Sexual Chocolate - Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 7.58%
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Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub 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 LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, 2009. Pours black with a thick tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, sweet malt, bitter chocolate. Flavor is sweet and malty upfront with a cocoa finish. A bit on the sweet side. Meh, this was a good impy but it certainly wasn't a great one for me. (251 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

27/1000 2010 Vintage thanks to kbutler1! Had this side by side with ORF.

Poured into a wine shaped snifter.

pours a light tan head that fades down fast. Color is a deep brown, pretty much black.

Aroma: Deep rich chocolate, reminds me of Belgian chocolate. Rich and roasted malts. Light coffee. Not a big hop profile noticeable.

Taste: Tons of chocolate and again, it reminds me of Belgian chocolate. Roasted malts. Light grassy hops. Some coffee flavors. Basically, just a big chocolate stout.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and velvety. Decent carbonation with a full body. Ends roasted and dry.

Overall, this is a decent beer, but I think it is a little hyped up. Maybe it would be better with some time on it, but fresh it is nothing stunning. Still, I am really glad I got to try this one. (796 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle tried 19 Feb 2011. 2011 version. Served in ~300 mL Maudite snifter. Courtesy of OrgasmicChemist, thanks!

Small brown head quickly dissipates. Moderate carbonation. Dark brown with reddish highlights. Aroma is dominated by coffee, some dark chocolate, licorice. Lots of coffee to start, licorice. Lots of dark bitter chocolate. Coffee and espresso. Middle and finish is fairly dry and bitter. Lingering slightly astringent aftertaste.

Thought this would be a little sweeter. (490 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. February 2012 bottle date.

Appearance - Black body. Big khaki head. Nice thick collar. Eternal surface wisps.

Smell - Roasted malt. Coffee roast. Hint of grassy hops. A little bit of chocolate.

Taste - Dark chocolate. Bitter coffee. Again, it has a hint of grassy hops. Finishes with a very bitter dark chocolate and coffee malt flavor.

Mouthfeel - Very bitter. Medium body. Not very heavy or boozy.

Overall - Well made stout. It isn't all that exciting, but it's tasty. (512 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

January 2011 release

A: Poured into a Captain Lawrence Tulip a frothy mocha head with very heavy lacing.

S: Dark roast coffee, some malt sweetness, and a well bittered cocoa aroma.

T: Taste is very oaky, with some smoked malt, bitter astringent chocolate flavors and a lightly ashy finish.
There is definitely some malt sweetness but they are quickly countered by the hop bitterness and astringent flavorings I am picking up from the earthy dark roasted malts. Seems to be more bitter than I like in an imperial stout, also slightly less sweet than I typically like, but this definitely captures the style well in flavor. I think the cocoa nibs have contributed a more earthy bitter flavor than I may have anticipated.

M: Thick mouthfeel, light to medium carbonation. Very good here.

O: Overall, this comes together nicely. There is a more earthy flavor in here, but I sense it is well attenuated and not leaving behind overly sweet flavors like many of the high abv RIS of today are leaving behind. Recommended, but would not sell your arm and leg for a taste. (1,068 characters)

Photo of doppelmeup
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After hearing the hype for so long, I finally was able to get a pint on tap. Overall I really felt like this beer, while good, was nothing special and rather disappointing in that regard.

A: Looked like a stout -
S: The best part of the beer - some chocolate, some roasted malts.
T: Again, a good stout but nothing that really grabbed my attention. Not nearly as sweet as Southern Tier Choklat (which may or may not be a good thing depending upon your taste). For me, I would expect a stout with this name to be sweeter and have more a pronounced chocolate flavor. Noticeably bitter finish.
M: Not bad. Very stout-like.
O: Not a bad stout, but IMO didn't live up to the hype. (677 characters)

Photo of Lukafer
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2010

Pours dark black with little dark tan head.  Smell some chocolate, booze, slight yeast.  Taste some malts, some chocolate, boozy. I wonder if I would have liked this better a year ago, without aging it, hmmm.  Mouthfeel is kinda thin, drinkability is high, although overrated, IMHO. (291 characters)

