Sexual Chocolate - Foothills Brewing Company
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3.83/5 rDev -7%
Poured from a Growler obtained on "Rare Keg Thursday" at the Green's on Piney Grove Road (1 Apr 2010). A great April 1st offering!!
Appearance - Black as midnight. Pours a dense/viscous fill. A light tan-colored head forms (about half a finger) that resolves into a light ring after several minutes. A bit of lacing, nothing much however.
Smell - Big roasted malt nose. Caramel and cocoa aromas come through as well. Some sweetness as well and a lively nutty presence as well.
Taste - Big up-front malt body. The nutty aroma gives way to a woody/nutty middle-game. The end is a tongue-coating oily finish with a bit of a hop bite as an after thought. A bit of the alcohol comes through at the end as well, opening the door for your next sip.
Mouthfeel - Moderate carbonation. I was expecting a denser body but I'd have to classify this as moderate as well. The tongue-coating mentioned above is note-worthy more for a comparison with others in the style.
Drinkability - A sipper and something to share. I enjoyed this offering.
04-04-2010 00:00:56 | More by Nesued
3.93/5 rDev -4.6%
A: Dark black-brown body with a large cream brown head... good retention and spotty lacing...
S: Chocolate certainly is front and center with notes of both bitter dark chocolate as well as creamy sweet milk chocolate... really not much else shining through here
T: Like the nose, and the name obviously suggests... chocolaty is clearly what they were going for... interestingly coffee rears its head here after being nowhere to be found in the nose... all said, not quite as profound as the reputation and the concept of "sexual chocolate" would lead one to expect
M: Medium bodied with a well disguised abv... creamy and smooth with a soft finish
D: This is a good, perhaps even very good beer... the problem is the competition up at the top of RIS style is spectacular these days ... probably won't go through the effort of tracking this down in subsequent years
03-29-2010 22:59:00 | More by callmemickey
3.98/5 rDev -3.4%
I drank this 2010 version, bottle #480 of 1000, 22oz bottle into my Orval glass.
The beer pours opaque black with a disappointing less than half a finger of dark tan head. Terrible retention, medium lacing.
The aroma is super light. It gives off mostly cocoa, as you would expect. Its pretty sweet.
The taste is a big surprise, it is totally off from the aroma. It is all bitter coffee. There is no sweetness or any chocolate. The finish is bitter and has some bitter alcohol. As the beer warms up a lot it starts to mellow out on the bitterness and a little more chocolate starts to show itself.
The feel is ok, a little too light for a stout, but a very bitter tacky finish.
Overall, I was really disappointed here. The chocolate is super light in the aroma and it disappears mostly in the taste. If I didn't know better I would think this was a coffee stout. The taste is a big one noter and boring. This has to be a top 100 because of the name and bottle, about the only cool thing here.
03-29-2010 02:37:28 | More by jrallen34
4.93/5 rDev +19.7%
Draft pour into a snifter at Revolution Pizza in Charlotte
A - Black as night with a nice tan head that sticks around as long as the glass isn't empty.
S - Smells like roasted barley, a hint of coffee and ... dark chocolate!
T - Huge roasted malt flavors at first with loads of dark chocolate flavor at the end. Full of flavor from start to finish. Reminds me a lot of eating a piece of dark chocolate. The alcohol flavors are covered up real well and I love that about it.
M - Really smooth drinking beer. Medium to heavy body.
D - I really love this beer. The chocolate flavor is very pronounced, you can't taste the booze and it is easy to drink for such a bit stout. Easily the best dark beer I've ever had.
03-23-2010 02:28:49 | More by jpmclaug
4/5 rDev -2.9%
Enjoyed this side by side with Olde Rabbit's Foot. This bottle, courtesy of kbutler1. Thanks Kevin for the chance.
2010 release. Bottle # 27/1000
Pours a deep black, with a surprisingly light colored head sitting on top. Retention is good and manages to leave some nice lacing.
