Sexual Chocolate - Foothills Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,184
Reviews: 447
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.41%
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Gots: 316 | FT: 26
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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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Ratings: 1,184 | Reviews: 447
Photo of objectivemonkey
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #261 of 500, hand labeled, and speaking of label, its a tasty label. *wink* Big thanks to shaujw for this one.

This is an attractive brew! Into a nonic glass, pours a thick black with creamy, slightly bubbled one inch head, good retention, nice lacing, very nice. The aroma packs some solid roasted malt, sweet molasses and toffee, cocoa chocolates, hints of espresso, nice. The taste is similarly delicious, which much the same flavors as in the nose, less cocoa, more roasty chocolate malt and dark chocolate, much more so. Good bittering through the middle and finish, but not too biting, which fits this beers direction. The mouth is quite full and smooth, started off a bit too carbonated but settled down into a good groove during the second pour.

In sum, this is a damn tasty brew, well worth the search. Its not quite top notch, can't hang with the best bunch of this style, but its a very respectful second tier impy stout, which makes it much better than most in my book.

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

Procured this mean mama from the Charleston Beer Exchange's Foothills kickoff.

A - Poured from a growler into a Foothills pint glass (three cheers for free schwag!). Pours black with a sparkly, creamy brown head.

S - Chocolaty goodness seducing my nose holes. There's a bit of molasses and dark fruit in there as well.

T - The initial taste is cocoa (not powdered, mind you, this beer is cold fused with cocoa nibs, giving it a much better flavor than some other chocolaty brews) with some malty undertones, just a hint of dark fruit, some molasses, then settling into a sweet dark chocolate aftertaste that lingers with just the faintest hint of hops.

M - Velvety, medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Notes - Appeals to my sweet tooth, as good as advertised. Blaxploitation just popped me in the mouth.

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 HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Batch. I've had a few bottles of the 2008 batch but failed to review them. This is the first time I've had this batch.

Poured into my Deschutes snifter, the beer is dark brown, almost to the point of being black. The brown head is huge and beautiful. The retention is excellent. Lacing is plastered everywhere on my glass.

The aroma is rich, dark, bittersweet chocolate, with roasted malt. Dark fruits are evident and the coffee character is understated, which I'm quite happy about. Rich chocolate and roasted malt with a trace of alcohol.

The flavor is bittersweet dark chocolate. It's quite rich, but not overly sweet as the roasted character of the malt won't allow that. The bitterness is low-medium. There are notes of dark fruits and a hint of coffee. The alcohol is well hidden by the rich malt profile. Hops impart bitterness, but their flavor was left fettered in a dungeon in Atlantis. The finish is long, rich, and complex.

Full bodied with low-medium carbonation and a smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

This is one of, if not the best Chocolate Imperial Stout I've had. It's not overwhelmingly sweet, giving it remarkable drinkability for an imposing style.

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

Non numbered bomber bottle. 22oz of chocolate goodness. This one pours motor oil black with a nice espresso head of cocoa nib foam. Lacing is long lived and provides excellent lacing and legs. Aromas is all bittersweet chocolate, background green hops, and big bread basket malts. Taste is all pure chocolate, cocoa butter, great dark hot chocolate with great roasty, bready malt. Mouthfeel is medium liquid silk smooth and great. Drinkability is very good as well. This one blew the Brooklyn black chocolate out of the water, and would do the same thing to the rogue chocolate as well I imagine. That being said, based on the hype this doesn't quite live up to it. This is a damn good beer but not quite up their with dark lord or kbs. However, it is a different sort of thing and certainly a fantabulous brew from NC

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

A big thank you to drabmuh for sharing this at my last tasting.

A: Near black, good head and lacing.

S: Enticing aromas of roasted malt with hints of chocolate.

T: Very tasty. A beautifully balanced big stout. A slight hop character in the finish adds another level of complexity to this tasty brew. There is less chocolate in the flavor than the name suggests, but subtle hints of bittersweet chocolate make this a pleasure to drink.

