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Sexual Chocolate - Foothills Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,069
Reviews: 430
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 1,240
Gots: 248 | FT: 21
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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 newk340
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage

A: beautiful dark black pour, with an excellent tan head. looks chocolatey!

S: all kinds of chocolate. some hints of bitterness/dark fruits evident. possibly infected?

T: certainly a little bitter, but not overly affecting the taste. wouldn't want to cellar it much longer. chocolate flavors abound leaving a nice sweet aftertaste.

MF/D: the bitterness certainly affects the drinkability, but the mouthfeel was still fairly smooth, and all-in-all enjoyable.

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

2009 vintage. Acquired from cbros.

Poured into a tulip. Shared with hopsbreath, tulipsnifter, and witchsbrew.

Appearance- Black with nice brown sugar head. Little lacing.

Smell- Lots of bitter baking chocolate flavor. Touch of smoke.

Taste- Also lots of powder baking bitter chocolate. Little more smoke.

Mouth feel- Very good. Great balance with thick and thin.

Drink ability- Very nice beer on a cold night. At "only" 9.75% it has great drink ability.

This is one damn good beer! Wish the brewery was close enough to get more of this.
Big, big thanks to Cobi for this one!!!!

Photo of nrbw23
3.61/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark, chocolate brown with a tan, cream colored head. Pretty good sized head, that has good retention and leaves some nice layered lacing.

S- Smells of chocolate malts and cocoa. Dark fruits and roasted malts. The chocolate smell seems a bit off.

T- Underwhelming, bitter chocolate malt body. Quite a bit of darker fruits and figs. Roasted malts and alcohol is not noticeable here. The chocolate taste almost seemed fake and powdery.

M- Carbonation was right on and the body was a bit on the fuller side of medium.

D- Ok to drink. I think this one might be part of the hype machine.

Photo of kirkpjr
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mikesgroove for LIF'ing this one to me!

From notes 8/25/10

Bottle #619/1000 - 2009 vintage. Poured into a tulip.

A: Thick and oily. 3 fingers of thick chocolate moose looking head. Very frothy with abundant lacing and foam.

S: Strong roasted malts. A little soy. Light chocolate. Very rich and sweet.

T: Nice bitterness balance to a very roasty stout. Sweet soy with a milk chocolate balance. Very thick but surprisingly smooth going down.

M: Thick and creamy. Moderate carbonation. Spot on.

D: Very drinkable for the ABV. Goes down easily. Honestly was not expecting this big of a beer to be so drinkable.

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

Tasted in a Spiegelau tulip during a RIS tasting (with plain crackers and water for palate cleansing between tastings).

Pours a deep, deep dark brown, with mahogany highlights. Head is thin, with little retention or lacing.

Aroma is black olives, a meaty, rich umami note, saline and cherry and dark fruit.

On the palate, milk chocolate comes to the fore, although the saline notes remain, and a bitterness comes through, thin edges and bitter. Some soy sauce and acidity lingers. Complex, interesting, but not terribly GOOD. Body is medium full and exceedingly smooth, but it's lacking a robust mid-palate.

A disappointment, if not a terribly BAD beer.

Photo of Yesac
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours dark brown and appears solid black in the glass. Small tan/brown head.

S- Big chocolate cocoa nose, chocolate and roasted malt,

T- Dry roasted chocolate malt, hint of molasses and grass with a slight bitter finish.

M- Medium bodied , low/medium carbonation. Pretty smooth overall.

D- Tasty overall.. still not fantastic and complex as I had expected.

Photo of JAXSON
1.59/5  rDev -61.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

To be straightforward, this beer was badly infected. Extremely high carbonation, flavors focused somewhere between charred malt and vinegar. The more interesting discussion is whether a beer/brewer should be punished with a very bad rating for an infected bottle. I believe in this case the bad review is warranted as a large number of bottles seem to be infected and pretty much undrinkable. Quality control should be a major focal point of commercial breweries and considering the lengths people go to to get this beer every year, this is unacceptable.

Back to the beer, I said it already, it was all pickles, vinegar, yet heavily bitter and charred, high carbonation. Not drinkable.

