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Sexual Chocolate - Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Reviews: 441
Hads: 1,214
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 1,288
Gots: 316 | FT: 25
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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 lackenhauser
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep black color with a moderate amount of tan head. Slightly burnt, somewhat port wine and plum aroma. Heavy, though mellow roasted flavor. Lingering bittersweet chocolate taste. Very grainy tasting. Solid mouthfeel-the heavy grain flavor comes thru as a nice chewy, bready feel to it. Very, very good and enjoyable beer. I am a tad dissappointed overall but I think I just hyped myself up for it. Thanks to brentk56 for this great trade. I wouldnt have been able to sample it otherwise I am sure.

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Photo of oberon
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Roger down Greensboro,bottle # 42/500.Poured into a nonic a jet black I mean as black as crude a large fluffy billowing dark mocha colored head atop that settles very slowly.Not as intense as ST's Choklat in its choclate bombardment in the nose but its there and in force along with raisin and French roast coffee just roasted to the hildt.Me and my wife are splitting a bottle with a piece of Cheescake Factory peanut butter cup-fudge cheescake and it dont get much better as a pair in my mind.Dark bitter chocolate dominates the palate with dark roast coffee accompanying it hand in hand a bit of char into the finish with the alcohol beginning to creep as I drink more.It lives up to the hype its decadent and raw at the same time it kicks as.

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Photo of tpd975
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Being St. Patty's day I figured I would open some black gold from the end of the rainbow. Here it is, Thanks khiasmus for the chance to try this one.

A: Pours deep dark and black. The head is big and foamy. It lingers and lingers leaving behind beautiful spider webbed lacing.

S: Big bold rich roasted malt aromas. Tons of dark chocoloate, and charred coffee. Yum!

T: Very roasty with tons of dark bitter chocolate along with some espresso. There are piney hops beneath it all with touches of black licorice.

M: Nice and thick, very full bodied. This is a sipping brew.

D: Pretty darn drinkable.

Overall: I gave up a lot to get this brew, and to be honest I don't know if it was worth it. After finishing the whole bottle and taking the rareity into account I think it was. It is not the best RIS in the world by no means, but it is drinkable and has very nice flavor. I like it. I am glad Joey Redner from the soon to be Cigar City Brewing Company (new local brewer) stole one of Foothills brewers to start up his new operation.

If they put out brews anywhere near this one I will be a very happy man.

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Photo of grub
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Loki was nice enough to hook me up with this in a recent trade. huge thanks to kip for letting me try this rare treat.

22oz bottle, number 467/500. sampled march 15/08.

pours opaque black with a big dense dark brown head. the head on this thing lasts forever, dropping very slowly and leaving lots of lace behind.

aroma is great. milk and dark chocolate. bittersweet chocolate. hint of coffee. light roast. big bready malt. it's like a big slice of chocolate cake. or maybe a cakey chocolate donut with chocolate on top. bit of caramel.

taste is excellent. big dark and milk chocolate. bittersweet chocolate too, but not enough to unbalance it. bit of coffee. bready malt. really like the cake/donut character here too. bit of caramel. molasses. maybe some honey too? bit of dark fruit. light roast. medium-low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. super smooth well integrated medium-low carbonation level. medium-large body.

drinkability is excellent. well balanced, hiding its alcohol well. great chocolate profile that is interesting yet still lets the stout come through. great stuff.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.77/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle 184 of 500 - Big thanks to drunkmonk for the opportunity. Cheers, Joel!

Pours an opaque brown color with a huge foamy dark tan head that fades fairly quickly. Spotty patterns of Belgian lacing in it's wake. The smell from beneath the cap is Hersey Syrup chocolaty goodness, from the pour a wonderful distinct dark fruit character comes through and hints of vanilla. As it warms you get more of a cherry vanilla barrel aged treatment. The initial mouthful is conditioned by the rush of alcohol. The fire is dampened nicely by the full bodied rich chocolate flavor dispensed in a silky creaminess. Big chocolate flavor mixed with the fruity taste of a barrel age treatment. Finishes with a chewy semisweet maltiness that lingers appropriately. Way too easy to drink. This one is labeled 9.75% ABV. Integrated well, has a really nice complexity that's a kick to consider. I never know where the line falls between a RIS and a Double Stout, but this is what i think a Double Stout is shooting for. Really nice effort. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Enola
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is about as dark as a beer could be. Black with a nice thick tan head. The smell is coffee, a little oatmeal and a ton of chocolate. The taste is chocolate. No hop bitterness, just mainly a ton of chocolate and a hint of coffee. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with just a hint of smoke. Served at room temp. The abv is not too noticable and the beer has a long lasting aftertaste. I will certanly try this beer again sometime.