M: Crisp carbonation, great feel. ABV masked well.

D: Yes please, may I have another. I seriously need to go to the release next year, provided that I don't get snowed in again.

29 Jan 2011: Made it to the release! Good times.

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

Opaque, very appropriate black color. Like "Dark Lord Light," this ale is very heavily sweet with flavors of cherries, dark fruits and chocolate cake. Excellent flavor and aroma intensity, with a coating texture as well. Complex, with dessert-like malts. Very long finish on this bad boy. Undeniably one of the stand out beers at GABF 2008.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

amazing how diverse the RIS category can be. Barleywines have been split to English and American but this category... Behold another top notch entrant to the race for the perfect RIS.

S - rich roasty goodness swirls an intoxicting dark chocoloate, rich dark malts, espresso and sharp hop notes.

T - roasted grains, espresso, dark bakers chocolate, anise, licorice, cocao and roast enhanced spicey herbal and piney hops.

M - full bodied, nicely carbonated thick RIS!

D - served at cellar temps and allowed to warm up while sharing with friends. This really shines as it warms and the chocolate flavors soften.

Many thanks to Mikesgroove for the chance to try this great RIS! Bottle 384 out of 500. If I had a say I'd have 12 sitting in the cellar to mellow over time!

Photo of fiver29
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
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 prototypic
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to kkipple for this rarity.

22 oz. unnumbered bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance: This is one hell of a gorgeous beer. Easily one the best these eyes have seen. It's onyx with absolutely no light getting through. The head is nothing short of magnificent. It's dark mocha colored and is easily three and a half fingers deep. Retention is likewise excellent as it just will not go away. Sheets of brown lace cling to the glass. In a word...exceptional.

Smell: This smells like chocolate fudge in a glass. It's a very rich chocolate smell. There's a nice dose of roasted malts as well. Caramel sweetness makes an appearance. Did I mention it's very sweet smelling? Roasted coffee scents are present, but are a little more of a background element. Light vanilla and very faint dark fruit aromas emerge toward the end. No alcohol is noted.

Taste: This is one tasty beer. Chocolate and roasted malts taste a little more evenly balanced than the nose suggests. It certainly has a nice, sweet chocolaty flavor that comes on strong though. Roasted coffee comes through a little stronger in flavor, but still is a secondary flavor. Vanilla and light dark fruits only add to the flavor's complexity. The flavors are all balanced very well and make for a dandy of a beer. Alcohol is noteable and has a warming effect. But, it doesn't come across as overly strong. Very nicely done.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's definitely full bodied and has one of the better feels I've experienced. It's very smooth and creamy. It's not the best I've ever had. Carbonation is spot on and it goes down too easy. I'm really close to pulling the "5" trigger for feel, but just can't do it. It's close to being on par with Dark Lord in that respect, but it's just not quite there. Drinkability is high for a beer this big. I'd love to have a few more bombers.

Sexual Chocolate's an excellent beer and certainly deserving of the praise it receives. Hopefully Foothills will be able to produce this and distribute on a larger scale at some point. This is damn fine and should be sampled by all. Highly recommended. Thanks, Dan. This was awesome.

Photo of Freethyhops
4.53/5  rDev +10%
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 Overlord
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a frothy black with a dark brown inch of foam.

Smell is somewhat muted: strange, really. There are notes of chocolate and roasted malt.

The taste, thankfully, is far more explosive. Delicious sweet chocolate, roasted malts, a robust thick mouthfeel, and some balancing coffee and hop bitterness. Just a wonderful beer.

Thanks to Artusory for the brew!

