Monday, April 22, 2013

New Belgium Lips of Faith Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout

Type: Imperial Stout
Origin: Fort Collins, CO
Price: $6.99/22oz
ABV: 9.0%
NSP: 8.37

I bought this purely on the basis of NSP- $6.99 and 9% is a good combo.  Normally I stroll right on by New Belgium, but their Lips of Faith line seems to have something to offer far beyond their regular order of boredom.

I finally had the sense to take a stout out of the fridge 30 minutes or so before I cracked it.  And I immediately noted the difference in the smell, which seemed to be a lot more intense than a cold one.  Smelled pretty damn good- lots of chocolate and coffee...imagine that?  Not a lot of hops, a little bit sweet- pretty much a nice straightforward stout with some good adjunct flavors.

Straightforward indeed flavor-wise, and that's a good thing.  Nicely balanced, lots of flavor with chocolate and coffee everywhere, a little fruity, and nothing overwhelming, including the booze, which isn't even remotely noticeable.

Just a good stout that pretty much hits all of the hallmarks right on the nose.  Not much more to say than that, and nothing needed.

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