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Sexual Chocolate - Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Reviews: 441
Hads: 1,214
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 18.83%
Wants: 1,288
Gots: 315 | FT: 24
Brewed by:
Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.75% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: SaCkErZ9 on 02-15-2007

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Reviews: 441 | Hads: 1,214
Photo of Gfunk720
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage

A- Dark black in color, a dark chocolatey colored head. There is pretty decent lacing

S- Pretty light on the nose. I get some malt, chocolate, and some acidic coffee notes. A touch of nuttiness perhaps.

T- I get a lot of hops initially, and some touches of burnt coffee and chocolate. Not very prominent flavor for what I expected. Not as chocolatey as I imagined.

M- The body is real solid, as is the carbonation. The flavor just isn't there though. It's a little bland.

O- I have another bottle to revisit this at some point, but overall I was slightly let down. My brother sent me a hand bottle of this last year and it was much more chocolatey and thick. Maybe I over hyped this beer in my head..


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Photo of smakawhat
3.54/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

A real thick and perfect creamy tan head forms, but it is quite large nearly three fingers tall. Whipped up cocoa light texture and settles very slowly. Strangely when forming it seemed even darker. Body color seems classic black walnut and dark but with some little close inspection it appears to have some red in there strangely when held up to light. Nice looker of a stout.

Real nice soft grain aroma. Subtle brown sugar sweetness, dark chocolate, a good mix of bitter and sugar. Hints toward some berried fruit tartness slightly just a tad. Quite solid even a little bit varied.

Palate is a bit different than expected. Bitter. Noticeably. Lots of dry grains and roast char on the finish, but a big blasting pine hop bitterness creeps throughout. A decent palate feel but has some wet skim milk and slick character. There's a bit of coffee like roast towards the finish, but it quickly gets buried in some almost acidic grains. There's quite a bit of sour quality to this, but luckily not too out of control, but it lingers. Roast character is nearly hot and piping, then this acidic coating just takes over, like real acidic coffee, and thick hop oil resin that permeates.

Overall this brings the roast and char, but there's some acidic almost vinegar quality that just overloads and ruins the experience. Would really like some chocolate flavor on this and doesn't really get it done. It's char profile is also identical to its porter and reminds me much of it, which is another beer from Foothills I just don't care for. Just a bit too much bitter, acrid, and oily. Doesn't come off quite right.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.54/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard branded pressure cap acquired as part of a trade and served into a Guinness stem-goblet glass in me parents’ gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado during my annual Christmas tasting. Reviewed live. Expectations are real high given its current 92 rating.. 9.75% ABV confirmed. February 2013 vintage. Reviewed as an imperial stout because the label identifies it as such. 85 IBUs. SRM: 70.

Served cold – straight from the fridge [and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.] Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it’s poured.

Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of rich khaki colour. Good thickness and creaminess. Good even smooth consistency. Soft complexion. Head retention is good - about 5-6+ minutes. Nice even lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is an dark opaque solid black. No floating yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it’s an appealing appearance for an imperial stout, but isn't unique or special. I’m looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Faint chocolate. Dark malts. Cream. Milky notes. Caramel. Cocoa powder.

I'm not finding any burnt character or coffee notes. No real roast. No hop character or yeast character is detectable. I'm looking forward to trying it, as reticent as the aroma is.

A pleasant aroma of below average strength.

T: Dark chocolate, caramel, dark malts, some chocolate bitterness, cocoa powder, cream, buried faint roasted barley, and light marshmallow. Pretty balanced. It's a very cohesive build, but isn't gestalt. Nice complexity and subtlety. Not real nuanced or intricate.

Above average depth of flavour. Average intensity and duration of flavour.

Hides its ABV well. Clean; no yeast character comes through.

Mf: Smooth, wet, creamy, and approachable. Soft and approachable on the palate, without too much weight. Good body and thickness. Complements the flavour profile well, with hints of custom-tailoring to the flavour profile. Somewhat sleek and silky on the palate.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but honestly I expected a lot more given its current 92 rating. I could easily kill this bottle alone. I look forward to trying more beers from Foothills, but this isn't quite world class. I'd buy it again, sure. Pretty tasty stuff.

