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Sexual Chocolate - Foothills Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,004
Reviews: 428
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 1,223
Gots: 240 | FT: 20
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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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4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #340 of 500.

Another one of those beers that has been beckoning me from the cellar.

Three fingers of chunky foam carry a beautiful milk chocolate colored head. Slowly fades showing nice retention. Body is thick and black as Hersheys syrup. Nose has lots of zesty roasted malts and some mineral nuttiness with a hint of coco at the end. Initially as you take first sip the chocolate feel is very smooth and almost milky creamy like. The deeply roasted malts really carry this flavor through the palate with grace. The dark chocolate takes over on the back of the tongue with a nice even bitter feel that is very pleasant. The mouthfeel is a attractive roasted bitter feel and slightly thick. A wonderfully drinkable sipper and my new favorite chocolate beer.

SPLITGRIN, Jul 28, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

GeorgiaBeerGuy, Mar 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

JDizzle, Feb 25, 2014
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4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A super dark black brown with a light brown head. Decent size but only spots and streaks on the sides as it fades. Smell is rich and roasty. Chocolate, coffee, dark roasted malts. Pumpernickel breadiness. A touch of vanilla and a bit of cherry. Quite nice. Taste is a real treat here. Chocolaty espresso and toffee. A bit of molasses and burnt caramel. A big charcoal and earth hoppiness in the finish. Feel is great with a nice round chewiness and thick syrupy coating of the tongue. Carbonation is creamy at first settling down a bit after some time in the glass. Very drinkable with no trace of the abv really. Maybe a bit of warming in the finish but that's about it folks. A top drawer RIS.

scootny, Sep 26, 2010
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4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Glassware: Dogfish Head Signature Glass.

Appearance: Dark black with a finger of brown foam from an average pour. Some lacing lingers on the walls of the glass.

Smell: Smells like melted milk chocolate ... like the insane of a chocolate shop where they are making chocolate out in the open air. A toasted biscuit malt underlies the chocolate smell. There are hints of bitterness as well.

Taste: This is incredible, seriously. The taste follows the nose ... melted milk chocolate, but not too sweet. A piney hop bitterness lingers in the mid-palate. An amazingly long sweet chocolate taste lingers for minutes afterwards.

Mouthfeel: Ample carbonation, coats the tongue with a bit of a film, and also leaves some sticky residue around the mouth, but an overall very dry finish.

Overall: This is a delicious beer. Loving the contrast between the sweet chocolate and intense bitterness. Get it if you can!

ChrisKayler, Feb 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Mikeypnh, May 28, 2014
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3.45/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

2011 Vintage

Appearance -- Pours nearly black with two fingers of stiff and sudsy dark khaki head. Suds stick to the glass incredibly well.

Smell -- Chocolate definitely present, along with woodsmoke, black malt, and a great deal of hops - herbal, earthy, and some mild spiciness. Slight booziness is detectable in the nose as well. The overarching character of the smell is definitely not chocolate - more acrid black malt and woodsmoke. Honestly, I think someone would be forgiven if they didn't detect any actual chocolate in this at all.

Taste -- Cocoa, black malt char, woodsmoke, leather, and licorice are most present at first sip. Plenty of malt sweetness, but earthy hop bitterness more than balances. Chocolate really doesn't start to really become evident until it warms up to about room temp. At this point the malt sweetness balances the acrid black malt and hops rather than just being muted by them. Lingering flavors of bakers chocolate and earthy hops.

Mouthfeel -- Fairly full-bodied and chewy with milder carbonation. Feels decadent without being too thick or syrupy. No alcohol presence whatsoever. Absolutely the best feature of this beer.

Overall -- Not at all what I expected. The chocolate really wasn't as forward as the name would suggest, or as much as I would have liked. It seems as if the brewer self-consciously decided to douse this beer with acrid black malt and hop bitterness to prevent it from being one of the diabetes-inducing imperial chocolate stouts of the world.

Admittedly, the feel is nearly pitch-perfect and it looks beautiful in the glass. However, I was hoping for a rich, decadent imperial stout - it's called Sexual Chocolate for goodness sake! - but what I got was burnt, acrid, only slightly chocolate-flavored. In the end, I could take or leave it.

Of course, your mileage may vary.

yeahnatenelson, Apr 05, 2011
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4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery. Poured into an 8 ounce tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a near-black coffee color with a 1 finger dark tan head which dissipates quickly. Almost no lacing.

Smell: Coffee and roasted malt with hints of chocolate and caramel.

