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Sexual Chocolate - Foothills Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

977 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 977
Reviews: 427
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 1,206
Gots: 235 | FT: 18
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SaCkErZ9 on 02-15-2007)
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Absolutely pitch black with no highlights. A dark brown three finger head rises from a gentle pour and retains surprisingly well for the style, leaving behind sheets of lace as it slowly settles.

Smell: Fairly mild - chocolate and cream foremost. The aroma hints at molasses and vanilla, but it's subtle.

Taste and mouthfeel: The first thing that leaves an impression on me is how creamy and smooth this stuff is. Chocolate is up-front but only semi-sweet; this tastes more like baker's chocolate than, say, a Hershey's bar. Bitterness is low, probably lower than any other Imperial Stout that I can recall in recent memory, which only adds to its dessert-like quality. The finish is thankfully on the dry side, showing a faint earthy hop bitterness that lingers in a mild way.

Drinkability: Pretty damn high for the style. Not exactly quaffable, but I'd gladly drink it again if I had the chance.

Notes: A big thanks to Loki for this bottle. Hype and rarity aside, this really is a good beer. Worth seeking out for those that like chocolate stouts.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2008 02:58:43 | More by largadeer
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -2.9%

11-27-2011 21:06:35 | More by JAHMUR
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to JR for being my regular hook-up with this one. I've had this a few times, including once in growler format at RBWG, but I've never taken the time to write any notes. Shared with Nate & Bryna - served in a Darkness snifter. Bottle #525/1000 from the 2010 release.

A - Pours with a finger of dark tan foam that dissipates to a thin ring. Some spotty lace is left clinging to the sides of the glass. The body is black with some glints of brown at the fringes of the glass.

S - Roasted malts, chocolate cake, molasses, dark fruits, and caramel candy. I don't get much of the espresso mentioned on the bottle. This takes a little while to warm up, and I expected more intense chocolate (given the name).

T - The taste is quite similar, but some earthy espresso bitterness pops up along with a nice multi-grain toast malt character that imparts a bit of char. Very well balanced, but surprisingly subtle.

M - This is a little thin for an RIS, although it wasn't far off considering the sub-10% ABV. Carbonation was a little zestier and grittier than I prefer. Finishes chewy & sticky.

D - Since the bottle was split three ways, this went very fast. I could definitely have used another pour, but c'est la vie! Doesn't get cloying at all, which is a welcome surprise.

The smell/taste are closer to 4.25 each, so I slightly fudged (no pun intended) the scores to convey that in the overall assessment. This is a very good and enjoyable stout that seems to be slightly overrated due to rarity and local hype.

I made a point of drinking this fresh to fully experience the chocolate character, but if you're expecting ST Choklat (which I dislike) you will be a bit disappointed. Nate mentioned that some think this is better on draft - I can see that being the case if it improves the feel.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 13:50:45 | More by MasterSki
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from Rbald42, cheers Ryan!

Pours ebony with 3 fingers of effervescent brown head. Slightly vicious look to this, Good lacing & average head retention

S: Dark chocolate, faint coffee & some boozeyness & dark fruit once warm

T: Coffee, charred grain & dark chocolate up front. Chocolate & coffee blend well as this warms, vanilla & charred wet grain mingle in as well, plus a bit of licorice. Finishes dry with charred grain, dark cherry & herbal hops

MF: Medium bodied & somewhat assertive carbonation, smooths out over time, becomes fairly slick & warming

Drinks very easy, ABV is concealed nicely. I enjoyed this one, not the best out there, but one I would buy on a regular basis if possible, reminds me a lot of Victory at Sea, I'm sure the barrel aged version is even tastier

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 02:56:09 | More by russpowell
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a snifter. Thanks to Barscream for splitting one of his bottles that we got at the official release back in February.

Pours an absolute dense black with a ½ finger of burnt mocha (with an almost red tinge) colored head. Great creamy retention that flairs up instantly when swirled and leaves a big cascade of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is chock full of rich chocolate notes, tons of zippy coffee, dark roasted malts, a bit of smoke, and just a tingle of heat.

The taste is once again a thick blend of chocolate and roasted coffee bitterness that do a very good job of balancing each other out. Some sticky dark fruit tang emerges the more it warms, as does some subtle notes of roasted smokiness. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a creamy carbonation up front that slickens out a bit toward the finish. The overall feel has definitely smoothed out with a little time in the bottle. A bit of the sharp bitter edge that I found this to have back at the release has definitely been taken off. A nice amount of heat is present that imparts an all around warm and sticky sensation on the palette.

I'm glad to have tried this now on both draft and in the bottle and my opinion hasn't changed. This is still a solid upper tier RIS with an all around solid character and good drinkibility for its size. I was also happy to see that a bit of age had helped smooth out the overall flavors and feel some as well. A very nice brew from the folks at Foothills.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2008 16:54:15 | More by Kegatron
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I received a pity bottle because I couldn't go to the release due to a huge snowstorm. I brought the bottle to a recent tasting to spread the love around.

