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Sexual Chocolate - Foothills Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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990 Ratings
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Ratings: 990
Reviews: 427
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 1,211
Gots: 236 | FT: 20
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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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Lunch

Maryland

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
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alcstradamus

Washington

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
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Freethyhops

Alabama

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
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JMC_TM

North Carolina

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
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

02-17-2010 04:30:05 | More by tempest
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punkrkr27

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%

Black pour with a nice dense brown head and moderate lacing. Mouth watering dark chocolate aroma with a bitter roasted malt and a fair bit of alcohol and some molasses. Yummy bittersweet choclate flavor balanced by lots of roasted malt, a touch of pine and a little burnt brown sugar. There's a healthy dose of alcohol in there too. Very full and creamy body with a nice little warming at the end from the alcohol. This is for sure a top notch Imperial Stout.

02-16-2010 17:31:13 | More by punkrkr27
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OSUBeerStudent

Washington

4.4/5  rDev +6.8%

Both 09 and 10 vintages on tap at Tyler's in Durham. This is for 10.

A - Nice half-fingerish dark brown head on an opaque body. What I'm looking for.

S - Very good stuff. Nice smooth blend of the espresso, coffee, dark fruits, bit of roastiness. Smells good but not exceptional.

T - Excellent. Plenty of what I smelled, espresso, dark fruit, roasty malts, chocolate. This isn't like Rogue's or anything, though - the chocolate is present throughout but not overpowering. It's an aspect of the flavor but not the flavor itself. This is how chocolate stouts should be made. It's also an exceptionally smooth-drinking beer. Heavier on the chocolate and malt than espresso - good.

M - Also excellent. Carbonation's just right (good thing I suppose since it was the release night there Wed). The thickness is a great balance for a strong imp stout.

D - This one is truly remarkable. The alcohol is blended so well into the flavor that you don't get a warning sign until you break for a moment. The chocolate/espresso stays great as it warms up, too. Every glass was great from start to finish. I could've kept drinking this throughout the Duke-UNC game, but 3 before/throughout was enough.

Notes for the 09 edition, just differences - the main difference was in the actual balance. Tons more chocolate and sweetness in this than the 10. The 10 had a great balance of roast, coffee, and chocolate, while the 09 definitely tilted a bit far to the chocolate side. This showed up in smell and taste, and the sweetness lowered drinkability some. Otherwise it was still quite good and I'd gladly drink this at home had I made it to the release, but on tap is fine with me.

02-15-2010 05:36:58 | More by OSUBeerStudent
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NCBeerFan

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%

Initially had both the '09 and '10 vintages at the release, but just too much going on to give either a fair review. Decided to open bottle 157 of 1000 this evening and share with the wife as part of our Valentine's Day celebration.

Poured into a DFH snifter and it has the typical dark opaque appearance of the RIS style. Very little head or lacing, although it does leave a light brown colored ring around the edge of the glass. Aroma is of dark chocolate, espresso, and dark fruit (raisins?). Taste closely follows aroma with the dark fruit and heavy chocolate being the most prominent on the palate. Minimal carbonation with a thin, creamy mouthfeel and goes down exceptionally smooth. For a 10% abv brew, this is one highly drinkable RIS....and it gets so much better as it warms up. An excellent job by Foothills....it may be a tad over-hyped, but it is still one of the better RISes that I've tried.

02-14-2010 03:55:43 | More by NCBeerFan
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mralphabet

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev -3.4%

On-tap at the brewery

A: Very dark almost black. Very little head, nice little ring and very nice lacing.

S: First smell I'm getting is sweet roasted malt and molasses followed by a dark chocolate and a hint of coffee. Not as much chocolate as I was expecting, but smells very Imperial Stout like, so it follows the style.

T: Just like the smell... Sweet roasted malt, dark chocolate, molasses and coffee. There is really no hops at all. Again a very Imperial Stout.

M: Very smooth and creamy, no carbonation to speak yet feels oddly thin in the finish. I'm a little mixed on this one. It does improve as it warms up. Not as full as other Imperial Stouts.

D: Very easy to drink, the high ABV makes it a 1 or 2 in a session kind of brew. It is a must have if you are in the area in February.

I have to say it was not as much chocolate as I was expecting. Still worth a stop by to try it out.

02-12-2010 04:12:59 | More by mralphabet
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thegodfather2701

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%

A-Poured into what looked like a pilsner glass, I would have rather had a snifter or tulip, but oh well. It pours pitch black with no head to speak of, but a ring of mocha colored foam.

S-Espresso, dark chocolate, and hops are mostly what I noted in the nose.

