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Sexual Chocolate - Foothills Brewing Company

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Ratings: 901
Reviews: 420
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.86%

Brewed by:
Foothills Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.75% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: SaCkErZ9 on 02-15-2007)
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Photo of abedenbaugh

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A:A nice dark almost opaque black color. The head was brown and it stayed up very nicely.
S:There was a strong roasted malt smell with a little bit of caramel, too. Also there was a hint of bitterness in the nose.
T:The flavor was great and very smooth. The roasted flavor was very present. There was some chocolate flavor on the middle palate but it was not very noticable. If it didn't call itself a chocolate stout I would't have picked up on it right away. The higher alochol was not very noticable. It tasted very smooth overall.
MF:Medium to heavy body
D:I wouldn't be able to drink too many of these beers. They were very good. The strong flavor from the roasted malts prevents it from being a beer that I can drink multiple beers at once. Overall it was a very good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2008 03:02:59 | More by abedenbaugh
Photo of NClifestyle

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap, and it's a wonderful brew, cheers to Foothills.
Black as pitch, dark tan head that dropped to nothing in no time and left little to no lace, let's you know it's strong. However, that was the only warning, as there was no taste of alcohol. Great RIS, no burn in the mouth or killing of the tastebuds, just smooth dark chocolate and coffee tones. Smell was a little bit less than I expected, but could have been the surroundings. Lives up to the hype.


Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2008 14:36:53 | More by NClifestyle
Photo of MSchae1017


4.88/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer arrives in a standard pint glass branded with a Foothills logo as black as the beer itself. The head is the color of cappuccino foam hinting at some of the aromas and flavors awaiting the drinker. The head eventually dissipates to wisps of foam, leaving traces of lace down the side of the glass. In addition to coffee notes in the smell, there is the distinct aromas of dark chocolate coming together to remind you of a cafe mocha. Roasted barley is also evident, rounding out the nose of this beer. Upon taking a sip, all of these aromas come to full life on your tongue. Coffee hints with huge amounts of dark chocolate provide a perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness usually provided only by the finest chocolate makers. At 10% ABV, the lack of alcohol presence on the palate is surprising and evident of proper maturation by the brewer. Swirling the beer around the tongue gives the drinker the chance to fully appreciate the full body of this beer that combines with subtle, even carbonation for an exceptionally smooth mouthfeel. Sip after sip, this beer is a pleasure to drink. As it warms, flavors of dark fruit present themselves and the aromas become more alive. With the high ABV, you would think that this beer would beg to be drank slowly, but the perfect balance of flavors and incredible smoothness urge you to continue drinking. Chocolate in beer can sometimes be overwhelming and when combined with sweetness, even cloying at times, but Sexual Chocolate is constructed with such care that it just continues to please over and over again. To quote a buddy with me at the time, "There is not a single aspect of this beer that I do not like." If that does not motivate you to get a pint of your own, I do not know what will.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2008 17:26:54 | More by MSchae1017
Photo of goindownsouth


4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A fantastic offering, consumed on 02.07.08 at Snapshot Cafe in Greenville, South Carolina.

Presented well out of the tap into my PINT glass. Deep and rich, tar like in color. Great head retention, dark tan in color, with respectable lacing along the side of the glass. Aromas rich and crazy thick of roasted malty goodness and definite hints of the organic peruvian cocoa nibs that were infused into the beer - a first to my recollection. Smooth on the palate would be an understatement. The hops and malt dance so well together on this one and the chocolate and almost coffee-like richness add that extra depth of lusciousness. Deceptive is the alcohol in this one. Perhaps my favorite RIS from possibly my favorite regional brewery.


Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2008 18:04:12 | More by goindownsouth
Photo of wagenvolks


4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Flying Saucer in Raleigh. Got a nice Foothills pint glass w/ my purchase.

Waitress (who, ironically, resembled the lady from the "Sexual Chocolate" logo) brought me a gorgeous stout, muddy brown in color with no signs of light getting through. The head, deep chestnut in hue, was excellently retained and left sticky lacing down the sides of the pint. The aroma, perhaps due to the crowded bar, was more "Pips" than "Gladys Knight", but still quite good: creamy, milk chocolate, cocoa, espresso, and resinous hops.

