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Sexual Chocolate - Foothills Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,128
Reviews: 438
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
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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 n2185
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a jet black with a finger of light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both quite good.

S: roasted malt up front followed by some semi-sweet chocolate. There are some smoky aromas there as well as a bit of alcohol aroma on the finish.

T: roasted, smoky malt up front. Then comes some creamy chocolate and coffee flavors. The hops give a nice kick at the end, blending well with the bitter coffee flavor.

M: very thick and creamy with little carbonation. Quite nice.

D: Overall, a good imperial stout. Not the greatest or necessarily worth the hype, but a good stout nonetheless.

Photo of mechamifune
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

review of a 2010 bottle

Pours a very dark brown/near black into a sifter. A very slight dark tan head forms and goes away within a minute. Looks a bit dead in the glass. Some slight lacing. In the pour it looks a little thin, as opposed to the motor oil like appearance of some other "big" stouts.

Smell is sweet malt with obvious chocolate notes and I think some toffee in there as well. Pleasant smelling all in all though not as floral as others in the category.

Taste is actually a little better than the smell. Some sweetness upfront then lingers with chocolate notes and finishes with a little bitterness. Reminds of a little of Darkness in the taste.

Mouthfeel is a little too watery for the flavors presented. Not bad per se, but I feel like it could stand to be a little creamier. Actually the taste profile now is making me think alittle more of 10-50 with a lighter body.

The lighter mouthfeel though contributes to a higher drinkability. A very well made and pleasant to drink beer. I'm not so sure it belongs in the upper echelon of "big" imperial stouts, but I have had it many times and enjoyed it thorougly every time.

Photo of ddtprm
4.87/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoyed this beer on tap on 2/4/11 from Brixx Pizza in South Charlotte along side a pizza with proscuitto, artichoke, olives, garlic, and mushroom. ...Dang, I'm hungry again. $6 for a shaker pint.

Appearance is a deep, dark black with no light shining through. It had a beautiful 2 finger deep brown head that lasted quite a while. Lacing was above average. It wasn't until I reached the very bottom of the glass was I able to see any light through the beer.

This brew smells glorious. Semisweet chocolate and dark roast coffee dominate here. Some high abv beers you can really smell the booze...not so here.

Taste...OH DEAR GOD. Foothills seriously knocks it out of the park and into the next zip code with this one. Hardly a hint of alcohol. The taste follows the smell here. Absolutely exceptional.

Mouthfeel is actually not nearly as chewy and viscous as I was expecting. It is very creamy and smooth. It has the consistency of whole milk. I actually enjoyed this aspect of it a lot more than I expected to.

What really takes this beer over the top is its drinkability. Big beers like this can scare a lot of beer novices. Especially ones as dark as this. Our waitress, who at her own admittance is not a beer drinker, said it was love at first sip. This beer goes down amazingly quickly and easy. It seemed to have been served right around 50 degrees, which i would say is the perfect temp. There is absolutely zero alcohol bite or off bitterness you might expect with a chocolate heavy beer.

I had 3 pints of this stuff during dinner and easily could have had more. Yeah...it's THAT good. Seek this stuff out. NOW.

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Foothills Brewing Co. during SC release weekend - 1/28/11 & 1/29/11

*I should note that both the 2011 and the 2009 were on tap. For the purposes of this reivew, I will be covering the 2011.

A: Dark heady brown, fading to black. It isn't the most viscous stout I've seen, though it's certainly near the top of the list. Moderate unsticky head, minimal lacing.

S: Very very nice, the highlight of this brew. Rich hints of dark chocoa nibs and a faint trace of herbacious hops.

T: Good. Very good in fact. But not great, not the "wow" I was expecting. Everything I tend to look for in an RIS is there: a minor essence of hops up front, slight spice on the mid-palate and the malty backbone on the finish. Where I found a slight - shall I say nick in the paint, is the chocolate, the heavy amount of Hershey's syrup I got all the way through. I felt that there wasn't a sense of balance. I'm all for EXTREME!!! - believe me, I am. But I find that the absolute best beers, regardless of how far the envelope is pushed, find balance between every ingredient used. For as much as I enjoyed this one, I did not find the balance that I had hoped for. Instead, I found a melted Hershey's Kiss in my mouth.

M: A slight bit flabby and thin considering all the cocoa running through it's veins. I would tone down the carbonation levels, and create a beer with a bit more weight and viscosity. What is being presented is certainly above average, but again not what I had expeted.

