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RATINGS: 284   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.

matthewgerke's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matthewgerke (67) - - DEC 11, 2012
Bottle. Poured black with a one-finger tan head with good lacing. Strong coffee and chocolate aromas - definitely surprised that one didn’t dominate the other as is usually the case. Great balance between the chocolate and coffee on the palate with a nice roasted malt profile as well. Medium carbonation and a great finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rdixon77 (1607) - Georgia, USA - APR 1, 2015
Old rating. Good solid choco-coffee stout, espresso, mocha, caramel, vanilla, cream. Yum.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (10214) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2015
Bottle... Pours murky and dark brown with a small, creamy, off-white head. Great retention. The aroma is a mingling of vanilla and mocha – dark chocolate and Cubano espresso. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and airy carbonation. The flavor is very deeply roasted, offering a nice ration of vanilla, followed by acute, burnt, tannic bitterness. Lengthy, bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (3008) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2015
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Namespayne (64) - - DEC 12, 2014
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 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swoopjones (7008) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2014
bottle, damn good stout, fuller bodied black pour, lots of chocolate, lots of coffee, roasted malts. all three blend nicely into a delicious stout

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Countbeer (5505) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 15, 2014
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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5043) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 9, 2014
Black pour, khaki head. Coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, and bitter. Great palate, coffee, chocolate, roasted coffee beans and espresso.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
78samh (231) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2014
Very dark with creamy tan head. Chocolate up front and espresso finish. Very smooth and enjoyable!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (7472) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2014
"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."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarrettB (1256) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 13, 2014
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 it’s something darker, and I’m eager to see where New Belgium takes this stout (which is a style I don’t often see from them, let alone taste.) It’s a dark, black and heavy looking brew, with a five o’clock shadow and so much gravity that the foam collapses in on itself. The aroma is creamy, with a bit o’ 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 that’s 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 Faith’s Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout looks and tastes the part, for it’s 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 doesn’t 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.

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