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Sexual Chocolate - Foothills Brewing Company

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1,017 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,017
Reviews: 429
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 1,228
Gots: 242 | FT: 21
Brewed by:
Foothills Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.75% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SaCkErZ9 on 02-15-2007)
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

kbuzz, May 19, 2013
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to Gillard for this one.

Bottle # who cares/500. Pours a deep impenetrable black with a nice light tan head that cascades for just a quick second, but sticks around in an ice cream fashion leaving nice chunky thick lace.

Nose is fairly complex. Certainly some roated malt and a bit of chocolate. Some slight coffee and a larger than normal amount of graininess. Also a small touch of dark fruit in here and a bit of alcohol.

Taste follows pretty closely, with immeadiate roasted malt profile. Chocolate is not as present as the name or label would indicate. Some cocao bitterness. Coffee flavors are here, but certainly not strong or dominant. Slick dark fruit is more noticeable than your average impy stout. A good roastiness in here. Sweet lick through the middle is pretty pronounced. Molassassey. A good bitter bite on the finish. Aftertaste is mostly roasted malt and some dark fruit.

Mouthfeel is thinner than i would like but still very good for the style, and sufficiently viscous. Slick in the mouth through the middle, but deosnt hang on like an oatmeal impy or anything. Bitter and fairly dry finish.

Drinkability is strong, certainly for the abv, but this one does have about 6 or 7 months on it I beleive. Certainly not too difficult to enjoy the whole bomber, although make no mistake, you will know when you are done with it. haha.

Overall a very nice and well crafted imperial stout from Foothills. Good to see more good beer coming out of the south. Second time ive tried this one and it certainly made a bigger impression this time than last. Nothing too tricky about this one, it is just a solid representation of the style, with no adjunct madness or gimmicky feel. Just a good solid well made imperial stout. Gotta appreciate that. Good beer. Probably wont change your life, but defenitely worth trying to find a bottle or two. Great.

AKBelgianBeast, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of sideshowe
3.5/5  rDev -15%

sideshowe, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of cjgiant
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours dark enough, with minimal sustaining head and lacing. The smell is weak and a bit bitter coffee notes.

The taste starts out decently well, bitter dark chocolate notes, but more biting than creamy. There is a very subdued pine bite as the beer transitions to the end feel. This end taste is a bit lackluster, a fade into slightly watery weakness.

A little more body would probably get this beer a decent uptick of .5 or so.

cjgiant, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of aquazr1
4/5  rDev -2.9%

aquazr1, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of JMUbrewz
4/5  rDev -2.9%

JMUbrewz, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of Rand_ale_Thor
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Rand_ale_Thor, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of fthegiants
4/5  rDev -2.9%

fthegiants, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of WesM63
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large snifter. Bottled 2013

A: Pours pitch black with a 2finger mocha head.Decent amounts of lacing and retention.

S: Loads of coffee and bittersweet chocolate.

T: Spot on the nose, huge bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Some light roasted malts linger thought.

M: Full bodied, moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Overall,. excellent Imperial Stout. Right on the nose. Lots of dark bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Grab one if you have the chance!

WesM63, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of BeerTruth
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dave on RB for this beauty.

22 oz. bomber poured into a nonic, bottle 121/500.

I won't get into how much I enjoy the label on the bottle of this beer, mmhmm. So...it pours the color of the black hole with a big three finger brown head that leaves a tick layer of webbing on the sides of the glass. Chunky bubbles remain on the top of the beer throughout. Super dark chocolate with roasted malt and barley in the nose up front. Big smokey wood and cocoa powder aroma with a tiny bit of caramel and molasses. The alcohol sting is first on the tongue with big french roast flavors that follow. Smoked dark chocolate taste with some earthy hops and bourbon towards the end. Aftertaste has dark fruits and is surprisingly dry. Creamy full body with a silky carbonation. Very bold in the mouth. This is a pretty big beer overall and very enjoyable. Not as much chocolate flavor as I expected, but still very good. This bottle will definitely be displayed in my kitchen.

BeerTruth, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of Bendurgin
2.73/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by the generous Josh. Poured into a tulip. This one pours dark brown and sits black in the glass with a finger of tan head that settles down with a little bit of sticky lace.

A little bit of a smokey char aroma comes right away. Very faint chocolate aroma here. Instead of roast, I mostly get char though. This has a leathery flavor with little bit of smoke and lots of char. Honestly seems like this one was simply burned.

