Enjoy By Black IPA
Stone Brewing

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IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Ale
4.19 | pDev: 7.4%
Stone Brewing
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Enjoy By Black IPAEnjoy By Black IPA
Notes: Just like its golden envelope-pushing counterpart, Stone Enjoy By Black IPA is intensely hoppy and should be enjoyed über fresh to experience its vibrant stone and tropical fruit flavors and dankness.

This double IPA’s dark-colored malt canvas comes from German Sinamar and from Patagonia Black Pearl barley, which adds a pleasingly smooth taste. The hop profile is predominantly Australian, featuring down-under wonders Vic Secret, Ella and Galaxy. Stone Enjoy By Black IPA is shipped immediately to ensure hopheads get their hands on it as soon as possible, as it is brewed specifically NOT to last.
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from (very) long-standing notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, marked as the "Enjoy By 02.14.16" batch, into a Fat Head’s Brewery pint glass. Consumed on 1/24/16.

A: Dark brown, but remains translucent. A good amount of visible carbonation, and a two-finger light tan head that lasts quite well.

S: Resin and dank, melon and spice hops. Unsurprisingly, perhaps, quite similar to regular Enjoy By. But this does have a noticeable roasted and biscuit malt presence underneath. But it still doesn't smell as malty as I expected.

T: Follows the nose – dank, melon, and spicy hops. Big melon/spice presence. A dry roasted maltiness and accompanying sweetness, and then some grapefruit pith and tarry resin. It finishes with some roasted malt dryness and lasting hop bitterness.

M: A medium body…maybe lighter than a lot of Black IPAs. Good carbonations sensation, and the alcohol is noticeable but not hot.

O: Just not my favorite. The sweetness from the malts clash a bit with the hop profile they chose, at least to my palate. Plus, I still find that a lot of those New Zealand hops aren't my preference. It’s decent, but nothing I'd be in a hurry to repeat.

Jul 26, 2019
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Nugganooch from California

4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle format – Large Nonic glass
Had fresh on release – 12/02/15

This was quite good and I especially like how they stayed tried and true to the Enjoy By profile. Delivers with such a similar hop combo punch of grapefruit, mango, white grape, gooseberry, dank pine, and mildly herbed spices. Both in the tropical aromatics and delicious fruit flavors. Main diff being a modest earthy roast char character coming in on the back side finish here. I would say gotta be one of the better Blacks out there now.

*Seems this one drops off fairly fast however as the follow ups I experienced were significantly less vibrant and aromatic.

Mar 03, 2017
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Benjolovesbeer from Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Before I begin let me state that I am consuming a black enjoy by IPA 2-14-16 on 12-24-16, Christmas Eve. Yes perhaps it's a sin, not what Stone wants you to do, and sure the idea is to have fresh hops and being it is nearly a year old it should taste skunk and sour, well here's some news it doesn't, actually it tastes quite good and after consuming an unfiltered enjoy by IPA in its Windows of freshness compared to this out of date black IPA, the out dated black IPA looks,and tastes better but both do not compare to Ruination 2.0 and I'm sure comes nowhere close to Ruination 10 but haven't had 10 yet so i wouldn't know. But in conclusion I have to say Enjoy by is a publicity stint, tastes good after date and never tastes as good as Ruination but hey i still give nods to Stone because they are ahead of the game in hoppy beer and do make the best IPA's on the market. Now onto the analysis:

Poured into a goblet color is dark chocolatey black like a coffee stout. Nice malty bubbly head, soon diminishes to a thin white line that smears the glass with every sip. Right away I felt I was in for a winter's treat.
Aroma is malty, piney citrus.
Taste is bitter but not as bitter tingling as i'd like, perhaps due to its age but still delicious. Tastes of malt, pine, citrus, and coffee. Very dry and unlike enjoy by unfiltered it is a slow sipper.
Body is medium and dank.
Overall I must say for those who believe you must drink enjoy by at the date before the bottle says I have news your a beer snob, beer dork because this beer tastes mighty fine even being a year old oh and by the way I got it $3 cheaper because it was old and I can go back and get it at the same price. Cheers!

