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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 Son_of_Patrick


4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I was blessed to be able to enjoy this brew on tap at Barley's Taproom in downtown Maryville, Tennessee.

Appearance: Very minimal tan head with little to no lacing. Nice, coffee-black body.

Smell: Strong and stouty. Not much to say on the smell.

Taste: This is where the beer starts to shine. Strong chocolate notes from the first sip. Dark with just a touch of coffee bitterness and malt sweetness. Alcohol doesn't show up in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Probably my favorite part of this beer. Thick, rich mouthfeel with just enough carbonation. The mouthfeel is somewhere between Guinness and melted ice cream; I for one like that.

Overall: This is a very good beer. It may not be the end-all Imperial stout, but it is worth actively seeking out in my opinion. I was lucky enough for it to show up at a local bar.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2014 06:43:11 | More by Son_of_Patrick
Photo of cjgiant

District of Columbia

3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2014 00:53:17 | More by cjgiant
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap in a 12 ounce vase, the beer is jet black, creamy and thick, with a dark brown, low profile head. Nose of dark, bitter cocoa nibs, sweet cream, and earthy highlights. Flavors are heavily roasted and bitter cocoa forward, with a creamy, smooth, rich cream overlay, and a chocolate and rich molasses backbone. Smooth and heavy in mouth, with a bitter mocha and cream aftertaste. The finish is smooth, with a bittersweet linger. Bravo! This is a damn tasty brew!

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2014 02:21:25 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally found this beer on tap at Appalachian Vintner (Asheville); hard to find considering that I live in the Carolinas not so far from the brewery.

Black and opaque with a fairly durable tan head that leaves streaks of sticky lacing on the glass.

Coffee, chocolate and dark roasted malts in the nose. Sightly floral too.

A bit of hops show up upon tasting, putting a spicy tome on the chocolate and dark malt base. Sweet up front, balanced mid-taste, and mild/moderate bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. The aftertaste from this very flavorful ale is quite durable and features both chocolate and malts.

O: slightly disappointing, but very high expectations, so clearly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2013 14:53:23 | More by chinchill
Photo of Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Sam's Quik Shop in Durham.

Pours a pitch black color with absolutely no head. Smell is chocolate (of course!) though not overwhelmingly so. moderate malty scents. Taste is more of the same, though much more apparent. Its got the typical RIS style taste - dark roasted malts with chocolate and heavy alcohol taste. Holds true to the style here. It's THICK, as you'd expect from the style. It's very full bodied though goes down smooth and easy.

Overall not a world class RIS though definitely above average. Gets a bit too much hype that wouldn't be there if this weren't so rare.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2013 23:05:40 | More by Axnjxn
Photo of Rion

North Carolina

4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Duckworth's in Ballentine in Charlotte, NC. Pours black with a nice brown head. Great roasty aroma also may be a touch of coffee as well. taste of dark chocolate, coffee, dark malts may be some espresso. Very well balanced and a very well done beer to say the least. Its definitely thick with pretty good carbonation. Overall I love this beer and if you can get your hands on I would recommend at least trying it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2013 12:48:12 | More by Rion
Photo of rangerred


4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap.

Appearance is ptich black with a fairly thick dark brown head.

Tons of dark chocolate and dark roasted coffee on the aroma. Some notes of burnt caramel and toffee as well.

More roast on the flavor along with espresso and dark chocolate. Some hints of dark fruit although this is buried pretty deep below the chocolate, coffee, and caramel. A lot of sweetness with this beer with a pretty heavy body. Definitely a sipper.

Overall, this is a good beer but I am not blown away by it. I really enjoy the chocolate and coffee flavors but it is just a little on the heavy side.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2013 20:33:01 | More by rangerred
Photo of mondegreen


3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2012 21:15:40 | More by mondegreen
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South Carolina

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

Poured on tap at the brewery in Winston Salem
Into a small pilsner glass (i believe it was the release party and they were out of appropriate glassware, even saw it served in a highball glass)

A: Black, 1.5 fingers width of dense mocha colored head with great retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: dark fruits, roasted malt, chocolate (more milk chocolate with some bakers), plum, toasted nuts, some booze

T: Big roasted malt character, dark chocolate and mild hop bitterness on backend. Later in the drink, dark fruits come out particularly fig, and the dark chocolate gets stronger. Its sweeter than a lot of ris, and there a touch of a certain spice that I can't put my finger on but is pretty unique for the style.