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Photo of DavidEddie
4.77/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Courtesy of drunkmonk. Thanks Joel.
Bottle # 181/500

Pours black like an overdue oil change. Brown head falls quickly to a ring around my glass. Strong roasty smell of chocolate and coffee. Some pine and licorice aromas were also detected. The first initial sip, I tasted flavors of dark chocolate followed by black coffee. Finishes with a bit of crisp citrusy hops. Some bitter chocolate lingers. Alcohol is barley noticeable, just some slight warming in my chest. Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and slightly heavy. Overall, drinkability is fantastic. I would agree this Imperial Stout lives up to the hype. Highly recommended!

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Photo of malthead
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a gift from Mikesgroove, who started a Lottery-It-Forward. I still can't believe I'm getting the chance to try this - my first 'hand-numbered' bottle (#378/500), and one I never could have gotten or traded for on my own. Thanks Mike!

This puppy is black, with the darkest ruby-hued head I've ever seen. Aroma is a high quality dark chocolate, maybe some espresso or coffee grounds. Taste is the same great dark chocolate, slightly sweet, turning astringent on the finish. Really no harsh alcohol to this one, just a nice warming feeling. There's something in the aftertaste I'm having trouble putting my finger on - astringent, metallic, I'm not sure. It's got a surprising little hoppy kick to it, keeping it crisper than most RIS's. Quite a bit of fine carbonation, too, keeping it light on the tongue. Glad I split this bottle with a friend - Very enjoyable, but I don't think I could really do justice to a full bottle.

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Photo of drseamus
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to mikesgroove for the trade. Bottle number 379/500.

A: Pours jet black as it should with a small but decent mocha colored head. The head left a ring and some patches on the surface after it mostly left.

S: Strong coffee aroma with a touch of chocolate. Bit of roastiness in there as well. The aroma has a good amount of sweetness in it leading me to believe that the beer will be sweet but I'm keeping an open mind. A bit of alcohol is detectable as well.

T: Very powerful taste. It hits fast and hard. There is an explosion of coffee with a blast of roasty bitterness right up front. Some of that bitterness that is in there could be from dark chocolate as well, but there isn't an overwhelming chocolate influence. The sweetness that I detected in the aroma isn't in the flavor and that makes me happy.

M: It is very full bodied and leaves a very dry feeling on the tongue. It could possibly be from dark chocolate. I haven't really experienced that before in an RIS.

D: A damn fine beer all around. There isn't as much chocolate as there should be in there.

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Photo of SierraGS
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this before - in 2007, just after it was released and again in 2007, after it had aged for an additional 7 months. Last year it was too hot to drink upon February release, but fabulously perfect in September.

Now it is 2008, and the beer was brewed a little earlier. I made a point to have it at Foothills on draft, and again at Barley's in Asheville.

It poured with that same deep black appearance, but the aroma and flavor did not scream of hot alcohol this time. Complex flavors of chocolate, molasses, coffee, dark fruit and something a little tart oscillated in my mouth between each sip.

This is an attractive beverage, and I can't wait to see how it ages in the keg and in the bottle over the next couple of months.

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Photo of Deuane
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Black with faint ruby highlights. A quickly falling tan head that leaves a ring of film and some lacing.

S-Chocolatey alcohol with hints of dark fruit and a bourbonesque aroma (vanilla and oak) that intensifies as it warms.

T-Vinious, rich and roasty chocolate with hints of dark fruit and of course a significant alcohol warming pressence. This is a complex brew.

M-Full bodied with a pronounnced smoothness. This is so much better doen than last years version!

D-See above...and This beer improves with age and this while still young is certainly WAY more drinkable than last years fresh tap version. The 11% ABV will certainly keep the amount you can imbibe down a bit!

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.51/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

amazing how diverse the RIS category can be. Barleywines have been split to English and American but this category... Behold another top notch entrant to the race for the perfect RIS.

S - rich roasty goodness swirls an intoxicting dark chocoloate, rich dark malts, espresso and sharp hop notes.

T - roasted grains, espresso, dark bakers chocolate, anise, licorice, cocao and roast enhanced spicey herbal and piney hops.

M - full bodied, nicely carbonated thick RIS!

D - served at cellar temps and allowed to warm up while sharing with friends. This really shines as it warms and the chocolate flavors soften.

