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Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate - Foothills Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,016
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.4%
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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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Ratings: 1,016 | Reviews: 197
Reviews by cosmicevan:
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5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Note's from Captain Lawrence Rosso Batch 3 release / tasting:

The awesomeness of this event cannot be captured in any manner possible. While walking around with my bottle of 2011 SC pouring for anyone with an empty glass, I bumped into someone pouring the BA version of this beer and since we were both down to our last few ounces in the bottle, we just swapped beer bottles (I hung onto the bottle at the end of the event… it is autographed by the brewer!!!). appearance is same as SC, and I was surprised that this beer had a head since that is a rare event for a bourbon barrel aged beer based on my experiences. Smell is sweet bourbon on top of the chocolate malty goodness of the base beer, really nice. Sweet dark fig, almost…the bourbon sweetness is really nice. OH WOW. This is by far one of the finest bourbon barrel aged beers that I have ever tried. The mix of bourbon with the sexual chocolate is magic in a glass…smooth as day, overall this is a fantastic beer and a 5 across the board.

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Photo of joe1510
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

Photo of newk340
4.92/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of jisom123
4.79/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of standardcherry
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a flute, huge thanks to imagineiii for busting this open!

Pours pitch black with a very generous super dark brown/chocolate coloread head that slowly fades - almost looks like a nitro poured beer, very nice. Aroma is very nice, you can tell the barrel has mellowed it out quite a bit, and I'm getting just a little hint of vanilla on the nose.

Taste is rich, chocolate, oak, vanilla, and the light hint of coconut which is really kinda unique. The mouthfeel is spot on, full and creamy with a really mellow finish. Really a fantastic beer, sadly i had this before the non BA version, so I'll probably be a bit underwhelmed by the regular one now.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle enjoyed at an awesome tasting with some local BA's. poured into a new belgium snifter.

about a 1/4 of creamy light mocha colored head, decent lace. opaque black body.

lots of boozey bourbon dominates the nose, definatly nothinf solvent like. a smooth, clean chocolate, roasted malt just noticable behind the booze.

totally different taste than i was expecting based on the aroma. lots of bourbon that blends very nicely with an ideal chocolate flavor. some vanilla noticable. smooth warming bourbon.

very smooth and very creamy. light carbonation with a heavy thick body.

a very good beer, the bourbon definatly dominates over the chocolate. i wouldnt mind one of these for the cellar, could be quite interesting with some age on it.

Photo of ehammond1
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, match1112!

(Aged for 1+ year)

Black throughout, though not particularly thick or menacing in appearance, like some other barrel-aged stouts. Small ring of dark brown bubbles, but not much of a head. Very little visible carbonation. Leaves the glass oily and spotted.

Not a ton of barrel in the aroma, though there are some complementary notes. Along with the barrel are definite, rich, roast and chocolate notes. Complete, though not particularly mind-blowing.

The flavor follows the nose. This is not particularly heavy with barrel notes, but the base stout is exceptional: chocolate, roast, a bit of vanilla, and some wood accompaniment.

Medium bodied with low carbonation.

Good, and exceptionally drinkable, but I wouldn't seek it out or trade for it again. There are just too many good or better available, local options.

Photo of rudylaw
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at the release party.

Pours a light tan head to accompany an opaque black brew. A standard look for an RIS.

Loads of chocolate, black strap, malt, vanilla and coffee in the nostrils.

I get some bitterness in the taste and glimpses of cocoa powder and soupy brownie mix. The barrel is amazing in this version! Not being the biggest fan of the regular version of SC, I was a little apprehensive of this was all going to come together. Well, the barrel aging does absolute wonders.

Low carbonation and very, very smooth. Alcohol is well hidden as one could easily polish off a few pints of this in a session. This is the real deal and a perfect example of how barrel aging can take a good beer and make it incredible.

Photo of pwoods
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Foothills.

Footed glass, 12 oz or so.

A: Pours very dark, nearly black with ruby edges. Moderate head with little retention but good lacing.

S: Nice medium bourbon aroma, complimenting. Decent oak with nice vanilla notes to compliment the base beer. Lightly roasty.

