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Sexual Chocolate - Foothills Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,130
Reviews: 438
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 1,251
Gots: 286 | FT: 26
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Foothills Brewing Company 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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Photo of Gfunk720
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage

A- Dark black in color, a dark chocolatey colored head. There is pretty decent lacing

S- Pretty light on the nose. I get some malt, chocolate, and some acidic coffee notes. A touch of nuttiness perhaps.

T- I get a lot of hops initially, and some touches of burnt coffee and chocolate. Not very prominent flavor for what I expected. Not as chocolatey as I imagined.

M- The body is real solid, as is the carbonation. The flavor just isn't there though. It's a little bland.

O- I have another bottle to revisit this at some point, but overall I was slightly let down. My brother sent me a hand bottle of this last year and it was much more chocolatey and thick. Maybe I over hyped this beer in my head..


Photo of portia99
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 bottle courtesy of a trade with jpmclaug. Thanks Jason! Poured into a New Belgium globe as part of a blind 8 impy stout tasting.

A - Pours an opaque, near black color with a thin cappuccino head that leaves behind a thick collar and nice webs of lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet and a bit sugary. Bit of booze and milk chocolate. Overall pretty light in aroma, especially compared with the rest of the group. Really didn't get much out of this one.

T - Smokey, burnt, a bit astringent. Dark roast, burnt toast, dark chocolate on the finish.

M - Fizzy, lively, very burnt feel overall, medium bodied with medium carbonation as well.

O - Good stout - not especially complex however. Would like to see this a bit more nuanced with flavors. This is my second go around with Sexy Chocolate, unfortunately, this reinforced my initial thoughts...think hype builds this one up a bit. In our blind taste, this was a middle of the pack beer. Much prefer the barrel aged version of this.

Photo of badboyrsl84
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black with a very light 2 inch head. The retention on this is decent but not impressive.

Smell - this threw me for a loop. Very smoky! Smoky chocolate, smoky malt, and tiny hint of alcohol.

Taste - follows the nose to a T. Tons of smoky malt and chocolate. Very smooth. Lingering of some smoky malt in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - simple and easy to drink. Not too much over powering. Very smoky.

Overall - its good but not great. I enjoyed it but its too much like the Alaskas smoked Porter and that's more available than this.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for the tick oglmcdgl, 2010 vintage into a tulip.

A- Sexual Chocolate is a very black beer that is black as can be and is black. The black is underneath a mocha colored head up above that settles into a slight cap, not so clingy lace.

S- Smell is on the roasty side, it's a big ol' IRS but I smell an infection coming. Besides that roast, chocolate, hoppy appeal, licorice, anise, you know what it is.

T- I did not get the infection that much. It's there and will grow, thank god we caught it now! Sexy Chocolate goes from fudge chocolate, roasty malts, some char, a bit of brownie and dark fruit going into infection.

M- It's a big stout, it's real smushy, glugging down the track. Kinda muddy. For a RIS it works, the infection casts a tangy after taste that is bleh and the carb is there.

O- Really glad I tried this beer, and Im glad it did not get any older. I've been running into mad infection issues with craft stouts recently and it's really turned me off of the style completely.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A bottle from the 2010 release sent up shortly after the release by stoutfiend27. Thanks, bro. Poured this into two snifters straight after taking the bottle from my beer/wine cooler at 55F.

Deep and opaque brownish black in color, brighter dark brown is around the edges in the light. The body is topped by creamy milk chocolatey espresso cream head that lingers for a solid 5 minutes as it slowly dissipates. Lacing is slight and only shows up intermittently.

The aroma is phenomenal. This is all imperial stout while being fully chocolate stout at the same time. Roasty notes, leather, come in up from and give way to hints of tobacco in the background. Bitter chocolate from the cocoa nibs comes through fully and dominates in the finish. The flavor is very similar to, though far more leathery than the aroma. I compare it to the leathery character of HOTD Adam. However, there is more. That chocolatey bitterness comes through with roasted malts to round out the flavor.

Creamy and fluffy and light on the palate, this beer doesn't feel like nearly 10% ABV. The flavors are intense, and I can see that this is a beer that someone would either love or hate. I love the proportions of leather and tobacco, such underused flavors in imperial stouts. Great stuff, to be sure.

