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RATINGS: 274   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Serving up cold and jet black, this imperial stout should be taken seriously for about one minute as the dark foam builds. Then, enjoy its velvety chocolate-covered smoothness and delicious aroma of sustainably-grown, locally-roasted coffee.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6142) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Bottle. 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
drjay44 (2565) - Salida, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2012
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

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2012
12oz bomber. Black brew, creamy tan head. Nose of dark chocolate, black coffee, and a bit of smoke. A bit hot, lots of coffee.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fratto (2589) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Bottle from South Lamar. Dark pour with a light brown head. Aroma is roasted grain, a little chocolate, and green coffee. Taste is lots of green coffee, pepper, and burned toast. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexanderj (3296) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - NOV 23, 2012
On tap; poured a dark brown/black with a light brown head. Aroma of coffee, cocoa, caramel, and roasted meat/bacon. Flavor was quite strong; coffee and cocoa; very roasted in the finish. Good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Concealer (728) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2012
Pours a deep dark brown; might as well be black. A great thick head that is a light chocolate color. Smells of coffee, toasted something and a semi-sweet chocolate scent. Upfront there is a great smooth sweet chocolate flavor followed by a roasted coffee blend. It is a great first sip and upon further review, I find there are more sips needed with added complexity. While I havenít had many stouts so far this year, this has been the best one yet.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ccex (903) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2012
22 oz. bottle pours black with a frothy tan head. Aroma is primarily coffee with noticeable dark chocolate, vanilla, and maybe some peat with a bitter finish. Body is medium with low carbonation. Alcohol is fairly well hidden. Iím more of a coffee fan than a chocoholic, but this one didnít wow me as much as some of the best, more chocolatey imperial stouts do. Good but not great.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GODiSSOUTHERN (353) - Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2012
Nice semi dry coffee stout. Chalky with a bit of bittersweet chocolate throughout and decent coffee flavour.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
volbeerman (20) - Madison, Tennessee, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Coffee Coffee Coffee. If you love joe, you, my young friend, will LOVE this beer... Aroma, taste, appearance.... All are founded on coffee.... Very enjoyable beer. Sticks to the typical motif of the Lips of Faith series by presenting an all new.... never before tried.... beer drinking extravaganza!!!!! Enjoyable... Go aní cop ya one lil homie!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steve_0 (2523) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Bottle at home with my dad. Pour is pitch black in appearance with a small, long-lasting brown head; sticky lacing. Big coffee, roasted espresso, light cocoa, and earthy hops in the smell. Really nice earthy coffee smell. Taste is nice and roasty, coffee, chocolate, dirt, a touch of peat, and grass with a nice bitter finish. Medium mouthfeel, somewhat thin for a stout, with soft carbonation. Really nice coffee stout, that isnít overbearing and the roast is there, but not totally in your face. Tasty stuff.


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