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:
39
Gots:
44
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Ratings: 529 |  Reviews: 146
Photo of sbricker
3/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of StuporJew
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 Oz. Bottle into Unibroue Tulip.

Appearance - Rich, dark brown, almost black. Cannot see through it when held up to a strong light source. One-finger head, that leaves behind great lacing, and decent retention.

Smell - FINALLY. One of the few brews out there brewed with coffee, that actually smells LIKE COFFEE!!! Thank you , Jesus! The chocolate kicks in nicely as well, and the 9% ABV isn't apparent in the nose at all. Can't wait to taste it...

Taste - A little lighter on the palate than I expected for a beer with this much weight in the color and nose department, but still pretty impressive. The coffee leads the way, followed by exactly what you'd expect from the name... Chocolate malt. There's an inherent creaminess to this beer, that makes me wonder if the brewer worked some lactose sugar in there towards the end of the boil. It doesn't stick around the palate for as long as you would expect, and the little bit of hop that is there adds some nice pepper notes. Once again, the fact that this beer clocks in at a hefty 9% is not apparent at all, which makes it a dangerous little contender for those who like to put back dark craft beer like water. Drinker : Exercise CAUTION.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly light for being what it is, as previously mentioned. A hint of creaminess. The carbonation is light to moderate, which makes me think that NBB didn't bright-tank condition this one. (Maybe they don't use bright-tanks for their beers... more research is needed. ☺) Would be great Nitro-conditioned... just for fun. HINT HINT, NBB...

Overall - A totally drinkable, mocha-tinged effort from NBB. I was very impressed with this beer all around, due to the fact that several breweries boast about their "Coffee Porters/Stouts", that feature little to no coffee anywhere in the body or flavor of the beer.
This one is different. I will gladly add this to my list of suggested coffee beers, with a smile, and a virtual high-five to the good folks at New Belgium. Well done, friends... well done.

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Photo of genitempo
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an impermeable dark body into a snifter. Tanned, rocky head with a disorganized, steadfast lace.

S - Blended intricacy of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt, all very subtle, but a solid union on the nose.

T - The union ends here. Very disjointed angles of all three (coffee, chocolate, and malts) with the ethanol coming into play. Although the taste is in a bit of a disarray, still very enjoyable.

MF - Medium/Heavy Bodied with a little too heavy on the carbonation.

O - I've had multiple LOF from New Belgium, this one holding the same thesis as the others: "Good, but you're better off trying me on a fresh tap in Colorado." I'm unsure if this beer will improve with cellaring, but I guess it might be worth a shot.

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Photo of russpowell
3.73/5  rDev -6%
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 BeerHunter76
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of BTHU
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of spoony
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 650 ml bomber into a snifter.

A-The brew is nearly black with a one-finger brown head. The foam drops quickly, however. There is some lacing left on the glass. Pretty standard look here.

S-The brew smells, as advertised, of coffee and chocolate. There is no amazing complexity or subtle hints of unicorn tears or whatever, but it is a decent smelling concoction. Lesser flavors include some charcoal and berry fruit.

T-The taste, like the smell, is a simple, but pleasing mixture of mildly bitter coffee, milky and dark chocolate, and palatable charcoal and smoke. There is a touch of dark berry sweetness hidden in there, too. Alcohol is concealed nicely.

M-The feel is a touch on the lighter side. Carbonation is mild, but more aggressive than some in this category.

O-This beer is not the most complex or dazzling coffee brew, but after tasting it three times now on different occasions, I am ready to declare it a winner. What I like about it is how the straightforward flavors blend well with one-another (coffee goes with chocolate...who knew?) without unnecessary hoppiness, booze heat, extreme char, or other tricks. This is just a good drinking coffee stout for a snowy April evening.

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Photo of chakadrum
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Hopstout
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of denimdemon
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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

A: poured into a mug to a deep black with no light passing through with a light tan head that slowly fades
S: smells of coffee and chocolate with a tinge of roast malt
T: coffee flavors on the front end with some chocolate notes and some nice raosty flavors. swallow brings lots of chocolate flavors and some coffee and a bit of hop
M: a little thinner than expected but still on the full side of things, very smooth and silky though. a little dry on the finish
O: not bad at all. the label isn't a lie. good flavors but a little lacking in complexity. it's well carried out though it isn't world class.

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Photo of xdtfx
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of bum732
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Fresh roasted coffee, soft, milk chocolate, some raspberry fruitiness, bready.

L: Very dark brown/black, tan head that dissipates. Ok lacing.

T: Coffee up front with soft milk chocolate notes. An almost peanut butter taste with the coffee. Light toasty malt with a low bitterness. Finishes slightly chocolaty with light coffee roast. Semi-dry finish. More chocolate as it warms.

M: Medium thin mouthfeel, medium low carbonation.

Not bad, not as big and roasty as KBS. Chocolate is more prominent than coffee, more milk than dark chocolate.

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Photo of Listers
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of stumac
4.72/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured up black as night. Big tan crown. Lots of lacing. Aromas of chocolate, faint coffee bean, something super sweet in the mix. Tastes of burnt malty goodness, coffee like a mah fudger, nice dark chocolates. Smooth carbo, full bodied. I like my beer like I like my women, thick and black. Just kidding

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Photo of siddhartha
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of IMSPEAKNOENGLISH
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of leodarko
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of JSchock7
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Mebuzzard
2.84/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This pours really well. Dark, burnt reddish/ruby with a great looking head. Lacing is thin and slick, though

Aroma is coffee. That's about it. Some hints of chocolate and roasted bread.

Flavor is coffee. And not rich coffee. More like concentrated coffee; instant, and a lot of it. Nothing really else comes out. Some roastiness.

Body is thin and slick. Drain pour half the bottle

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Photo of thewimperoo
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of arizcards
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber from Total Wine Arrowhead in mid November for $8.99. Bottled in October 2012.

Beer poured black with a nice brown head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is very strong of fresh roasted coffee.

Taste is a bit uneven, roasted coffee is dominant with some hints of chocolate. Alcohol warming with each sip.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall this is not a bad brew. It has some good flavors but it does not mesh together as well as hoped.

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The appearance was a near black, could notice some brown, and a nice creamy mocha head. Excellent lacing. The Smell was of rich coffee and milk chocolate, quite spectacular, I was very impressed by the richness. The taste was similar, but I did not get as strong of an Imperial Stout character as I hoped, it was very pleasant with the same milky chocolate and well-rounded coffee notes, but the roasted malt/barley edge I like in this style was absent. The mouthfeel was thin for an ale of such stature. It was very smooth but it was not robust. Overall, this is a very tasty stout, but fell short on complexity and depth. For a 9% beer, it really didn't deliver in the areas I had hoped. It really could have been a truly great ale, but settled for damn good.

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Photo of Nightrain87
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of billab914
3.93/5  rDev -1%
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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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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