T-Dark chocolate, espresso, cream, and some hoppiness stand out at first. When it warms it gets better as more milk chocolate and cream notes become more dominant. The flavor was good, but not as complex as I expected.

M-Rich and creamy, but slightly thin.

D-The drinkability is through the roof. I must admit it doesn't have the feel of an imperial stout, it seems almost like an American stout/porter. It drinks so smooth and doesn't really challenge you, which is good but a little disappointing.

Overall, I am glad I tried this beer, but also glad I wasn't able to make it to the release party where I would have spent $50 acquiring the maximum number of bottles. I have had better representations of the style, but enjoyed it nonetheless. I don't want to seem like I am being critical of Foothills, because I enjoyed the beer and the meal I had with it. I think I just expected too much.

02-10-2010 16:41:26 | More by thegodfather2701
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NCBeernut

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -7%

Had this in a 3 year verticle at Flying Saucer. Served in snifters. The scoring for this review is for the fresh '10.

Pour is black as hell with a pretty nice brown pillowy head on it that sticks around for quite a while. Aroma is heavily roasted with a bit of char and faint alcohol...anise-like qualities here too, but only faint. Pleasant roastiness (roasted barley and chocolate malt) without much astringency. Just a hint of chocolate. Very full bodied. Some raisin is present. Munich-like maltiness in the finish. Just a hint of burnt wood.

The '08 - The nice soft roasted characteristics have given way to semi-astringent char. The alcohol is more noticable, especially in the nose. Vinous and sherry like characteristics have developed from mild oxidation. Munich maltiness is not as noticable. Definitely not liking this as much.

02-10-2010 16:04:41 | More by NCBeernut
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zoso493

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +7.5%

Had this one on-tap at the brewery the day after the bottle release.

Appearance: This is a pretty dark chocolate colored brew, as one might expect. It's not the darkest of imperial stouts, but it's not letting any light through. On tap, it had a fairly diminutive head that dissipated quickly and left to lacing to speak of on the glass.

Smell: This one has an overwhelming smell of chocolate syrup, but in an extremely smooth and natural way. This is easily the most chocolatey smelling beer I've ever sniffed. I couldn't pick out a whole bunch else in the nose, but it was pretty sweet smelling.

Taste: Really, really smooth beer. The chocolate is obviously the most pronounce taste but the roasted malts come up big to balance all that sweetness. For such a fresh beer, there is almost no trace of the hops, which works very well in an imperial stout. Very well put together brew.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel was a little bit disappointing and thin in this one but it was extremely smooth and drinkable, so all was not lost.

Drinkability: As I've mentioned a few times before, smoothness if the name of the game with this beer. It goes down really easily, and you'd never guess it was 10% ABV by the taste alone.

Overall, this is a very nice imperial stout and easily the best chocolate stout I've had to date (though I admit I haven't had a whole lot of them). It is a really well constructed brew and a pleasure to drink. If you live fairly close to Winston-Salem, it is definitely worth dropping by Foothills for a good meal and a very good beer.

02-10-2010 04:24:57 | More by zoso493
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +7.5%

Had both the 2009 and 2010 versions on tap at the Sexual Chocolate Release - 02.06.2010.

Poured a very dark black; nice head and appeared to be pretty thick. The smell was full of dark malt, chocolate, some molasses, and bits of coffee. Similar taste but with more deep dark chocolate and nice roastiness. The mouthfeel is a tad bit thin for the style; no noticeable alcoholic warmth (at least in the 2009 version). Highly drinkable and something I was very glad I sought out.

02-09-2010 11:58:47 | More by Thorpe429
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GeezLynn

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%

On tap at the brewery 2/6

A: Black with dark brown edges and small tan ring of head. Not in a large enough glass to showcase the appearance much.
S: Rich chocolate malt, cocoa, a touch of vanilla, some oat mustiness and bit of hops.
T: Definitely the best feature of this beer with loads of bittersweet chocolate and a heavy dose of blackstrap molasses. There's also a touch of sweetness and some hops along with a little coffee present, but somewhat subtle.
M: Very silky and smooth, although a bit thin for my preference.

Overall, a very nice, refined RIS that carries a lot of dark chocolate character. I would definitely go out of my way to have this again.

02-09-2010 02:56:17 | More by GeezLynn
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marshalzhukov

North Carolina

4.78/5  rDev +16%

Had one day after 2010 release.

A-very dark brown, redish tint when held up to the light, very fine light brown head

S-chocolate, cocoa nibs, slight coffee flavor

T-smooth, a little bitterness, chalky but a very nice finish

M-chalky leaves a lasting chocolate/expresso flavor in the mouth

D-a little to easy to drink it'll catch up with you quick

02-08-2010 06:29:10 | More by marshalzhukov
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.95/5  rDev -4.1%

Had this at the release on 2/6/10. 2009 vintage poured into their pint glass.