The flavor was powerful, black & proud. A generous dose of baker's chocolate, raw cocoa, and buttery cinnamon-bread balanced well with notes of spicy, earthen hops. The mouthfeel was exceptionally thick, velvety smooth, perfectly carbonated for the style, and left a sticky, bittersweet aftertaste that, like the title, can only be called "sexual chocolate". I would gladly have this beer again, if only it weren't brewed in such limited batches. Thankfully I live near enough to the brewery to enjoy the fruits of Foothills' labor.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2008 05:26:06 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of AAis4quiters

North Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this beer on the release weekend. I have to say that it was one of the best Stouts I have ever had. The glassware was proper and added appeal to the visual aspect upon arrival. The nose was outstanding but is was pinnacled by flavor and character. A long clean finish of roasted sweet chocolate and espresso approachable for beginner but sturdy enough for the aficionado. Congrats to the brewer. It was apparently sold out in bottle form and they were running so low that they could not fill growlers.

See ya next weekend!


Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2008 13:32:40 | More by AAis4quiters
Photo of wcudwight

North Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes taken at the brewery.
As opaque as opaque gets. Nice 2 finger sized head with excellent retention. Sticky lace coats and falls down the sides of the glass.
Huge chocolate smell. The kind of aroma that would make Willie Wonka drool. Also a nice shot of espresso is detectable as well.
This is the beer for all of the sweet tooths out there. Huge chocolate and cocoa flavors but enough roasted malts and rich coffee to balance it out. As a plus how does Foothills hide the alcohol. I am destinctfully searching for the alcohol but I can not find it.
Thick, viscous, chewy mouthfeel. The mouthfeel is as rich as the flavor. As a bonus when the glass is empty it is stained brown. As if Sexual Chocolate has marked it's territory.
Possibly the most drinkable RIS I've had. As mentioned before the alcohol is not to be found. Forget aging...drink this now....Could it possibly get any better?

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2008 04:18:35 | More by wcudwight
Photo of jobyone

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Draft at Foothills on Release day. Black with nice braown head. Aroma has lots of sweetness, coffee and some chocolate raostedness. The flavor is rich with a great balance betwwent eh sweet and hop bitterness. Good full bodied feel. Bought 4 bottles and looking forward to sitting down with it for a more detailed session. Lucky me;)

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2008 13:50:07 | More by jobyone
Photo of drunkmonk

North Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tylers in Durham as part of its 08 debut. Pours jet black, no lite penetrating at all as its held to the light. A quarter inch dark tan head escapes not long after my first sip. A ring of steady lace remains. The aroma at first is more subdued. At first just hints of semisweet chocolate and roasted malts. As this beer warms the aroma's really get much more complex, Caramel and charred fruit. Faint hints of anaise as well. The taste starts with a soft bakers chocolate sweetness and caramel undertones. The hops sneak in and assert themselves on your tongue. A warming begins down your throat after a few sips. The mouthfeel is moderate and extremely creamy and smooth. By the time you start to realize the strength of this beer you look down and your Foothills tumbler is almos empty. This beer is much too easy to drink for it's strength. A complex brew that's hard to keep away from your nose and your gullet. Highly Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2008 03:01:28 | More by drunkmonk
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4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black is beautiful. This beer pours real dark almost black and has a nice light tan head. The first sip is bliss with the taste of roasted malts and dark chocolate dancing on your tongue. There is a slight undertone of coffee that makes this a complete flavor experience. If you are a stout lover and in the area of the foothils brewing company then get to this beer as fast as you can.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2007 12:38:22 | More by jbphoto88
Photo of ChainGangGuy


4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a near-black body with a thin, tan-colored head.

Smell: Roasted malt aroma with full notes of melted semi-sweet chocolate, dark caramel, and nuts.

Taste: Rich, roasty semi-sweet chocolate taste with hints of anise and molasses. Faint taste of peanut butter. Moderate acidity. Some grassy hops and light notes of coffee appear near the bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. A mouthfeel as lusciously smooth as the name implies.

Drinkability: Highly recommended, it's a very tasty RIS from the folks over at Foothills. Kudos for hiding that 10% abv, too!

