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Sexual Chocolate - Foothills Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,056
Reviews: 430
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 1,238
Gots: 241 | FT: 22
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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 drabmuh
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I received a pity bottle because I couldn't go to the release due to a huge snowstorm. I brought the bottle to a recent tasting to spread the love around.

2010 release. Beer is black with a thick brown head made up of medium and large bubbles.

Aroma is sweet with some chocolate in there. Beer is medium in body and has some roast character at the back. There is a bitterness from the chocolate I assume, really creamy and consistent palate presence. Really smooth, finishes cleanly. Very awesome.

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

A couple of great BA's hooked me up with bottles of this highly sought after limited release beer. Thanks to ipa247 and cashew70. These guys are great traders and great beer friends. I raise my snifter to both Jeff and Carl!

A - Other than the label on the bottle (still one of my favorites), this is the best part of the experience. Pours dark with a very nice tan head that looks great in the glass. Great!

S/T - A slight disappointment in that the choc is very reserved (as others have said countless times). What you get is a deep taste of roasted malts and a bit of licorice, coffee, and some bitter chocolate. Good, but I would like to see them raise the choc profile a tad.

M- Very good. Nice and rich, almost the next level up in rating for me (where is the 4.25) when you need it. Drinks very nice.

D - Enjoyable. I actually would like to do a blind test with the Stone RIS. The last Stone RIS that I had (a 2007 which had mellowed nicely) tasted very similar to me.

Thanks again to these two great BA's for showing me some Sex Choc goodness. Would I search this one out and trade my best beer for it? Probably not, but I still enjoyed the experience very much. I just prefer a couple of other stouts much more. Still, very happy to have had the opp to try this one, never thought I would get that chance.

Photo of spiner
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I get from cousin in New York. I thank you for all these beer.

Like other Russian Imperial Stout this look very black. No chocolate smell. Just alcohol. But taste very much chocolate and alcohol not so much. Almost as good Brooklyn. This one I feel not drunk from. I love to drink this more.

Photo of Kadonny
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, big big thanks to cashew70 for putting a bottle of this in the Naked Beer Geek BIF. Thanks again Carl!

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into my Maudite snifter glass.

A: A jet black dense liquid with a very thin light brown head. No glass lacing at all.

S: Roasted smell with hints of chocolate, coffee, licorice and maybe some woody oaky smell.

T: Wow, such a huge roasted malt flavor right up front. Mixes of dark chocolate, coffee, esspresso, licorice and some vanilla flavor sneak in towards the back end. A light sweetness emerges at the back with some bitter chocolate finishing out. The hops are faint, but show at the back of the beer. I actually expected more chocolate.

M: Full, coating, a bit bitter. The alcohol is very well hidden and the roasted flavor lingers.

D: Medium. The beer drinks pretty easily, but with the roastiness one bomber is more than enough.

This is a very good stout, but it didn't quite live up the the hype or the name. There were chocolate flavors but not near what I expected. A very good stout but not one of the best I ever had, sorry to say. Still, I'm damn pleased (thanks again cashew70) to be able to try it. Thanks!

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

2010 bottle into a Portsmouth Brewery tulip.

A = Thick, black and utterly opaque. Thick, half-inch beige head forms a few seconds after pour, fades slowly to a one-centimeter cover, which remains throughout tasting.

S = Roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit, coffee, more roast. Not as complex as expected, and more roasty,

T = Similar to smell -- lots of roast, coffee, chocolate and som vanilla. French roast coffee lingers, nicely, for some time.

M = Medium-full body.

D = Very, very easy to drink and down-right dangerous. Alcohol hidden well. Overall it's a damn nice RIS. It's no Kate the Great, but nice. Damn nice.

Photo of bonkers
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I oured from bottle 834 of the 2010 release courtesy of my sister in law. It pours jet black with a thin tan head. The cocoa is present in the aroma, along with hints of coffee. Chocolate and coffee in very good balance dominate the flavor. Toffee and dark fruit are also present. The beer finishes with lingering dark chocolate. The beer is well carbonated and medium in body. It also has a very creamy mouthfeel. A very good RIS that meets the hype.

