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 Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by denver10 on 10-31-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
529
Reviews:
146
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
10.94%
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
44
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 529 |  Reviews: 146
Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Thick dark brown almost black. Lacing is kind of weak...

S: Coffee bitterness. That's really about it. It's a nice smell but not very complex. Maybe some vanilla in there as well.

T: Big coffee and chocolate notes. Very nice at first but then they fade to a residual bitterness which is not the most pleasing. The flavors here are little more controlled than in other coffee and chocolate beers I've had but still they hit a little dull.

M: Sits with a pretty good body. Carbonation cuts through quite a bit. Also a dull bitterness is hard to handle...

Overall a slightly above average beer. A little more control that other beers like it but still not the best.

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Photo of MEW
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of nUgZ
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a almost black color with a 2 finger head and decent lacing.

S: Mostly aromas of chocolate and coffee with some roasted malts as well.

T: Chocolate along with some overcooked coffee flavors. Roasted malts, but hardly any alcohol detectable.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation.

O: For the price, this is a decent Imperial Stout. It's not unpleasant, but not impressive. It lacks the complexity of the really good Imperial Stouts available these days. I wouldn't mind having it again, but I would seek it out.

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Photo of DavidST
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. This pours a pitch black with a decent mocha colored head which has a decent retention rate and leaves a lacing. The smells are of chocolate, but sort of a fake chalky chocolate, a little coffee, and roasted malts. The feel is medium. The taste is okay, the chocolate isn't as great as other chocolate stouts I have tried.

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Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of DocJitsu
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of MonkeyBread
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 ocelot2500
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an ebony color with a tight, mocha heae that leaves a bit of lacing.

Smells of coffee mostly with some slight sweetness.

Tastes of the roasted notes mostly with a bit of sweetness. Coffee and cocoa come through first with a bit of toasted marshmallow. Slight bit of brown sugar ends it with a touch of sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is pretty good, but isn't anything special in a style where there are already so many standouts.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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

Was looking for something to drink, this seemed like a bargain buy at $5.99 for the bomber at Whole Foods.

A - Black beer with two fingers off-brown colored head. Lots of splotches and trails left on the sides of the glass. Opaque.

S - Lots of coffee with just the faintest hint of chocolate. Some nice roast. A pretty nice smelling beer, straight forward, no real surprises.

T - Taste is mostly coffee, with a nice strong non-bitter taste. There is a touch of chocolate in there with some toasted malts and a good bit of roast. Slight souring on the end, finishes a bit milky.

M - Overly carbonated at first, a bit prickly. Gets better with some swirls. Medium bodied.

O - Starts out good, other than the carbonation. At the end it leaves you lacking somehow, but it's not a bad beer. Fine for the bomber price, solid, but nothing spectacular.

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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 SaisonRichBiere
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 12 oz. mug. Super Bowl Sunday.

Appearance- Pours a thick black. Looks very matte black in the glass. Initial pour left a huge, bubbly, creamy brown head that barely budged until I took a drink. The head looked like a thick chocolate milkshake from a soda fountain that sells $8 milkshakes. Lots of cloudy residual lacing on the glass. Great looking.

Smell- BIG, roasty, nutty coffee notes, and strong dark chocolate notes precede milk sugar sweetness, and faint acidic vanilla notes. No hops to speak of. Like walking down a fine coffee aisle with strong quality cocoa under your nose, and eating dark chocolate covered coffee beans. This smells better than it looks. I love coffee and chocolate stouts, and this smells like the best of them.

Taste- Booze up front, immediately followed by watered-down coffee with a faint acidic sweetness, that ramps up into a strong, smoky espresso palate. Finishes weak and bitter. Roasty, bitter dark chocolate lingers on the palate. A big let down. Thankfully the coffee notes appear in the middle, but not enough to save it from being average.

Mouthfeel- Surprisingly not as heavy as I thought it would be. Quite watery. A bit thick, but lacking the dense, oily viscosity akin to most imperial coffee/chocolate stouts I've had. A bit fizzy even, but watery nonetheless.

Overall- This one is all over the place. It presents well, but goes downhill from there. Not a great beer, but it somehow manages to work. Smells great, looks great, tastes light and is surprisingly watery, but it isn't too boozy for an imperial. All of this makes it quite drinkable, but just lacking considering the style. I wouldn't mind trying a draft offering. They did nail it on the name- the only flavors and aromas to speak of are chocolate and coffee. It's just weak. Perhaps the most "refreshing" imperial coffee chocolate stout? A minnow in a pool of big fish chocolate/coffee stouts out there.

Cheers.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured black with good carbonation lpresenting a nice brown cap, bubbles, lacing and moderate head retention leabes some light lacing and bubbles after a few sips

S: Immediate Folgers like coffee inspiration with a healthy dose of pure dark and milk chocolate

T: Black coffee taste upfront which tends to really hang around start to finish. The blend of rich cocoa and dark cocoa play a backseat to the coffee but not over[powered and appear almost as instant as the coffee. Both chocolate and coffee persists start to finish with a bitterness and roastiness to boot. Finish is long, dry and subtley sweet

M: Hefty body, well carbonated, not really creamy but more so astringent.

