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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: 315 | FT: 25
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 BucannonXC5
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: AleSmith Barrel-Aged Reserve snifter glass
From: Beer Advocate’s mschantz
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received on April 17, 2015
Consumed: Oct. 8, 2015
Misc.: Bottled on Jan. 28, 2015

Thanks Mike!

Poured a black color with 2-to-3 fingers of frothy, tan head. Below average spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. Excellent retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled rich, dark chocolate, dark cocoa, dark toffee, light coffee, faint molasses, chocolate syrup, rich caramel and light licorice. Awesome on the nose. (Smell - 4.75)

Tasted dark chocolate milk, smokiness, dark cocoa nibs, rich, dark toffee, dark caramel, roasty malts, chocolate syrup and some booziness. (Taste - 4.25)

Full body. Creamy-to-sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. (Feel - 4.25)

This was just a really good beer. Would love to try this again, as well as the BBA version. (Overall - 4.25)

4.37 | 97 | A

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Photo of bennyman12
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hey, after 20 years of drinking craft beer, I'm writing my first beer review. Why now? Well, I appreciate this community for advocating the drinking of beer, and with starting to trade in the last 6 months, I've had a chance to try some great stuff--and see how far the scene has come--and how strong the hype and criticism can be. Case in point: sexual chocolate.

Looks: like a stout should. Black. Sexy.
Smell: of super dark caramel malt. And cocoa. A bit metallic. Maybe.
Taste: roast yields to some black cherry, then chocolate. Now take a deep breath, let it sink in. And it lingers, and lingers, and lingers. And it's so sexy like that. It knows what's up.
Mouthfeel: also sexy
Drink ability: yes

So here's the thing. I understand that there's a barrel-aged version, and I want to get my hands on it asap, but that doesn't mean this shouldn't get an "a" too. This is top quality stuff. If you have a chance to hit that, do so. If not, you have no love.

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Photo of pagriley
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz into snifter. Bottled Feb this year (so 6 months old). Having at cellar temp (55 F)

L - Poured a touch thin but black with a tall mocha head that hung around for ages
S - Dark roasted malts, with a hint of coffee and bitter chocolate
T - More dark malts, with a touch of chocolate and bitterness from the roast. Slight sweetness but balanced. Frankly was expecting more chocolate, and is a touch astringent and drying - quite a lot more bitter than sweet.
F - Medium to somewhat full bodied for the style.

Overall, a very well made and nice, but not really getting any chocolate even though I am having this at a pretty warm temp. Underwhelmed; I have gotten more rich chocolate flavors from regular imperial stouts.

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Photo of wulfie85
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated Feb 2015:

Small amount of brown head that dissipated quickly. Deep dark color, as expected. Really no aroma outside a boozy scent. Possibly due to bottle being 6 months old, but I expected the aromas to hold up better. Nice heavy flavor and feel. Not too much of a booze flavor at all and lighter hints of chocolate, also possibly due to age.

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Photo of W_Des
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had a 9 year vertical from 2007 to 2015. '07, '12 and '15 were the best in my opinion with solid cocoa in the nose. They had smooth silky bodies and nice chocolate notes. The '12 and '15 had a very nice espresso finish. '09 and '14 were the worst being very thin and off putting with some astringent bitterness at the finish and some soy sauce like flavors. Overall a good beer that pours a rich brown and start a great bottle share tradition at the brewery on release days.

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Photo of Big_V
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft @ Del Ray Pizzaria. Aroma is bitter sweet chocolate. Tastes like melted chocolate, so freakin delicious. Smooth with a little bitterness on the finish

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.42/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Been wanting to try this one for a while. A local bottleshop put out a few bottles from their cellar and this was in it. Bottle is from 2013 but not sure how it was stored. May have something to do with how this one turned out...

A: Looks great. Pours black with a one finger mocha colored head. Nice and full body with some pretty nice lacing.

S: And here is where it starts going strange. Raisin and soy sauce on the nose with some dark chocolate in the background. This smells really strange and uninviting though.

T: Yeah, this just isn't enjoyable. Lots of raisin with some sourness and not a whole lot else. I don't think this is an ideal sample. I'll report back if I can find another.

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Photo of themind
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The brew is good, not mind blowing...but good. Lots of chocolate on the back end. Well balanced stout that I would buy again.

