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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

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
Reviews:
146
Ratings:
529
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
10.94%
 
 
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Reviews: 146 | Ratings: 529
Photo of Lemke10
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, bottled on 10/5/2012. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, light char, toast, and roasted earthiness. Awesome aromas with big presence of coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, light char, toast, and roasted earthiness. Good amount of roasted coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, light char, toast, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt flavors; with a nice sweetness/bitter coffee balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, silky, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent imperial coffee stout! All around great balance and complexity of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of brurevu
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This sucker poured a pitch black with a decent tan head that immediately exuded coffee, chocolate and roasted malt aromas. The taste was very rich and deep with dark chocolate and a roasted malt that had a slight hint of bitterness on the tail. The coffee flavors may have faded a bit over the months, but they were still present with a good dark roast kick that really balanced this deep dark and rich brew. The coffee aromas and flavors asserted themselves as it warmed and made for a complete coffee confection.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap at Barley's Taphouse in Asheville

A- pours pitch black with a small creamy light-tan head, reduces to a small layer leaving lace covering the rim

S- toasted cereal grain, fresh ground coffee, chocolate malt, slightly smoky

T- wow how is this not rated higher!? Intense fresh coffee notes with cereal grain sweetness, sweet chocolate malt mid palate, just enough hop kick at the end to compliment a semi dry finish

M- medium body, foamy mouthfeel with a smooth finish, abv hidden very well

O- this reminds me of a poor mans FBS, just a bit lighter mouthfeel and not as much chocolate. Still an amazing stout that is worthy of a higher rating IMO.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: black, brown head, finger, lots of lace

Aroma: rich chocolate, but a more coffee forward nose, very roasty and decadent.

Taste: coffee bean bitterness, roast, some charring, milk chocolate, toffee.

Mouthfeel: creamy, full bodied, mild carbonation.

Overall: the coffee notes throughout are absolutely delicious! This will remain a want!

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straight up black. Deep rich browns at the edges when held to direct light. Starts with a pillowy, creamy tan head. Drops to no cap and a small smooth collar. Minimal carbonation.

Smell: Roasty. Loaded with chocolate and coffee, as promised. Creamy milk chocolate. Slightly burnt and sweet malts. A coffee-infused candy bar. A bit nutty. Super clean yeast with a tiny hint of herbal hops. Fresh roasted coffee. Smoke and some ash.

Taste: Nice sweet chocolate. Dark, milk, cocoa, and bitter baker's chocolate. Nice balance of coffee. Milky sweetness, but it's heavy on the chocolate and coffee, as expected. Roasted malts. A hint of vanilla. Chocolate cake. A bit of caramel malt sweetness in the back. Slightly burnt with some char on the edges.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth up front with a slightly acrid and rough finish. Medium body with an average carbonation. A bit like melted chocolate.

Overall: Beer in the morning, beer in the evening, beer at supper time. When beer is in a bottle, you can have beer anytime.

A solid coffee beer. Bitter cocoa makes for good company.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 6/9/13

Cheers to Goblnmunkey7 for sharing this

Appearance: Dark brown, some some light brown around the edges - pours with a big, light brown head - impressive head retention, and leaves some streaks of lacing

Smell: May I say mocha? - a nice amount of roasty coffee - not particularly robust, but there is a nice coffee bean flavor - a nice range of chocolate - some dark chocolate and powdery cocoa - some burnt aromas, burnt grains, some some burnt vegetables

Taste: Follows the aroma with some nice levels of chocolate and coffee - not entirely what I would call imperial, but whatever - loads of cocoa, with some hints of dark chocolate - roasty coffee beans - decent amount of chocolatey sweetness - some earthy notes, with some cooked grains - hints of caramel, and some other malts, but not a ton of depth

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium, nicely carbonated, drinkable, dry finish

Overall: I suppose I prefer the sour lips

This is a nice offering from New Belgium. It's not the best coffee chocolate stout, but it is pretty tasty, I would be happy to drink this again, but I'd be trading for other Lips of Faith beers before this (e.g., La Folie).