Taste: Strong coffee taste up front with hints of caramel and malt. Nice dark chocolate aftertaste with just a hint of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full bodied, nice and creamy. Just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very high considering its high ABV.

Overall: Excellent representation of the style. This is one to seek out. One of the best Imperial Stouts I've ever had the privilege of drinking.

adam42381, Feb 28, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Didn't know anything about this brewery until my non-drinking bro-in-law took me there Fri night - the locals at the bar mentioned Sexual Chocolate, and it was then I remembered the name... on w/the review:

Poured into a 10oz glass with a short tan head over a deep opaque black color - nearly impossible to review a beer's real Appearance in a bar, so giving it the benefit of the doubt.

Smelled of good, roasted bean quality with a lightly sweet / bittersweet chocolate. Some nuttiness present. Served a bit too cold, so didn't pick up everything that is probably there.

Pretty creamy mouthfeel - roasted malts come thru first in the flavor, with some dark chocolate and well bittered with the hops. Light coffee, and some toffee come through as it warmed. Overall, it was a little lighter on the palate than I would've hoped for from a celebrated RIS, but pretty nice mouthfeel nonetheless.

Drinkability is terrific, with only the mouthfeel keeping it from hitting a five. My brother in law said he'd be willing to sit in the line next year to get me a bottle from the annual release, since he works a few blocks away, so I will definitely take him up on that!!

BeerImmediately, Apr 06, 2010
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4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Mellow Mushroom on North Davidson street in Charlotte.

<Beavis>Sexual Chocolate came to me in an 8.5oz glass, which totally sucked, but I guess I'll take what I get. The head was a thick, dirty brown, about a half-inch deep (snicker), while the beer was oily, inky and nearly black. The head receded slowly (lol), but still left a lot of sticky (huh huh, "sticky") lacing on the sides of the glass. </Beavis>

Smelled fantastic. Chocolate malt and fresh cocoa were the dominating (laugh if you must) aromas, but there was a large amount of alcohol and coffee shining through also. Some hops that smelt suspiciously like Cascade were present in a supporting role. Overall the smell was rich, chocolately, and sweet. Practically begged to be drunk.

A drink confirmed that this was indeed a chocolate beverage fit for the Great Cornholio himself! Ultra-rich chocolate notes explode on the palate... like a chocolate infused Russian stout, but so much more. Roasted grains and hop bitterness swirl amongst the heavy cocoa flavors. It's bittersweet but sweeter than most imperial beverages. The mouthfeel is sublime - it's chewy, slick and substantial, while warming the mouth and finishing delightfully bitter from the hops and roasted malt. This may have more chocolate flavor than Rogue's Chocolate stout... a side by side comparison is required! An amazing drink.

While Sexual Chocolate is perhaps a bit too sweet and rich to drink several glasses of, I sure wouldn't mind trying. As an added bonus, you should not have difficulty finding a woman who likes this beer. Sexist? The truth, more like! Foothills has crafted yet another superb beer. Here's hoping it becomes part of their regular lineup.

kkipple, Mar 16, 2007
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4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a finger of tan head that recedes down to a persistent collar.

The smell is mostly toasted malts and cocoa powder...very clean smelling and inviting. Faint notes of floral hops are present as well. This isn't the most powerful stout scent, but what is there is nice.

The taste is much of the same. A classic, toasty malt flavor profile with some dry cocoa powder in the finish. After a few more sips, the roastiness begins to mellow and the chocolate comes through nicely, as well as a decent amount of pine hoppiness. More warming brings more bitterness. For a 10% imperial stout I would really prefer some more complexity, but I can't complain too much because this is still pretty good.

The body here is at the low end of full, with a high amount of soft carbonation that helps create a nice creaminess. This is probably the best aspect of the beer.

Drinkability is pretty solid if you are looking for a big stout to warm up your gut. If you are looking for something to mesmerize you with every sip though, look elsewhere because the lack of complexity really shows.

Overall, this is a very fine beer and one that I would most definitely seek out again. Thanks to Rob and Jim for giving me the chance.

alcstradamus, Feb 22, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

qcbrewer, Feb 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #261 of 500, hand labeled, and speaking of label, its a tasty label. *wink* Big thanks to shaujw for this one.

