Stone Enjoy By 02.14.17 Chocolate & Coffee IPA
Stone Enjoy By 02.14.17 Chocolate & Coffee IPA is an American Double/Imperial Stout, 9.4% ABV, bottled on 1/8/17, enjoyed by 2/8/17. As if the commitment to the Enjoy By series isn’t enough, I have to say I’ve really enjoyed the additional variants I’ve gotten to try. Unlike Tangerine or Unfiltered this one really goes out on a limb with some different flavors added to the mix.
The pour is much darker than previous Enjoy By vintages. A deeper golden color has some strong red highlights, and a perfect off white head sits at the top of my tulip glass. The aroma is interesting; at first I get some classic tropical fruit and citrus, but this is followed by what smells like a little rye, red malt and chocolate. A faint whiff of coffee is maybe there, or maybe I just want it to be. Like on the nose those expected Enjoy By juicy hops lead the taste with some sugary sweet malt, but then it morphs into a whole new thing. Light sweet chocolate is next on the palate, and that is followed by a tasty combination of spicy/earthy/bitter hops, mild coffee and a lingering rye like spicy finish. The alcohol is noticeable, but I think it works pretty well with this beer.
I like how Enjoy By 02.14.17 is more of a Red/Rye DIPA kind of thing. A little more coffee would have certainly been an interesting addition to the beer, but it’s mildness doesn’t make this any less enjoyable. Happy Valentine’s Day!