Dec 24, 2016
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ReviewingUnderInfluence from Canada (AB)

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Saw this on the menu at Stone's Liberty Station/World Bistro and had to get a pour. If you like black IPAs to the IPA side, this one's for you! Nice roasty malts on the background, but mainly dank, citrus hops. Beauty!

Aug 09, 2016
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a short dense off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a smoky roasted malts, some chocolate, some coffee, some citrus and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty roasted malt character up front that is quickly followed by flavors of dark chocolate, licorice, citrus and coffee. Then a grassy and strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in. There is definitely more bitterness than sweetness but the balance is good for the style. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a very good beer to drink for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style.

Jul 23, 2016
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black with a finger of fairly white head. Nice. Not usually a black ipa fan but this is delicious. Good balance between the roasted malt and fruit hops. Drinks light.

May 09, 2016
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brian44556 from Kentucky

4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Stone IPA glass. Enjoy by 5.4.2016 vintage.

Pours a semi-black, with a frothy, chocolate head. Great retention and nice lacing. Nice dank smell, tropical fruits, with a great mixture of roasted malt. Nice fruity taste, a balanced amount of roasted malt, and a tab bit of warmth from the alcohol. Nice and creamy and lots of carbonation. The black IPA version of the Enjoy by series is a step up from the regular in my book. Love the darker malt mixed in with the heavy West Coast hop profile.

May 05, 2016
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Sparty1224 from Michigan

4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 22 oz. bomber poured into a tulip. Bottled on 3/28/16, making this roughly a month old. This is the Enjoy By 05.04.16 edition being consumed on 5/3/16.

A: Black, but not pitch black. Some light getting through the edges. Slight off-white head that sticks around. Medium body.

S: Hops all the way. Not a single note of roast or malt backbone. In a blind sniff, I'd say this is regular Enjoy By. Huge pineapple, grapefruit, pine, lots of earthy hops.

T: Bitter hops all the way. Huge pine and dank hop presence up front with a huge bitter finish. Just a slight twinge of dark malt in the middle of the mouth, but certainly no roasty, rich qualities here. Again, in a blind taste, this could come off and regular Enjoy By.

M: Medium body, not super thick at all. Maybe slightly fuller than regular Enjoy By. Very bitter on the finish.

O: On the Black IPA spectrum, this one is leaning nearly all the way IPA and not stout at all. The "black" aspect is really only in appearance, as aroma and flavor are all hops and IPA all the way. Not really surprised, given this is a Stone beer. For me personally, I like them more in the middle with that perfect balance. In a blind test, I'd be convinced this was just a regular DIPA. If that's what they were going for and that's the Stone, that's fine, but it's not quite up my alley personally. Makes me think, why even make it a Black IPA in the first place if all you're gonna do is change the color, you know?

Recommendation: If you love regular Enjoy By or any hoppy Stone beer, this is for you. If you're looking for a roasty, balanced Black IPA, I'd think twice.

May 03, 2016
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Pierre_Pressure from Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: Well, they aren't kidding when they call this a black IPA. This can't quite maswuarade as a stout in appearances as the head is more of a clean white and when held up to light it shows a reddish tint, but it sure looks black at first glance. Slight foamy film and some lacing left after the head recedes.
S: Grassy and citrusy with a slight sweetness. Not sweet like in some barrel aged stouts, but it doesn't have the hint of bitterness that I get with some IPAs.
T: As with the aroma, there is an earthy, grassy note to the flavor along with some grapefruit notes. Definite bitterness here though, in contrast to the smell. This leads with the juicy citrus flavors and finishes with the bitterness which lingers on the tongue for a bit.
F: Heavy for an IPA.
O: In the end, the bitter finish is just sticking around a bit too long for me. At the outset I liked how this managed to hit nice flavorful citrus notes and moderate bitterness in a complimentary fashion, however halfway through a bottle and I had to cleanse my pallet to be able to enjoy the remainder. Were it not for this lingering flavor, I would be comfortable giving a 4.0 here. As is though, over the course of the bottle this created an experience that ended up being underwhelming in comparison to the individual components. This is going on my list of beers to reevaluate at a later date.