Photo of TheDinger
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A growler fill from GBX poured into pint glass. Beautiful dark black pour with no chance of light getting through! A generous mocca head stays for a bit and provides adequate lacing. Smell is of roasted malts, chocolate and cocco. Taste was just a little disappointing for me. I will preface this by saying, I got the last fill out of the station. Actually only got about 3/4 fill on my growler. It had quite a bit of a metalic taste to it and strong booze quality. With all the hype, I was wanting a smooth mix of booze, chocolate and malts but it just wasn't there. Feel was nice and creamy, like a good RIS should be. Adequate carbonation. Overall- I want to try this again and think it may have been an outlier due to the bottom of the keg. Just okay and letdown with the taste- (782 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 432/500
Pours into my 25cl tulip glass with a one finger thick, brown tinged head despite a vigorous pour. This is simply very black in color and completely opaque. A huge roasted aroma is noticeable as I pour this beer and a more focused inspection of the aroma yields a nose that has a strong, dark malt accent, with lots of roast character and even a touch of sharp burnt aromas. Towards the finish it reminds me a bit of burnt prunes, so much so that it almost seems like it is getting oxidized; this seems a bit weird to me for a beer this big and this young, but it wasn't bottle conditioned, still I think it is most likely an artifact of the rich malt and not oxidation.

This beer is quite thick feeling as it hits my tongue, quickly though there is a huge roast character that provides lots of burnt acidity to the beer and, which ultimately offsets the thickness and even goes to thinning the beer out a bit more than I would like in an Imperial Stout. A chip full of bean-dip helps to accentuate a sweetness in the beer that helps to accent a touch of chocolate flavor that was lacking in this beer previously (the aroma is fairly light on any chocolate notes though). As the beer warms up it loses the acrid, burnt, roast and acid notes; smoothing out a bit and becoming more mellow. The chocolate is a bit more pronounced now and though still sharp with lots of roast-bitterness, it is much more tasty than it was at first.

This is one of those beers that really needs to breath and warm up before being consumed. I had almost written this off; some savory food paired with it seems to have helped the flavor nuances a bit as well. (1,653 characters)

Photo of NCBeernut
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (840 characters)

Photo of mikeyv35
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled: 04/14/10
Glassware: Portsmouth Tulip
Sample Type: 22oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2010 #366/1000

Poured a light black in color w/ a 1/2 finger cream head that really does not lace the glass. Appears a touch too thin for the style. Nose of chocolate burnt malts, oak, light bourbon, and earthy hops. Taste of charred burnt malts, oak, hop backbone, light smokiness, and peat. Medium bodied that left me wanting more viscosity. Pretty drinkable for the high ABV, but not that complex.

Overall, good brew, but a touch overrated IMO. I was slightly disappointed by this brew as I expected it to be more viscose and to have a dark fruit characteristic that never joined the party. However, would definately drink it again. (718 characters)

Photo of ColdPoncho
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes, 2-26-2011

2010 vintage, bottle 185/1000

A - dark body, small brown/grey head dissipates quickly.

S- hot bitter chocolate, smoky wood, dry. dark fruits, cherry comes out as it warms.

T - dry bitter chocolate, kind of sweet. nutty notes and fruits come out with warmth.

M - smooth and robust, fairly light.

D - pretty good for a big beer like this. (364 characters)

Photo of pwoody11
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle 877 of 1000. Feb 2010 release.

Poured pitch black with a creamy light brown top.

Aroma was of bittersweet chocolate, raisins and maple syrup.

Taste followed the aroma for the most part. The chocolate was more along the lines of whoppers candy. Not really very chocolatey.

Mouthfeel was damn good. I thought this brew was solid, but a tad bit overrated. If you're going to name your beer sexual chocolate, this thing better be like Hershey's. I prefer Southern Tier Choklat over this version of the chocolate imperial stout. (535 characters)

Photo of rockyfire
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a short head and a nice ring of lacing.

Scent of chocolate, raisins, oats, roasted malts, dark fruit, sugars, and a hint of alcohol. While not particularly impressive it had a good depth and balance as well as some nice complexity.