Bottom Line: Choco blast lives up to the hype.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with one finger head that died quick with no lace. A roasted cocoa presence first greets my nose and then possible burnt or coffee notes as there is a little more than dark chocolate in aroma. This how beer tastes as it is not your typical RIS in terms of being overly dry, roasted, burnt, charred, but while there is a dry malt presence (and hidden ABV), there is more of a dark, bitter chocolate vibe that adds balance and sweetness. Pretty enjoyable beer that hit the spot for me.

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Photo of MarkDill
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am a stout man. I have re-named winer "stout season" because that makes me happy. This beer is rich with a stronger chocolate-smoothness than most, so it delivers on the name. If you like Russian Imperial Stouts it will not disappoint.

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Photo of uvachief
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft. Pours a deep molasses purple black. Aromas of molasses, toffee, abd dark fruit like prunes. Tastes much the same with a little espresso. Solid imperial stout. Fruity. Chocolate. Love the taste of toffee and molasses. Medium in the mouth. Little to no bitter hoppiness. Roasted malts. Great taste. Highly recommend.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

the barrel aged version of this is apparently something splendid and worthy of the top beers in the world designation. the base beer is really nice too, although not what i expected. sometimes i see top beers biased to region, like the people here cant get the stuff the bruery does, so this becomes the best stout out there, or the toppling goliath people, or the central waters region, they all think their own beers are the best, so they get jacked up on here. fine with me. this one to me comes across a lot more like a black ipa than it does a stout, really interesting dryness and hop intensity not normally found in the style. its got a salted cocoa sort of flavor to it on the malt, and only a little bit of front end bitterness. the hops are heavy in the finish, pine family and aggressive. it wipes out some of the richness and nuance built in the grain profile, but i like that its so different. im not sure how the barrel would effect this, sweet whiskey and the hops, they must fade out a fair bit in that edition, or else its entirely unique to itself. fuller medium body but not at all sludgy and heavy, which i like. impressive overall, but its hard to picture the acclaimed barrel aged edition from the base beer in this instance.

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Photo of TWStandley
2.72/5  rDev -33.5%

Poured into a snifter.

Appeared a dark brown/black color with a light brown head.

Smelled hoppy. Wait..is this a black IPA or a stout?

Taste was hoppy and unbalanced. Why does this have 85 IBUs?

Mouthfeel was fine.

Overall this missed the mark for me. Hoping the BA version is better.

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Photo of MonkeyBread
1.75/5  rDev -57.2%

Poured from bottle into tulip glass.

Lot of head bubbling up. Quality lacing, oh wait who gives a crap about lacing.

Smell is of bitter dark chocolate and generic powder coffee. That's about it, not too complex.

Taste is exactly the nose. A total one note of bitter dark chocolate and roastiness. The body is fairly smooth yet finishes bitter and astringent.

I have to be brutal here and say despite having high expectations for this well regarded stout, I find it one of the worst stouts out there. It has no complexity. Solely dark chocolate and the worst tasting gas station coffee caught up in a horrific amount of bitterness throughout the beer and especially in the finish. The IBUs are absurdly high, 85, why would you do that in a stout? This is brittle, miserable and painful to drink. It's a struggle not to drain pour.

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Photo of toppoop
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured out with a creamy tan head which stuck around longer than most stouts and leveled to a thin covering. A little bit of lacing as well. Sticking the noise into a snifter revealed notes of dark chocolate, vanilla, booze, and sweet tobacco. Taste went well along with the smell. Chocolate and a touch of vanilla and coffee. Mouthfeel was just a bit lacking for a stout, but good carb balance. Overall a pretty good beer which I would try again.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a viscous looking black with a thin tan head that provides some lacing and minimal residual oil. The nose is roasted toffee, bitter cocoa, slightly resinous hops, and a hint of ethanol. There is almost a cloying toffee sweetness in the taste, which is followed by abrasive bitterness (fades with time), lingering roast and background chocolate. It's medium-heavy bodied with average carbonation, big roasty sweetness, minimal overt chocolate, heavy bitter hops, and burning ethanol that dissipates over time. This beer is tasty and I can easily see how it could withstand/improve in the barrel, but reminds me too much of a more pricey choco yeti.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Wooo ha. There is a freak on the prowl and Raul is into it. Kind of like a Victoria's Secret Model: sexy, delectable, freaky, kinky, luscious, all kinds of beautiful.... but a bit thin. After waking up the next day, you are still into her, but you also look over and think, "damn, girl, you need to eat!" And then you make her an omelette.


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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 Alieniloquium
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. February 2012 bottle date.

