1FastSTi (3342) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 6, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black body with a tall dark tan head. Some spotty lacing. Aroma is chocolates and coffee with a light cocoa puffs. Flavor is chocolate with oats and subtle coffee. For once a brewer was able to make a beer either chocolate added and not have that gross oily component. Medium roast. Medium body that has no hint of 9%.
jcnielsen (2423) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a black color with tan head. Black coffee, slight chocolate and malty sweet aroma. Interesting black coffee flavor. You donít get the 9% alcohol.
ketchepillar (1172) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Sister. Rather thick and strong in flavor. The chocolate is quite strong and fake, but not in a bad way actually. Itís like a good quality chocolate syrup. Some dick who seemed to be rolling spilled 2/3 my glass.
StanMemTn (52) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - JAN 3, 2013
4.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap- Flying Saucer. Black pour with mild aroma and smooth yet full textured mouthfeel. Chocolate present but restrained, not cloying. Warm and satisfying.
Dodgrblu (659) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle from Total Wine, chocolate is very light, coffee is pronounced, thin disappearing head.
brokensail (12361) - 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 (1486) - 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 (3465) - Media, 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 havenít won in the playoffs since i started rating beers.
Crompt (122) - 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 Iíd 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 Iím sure their sales would say otherwise.
Sarlacc83 (1165) - Portland, 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, Hersheyís syrup, and espresso beans. There is a slightly offputting metallic flavor. Some roasted malt. All in all, itís 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 thereís no actual oak aging. Nice stuff.
M: Really thin for the style. If this was labeled a ísingleí stout, Iíd 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.