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2007 20:20:25 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of WeisGuy

New York

4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10-14--07 update

After having this on-tap for the second time today at Foothills in WS, I'm bumping up the smell and drinkability scores. This is an outstading RIS...just wish it was available more often.

4-14-07 review

a - thick and black as motor oil, one-finger brown head with retention around the edges and a little lacing

s - big bittersweet chocolate aroma, some coffee and roasted malt as well, little alcohol

t - dominant flavor is bittersweet chocolate, body had some dark roasted coffee and malt, lots of dark fruit with vivid chocolate covered cherries, finish is slightly bitter coffee and roasted malt, more dark fruits, some sweetness on the finish as well, without much alcohol taste

m - quite full-bodied, very viscous and creamy, sweet finish with a little dryness as well

d - pretty drinkable, can't tell it's 10%, which make this beer dangerous, goes down very easy

Very good stout from Foothills...they have yet to disappoint me. Hope we don't have to wait to next V-day to have this again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2007 23:03:17 | More by WeisGuy
Photo of khiasmus

South Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Thick and black with a dark tan head that settles to a single layer and laces nicely.

S- Heavy aroma, sweet and malty, with hints of chocolate and orgeat and mild hops in the back.

T- Wonderfully sweet at the beginning, and then wonderfully bitter. The two balance perfectly. Cocoa is evident. Alcohol is evident. Hops compliment the sweetness and chocolate surpirisingly well, to make this a very balanced and delicious brew. Far better in my opinion than Fuller's double chocolate, and I would rather drink it than Rogue chocolate stout... which is very high praise.

M- Thick and creamy, all the way down. A little lingering dryness at the tail end. Fairly low carbonation, and some light warming.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2007 14:19:47 | More by khiasmus
Photo of ncvbc

North Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Barley's in Asheville. Instantly my favorite RIS (for the moment). Though I've only had a few different ones, this seemed to capture the style almost perfectly. Pitch black, almost looking like dark chocolate with a creamy, thick brown head. Chocolate is very present in the smell little alcohol present for the 10% this one offers. Like the Seeing Double, this beer does a wonderful job of hiding the alcohol presence and gives way to the various flavors that impressed me greatly. Simply put, this is delicious. Definitely a sipper but I'll sip on this any day.

Edit: Oh yeah...tried on-tap again recently. A little less roasted than I remember. More rich dark chocolate up front. Slight fresh hop presence lingers. Even a little sour dark fruit that reminds me of a Baltic in a way. A $7 pint was no problem.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2007 22:35:04 | More by ncvbc
Photo of kkipple

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Mellow Mushroom on North Davidson street in Charlotte.

<Beavis>Sexual Chocolate came to me in an 8.5oz glass, which totally sucked, but I guess I'll take what I get. The head was a thick, dirty brown, about a half-inch deep (snicker), while the beer was oily, inky and nearly black. The head receded slowly (lol), but still left a lot of sticky (huh huh, "sticky") lacing on the sides of the glass. </Beavis>

Smelled fantastic. Chocolate malt and fresh cocoa were the dominating (laugh if you must) aromas, but there was a large amount of alcohol and coffee shining through also. Some hops that smelt suspiciously like Cascade were present in a supporting role. Overall the smell was rich, chocolately, and sweet. Practically begged to be drunk.

A drink confirmed that this was indeed a chocolate beverage fit for the Great Cornholio himself! Ultra-rich chocolate notes explode on the palate... like a chocolate infused Russian stout, but so much more. Roasted grains and hop bitterness swirl amongst the heavy cocoa flavors. It's bittersweet but sweeter than most imperial beverages. The mouthfeel is sublime - it's chewy, slick and substantial, while warming the mouth and finishing delightfully bitter from the hops and roasted malt. This may have more chocolate flavor than Rogue's Chocolate stout... a side by side comparison is required! An amazing drink.