Taste of bittersweet chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruit, and molasses. Has a nice bitterness to it with nearly unnoticeable alcohol. A tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and heavy bodied with a small amount of carbonation.

This is a good beer to try if you can find it. I just don't understand all the hype. Good Luck finding it, I had to trade my left n.. to get a bottle of it! (636 characters)

Photo of mistakebythelake
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 Bottle 185/1000 reviewed out of a snifter at Big Bad Stout tasting.

Poured a Dark black with a brownish hue when held up to the light. Moderate head with a faint amount of lacing on side of glass and some bubbles. I got a slight amount of chocolate on the nose with some cocoa powder and raster coffee. Taste was very dry and bitter chocolate, slight toffee and roasted malts as it warmed up. Pretty carbonation on the mouthfeel, creamy and not too thick. Would probably drink again with friends, but not a huge fan of the bitter chocolate taste. (552 characters)

Photo of tayner
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle # 473/500

Poured inky black with a nice 1 inch dark cocoa brown head that dissipated to a film and ring that laced nicely for a 10% abv

Smell was surprisingly subtle with alcohol up front and then roasted coffee beans and chocolate.

Taste was up front expresso coffee beans with a background of chocolate and burnt malt. not alot of hoppiness on this one, very subtle. The alcohol nose led me to believe it would be well represneted, but instead it was well hidden.

Mouthfeel was silky smooth and very thick and coating, really quite nice.

I wish the chocolate was the dominant flavor (as the name would suggest) rather than the coffee flavor which i really was not expecting to smack me in the face. The abv was well hidden, but the beer is so rich, thick, and heavy one is almost too much for a sitting, needs to be shared, and certainly no more than one at a time. I wish they would bottle these big beers in 12 oz bottles, that would have been plenty.

IMO, this one was slightly overhyped... a good beer, but not worth a kidney, or $200 on ebay. (1,073 characters)

Photo of OlieIPA
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle 117/600 from the February 2009 release.

A: Poured thick and black...not the thickest of thick and not the blackest of black...but exhibited both qualities pretty damn well. The thing that impressed me the most was the magnificent lacing and light caramel head that kept it's almost 2-inch head stable for twenty minutes or so.

S: A lot of dark roasted malts and chocolate upfront with some dark fig and molasses characteristics that kicked in at the back end, adding a nice sweet note. The label suggests toffee and espresso, and if so, it's very subtle.

T: A dark fig...cherry perhaps, Dark Lord comes to mind when I drink this beer. Again, tons of bitter chocolate with fig like characteristics create a very humble and upper tier taste. The coffee-like qualities are subdued, but somewhat more noticeable during this stage of the tasting. The alcohol is nearly invisible.

M: Decent for an Imperial Stout...viscous, but the carbonation is a bit too much for the style. There is an added creamy feel as well...that I like.

D: Reminds me of a cheaper version of the Dark Lord and Stone RIS combined. This is no "slam" on the beer...it's very tasty, but I was expecting a little bit more. As for the drinkability, the alcohol is nearly invisible and the flavor is great...making this one mighty fine brew.

Overall: Expected more...a little disappointed, but still very good. I hate to say it...a "hyped up beer". Cheers! (1,437 characters)

Photo of cdizinno
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Delayed review from notes taken in Feb. 2010. Full pint of 2010. Then a subsequent tasting of '08, '09, and '10 tapped at the Flying Saucer in Columbia, SC.

A: Pint had minimal dark tan head with little to no lacing. Almost black color. The '08 had a better head with nice lacing.

S: All were fresh baked chocolate, dark malts, and a espresso. Coffee and fruits were also present.

T&M: The 2010 was nice and smooth, but the 2008 was the smoothest and most balanced tasting. The '09 was the booziest and thinner than any stout I've ever tried. All were sweet with roasted flavored. Malts, dark cocoa, rich chocolate, and some coffee/espresso. Semi-dry and medium bodied (with the exception of the '09).

