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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
147
Ratings:
531
pDev:
10.8%
 
 
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40
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45
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Reviews by divineaudio:
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3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber into my deschutes snifter.

a - pours black with a finger thick, rocky, light brown head. after calming i get a thin film and big sheets of lacing in the glass.

s - smells like a mocha milkshake. good, but has a bit of an artificial quality to it.

t - pretty much like it smells. big coffee and dark chocolate flavors with plenty of roasted and burnt malts. has some faint dark fruity notes in there as well. a little on the sweet and artificial side but pretty well put together.

m - full bodied, medium carbonation, finer co2 profile. has a nice smoothness and faint alcohol warming.

o - was pleasantly surprised by this one. a little rough around the edges and doesn't quite have the depth of something like fbs, but still enjoyable. a must try for stout lovers.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of kojevergas
3.21/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at a local beer store and served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery and style. 9% ABV confirmed.

Served after a twenty minute warming period following its removal from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger mocha-khaki head of lovely cream lacing, great thickness, and very good retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a dark solid black. Nontransparent/opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Looks about right for the style, though I prefer the head colour to be much darker. There's nothing unique or special about it.

Sm: Uh-oh. A mess of slightly stale coffee, overdone caramel, middling roast, and artificial cocoa. The coffee is dominant. A strong aroma, but not a great one. Still, it's bold and evocative - and I appreciate that. No yeast or alcohol is detectable.

T: Chocolate and slightly stale overdone coffee. Dark malts. Pleasant cream - a redeeming attribute. Coffee is definitely dominant, to its detriment and my chagrin. In spite of its imbalance, it's decently built for a budget imperial stout. I do like it. Some earthiness hiding beneath the late second act dark malt foundation. t has a nice roasty backbone - a feature too often absent from imperial stouts. Still, it's severely lacking in complexity and subtlety given the style. No yeast or alcohol comes through. There's not enough here to distinguish it from the countless other good-but-not-great examples of the style.

Mf: Nicely creamy - a highlight of the beer. Has a bit of a dry edge, but it tames it and comes out largely wet. Smooth throughout, but not sleek or milky. Carbonation is good, if slightly overdone. Thick enough. Pretty good presence on the palate. Complements the flavours fairly well, but it doesn't feel custom-tailored to them.

Dr: Drinkable but largely forgettable. If you're going to play at the big boy's table, you've got to bring the cajones. This is pretty solid for its price point, but I see no need to trifle with it again. A pedestrian imperial stout from New Belgium. Might be worthwhile on nitro-draught.

High C+

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of Lemke10
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This pours a very dark brown/black color with a slight brown head. The aroma is very strong with coffee and some malt tones. The taste is heavy with malt flavors and hint of coffee. The taste starts off good but as you drink the bottle, it does get very malty and chalky. A good beer but it could use some improvement.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of MattyG85
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
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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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of bcostner1
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pitch black pour; moderate viscosity noted; thick, rich khaki head that slowly dissipates and leaves vestiges on the surface and around the edges; looks like a quality imperial stout should.

S: loads of coffee and chocolate; roasted malt; intoxicating.

T: superb. Coffee dominates up front along with roasted dark malt followed by the perfectly balancing sweetness of the chocolate. Hints of dark fruits in there too. This is really a delicious beer.

M: great body on this one; rich, viscous, satisfying; slightly overly astringent from the huge coffee presence; alcohol is definitely well hidden but this is still a sipper for sure.

I had been looking forward to trying this one and it definitely did not disappoint. This is an awesome beer and represents, to me, the way an imperial coffee stout should be done for sure. It is up there in my favorites for the style (and i love coffee stouts for sure). Highly recommended.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of ChugginOil
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
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!

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of Dope
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours pitch black with a huge and dense medium-brown head forming. Fades slowly with excellent head retention. Great thick lacework left behind.

S: Lots and lots of rich roasted coffee bean. A little bit of bitter chocolate backs it up but the coffee dominates here. Get a bit of char too.

T: Loaded with coffee like in the aroma but a decent amount of baker's chocolate mixes in and subdues it a bit. Get a strong salted crunchy pretzel taste in the middle. Lingering mellowed coffee and chocolate in the aftertaste with just the slightest hint of anise.

M: Medium bodied. Smooth and mouth-coatingly viscous.

O: Pretty much exactly as the bottle says. Decent stout with heavy coffee and chocolate adjuncts. Not much else to it. Can't give it major scores due to its relatively simple nature but it's still a tasty and drinkable brew. Mouthfeel stands out a bit, I will say. Quite nice.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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Lips Of Faith - Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 531 ratings