This is an attractive brew! Into a nonic glass, pours a thick black with creamy, slightly bubbled one inch head, good retention, nice lacing, very nice. The aroma packs some solid roasted malt, sweet molasses and toffee, cocoa chocolates, hints of espresso, nice. The taste is similarly delicious, which much the same flavors as in the nose, less cocoa, more roasty chocolate malt and dark chocolate, much more so. Good bittering through the middle and finish, but not too biting, which fits this beers direction. The mouth is quite full and smooth, started off a bit too carbonated but settled down into a good groove during the second pour.

In sum, this is a damn tasty brew, well worth the search. Its not quite top notch, can't hang with the best bunch of this style, but its a very respectful second tier impy stout, which makes it much better than most in my book.

objectivemonkey, May 17, 2008
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

BillHilly, Mar 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Cloaked_Phantom, Mar 11, 2014
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4.45/5  rDev +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.

drseamus, Feb 29, 2008
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4.16/5  rDev +1%
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.

ThickNStout, Apr 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15%

e30todamax, Mar 19, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage bottle 410/1000

A: Poured into my pint glass, this brew pours an impressive midnight black with a sturdy tan head that is leaving some very nice lacing.

S: The aroma reveals a roasted, malty, hopped-up RIS. Notes of chocolate are on the bitter side, and can improve in intensity.

T: The flavor follow suit with my favorite trend in Russian Imperial Stouts...a good hop bitterness. Mixed with notes of dark chocolate and molasses, this becomes a really tasty brew. The is like the refined, sexy version of Old Raspy'. Nothing to outstanding, but a solid brew.

MF: Mouthfeel is spot on. Full, and improving with every sip.

Overall this is a great brew, but falls a little short of the brewery only release hype. If you've had Old Raspy' or Stone IRS don't fret not having Sexual Chocolate.

TKEbeerman, Mar 22, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Boston_Steve, Apr 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

VncentLIFE, Jan 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

TheRuss9585, May 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

carrollmel7, Nov 09, 2012
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4.9/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The label alone on this bottle got me to about 73 percent. Soupedup brought over some little city pepperoni pizza for dinner. I figured this would be a proper choice for desert. I waited a little while after the pizza and had a bunch of water.

Bottle 953/1000. 2009 Batch. Shout out to Evan1023 for hooking me up with this bottle and introducing me to Sally's Pizza. Also Props to Zapps for making the New Haven trip with me. One last Pimp out to Larsonstyle for giving me an extra bottle of KTG so I could trade for this... thank God for my good ole Coors light drinking buddy.

I feel like I'm gazing into the black hole. Next to KTG this is the darkest stout I've had to date. The head and lacing look like Nesquick.

The aroma isn't as chocolaty as I would have imagined. Coffee is definitely the front runner. The chocolate is more towards the background. Fruit and spices are somewhere in the middle. A very pleasant surprise.

The name is a bit deceiving. As deciphered in the aroma the chocolate isn't that big. I was expecting a Rogue Chocolate Stout like chocolate presence. Not the case at all. The coffee was up front with the chocolate in the background. Although subtle, I could really taste the rich fudge. I poured into a chalice and my second glass was closer to room temp. The chocolate started jumping out at me even more and spices started to make an appearance. My first beer from Foothills and WOW. My second favorite stout under KTG. Still a perfect 5 for taste. As a thick subtle chocolate Russian Imperial Stout... I can't imagine it getting any better.

This beer isn't smooth... It's Smoooth. I feel like I'm in bed with the woman on the label when I'm drinking it. Well balanced, rich, and creamy. Fills my palate. It felt like the entire cast of the soul train was dancing the night away inside my mouth. Top notch. It took willpower to make this bottle last 45 minutes. 9.75 percent could not be more drinkable.

I would love to get my hands on another bottle of this stuff. Hopefully they continue to produce more and more. This beer was better in bed than my girlfriend.

DNICE555, Apr 27, 2010
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4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque black body beneath the rich, mocha head, which dissolves to leave a scattered lacing about the glass.

As advertised, the aromas are generous in cocoa, espresso, and molasses. This Imperial Stout is sweeter than roasted and also offers a touch of sweet, dark fruit.

The dark fruit and molasses are even more pronounced on the palate and plays nicely with the cocoa as the espresso appears to take a back seat. Having four years of ago on it, my guess this is a bit boozier than it would have been in the first year or so.

Medium to fuller in body with medium carbonation and a semi-boozy, semi-sweet finish that really coats the palate.

This beer did not disappoint. A great Imperial Stout, although more on the sweet chocolate and fruit than roasted side, it still packs a punch.

CHADMC3, May 27, 2013
Sexual Chocolate from Foothills Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,004 ratings.