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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 SerialHiker
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown…head is a light mocha color, thick and airy looking foam…thins to a pinky finger thickness…a solid looking stout…(4.5/5)

Smell: Tons of dry chocolate, I could smell this beer as soon as I popped the cap…some creamy milkiness, roasted malts, roasted coffee bitterness and oatmeal follow…this is a dessert beer for sure, it has a lush chocolate cake meets creamy latte aroma that is mouthwatering…coffee bitterness isn’t overly strong, very much blended into the entire chocolaty package…seems any real hop appearance has faded, leaving a very inviting malty explosion…(4.25/5)

Taste: Very much like the nose…roasted malts, roasted coffee (espresso) bitterness, chocolate and oatmeal up front and strong…there’s a doughy quality that lends itself to the overall chocolate cake taste…it’s also got a noticeable creaminess that keeps the robust maltiness somewhat contained…there’s an earthy, molassas sweetness to it and a slight booziness comes as it warms…little sign of hops bitterness…a very tasty brew that borderlines on almost too much chocolaty flavor…(4/5)

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, it feels light for an imperial stout…it does fluff up nicely though, bringing roasted malt, espresso bitterness and milk chocolate to the palate…carbonation could be a bit more, but it’s nice…it’s light, smooth and mildly chewy…it finishes fairly crisply for an imperial stout, a chocolaty/roasted coffee malt flavor lingers well into the after taste…(4/5)

Overall: This is a tasty brew…the roasted malts, chocolate and coffee flavors are blended fantastically bringing a liquid dessert to the palate…my one complaint is that it’s maybe too flavored…the roasted malts are very well done and seem to sustain well on their own, only to sometimes be drowned out by all that chocolate…as it warms, it seems to thin out a bit more than I would like from a stout, leaving wanting a slightly more robust imperial stout…anyway, what I have here is good, very drinkable and easy to recommend…the Lips of Faith series is supposed to contain some fantastic brews and this leaves me wanting more from New Belgium…I picked this brew up in the winter and had it stashed away in my closet for a rainy day…I’m glad I pulled it out tonight, it’s gonna be a great brew to watch this Game 7…(4/5)

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Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Thirsty Monk, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a half finger high tan head that consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of roasted coffee beans are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of coffee beans along with hints of dark chocolate.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has nice aromas and flavors but seems a little light and thin for an "Imperial" beer.

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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 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 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 kylehay2004
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: very thin tan head which doesn't last long on a jet black body.

S: dark chocolate, brown sugar and coffee as advertised.

T: simple but good with chocolate, hints of earthy hops and mild coffee bean bitterness. Alcohol is very well hidden

M: fairly thin light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: it's fairly basic. Not very memorable, not a bad beer. One of e better of the lips of faith series which doesn't say much but is true. Carbonation is higher than I want for a big beer like this.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

L – Deep brown-to-black color with a 2-finger, frothy, bubbly, tan head. Really nice retention and some great patchy lacing.

S – The aroma consists of tons of coffee and a nice amount of cocoa. There are touches of molasses or caramel present, as well.

T – The taste starts off sweet for a second with chocolate and caramel notes and rapidly shifts to a bold and bitter roasted coffee flavor. As roasted bitterness fades, the sweetness becomes apparent again with chocolate and cream taking the forefront. It tastes like a mocha and certainly lives up to its name.

F – Medium-to-full-bodied with good carbonation, a creamy and smooth mouthfeel, and a bittersweet and slightly dry finish. Coffee and chocolate flavors linger for a while. There may be a touch of warmth from the alcohol, but the ABV is hidden very well.

O – This is a nice imperial stout. It’s not overly complex but it is exactly what it says it is – a coffee and chocolate imperial stout. The appearance and mouthfeel are lighter than I’d like to see in an imperial stout (they are at about the halfway point between a porter and a stout), but the aroma and taste are right where they need to be. Another solid contribution to the Lips Of Faith series.