The feel is a bit thin for an RIS and the carbonation is soft but there.

Overall this one is a little dissapointing. Nothing bad or offensive here but just not what one would hope it would be.

Bendurgin, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of BuckTuckian
3.5/5  rDev -15%

BuckTuckian, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of KeefD
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes. 2011 edition, graciously shared by thecaptain073:

Dark brown, light khaki head, sparse lacing. Holy smokiness! There's a quite a bit of smoked malt in the nose, charred wood, tons of roast and a bit of licorice. Taste is right on par. I don't think I've had a more smokey IS. Lots of charred malts, very woody, very light chocolate present, but can't get past this smokey flavor. It's not bad, but odd and unexpected. Very earthy tasting, hoppy, some anise, licorice, and more dark bitter chocolate than the nose let on. Very interesting, very dry. Needs maybe a bit more sweetness to round things out. Mouthfeel is medium-full, perfect carbonation. Sexy Chocolate? More like Sexy Smoke! Good overall, but again, needs a bit of sweetness to balance the smoke.

KeefD, May 19, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Yeti1979, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of alpinebryant
3.75/5  rDev -9%
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.

alpinebryant, Mar 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

tdmccarthy, May 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

zrab11, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.53/5  rDev +10%
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!

barleywinebrewer, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of woodchip
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

woodchip, May 31, 2013
Photo of IBUnit63
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

IBUnit63, Apr 21, 2009
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4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mikesgroove for this one. 2008 bottle 92 of 500 poured into a snifter. It produced a finger worth of tan head. That went to a slight ring of tan bubbles around the glass the body was a classic black stout color.

The aromas of dark chocolate coffee and some molasses filled my head. The more it warms the more the sweet molasses comes through with the chocolate

The flavor is very sweet the molasses is dominant as well in the taste. Nice chocolate notes as well as a slight coffee bitter. No carbonation but thick in the mouth so it is right where I like my stouts to be in the mouthfeel department.

This is a great stout, great chocolate flavor with enough sweetness in it to keep it interesting. I am truly enjoying this bomber while sipping this last glass. A must try to any stout lover; I know I grab another one in the future.

joepais, Feb 22, 2009
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3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Sexual Chocolate is a vertical. I have a 2009 / 2010 / 20111 to do a vertical sampling of. Let's give this legend a go...

2009
A: A super dark with a mocha colored head that fades quickly to a lace atop the brew. Very good.

S: Some nice roasty scents upfront followed by a nice cocoa and boozy raisin in the middle. Some nice bourbon creamy characters on the backend. Good.

T: A thick, but not too thick, roasty coffee taste upfront with a hint of chocolate in the middle and some nice cocoa on the backend. Some raisin and vanilla blended in too. A nice cigar sipper. Good.

M: Medium body with a fabulous carbonation!! A nice creamy finish! Very good!

O: Goes down very good! Awesome here. Perfect! This is my favorite. Nice and thick and very well blended with a bourbon hint!

2010
A: Dark with light shining through. A small offwhite head that fades quickly to a murky lace. Good.

S: More of a light black licorice upfront with a vanilla and lactose scent in the middle with roasty molasses on the backend. Decent.

T: A very strange molasses / moldy chocolate type flavor. Almost like a roasted bandaid type flavor in there. Ugh! What happened! Not impressed.

M: Medium body with a great carbonation. A roasty creamy finish. Good

O: A very awkward flavor in this one. Not sure if I got a bad bottle, but this one kind of has a moldy vanilla type taste.

2011
A: Less light shining through than the '10, but not as good as the '09. Good.

S: Similar to the '10. Actually, pretty close to spot on with the '10! Decent.

T: A very roasty / burnt coffee flavor upfront. A watery bitter coffee flavor in the middle with some faint vanilla and cocoa on the backend. Decent.

M: Medium body with a great carbonation. Bitter burnt coffee finish. Ok.

O: The 2nd best in my opinion 2nd to the '09. Very similar to the '10, but a little more roasty.

All in all, the '09 is phenomenal! The '10 is horrible and the '11 is bearable. How can 3 years be so different? Wow. Get the '09 if you go for any of them.

steve8robin, Apr 09, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

cfinch2, Feb 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

JMS1512, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of mtbdonn
4/5  rDev -2.9%

mtbdonn, Sep 04, 2012
Sexual Chocolate from Foothills Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,017 ratings.