A: Served with just a thin wisp of white film at the top. Beer is opaque black. Lacing is rather thin but understandable given the style. Nothing out of the ordinary here. Not too bad but not outstanding.

S: Smoked malt, slight bit of coffee, chocolate, cocoa powder, and a slight soy saucy sweetness. A hint of dried dark fruit either rainsins or prunes.

T: Smoked malt character assaults my taste buds at the beginning. Its a bit much, covering the dark fruit and cocoa presence that I'm looking out for. Soy sauciness is present and a bit sour but in a good way. This lasts throughout the beginning and middle, fading into a prominent aftertaste at the finish. Cocoa is also there but has a certain grainy aggressiveness that hides the other flavors.

M: Medium to full bodied and one of the smoothest RISs that I've had. Carbonation is very low and absolutely silky smooth. Not oily and sticky like most in its style, but with a body that no doubt outmatches its peers. Finish is messy with a bit of smokieness and a slight soy sauciness that fades rather quickly.

D: In my opinion, this is one of the top over-hyped beers. Sure, its pretty good, but nothing outstanding and definitely not worth the hype. Seek it out if you live near the brewery but honestly, there are a bunch of year-round RISs that I'd much rather have. Not bad by any means, but a let down because of the publicity.

02-07-2010 17:24:35 | More by SpeedwayJim
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afausser

Montana

4.43/5  rDev +7.5%

Had both this year's (2010) and last year's on tap at the release party Friday night. The review is of this year's, but I'll make notes about what a year of age does to it as well.

Appearance: Pours a dark translucent dark chocolate with the slightest amount of head--though the glass is also extremely full. Little to no lacing, and alcohol is evident in the way the brew slinks back down the side of the glass. What do you expect from a 10%?

Smell: Heavy chocolate syrup is the predominant note in the nose, as well as some raisins, spice, and alcohol. It's a little cloying.

Taste: Slightly warm in the mouth, but in a nice way. It's not abrasive at all. The chocolate is there, but almost as a background note, and there are some definite coffee notes. The chocolate here is not so much syrup as cocoa powder and dark chocolate. Rum soaked dark fruits--raisins and prunes, and the carbonation adds an anise spice.

Mouthfeel: So perfect--makes what would otherwise be a heavy brew be medium to light bodied. Very crisp and bubbly, and adds tingly spiciness to the taste. Also greatly facilitates the drinkability. Not at all hot for a 10%.

Drinkability: Goes down smooth and crisp. Nicely done. I find this one very odd for an RIS--not a bit what I would think of--it's sort of got a life of its own, so I'm not really sure what this would get if I were reviewing it strictly to style.

The '09 version (perhaps more accurately characterized as the year-aged version), also on tap, I think I would have rated much lower. It gains a little bit of smoothness, and the carbonation has largely subsided--no huge, crisp, spicy bubbles here, and there's a slight hint of bitterness. I think this one loses more than it gains with age, oddly, and personally prefer it fresh.

02-07-2010 13:36:36 | More by afausser
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +11.2%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two St. Bernardus goblets. Special thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to Metalmonk for this from our first trade!

Feb '09 release
#486/600

A: Blaaack! Thin wafer of mocha colored head. Tiny blobs of light brown lace were left clinging to the side of the glass.

S: Huge nose of roasty malt mixed with espresso, dark chocolate, molassas, and overripe dark fruit.

T: See above. Tangy dark fruit in the forefront with a huge backbone of bitter, dark chocolate, espresso, and fudge brownies.

M: Smooth with equal parts dry and sweet.

D: Surprisingly excellent. We were floored that the abv didn't stand in the way of us enjoying this, at all. Stunning!

01-16-2010 20:41:42 | More by GbVDave
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Popkas

Colorado

4.65/5  rDev +12.9%

Thanks to mikesgroove for this on - really looking forward to it!

A: Pour is black as night. Looks like molasses. Thick and viscous. Great looking 2-2.5 finger of dark tan head.

S: Smell of deep roasted malts and some chocolate, a bit of dark fruit and coffee.

T: Complex. Trying to nail down what it is on the front of the tongue. Some vanilla? Dark cherry? Middle and back are much clearer. Ton of malt and chocolate and some smoke in the middle followed by a strong coffee bitterness.

M: Medium to full body. Carbonation seems right

D: High in general and very high for the style. Now I gotta get a bottle (hopefully 2) to try!

