brokensail (9831) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black in color with a tan head. Huge coffee aroma, coffee grounds, roasted malt, and dark chocolate. A little bit of toffee and caramel sweetness, earthy hops, and cocoa powder. Strong coffee flavor to the beer, though a bit more coffee grounds character than expected. Mild bitterness, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and a mild toffee sweetness.
Narnad (1408) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep black color with a tall, very tall dense creamy head. Nose has a strong coffee, strong toasted malt - think opening a fresh sack of malt and mild chocolate finish. Flavor has a strong black coffee start, sweet chocolate middle to help mellow out the bitterness, strong toasted notes, some oatmeal sweetness at the end with a very light nutty finish. Oily feeling, perfect amount of carbonation to lend a creaminess to the brew, very smooth with not a hint of alcohol. Overall a very tasty brew. Perfect balance of coffee and chocolate. Sweetness from the chocolate is very nice. Very good brew.
TheEpeeist (3137) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a foamy tan head. Nose is coffee bean and some molasses with a hint of chocolate. Smooth medium body with a sultry buzz. Taste is not so coffee-centric as the aroma but still prominent. Bittersweet chocolate, sugar-free fudgesicle and grain. I just realized the Skins haven’t won in the playoffs since i started rating beers.
Crompt (91) - York, South Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer smells amazing! Roasted coffee and chocolate right when you open the bottle. Really drinkable stout but thinner than I’d like and while balanced I prefer my high ABV stouts to be more robust. Well done! New Belgium needs to shut down their normal brews in most grocery stores and just focus on the Lips of Faith Series, although I’m sure their sales would say otherwise.
writerljberg (468) - Oregon, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
mjg74 (2457) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber from BevMo. Dark ruby to black in color. Huge coffee nose. Smells like an iced coffee with a bit of chocolate. Huge coffee flavors up front. A little sweetness. Followed by some more bitter coffee. A little one dimensional, as well as a little too hot.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Name: LoF Imperial Coffee
Date: December 21, 2012
Source: Taco Mac, Kennesaw
Appearance: black, frothy tan head, heavy icy lace
Aroma: huge roasted coffee aroma, touch of balancing sweetness, dark chocolate
Flavor: rich coffee flavor, caramel sweetness adds to the richness, milky sweetness, light roast
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 16/20
Score: *** /4
Imaena (1689) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. The coffee flavor is really well balanced. Its not overly bitter but it is at the forefront. Could have used more chocolate though.
XmnwildX12 (2077) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Has some decent coffee and cocoa notes, the taste is similar with a roasty bitter coffee bite.
haddon90 (1373) - Newport Beach, California, USA - DEC 26, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a deep black color with a nice tan head. Strong, coffee aroma with some dark chocolate in the background. Nice coffee notes in the flavor with some oats and roasted malt. Very, very good stout with complexities and a unique balance.