I never found the espresso/dark fruit notes mentioned on the label.

Low B

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Photo of jeonseh
3.56/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brown with light brown accents. Barely any foam or signs of carbonation.

S - Lots of roasted and smoked malt with dark chocolate and burnt caramel / molasses

T - Dark chocolate up front with lots of smoked oak in it. More dark chocolate comes next with slight black licorice. The smoke slightly overpowers everything else. Finish is slight espresso and oak.

M - The body is a bit thin with light carbonation. More watery than creamy. Roasted espresso with a slight bitterness in the finish

O - This is a better than average stout but it's not amazing. It's too watery for my taste and I found the smokiness to be slightly overpowering

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.57/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a glass mug.

Big thanks to VDubb86 for sharing this bottle!

2009 vintage. Bottle #604/1000. Another bottle shared before my buddy's wedding, his last beer as a single man. It pours a very dark black-brown (almost obsidian, but not quite) topped by a finger of sandy tan foam. The nose comprises chocolate syrup, roasted malts, light coffee, light oak, and light molasses. The taste brings in more of the same, with the emphasis on the chocolate, the coffee, and some added maple syrup. Everything's almost too sweet, clashing with the roast in a strange, though not altogether offensive way. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a feel that edges to the brink of watery. Overall, a pretty decent impy stout, but it's much too thin and the flavors just don't work together very well. It's good, but nowhere near worth the hype.

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Photo of aasher
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage, courtesy of thagr81us in a massive trade awhile back. Thanks Calton!

It pours a full bodied dark, dark brown with a mocha colored one finger creamy head. It smells of sweet milk chocolate and little else. It's just a chocolate bomb, as to be expected. The flavors are initially very bitter with heavy roast as it eases into sweet milk chocolate. It definitely wasn't this bitter the first time I had it. It's somewhere between milk and dark chocolate because of this. It's solid, but nothing spectacular. It drinks medium in body and is a nice beer. It just isn't very complex and isn't as refined as it could be.

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Photo of GrandCruDrew
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in Bells tulip. 2011 vintage.

A- Dark and thick with a 3-finger caramel head. Very solid head retention and lacing.

S- Smokey malts, chocolate, roastiness, anise,

T- All in the same as the nose, noticable smokiness, chocolate, molasses, pretty smooth.

M- Thick, mouth-coating, a good creaminess.

Overall- Great beer. Would like just a little more age on this.

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Photo of humuloner22
3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I was fortunate to find this beer at a local shop. It was however rather expensive, but due to the scarcity of this one I figured I would bite the bullet and shell out the cash. I chilled it to around 45 degrees and then pried off the cap. I poured it into a Imperial pint glass and let it breath for 10 minutes or so before I tasted. The glass was held up to a light and no transparency. It was very dark nearly obsidian in color. It smelled really nice and rich lots of chocolate, molasses and some coffee but not too much. I do not care for coffee stouts but since this one was more of a chocolate stout I figured I would give it a try. The first taste had a strong molasses taste not too cloying but more molasses than chocolate or coffee to me. As it warmed slightly the chocolate and coffee came in as well as the licorice. However, it still had an overpowering molasses taste. Which for the price and hype of this beer was its downfall. I would have expected more of a cocoa backbone. In regard to mouthfeel it was slightly watery but nothing that was overtly. I felt it was pretty well balanced from a texture point of view. Nevertheless, I would not give this beer as high of remarks as others in its category. Also, for the price it is overrated. As most stouts in this category I imagine this one could be aged. I just wonder if it would improve with age?