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

Shared with several friends on 2/8/10

Thin translucence at the edges but mostly opaque black and dark brown. Dark tan head.

Roasted chocolate and malty molasses nose. Little to no heat on the scent.

Cocoa and malty goodness. The cocoa nibs are apparent. Tastes great except the cocoa hasn't settled into this bottle quite yet. My taste from the tap on the next day reveals a less chalky cocoa like quality and a creamier dark chocolate flavor and mouth.

Drinks great! With time the bombers will be beautiful and the kegs are always beautiful!

Photo of Gyle41386
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 growler.

Thick black pour. Small mocha foam, halos of lacing.

Big cocoa powder in the nose. Lots of chocolate and roasted barley. Great balance of sweet and bitter aroma.

Great flavor, too. Lots of bittersweet chocolate and roasted barley. Good cocoa flavor. I much preferred the growler of '10 to the glass of '09 I had at Foothills on release day.

Body was maybe a little thinner than I'd like. Really easy drinker compared to most of the heavy-hitting imperial stouts.

Photo of beerwolf77
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to my beer brother BeerFMAndy for sharing this beer with me.

Bottle #590/1000. Split into two oversized english pint glasses. The beer is dark brown bordering on black. Two fingers of dark tan head fade leaving a decent amount of sticky lace. Nice cascade, moderate cap.

The aroma is a healthy dose of roasted malt and smooth freshly brewed coffee. Not harsh black bitter coffee but the pleasant gourmet kind. The choclate is sort of an after thought actually. It's there but not as strong as I expected with the name being sexual chocolate. There are hints of molasses and vanilla as it warms. No trace of booze.

The flavor is nothing short of delicious. Smooth roast malt. Plenty of coffee and chocolate. Hints of dark fruit, vanilla, molasses and touch of bitter hops in the finish.

Full velvety body. Lightly chewy with a touch of carbonation.

Overall a great RIS. Worthy of it's spot in the top 100. A million thanks to Andy for sharing this with me.

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

22 oz bottle split with Beerwolf77 and poured into a nonic. SRM: 70, IBU: 85, 9.75% ABV, Special Release February 2010, hand written "590"/1000.

Thanks a ton to Onenote81 for sending this bottle my way!

Before I start I may also note that I almost had a heart attack when I opened the box then the sealed garbage bag inside to find dark, chocolate-smelling beer all over stuff. The Sexual Chocolate didn't even appear to have a leak and nothing was broken. Hmm. Taking no chances, I had Todd over asap to have this.

A - Completely black with a dense cascading head. Totally whipped coffee tan and dense bubbles. Solid retention with thick webbing clumps of lace left over.

S - The nose is rich with roasted malts; chocolate and black patent. It already smells like it'll be silky smooth with a rich milk chocolate nose and a light cream hint. Coffee is noticeable in a sort-of burnt way but not aggressive like coffee was added.

T - Milky smooth rich roasted malts with a bold but well-balanced roasted malt strength. The chocolate is there but not as bold as I expected. Low hints of vanilla, cocoa, and coffee appear but they are all mellow.

M - Very velvety smooth with a full body and a rich, malty sweetness and very light dry and roasted bitter finish. So smooth and near throat-coating.

D - A good Russian imperial stout with a very easy drinkability for both how rich it is an how smooth/thick it is. No alcohol flavor hits at all.

Photo of Jmoore50
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good beer, but I was more impressed with Foothills contribution to Old Rabbits Foote than this. I had a 2009 and 2010 side by side to see the differences, the 2009 blew the 2010 out of the water.

Both have a dark black body with brown edges. The 09 has thinned out a bit and looks more watered down. They both pour with half finger heads, neither stay around. The 09 had some nice ABV legs while the 2010 just sat there with a few bubbles.

The smells of both were pleasant with chocolate being a strong character. In the 2009 dark fruits were starting to show that made the brew more complex. The whole thing about the 2009 was that it had more complexities that made it a better beer. The 2010 smelt like malts with chocolate and lots of bitter coffee. The 2010 was more coffee forward and the bitterness deriving from that coffee was making it a one sided coffee stout that was boring.

