each sip.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall this is not a bad brew. It has some good flavors but it does not mesh together as well as hoped.

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Photo of Beaver13
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours dark brown black with a medium creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet lactic chocolate and coffee roast with a slight amount of vegetables.

The flavor is sweet lactic chocolate and a lot of roasted malt and coffee and a bit of alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a nice coffee stout. Sweet with the lactic chocolate, but nice coffee and the roast balances it out. Not top tier, but great value.

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Photo of n2185
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with three fingers of tan head that fades into a thin cap with a solid sheet of lacing.

S: Roasted malts with lots of rich, robust coffee notes. Not much else going on here, but as a coffee junkie I still enjoy it.

T: Roasted malts and huge robust coffee flavors here as well. Underneath are some bitter chocolate notes with a slightly bitter, charred finish.

M: Medium-thick body with medium carbonation, this beer is a bit lighter and more carbonated than I expected. It works, though I tend to prefer a smoother, creamier body in my stouts.

O: A good coffee stout, overall. Not terribly complex, but full of nice coffee notes and enjoyable.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pitch black pour, looks great in my snifter. Mocha colored head that slowly disappears and leaves some bubbles. A lot of lacing.

S- Tons of coffee with a lot of roasted malt. Smells really good, but not a whole lot of chocolate in the nose. Maybe some bittersweet chocolate.

T- Surprisingly not a malt bomb. Coffee is huge in the taste with roasted malts and a slight chocolate flavor. The surprise is the hops that come through from the middle to the end. A really good mix of flavors.

M- Full bodied, medium-high carbonation. Slight sting on the roof of my mouth, but very smooth.

O- Really good coffee stout. I thought the coffee over powered any chocolate, but this is a really good desert beer.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap at Barley's Taphouse in Asheville

A- pours pitch black with a small creamy light-tan head, reduces to a small layer leaving lace covering the rim

S- toasted cereal grain, fresh ground coffee, chocolate malt, slightly smoky

T- wow how is this not rated higher!? Intense fresh coffee notes with cereal grain sweetness, sweet chocolate malt mid palate, just enough hop kick at the end to compliment a semi dry finish

M- medium body, foamy mouthfeel with a smooth finish, abv hidden very well

O- this reminds me of a poor mans FBS, just a bit lighter mouthfeel and not as much chocolate. Still an amazing stout that is worthy of a higher rating IMO.

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Photo of portia99
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
2.99/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass

A- pours black with a paper thin brown head that quickly fades away to nothingness, leaving me extremely dissatisfied even after an aggressive pour

S- a strong coffee aroma comes through in the nose, but there's no chocolate to speak of at all. The coffee smells real nice, but it's very one dimensional

T- burnt coffee and bitter chocolate. Sure, it delivers on the promised flavors, but it's not really pleasant at all.

M- extremely thick and full-bodied. This is where the beer truly shines....the body is pretty incredible

O- swing....and a mess. New Belgium is very hit or miss with these Lips of Faith beers....this one was a big whiff IMO

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Photo of GilGarp
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served a little too cold in an imperial pint glass.

Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout had me sold on the name. It's nearly black with a thick layer of lingering head. The lacing is pretty good as it settles.

Aroma is rich and roasty with nice coffee and chocolate elements already making themselves known.

Flavor is spot on for what it says on the bottle. Coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts in abundance. It's well-balanced too with good sweetness and bitterness with none of the coffee or chocolate being too overpowering.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and perfectly carbonated.

Overall a really nice imperial stout. Definitely worth trying if you like a creamy smooth coffee stout.

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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.

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Photo of bum732
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
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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Photo of Vonerichs
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, almost black color with an inch of dense coffee colored head.

The smell is all coffee, but stale coffee with a little cardboard.

Coffee and chocolate flavored make it two dimensional, but they are pronounced. The finish is bitter coffee grounds.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. A touch creamy.

Overall, it's a decent stout that over performs its $6 price tag, for sure.

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Photo of stumac
4.72/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured up black as night. Big tan crown. Lots of lacing. Aromas of chocolate, faint coffee bean, something super sweet in the mix. Tastes of burnt malty goodness, coffee like a mah fudger, nice dark chocolates. Smooth carbo, full bodied. I like my beer like I like my women, thick and black. Just kidding

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Photo of mntlover
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a black not overly thick but dark anyway nice two finger coco head falls to scum and laces well.

Aroma is light roasted malts, some descent caramel notes lots of added chocolate almost like chocolate milk. Some light coffee but mostly just added chocolate coming through.

Taste is like the aroma light roasted notes but lots of chocolate milk like flavors with light coffee hints. Some light bitterness in finish from hops.

Mouthfeel is only little more then medium with carbonation that is on the mellow side.

Overall pretty average stout, would not of guessed it was an impy stout without looking at the bottle. Not as good as most NB brews kind of sad but not really bad just not great like it should be.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Lips Of Faith - Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout from New Belgium Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.