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

Lips Of Faith - Imperial Coffee Chocolate StoutLips Of Faith - Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout
BA SCORE
3.97/5
529 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by denver10 on 10-31-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
146
Ratings:
529
pDev:
10.83%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
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Gots:
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Photo of Zach136
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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 HuskyinPDX
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
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 drummermattie02
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours out mostly black and dark brown, nice beige head on it, .88" in depth, good lacing, retention. Yummy aroma, hits both the chocolate and coffee aspect in the right amount, not huge, not boozy, just a solid mild coffee presence and dark chocolate.

Taste, again, hits with a substantial dose of chocolate, coffee to a lesser degree. Definitely leads with its dark chocolate foot forward, not a coffee bomb, but not a pushover either. Avoids a bitter coffee presence, probably from the smoothness of a substantial malt body and dark chocolate of the less bitter nature. Even though the chocolate is the most prominent aspect flavor wise, this beer never came off as sweet. Alcohol engrained nicely, hidden, not boozy. Pretty easy drinking stuff at 9%abv. The malt body never feels heavy either. At only $6 a bomber, this is a pretty solid option. I should have grabbed one more to age.

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Photo of teamwiggum
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Bung
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
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 StoutHunter
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of New Belgium's Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout from the Lips of Faith series for $6.99 at The Lager Mill. It's a cold and windy night in Mid Michigan and an Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout sounds pretty good, this is my first beer from New Belgium's Lips of Faith Series, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, 2012 Vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into an snifter.

A- The label looks good and it has nice pop art vibe to it. It poured a nice black color that didn't let any light come through with three and a half fingers worth of fluffy dark tan head that left lots of sticky lacing behind. This is a very good looking beer, almost perfect, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by some malts that impart some grainy and roasted malt aromas. Up next comes the coffee and chocolate which show up very nicely and they make for a nice 50/50 blend that has an aroma that's similar to a mocha latte. The aroma is very good and just as advertised, I really enjoy it.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by some malts that impart a grainy and medium roasted malt flavor. Up next comes the coffee and chocolate, the coffee seems to overpower the chocolate slightly but they still show up nicely and still remind me of a mocha latte . On the finish I pick up hardly any alcohol with a lighter medium amount of astringent coffee like bitterness that is just the right amount and it works well with this beer and it had a roasted malt and very coffee like aftertaste. This is a good tasting beer, I enjoyed it a good deal and it was just as advertised.

M- Very smooth, creamy, slightly sticky, medium bodied with a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was good and worked well with this beer, but I thought it could be just a little thicker.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer and pretty good example of the style, this beer exceeded my expectations and I think it could hold it's own against Founders Breakfast Stout, I really enjoyed this beer. This beer had good drinkability to it, it was very smooth with lots of nice rich flavors to hold my attention, I wouldn't rule out drinking a second bomber of this stuff and that's pretty rare for me with this style, I would love to have a bottle to share around the campfire this summer. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and aroma, they were both very good, this is the best looking stout that I've seen in awhile. What I liked the least about this beer was the mouthfeel, it wasn't bad at all, but it think it would be a little better if it was just a little thicker. I would buy this beer again, when FBS dries up this would be a nice alternative and I would recommend this to anyone who likes coffee and chocolate stouts and I thought it was also priced well which was an added bonus. All in all I was very happy with this beer, I didn't know what to expect from the Lips of Faith Series, but this turned out to be a hit and I really enjoyed drinking it. Great Job New Belgium, you can be sure that I will be checking out much more of the Lips of Faith Series.

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Photo of twelveinches
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle $5.99. Standard stout appearance, black, good head. This has a very nice aroma of coffee to it but almost no chocolate, I wonder what type of beans they used? Flavor was more coffee, a hint of chocolate, well done. This isn't going to beat anything like KBS but it is a very good value. Nice job New Belgium.

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Photo of MSandahl23
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of mynie
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Something starting to irk me--and I don't mean to call out New Belgium in particular, since lots of breweries do this--but I hate this conflation between double stouts and imperial stouts. Is there a reason the "imperial" tag can't be reserved for Russian Imperials?

Anyhow, onto the beer. It's a dark pour, nearly opaque, with a solid brown head, thick and only lightly fizzy. Smells of very sweet chocolate with just a hint of roasted coffee bitterness.

Tastes like it smells: a fairly standard, strong mocha stout with decent balance. Starts off with big nodes of coffee, moving into a sweeter, chocolatey middle, and ending on mild nodes of spice, bitter stout barley, and alcohol. Not particularly complex, and the back end gets a little weak, but overall quite solidly done.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice. Stamped 121005061.

A: Black, but not impenetrably so. A touch of mocha head

S: Dry-sweet coffee, bitter hops. Deep, pleasant, and alluring.

T: Mmm. This is good, but perhaps not exceptional. Very strong coffee, with somewhat weaker chocolate. An actual hop presence is welcome. The finish is not dryish.

M: Dryish and chalky. A touch sweet.

O: Lips of Faith has never disappointed and nor does this. Would have again. Typical but worthy coffee imperial stout.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.12/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Portion of a 22 oz bottle poured into a Hunahpu's snifter. From notes.

A: Pours a dark brown color that's seemingly kind of light for the style. The head is a one finger light mocha shade.

S: Some roasted barley influence appears on the nose, backed by light coffee and chocolate. I swear I pick up a bit of oatmeal, too. A bit bland, but decently balanced.

T: The flavor doesn't come off as roasty as I thought it would from the nose. A light mocha character to start becomes a chocolaty finish. Mellow and balanced, almost to a fault.

