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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Photo of ellswrth
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of damienblack
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of zachary80
4.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz painted bottle, no date. Somehow this rang up under $6 before discount/tax/deposit.

Extremely dark brown body, medium creamy tan head. Good lacing.

Could smell this one once I popped open the bottle. Delicious chocolate is the most prominent with some enticing coffee notes as well. Smells a little sweet.

Huge with the coffee and chocolate in the flavor of this one. There is a real depth to the coffee flavor, unlike the shallow/generic coffee flavor of some others, and it blends perfectly with the chocolate and underlying roastiness from the stout. High in bitterness, relatively slow sweetness for an imperial stout.

Full bodied; light-medium carbonation, no alcohol presence.

Overall this is a great beer. Probably my favorite coffee/chocolate combination in a stout.

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Photo of leodarko
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of pschul4
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a light black with a 1 inch black head

S - Espresso notes along with a hint of bakers chocolate and some roasty malts

T - The roasty malts take the lead but there is a nice coffee taste along with a nice touch of booze in the back

M - A little thinner than would care for

O - Some thinkness would essentially turn this into FBS. Really good but somewhat light. That said I'd drink this often if given the chance

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Photo of dbrelsfo
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of jerefreakinmiah
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've been looking for this bad boy since I first had it (many times) when I lived in Houston in 2012-2013. Another great find!

Pours pitch black with a creamy, tan, 1/4 inch head that dissapates quickly. Still tons of coffee on the nose after this long in the bottle. Reminds me of Terrapin's Wake and Bake Imperial Coffee Stout.

First sip is somewhat bitter, like cold brew coffee. Another 10 minutes brings out something similar to a mocha latte.

Wonder if a bourbon barrel aging with the coffee would have melded well, as the chocolate malt starts to sweeten up the whole mix while it warms.

20 minutes out of the fridge and the coffee is far in the background now on the palate. Can't help wondering how some vanilla would balance this out.

Well, enough of this for one night. Great beer, try to find one!

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I get a somewhat bitter dark chocolate aroma off of this, and it's backed with a nice smooth espresso roast to round it out. Very inviting, and very nice aroma overall.

Pitch black in color, no highlights when held to a light source. It has a rich, dark tan head that reminds me of hot chocolate foam. It has good retention and laces extremely well on the glass sides.

Coffee right up front, but it's not bitter like I imagined as it would be. Mid-palate is a burst of chocolate and it finishes with a smooth espresso bean. Very much like eating chocolate covered espresso beans. The mouthfeel is medium-full, but lighter than I would have thought. Carbonation has a little bite to it, but its not too bad. Overall this is a really nice beer, it's something that I would drink after a meal with desert.

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Photo of FlussigkeitMut
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Jasonrm72
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Cyclone8
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of raffy313
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of aflies
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of harrylee773
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

Photo of heavenlyStash
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Bowers-Brew
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of tmcarter23
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

Photo of iKrystin
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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 StubFaceJoe
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of BellsFan
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of divineaudio
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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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Photo of chanokokoro
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of JeffSuttonTX
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of wmobley
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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