Many thanks to Mikesgroove for the chance to try this great RIS! Bottle 384 out of 500. If I had a say I'd have 12 sitting in the cellar to mellow over time!

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Photo of HopasaurusRex
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle #384/500.

Black as pitch in the tar pits of La Brea.

Nose of dry roasted espresso beans, blackstrap molasses, and dusty cocoa powder.

Flavor is a bit rough around the edges. Big hop bitterness accentuated by roasted malt leads to a palably biting finish. Hot alcohol lingers on the tip of my tongue. Dark chocolate, dried fruits, and burnt toffee peek out from beneath the bitterness and fusels. Not as much chocolate as I would like for a beer infused with cocoa nibs.

This beer needs some time to mellow and smooth out so the flavors can meld together. A good candidate for cellaring for 2 plus years.

Overall, a brash and bold newcomer to the world of Imperial Stouts. Cheers to BA barleywinebrewer for sharing the wealth from down South!

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 186 of 500. Pours black with a pumpkin pie, dark tan and orange head that recedes to a ring. Aroma is sweet and sugary, some cherry and apple fruitiness wrapped in chocolate. Nice roastiness and a bourbony twang, just a hint of leather as well in the aroma. Taste is a somewhat smoky, ashy roastiness blending with the sugary chocolate and sweet fruitiness before a decent amount of piney hoppiness. Finishes with a small bite of alcohol at the back of the throat. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, slightly sticky sugary feel is balanced by the hoppiness, roastiness and alcohol, somewhat drying finish. A very drinkable beer, glad there is another on the way that can age for a little and see what develops. Thanks to Xak and to Pete.

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Photo of tayner
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle # 473/500

Poured inky black with a nice 1 inch dark cocoa brown head that dissipated to a film and ring that laced nicely for a 10% abv

Smell was surprisingly subtle with alcohol up front and then roasted coffee beans and chocolate.

Taste was up front expresso coffee beans with a background of chocolate and burnt malt. not alot of hoppiness on this one, very subtle. The alcohol nose led me to believe it would be well represneted, but instead it was well hidden.

Mouthfeel was silky smooth and very thick and coating, really quite nice.

I wish the chocolate was the dominant flavor (as the name would suggest) rather than the coffee flavor which i really was not expecting to smack me in the face. The abv was well hidden, but the beer is so rich, thick, and heavy one is almost too much for a sitting, needs to be shared, and certainly no more than one at a time. I wish they would bottle these big beers in 12 oz bottles, that would have been plenty.

IMO, this one was slightly overhyped... a good beer, but not worth a kidney, or $200 on ebay.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
4.67/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kipple for a bottle of Randy Watson's love potion. Shared with my lovely wife, in two Stone IRS stems.

As suspected, poured super black with a pretty 2 fingers of nougat-brown frothy head.

Aromas of java, dark chocolate, tiny amount of fumey alcohol with some campfire smoke.

Very nice taste that continued to change as it warmed. As each flavor was present, none totally dominated the experience. Started out with a pronounced dark chocolate flavor, slightly oily on the lips. A nice flash of hot alcohol with hop flavor came next then dissolved into a creamy mouthfeel. Finished pretty hot, slightly hoppy with a hint of dried cherry coating the palate. Again, with none of these flavors dominating.

SC has everything I love in a RIS and am so happy to have shared this with my lovely. We are planning to watch 'Coming to America' tonight on TNT.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had to venture to Winston-Salem, an hour's drive, just to try this before the kegs run dry. The hype was compelling. Is it worth all that? Yeah, pretty much, but I wouldn't drive halfway across the country for it, or pay $200+ on eBay for it, both of which have been done. It is great to see the Piedmont's best and most exciting brewpub getting all this attention.

Served in a small glass (10 oz.?), way too small for my appetite. But that's ok, I got two, and both offered a mocha-brown head, which disappeared quickly. It's jet-black, but doesn't stand apart from other Russian Imperial Stouts in the looks dept.

Aroma was cocoa, coffee, dark-chocolate fudge, and just a smidgen of alcohol. Good so far, but also underwhelmed so far. That will change...

Alcohol pretty much steps out of the picture in the flavor, which is remarkable at 10%. Instead a decadent, gooey chocolate takes the forefront, along with espresso beans and real cream. A ridiculously seductive, delightful flavor. Coffee/char lingers in the finish, faint and complementary to the chocolate-nes. There's even something that recalls barrel-aging...maybe some stealthy wood chips were thrown into the fermenter? Probably not, but it hints at that vibe--maybe that's the alcohol talking from the distant background.

