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

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529 Ratings
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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:
No notes at this time.

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 rhino54
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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 Halcyondays
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours black with a medium dark tan head, some thick lace is left as the beer is drunk.

S: Heavy on the creamed coffee, fragrant, pleasing.

T: This beer has 2 distinct phases to it. Upfront it's all floral coffee an in-your-face with that flavour. In the finish it smooths out to a glorius dark chocolate flavour heavily reminiscent of brownies, very tasty.

M: Medium to full-bodied, rich, creamy and smooth.

O: A very good imperial stout. Nothing mind-blowing just a good adjunct heavy American stout.

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Photo of ralphw56
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of funkel81
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of ChanChan
2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

Photo of twelveinches
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Dope
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
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 jeff1973
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of jsanford
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of Naters333
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my snifter from a 22 oz bottle.

A-Poured a nice black color that's not too thick or thin for this type of beer. Nice one inch tan/mocha head. Head was more on the tan side. Nice thin layer of tan head that sticks to the sides of the snifter. Decent carbonation.

S- Dark chocolate, slight coffee, slight alcohol, dark fudge.

T- very tasty beer. Chocolate brownie, dunkin donuts coffee, dark chocolate fudge, not overly sweet.

M- Average for the style. I would say medium body for an imperial stout. Not too thin, but not really think either.

O- I really liked this beer. Very easy to drink. Hardly any alcohol burn at all. Wouldn't want to age this beer. Smooth, tasty, and satisfying.

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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 NW2285
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of MEW
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
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 Bonna
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of brewdude1982
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This was a bomber poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark beautiful black with a good head with dark brown bubbles and good lacing. It smells bready. It tastes like roasted malts and coffee, followed by a sweet caramel. It has a good body and carbonation to match. I love this beer an would recommend to anyone who likes coffee, chocolate, and/or stouts.

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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 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 portia99
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A - Pours a super dark brown/not quite black color with two fingers of fluffy mocha foam with decent staying power. Over a minute or so the head falls steadily to the surface leaving sparse lacing on the glass.

S - Tons of milk chocolate and cocoa powder, mid-level coffee, creamy with touches of vanilla, mild dark roast. Pretty standard stout aromas.

T - Pretty much in line with the aroma, smooth and rich milk chocolate with some powdery cocoa. Coffee underneath the cocoa that grows in intensity towards the finish and blends for a smooth mocha effect. Rich and creamy. Smooth and tasty, but not remarkable.

M - Full bodied with an extremely creamy carbonation. Carb is at a lower level and makes this a bit frothy and milkshake'y. Chocolate dominates at the front and blends to the coffee at the finish. Finish also turns a bit burnt and heavily roasty with this character lingering well past the swallow. Might be the best aspect of this beer.

O - Overall a solid imperial stout that focuses on chocolate character. It is solid and well executed although lacking in some of the finer nuances that stand out in other fine examples of the style. Very drinkable (I'd have another any time), just doesn't blow me away. I wouldn't go out of my way to find this again, but it was a fine beer to have with dinner on a Thursday night.

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Photo of Tiger33
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of feelin_iffy
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of denver10
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Going to re-do this review since my latest experience with this one was FAR superior to my initial one.

Pours black with a dirty white head. Aroma is coffee and dark chocolate with a little roast. Flavor followed suit; some nice coffee (that has toned down significantly from my first try...in a very positive way...still there for sure, just in a more fitting/balanced way), some dark chocolate that offers some bitter and milkiness but not quite sweetness, some roasted barley, and a kiss of some char in the finish. A medium body, somewhat creamy. Overall a well done and highly enjoyable beer. Would happily drink again.

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Photo of harrylee773
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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