Photo of jcartamdg
2.7/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a ccb snifter. Pours dark black with a 1 finger head that lasts seconds. A thin ring forms around the glass with very little lacing. Aroma isn't bad, coffee and chocolate all the way. The taste is where there is a problem. Chocolate then coffee then a really off taste, something I'd never like to taste again. I don't like to throw around claims of infection but if this isn't infection what the heck are they putting in their beer. Very disappointing for a very hyped brew.

Photo of BZero007
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to the BA at the last NOVA tasting for providing this brew to the group.

Poured a very nice black color with no light pearing through. Head formed great and was a melted chocolate color. The aroma was roasty and was matched with a thick sweet smell. I enjoyed the aroma and looked forward to this tasting part! The brew has a nice medium body to it that pushes the sweet roasty flavors through. It reminded me a lot of NEB Imperial Stout Trooper. Overall a enjoyable brew that I would trade for depending on the request. Will hopefully make it to the next release to grab some my self.

Photo of oglmcdgl
1.78/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A 2010 bottle from a trade that I wish I hadn't done. Booerns.

A- two nice big fingers of mocha colored head from a stiff pour that holds for a bit the settles to leave a thin tan skin on top. Black in color with super dark brown edges.

S- oh no! Well this doesn't smell right at all. It shows the signs of a pretty bad infection on the brewers part. Burnt malts and acrid coffee mixed with cherries and rotten fruit.

T- off. There's some old fruit and again old coffee. Burnt toast and funk with a long lasting dirty tart finish, like a cherry with white pepper on it.

M- on the thin side of medium and a bit overly carbed.

O- well this is not a good beer, nope not at all. I'm glad I opened it now rather then waiting till winter. Who knows how bad it would have been by then.

Photo of GrandCruDrew
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in Bells tulip. 2011 vintage.

A- Dark and thick with a 3-finger caramel head. Very solid head retention and lacing.

S- Smokey malts, chocolate, roastiness, anise,

T- All in the same as the nose, noticable smokiness, chocolate, molasses, pretty smooth.

M- Thick, mouth-coating, a good creaminess.

Overall- Great beer. Would like just a little more age on this.

Photo of spointon
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into two 14 oz glasses (thanks for the hookup Gilly!).

A= This ale poured a deep black/brown color with a 3/4" tan head. The head lasted a good while and left some nice stickage behind on my glass.

S= Rich dark malts, roasted grain, and some light chocolate notes in the nose. Not much alcohol evident.

T= Started off with a kiss of caramel and chocolate sweetness before the roasted malt and coffee notes took over. Hop bitterness was restrained and hop flavor was earthy. Overall leaned well to the malty side of things though. Finished less sweet than it started due to the dryness of the roasted flavors.

MF= Full bodied but not overly viscous. Carbonation was spot on.

D= A very drinkable RIS that I liked quite a lot. I don't know if it deserves the extent of the cult following it has but its a damn good beer all the same.

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

Poured up black in color with a tan head. Pretty decent head retention given the style.

Aroma was dominated by bitter roast malt with strong notes of coffee and a hint of chocolate, a bit of smokiness.

Taste followed suit with a light sweetness with the smoke presence at the beginning followed by a strong dose of coffee flavors and burnt malts.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied, but pretty smooth.

Overall, it is quite tasty, and I enjoyed drinking it, but I really don't think it's anything to wait in line for or something.

Photo of glazeman
3.16/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2011 bottle split with airohead2001.

A: The beer pours a dark, dark brown with a 1 finger cappuccino colored head that has moderate retention and a bit of lacing.

S: Well, it doesn’t smell bad, but there’s not much there at all. I get a little bit of earthiness/nuttiness, and If I search really, really deep I think I can convince myself there’s some milk chocolate.

T: The start is sweet, lactic, burnt and kind of gross. The middle has a bit of coffee/chocolate, although the chocolate is not prominent at all. The finish is actually like that of a pretty good imperial stout with a nice balance of hops and roasted malt. It’s too bad the up front flavor kind of throws off the overall experience.

M: A bit thin for my likely of this style, with appropriate carbonation. The aftertaste is better than the overall taste.

O: Overall, I wasn’t very impressed with this beer. The chocolate was not nearly as smooth or well-done as I had hoped. Across the bored it was fairly bland and uninteresting. Hopefully the barrel-aged version is better…I hope to crack that one sometime soon.