Appearance - Black body. Big khaki head. Nice thick collar. Eternal surface wisps.

Smell - Roasted malt. Coffee roast. Hint of grassy hops. A little bit of chocolate.

Taste - Dark chocolate. Bitter coffee. Again, it has a hint of grassy hops. Finishes with a very bitter dark chocolate and coffee malt flavor.

Mouthfeel - Very bitter. Medium body. Not very heavy or boozy.

Overall - Well made stout. It isn't all that exciting, but it's tasty.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle from bcrossan (thanks Brian!). Bottled 01/29/2014. Served in a goblet.

Pours a deep, dark chocolate brown with a dense three fingers of sandy tan head. The froth initially has a reverse cascade akin to a nitro pour. It settles oh, so slowly to a thin cap that can be revived with a quick swirl and leaves behind some attractive sheets of lace.

Aromas of dark bakers cocoa, mild char, light coffee, blackened malts and a vague sweetness. Perhaps a little muted but not bad at all.

Flavors lean towards the more roasty and bitter end of the stout spectrum. 70%+ dark cocoa, roasted malts, spent coffee grounds, burnt caramel, a little bit of char and some earth. Very little alcohol precense. There is an ocassional piney/ herbal bitterness that I assume comes from some bittering hops. All in all, this is what I'd expect from an imperial stout with cocoa nibs.

Creamy, medium-yet-weighty feel with carbonation that's a little too far past moderate for my tastes. The finish is quite dry for an imperial stout, laced with bitter notes of espresso and dark chocolate.

My mind isn't blown but I've been wanting to try this for a few years and I'm in no way disappointed. Now I am really stoked to try the bourbon barrel version because I can see this responding well to a barrel treatment. If you enjoy the roasty, bitter stouts then this is certainly worth checking out.

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Photo of TheSleepyMonkey
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter, raises a finger of tan head. Head dissipates relatively quickly.

Looks beautiful, black as night. Light doesn't escape.

Smells like dark chocolate, espresso, leather, hint of smoke.

Tastes like a stout...duh. Has a good chocolate backbone, dark fruit, coffee surrounded by some smoky bitterness. Finishes somewhat bitter. May be a little fresh? Leaves a bit of dryness on the palate.

Mouthfeel a little thin for an impy stout of this repute. Carbonation is good, but could use a bit more body.

Overall a good stout, and one worth trying. Price point may be off putting for some, but since mine was a gift, it was well worth it!

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Photo of siege06nd
3.33/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From bottle to Great Lakes 25th Anniversary bruges hybrid...

A. Pours a deep, dark brown with a dark khaki head. The head is tight and consistent with fairly good lacing. Retention is pretty poor, as the bubbles bake off to a thin ring rather quickly. A vigorous swirl, however, brings the head roaring back.

S. Dark baking chocolate, coffee grounds, some oxidation, dried fruit, a bit of molasses. The nose is very subdued and while there are hints of a varied number of flavors, it's not the most complex or inviting bouquet.

T. A little bit of cocoa, just a tough of dark fruit, and then a strong, dry, roasted, and ashy finish. A little bit of a metallic and slightly tannic taste on the mid. Very bitter and dry.

M. Bitter, dry, ashy. The finish is very very dry to the point that it limits the enjoyment of the rest of the flavors. A thin, one-note profile.

O. This is very "okay". The name implies a thick, decadent, luscious stout, but this is anything but. It's thin, dry, bitter, and unrefined. And at nearly $20 a bottle, this is an incredibly poor value. I'm not sure where this beer received its great reputation...I found it instantly forgettable.

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Photo of Son_of_Patrick
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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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 Rifugium
3.17/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Feb. '14 vintage, with major thanks to Eli.
Poured into a Sexual Chocolate teku. Room temperature. Abyssmal black color, with two fingers of rocky mocha head that settled to a ringlet, leaving some soapy lacing on the glass. Dark roasty malts in the nose, distant raw cocoa, some herbal hop bitterness. Taste was surprisingly bitter, roasted dark malts and espresso, toasted grains, char, raw cocoa was present but quite muted, herbal and citrusy hops. This was really a let-down. Basically a plain stout, and pretty homebrewy, which is mostly the impression I've gotten from all of Foothills' beers thus far. Really neither sexual nor chocolate. Body was medium, mouthfeel thin, bitter and somewhat harsh, well, far from smooth anyway. The higher ABV was on the subdued side at least. I was glad to have gotten to try this, but it was a major disappointment.

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