T/M: Bourbon is nicely balanced. A little heat but nice. Some woodiness and plenty of the base SC comes through. Body is medium full with mellow carbonation.

D: Drinks nicely and is plenty balanced.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got to Foothills about 11:05 AM Saturday morning...and of course they'd sold all the bottles of this the night before. So we ordered a round from the keg, and that was just fine by us (thanks to kels, Snorkapotamus and extra special guest pwoods for the great time).

Comes to the table a little too cold, but while letting it warm, it's a pretty thing to behold: pitch black, like melted black licorice in a glass. Very little head, but didn't expect one.

Aroma is prominent wood, bourbon and chocolate (surprise, surprise)...all perfectly blended, and very much opened up with some warming.

Flavor gives an excellent mixture of wood, whisky notes, chocolate, hops (a bit dialed down from the regular version, though), big-ass caramel deep down in there, black licorice, liqueur-soaked dark fruit...even some fudge, especially with warming. Chocolate sweetness practically glows, prevailing over the wood/whisky, elements which are rightly acting merely as a base or foundation for the other flavors.

Whole lotta body on this thing, but not overly thick or chewy...very creamy, very round, very slick, just about perfect.

I think I like this a tad better than the regular version (I usually prefer original versions over barrel-aged ones). The fact that the bourbon isn't intrusive, and that the extra special treatment makes everything glow a bit brighter, it's clearly a very special version of an already special beer. Rock on, Foothills.

Photo of twowheelssoar
4.71/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at Raleigh Times. Did a double take when I saw it on the menu, had to have it.

A - Served in a fluted beer glass, beautiful dark color, very small dark tan head. It just looks chocolatey.

S - Some pretty good nose, chocolate and oak scents, but not quite as fragrant as I had hoped.

T - Wow. This is the most beautiful beer I've had. It hits with delicious rich chocolate and dark fruit flavors and end with a perfect, smooth oaked bourbon finish. No hotness at all, the 10.0% ABV was nowhere to be seen. Perfect.

M - As with regular Sexy Choco, outstanding feel, not too heavy not too thin.

D - I finished the 10oz. glass so quickly that I could have had at least a few more, but one was perfect.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the release party 8/27. 8oz. (?) pour into their stange/tulip/pint... thing. Thanks to Christine for sharing.

A: Pours a nice 1 finger frothy, light mocha head with decent retention that fades into a robust film around the glass. Beer is opaque black but not the thickest of brews. Lacing is spotty but ample with good cling.

S: Nose is very typical of a regular imperial stout. Hints of chocolate, cocoa, liquorice, roasted malt, and the slightest bit of coffee. Barrel aging is only really apparent in the back with a twinge of bourbon and vanilla. This one isn't going to blow you away but it earns style points for subtlety.

T: Big, stouty tastes upfront: chocolate, sweet and bitter cocoa, roasted malt, liquorice, vanilla, and coffee. This is a good bit sweeter than the regular version though, with just a bit of bourbon peaking through right before the finish. Not hot in the least and even though the abv. is unclear, this is incredibly easy going down for a big stout. Finish is subtle bourbon sweetness along with cocoa that leads to a quick aftertaste that doesn't leave much.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation. Super smooth in the mouth with very little abrasion or heat due to alcohol. Oily and slick all the way down with a very clean finish and little aftertaste.

D: The first time I had Sexual Chocolate, I was very disappointed and I immediately thought that it needed something else. Perhaps this barrel aging was it because this beer is far superior to the regular version. More robust, more complex, smoother, and simply more drinkable. Not all big beers do well after sitting in the barrels, but this is definitely one of them!

Photo of ralflord
4.97/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Unfuckingbelievable! Poured in my Double Bastard glass. Nice rusty brown, root beerish color. Tiny bubbles danced about with virtually no head. Smell was incredible. Light chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and bourbon. The bourbon was mized in nicely, did not overwhelm the beer. Taste was equally great. It mimiced the smells almost exactly, with an expectional balance. Man, do I love BA beers, especially Stouts aged in bourbon/whiskey. This beer got better as it warmed up, and was very easy to drink after awhile, which with it's high abv can cause problems. Definitely on my top 5 beer list. Pursue this incredible beer with the utmost of vigilance.