Quality brew but not a favorite of mine in the category. I typically do not enjoy aged styles, but the '08 was probably the best as a sipper. The '10 was a bit smoother, but not as flavorful as the '08. (908 characters)

Photo of Nesued
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a Growler obtained on "Rare Keg Thursday" at the Green's on Piney Grove Road (1 Apr 2010). A great April 1st offering!!

Appearance - Black as midnight. Pours a dense/viscous fill. A light tan-colored head forms (about half a finger) that resolves into a light ring after several minutes. A bit of lacing, nothing much however.

Smell - Big roasted malt nose. Caramel and cocoa aromas come through as well. Some sweetness as well and a lively nutty presence as well.

Taste - Big up-front malt body. The nutty aroma gives way to a woody/nutty middle-game. The end is a tongue-coating oily finish with a bit of a hop bite as an after thought. A bit of the alcohol comes through at the end as well, opening the door for your next sip.

Mouthfeel - Moderate carbonation. I was expecting a denser body but I'd have to classify this as moderate as well. The tongue-coating mentioned above is note-worthy more for a comparison with others in the style.

Drinkability - A sipper and something to share. I enjoyed this offering. (1,034 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with an almost black color and the darkest head I have ever seen on a stout; not much lacing, however, which might have been due to the pour as much as the beer itself

Smell: The best part of the beer with a distinct aroma of tropical dark chocolate flavor; I bought my wife an assortment of 75% single origin chocolates from Chocosphere for Valentine's Day and this smells just like those bars taste

Taste: Dark chocolate flavors caress that palate from the start; after the swallow the roasted bitterness creeps under the covers and the two sensations couple to the climax

Mouthfeel: Thick body with moderate carbonation; a really hot finish

Drinkability: Rather determined toward its goal, this libation is lucious and titillating but it's just a bit too hot for me to handle; next time I'll return to the safer zone of the Total Eclipse Stout (889 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a viscous looking black with a thin tan head that provides some lacing and minimal residual oil. The nose is roasted toffee, bitter cocoa, slightly resinous hops, and a hint of ethanol. There is almost a cloying toffee sweetness in the taste, which is followed by abrasive bitterness (fades with time), lingering roast and background chocolate. It's medium-heavy bodied with average carbonation, big roasty sweetness, minimal overt chocolate, heavy bitter hops, and burning ethanol that dissipates over time. This beer is tasty and I can easily see how it could withstand/improve in the barrel, but reminds me too much of a more pricey choco yeti. (662 characters)

Photo of Brent
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (307 characters)

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown almost black in color. Decent sized head. Smell is dominant chocolate and some tar. Taste is all cocoa and dark chocolate. There are some dark fruits trying to make a presence, but the chocolate just won't let it happen. Decent beer that I'm glad I got to try. I'm happy I got to try it instead of trying to trade for one on the market. (360 characters)

Photo of portia99
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 bottle courtesy of a trade with jpmclaug. Thanks Jason! Poured into a New Belgium globe as part of a blind 8 impy stout tasting.

A - Pours an opaque, near black color with a thin cappuccino head that leaves behind a thick collar and nice webs of lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet and a bit sugary. Bit of booze and milk chocolate. Overall pretty light in aroma, especially compared with the rest of the group. Really didn't get much out of this one.

T - Smokey, burnt, a bit astringent. Dark roast, burnt toast, dark chocolate on the finish.

M - Fizzy, lively, very burnt feel overall, medium bodied with medium carbonation as well.

O - Good stout - not especially complex however. Would like to see this a bit more nuanced with flavors. This is my second go around with Sexy Chocolate, unfortunately, this reinforced my initial thoughts...think hype builds this one up a bit. In our blind taste, this was a middle of the pack beer. Much prefer the barrel aged version of this. (984 characters)

Photo of mattkoon
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

sexual chocolate is a great name. i like the smell... smells creamy. and i like black beers and this one is really dark. the taste is nutty and woody.. i dont get much chocolate. its earthy. i have had better chocolate beers..(imperial mokah from southern tier and chocolate yeti from great divide). my biggest problem with this beer was the $16.50 price tag for a 22oz. this is a good beer.... dont get me wrong, but there are better beers for the price. (455 characters)

Sexual Chocolate from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
91 out of 100 based on 437 ratings.