Photo of airohead2001
2.96/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Let's go hawks! Thanks glazeman.

Appearance is nothing too special - black with a one finger light tan head that fades to a nice film of bubbles.

Smell is nonexistent. I get nothing. Reminds me of a Guinness...

Taste is the best part for sure - harsh coffee roasts through out are the most dominant flavor. There is a little bit of chocolate and dark fruits as well.

Mouthfeel is too thin.

Overall, this beer is thin, bland, and way overrated.

Photo of Lukafer
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4


Pours dark black with little dark tan head.  Smell some chocolate, booze, slight yeast.  Taste some malts, some chocolate, boozy. I wonder if I would have liked this better a year ago, without aging it, hmmm.  Mouthfeel is kinda thin, drinkability is high, although overrated, IMHO.

Photo of zoolzoo
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage

A: Pours dark brown, almost black. Still completely opaque. Large fluffy head, khaki in color. Pretty good amount of lacing for a RIS, a bubbly coating as I swish the glass.

S: Cocoa, smoke, wood. Not very big but aromas are clearly defined.

T: Roasted barley up front, quite dark but not charred. Semi sweet cocoa and coffee like bitterness provide a perfect balance. I'm really not missing all the sugar coated everything I find in so many RIS's. The finish is excellent with a lingering bitterness, not too much astringency, and a marked herbal characteristic. Almost spicy in the end, but not really.

M: Thick enough, flows nicely. Some nice carbonation promotes drinkability and clocks in at solid "medium".

O: Worth the hype.

Photo of steve8robin
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Sexual Chocolate is a vertical. I have a 2009 / 2010 / 20111 to do a vertical sampling of. Let's give this legend a go...

A: A super dark with a mocha colored head that fades quickly to a lace atop the brew. Very good.

S: Some nice roasty scents upfront followed by a nice cocoa and boozy raisin in the middle. Some nice bourbon creamy characters on the backend. Good.

T: A thick, but not too thick, roasty coffee taste upfront with a hint of chocolate in the middle and some nice cocoa on the backend. Some raisin and vanilla blended in too. A nice cigar sipper. Good.

M: Medium body with a fabulous carbonation!! A nice creamy finish! Very good!

O: Goes down very good! Awesome here. Perfect! This is my favorite. Nice and thick and very well blended with a bourbon hint!

A: Dark with light shining through. A small offwhite head that fades quickly to a murky lace. Good.

S: More of a light black licorice upfront with a vanilla and lactose scent in the middle with roasty molasses on the backend. Decent.

T: A very strange molasses / moldy chocolate type flavor. Almost like a roasted bandaid type flavor in there. Ugh! What happened! Not impressed.

M: Medium body with a great carbonation. A roasty creamy finish. Good

O: A very awkward flavor in this one. Not sure if I got a bad bottle, but this one kind of has a moldy vanilla type taste.

A: Less light shining through than the '10, but not as good as the '09. Good.

S: Similar to the '10. Actually, pretty close to spot on with the '10! Decent.

T: A very roasty / burnt coffee flavor upfront. A watery bitter coffee flavor in the middle with some faint vanilla and cocoa on the backend. Decent.

M: Medium body with a great carbonation. Bitter burnt coffee finish. Ok.

O: The 2nd best in my opinion 2nd to the '09. Very similar to the '10, but a little more roasty.

All in all, the '09 is phenomenal! The '10 is horrible and the '11 is bearable. How can 3 years be so different? Wow. Get the '09 if you go for any of them.

Photo of Ryan011235
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Jackie O's snifter on 2/18/11; split with MbpBugeye and Spider889

Many thanks and a resounding "hell yeah" to PDXHops for the growler

Dark, almost reddish brown. It's darker in the glass, of course. One finger of sandy brown foam thins to an uneven patch of bubbly foam and a collar. Some lace is left clinging to the glass.

The aroma is smooth and loaded with roasted malt goodness. Notes of ground coffee beans, unsweetened chocolate with earthy overtones. Dry notions of cocoa. This smells really good; it's as enticing as it is simple.

Sexual Chocolate tastes even more roasty than it smells. Dry, roasted coffee and burnt chocolate flavors. The malts are peppered by subtle, earthy hops. This isn't a particularly sweet beer, though it does get a tad sweeter as it warms up. So tasty.