May 01, 2016
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Black with a three finger light tan head.

S- Citrus, grapefruit, tangerine, pine, roasted malts, faint hints of baker's chocolate.

T- Piney, slightly dank, roasted malts, hints of coffee, grapefruit and tangerines.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- Very easy drinking for 9.4%, a nicely balanced black IPA.

Apr 29, 2016
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ichorNet from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Never been a huge black IPA fan but I wanted to give this one a shot because I've enjoyed every Enjoy By to date (to some extent and with Unfiltered included) and I think this is probably considered somewhat of a spiritual successor to Sublimely Self-Righteous, a recently-discontinued Stone brew that was arguably the origin of the "Cascadian dark ale" idea in the realm of hop-focused black beers.

Poured into a normal straight pint glass, the beer approaches a solid three fingers of head before dissipating heavily over the course of several minutes... the off-white foam that is left sits atop a clear reddish-brown/mahogany body that lets a bit of light through. Surprisingly, this isn't über-dark; kind of a 35-37 SRM brick-red beer if held up to an appropriate light source. Lace is pretty apropos with ghoulish lace dripping down the sides of the glass in typical fashion for a modern, hoppy Stone beer. Maybe I'm jaded, but this seems strictly "not bad." It's certainly nothing special.

Nose is very interestingly-biased towards the "porter" end of the "black IPA-hoppy porter" spectrum. I get some mild rind-like citrus and very vague suggestions of tropical fruit alongside the rather-blatant pine aromatics typically pushed to balance the chalky and cocoa/roast-forward maltiness in this kind of beer, but there isn't enough depth to push any of these qualities to where they would have to go to make this spectacular. I'm left a bit wanting here.

Flavor is a surprising improvement over the rather-lackluster nose and similarly banal appearance. This is reminding me more and more of SSR with each sip, to be entirely honest, as I recall having a similar experience with that beer. I enjoy the unique qualities of the Ella hops here combined with the fruity tones from Galaxy. Stone has experimented with Ella and Vic Secret before in their 19th Anniversary Thunderstruck IPA, and I felt that was quite a nice, balanced beer. Here, those hops play a very muted role though, interestingly enough. This feels very grainy, husky and tough with a chewy and challenging palate that engages the drinker throughout each sip. Not content to overload the beer with fruity hops, Stone has allowed some spicy and earthy qualities to come to the fore here to break up the herbal and piney hop character that presents itself so forwardly on the palate alongside the roasty, somewhat-acrid malt. This is, in my opinion, quite a nice choice as it allows the "Enjoy By" profile to differ somewhat heavily from its typical MO.

Feel is vibrant and lively with great carbonation that lasts exactly as long as it needs to coupled with a medium-dry finish that brings this beer to life. Any heavier and this would have been brutally-difficult to drink; any lighter and I'd drink it down too easily. Stone has mastered the art of hoppy-beer balance, that's for sure. Some of the Stochasticity beers have been utter failures but they probably knew that was going to happen, hence the entirely-different marketing tactic used for them (at least for the first few). This one is a welcome addition to the Enjoy By lineup, for sure. I look forward to seeing what happens with it in future iterations... and that's coming from a skeptic.

Apr 23, 2016
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oldn00b from Virginia

4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous, ruddy color when held to the light. Thick tan head with fantastic retention and great spotty lacing.

Nose and flavor fall right into a hugely hoppy roasty malted black IPA. Exactly on point - bright, dank, dark. Intense and fantastic.

Feel is a bit brash as would be expected but is nice overall. Great black IPA.

Apr 20, 2016
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Wer34truh from Minnesota

3.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black color, yet the sun shines through it if held up against it so it's not stout-black. Small head, with quite a bit of lacing.

Smells of piney hops and citrus.