O: Not bad but probably wont go back to it unless its Nitro'd

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Photo of Bung
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. It's pretty much black, thin layer of cream colored head. Laces the glass just a bit.

Aroma, roast malt and heavier coffee. Some dark chocolate and cocoa.

Taste, roast malt and some chocolates. Dominated by coffee though, but there is a slight cardboard accompanying it. The coffee is just a tad acrid. It just doesn't blend well enough.

The likedness to straight coffee is present in the slightly thinner body. Carb is good though, almost creamy and the abv is hidden.

Normally like the big coffee stouts, actually any coffee stouts. There is just room for improvement here, like most non pale/sour NB brews. Too much straight black coffee, the best are more mocha lattes.

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Photo of teromous
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown and black body, with a small creamy tan head. Some spots of lacing.

S: I pick up notes of light coffee.

T: Very mellow flavors here. There's coffee and some oak-like woody flavor. The label reads "Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout." I didn't really pick up any chocolate flavors. There is a roasted quality to the beer that could be chocolate, but when I drink this I don't immediately taste chocolate. It's coffee and more coffee.

M: This beer is light on bitterness. It is fairly smooth. Easy to drink. The body is robust and full.

O: Overall the beer was a nice Imperial Stout. I felt the coffee flavors worked well with it. I would have liked a lot more chocolate flavor. I would recommend it to those who enjoy coffee stouts exclusively. I felt it did have a nice robust flavor and mouthfeel which was enjoyable.

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Photo of bismarksays
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of elgiacomo
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz growler. Served at around 55F.

Pours black with a two finger light brown head that leaves nice sheets of spotty lacing and recedes to a wispy cap and ring.

Aroma is coffee, cocoa powder, roasted malts, nutty, peanut butter. Good to very good strength.

Flavor mirrors the aroma, coffee, cocoa/chocolate, roasted malts, peanut butter, hint of dark fruit, rather sweet, minimal bitterness, mild alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, creamy and smooth with soft carbonation.

More about the coffee than chocolate, and picking up a distinct peanut butter character. Kinda makes me think of Terrapin’s Liquid Bliss, yet this doesn’t utilize any peanuts. Pretty good, but not as thick or rich as other Imperial Stouts out there.

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Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2012 bottle poured in a snifter.

A: Pours like most Imperial Stouts, doesn't stand out, but looks delicious none the less. No head to speak of with some alcohol legs present.

S: Coffee is right. Right away first whiff hit with strong coffee aroma. Not getting a huge roasty-ness, more of an ice coffee aroma. Not getting much else, but it hits the coffee mark.

T: Highly drinkable, smooth though a tad slight for an Imperial Stout. Not as thin as Drakonic mind you. Some slight bitterness from the hops at the end. Little chocolate as well.

M: Medium bodied and creamy. Lot of action on the tongue.

O: A very solid highly drinkable beer. It hits the mark as a coffee Imperial Stout but not a lot else going on here. Not very complex, which is fine. Great drinkable beer, probably more drinkable than most Double/Imperial Stouts. I could definitely see me having a few of these on draft at the local pub.

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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 fountainofyouth
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a rocket into a standard pint glass. I'm probably serving it colder than I'm supposed to.

Appearance: Pours a pretty impressively large light-brown head. Very good retention. As I expected, the body color is just a black wall of beer. I don't know if I've seen a more impenetrable beer.

Smell: Dark-roasted coffee grinds are right out front and music to my nose. There's some slightly lighter sweet malt behind it. Not much room for hops.

Taste: The depth of taste is not quite as intense as I imagined it would be -- it's not really "imperial." The coffee grinds are perceptible but don't dominate. Sweetish malty backing is there, but light. Balanced overall, without the need for or presence of hops. The alcohol is well-hidden in taste but the warmth is palpable on the way down. I have to really reach to find anything cocoa-y. (No, wait -- is that some milk chocolate I taste up front? Can't tell.) There is also definitely some black barley, contributing a near-ashy taste.

Mouthfeel: The first thing I noticed was the carbonation, which kind of stings my sensitive mouth. The body is fairly heavy, as one would expect. Only a little bit of residual dryness in the back.

Overall: Not worth the 55 cents per ounce I paid, but a good beer.

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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 Sarlacc83
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Belmont Station.

A: Black with no forecast for sunshine. 1/2" of thick, fluffy cappucino head.

N: Chocolate milk, fudge, Hershey's syrup, and espresso beans. There is a slightly offputting metallic flavor. Some roasted malt. All in all, it's well balanced with the sweetness, but it does lose some points for the aforementioned metallic flavor.

T: Coffee forward. Chocolate flavors grow as the beer warms. Milky taste with prominent roastiness. Has some wood and oak elements even if there's no actual oak aging. Nice stuff.

M: Really thin for the style. If this was labeled a 'single' stout, I'd be more forgiving.

O: A pleasant afternoon drinker and a beer worth recommending. A little more body and some additional complexity - though, given the ingredients you may not be looking for more - and this would be a real stunner.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Lips Of Faith - Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout from New Belgium Brewing
3.93 out of 5 based on 529 ratings.
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