O: I am overjoyed to have had this on tap. Though I found it not to be the best RIS I've ever consumed, it is definitely in the upper echelon. To be honest, my expectations were through the roof - this is (dare I say) a whale, and one I had been dreaming of trying for some time.

With a little bit of age in proper storing conditions, I honestly believe this young and brash 2011 vintage will be marvelous, as the '09 was remarkable.

Photo of Chaney
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this on tap on-going for the last 2 days/nights at Sexual Chocolate Day 2011. I had both the 11' version and the 08' one.

A: Poured black as night, with a nice mocha head that remained at least a ring around the brew throughout the entire session. Only a higher power would be able to tell the carbonation level.

S: Very intense coffee notes, with.... you guessed it.... chocolate imbedded in the dark madness. No soy sauce or anything of that nature just yet.

T: Here is where the two versions I tried differ. The 08' was MUCH sweeter and fruitier than the 2011. The finish was substantially less dry and had a very milk chocolate candy quality. The 2011, while still very good, had sort of a sawdust flair on the finish that reminded me of a dark, unsweetened, baker's chocolate.

M: 2008: Chewy and very sweet. The licorice blended into the cocoa quite well. 2011: Very dry, bitter, and not as smooth in general. Both were thick in texture and carbonated satisfactorily for the style.

D: I'm giving the 2008 an A- and the 2011 a B+. However, both are very worthy entries in a very competitive style.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a tan like head. In the aroma, sweet chocolate, roasty malt, and an alcohol hint. In the taste, chocolate, a bit creamy and a roasty malt all the way through. A small bite and a medium to big bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry chocolate aftertaste. 85 IBUs but not too hoppy, hides the alcohol, but can still feel the heat, but a nice chocolate flavor.

Photo of cbros
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type- 2009 vintage bottle number 381 poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours ink black with an inital 3 finger tan lace that dissolves into a nice lace that stays until the end of the pour. This beer is a very nice looking pour. Good eye candy.

S- Notes start with chocolate(duh) with an undertone assortment of tabacco, coffee, and a slight alcohol finish. Decent smell, but in my opinion the part of the beer that is lacking.

T- A very nice tasting beer where the chocolate starts and the combination of tobacco and coffee finish it off. As the beer warms the assortment of flavors become more prominent. I wish I had let this beer sit out a little more before opening it. Overall a very smooth and flavorable drinking beer that I feel the 2 year wait did some good.

I have been saving this beer and finally figured what the hell might as well open it. This is a good beer, on par with the other 'big' name RIS's. Of course the label art alone makes this beer a must have.

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

Tasted 12-19-2010 Review from notes. Vintage 2009. Thanks to MADhombrewer for sharing this by way of cbros. Enjoyed along with WitchesBrew and TulipSnifter.

A: Very dark brown with a fluffy light tan head that regresses to a nice cap. Some spotty lacing makes this look good. 4/5

S: The touch of smoke here is unmistakable and quite surprising. Some under-ripe blackberries, licorice, and dark cocoa dust help bring the nose to life. 4.5/5

T: Bitter chocolate (duh), anise, grape skin/seed, and a touch of tartness make this one a fairly unique deal. 4/5

M: Low carbonation and a lightly sticky finish are pretty appropriate for the style. It's on the heavy side of moderate so the body is good. 4/5

D: Overall I would like another. It's a good and interesting beer that can rival several other big stouts rated higher in my opinion. Worth trying. 4/5

Photo of CBlack85
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Duckworths in Charlotte, served in a pint glass.

The beer is completely black with no highlights, even when held up to the light. There is a big, creamy,light brown colored head that slowly recedes leaving behind lots of sticky lacing.

Lots of dark/semi-sweet chocolate (I really expected more creamy milk chocolate aromas), roasted malts, and coffee. There are also some smaller hints of dark fruit, toffee, caramel, and molasses that round out the nose. Very nice, appealing aroma that draws you in, and makes your mouth water.

The dominant flavors are that of roasted malts, molasses, some coffee, and to a lesser degree dark chocolate. I expected a huge chocolate bomb, but the use of chocolate seems to be an accent, rather than the focus of the beer. A slight smoky/charred flavor adds a bit of bitterness that balances well with the sweet flavors. Just a hint of alcohol burn that becomes more noticable as the beer warms, but still never tips you off the the big 9.75% ABV. A very well crafted beer. Full bodied and mildly carbonated, dangerously easy to drink and very smooth.

Beers with this much hype surrounding them can oftentimes disappoint. This one does not, I am not sure that it is the best RIS that I have ever consumed, but it definately deserves the fanfare.

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.

Sexual Chocolate from Foothills Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,128 ratings.