The taste of the 2010 was very bland and had bitter coffee bean earth taste that was very direct. It had some hops in there as well, but nothing really worth remembering. The 2009 was evolving into a different beast altogether. It had lots of dark sweet fruits and a bit of a creaminess that was enjoyable. Although the 2009 was more astringent, it had a nice mellow milk chocolate taste that was enjoyable. The 2009 had a complexity that made each sip different, and actually saved the tasting all together. Chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, all played a part.

The mouthfeel was astringent and thin, not really a palate wrecker. There was coffee bitterness in both that was interesting, as well as sugars in the 2009. Way too thin for my liking. The drinkability was good, but the 2010 took longer to finish. I honestly cannot believe that this is a "release day beer" and that people go crazy for it. I thought Old Rabbits Foote puts this beer to shame, which makes you think how much of ORF has Sexual Chocolate in it? Either way, I was surprised at what I drank and a bit disappointed.

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

Thanks to pecorasc for opening this one. Bottled Feb 2010. Bottle # 521/1000.

A: Dark black that slightly fades to dark brown around the very edge of the glass. Finger width of head. Thin film on top throughout the entire time I drank this beer.

S: Lots of chocolate. Some hints of nice roasty malts and some dark fruit. Lots of vanilla.

T: Great flavor. Lots of dark chocolate up front, that turns to roastiness in the finish. Picking up some dark fruits and some sweetness too.

M: Medium carbonation, but i marked this down a little because this beer is a little on the thin side.

D: Had good drinkability. RIS at 10%? Didnt really even notice the alcohol. Very well blended beer. Everything works well together.

Good beer overall, and I would definitely drink this again.

Photo of adam42381
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery. Poured into an 8 ounce tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a near-black coffee color with a 1 finger dark tan head which dissipates quickly. Almost no lacing.

Smell: Coffee and roasted malt with hints of chocolate and caramel.

Taste: Strong coffee taste up front with hints of caramel and malt. Nice dark chocolate aftertaste with just a hint of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full bodied, nice and creamy. Just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very high considering its high ABV.

Overall: Excellent representation of the style. This is one to seek out. One of the best Imperial Stouts I've ever had the privilege of drinking.

Photo of fiver29
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 bottle thanks to Mike. Thanks Mike! 09 and 10 bottles. Pours pitch black with tan head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, and dark fruit. The 09 had more toffee caramel and butterscotch notes. The 10 had more malt roastiness and hops. Heavy mouthfeel. Flavors followed the nose with both bottles. There were complex layers of roast, chocolate, caramel, and molasses. The toffee caramel flavors were more pronounced in the 1 year aged bottle. That's why I preferred the aged bottle more. Both excellent beers. It reminded me a lot of Cigar City Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout. Great beer.

Photo of beer2day
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Barley's in Greenville and Nick's in Clemson, SC.

Pours jet black with a lighter tan 2-finger head. Excellent head retention and nice thick lacing down the glass.

Nose is very big and roasty. Roast malt definitely dominates. Chocolate is a close 2nd in the nose, with alcohol coming in as well.

Very creamy, smooth hit. Dark chocolate malt with faint cherries and raspberries backing it up. The finish has nice hints of sweetness as well as roast flavors. Really nice.

Perfect body. Just what I want in an impy stout.

Great, great sipper. I like this much better on draft than out of the bottle.

Photo of jpro
4.83/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow... had this on tap at the Mellow Mushroom. Poured an opaque black with a dark tan / light brown head - not much lacing to be had, although there was decent head retention. Smell was dominated by chocolate, primarily cocoa powder and straight up milk and dark deliciousness. Taste was also heavy on the chocolate - whoa... brownie batter in liquid form! A touch of sweetness (a la molasses) on the finish. Not much of a hop bite or any indication of 10% (??!!) abv. Mouthfeel is silky smooth, and the finish is ridiculously smooth and unparalleled amongst RIS's. Drinkability is hella up there! Great stuff - lives up to the hype!

Photo of Lunch
4.83/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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

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.

Photo of Freethyhops
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of JMC_TM
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of tempest
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of punkrkr27
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Photo of mralphabet
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Sexual Chocolate from Foothills Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,056 ratings.