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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color. Even the little stream from the mouth of the growler is pitch black, maybe with a bit of brown highlights. The head is thick and brown and it rises up and stays around. There isn't much lacing, but that's about the only thing that's missing. The smell seemed immediately to be full of carbonation, it smelled kind of dry which surprised me. There is a decent bit of roasted and sweet notes, but the smell doesn't keep you all too interested. The taste is definitely full of roasted barley, which is very nice (better than a bunch of black patent). The chocolate nibs fills this one out, you get the taste of chocolate, but not a lot of sweetness, and it fills the whole thing up. It has a bit of lingering sweetness mixed in with some roasted coffee bitterness. Very pleasant, but just a bit more chocolatey sweetness, like chocolate malt or dark crystal, would really put this out into outer space, but at this point its a bit dry. The taste is really just like a bar of bitter black chocolate. Like I mentioned, this is very full, really wonderful, like thick, viscous syrup. I love the feeling, until the dryness hits. I mean, for a style like an RIS, dryness just isn't nice. I really couldn't pull myself away from this. There's room for improvement, but I really enjoyed working through this growler, and would do it again in a heartbeat. $20 for 4 pints, I think that's better than everyone who waited in line paid.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours dark enough, with minimal sustaining head and lacing. The smell is weak and a bit bitter coffee notes.

The taste starts out decently well, bitter dark chocolate notes, but more biting than creamy. There is a very subdued pine bite as the beer transitions to the end feel. This end taste is a bit lackluster, a fade into slightly watery weakness.

A little more body would probably get this beer a decent uptick of .5 or so.

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Photo of Hophead717
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pitch black, with a thin mocha head, that quickly dissipates to nothing.

S: Cocoa powder, with some light dark fruits.

T: Light roast upfront, yielding to mild chocolate, with slightly sweet fruitiness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied, with low carbonation.

O: I don't totally get this beer. The flavor profile is a grouping of distinct, mild flavors. It's a good beer...but too roasty and too fruity? The combo doesn't work overwhelmingly well.

Apologies for the unhelpful review--I'm struggling with this one.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark, chocolate brown with a tan, cream colored head. Pretty good sized head, that has good retention and leaves some nice layered lacing.

S- Smells of chocolate malts and cocoa. Dark fruits and roasted malts. The chocolate smell seems a bit off.

T- Underwhelming, bitter chocolate malt body. Quite a bit of darker fruits and figs. Roasted malts and alcohol is not noticeable here. The chocolate taste almost seemed fake and powdery.

M- Carbonation was right on and the body was a bit on the fuller side of medium.

D- Ok to drink. I think this one might be part of the hype machine.

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Photo of Yetiman420
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

3 oz pour during a BA tasting of a variety of outstanding beers.

Dark, like your would expect from a stout. Head minimized due to sampling glass.

Minimal aroma. With a name like sexual chocolate, I was expecting more than the aroma of a good porter. Some roastiness and slight coffee aroma.

Taste. This is a Russian Imperial Stout? If I did this blind, I'd call it a good baltic porter. The only thing positive about the taste and mouthfeel is how smooth it was for a 10% beer. With an imperial stout, I'm looking for much more body and intensity. Watery and mild coffee were the two flavor drivers of this 2009 experience.

Edit: Drank this right after a Ballast Point Sea Monster Stout which may account for my perceived lacking of SC. In any event, it did not hold up well against another big stout.

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Photo of akorsak
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ncvbc for this 650 mL bomber. #126/600 from the February 2009 release. Shared with ksak and janlud.

A: The stout pours a black moonless (and starless) night, forboding and mysterious with the darkness of a singularity. A tan head stands out in contrast to the depth, sitting in thin pools.

S: Chocolate is evident from the first sniff, cocoa powder sweetness and coffee follow. Hops have retained a noticeable strength as well.

T: Each sip has a burnt, charred flavor, heavy on roasted grains. A coffee flavor, eerily similar to Starbucks drip coffee in its bitterness, flitters around. The hops, citrusy, are a welcome diversion from the scorched earth flavors. Black strap, a sugary burnt presence, only adds to the strength. The burnt flavors linger long after the sip is gone.

M: The mouthfeel is imperial, very dark and burnt. I'm glad that I wasn't downing the whole bomber on my own.

D: Very little separates this from other imperial stouts, kind of disappointing. It's good but not great. I wouldn't trade life and limb for another.