M/d: Pretty smooth but not incredibly,  medium bodied, but too thin. Fails to coat the palate like the best in the style.  Served far too cold but still relatively easy to drink. Definitely could have been fuller/thicker.

O: Overall, a real good beer but nothing spectacular.  Certainly worth trying if you get the chance but there are many better RIS out there.  Would like to find a bottle so I can drink it at the right temperature from the correct glassware.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2012 22:22:11 | More by zac16125
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District of Columbia

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

Nice if a bit overhyped imperial stout

Presentation: 12 oz tap serving at the Foothills brewery-pub in downtown Winston-Salem. Noted as special release on menu and chalkboard. Served in a short glass.

A - Black pour with a thin creamy head, fair retention, and some touches of lacing. This glassware is an odd choice… But OK, it is how the brewery serves it.

S - Roasted malt notes, touch of chocolate, coffee…

T - Expanded nicely in the palate, roasted malt, touches of chocolate, coffee, small bitter hoppy touch and a bitter-sweet sense with a hint of vanilla.

M - Medium-full body and carbonation with a nice smooth and creamy sense.

O - Nice stout, glad I got to try it...

Notes: This is good, not deserving the kind of hype I perceived kind of good but good in any case. Supposedly I was lucky to reach the last keg on this work visit to Winston-Salem, and taste the batch done on the premises. I was told that the one I tried in a bar nearby came from the batch brewed at the new location. From one day to the next I could not sense the difference. The second time around I had it on a pint shaker glass, typical reaction: good for the size, but again wrong glassware. Probably this brew shines more if served properly.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2012 16:59:57 | More by Daniellobo
Photo of Ohsaycanyoubeer


4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 version, on tap at Sexy Chocolate Day 2011. Pours with a little head, tan lacing, a slight chocolate aroma, I was expecting a bit more chocolate, it was a bit subdued for me. Still, extremely smooth, well worth the hype, if only I was just getting a bit more rubustiness and full chocolate. I still like it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2012 18:18:04 | More by Ohsaycanyoubeer
Photo of RedneckBeerz


4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tryed this on tap @Lindley Park Filling Station last night (2-10-12) and it's the 2nd time within a week that I've had Sexual Chocolate. I had the pleasure of experiencing the 2010 Sexual Chocolate Barrel Aged over Cocoa Nibs last Saturday @ the 1st Annual Raleigh Rare & Vintage Beer Tasting. Now that was 1 hell of a great beer. The 2012 draft version was not that impressive. Don't get me wrong, it's a great NC beer by a great NC brewer. But as far as a great beer in the grand scheme of Russian Imperial Stouts, it's excellent; but not great. While it is a brilliant marketing ploy to release 4000 bottles directly at the brewery only (which would piss me off if I was a store carrying all Foothill's other brews). Lesson learned, don't buy into all the hype/local cultist following; judge for thine self. There are just to many superior Russian Imperials (Old Rasputin, Brooklyn Dark Chocolate, Stone, Samual Smith's, Founders, and Siberian Night .. to name a few) that are readily available seasonally to even consider standing in line for 6+ hours (although I'm sure the beer share in line is way cool) on pre-release morning. Don't get me wrong, I am not bitter, nor mad; I like Foothills and love thier brew pub. It's just dissappointing to experience my 1st Sexual Chocolate year, with all of it's hype and national news coverage and then to experience it and have your sails deflated. If this brew came out of Wyoming, they would be lucky to sale 4000 bottles in a season, but here in NC that amount dissappears in less than a dozen hours. Kinda sad really. I'll try it again on tap if it's available, but for me; actively seeking it out is not on my things to do list.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2012 11:07:04 | More by RedneckBeerz
Photo of VaterRoss

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on-tap at Fat Frogg

Appearance is as near to black as possible with a brown creamy head and clinging cream lace. Very dark coloration. The head recedes to a ring. Smell is roasted malt, coffee grounds, and, for lack of a better word, wetness. Taste is deliciously malty and full with smoky roasted notes and a good amount of coffee. Some alcohol warming in the throat and a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is extremely creamy and heavy body with a slight metallic feel.

Well, this is the most I've paid for a pint so far (10 bucks). This is a great beer but doesn't meet the hype (what does?). A nice and full beer that, despite the name, doesn't have that much chocolate going on. Very drinkable and hides its alcohol well. No wateryness to speak of and nothing wrong with it at all. The metallic notes remind me a bit of a Baltic porter.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2012 18:02:57 | More by VaterRoss
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Wine 101 in Wake Forest.