Photo of Mavajo
4.62/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Black body with a good-sized brown head that hangs around briefly. Not much lacing to speak of. Standard appearance for the style, but a bit more head retention or lacing would be nice. The ABV of this really isn't high enough to warrant a fast-vanishing head, IMO.

The aroma reveals huge notes of bourbon and cocoa/chocolate. Great aroma, and pretty much spot on for what you would expect. The taste brings all of the same - big bourbony notes, loaded with dark chocolate and cocoa. Behind that, some more subtle notes of oak. This thing really is damn delicious - basically chocolatey bourbon. That said, I feel like it could be a smidge improved - or am I just nitpicking? I don't know. Either way, it's one of the tastiest imperial/double stouts I've ever had. If this was on shelves, it might be the only stout I ever buy.

Mouthfeel is spot on. Nice and thick with great carbonation.

All in all, this is a phenomenal beer. I'm interested in trying the regular SC to see just how the bourbon barrel changed it.

Photo of aleckpa
4.07/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As soon as I open the cap, I smell the bourbon. It is jet black with a dark mocha head that dies down and rims the glass. You smell is standard: bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, some roasted malt. However, each scent stands out which makes this beer unique. The taste is similar to the nose. A little bit of burn from the alcohol, but not too bad. I'm sure with age this balances out nicely.

Photo of nickd717
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber via trade thanks to beermex2. A valuable -bal aged tick Steve was able to provide, and for that I am ful of grate - or is that gratitude? - no, that can't be it, Gratitude is a beer.

Pours jet black and somewhat viscous with a thick tan head and good lacing.

The aroma is great - really good bourbon barrel notes on top of a really solid base stout. Big chocolate, roast, and coffee.

The flavor is a bit of a letdown after the aroma, but still very good. Roasted malt, milk chocolate, mild bourbon and oak, and coffee. Tasty.

Medium-full bodied for the style with soft carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel.

Good beer overall. A good tick, if not one of the best versions of this style I've come across in my epic quest.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black. A little bit of transparency. Big khaki head. Thick collar.

Smell - Starts off with a little soy sauce. Sharp bourbon. Dark chocolate. More bourbon as it warms.

Taste - Bourbon is very sharp up front. Too strong, really. Nutty malts. Dark coffee roasted malts. Boozy finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Never very heavy, but the barrel makes it pretty boozy.

Overall - A vast improvement over the base, which is a good beer by itself.

Photo of Kegatron
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into several sample glasses. 2010 Release. Huge thanks go to Stakem for sharing this with a few of us.

Pours a soulless looking black in the glass, with a thin covering of foamy dark mocha head. This fizzles down pretty readily, leaving back some robust edging around the rim of the glass and thin wisps that sit across the surface. This throws up a frothy cascade of lacing that quickly slides down the sides of the glass. This has a pretty standard look for most BA Imperial Stouts. The aroma has a rich and sweet smelling core to it of chocolate, molasses, and vanilla, which is surrounded on the edges by some slightly acrid roasted character and notes of sharp burnt oak. This is quite flavorful and even feeling in the nose.

The taste is just about as robust as the aroma was, with a rich blend of chocolate, roasted coffee, caramel, some stickier molasses flavor, and a dash of vanilla sweetness. Burnt wood notes, some leftover green hop character, and warmth hang on the edges of the profile and pull together into the finish, where they linger alongside some residual sugars. The mouthfeel is full bodied (but not quite as full as I was expecting considering the depth of the flavors), with a lively feeling carbonation the whole way through. I think that the prickliness of the carbonation and the amount of tannic activity for the barrel is what ultimately leaves this feeling a bit thin. The good news is that after a while, the carbonation does start to relax some, giving this some more presence in the mouth. The alcohol is VERY well hid here. There is just a light sting from the bourbon flavors but that is about it.