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Photo of DaveHS
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to francisweizen for sharing this one.
I gotta say, considering how much everyone is raving over this one, I was pretty dissappointed. A better than average, but in no way exceptional RIS.
A: Pours with a light brown head that slowly recedes. Leaves a small amount of light brown lacing. Seems overcarbonated.

S: Roasty malts, condensed milk and vanilla. Bittersweet chocolate

M: Too thin for the style, but far from the worst I've encountered. The carbonation is just too much. Maybe its just the bottle we got, but it's pretty distracting.

D: If it were a little more available, I'd drink it about as much as I drink Old Rasputin. Which is a few times a month. Overall, a good if not overrated RIS.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. Thanks to goodstrongbeer for bringing this out.

Appearance: This is a good looking pour. The beer itself has a deep ebony hue while the cap retains a coffee and cream color. The head never obtains a very large volume, however, and it slowly settles to a collar around the glass.

Smell: As advertised, the aroma does tend toward the dark chocolate and roasted malt side of things. Not really sweet, but rather dark unsweetened chocolate is the primary aroma, with roasted malt, and some smoke and tobacco in the back.

Taste: The flavor matches the profile of the aroma without matching the intensity. The dark chocolate and roasted malt flavors again dominate, with some roast coffee, smoke, and light dark fruits present as well. The finish is lightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: This has a surprisingly light body for a 10% stout, I was expecting this to be much more full and viscous. The carbonation is creamy and smooth, but the light body detracts a fair amount from my enjoyment of the beer.

Overall: This was not significantly better than any other number of imperial stouts and doesn't seem to warrant the praise it receives.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.66/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage

A. Pours very dark black with brown edges. Has a nice creamy tan cap.

S. Lots of cocoa powder with sweet malt and dark roast.

T. Lots of dark bitter chocolate with some sweet malt and lots of roastiness. Quite dry.

M. Medium oily mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Not as thick as I'd like.

D. If you really like bitter dark chocolate, you'll love this. If you're not a dark chocolate fan avoid. Pretty good, but much less sweet than I expected.

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Photo of mondegreen
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in Athens, GA.

Pours black with a fluffy tan head. Looks nice.

Nose is heavy with cocoa. Sweet roasted malts linger in the background. Approachable is a fitting description.

Taste is mildly bitter chocolate. Pretty straightforward, really. The bitterness lingers lightly on the palate.

Mouth is on the light side of rich, if that makes sense. It's fuller than medium, but it isn't decadent or anything.

Overall, it's a decent chocolate stout. Nothing to go crazy trying to trade for, but worth trying if you get a shot.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The thick cap of foam held a dark brown hue that laced in sheets along the edges of the glass. The body was a deep black and it poured with moderate thickness.

The aromas were drier with cocoa powder, Graham cracker and a dry chocolate. There was a backdrop of lactose and marshmallow but it assumed a drier front.

The flavors were less diverse as the dry cocoa powder seemed most prevalent. Dry roasted coffee and a Graham cracker maltiness accompanied the cocoa.

The feel is not surprisingly dry but very smooth.

The peripherals to this stout were spot on but the immense dryness didn't suit my expectations.

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Photo of Schmittymack
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at GABF; two samples.

Pours dark brown or even black with a very thin head. Aromas of chocolate, roasted sweet malt, and a touch of coffee. Taste of bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit, and a hint of alcohol. This is another of those elusive brews I was glad to have tasted but just don't get the hype. A very quaffable brew but I'm not going to trade away the cellar to acquire a bottle of this.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Sexual Chocolate is a vertical. I have a 2009 / 2010 / 20111 to do a vertical sampling of. Let's give this legend a go...

A: A super dark with a mocha colored head that fades quickly to a lace atop the brew. Very good.

S: Some nice roasty scents upfront followed by a nice cocoa and boozy raisin in the middle. Some nice bourbon creamy characters on the backend. Good.

T: A thick, but not too thick, roasty coffee taste upfront with a hint of chocolate in the middle and some nice cocoa on the backend. Some raisin and vanilla blended in too. A nice cigar sipper. Good.