01-16-2010 02:00:48 | More by Popkas
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HopHobo

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

I finally decided to crack open my 2009 vintage of this bad boy. First, let me start by saying this is one of my favorite names for a beer and also one of my favorite labels. It pours jet black with a nice 3 fingers of dark tan head and leave a nice foamy lacing on my Founders 10 Anniversary glass. The smell is a bit off putting because it has a rather large burnt grains smell with lingering hits of chocolate, carmel, booze and earth. The flavor is much better as the burnt grain smell is replaced by the taste of bitter sweet chocolate, sweet grains, toffee, carmel, coffee and earthy flavors....overall the taste of chocolate and roasted grains is most prominent and quit delicious. This beer is thick in my mouth like a bitter chocolate milk shake. I really enjoyed this beer, much more than I thought I would. The chocolate is there, but over powering and all the flavors really meld together nicely. I may seek this one out again, but there are a few other imperial stouts I have higher on my list.

01-13-2010 15:41:50 | More by HopHobo
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.45/5  rDev +8%

February 2009 release, hand-numbered '490'/600 22 oz. bottle; listed ABV is 9.75%. Poured half to a snifter and half to a shaker pint, minutes after taking this bottle from the chilly fruit cellar.

Of note, this is a 'milestone' review for me - #1000 - so I felt it would a fitting tribute to my bud, Metalmonk (who gets huge thanks for sending this), and the dozens of traders who've supplied me with so many fine beers over the years. Cheers to Jeff & the BA community at-large!

A: Charcoal black, deep ebony but showing glimmers of rust-orange at the edges. No big worries tho', still so damn dark I'm just nit-pickin'. The snifter shows off a shorter, tighter 1/2-finger of cocoa cream for a head; the pint glass boasts well over a finger. Lace is weaker in the snifter, small freckles and drips, a brief ring and swirl of film; the pint pour holds longer and thicker, leaving a nice splotchy webwork and a thicker cream topping. Either one looks quite pretty, but the pint (surprisingly) nears the '5' range...

S: Man, just a terrific RIS aroma: bold dark chocolate (though not as huge/defining as I expected), loads of fruit (blackberry and raspberry and plum), a heavy dose of molasses (a sweet/thick sugary burnt-ness). Lemony coffee (sounds strange, right?) and even bigger fruit, covered in thick chocolate, as it warms.

T: Th-e-e-e-r-r-r-e's my chocolate! Deep cacao, so deep it has an earthy/chalky bittering in the finish, a robust roast that ends with a coffee bean acridness. Add a hint of zest, something lemony like I find in the darkest chocolates, too. Subtler notes of vanilla bean and musty wood, definite fruit notes of the berry variety. A languishing tang that has more blackberry and even some tart cherry. Enjoyable, multi-faceted flavors - a dessert-like treat that's not too sweet.

M: Appropriate thickness, a medium-full mouthful of chewy and coating charred grain. Lasting bitterness and a creeping tart go along with the roundabout vagueness of alcoholic warmth.

D: Whew! As a lover of the style, this matches the hype and is one I thoroughly enjoyed and am thrilled to have tried/saved for a big night (even if that night is just another Friday in January). Captures just about everything I want in from the style and one I definitely would like again... [hint]. Well done, FBC!

In closing, the words of the immortal Mr. Randy Watson (played by Eddie Murphy in 'Coming to America'):

"I believe the children are our future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
Let the children's laughter remind us how we used to be
I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone's shadows
If I fail, if I succeed
You can't take away my dignity
Because the greatest love of all's
Inside of me...
SEXUAL CHOCOLATE!
SEXUAL CHOCOLATE!!!"

01-09-2010 03:10:07 | More by msubulldog25
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured from a 22oz. bottle on 11/6/09 with Hophead101.
189/600
2009 vintage

A - pours a dark brown with very little foam to speak of, if any.

S - rich dark chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, espresso as well

T - vanilla followed by a big smoke charcoal flavor, big chocolately flavor, roasted malts

M/D - smooth creamy, full bodied, warming with some bitterness to it. I really enjoyed trying this and will hopefully get to again someday. I really enjoyed it. Very smooth.