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

As one would expect, a chocolate-centric Russian Imperial Stout. Unsweetened cocoa with a bit of instant coffee up front. Bittering has a slight sharp, almost tart edge. Full-bodied in the mouth, with the ETOH showing up with a little heat, but not too prominent. A very nice, if a little overly-hyped, RIS.

Photo of sisuspeed
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cellared since the 2010 release.
Bottle 9 of 1000

Poured into a Foothills tasting glass. An essentially black body holds up a decent sized tan head. Nice lacing sliding down the glass.

Lots of cocoa sweetness and dark roasty malts on the nose. Picking up a lot more fruit then what I remember form the release. Plums and cherries, a touch of apple and alcohol. Also picking up some molasses. Sweet with a nice touch of fruitiness.

Dark malts infused with cocoa powder and sweet molasses hit the tongue. Light cherry and fig, possibly other dark fruits. Faint alcohol. Sweet, but not overly so. Pretty tasty as usual.

Mouthfeel is smooth, almost velvety with light carbonation. Thicker than a regular stout, but not too thick. Some warming alcohol.

Drinkability is quite good. Much smoother than what I remember at the release, which was about 7.5 months ago. Guess I can say this one is holding up well. I'm excited to see where it goes in the next couple of years. Not quite worth the hype it gets, but still a very solid RIS that is worth getting a hold of.

Photo of abuliarose
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Vintage Feb 2010, bottle 9/1000, poured into a Foothills fluted pint glass to reveal deep brown opaque body under a tall and dense, but not thick consistency-looking crema head. Pretty lacing. Smells deliciously sweet with lots of vanilla and some chocolate along with serious roasted malt notes and an unfortunate bit of metallic tinge. A little boozy. Slight dark fruit. Pretty yummy smells.

Tastes nice and sweet up front with a wave of roasted and bitter flavors rounding it out. Good nib flavor and some fruitiness from the nibs (if you have ever had plain roasted cocoa nib, you know this fruity flavor). Medium-bodied to a lighter side of heavy-bodied with decently creamy carbonation adding a little to the volume. Pretty drinkable. Not as thick and stong as I like my RIS's, but the balance is ok.

Overall it is a very different beer than I remember from on tap at the release. It's mellowed out quite a bit. I don't know that aging will make it any more to my taste, but it's a nice drink the way it is now.

Photo of jsanford
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler poured into my Stone IRS tulip. This is from a keg of the 2009 vintage.

A - Pours a dark, inky black with a thin off-white head that re-forms itself with a swirl.

S - Dark roasted malt, cocoa powder and vanilla dominate.

T - Chocolate dominates, obviously. More dark roasted malt, vanilla, dark stone fruits and a bit of smokiness round this one out.

M - Medium mouthfeel with low carbonation (though I attest this to the growler leaking a bit in transit). Very smooth and creamy but a bit light in the mouthfeel department.

D - Great drinkablity, the growler went fast among the group.

Doesn't quite live up to the hype-train, but this is an amazing beer nonetheless. If you're put off by the hype, send it my way, I'll dispose of it for ya!

Photo of Mora2000
2.83/5  rDev -31.3%
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.

Photo of scootny
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of gueuzer
2.71/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

App- Black as night. Can see the carbonation bubbling. Almost looks like a coke.

Sm- Looking for chocolate, but having to strain to find it. Get some soy sauce and toffee.

Ta- Stone fruits, roasted malts, chocolate, soy sauce.

MF- Very thin bodied and over carbonated.

DR- The taste doesn't make we want to drink a ton of this.

Disappointing. Very over-hyped. What I would expect from a mediocre corner brewpub's RIS.

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

Bottle shared at a recent tasting with the always-generous tlay10 and poured into my Bruery tulip.

Looks: black as night with a frothy head of medium tan with bubbles large and small. It collapses slowly, leaving walls of sticky lace as it goes.

Smells: odd. Pencils, soy sauce, black peppercorns, dark chocolate and espresso, in that order. Hmm.