M: Medium body with a fabulous carbonation!! A nice creamy finish! Very good!

O: Goes down very good! Awesome here. Perfect! This is my favorite. Nice and thick and very well blended with a bourbon hint!

A: Dark with light shining through. A small offwhite head that fades quickly to a murky lace. Good.

S: More of a light black licorice upfront with a vanilla and lactose scent in the middle with roasty molasses on the backend. Decent.

T: A very strange molasses / moldy chocolate type flavor. Almost like a roasted bandaid type flavor in there. Ugh! What happened! Not impressed.

M: Medium body with a great carbonation. A roasty creamy finish. Good

O: A very awkward flavor in this one. Not sure if I got a bad bottle, but this one kind of has a moldy vanilla type taste.

A: Less light shining through than the '10, but not as good as the '09. Good.

S: Similar to the '10. Actually, pretty close to spot on with the '10! Decent.

T: A very roasty / burnt coffee flavor upfront. A watery bitter coffee flavor in the middle with some faint vanilla and cocoa on the backend. Decent.

M: Medium body with a great carbonation. Bitter burnt coffee finish. Ok.

O: The 2nd best in my opinion 2nd to the '09. Very similar to the '10, but a little more roasty.

All in all, the '09 is phenomenal! The '10 is horrible and the '11 is bearable. How can 3 years be so different? Wow. Get the '09 if you go for any of them.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage bottle 185/1000

Pours dark black with a good amount of light brown head. Te head slowly dissipates leaving a touch of lacing on the glass. Smells chocolately like dark cocoa powder. A bit of bitterness from the cocoa even on the nose. Tastes like drinking cocoa powder. Especially when it's cold. Opens up a bit as it warms up. Too bitter and dry for my tastes. I was expecting this to be sweeter but alas. It's well carbonated and certainly drinks fairly easily for a 10% beer but the bitter dryness decreases the enjoyment of this beer.

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Photo of badboyrsl84
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black with a very light 2 inch head. The retention on this is decent but not impressive.

Smell - this threw me for a loop. Very smoky! Smoky chocolate, smoky malt, and tiny hint of alcohol.

Taste - follows the nose to a T. Tons of smoky malt and chocolate. Very smooth. Lingering of some smoky malt in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - simple and easy to drink. Not too much over powering. Very smoky.

Overall - its good but not great. I enjoyed it but its too much like the Alaskas smoked Porter and that's more available than this.

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Photo of Phelps
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared at a recent tasting with the always-generous tlay10 and poured into my Bruery tulip.

Looks: black as night with a frothy head of medium tan with bubbles large and small. It collapses slowly, leaving walls of sticky lace as it goes.

Smells: odd. Pencils, soy sauce, black peppercorns, dark chocolate and espresso, in that order. Hmm.

Tastes: just like it smells. Tangy and fruity, with flavors of plum sauce, pencils, light soy sauce and espresso. I need more chocolate! 3

Feels: subtly carbonated, smooth and medium-bodied. The alcohol is hardly noticeable, but I'm distracted by the tanginess anyway.

Drinks: underwhelming. I've heard tales of certain bottle of this brew having off flavors, and am now wondering if this is what I have before me. If not, it's simply interesting, but not incredible.


Into a whiskey glass. Smells like a mixture of olives and prunes. Salty. Maybe some chocolate in the back. Same deal in the flavor. Kind of sour. Olives, prunes, pencils, acrid roast. Tastes infected.

A completely different beer from the previous year. Smells smooth and smoky. A bit of cocoa, some oat, a touch of raisin. Flavor is identical. Smoky pork, raisin, peat, cocoa nibs, a little oat. I get the feeling this is how Sexual Chocolate is supposed to taste. The downside is that this is the first good version I’ve tasted after three attempts.

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Photo of egajdzis
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured an opaque black color with a small, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, some smoke, chocolate, dried fruits, caramel, and a hint of spice. Taste of roast, charred malts, some caramel, dark chocolate, molasses, with dark fruits, and pronounced alcohol in the finish.

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Sexual Chocolate from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
91 out of 100 based on 441 ratings.