Pours pitch black with a big cappuccino head that has great retention. The nose is rich, chocolaty, and roasty. The flavor is also rich and chocolaty as well as roasty and coffee-like. The finish offers some faint alcohol phenols. The mouthfeel is a little thin, but the carbonation is just right.

This is smooth, drinkable, and very enjoyable. The mouthfeel could be a little fuller, but overall it's warm, delicious, and very enjoyable. It's worth checking out.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2012 01:47:09 | More by tdm168
Photo of Mantooth

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Foothills glass (which somehow wound up in my car at the end of the evening).

A: Jet black pour, proud foamy head & gentle lacing throughout.

S: Malty chocolate goodness.

T: Malt, bittersweet chocolate, molasses and a smidge of alcohol.

M: Typical RIS, little thinner than I would expect but that's always been the case for this brew and I can't fault it for that.

O: It's tough to measure the worth of a beer with this much hype. I fully understand folks who work their butts off to try this and find it falling short of their expectations; however, I live in NC - couple hours from the brewery, so I'm lucky enough to have this beer on draft (bottled if I work for it) many times each year, and while it's hyped to the nines, it's also a damn good beer. The rarity definitely drives the craving for this beer but let's not lose the fact that it's damn good.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2012 23:31:49 | More by Mantooth
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


@ Woody's

Ah, my yearly single glass of Sexual Chocolate. At least it was a big pour. Pitch black body under a slim creamy coating. The initially mild aroma began to come alive as it warmed up...dark chocolate, molasses, and purple fruit. It's not super chocolaty so much as a hefty dose of roasted malt with dark chocolate undertones. More of a chocolate presence in the mouth - though again, nothing overly rich and decadent. Semi-sweet chocolate, abundant roast, dark fruity tartness, and ground espresso beans. Full, silky smooth mouthfeel goes down very easily without any perceivable alcohol.

I've never had this from a bottle - standing in line in the cold, pre-dawn doesn't interest me...too much hype. On tap though, when I can find it, it is always excellent.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2012 13:44:57 | More by wedge
Photo of doppelmeup

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After hearing the hype for so long, I finally was able to get a pint on tap. Overall I really felt like this beer, while good, was nothing special and rather disappointing in that regard.

A: Looked like a stout -
S: The best part of the beer - some chocolate, some roasted malts.
T: Again, a good stout but nothing that really grabbed my attention. Not nearly as sweet as Southern Tier Choklat (which may or may not be a good thing depending upon your taste). For me, I would expect a stout with this name to be sweeter and have more a pronounced chocolate flavor. Noticeably bitter finish.
M: Not bad. Very stout-like.
O: Not a bad stout, but IMO didn't live up to the hype.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2012 19:13:00 | More by doppelmeup
Photo of VncentLIFE

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had to rush over to Tyler's in Carrboro to try it from a keg to save my bottle to share with dakkon54!

Had to be forcefully poured from the tap. White head floats atop a black body.

Hm smell is actually reminiscent of Siberian Night. Light for a Stout, but still a good bit or dark roasted malt. Decent amount of dark bitter chocolate and espresso,

Hm taste isnt what I expected. With a name like Sexual Chocolate, I was expecting extreme chocolate, but what I get is an upfront bitterness from the dark chocolate and espresso that fades into a clean dark chocolate feeling. Still really good, but not world class.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2012 01:26:57 | More by VncentLIFE
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3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2011 04:31:30 | More by Schmittymack
Photo of ncbeermonger

North Carolina

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

This is an exceptional beer, but not worth getting up on a saturday, and waiting in line for. Kegs get to places other than the brewery, and you can enjoy the beer in the comfort of your favorite stool!

The beer is super dark, and the head is a dirty bone white

The smell is phenomenal, and is surpassed solely by the taste of this beer. the ABV is high, and while you can taste this it's not the most present taste, the chocolate, and hints of oak are what leave your lips as you lower your beer.
Warning, dont drink 2 and post!

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2011 19:46:45 | More by ncbeermonger
Photo of argock


4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a clear 10oz snifter/goblet at beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Black with 1/2-finger of light brown, tightly bubbled head with good retention and scattered lacing down the glass.

S: Dark fruit, chocolate, black coffee, and earthy hops were the most striking. The toasted edge to the aroma rounds it out nicely.