Tastes: just like it smells. Tangy and fruity, with flavors of plum sauce, pencils, light soy sauce and espresso. I need more chocolate! 3

Feels: subtly carbonated, smooth and medium-bodied. The alcohol is hardly noticeable, but I'm distracted by the tanginess anyway.

Drinks: underwhelming. I've heard tales of certain bottle of this brew having off flavors, and am now wondering if this is what I have before me. If not, it's simply interesting, but not incredible.


Into a whiskey glass. Smells like a mixture of olives and prunes. Salty. Maybe some chocolate in the back. Same deal in the flavor. Kind of sour. Olives, prunes, pencils, acrid roast. Tastes infected.

A completely different beer from the previous year. Smells smooth and smoky. A bit of cocoa, some oat, a touch of raisin. Flavor is identical. Smoky pork, raisin, peat, cocoa nibs, a little oat. I get the feeling this is how Sexual Chocolate is supposed to taste. The downside is that this is the first good version I’ve tasted after three attempts.

Photo of kbutler1
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle & Draft. Attended the release on this one. Great times. Poured a deep chocolate brown almost black with a nice head. The aroma of chocolate is clearly evident along with roast, coffee, and a slight touch of vanilla. At the release they had the 09 and 10 version on tap. The 09 was much smoother than the 10. But for this I will rate the 10 version. The initial taste is smooth and chocolatey with hints of roast. If you like chocolate and Imp Stouts, then this here is a winner. I will say the mouthfeel can be a tad light.

Photo of Murchmac
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks cvstrickland for this bottle way back that I finally broke out. 2009, bottle #480/600

This beer poured out a pitch black with a two finger tan head. This beer looks like she's got some long legs and knows how to use them.

Smells chocolate, coffee, some cherries and dark fruits. A sweet syrupy smell rounds out the nose.

This is one of the best imperial stouts i've tasted. Molasses, cocoa, chocolate, some coffee. A great blend of sweetness is in this foxy mofo.

Great beer, very memorable beer.

Photo of tr4nc3d
3.23/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Huge thanks to khiasmus for this one

22oz bomber poured into my snifter

The appearance is opaque black with a two inch mocha colored head. Average head retention with a very thin layer sitting on top of the beer and sides of the glass. Lacing was notable when you slosh the beer around.

Aroma consist of dark chocolate, black strap molasses, espresso, cocoa nibs, vanilla, tobacco, black leather, and dark fruits.

Upfront slightly sweet taste of cocoa and milk chocolate with vanilla and molasses following. Espresso and dark fruits show midway with a slightly roasted dry bitter coffee finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a tad thin for being a stout. Finish is actually a bit watered down and the flavors seem not to follow throughout the taste.

Overall as excited as I was to try this beer, I will say I was let down. Sadly I'm afraid to say there is way better stouts that are easily more available to get.

Photo of Axic10
2.44/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle #966/1000 2010 vintage, poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a pitch black with two fingers of head that settles quite nicely.

Smell: Burnt chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, some sourness. Improves as it warms.

Taste: Roasted malt, some chocolate...HEAVY sour fruit taste. I think I have an infected bottle.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery.

Drinkability: I have another bottle, I think this one might have been infected, if that one is better I'd seek out again, if not I wouldn't, hence the average rating.

Photo of mgbickel
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Davolebomb for bringing this to our stout tasting!

3oz pour from a 22oz bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. As expected, the body is black and dark; no light can touch this one. The head is dark khaki, poor retention time, but decent lace.

The nose is totally different from any of the other stouts sampled tonight. The chocolate and coffee notes take a back seat to a fruity sweet aroma...dark cherries, plums and maybe some molasses.

Hmmm...the taste goes right where the nose suggested. Sweet, fermented fruit meets with baker's chocolate and light coffee. I was expecting a chocolate bomb out of this one...no such creature here. Roasted finish with well hidden booze.

Medium to thick mouth feel...oily as hell with mild carbonation.

Decent enough, but the hype surrounding this had my expectations set pretty high. I would like to try this again...