Full bodied without being overly viscous. Carbonation strikes me as appropriate with just a little agitation upfront (it's more appreciable with each pour, then mellows). Dry finish with residual bitterness.

This is so easy to drink. I like that it's fairly low in the frills department. Some folks may not care for the dry/bitter combo but I enjoy it. Recommended.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.44/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Photo of SiepJones
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle of 2011

A: Pours black with a thick, creamy layer of brown head.

S: Lots of dark fruit, with some roasted malts and hints of coco.

T: The roasted malt is very pronounced in the flavor. Meanwhile the dark chocolate and dark fruit take a back seat to the malt. Well balanced.

M: Very soft and creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is there but does not assault the tongue. The finish is very easy.

D: A very drinkable beer. I thought this beer was going to have a stronger chocolate flavor, however I appreciate the balance in the mouthfeel and flavor. The 9.7% abv goes virtually unnoticed in the finish. This beer certainly lives up to the hype.

Photo of chicagobeerriot
3.3/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage

Pours black with a downy, khaki head.

With a name like "Sexual Chocolate," I was expecting more sweetness on the nose. Boy was I wrong: there's a lot of burnt toast and espresso along with some light smoke and only a bit of baker's chocolate. There's some leather here too. I usually hate seeing that descriptor in a review (who the hell has tasted leather?) but I don't know how else to describe it. In sum, there's a lot going on in the smell department but it's hard to tell where this beer is going.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side but with a pleasant velvet texture.

The taste is also surprisingly devoid of chocolate (and sex for that matter, although my expectations were much lower in that regard). Bitter roast espresso has the featured position. Some light smoke and maybe a bit of baker's chocolate provide some added depth. There's a lot to digest by mid-sip, but the beer begins to fall apart at the finish line with some astringency and alcohol heat. This is a perfectly fine stout, but it needs more sweetness to provide complexity and balance.

Photo of julian
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Bottle received in trade

A: Amazing color. Pitch black with the most impressive tan head I've ever seen. There's a range of tan hues within the head itself. Extremely oily lacing that sticks to the glass throughout.

S: Raisins, plums, roasted barley, some sweet dark fruit, almost tropical in aroma. Excellent.

T: Excellent roasted barley character up front, some mild chocolate, very creamy, smooth. Amazing malt backbone and hop balance. This is top notch.

M: Creamy, smooth, medium-thick bodied, viscous and luscious. It's like liquid velvet on the tongue.

O: One of the most balanced, easy drinking, creamy smooth imperial stouts I've ever had. Alcohol is undetectable. Perfect.

Photo of TKEbeerman
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.

Photo of ncbeermonger
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an exceptional beer, but not worth getting up on a saturday, and waiting in line for. Kegs get to places other than the brewery, and you can enjoy the beer in the comfort of your favorite stool!

The beer is super dark, and the head is a dirty bone white

The smell is phenomenal, and is surpassed solely by the taste of this beer. the ABV is high, and while you can taste this it's not the most present taste, the chocolate, and hints of oak are what leave your lips as you lower your beer.
Warning, dont drink 2 and post!

Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.52/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a very deep dark black with a sort of thick brown head and a little lacing. Smells awesome! Smells of tons of coffee and chocolate! For once in this beer, you can actually find the chocolate! Tastes of coffee and more coffee and more coffee and more coffee, and then some malts, smokiness, and chocolate. This beer should be called Sexual Coffee. Mouthfeel is nice and thick with a medium carbonation.

Photo of glid02
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from gravity pour multiple times at Brewvival.

Pours black with a thin tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of robust roasted malts with semi-sweet chocolate and tobacco. Also present are very slight hints of boozy figs.

Tastes even better than it smells. Perfect amounts of roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are smooth tobacco flavors and lighter chocolate. Very light amounts of smokiness join in midway through the sip before being overtaken by slight amounts of dark fruit flavors. The dark chocolate, roasted malt, and tobacco flavors push aside the dark fruit flavors and carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this beer benefitted from the cask treatment as the cocoa nibs were able to shine with gusto. My one qualm with the cask conditioning is that the mouthfeel suffers slightly. Still, if you see this beer on cask don't hesitate, it'll go fast as it well should, very much worth a shot.

Sexual Chocolate from Foothills Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,130 ratings.