M: This one feels a bit thin and insubstantial for me. I could use a bit more creaminess here, but it drinks easily.

O: This is decent. Well balanced, but could be great with a few tweaks.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
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 cdwil
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
9% ABV,

A - Lips of Faith Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout gloops out with a thick and quiet pour, filling the glass with a midnight black beer. Before subsiding rather quickly, a dark tan head forms over the beer and leaves delicate lace on the glass.

S - Wake up to the aroma of this beer; powerful freshly roasted dark coffee beans! It's reminds me of my morning routine of grinding beans and brewing dark roast coffee. Hints of milk chocolate add some smoothness behind the dark bittersweet chocolate and mocha aroma that's so abundant while a trail of faint smokiness wafts in.

T - Much of the roasted chocolate aroma can be attributed to the malts used, but the beer's aroma doesn't much suggest "malt" as it's other characteristics. The same can't be said for the taste though, which predominantly features a heavy, acrid bitter roast that's almost burnt tasting. Baker's chocolate and extremely dry cocoa overlap the cold-brewed roasted coffee flavor for a rough-around-the-edges finish that features notes of chocolate-covered raisin, molasses, rye toast, and oak.

M - Harsh, acrid bitterness bites at the tongue throughout the duration of this beer with a full body and gritty, oily feel that has few moments of smooth milk chocolate feel appearing few and far between. Light carbonation dances on the tongue keeping it from feeling completely like a thick, unforgiving beer.

O - New Belgium's Lips of Faith Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout pours nicely, creating a powerful and inviting aroma of fresh coffee and chocolate but it's flavor, and subsequently the feel, become gritty, rough, and somewhat arresting. Smooth it out by enjoying for dessert with some creamy cheese cake.

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Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured an opaque black with thick tan head.
S: It smelled like rich dark chocolate, with some rotated coffee and cream...not much else.
T: It tasted like sweet dark chocolate and bitter roasted coffee, with cream and earthy pumpernickel. It had a clean and bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was thick with a little carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was a nice stout with rich scent and taste and solid body. The finish was smooth and the alcohol was well hidden, so it was easy to drink. No need to age. Fairly simplistic brew, but enjoyable.

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Photo of jeff1973
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of morimech
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Inky black color with a large tan head that had excellant retention. The head settles to a very thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass. A very good looking stout.

Smell is mostly coffee with a mild hint of chocolate buried deep underneath. Also a touch of roasted malt. Overall the aroma is a bit mild.

Plenty of complexity in the flavor. Coffee is the dominating factor with bitter, unsweetened chocolate playing a much lesser role. Nice roasted malt qualities as well with just a faintest hint of smoke in the finish. Just the slightes hint of alcohol.

Moderate heft to the body. Supremely carbonated however. Just a smooth, creamy texture that compliments the other qualities of the beer.

This is a good coffee stout. The chocolate did not play that large a role, at least not one I was led to believe by the label. There are many better value coffee stouts on the shelves so this will not rank high on a repurchase list.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into NB snifter.

A: Pours near black with three fingers of foamy, dense, light brown head that slowly faded into a thick film leaving a network of lace down the glass.
S: Dominating and rich notes of black coffee, espresso, and coffee ground with just a hint of dark chocolate fudge beneath. Bitter smelling.
T: Coffee is again the most prominent feature, as expected, and is black and bitter. Earthy hops, bitter dark chocolate, bitter coffee and a bit of roast tie everything together. The finish is slightly sweet and sugary, and the aftertaste is full of chocolate, dark fruit, and more bitter coffee. Earthy almost spicy coffee overall.
M: Full body, thick and chewy mouthfeel, fluffy carbonation. Not the thickest beer I’ve had but it has a nice heft to it.
O: An enjoyable coffee stout. Coffee definitely dominates everything and is on the bitter side. If you love coffee you’ll love this, but it lack the depth and complexity of the greats of the style. Worth checking out though. Cheers.

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Photo of Gatordaddy
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Dope
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
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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Photo of gtermi
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of tectactoe
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Oak Cafe. Pours a deep brown and black color with a light-brown head that was thin and faded to nothing more than a ring around the glass within minutes; no lacing to speak of. Smells of sweet coffee and creamer hit the nose first. Packed with dense, concentrated coffee flavors, this one smells sweet and powerful. Some cocoa and roasted notes on the sides, but the coffee is certainly what dominates.

Same goes for the taste - this is a coffee stout, through and though. Chocolate plays a secondary role. Sweetened, sugar & cream coffee up front; lots of sweetness, roasted malts, and some lightly burnt sugar. As the beer warms on the palate, some more dark, bitter notes come alive, but still remain very reminiscent of coffee, only this time, a strong, black, bitter coffee. The lingering sweetness hides this fading bitterness very much, however. Some black licorice and toasted cocoa beans make their way into things near the end, along with a generic roasted malt flavor, but again - coffee is the leader, here. Slight hint of alcohol near the end on the very back of the tongue. Dense body, thick, lightly syrupy, sticky, heavy, low carbonation.

This is certainly one for coffee lovers everywhere. Very sticky, sweet, and dense coffee aromas and flavors. This reminds me of the concentrate that Tim Hortons and Dunkin' Donuts use for their iced cappuccinos - you know, before it gets mixed with cream and ice. Almost a touch too sweet for my liking, meaning I could never have more than one. But it does make a nice dessert beer on occasion.

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Lips Of Faith - Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 529 ratings
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