Mouthfeel is equally wonderful: thick, creamy, lightly coating the mouth. It froths up beautifully if you hold it in awhile. It's incredible, leaving a finish like the best malted milk ball you've ever tasted.

Clearly a sipper, but one that I found was going down way too easy for its bigness of flavor and ABV. Why play games, Foothills? Make this one available all the time. Please.

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Photo of Floydster
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle acquired in a trade with ahatcher78, #422/500, thanks for giving me the opportunity to try this rare brew from Foothills

Chose as my Valentine's Day beer of choice after careful consideration, poured into my Dogfish Head snifter at cellar temperature

A-Jet black with absolutely no light shining through, appearance reminds me of Kate the Great, thick two inch mocha colored head, stuck around for close to ten minutes, rather creamy, very nice sticky light brown lacing all the way through

S-Chocolate, both milk and very dark, strong molasses, hint of coffee, sweet toffee, roasted malt, some caramel, faint dark fruit aromas, dry hoppiness, and oddly some peanut butter

T-Big milk chocolate taste at the beginning, taste a little like a kit kat bar with the malt backbone it possesses, fades into some dark toffee that is rather sweet, finish was pretty dry due to bitter hoppiness and loads of ground up espresso beans, dark chocolate shows up later with some plums and prunes, chocolate malt dominates this entire beer, still nicely balanced throughout, better as it warms when taste becomes more profound and amazingly sweet, cannot imagine how good this is on draft, really lucky to be able to taste such a great tasting beer

M-Creamy, dry, sweet, and chewy mouthfeel, very complex in this aspect, not much carbonation, super thick body that resembled motor oil at first, taste lingered for several minutes, great mouthfeel

D-Would be able to drink several bottles of this if it was not the 9.75% alcohol percentage, oddly it is not heavy on the stomach, alcohol is hidden very well by the variety of malts, taste is complex and keeps you coming back for more, smooth and goes down easy

Was excited when I heard this finally going to be bottled, heard it was so good from people who had it on tap in the past, best chocolate stout ever tasted even though it is more of an IRS, would love another bottle of this but know the odds of that are not too good, could not recommend this gem enough if I tried, wow I have been drinking some great beers lately between this and the Russian Rivers last week, worth trading tons for, exceeded my initial expectations, deserves to be in the top fifty, incredible beer overall

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Photo of ByTor2112
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to SackerZ9 for retrieving this one on release day-Bottle 192 of 500.
Poured into an oversize wine glass-jet black with a dark brown head that rises to at least two fingers then subsides to a steady ring around the top. Nice thick lacing is left behind.
Aroma- Straight up cocoa, some sweeter fruits like plums, smells like an Impy Stout.
Mouthfeel- Bold but not aggressive,smooth like a milk stout but not flat. decent carbonation and a staright-up chocolate finish with notes of coffee and the dark and/or roasted roasted malts are evry flavorful. Alcohol is hidden well. A flourish on the palate releases some sweeter flavors. I can only imagine how killer this would be on tap. Worth the wait and the price.

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Photo of HighestGravity
4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's a great stout. For being so strong it still drinks very well, and it also has many flavors buried within. The chocolate is very pronounced though well blended. I seldom can drink two pints of this type of beer, though I managed to do it with this one and I could definitely feel it. It's a very tasty beer with great drinkability, especially for the abv.

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Photo of ewright
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have to preface this with a nyah-nyah ... how can you beat a full pint of this nectar for the grand sum of $2.50?!? I loves me some Flying Saucer with its NC pint Sundays!

A: Anyway, the beer came served with practically no head, which is typical for a pour at the Flying Saucer. The beer was completely black and opaque, as befits an RIS.

S: The smell was a bit muted due to my head cold, but I could definitely get the cocoa, roasted malts and a bit of espresso aroma.

T: The taste was right there with the best RIS. The cocoa was strong, but not overpowering. There was a definite hit of lactose sweetness in the middle, and a bit of hoppy bite near the end.

M: What can I say about the mouthfeel? It's sexual chocolate and it lives up to its name.

D: I had no idea it was as high ABV as it was. I had this at lunchtime after a breakfast of an apple. I was half-way through it before I ate anything and never noticed the alcohol. It's deceptively easy to drink... and at $2.50 a pint, it was hard to say no!

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Photo of abedenbaugh
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of NClifestyle
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
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.


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Photo of MSchae1017
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
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.


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