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Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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 falloutsnow
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Schaumburg, IL
Date: None, released late fall 2012
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

New Belgium's Imperial Coffee Chocolae Stout is a good-tasting coffee stout with additional background flavors of roasted malt and chocolate to round out the palate and please most fans of the style. The price, like most 22oz bottles in the series (and in general), is quite high. Thus, while the quality is good, I probably will not pick up another bottle of this due to other 4 and 6-pack stouts that are available and equally good.

Pours a 1.5cm head of khaki-brown foam, made up of scattered, large, glassy bubbles on top with small, densely packed bubbles below. The majority of the foam is made up of these small bubbles, which hang around for a few minutes, slightly above average. The foam falls to a fine cap atop the body, existing as such for the duration of the drink. Lacing is a somewhat dense matrix of small spots and dots of foam. Body is a very dark brown to black, opaque, carbonation slightly visible rising along the sides of the glass. Light brings out a deep, transparent amber color to the edges of the beer.

Aroma of coffee, modest cocoa, light roasted malt, and faint cream. A bit coffee heavy, but still balanced enough to be pleasurable.

Beer is pleasantly sweet, with not as much noticeable coffee as fresh Founders Breakfast Stout, but it is still the dominant flavor amidst the others of roasted barley, chocolate, and rich caramel. Front of palate is of sweetened coffee and roasted malt, which continues into the mid-palate along with additions of sweetened chocolate flavor and a faint bitterness from hops. Back of palate picks up bitter coffee, cocoa, caramel, cinnamon, and slight ethanol. Aftertaste is of sweet coffee with hints of mocha and bitterness from malt and hops.

Medium to medium-heavy bodied, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a primarily smooth, slightly foamy mouthfeel. Ethanol tingles slightly on the tongue, and can be mildly felt on the throat and in the nostrils, but the 9% is, overall, hidden very well. Closes dryly, with significant stickiness lingering across the palate.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Black, creamy head, lots of creamy lace.

S - Predominantly coffee, with a back bone of sweet malt.

T - NICE! Creamy, chocolate coffee flavors, melding nicely together.

M - Very creamy, good carb, good balance, pleasant coating on the palate.

D - Despite the ABV, could have a few.

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Photo of nimrod979
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bomber poured into a Goose Island tulip glass.

Appearance: Near opaque black. One and a half finger tan head with pretty nice retention and excellent lacing.

Aroma: Roasted dark malt, dry powdered chocolate, and coffee. Aromas are a tad underwhelming.

Taste: Sweet up front with a dry cocoa powder chocolate flavor, before being balanced out by a more roasty and slightly bitter coffee presence. Alcohol is non-existent. Reminds me of chocolate cake/brownies.

Mouthfeel: Medium full but admittedly thinner than I expected for a 9% Imp. Stout. Soft carbonation. Reminds me of chocolate milk with it's consistency. Finish is quick and slightly bitter.

Decent beer but only a slightly above average.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.12/5  rDev -20.6%
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 cvm4
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours coffee back with a two finger than head. Body didn't seem to look thick or viscous.

S - Huge notes of expresso & dark chocolate.

T - Black coffee with cocoa nibs. It's a little sweet with dark fruits through the midway and a light bitterness ending.

M - Disappointed here... Body is thin with high carbonation.

O - Great smell & flavors but the thin body makes a great beer somewhat mehhh.

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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 LiquidAmber
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black in the glass. Thin light brown head that dissipates quickly to a thin film and ring around the glass and slippery light lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Flavor dominated by coffee, dark toasted malt with chocolate and a hint of molasses. Finishes with charred coffee, a hint of dark fruit and hop and coffee bitterness. Medium bodied. A unique flavor that has hints of dark fruit around the edges, although the toasted malt and coffee are front and center. ABV well covered. In some respects, not quite as complex as most imperial stouts, but the suggestions of dark fruit esters pull this through and keep it interesting. A nice, different stout in a crowded field of good stouts.

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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 scottfrie
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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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Lips Of Faith - Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout from New Belgium Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.
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