T: Enjoyable for sure, but not as complex as some other heavy hitters in the style category (Expedition Stout, GIBCS, Founders IS). Well- rounded dark malt fruitiness combines with a big dose of dark chocolate and softer coffee flavors and ends with a tobacco, earthy hops note that is substantial and more than I would have given the nose credit for, maybe because the acrid flavors mount with warming and time.

M: Exceptional on the palate with creamy, thick full body and low carbonation.

D: I really enjoyed this, but I still would still pick others I like more because of more complex malt flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2011 02:25:13 | More by argock
Photo of busternuggz


4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Foothills.
Opaque brownish black with a 1/4" creamy brown head, settles to a thin film. Leaves thick lacing.
Pretty faint nose. I get some cocoa, molasses, and char. Comes out a little more as it warms.
Big difference in the taste. Massive roastiness followed by baking chocolate, smoke, and some softer, sweeter chocolate on the finish with a long, bitter aftertaste and a little bit of char. I want to say there's a hint of vanilla in the middle too. Just a touch of sweetness in the middle/end, but mostly dry, roasty, and richly bitter. There's a fudge brownie quality that comes out as it warms (still fairly dry).
Very nice texture, medium bodied, comes on dry but a nice viscous creaminess rolls in before fading out dry again. More creaminess comes out as it warms up some.
The roastiness balances it out nicely, making it pretty drinkable for an RIS. It's never too thick or cloying. Handles the ABV pretty well too.
Maybe not as good as the hype, but it has character and stands out from a lot of the same old imperial stouts I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2011 03:24:34 | More by busternuggz
Photo of yessri

North Carolina

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

Barley's Taproom in Asheville had it on tap, so I took the plunge. Served in a 10.5 oz goblet, it appeared a bit viscous, color like a black hole that became brown for second, but still captured all the light. Medium brown head sank quickly. Smelled of dark roast coffee with bittersweet chocolate and a hint of sweetness lifted out by an ethanol note. This is a very well made beer, with few defined edges when tasting. Great mouthfeel, tastes rather like licking bittersweet chocolate which has been dipped in strong coffee. Not really complex, but tasty. I don't think it is amazing, but a very good beer which buried the 10% alcohol expertly. The gentleman next to me offered that "that's a good beer" and followed with "all beer is good - it's wet and it has alcohol". I discovered he had downed three of the Sexual Chocolate from his forelorn looking wife when he went to the bathroom. Prost!

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2011 16:35:11 | More by yessri
Photo of n2185

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a jet black with a finger of light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both quite good.

S: roasted malt up front followed by some semi-sweet chocolate. There are some smoky aromas there as well as a bit of alcohol aroma on the finish.

T: roasted, smoky malt up front. Then comes some creamy chocolate and coffee flavors. The hops give a nice kick at the end, blending well with the bitter coffee flavor.

M: very thick and creamy with little carbonation. Quite nice.

D: Overall, a good imperial stout. Not the greatest or necessarily worth the hype, but a good stout nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2011 21:32:42 | More by n2185
Photo of ddtprm

South Carolina

4.88/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoyed this beer on tap on 2/4/11 from Brixx Pizza in South Charlotte along side a pizza with proscuitto, artichoke, olives, garlic, and mushroom. ...Dang, I'm hungry again. $6 for a shaker pint.

Appearance is a deep, dark black with no light shining through. It had a beautiful 2 finger deep brown head that lasted quite a while. Lacing was above average. It wasn't until I reached the very bottom of the glass was I able to see any light through the beer.

This brew smells glorious. Semisweet chocolate and dark roast coffee dominate here. Some high abv beers you can really smell the booze...not so here.

Taste...OH DEAR GOD. Foothills seriously knocks it out of the park and into the next zip code with this one. Hardly a hint of alcohol. The taste follows the smell here. Absolutely exceptional.

Mouthfeel is actually not nearly as chewy and viscous as I was expecting. It is very creamy and smooth. It has the consistency of whole milk. I actually enjoyed this aspect of it a lot more than I expected to.

What really takes this beer over the top is its drinkability. Big beers like this can scare a lot of beer novices. Especially ones as dark as this. Our waitress, who at her own admittance is not a beer drinker, said it was love at first sip. This beer goes down amazingly quickly and easy. It seemed to have been served right around 50 degrees, which i would say is the perfect temp. There is absolutely zero alcohol bite or off bitterness you might expect with a chocolate heavy beer.

I had 3 pints of this stuff during dinner and easily could have had more. Yeah...it's THAT good. Seek this stuff out. NOW.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2011 15:55:04 | More by ddtprm
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Sexual Chocolate from Foothills Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 901 ratings.