brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Starbucks quality coffee bean aroma blanketed my nostrils upon waving my nose over the goblet,inhaling deeply the richness never diminished,fresh roastiness a pleasure to savor,the cocoa kept tapping the senses,whispering its presence, flavor had a little more roasted malt frontness,but the coffee still dominated,the smooth chocolate more evident,very mild sweetness soften it even more,no over annoying bitterness in the finish. I assume some of the reviewers were looking for a meatier body,but if you focus on what this beer claims to be ,a bumped up roasty stout,with definite coffee and choclate garnish,you will appreciate what a gem this ale is.Bartenders,the holiday crowd will love this,not overbearing like ST Chokolat,not over subtle like Youngs,Double Thumbs up
mikedR (728) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - NOV 27, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is good stuff! Smells like chocolate. The chocolate and coffee flavors are what hit you first, and linger, but a solid and even a tad complex stout then comes through!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
chanokokoro (138) - Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a 12 oz. New Belgium branded globe glass.
Pours pitch black capped with two and half finger fluffy beige head. Good retention and abundant lacing coats the inside of the glass as the brew is consumed. Quite a bit of dark chocolate, roasted malt, and light notes of espresso on the nose. Opens with dark chocolate joined midpalate with big roasted semi-sweet malt flavor and espresso. The espresso joins with fairly evident bittering hops and cocoa powder on the finish. Light bodied for a double/imperial stout; checking in on the heavier side of medium bodied, abundant carbonation. Slick and creamy on the palate. Overall, like most New Belgium Lips of Faith series brews Iíve had, Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout isnít a disappointment but doesnít exceed expectations, either. The chocolate flavor, not the coffee, is the star in this brew. As a result, split this one with someone as the chocolate may be too much for one person.
dfinney23 (1258) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thereís a little chocolate in there but this oneís all about the coffee, with a bitter roast aroma and taste. Went great with cheesecake.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle $5.99. Standard stout appearance, black, good head. This has a very nice aroma of coffee to it but almost no chocolate, I wonder what type of beans they used? Flavor was more coffee, a hint of chocolate, well done. This isnít going to beat anything like KBS but it is a very good value. Nice job New Belgium.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-27-2012 02:53:08
musinj6 (358) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an opaque black with 1 finger lingering head that is tan with hint of ruby with heavy lacing. Moderately sweet with roasted hops, milk chocolate and hint of creamed coffee. Nutty. Some mild hint of maybe some herbal hops, but this is not a biter driven beer in the least. Full body, soft carbonation. Long, coffee finish. This is wonderful, even if it is a touch sweet for my taste.
badlizard (5526) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nice label. Black with a fizzy light brown head. Vegetal drip coffee aroma and taste with light milk chocolate tastes and a pleasant vanilla finish. Itís OK.
hockey9930 (48) - - NOV 24, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep dark black with a tan head and little lacing. Strong roasted malt and coffee aroma. Coffee flavor is fairly strong, but I can also taste the dark chocolate. Itís not sweet like you might expect from a chocolate stout. In fact, itís fairly bitter. Medium bodied and fizzy with a bitter finish. Also thinner than most chocolate stouts. Overall, itís too much like drinking cold black coffee for my liking.
Ernest (5887) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly lasting.
Body is black (opaque, flashlight tested).
Aroma is heavily malty (coffee, Oreo cookie [sans filling], roasted grain, dark chocolate).
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, syrupy texture, lively/soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Well, it starts things out on the right foot with a perfect appearance...opaque black that stands up to the flashlight test and a head that lingers long and strong. And the aroma is certainly attractive even if itís mostly derived from the adjuncts. A lot of times added coffee smells like stale, acrid grounds, but this smells rich and fresh with a nice level of roast, with something akin to Oreo cookie crumbles mixed in...I wish it had more depth, but since most coffee beers smell terrible, itís hard to complain about this one. Sadly, it fails to impress in the mouth experience, being flabby, syrupy, and poorly balanced...it just kinda flops onto the tongue like sugary-syrupy soda pop going flat. No way I could even drink 12oz of this, much less a whole bomber. Itís certainly better than most things coming outta the NB factory these days, though.
drjay44 (2340) - Salida, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
650 ml. bottle. Pours a thick, well retained light beige head, with moderate lacing, over a black (SRM 40) body....nose is heavy coffee, lighter chocolate, hints of toffee/caramel....taste is heavy coffee, chocolate, hints of toffee/caramel, leading to a moderate, coffee dominated, but sweet, bitter finish.....mouth feel thick, chewy, alcohol burn present, carbonation adds a creamy sensation. This is obviously an Imperial Stout and has all of the right characteristics. Unfortunately, the coffee effects have been used with a heavy, heavy hand, whose complete dominance hides many of the interesting nuances and complexities of this lovely style. For example, there are minimal dried fruit tones, and the umami variations are well hidden. BJCP 7/3/13/5/7