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Enjoy By Chocolate & Coffee IPA | Stone Brewing

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Enjoy By Chocolate & Coffee IPAEnjoy By Chocolate & Coffee IPA
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Enjoy By Chocolate & Coffee IPAEnjoy By Chocolate & Coffee IPA

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 361 |  Reviews: 133
Reviews by DeFaz:
Photo of DeFaz
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This isn't bad by any means, but it's a huge disappointment for anyone excited by the "Enjoy By" in the title--this is everything that Stone's regular Enjoy By offerings promise.

For one, the hop profile is either nearly absent or so muddled by the chocolate and coffee. Then, the chocolate and coffee don't impress at all. There's too much going on with nothing complimenting each other.

It's still drinkable, but not worth the price. If it didn't have Enjoy By in the title, I probably would have rated it higher. To its credit, it conceals the 9.4% ABV quite well.

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Photo of Prager62
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a Enjoy By 02.14.17 bomber into a Stone chalice for the review.

Look- Pours a flat looking dark gold leaving a centimeter or two of off white foam. It settles to a ring around the glass with very little lacing.

Smell- Huge grapefruit and pineapple with a hint of dark roast hiding in back.

Taste- Passionfruit, pineapple and grapefruit take center stage like the usual Enjoy By. A bitter roast profile appears in the finish. I'd hardly identify it with coffee or chocolate. Perhaps tree bark or leather?

Feel- Oily and resiny with a very bitter and dry finish.

Overall- All the aspects of Enjoy By are there, but I can't get past that bitter somewhat earthy finish. The coffee and chocolate can't seem to separate themselves from the huge hop presence. I loved Mocha IPA and had high hopes for this release, but I'm left disappointed. Worth a try, but I'm glad I just purchased one bomber. I'll wait for the Mocha release.

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Photo of ScaryEd
2.13/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy deep amber color with a finger of cream colored head. The head has moderate retention, and leaves a fair bit of splotchy lacing. Now that's all well and good, however there is an unprecedented amount of sediment floating around the glass. I'm talking rice-sized chunks. This beer looks like Wilfred Brimley's urine after a butter-filled night of shenanigans. A little sediment is fine, but this is just ridiculous.

The aroma is extremely disappointing. Citrus and caramel malt with just a faint hint of chocolate. Not picking up any coffee. Plenty of alcohol on the back end though. I imagine this is what regular Enjoy By would smell like after 8 months if you dropped a chocolate chip into the beer by accident and said "Fuck it".

The flavor is just wrong. Candied citrus and grapefruit, followed by overly sweet chocolate. Finishes with a charred coffee note. Like the seat cushion in a soccer mom's minivan, minus the taint, thankfully.

The feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Syrupy and sticky as hell. Tons of warming from the alcohol.

Overall, I suppose I don't know what I expected. I've greatly enjoyed every Enjoy By variation to date, but was slightly off-put by the description of this one. Still, I wanted to try it for the lolz. It's just not Enjoy By to me. Not even close. This beer is a muddled mess and to top it off, it looks like diabeetus pee. Very disappointing. I need a regular Enjoy By soon to wash this disgusting taste out of my mouth.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

well past the date on the bottle, still drinks pretty good

luckily for me, the chocolate is almost non-existant, it's mostly a straightforward stone IPA with a coffee ground finish. the malt compliments the slight chocolate that is present, oak and earth blending with sweet charred pine.

good hobo swill. a spin on the black and tan. enjoyable if not too unique. worth it for $5 a bomber

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark gold color with a ton of floaties, lacing is thin but dense. Carbonation is mild.

S - Dank tropical fruit and earthy dark roasted malt.

T - Tropical fruit from start to finish that keeps trying to surface and gets aggressively stifled with earthy, roasted malt. Some dark chocolate, pineapple, juicy red grapefruit, and a forward piney/citrus bitterness with bite at the very end. Bitterness is long and lingering. Definite ABV boozy presence.

M - Heavy medium body that's borderline full bodied.

O - Glad I only bought one bottle of this. No thanks.

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Photo of Libeertarian
4.52/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From notes taken 03/28/17:

Okay, so I was supposed to have opened this over a month ago, in no uncertain terms. We are not just talking an “expiration date” here, those are always a little more flexible than you would think. And even then, those are generally about three months from the bottling date, not just barely over a month (this is a “37-day beer”, bottled 01/08/17, to be enjoyed by Valentine’s Day). I set this aside with the idea to enjoy it on time and only remembered it when I purchased yet another 37-day beer from Stone (which, I should keep in plain sight so I can remember to drink it on time). This may not be exactly what it was meant to be, but at 9.4% ABV and chocolate and coffee added, I am not too worried.