They weren't kidding with the chocolate in this one. Very chocolatey on the nose, with a lightly roasted malt hangin on strong in the background. Was expecting it to be hoppier as it's so fresh, but it wasn't.
Taste is just like the nose, lots of roasted malts and chocolate, with any bitterness coming from the roasted malts, thanks to the lack of hops. Tastes great, but I feel it's lacking something.
Not as heavy as I thought it would be, about medium in body. Soft feel with a carbonation that might be just a tad to high for the style. Drinkability is good.
Overall, definitely a good RIS, but I just don't think it lives up to the hype. Granted, this is a fresh bottle and I can see this getting better with age, but it's not like it was too hot or anything so how much better is it really going to get? I've been told previous years were fantastic. Anyways, I think the four of us were split down the middle, two liked this better and two liked Olde Rabbit's Foot better. For the record, I liked Olde Rabbit's Foot better.
03-23-2010 02:24:42 | More by Mistofminn
4.47/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
03-21-2010 19:49:06 | More by drabmuh
4.03/5 rDev -2.2%
A couple of great BA's hooked me up with bottles of this highly sought after limited release beer. Thanks to ipa247 and cashew70. These guys are great traders and great beer friends. I raise my snifter to both Jeff and Carl!
A - Other than the label on the bottle (still one of my favorites), this is the best part of the experience. Pours dark with a very nice tan head that looks great in the glass. Great!
S/T - A slight disappointment in that the choc is very reserved (as others have said countless times). What you get is a deep taste of roasted malts and a bit of licorice, coffee, and some bitter chocolate. Good, but I would like to see them raise the choc profile a tad.
M- Very good. Nice and rich, almost the next level up in rating for me (where is the 4.25) when you need it. Drinks very nice.
D - Enjoyable. I actually would like to do a blind test with the Stone RIS. The last Stone RIS that I had (a 2007 which had mellowed nicely) tasted very similar to me.
Thanks again to these two great BA's for showing me some Sex Choc goodness. Would I search this one out and trade my best beer for it? Probably not, but I still enjoyed the experience very much. I just prefer a couple of other stouts much more. Still, very happy to have had the opp to try this one, never thought I would get that chance.
03-20-2010 14:45:43 | More by Beerisheaven
4.2/5 rDev +1.9%
I get from cousin in New York. I thank you for all these beer.
Like other Russian Imperial Stout this look very black. No chocolate smell. Just alcohol. But taste very much chocolate and alcohol not so much. Almost as good Brooklyn. This one I feel not drunk from. I love to drink this more.
03-18-2010 18:07:52 | More by spiner
3.98/5 rDev -3.4%
First off, big big thanks to cashew70 for putting a bottle of this in the Naked Beer Geek BIF. Thanks again Carl!
Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into my Maudite snifter glass.
A: A jet black dense liquid with a very thin light brown head. No glass lacing at all.
S: Roasted smell with hints of chocolate, coffee, licorice and maybe some woody oaky smell.
T: Wow, such a huge roasted malt flavor right up front. Mixes of dark chocolate, coffee, esspresso, licorice and some vanilla flavor sneak in towards the back end. A light sweetness emerges at the back with some bitter chocolate finishing out. The hops are faint, but show at the back of the beer. I actually expected more chocolate.
M: Full, coating, a bit bitter. The alcohol is very well hidden and the roasted flavor lingers.
D: Medium. The beer drinks pretty easily, but with the roastiness one bomber is more than enough.
This is a very good stout, but it didn't quite live up the the hype or the name. There were chocolate flavors but not near what I expected. A very good stout but not one of the best I ever had, sorry to say. Still, I'm damn pleased (thanks again cashew70) to be able to try it. Thanks!
03-15-2010 17:04:14 | More by Kadonny
4.25/5 rDev +3.2%
2010 bottle into a Portsmouth Brewery tulip.
A = Thick, black and utterly opaque. Thick, half-inch beige head forms a few seconds after pour, fades slowly to a one-centimeter cover, which remains throughout tasting.
S = Roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit, coffee, more roast. Not as complex as expected, and more roasty,
T = Similar to smell -- lots of roast, coffee, chocolate and som vanilla. French roast coffee lingers, nicely, for some time.
M = Medium-full body.
D = Very, very easy to drink and down-right dangerous. Alcohol hidden well. Overall it's a damn nice RIS. It's no Kate the Great, but nice. Damn nice.
03-11-2010 02:26:09 | More by masterhomebrewer
4.43/5 rDev +7.5%
I oured from bottle 834 of the 2010 release courtesy of my sister in law. It pours jet black with a thin tan head. The cocoa is present in the aroma, along with hints of coffee. Chocolate and coffee in very good balance dominate the flavor. Toffee and dark fruit are also present. The beer finishes with lingering dark chocolate. The beer is well carbonated and medium in body. It also has a very creamy mouthfeel. A very good RIS that meets the hype.
03-07-2010 02:41:49 | More by bonkers
4.4/5 rDev +6.8%
Shared with several friends on 2/8/10
Thin translucence at the edges but mostly opaque black and dark brown. Dark tan head.
Roasted chocolate and malty molasses nose. Little to no heat on the scent.
Cocoa and malty goodness. The cocoa nibs are apparent. Tastes great except the cocoa hasn't settled into this bottle quite yet. My taste from the tap on the next day reveals a less chalky cocoa like quality and a creamier dark chocolate flavor and mouth.
Drinks great! With time the bombers will be beautiful and the kegs are always beautiful!
03-06-2010 19:22:59 | More by Habmike
4.43/5 rDev +7.5%
Thick black pour. Small mocha foam, halos of lacing.
Big cocoa powder in the nose. Lots of chocolate and roasted barley. Great balance of sweet and bitter aroma.
Great flavor, too. Lots of bittersweet chocolate and roasted barley. Good cocoa flavor. I much preferred the growler of '10 to the glass of '09 I had at Foothills on release day.
Body was maybe a little thinner than I'd like. Really easy drinker compared to most of the heavy-hitting imperial stouts.
03-04-2010 22:59:45 | More by Gyle41386
4.4/5 rDev +6.8%
Huge thanks to my beer brother BeerFMAndy for sharing this beer with me.
Bottle #590/1000. Split into two oversized english pint glasses. The beer is dark brown bordering on black. Two fingers of dark tan head fade leaving a decent amount of sticky lace. Nice cascade, moderate cap.
The aroma is a healthy dose of roasted malt and smooth freshly brewed coffee. Not harsh black bitter coffee but the pleasant gourmet kind. The choclate is sort of an after thought actually. It's there but not as strong as I expected with the name being sexual chocolate. There are hints of molasses and vanilla as it warms. No trace of booze.
The flavor is nothing short of delicious. Smooth roast malt. Plenty of coffee and chocolate. Hints of dark fruit, vanilla, molasses and touch of bitter hops in the finish.
Full velvety body. Lightly chewy with a touch of carbonation.
Overall a great RIS. Worthy of it's spot in the top 100. A million thanks to Andy for sharing this with me.
03-03-2010 02:59:18 | More by beerwolf77
4.4/5 rDev +6.8%
22 oz bottle split with Beerwolf77 and poured into a nonic. SRM: 70, IBU: 85, 9.75% ABV, Special Release February 2010, hand written "590"/1000.
Thanks a ton to Onenote81 for sending this bottle my way!
Before I start I may also note that I almost had a heart attack when I opened the box then the sealed garbage bag inside to find dark, chocolate-smelling beer all over stuff. The Sexual Chocolate didn't even appear to have a leak and nothing was broken. Hmm. Taking no chances, I had Todd over asap to have this.
A - Completely black with a dense cascading head. Totally whipped coffee tan and dense bubbles. Solid retention with thick webbing clumps of lace left over.
S - The nose is rich with roasted malts; chocolate and black patent. It already smells like it'll be silky smooth with a rich milk chocolate nose and a light cream hint. Coffee is noticeable in a sort-of burnt way but not aggressive like coffee was added.
