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 jlindros
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Max's Taphouse in Baltimore.

Nice creamy slightly darker colored creamy fizzy 1/2 head, almost pitch black colored.

Nose is exactly what it promises, some slight earthy coffee with mild to med roast, nice dark cocoa and milk choc, dark malts, nice vanilla tones, little caramel candy,

Taste very coffee, strong roasted fresh coffee, not too heavy and very little roast, nice dark choc and creamy cocoa, light creamy choc milk, little caramel candy, fluffy airy, then into nice vanilla flavor. Bitterness kicks in with a hint of roasted malt and some slight earthy spicy hops. It turns to an almost straight cocoa bean character. Light warming but clean booze flavor, and mild sweetness. Finish lingers with a long fresh roasted coffee grinds and coffee bean flavor, little dark choc and vanilla lingering, light booze warmth.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, mild warming booze, nice carb.

Overall quite a nice beer, on the high end for NB special beers.

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Photo of oberon
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with no light getting thru,a one finger beige head atop that lasted for quite awhile.Aromas mainly constited of mocha chocolate and sweet molasses,faint earthiness as it warms.Flavors start out on the sweeter side with chocolate,molasses,and some sweet alcohol,there is a decent enough earthy/roasty finish to keep the sweetness somewhat in check.Not a bad beer but there are better alternatives of the style out there.

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

A - Pours with a small head of off-white foam on top of an opaque black body. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Lots of coffee with a touch of chocolate.

T - Espresso and dark bread up front. Some molasses and burnt caramel in the middle and a finish of dark chocolate, more coffee, and just enough bitterness to keep it balanced.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - This is somewhere between a robust american stout and a real imperial, but it works nicely. The coffee character is excellent and there is enough chocolate to justify its inclusion in the description as well. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of mactrail
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Hugely aromatic with coffee. Some nice suds on pouring, but it dissipates rapidly. Plenty of fizz on the tongue.

Intense coffee flavor. Very thin and sharp. Some bitter chocolate taste, even more in the aftertaste. Rather acidic. This is an oddity; it's not the usual fattened-up malt bomb of a choco stout.

Worth a try if you like big-flavored beers, but quite a lightweight coffee slash of a brew. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Grapevine Liquor in Denver.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours black with a one inch mocha/tan head with fades to a thin cap and rim leaving rings and spotty lace.

N: Dark chocolate and roasted coffee along with fresh cake batter.

T: Chocolate cake with icing stuffed with roasted coffee. Chocolate dominates the coffee.

M: Semi-full body and moderate carbonation. Roasty and lingering chocolate finish.

O: Just a little bit too thin and watery for me. Smells better than it tastes.

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Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of smithj4
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of billab914
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into my Great Lakes glass. Black in color with a thick, rocky, chocolaty head to it. Really nice lacing on the glass as I drank it. Great looking beer overall.

Aroma shows lots of coffee to it with a little creamy chocolate. The roasted coffee is really smooth and appealing in it. The coffee flavors are very nicely done.

The taste has a little more of the roasted malts and dark chocolate coming through. The coffee starts to come out more towards the finish, but adds some really nice flavors to it. It's got a creamy, chocolaty flavor that really blends well with the coffee.

The mouthfeel is thin for the style but it does have a little creaminess to it. Carbonation is average. Overall, it was a pretty solid beer. It had some really nice coffee flavors and the creamy, chocolate balanced it pretty well. Very drinkable and flavorful. beer overall, the coffee was particularly nice in it.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of russpowell
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
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

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 ounce pint - $6.75 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Dispensed a very dark brown body, I think. I mean, they've got some dim-lighting in here tonight, allowing the Christmas lights to light the joint. Oh, topped with a finger of dusky, beige suds.

Smell: You've got your notes of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee -- yep, it's a coffee-chocolate stout, alright.

Taste: An expected start of roasty grains, dark chocolate, bold coffee, and even some dark caramel. Then, the chocolate and coffee flavors exponentiate. Scant perceived fruitiness. A little acidity. Some bitterness, not much, and some alcohol warmth presenting itself. Roasty, choco-coffee finish with some more alcoholic heat.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. It's lightly velvety.

Overall: It's pleasant enough, though not overly complex; it never strays beyond the implied "coffee" and "chocolate" in its moniker.

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Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. No bottle date.

Appearance - Black with a nice khaki head. Surface wisps and nice lacing.

Smell - Wow it smells like chocolate from far away. Up close the coffee dominates. It's all coffee and chocolate.

Taste - Lots of coffee. Overwhelms the chocolate, but it's still there. Coffee really overwhelms everything. Kind of a fruity flavor in the finish. Not terribly interesting.

Mouthfeel - Kinda thin. Medium carbonation. A little green in the finish from the coffee.

Overall - Coffee overwhelms all of it. Becomes quite dull after a while.

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Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

A better companion to a piece of chocolate-frosted yellow cake? Perhaps, but not many. This stuff pours a deep, dark black-brown topped by a finger of sandstone foam. The nose comprises thick coffee, roasted malts, and a hint of dark chocolate powder, though this is clearly subservient to the almighty coffee bean. The taste follows this pattern, but the tyranny is not quite as iron-gripped, the chocolate allowed to propagate certain areas like post-Edict-of-Nantes Huguenots (luckily, no meddling from some self-aggrandizing grandson of the king overturns the gains here). Things flow to a strong finish of chocolate ice cream (the expensive kind, plebs). The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a thickly fluid feel. Overall, a tasty stout, one that delivers pretty much exactly what it promises.

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Photo of BMart
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pitch black with a huge, thick, brown head that has great retention

S - chocolate, dark fruit, faint coffee, roasted malts

T - intense dark fruit notes, some rich sweet chocolate notes, faint coffee-like bitterness

M - medium bodied, a bit thin at times, well carbonated, some faint warming alcohol

This is a decent beer with a nice flavor profile. I like this beer, but I wish it were a bit more full-flavored. Neither the coffee nor the chocolate are as intense as I would have liked it to be. The dark fruit notes are impressive and add layers of depth. The mouthfeel is a bit thin which also takes away from the overall experience. Despite all this it is still a really nice stout that is worth checking out.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Lare453
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Solid stygian blackness, beneath a gorgeous deep tan head, long lasting, creamy and luscious.

Aroma: chocolate first on the nose, sweetness aplenty, rich and lovely. Mocha delight. The glaze on a scrumptious chocolate donut. Coffee hasn't revealed itself yet. Very pleasing, nonetheless.

Taste: In the mouth, cocoa sensations resonate, with coffee notes rising up to greet them. This is delectable. Now we're dunking that chocolate-dripped cruller into our morning cup joe. Getting the best of all worlds. It's the most intense, the richest, the fullest, or the deepest, but it's tasty and drinkable, beside the high ABV. Fullish body, long, but not overly intense finish.

Alcohol isn't showing just yet, and, as noted before, there's not trace of "imperial stout" flavors, like dark fruits, char, dark rum, molasses, etc. Just chocolate, with coffee beans peeking in at the sides.

Someone asked me if this was a "Belgian-style" stout, and I replied, no, just regular, plus coffee, plus chocolate, plus imperial. But through their name and their past brews, people expect everything NBB makes to have a Belgian bent of some sort. Personally, I'd like to see more of this, especially now that they've embraced their hoppy nature, or formed one, or something.

No, this is not barrel-aged, or vanilla bean infused or whatever other gimmick we need to use these days. It's just a darned good beer. Really nice, and very flavorful.
What's wrong with that, I'd like to know, so here I go…again…
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Photo of sendbeer
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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