Taste is similar to the smell, but with more nuance. I also get a degree of nectar and smokiness. No signs of alcohol initially, but it becomes more noticeable as it warms. Mouthfeel is great with moderate carbonation, and a subtle carbonation.

I am quite struggling with this review as this is not really working for me as much as I expected, and that I am unable to really put my finger on what about it is lacking. I think it just comes down to my personal preference of IPA's that are either sweet, juicy or both. This is not outrageously bitter nor is it particularly dry, but that is my best attempt of explaining my lack of enjoyment of this.

Apr 19, 2016
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CTHomer from Connecticut

4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: opaque, but appears clear at the edges; cola brown with mahogany at the edges; 1 finger medium tan head that receded to a thin cap; very nice lacing;

S: pine is predominant; herbal notes are also very evident;

T: straight forward pine from start to finish; a little herbal and roasted grain toward the end; mild to moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: very nice; the blast of pine coming from such a dark beer is unexpected;

Apr 17, 2016
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seantelecine from California

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

stone is the bomb
05.04.16 220z
pours blk
lacing is pretty awesome
smells so good
bit bitter on after after taste,but maybe thats the black ipa sig..
get you some..

Apr 17, 2016
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arizcards from North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 32 oz Growler of the 05.04.16 version from Kings Convenience last Friday for $7.00.

Beer poured brown with a beautiful off white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is wonderfully fresh, citrus abounds!

Taste is lightly roasted malts that after several sips is enhanced nicely by the citrus initially but becomes very piney in the end.

Feel is the standard Stone medium bodied and smooth feel.

Overall this is a pretty nice beer, glad i got to try it. I am finding i am not overly digging the Aussie hops as i was not a big fan of Thunderstruck as this has that same overly pine resin finish.

Apr 10, 2016
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ocelot2500 from Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep ebony color with a tight, khaki head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of piny hop and deep roasted notes.

Tastes of the deep roasted notes layered with the hops. Roasted notes lead off with notes of molasses, coffee, and burnt bread. Has an acrid note to it. This gives way to juicy hops with notes of pine, citrus, and some floral notes as well. Finishes with a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a tasty black IPA.

Apr 10, 2016
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tempest from New York

4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge tropical aroma and a dry cocoa-on-grapefruit finish. It's a damn tasty beer. The dark malts never overpower the hops (like too many black IPAs). They add a touch of toffee to the aroma and the slightest roast to the flavor. Best combination of black roasted barley and hops I've tasted yet.

Apr 06, 2016
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown color with light brown, creamy head. Aims is really hoppy with dank, earthy, resiny notes. Taste starts slightly sweet and roasty, hoppy with with earthy and piney notes, finishes bitter and roasty. Body is heavy and well carbonated. A good example of west coast style black DIPA.

Mar 19, 2016
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Cannibalgasm from Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(Note I drank this on 2-14-16, I just wrote a review on paper as I was not at home. I'm just now getting to adding it on here.)

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a very deep dark brown, nearly black till held to light. Head is one finger of frothy tan color that retains for a couple minutes and leaves behind some nice lacing. Nice looking brew but not exactly the appearance I was expecting.

S: Citrusy aromas of tangerine, pineapple, mango, grapefruit, peach, orange peel, papaya, and lemon, blend perfectly with earthy hop aromas, slight hints of pepper and dark roasted malts. You also get slight notes of burnt toast, coffee, and chocolate. Overall very complex yet balanced, easily one of the best smelling Black IPA's I've encountered.

T: Wow this brew is fruity and hop forward, but is blended and balanced almost perfectly with the roasted flavors you would expect. Pineapple, grapefruit, mango, tangerine, lemon zest, and papaya, meld together with slight hints of pine, cocoa, and coffee to greet your tongue initially. Then you get big flavors of roasted malts, black pepper, and earthy hops. Finishes with lingering flavors of roasted malts, roasted pineapple, orange peel, and a dank herbal hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied, with a moderate amount of carbonation. Surprisingly smooth and easy to drink with a nice bitter finish. Also to my surprise very little alcohol is detectable given the ABV yet it does provide a subtle warming quality as you drink it.