Lovely mostly clear beer with a somewhat metallic sheen, color is a brassy, peachy amber. Perfectly uniform creamy yellow head of heavier foam, with excellent retention and a single brow-shaped sheet of lace the breadth of almost half my glass. Tropical and boozey aromas, very pleasant, and balancing out anything I usually detect in an Imperial IPA that makes me think it will be a little more than I am prepared for. That is, no sign of copay or perfume suggestions, on the nose at least. This palate is just crazy! I get wood to wood smoke (maple? oak? hickory?) throughout. And peppercorns galore! Tropical qualities are subdued and combined with resin and dried fruit, and perfuminess is kept at a level I can actually appreciate. Coffee and chocolate are hidden or perhaps the correct term is “lost” in the balance. That’s not to say they don’t contribute to it. In fact, I suspect they are responsible for this being not just another laundry-room detergent IIPA (which are still decent beers, I am not a hater). Bravo! Still, I’d recommend sipping, I just took a large gulp and it about knocked me over with flavor and heat. Even the finish isn’t overwhelmingly bitter, although it is characteristically perfumy, with peppery retro-olfaction coming to the rescue. Since this was a larger bottle, I didn’t drink it all at once. I let some rest in a glass for a few hours while I napped, making it go up maybe a dozen or so degrees. This brought out some things I hadn’t notice before: a blend of plum, anise, a light amount of chocolate, and whiskey notes. Full-bodied, with creamy carbonation moving towards velvet, and tons of loving warmth and an astringency to seamlessly accompany the alcohol and hops. This was so good that it would be hard to be convinced that it could be any better just by enjoying it on time (a month and two weeks back), but if that is indeed true, and while I may have missed out, I have already received much more than my money’s worth out of this.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an amber/tan color with two fingers of light tan head. There are a ton of floaties on the beer. The smell is typical Enjoy By with pine resin and some citrus. There is a very small coffee smell but no chocolate. The taste starts as typical Enjoy By but maybe more pine flavors. Then coffee and chocolate come through fairly strong on the backend. There is a bitter, coffee lingering finish. The mouthfeel is very thick and smooth. Overall it's not bad, but I'm a fan of the regular more than this.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.37/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of andrewjraab
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - pours a golden brown with surprising clarity. Tan head that quickly fades.

S - Citrus hops, malts, chocolate and coffee faint in the back end.

T - Layers of piney and citrus hops, followed by a big malt back bone that adds depth and complexity.

O - Really solid brew and I even enjoyed this 7 days after the 2/14/17 date.

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Photo of Avatar113
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

intended to be enjoyed by valentines day, but still tasting quite good a few weeks later. they may have been late to market here with this one, as i am only starting to see it now? in any event, it doesnt matter, the beer is great, especially if you are only looking for an ipa. dont come looking for a chocolate and coffee beer, because you will be brutally disappointed. both of those aspects are so minimal here as to be almost consequential. the coffee should be scaled way up, and is unlikely to have faded that much in just a few weeks, i only get its bitterness. the chocolate does have a little sweetness with the malt in the aroma, and a neat almost buttery cacao element in the finish, which is unique but compatible with the hops, interestingly enough. its earthy and a touch sweet, cool enough that i want more of it, and am let down there isnt. other than that subtle nuance, its another big stone ipa, bursting with fresh juicy hops and drinking a lot lighter than its abv. the hops have a lot of citrus to them, and there is a richer almost honeyed sort of texture to it, very enjoyable. im not sure anyone could pick coffee out of this beer, at least that was the case with mine, but i liked the beer a lot anyway. cool to even consider using these adjuncts in an ipa, but they should have committed to them more. even if it would yield a worse beer, at least we would know...

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Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Clear 14.75-oz. porter/stout tulip
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $2.67
Purchased: Jan. 15, 2017
Consumed: Jan. 15, 2017
Reviewed as: American Double / Imperial IPA
Misc.: Bottled on Jan. 8, 2017; Enjoy by Feb. 14, 2016

Well I’m not a big fan of the base Enjoy By, I do like chocolate and coffee beers, especially together. Really intrigued by this one. Not enough to get a 6-pack, but enough for one 12-oz. bottle.

Poured a deep gold yellow, maybe light amber clear color with two fingers of off-white frothy head that thinned out quickly. Very serene setting underneath with really no bubbles. Decent foamy lacing. Good retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled black coffee, dark chocolate and cocoa up front, ending with a hoppy finish. Getting some dark spices in there as well. Also Centennial, Citra, hints of Mosaic and floral. (Smell - 3.75)

Really heavy malts on the taste, more like a Black IPA. Getting dark cocoa, black coffee, bitter dark chocolate, red grapefruit, orange rind, peppery spices, pine, hints of smoky wood and citrus peel. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Sticky texture. Lively carbonation. Abrupt, roasty, bitter finish. (Feel - 3.75)

Well, it was better than the base Enjoy By. Think I overrated it a tad, but it’s decent. (Overall - 3.75)

3.75 | 85 | B+

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Photo of sansho
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 57md
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale copper color with a half finger of head. The nose has a trace of chocolate but it is mostly earthy hops. The chocolate and coffee are pretty far back in the background of the flavor profile.

I was hoping that this offering would be similar to the Mocha IPA but the adjuncts just were not forward enough to make this special.

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Photo of FlussigkeitMut
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cuvtcuv
3.11/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of rypkr
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Conformity be damned, I dig this. Looks like enjoy by unfiltered and clearly isn't with the loads of particulate.

Smell isn't really there. Just smells like an average ipa and is fairly muted aromatically. There is some sweetness/vanilla/cream/coffee quite evident throughout.

Tastes like an IPA with subtle chocolate. Not finding much coffee. Overall pretty sweet. The IPA ibu's quickly blot out the adjuncts darker flavors and it's hard to really taste them beyond the opening sips.

Mouthfeel is just like enjoy by unfiltered. Thick and chewy. Loads of sustainence in this ipa.

Overall, not my favorite enjoy by ipa but worth the $2.75 12oz bottle. Not sure I'd want to drink this in the bomber though.

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Photo of jagada
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jwat
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brentusaurus
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shigg85
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of FriedSlug
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

An orange colored beer with tons of floating particulate. There is a nice off white head that leaves a nice curtain of lacing behind. The aroma is very coffee forward with a little fruit and pine. There is a bit of chocolate that seems to come in faintly at the end. The taste is fairly bitter with a little bit of dark chocolate and bitter coffee that is balanced with a bit of sweetness. The star flavors seem hard to find and I wish they were a little more forward.

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Photo of ambruns1979
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beergorrilla
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Enjoy By Chocolate & Coffee IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 361 ratings