2010 release. Beer is black with a thick brown head made up of medium and large bubbles.

Aroma is sweet with some chocolate in there. Beer is medium in body and has some roast character at the back. There is a bitterness from the chocolate I assume, really creamy and consistent palate presence. Really smooth, finishes cleanly. Very awesome.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 19:49:06 | More by drabmuh
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SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev -2.9%

10-11-2013 14:16:14 | More by SocalKicks
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks so much to Stakem for sharing this with Kegatron and me -enjoyed chilled from a snifter. #536 of 1000.

The color is practically black, over 70 srm according to the label which is an opaque shade with thick sandy cap that settles rapidly with a tight bead that revives into a thin cap of lace when swirled and lace sticks. The strong chocolate odor has slight spice from the cocoa nibs and light earthy twang of yeast. The slight woody malt aroma is accented by a light caramel sweetness. The texture is slightly dry and bitter with a roasted malt presence and subtle tannic tinge with mild fruitiness and slight spice with hint of yeast creaminess in the middle a gentle bitter taste is present throughout.

The taste has a lot of roast but mild chocolate, the nose carries more cocoa with a subtle spice note perhaps a bitter cocoa nib taste. The yeast adds a gentle twang of dark chocolate and slight coffee-like acidic note with slight berry undercurrent and mild toasted graininess. The dark malt is slightly astringent with a hint of hop bitterness coming in at the end of the taste. This was a great stout, I enjoyed it and was looking forward to having it in bottled form. I enjoyed a small sample on draft at Extreme beer fest, but that was years ago - this was pretty high in drinkability with some nice complexity and fits the style well. I can only guess that this is a beer you may want to taste fresh based on the cocoa flavor subtlety.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 16:12:37 | More by Slatetank
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a tasty looking growler of this from kkipple. Stayed well in the growler too as there is plenty of carbonation. Also gotta thank Lunch for bottles I can now age.

A: Nice fluffy thick head, super pitch black color.

N: Lots of dark malts, some chocolate with bakers and dark choc, but not as much as I expected. A slight milk chocolate too. Tons of roast though, with a touch of coffee, caramel, toffee, and luscious dark malts.

T: Similar to the nose, starting with tons of dark malts. Lots of roast with a touch of coffee, some chocolate malts with hints of bakers chocolate and dark chocolate as well as touch of chocolate milk. Rich and thick, chewy, and slightly creamy. Tons of bitterness from the roasted charred malts which brings some minerality with it. Slightly sweet with a little chewiness and caramel.

M: Thick and creamy, slightly smooth, and pretty good carbonation for being in a growler, shipped, and stored in a fridge for a couple weeks.

F: Slight sticky syrupy finish, still semi sweet with lots of roasted malt bitterness and lingering minerality. Some roasted malt flavor lingering with a touch of chocolate and some caramel. Overall nothing like I expected. A lot more malt and roasted malt especially forward and much less chocolate than I was expecting. Still a great beer, not too sweet, good roast, hides the booze well, but did have a little heavy on bitterness from the charred malts and somewhat of a misnomer name. Can't wait to try this aged a couple years.

Serving type: growler

05-04-2010 17:32:39 | More by jlindros
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Mora2000

Texas

2.78/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. This is a beer I have wanted to try for a long time. 2010 vintage.

The beer pours black with a tan head. The aroma is roasted malt and chocolate, but I also get a little bit of tart cherries. The beer smells like it may be infected.

The taste confirms that an infection is at work here. I get a lot of tart dark fruit with some roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. I think the base beer may be good, but the infection really makes things taste funky.

The carbonation is about right for the beer, but the mouthfeel is all wrong. The beer is very thin and almost watery, which I assume is caused by the infection.

Very disappointing overall.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 01:13:45 | More by Mora2000
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 04:49:58 | More by Rifugium
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oline73

Maryland

3.1/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2010 bottle opened at the tasting this past weekend. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours almost black with a reddish ring around the edge when the light hits it. There is a layer of tan head that fades quickly.

Smell: Sweet and very smokey with some alcohol heat. Smells like this is going to be a bitter stout.

Taste: This beer is too bitter. Really roasty with some smoke and hop bitterness as well. There is some dark fruit, but the bitterness seems to hide any chocolate that could be found. Not very smooth.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thin side for the style with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This beer is a lot more bitter than it needs to be. I really would have liked this beer to be smoother and have a stronger chocolate presence.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 04:35:41 | More by oline73
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mdfb79

New York

4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review #200. Had on tap tonight (4/5/10) at Churchkey in Washington, DC. This was the 2009 SC and was served in a 10 oz. snifter.

a - Pours a dark brown with one finger of brown head and nice lacing and froth.

s - Smells of cocoa, sweet chocolate and malts, roasted malts, and maybe some dark fruit. As it warms up, got a little coffee as well.

t - Tastes of bitter chocolate up front, followed up cocoa, roasted malts. As it warms up maybe a little vanilla and dark fruit.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, very smooth and creamy. Very easy to drink.

