Endless Beer: Stone Enjoy By 2/14/17
“Built specifically not to last.” Stone has regularly released their freshest IPAs for us to enjoy WHILE STILL FRESH. February’s brew is “Enjoy by 2/14/2017” Chocolate and Coffee IPA. While many think of the citrus undertones of hops, the right hops can also be paired with flavors such as chocolate. Here’s what we thought…
Appearance: Dark copper; translucent
Aroma: Smells like hops. Very little coffee comes through in the aroma.
Taste: Caramel/toffee flavor comes through first with coffee afterward. Hops are there throughout and balanced out quite well with the coffee flavor.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and buttery, yet refreshing. No lingering aftertaste.
Overall: Typical February suds are dark beers or winter warmers. This IPA is a nice change of pace. While it has the definite hoppy flavors throughout, it also provides some of the winter flavors in the sweetness of the malts and even the coffee flavor. I would definitely recommend a six pack (or two) for your February.
Cheese: Aged White Cheddar with Salted Almonds and Honey
Appetizer: Spinach Artichoke Dip
Dessert: Fudgy Homemade Brownies with Chocolate Chunks
Cigar: Montecristo White Label