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Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate - Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Reviews: 197
Hads: 1,071
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 3.95%
Wants: 1,365
Gots: 306 | FT: 36
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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: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: LilBeerDoctor on 07-14-2009

Barrel aged Russian Imperial Stout brewed with organic cocoa nibs.
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Reviews by Reagan1984:
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4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to Jimmy J (Draught2012) for bringing this to a recent beer tasting that consisted of mostly classic R.I.S.’s Must be noted that two.. yes two bottles of Kate the Great were dropped and smashed all over my driveway just before the tasting. The stain on my driveway and our hearts remains. (I didn’t drop them for the record)

First had this beer at the ACBF in Boston a couple years ago. It was the hit of the night and we spent the last 45 minutes of the fest drinking and standing in line for this beer alone. I still adhere to the no review rule regarding samples so I didn’t post a review then despite drinking probably close to a bomber by myself. But I loved it then and was excited to share this bottle. Finally, regular Sexual Chocolate is a very good beer, but not epic for me personally. I note this since in my opinion, the barrel aging elevates this beer to another level. Just wonderful.

All the typical visual characteristics of a Russian Imperial Stout. Large dark gold head that builds from within. Lots of retention and lacing.

Aroma is of chocolate, bourbon...vanilla (I love posting that things smell like both chocolate and vanilla...cracks me up) A whiff of light alcohol... very nice and thick in your nostril.

I want to use the cliche here that this whole here is greater than the sum of the parts. I am again referring to how much better I enjoy this vs. the standard Sexual Chocolate. The melding of the flavors is what really shines here. So well rounded and soft, but each note is there. All the same items noted in the aroma... And then they meld if really is a wonderful thing.

The mouthfeel is as soft and well rounded as the flavors. For whatever reason, I think this is one of the greatest differences vs. the standard version. One of my first impressions of that beer was that it was too thin. (just a touch) No issue here.

Great beer and one that should be chased. Well done guys!!! (1,942 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of joe1510
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%

22oz Bomber

2013 Bottling

Another big, huge thanks goes out to Wilson for surprising me with this guy. Gracias! The barrel aged version of Sexual Chocolate is as black as a Nubian Princess. Foam as rich as milk chocolate with the silkiness of cocoa butter. The foam coats the glass in sexy, full coverage, transparent lace.

The nose is as rich as granache and as smooth as Marvin Gaye. Big dark chocolate notes thrive thanks to the cocoa nibs. Soft whispers of anise highlight the smooth roastiness amazingly well. The chocolate even brings hints of milk chocolate, slightly sweet. All this is cradled in expertly handled barrel aging. Vanilla wafers, bourbon, oak, and caramel are all soft and meld perfectly with the base stout. There's even a little peppery booze.

The flavor mimics the nose closely. A mixture of dense, dark and milk chocolate combine with a smooth roastiness that runs from start to finish. A rich nuttiness pops up in the middle, fatty...macadamia like. Big notes of vanilla and caramel comes through on the backend. Soft bourbon tones, a touch of coconut, and oak join the fray, all well done. The licorice weaves in and out of the flavor profile. Everything is perfectly integrated. This is a fine beer.

This stout has a fair amount of weight but it's light, airy, and silky smooth. There's absolutely zero stickiness and, in all honesty, a touch of dryness. The roast leaves some residual bitterness while the tannins dry it out. Drinkabilty for a beer this big is ridiculous.

I like Sexual Chocolate, the regular one, it's a good, solid beer. The barrel aged version raises the bar exponentially. It smooths out the licorice notes and adds tremendous depth. The barrel aging is more a compliment to the base than the main component as it is in so many other heavy handed barrel aged beers these days. If you see this beer anywhere, take it and drink it. (1,894 characters)

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.92/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2010 vintage, thanks to hu5om (and e11a627 for getting it for him) for sharing at our christmas tasting!

A: a beautiful black pour, a quickly settling khaki head is observed.

S: a forefront of bourbon followed by sweet chocolate maltiness.

T: similar to smell, an initial warmth of bourbon teases the tongue before phasing into sweet chocolate flavors in a nicely balanced, well rounded flavor.

MF/D: like silk on the tongue, this could be drunk all night. so incredibly smooth. (482 characters)

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.79/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bob at the Distributors tent at the Indiana Summer Micro Brewers Festival 2011. I'm not sure how he obtained a Growler of this, and I didn't ask.
This beer stole the spotlight of the event from Founders Cashew Mountain.

O: Its one of those beers that is almost perfect in every way that you can't accurately describe it. If you like Abyss, FW14, Zukhavs, Dark Lord, etc. You will like this. (403 characters)

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4.8/5  rDev +11.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. Very excited to try this one.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the chocolate and roasted malt, with a good bit of whiskey notes present as well. This is definitely a barrel-aged beer.

The flavor is once again dominated by chocolate and roasted malt notes. There is also a good bit of bourbon, maple and vanilla notes which compliment the malt and chocolate notes very well.

Medium to thick motuhfeel and low to medium carbonation. Very nice. (527 characters)

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of standardcherry
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to Shilt! Poured into a snifter.

A: Jet black. Looks thick in the glass. Had a nice beige head that receded in less than 5 minutes.
S: Chocolate, bourbon and vanilla.
T: Roasted malts, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oakiness. Tiny amount of coffee flavors. Ends with a nice, lingering chocolate aftertaste.
M: Medium/thick body, with nice, light carbonation. A bit of alcohol burn in the aftertaste.
O: Excellent beer that I would drink any day if I could. Worth seeking out. (493 characters)

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
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