01-05-2010 21:24:31 | More by mikereaser
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Crittervision

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -4.6%

appearance is not as thick as expected, dark brown but not fully opaque. light brown head with great retention, always a layer of bubbles with no regenerating swirls necessary. bigger bubbles hug the sides. the label... one of my favorites. if drinking straight from the bottle, id give it a 6.

smell is of dark cherries, alcohol infused figs, really subtle hints of dark chocolate.

closely following a roasted malt taste are sour cherries, molasses tanginess, and some slightly bitter qualities. this has a much greater tangy, dark fruity character than any other imperial stout ive tasted.

medium body, not thick, not thin. right there in the middle. wouldnt want it any thinner though.

drinkability is alright. the sour fruitiness is hard to figure out. approaching this beer with an expectation for huge chocolate plus generic ris qualities will result in surprise. perhaps with different expectations, i could have gulped this thing down and not known what happened. its certainly the most sour and fruity (things i love) ris i can recall, which makes it a little out of place. not bad, but also not meeting expectations. if looking for huge, delicious chocolate, try choklat. yum.

sexual chocolate. the name and the bottle seem a clever tease. desire, expectation, suspense. then surprise, confusion, an empty glass. wondering why i didnt get what i expected instead of appreciating what i was given. sexual chocolate... you b****. now i cant wait to expect a sour fruitiness on our reacquaintance. all wrapped in a roasty blankey. mmm!

12-30-2009 21:24:02 | More by Crittervision
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cvstrickland

North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +12.9%

2009 Release; purchased at the brewery on SC Day '09

This year I made my first pilgrimage to Foothills for the limited release of Sexual Chocolate, and I was lucky enough to get my four-bottle quota. That chilly February day I drank my fair share of that chocolatey goodness on draft, but I've never yet had it bottled.... I traded three of my precious orange-and-brown-sugar-clad bombers with some great BAs across the nation, but I saved one, this single lonely lady of soul, and she has been waiting, patiently standing apart even in a crowded cellar, saving her sexy self all just for me. Time's up, baby... here we go...

With a seductive hiss and an accompanying whiff of licorice-laden fudge, the slightly-chilled bottle numbered 472/600 yields her silvery crown. A brisk pour into my prized Foothills tasting tumbler yields an inky-black beauty of a brew, the ebony liquid trimmed at the extreme periphery in burnt chestnut and smartly capped with a finger's thickness of glossy espresso-crema colored foam. As the sticky bubble-lid slowly recedes, a webby film of ecru lacing clings stubbornly to the inner walls of my glass.

The aroma is sexy and chocolate-laden, sure enough. A dab of toasted cocoa with a twist of burnt licorice, plus a smashed brick of baker's chocolate and a horde of devil's food cupcakes tangle with a drizzle of Hershey's syrup to sweeten a deep, rich, robust note of smoky charred barley.

The first luxurious sip is rich and full-bodied, with plenty of chocolate and blackened roast a-go-go. Notes of dark semi-sweet morsels swirled with a licorice swizzle stick, mixed into strong black coffee, all mingle nicely with silky-sweet milk chocolate and a sprinkle of dark dried fruits. The 10% ABV is scarcely hidden, but is so very well-incorporated into the flavor and the aroma that I can't imagine the brew without it; darkly-fruity and vanilla-like notes attest to the idea. Sexual Chocolate lingers in the mouth-- savory, roasty, and sweet on the palate-- long after the brew has passed the drinker's lips. As this excellent stout warms a bit, a pleasantly-dry twinge of tangy, acrid, woody smokiness gains a definite but unobtrusive foothold in the flavor profile.

The drink is silky-soft and creamy-smooth, with a thick, full body and sedately-perfect carbonation. Highly drinkable, even considering the aforementioned ABV.

The best thing about this sexy black beauty is that she faithfully returns to us year after year, and you can bet your bottom dollar, folks, that I'll be lining up to see her again on SC Day '10. A truly awesome brew.

12-27-2009 15:01:09 | More by cvstrickland
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dirtylou

Washington

4.47/5  rDev +8.5%

22oz bottle - #138/500. shipped by blackie many moons ago - promised i would drink it this winter when we got 5" of snowfall in a day. We got somewhere in the neighborhood of 15-18 in the last 24 hours, so thats where we're at

appearance: oddly named with a strange label - the infamous afro-wearing nubian princess. served in a snifter, very dark chocolate body - nearly black but not as much as so as other RIS's. creamy tan crest subsides rather quickly and leaves a relatively light lace behind

smell: rich dark chocolate, and lots of it...cocoa nibs, molasses, espresso, licorice - very nice

taste: offhand - reminds me a lot of an aged Rogue RIS - strong waves of dark chocolate, espresso, heavily roasted malts, cocoa. The heavy roast and alcohol leaves a rather bitter followthrough. well rounded - strong and full flavored. a great RIS - seems the hype has died down and this has settled into a rating range that is a bit more appropriate - not top 5-10, but very close

mouthfeel: full bodied, thick heavy roast, lingering bitterness, warms the body

drinkability: actually drinks pretty well, less the bitterness in the finish

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