T - Milky smooth rich roasted malts with a bold but well-balanced roasted malt strength. The chocolate is there but not as bold as I expected. Low hints of vanilla, cocoa, and coffee appear but they are all mellow.
M - Very velvety smooth with a full body and a rich, malty sweetness and very light dry and roasted bitter finish. So smooth and near throat-coating.
D - A good Russian imperial stout with a very easy drinkability for both how rich it is an how smooth/thick it is. No alcohol flavor hits at all.
03-03-2010 02:50:51 | More by BeerFMAndy
4/5 rDev -2.9%
This is a good beer, but I was more impressed with Foothills contribution to Old Rabbits Foote than this. I had a 2009 and 2010 side by side to see the differences, the 2009 blew the 2010 out of the water.
Both have a dark black body with brown edges. The 09 has thinned out a bit and looks more watered down. They both pour with half finger heads, neither stay around. The 09 had some nice ABV legs while the 2010 just sat there with a few bubbles.
The smells of both were pleasant with chocolate being a strong character. In the 2009 dark fruits were starting to show that made the brew more complex. The whole thing about the 2009 was that it had more complexities that made it a better beer. The 2010 smelt like malts with chocolate and lots of bitter coffee. The 2010 was more coffee forward and the bitterness deriving from that coffee was making it a one sided coffee stout that was boring.
The taste of the 2010 was very bland and had bitter coffee bean earth taste that was very direct. It had some hops in there as well, but nothing really worth remembering. The 2009 was evolving into a different beast altogether. It had lots of dark sweet fruits and a bit of a creaminess that was enjoyable. Although the 2009 was more astringent, it had a nice mellow milk chocolate taste that was enjoyable. The 2009 had a complexity that made each sip different, and actually saved the tasting all together. Chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, all played a part.
The mouthfeel was astringent and thin, not really a palate wrecker. There was coffee bitterness in both that was interesting, as well as sugars in the 2009. Way too thin for my liking. The drinkability was good, but the 2010 took longer to finish. I honestly cannot believe that this is a "release day beer" and that people go crazy for it. I thought Old Rabbits Foote puts this beer to shame, which makes you think how much of ORF has Sexual Chocolate in it? Either way, I was surprised at what I drank and a bit disappointed.
03-02-2010 06:39:32 | More by Jmoore50
4.25/5 rDev +3.2%
Thanks to pecorasc for opening this one. Bottled Feb 2010. Bottle # 521/1000.
A: Dark black that slightly fades to dark brown around the very edge of the glass. Finger width of head. Thin film on top throughout the entire time I drank this beer.
S: Lots of chocolate. Some hints of nice roasty malts and some dark fruit. Lots of vanilla.
T: Great flavor. Lots of dark chocolate up front, that turns to roastiness in the finish. Picking up some dark fruits and some sweetness too.
M: Medium carbonation, but i marked this down a little because this beer is a little on the thin side.
D: Had good drinkability. RIS at 10%? Didnt really even notice the alcohol. Very well blended beer. Everything works well together.
Good beer overall, and I would definitely drink this again.
03-02-2010 02:57:56 | More by boothbeer
4.55/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
02-28-2010 20:54:27 | More by adam42381
4.55/5 rDev +10.4%
2010 bottle thanks to Mike. Thanks Mike! 09 and 10 bottles. Pours pitch black with tan head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, and dark fruit. The 09 had more toffee caramel and butterscotch notes. The 10 had more malt roastiness and hops. Heavy mouthfeel. Flavors followed the nose with both bottles. There were complex layers of roast, chocolate, caramel, and molasses. The toffee caramel flavors were more pronounced in the 1 year aged bottle. That's why I preferred the aged bottle more. Both excellent beers. It reminded me a lot of Cigar City Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout. Great beer.
02-28-2010 19:34:48 | More by fiver29
4.55/5 rDev +10.4%
On tap at Barley's in Greenville and Nick's in Clemson, SC.
Pours jet black with a lighter tan 2-finger head. Excellent head retention and nice thick lacing down the glass.