O: This is a absolutely terrific brew. I personally really like well done Black IPA's and this certainly passes all my criteria. (I will admit I can be very picky when it comes to the style, but when done right they tend to be some of my favorite brews.) This is a near world class example of the style in my opinion as it perfectly blends the hop forward idea that hopheads crave with the intense roasted malt backbone that I personally love. This one goes down as yet another incredibly solid offering from Stone that I will grab a few of every time it is released, I would recommend that any fan of the style do the same.

Mar 09, 2016
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the_awesometeer from California

3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4


The beer is very dark yet is slightly clear. I can actually make out my blinds while looking though the beer. Despite the beer being semi-clear I cannot see any carbonation. The beer has an off-white/slightly tan thin head that lasts. Right off the bat I can smell the fresh hops with a slight onion-garlic but is mainly piney. There is not much of a scent of malts. Maybe my nose sucks. There was no real scent of alcohol either. Wish there was more of a malt scent. No alcohol flavor as well. It was a little hard to get over the unfavorable scent but I got a woodsy and pine hop flavor with slight roasty and smokey malt finish that actually helps balance the beer out. The beer is soft with a medium well balanced finish

Feb 23, 2016
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ChrisMon02 from Ohio

4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Duvel glass.

Amazing black color with a 3 finger frothy tan head that lingers for a long time. Amazing sticky lacing clings to the side of the glass. I can tell where each sip starts and finishes. Impressive.

Huge smell of hops and dark roasty malts are bellowing out of the glass. A touch of licorice and mint. My mouth is starting to water.

Taste mimics the nose. Tons of hops and roasted malt. Finishes dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel is spot on. Medium to heavy body with moderate carbonation. Almost creamy but never cloying. I want more after each sip.

I am not surprised that I really enjoyed this. I loved Self Righteous and this is quite similar. Stone does it again. Just good quality stuff. I will definitely be having this again. Delicious and highly recommended.

Feb 17, 2016
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Very dark brown, almost black, but brown around the edges. Forms a tight creamy tan head that leaves lacing.

Smell: Fruity-hop-forward, but the dark malts provide a lot. I got a lot of peach, mango, pineapple, and grapefruit, but atop a firm background of bitter cocoa, coffee, and earth.

Taste: A perfect blend of fruits and roasty flavor. Grapefruit, cocoa, coffee, burnt toast, peach, pineapple, mango. You get another hit of cocoa, coffee, and earth near the finish, and then lingering hop flavors of grapefruit, orange, pine, and dankness.

Feel: Filling yet nicely carbonated. Smooth and very drinkable with no perceptible alcohol.

Overall: While I prefer the accompanying Enjoy By Unfiltered over this one, this is still top notch. Delicious and supremely drinkable. Another winner from Stone!

Feb 17, 2016
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BergBeer from Virginia

2.77/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Look: Opaque black with a thick cream colored head. High activity.

Smell: Fresh piney hops, muted peachy citrus, and more piney hops. Hops dominate the nose with just a slight hint of alcohol.

Taste: Peachy citrus and piney hops greet the palate. Followed by green grassy hop notes. A hint of green apple fades into dark chocolate, roasted malts, and finishes with black coffee with more pine.

Feel: Medium-heavy bodied. Strong bitterness throughout. Finish is dry with just a touch of warming alcohol.

Overall: A piney hop bomb to the palate. The bitterness just overpowers muting every other flavor. The dark chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts get washed out by the piney bitter. There is a great beer in there unfortunately it's smothered in bitterness. I'll stick with the regular Enjoy By.

Feb 16, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 1/9/2016. Pours fairly clear very dark brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, papaya, passion fruit, mango, melon, berry, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate roasted malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, papaya, passion fruit, mango, melon, berry, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of pine/citrus rind/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, papaya, passion fruit, mango, melon, berry, lemon/orange peel, pine, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate roasted malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness that increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, sticky, and lightly creamy/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Black DIPA! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate roasted malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Feb 16, 2016
Enjoy By Black IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 532 ratings