d - Overall I thought this was a great beer. I've had 09 and 10 SC and think the 09 is much better. I think the time on it lets the hops fade and lets the chocolate and some other flavors like the dark fruit come out more. For 9.75% ABV this is very drinkable and I can't wait to try my bottles of 2010 SC with some time on them.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2010 02:38:57 | More by mdfb79
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 432/500
Pours into my 25cl tulip glass with a one finger thick, brown tinged head despite a vigorous pour. This is simply very black in color and completely opaque. A huge roasted aroma is noticeable as I pour this beer and a more focused inspection of the aroma yields a nose that has a strong, dark malt accent, with lots of roast character and even a touch of sharp burnt aromas. Towards the finish it reminds me a bit of burnt prunes, so much so that it almost seems like it is getting oxidized; this seems a bit weird to me for a beer this big and this young, but it wasn't bottle conditioned, still I think it is most likely an artifact of the rich malt and not oxidation.

This beer is quite thick feeling as it hits my tongue, quickly though there is a huge roast character that provides lots of burnt acidity to the beer and, which ultimately offsets the thickness and even goes to thinning the beer out a bit more than I would like in an Imperial Stout. A chip full of bean-dip helps to accentuate a sweetness in the beer that helps to accent a touch of chocolate flavor that was lacking in this beer previously (the aroma is fairly light on any chocolate notes though). As the beer warms up it loses the acrid, burnt, roast and acid notes; smoothing out a bit and becoming more mellow. The chocolate is a bit more pronounced now and though still sharp with lots of roast-bitterness, it is much more tasty than it was at first.

This is one of those beers that really needs to breath and warm up before being consumed. I had almost written this off; some savory food paired with it seems to have helped the flavor nuances a bit as well.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 02:51:21 | More by Gueuzedude
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +21.4%

12-01-2011 00:07:27 | More by Rochefort10nh
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beernads

Florida

4/5  rDev -2.9%

03-26-2014 18:41:18 | More by beernads
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kojevergas

Texas

3.54/5  rDev -14.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 01:58:01 | More by kojevergas
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GClarkage

California

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

07-03-2014 03:05:40 | More by GClarkage
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2.9%

11-28-2013 01:28:18 | More by XmnwildX12
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imperialking

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

11-30-2011 05:15:37 | More by imperialking
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Much thanks to Tomdecapolis for breaking out this highly anticipated bottle...
Bottle # 15.
Appears an opaque black with a deep, dark tan head that quickly fades out. Tiny speckles of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of cocoa, ripe fruit, Baker's chocolate, and a hint of smoked malts.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with more of a black grape flavor pulling through. Again, a hint of smoke is detected.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy, fruity, with mild spices and a burnt grain like flavor smaking me before the swallow.
Pretty good beer but it didn't live up to the hype IMO.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 20:01:17 | More by weeare138
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

At Churchkey in DC, a 10 oz snifter for $9 of the 2009 vintage. First time I've ever seen anything from Foothills in DC/Nova/MD area.

This experience with the beer wasn't all that impressive. The beer is served in a snifter that is about 4/5 near black, opaque liquid with a large, dense foamy tan head that hangs around the duration of the beer and leaves thick sheets of lacing. Aroma is mild blend of expected roast malt, cocoa, milk chocolate, slightly powdery. Carbonation is very low throughout and body is generally silky and smooth, but marginally thin for the style and slightly watery in the finish. Flavor is one dimensional, natural milk chocolate and cocoa powder with a mild sweet malt body. Little to no hop, fruit, char or alcohol presence resulting in an overall lack of balance. I'm waiting to try a bottle of the 2010 release and have greatly diminished expectations for that, but I'm still holding out hope that will be a little more complex, interesting and nuanced. However if this keg was representative of what everyone else has sampled for this beer, then for me this is easily one of the most undeservedly over hyped and sought after beers I've tried.

edit: Reading other reviews from the same night it's like we had two different beers. I wonder if I had a dirty glass or...I don't know, something seems off. Wouldn't be first time that's happened to me there.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2010 00:58:22 | More by yourefragile
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a black color with good carbonation and a brown head.

S: Nose is espresso, chocolate, dark fruits.
T: Taste is smooth dark chocolate, dark fruits, very light espresso and roasted malt. Booze seems pretty light.
M: Mouthfeel is dark chocolate, smooth, and dark fried fruits. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2010 05:12:39 | More by barleywinefiend
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to thank my friend Paul for sharing a bottle of this with me. While the legend is greater than the beer itself, this was still a top-notch RIS. The cocoa nibs impart a deep, dark chocolate flavor that's also earthy like a cocoa bean. The malts provide an array of chocolate cookie, graham cracker, toffee, bread crust, and plum notes. The body is thick like most, but there's enough bitterness to keep this from getting too sweet. The hops also add a pleasant, mild citrus taste, which aid drinkability, though this is a tough beer to do anything with but slowly sip... but I suppose that's ok.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 04:30:05 | More by tempest
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2009 16:06:11 | More by akorsak
Sexual Chocolate from Foothills Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 977 ratings.