I’ve been waiting a while to finally try this one and for the most part, it did not disappoint. That thick mix of chocolate from the base Stout and molasses flavor from the barrel really helped make this something special and I was impressed by the overall integration of the flavors considering that this only spent about 4 months in the barrel. This was really good and a hearty thanks again to Adam for sharing it!

Photo of thagr81us
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared this one with beeruser and funkydelic at one of our tastings. 2011 Vintage! Bottled 6/26/11! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured pitch black with a two finger light brown head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark fruit, wood, vanilla, and sweet alcohol. The flvor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, wood, dark fruit, sweet alcohol, caramel, and vanilla. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a great brew without a doubt. I am really impressed how well this one carried across in the bottle as compared to tap. Probably one of my favorite BA Stouts I have had to-date. While this one is not the most robust RIS out there the flavors make up for this by being perfectly blended and enjoyable to keep you coming back over and over. This bottle did not last long between the group that evening. So good that my guest kept the bottle to remember it by... The mouthfeel was a little thin though, but meh, you can't win them all I suppose. Get this on your palate if you have not already. If you have, you already know what I'm talking about.

Photo of moz9
4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the release 7-16-2011

I've had quite a few BA stouts and I can safely say that this one is different from all the rest. Because of this uniqueness, I could see some people not liking or being disappointed with the beer. However, I think it should be appreciated for it's unique characteristics and because I think it's an outstanding beer.

Now let me tell you why...

First, the base beer is not an overly thick or viscous imp stout. But anyone who has had SC should tell you that it's NOT thin on flavor. Roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate come through very balanced and the bite at the end is very memorable.

The BA version adds bourbon to the balance and it fits right in. As the last review said, the bourbon is forward but it's not overpowering. The overall experience is a smooth and memorable bourbon flavor that leaves a great aftertaste. Prior to drinking this beer I had sampled many "big" ba stouts, some of which were aged in the same PVW 23 barrels that this beer was and I honestly thought this basc was better than all of them.

This is a very drinkable beer and I think it should be appreciated for it's unique qualities and well balanced bourbon stout taste. Cheers to foothills for making another great beer.

Photo of reto21
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had on tap a BASC day must say i really really enjoyed this beer
2012 vintage

A: Deep chocolate. barley and head looks like a standard RIS

S: Roasted malt, bourbon, dark chocolate, coco, oak and dark fruits

T: Much like the smell hints of booze come through but are covered quickly by the tasty chocolate and the well balanced bourbon

M: Medium body with gentle, smooth (just-right) carbonation.

O: I enjoyed this beer quite a bit i had it at brewvival last year i don't remember it being that good at all. very impressed with this years vintage

Photo of Treyliff
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle, poured into Sexual Chocolate teku glass

A- pours pitch black with a small light tan creamy head that reduces to a ring, leaving just a few patches of lace

S- prominent barrel aroma with bourbony oak, sweet molasses, toffee, fig & raisin and a hint of vanilla

T- bourbon and oak up front that compliments the base beer very well, really bringing out the molasses flavor. Good chocolaty base with dark fruit notes, leading to a finish of oak, bourbon and vanilla

M- medium body and carbonation, foamy mouthfeel that leads to a smooth and slightly warming finish, abv is hidden pretty well

O- the bourbon is nearly perfectly integrated with an already solid base beer. I wasn't blown away by the original Sexual Chocolate, but I was really impressed by this version

Photo of Bung
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At the World Beer Festival in Durham. Had my friend, who doesn't like stouts, get a sample and pour it into mine so I could have more like a 5 oz. sample instead of just over 2. Black viscous pour, dark tan nearly brown head. Roast malt, booze, chocolate, light oak, hint of dark fruit aromas. Sweet malt and molasses up front and a good dose of caramels and chocolate. Some vinuos fruits. Would have liked more roast, though there was some through the finish.
Solid sticky body.
This was all right, but I thought the barrel played made this just a bit too sweet compared to regular SC. Drinkability was hurt a bit to me by this also. I guess I'll be in the minority that prefer the regular, which is rare since I almost always like barrel aging better.
Still good and worth trying if you can.

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Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate from Foothills Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,016 ratings.