Photo of mdfb79
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review #200. Had on tap tonight (4/5/10) at Churchkey in Washington, DC. This was the 2009 SC and was served in a 10 oz. snifter.

a - Pours a dark brown with one finger of brown head and nice lacing and froth.

s - Smells of cocoa, sweet chocolate and malts, roasted malts, and maybe some dark fruit. As it warms up, got a little coffee as well.

t - Tastes of bitter chocolate up front, followed up cocoa, roasted malts. As it warms up maybe a little vanilla and dark fruit.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, very smooth and creamy. Very easy to drink.

d - Overall I thought this was a great beer. I've had 09 and 10 SC and think the 09 is much better. I think the time on it lets the hops fade and lets the chocolate and some other flavors like the dark fruit come out more. For 9.75% ABV this is very drinkable and I can't wait to try my bottles of 2010 SC with some time on them.

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 khiasmus
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Thick and black with a dark tan head that settles to a single layer and laces nicely.

S- Heavy aroma, sweet and malty, with hints of chocolate and orgeat and mild hops in the back.

T- Wonderfully sweet at the beginning, and then wonderfully bitter. The two balance perfectly. Cocoa is evident. Alcohol is evident. Hops compliment the sweetness and chocolate surpirisingly well, to make this a very balanced and delicious brew. Far better in my opinion than Fuller's double chocolate, and I would rather drink it than Rogue chocolate stout... which is very high praise.

M- Thick and creamy, all the way down. A little lingering dryness at the tail end. Fairly low carbonation, and some light warming.

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

The greatest of thanks to Kegatron for providing me with one of his bottles.

bottle #336 out of 500, poured into a Becker glass.

Pours a thick jet black color with no light passing through and 1 finger of creamy burnt tan head. Nice lasting retention yields good lacing that slides down the glass. Smells of coffee, chocolate, smoke, roasted malt, vanilla, walnuts, dark fruits, and a touch of alcohol. Tastes of chocolate syrup right from the start followed by molasses, black coffee, plums and cherries, vanilla, caramel, and roasted malt. Finishes with a bitterness of espresso beans, anise, cocoa powder, and alcohol. Full in body and low in carbonation. Smooth and creamy with a nice bitter bite, but the sweetness outlasts the bitter in the aftertaste department. A good balance between sweet chocolate and bitter coffee. Very easy to drink and quite delicious. Hopefully Foothills will be able to make more of this soon, otherwise I just may have to head down there myself for the next release to stock up.

Photo of Garrett19
4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Great stout, but not 20$ a bomber stout!

Photo of Rion
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Duckworth's in Ballentine in Charlotte, NC. Pours black with a nice brown head. Great roasty aroma also may be a touch of coffee as well. taste of dark chocolate, coffee, dark malts may be some espresso. Very well balanced and a very well done beer to say the least. Its definitely thick with pretty good carbonation. Overall I love this beer and if you can get your hands on I would recommend at least trying it.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle 99/600 of 2/2009 release, courtesy of trade with eerbayman - the goods from Calina are very appreciated. Poured into Portsmouth snifter. Felt compelled to hear a couple Isaac Hayes (RIP) tunes with this one - what else but the theme from "Shaft" and "Chocolate Salty Balls" from Chef Aid: The South Park Album. (late edit: couldn't help but throw in "No Substitute", "Simultaneous," "Let's Stay Together," "Never Can Say Goodbye" and "By the Time I Get to Phoenix", but it's about 1 minute 'til 24 so that's the end of the mix for the time being.

Pours a slightly viscous, definitely silky and oily espresso/ebony/jet dark with a few light wisps of milk chocolate and brown sugar head. Head goes rather quickly, leaving a few lighter ginger colored bubbles up top.

I could smell this one's perfume the second she entered the room...ultra sweet chocolate/cocoa essence with a whole lot of grassy hops balancing great copious amounts of smoothly roasted malt, brown sugar sweetness with a touch of molasses and that great back-of-nostril burn of creamy, slightly sweet mellow caramel/toffee booze. The label says dark fruits...maybe a hint of prune on deep background.