Photo of donniecuffs
3.37/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep mahogany brown/black, with a thin'ish tan head, little visible carbonation, and decent lacing. Smelled of cocoa powder (Bosco'ish), dark chocolate, and very subtle coffee. Very one dimensional. The taste also was one-dimensionally chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate, with very little in the way of coffee, anise, woodiness, etc. The finish was sweet as well. The most surprising thing was the body, which was thinner than expected, though very smooth. My gut reaction was that this beer would benefit greatly from a little more flavor and texture balance. I know that this is a popular brew, and a lot of people might think that I'm smoking crack as they read this, but maybe I had my hopes too high, as I was genuinely disappointed. I'd be willing to give it another shot though.

Photo of ktrillionaire
2.05/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Big thanks to HeyOhh for sharing this

Why review an infected bottle? Because it is still the product they put out, intentional or not. This bottle was generously shared at a tasting, and it was very disappointing to all of us who were expecting more. It must've been a huge disappointment to HeyOhh who brought and shared it. I know he traded some good stuff to land it.

A - Stout. Good.

S - Like charred cocoa, chewing tobacco and asphalt mixed with a McDonald's apple pie. But worse than that could possibly sound.

T - Interestingly, the infection and the flavors of the intended beer seem to stand apart, unlike, say, Black Tot where the infection and the flavor melded and crossed over. Regardless, this tastes gross due to the infection. It seems like a 'B' grade stout got knocked down to a 'D'.

M - Like a violation.

D - ISO clean Sexual Chocolate, so I can re-tick.

Photo of bobsy
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle #276 of the 2010 vintage, generously shared by grub - cheers Russ!

Pours a midnight black with a light tan head that quickly drops to a film, but leaves some nice lace streaks. Fairly standard appearance for an imperial stout. The nose is neat, with rich dark fruit complimenting cocoa powder, burnt caramel and deep roasted notes.

While the flavour is chocolate-forward, its not quite the cocoa explosion I expected it would be. Regardless, the chocolate leads off, and plays nicely with cherries and dark fruit. Strong roasted notes throughout, which provides a burned bitterness in the finish. Alcohol is present, but well-hidden. The mouthfeel is undoubtedly the greatest aspect of this beer, with its full, creamy feel, which provides a luxurious decadence.

There's no doubt this is a good example of the style, but its difficult for me to discern what makes this so special to so many BAs. The limited availability may be a factor, but to me this is just another entry in a pack of decent imperials that I've enjoyed but didn't adore.

Photo of Derek
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage, bottle #276.

A: Black with a tan head, light retention but it leaves an excellent lace.

S: Chocolate covered cherries, brown sugar, hints of fruity esters.

T: Bakers chocolate, demerara, cherries with a hint of tartness, good bitterness, rum-like flavour though the alcohol is relatively subtle (considering the strength).

M: Full body is very smooth, with a slightly drying alcohol finish.

D: An enticing sipper.

Photo of billab914
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just got done watching 4th of July fireworks and eating ice cream and felt like it was time to open something special. 2008 vintage, bottle number 200 of 500. Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Portsmouth tulip. poured a thick pitch black color with a thin mocha head. The head faded to a thin ring around the edge of the glass after a few minutes and left just a hint of lacing.

The aroma has a bold dark chocolate and cocoa flavor to it. Some roasted malts and a hint of dark fruit are present as well. Nice chocolaty aroma to it overall, not the most complex imperial stouts on the nose, but represents it's name very well.

The taste has a big dark and bitter chocolate flavor to it. It also has a pretty strong burnt and roasted flavor with some smokiness to it as well. The finish has a dry, bitter, burntness to it that lingers on the palate. The chocolate is really the showcased flavor overall though, and thankfully it's a very good chocolate flavor. Excellent tasting beer overall.

The mouthfeel is thick and creamy, while carbonation is on the lower side. Great mouthfeel and just how I like my imperial stouts. Drinkability is good, I really liked the dark, bitter, chocolate flavors as well as the burnt, smokiness it had. Would have paired great with the ice cream I just had. Excellent beer overall.

Sexual Chocolate from Foothills Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,069 ratings.