While Sexual Chocolate is perhaps a bit too sweet and rich to drink several glasses of, I sure wouldn't mind trying. As an added bonus, you should not have difficulty finding a woman who likes this beer. Sexist? The truth, more like! Foothills has crafted yet another superb beer. Here's hoping it becomes part of their regular lineup.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2007 23:14:39 | More by kkipple
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a goblet at the Charlotte Flying Saucer the beer was a very opaque black and presented a thin off white head that was diminishing and left no lacing on the glass. The aroma was dominated by dark chocolate. Some espresso and roasted barley, but mostly chocolate. The taste was mostly great dark bitter chocolate. There was a good blend of dark malts present as well, with some coffee flavor, but once again, chocolate dominates. The mouthfeel was heavy as expected at 10% abv, but the alcohol was also well hidden by the chocolate bitterness. There was a pleasantly low carbonation as well. This was a great sipping beer. Holds up very well with others of the style and the addition of real chocolate was a great touch.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2007 15:08:09 | More by atsprings
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Another phenomenal example of what a beer can be. This beauty pours black as pitch with a small but densely whipped head of mocha froth that leaves concentris rings of lacing all over my goblet.

A powerful nose boasts of charred black malts, dark dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, scorched caramel, light anise, and earthy, almost piney hops.

Taste is huge, with a massive dark malt entry with notes of toasty, roasty dark malt, cafe mocha, quality dark chocolate, chicory, and espresso beans. There's a complex gathering of dark flavors and bittersweet black chocolate. The finish has a perfect amount of herbal and green piney hops leading to a long, smokey. bittersweet finish.

Body is huge, silky, and has a texture like melted chocolate. Incredibly rich and creamy. Feels so luxurious the name is definately appropriate. Begs to be paired with anything chocolate.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2007 20:49:07 | More by AlexJ
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4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviews based on pints at Raleigh's Flying Saucer in 2006 and 2007

appearance: Served in a standard pint glass...black as hell with a 0.25" dark mocha colored head that soon recedes to just a ring.

smell: Dark chocolate/cocoa dominates, with various roasts following closely behind. A light-moderate earhy hop aroma lingers behind.

mouthfeel: Light, smooth carbonation. The body is one of the thickest I've come across in awhile...pretty silky, yet it manages to clean up nicely. Rich and creamy overall.

taste: Opens up with liquified dark chocolate and milky espresso. The profile soon changes, with the chocolate becoming more like dry cocoa powder and dry roasted flavors taking over. The hop flavor is earthy. A moderate bitterness builds into the finish, lingering with various roasted favors. I get a little ethanol, but it doesn't seem hot at all.

drinkability: sipped over the course of an hour...quite good, a slow drinker but that's to be expected

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2007 01:23:15 | More by blackie
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with an almost black color and the darkest head I have ever seen on a stout; not much lacing, however, which might have been due to the pour as much as the beer itself

Smell: The best part of the beer with a distinct aroma of tropical dark chocolate flavor; I bought my wife an assortment of 75% single origin chocolates from Chocosphere for Valentine's Day and this smells just like those bars taste

Taste: Dark chocolate flavors caress that palate from the start; after the swallow the roasted bitterness creeps under the covers and the two sensations couple to the climax

Mouthfeel: Thick body with moderate carbonation; a really hot finish

Drinkability: Rather determined toward its goal, this libation is lucious and titillating but it's just a bit too hot for me to handle; next time I'll return to the safer zone of the Total Eclipse Stout

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2007 01:22:23 | More by brentk56
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4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Foothills 2.11.2007.

This is Foothills Valentine's Day release (actually released before V Day but I assume the release date and V Day are not purely coincidental, given the name).

Pours a beautiful black color with a perfectly chocolate colored head of a substantial size. Head is fluffy and full of body. Beer is completely opaque and is quite viscous. ABV is around 10% but the alcohol is very well hidden.

Tons of chocolate in the aroma and flavor. I could see where the name came from as the aphrodisiacal quality is certainly noticeable with all of the chocolate flavors and aromas here. Nice hop presence as well.

I could drink this stuff all night. Mouthfeel is not quite full bodied but it certainly is typical of an imperial stout. ABV very well hidden for an impy stout. This was a wonderful beer and certainly able to be enjoyed by you and your sweetie.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2007 01:07:24 | More by SaCkErZ9
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Sexual Chocolate from Foothills Brewing Company
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