This one gets the deep dark roast up front at first blush, but give it some warmth. First impressions are extra-dry patent tannins with a salty (now that's funny) slate...and then we move on to the dry cocoa with grassy and piney hop bitterness. Alcohol at first isn't a player in this one but it gains some strength as the dryness slowly burns off and the creaminess comes into play. The balance comes around in abundance with warmth - getting a little light brown sugar...molasses? Maybe a smidge. This isn't an overly sweet blowout stout; the dryness moves from slate to an aggressive hop character (warrior?). The dark fruits make an entrance - it's definitely prune that's getting together with that brown sugar. By the way, I haven't listened to this Chef album in about 10 years - this is fucking hysterical.

As mentioned, this one starts out dry but gets the motor running with only minor prodding. Slight levels of carbonation get this deal tingling with oily sweetness that shows off a little booziness at times with something smack dab in the middle between dark chocolate/brown sugar toffee, molasses, and a bit of that dried prune again. Finish is a little tighter than I would expect and maybe a little more weight would make it absolutely perfect.

This one has earned its standing among the elite American megastouts. Meaty, beaty, big & bouncy doesn't cover it. No body fat on this one. Packs a punch in deep, dark roasted malt but a little slate and patent tannin works with the aggressive hops to balance down the residual sweetness while not rendering it comatose. There's accessible complexity here with a lightness, not a clamminess...to make it extremely drinkable. Thoroughly enjoyed this one.

Photo of GbVDave
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

Photo of grub
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Loki was nice enough to hook me up with this in a recent trade. huge thanks to kip for letting me try this rare treat.

22oz bottle, number 467/500. sampled march 15/08.

pours opaque black with a big dense dark brown head. the head on this thing lasts forever, dropping very slowly and leaving lots of lace behind.

aroma is great. milk and dark chocolate. bittersweet chocolate. hint of coffee. light roast. big bready malt. it's like a big slice of chocolate cake. or maybe a cakey chocolate donut with chocolate on top. bit of caramel.

taste is excellent. big dark and milk chocolate. bittersweet chocolate too, but not enough to unbalance it. bit of coffee. bready malt. really like the cake/donut character here too. bit of caramel. molasses. maybe some honey too? bit of dark fruit. light roast. medium-low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. super smooth well integrated medium-low carbonation level. medium-large body.

drinkability is excellent. well balanced, hiding its alcohol well. great chocolate profile that is interesting yet still lets the stout come through. great stuff.

Photo of JMC_TM
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
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 MMAJYK
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2008 Vintage served the day before the release at Foothills.

A. Jet black with a medium brown fluffy head. The head is very sheety down the sides of the glass leaving rings on every sip.

S. Cocoa, milk chocolate, cream, and coffee.

T. Rich milk chocolate with a nice coffee accent. Very smooth-smoother than the 09-and well blended. A touch of raisins and cream round out the taste.

M. Thick and chewy, oatmeal like. Very slick, though, and creamy.

D. For a big beer, this is way too drinkable. I could hurt myself on this one. Believe the hype, people.

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 drowninginhops
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Filled at The Charleston Beer Exchange filled on 2/15 enjoyed on 2/17 poured into my Duvel glass.

A: This is the "black stuff" as the Brits refer to their stouts. Motor oil black with a dark caramel head of about 1 1/2 finger head.

S: Chocolate and coffee with some wonderful earthy notes.

T: Roasted dark chocolate and the slight spice kick associated with dark chocolate or with a ligero cigar. Roasted malts. Hops are not really noticeable on my palate.

M: Very thick. Just right for a stout of this caliber, creamy with a low amount of carbonation.

D: High, at about 10% ABV i was feeling it halfway thru my first glass, so I cant recommend this on an empty stomach or when you need to do something afterword. But it is fantastic after a large meal. Skip desert and drink this.

Sexual Chocolate from Foothills Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,184 ratings.