Nose is very big and roasty. Roast malt definitely dominates. Chocolate is a close 2nd in the nose, with alcohol coming in as well.
Very creamy, smooth hit. Dark chocolate malt with faint cherries and raspberries backing it up. The finish has nice hints of sweetness as well as roast flavors. Really nice.
Perfect body. Just what I want in an impy stout.
Great, great sipper. I like this much better on draft than out of the bottle.
02-27-2010 14:53:13 | More by beer2day
4.83/5 rDev +17.2%
Wow... had this on tap at the Mellow Mushroom. Poured an opaque black with a dark tan / light brown head - not much lacing to be had, although there was decent head retention. Smell was dominated by chocolate, primarily cocoa powder and straight up milk and dark deliciousness. Taste was also heavy on the chocolate - whoa... brownie batter in liquid form! A touch of sweetness (a la molasses) on the finish. Not much of a hop bite or any indication of 10% (??!!) abv. Mouthfeel is silky smooth, and the finish is ridiculously smooth and unparalleled amongst RIS's. Drinkability is hella up there! Great stuff - lives up to the hype!
02-27-2010 04:51:00 | More by jpro
4.83/5 rDev +17.2%
Review # 200
Served on-tap at Foothills Brewery in Winston-Salem, NC during the 2010 Sexual Chocolate release into a Foothills Brewing Signature glass at the appropriate temperature (02/05/10). This review is for the 2010 batch.
A: Pours nearly black with a motor oil quality capped off with a finger of a tan head that dissolves to a foam and leaves some patchy and sticky lacing.
S: Wonderful aroma of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, graham cracker, and some espresso/coffee. Hints of toffee and caramel are found as well.
T: The taste follows the nose and I must say that this is quite a tasty beverage. Milk chocolate, cocoa, and roasted malt highlight the profile along with layers of graham cracker, coffee, espresso, toffee, and some caramel. Wonderfully balanced and extremely complex.
M: Full-bodied with appropriate creamy carbonation. Thick at times, but never syrupy.
D: I could drink this all day long and it is so well-crafted and expertly balanced. The 10% is not found in the taste at all.
Overall I must say that is an exceptional Imperial Stout from Foothills and one that is deserving of its great praise. This was tasted at my first ever beer release and it did not disappoint. Great brewery, run by great people and producing some great beer! My Highest Recommendation.
02-23-2010 20:32:01 | More by Lunch
4.05/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
02-22-2010 01:41:58 | More by alcstradamus
4.58/5 rDev +11.2%
bottle #908/1000. split between 3 drinkers.
A- pours pure black. no light coming through. produced a thin film of dark brown head that reduced to a collar. little to no lacing but it's thick enough to coast the side of the glass.
S- uhh...well..chocolate is appropriately the strongest of the aromas. a little dark fruits and roasted mixing in there too.
T- the roast character really shines in the taste. there is a ton of chocolate that mixes very well with the coffee. some sweetness is evident and welcome as it helps all the flavors cover up every bit of the 10%. again a little dark fruit in the finish. such a delicious beer.
M- the carbonation is subtle and right on for the style. full in body but not the thickest of RIS's.
D- it's a shame this stuff is so hard to obtain because I could drink this stuff all the time. maybe not everyday at the $15/bottle but if available I would always have a stock of bottles.
02-19-2010 07:10:00 | More by Freethyhops
4.63/5 rDev +12.4%
Had as part of a wonderful 3 year vertical at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte, NC!
It poured a deep and opaque black color with a dark brown head. There was a big chocolate aroma with notes of espresso, more chocolate and a subtle following of molasses, dark sweet toffee and dark fruit. Smooth dark chocolate backbone, both bittersweet and malt, with complex notes of coffee, dark toffee and dark fruit. Each sip leaves you craving another. This Imperial stout weighs in around 10% ABV and is worth every bit of hype it gets!
02-18-2010 08:09:29 | More by JMC_TM
Sexual Chocolate from Foothills Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 986 ratings.