Pailhead (5210) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate dark chocolate, light vanilla, and coffee. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a one finger khaki head that has okay retention. There is some spotty webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with a quick dose of dark chocolate. The finish has moderate roasted coffee, lighter milk chocolate, faint vanilla, a hint of plum, and alcohol. Itís medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall...solid, but I usually expect more in your face coffee flavors when I see an Imperial Coffee Stout.
Beerdedone (2786) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours jet black with a creamy tan head that left great lacing. Aroma of roasted coffee and chocolate. Flavor of sweet chocolate, dark roasted coffee, espresso, and some subtle caramel. Creamy texture, medium/full body, roasty dry finish.
Namespayne (57) - - DEC 12, 2014
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
10oz snifter draft at Hop Stop. Smells too thick of hipsters in here to get a good sniff. Taste is chocolate and roasted coffee beans, plenty malty, not too hoppy. Ohhh yeaaa
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swoopjones (6372) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle, damn good stout, fuller bodied black pour, lots of chocolate, lots of coffee, roasted malts. all three blend nicely into a delicious stout
Countbeer (4849) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - NOV 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Thanks ig88b: Served in a Chouffe glass:
Brown head, black beer.
Aroma of coffee, some (coffee and malt) roast, coffee beans, some olives, some gass, hints of cacoa, lacto and red fruit.
Flavours of coffee, roast, bitters, some chocolate, some olives, coffee beans, malts, malt roast and mocha.
Aftertaste is bitter, roast, coffee, coffee beans and some dark chocolate.
Low carbo, light creamy spiced mouthfeel, more than medium bodied and a light dry, spiced, bitter texture.
Decent beer, I expected it to be a bit bigger and bolder, but nonetheless, a decent beer
mar (4967) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour, khaki head. Coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, and bitter. Great palate, coffee, chocolate, roasted coffee beans and espresso.
78samh (183) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark with creamy tan head. Chocolate up front and espresso finish. Very smooth and enjoyable!
slowrunner77 (6165) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"A little on the slick side, but not in a bad way. Chocolate, roast and coffee up front and center. Delicious if not terribly deep, but well priced and ridiculously smooth for a 9% brew. Will get another if its still around. Recommended if you dig the java."
GarrettB (1119) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2014
January 26th, 2013 - The Lips of Faith series goes dark, syrupy and hardcore. Most of the LoF I can get my hands on are experiments in fruits and other kinds of sugary crops. But this time itís something darker, and Iím eager to see where New Belgium takes this stout (which is a style I donít often see from them, let alone taste.) Itís a dark, black and heavy looking brew, with a five oíclock shadow and so much gravity that the foam collapses in on itself. The aroma is creamy, with a bit oí that Guinness dry side, soy sauce, and the hunger inducing smell of Philly cheese steaks. What else? Beets and a touch of ginger too. A rich smell, all over the map, but engaging and fun. The palate is thick, and very boozy, and very beautiful. Flavors of black tea and darjeeling linger in there, and a touch of ponzu sauce lending a much needed acidic spark. Deep flavors of mocha, Kona coffee and chocolate fudge make up the heart and soul of this beer though, and thatís what you need to know. Deep, dripping flavors, and the lot of them delicious. This is a LoF that I wish would release with more frequency.
December 18th, 2012 (3.7) - The Lips of Faithís Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout looks and tastes the part, for itís robed in that impenetrable black that stouts prefer, and the head has a low, smoldering, brownish head that keen beer drinking eyes might associate with stouts. But the nose is something else entirely, more fruity. I inhale and take in berries, figs, and a lighter cheese umami flavor - the very archetype aroma profile of a dubbel. I check with a friend at the table who has had this beer before and they assure me it is what they claim it to be, and sure enough, the flavor is much closer to the mark. Coffee and dark malts creep forward, deep and pitch black, with chocolate syrup adding a deep, unctuous sweetness. Malts dominates, and alcohol doesnít even come into the list of most prominent tastes. The body is deep and dark, though rather than coating the tongue it sort of passes by it, shedding flavor and then moving on with the sort of sleekness of a luxury car driving along at a clip. As an imperial stout, this tastes dark and well matured, with just enough sweet and coffee to be large and full of the characteristic flavors, and without resorting to being a liquid, chocolate dessert that many imperial stouts fall prey to.
bytemesis (3710) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a medium creamy tan head that dissipates slowly leaving great lacing. Aroma is very coffee forward, with notes of roasted malts and chocolate. Flavor is light plus sweet and heavy bitter, lots of coffee, unsweetened cocoa. A bit harsh on the bitterness, touches of anise and ashtray as well. Fullish body, creamy mouth feel. Lingering bitter long long after the rest has faded. No real ABV burn.
tectactoe (2519) - Michigan, USA - JUN 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap: Deep brown, nearly black; light-mocha head, very thin & quick to transcend to a small ring in just moments. Aroma is full of coffee with cream & sugar, milky essence with some lighter notes of bittersweet chocolate & roasted malt. Big iced coffee flavor, more on the sweet, lactose-like side of things rather than the oily, roasted beans I normally prefer. Secondary roles of chocolate & roasted malts in the background. Lightly burnt brown sugar. A touch of astringent roastiness in the finish, along with a little black licorice. Hints of alcohol with warmth. Not a shabby coffee stout at all, but I wouldnít mind a little more roast.