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Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate | Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
North Carolina, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.75%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Barrel aged Russian Imperial Stout brewed with organic cocoa nibs.

Added by LilBeerDoctor on 07-14-2009

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Reviews: 214 | Ratings: 1,160
Photo of tbryant21
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had mine on tap at the Foothills brewpub - poured a dark black, little to no head. Strong smell of bourbon with chocolate and espresso notes. Bourbon forward with a lot of chocolate on the end. Fairly well balanced.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black with a tan head that fades and almost no lacing. Notes of espresso, vanilla, oak, coconut, rich caramel, wood, and tons of chocolate. Great BA stout here with classic flavors!

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Photo of vfgccp
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage drank April 2016.

A - Viscus black body with a finger of mocha head.

S - Dates, molasses, vanilla, oak, and caramel. Soft and well balanced.

T - Molasses, caramel, warm bourbon, toasted bread crust, dry cocoa, and creamy marshmallow

M - Thick, creamy and wonderfully smooth.

O - Delicious. Smooth and well balanced. Loaded with caramel and molasses. Even better as it warms.

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Photo of lemmy187
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with a quick fading mocha head. Nose is mostly chocolate and oak with faint bourbon notes. Taste replicates the nose; more oak than typical for the style. Chocolate and dark fruit compliment the subtle bourbon barrel. Body and carbonation are medium. Finishes clean and dry. Really enjoyed this stout; very drinkable and balanced.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled August 2015 - Consumed March 2016

Look - dark in color, not as thick as i expected. Fizzy bubbles line the glass, and there is a small amount of light brown head. Very aesthetically pleasing.

Smell - Not loving the smell, honestly. Definitely not a strong aroma; Kind of oaky, light bourbon, and some malt.

Taste - Not sure how much the bourbon has mellowed in the 7 months since bottling but it is currently well balanced with the other flavors. Get some oak as well, some bitter cocoa, some mild bell peppers, and a little bit of dates. No flavor is overpowering and the carmel, bourbon flavor really brings it all together. Slight booziness at the end.

Feel - Medium body, light carbonation

Overall - very well done BA stout

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Photo of sposter4
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into a pint glass. Pours black with carmel tan head that disapates quickly. Smells of chocolate and bourbon. Taste is similar lighter on the bourbon with a touch of vanilla. Medium bodied with low carbonation

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black opaque pour with a generously thick lacing ring.

S - Cherry, oak, dark roasted chocolate, vanilla, bourbon,.

T - First impressions: boozy and spicy (in a good way). Oak, dark roasted spicy chocolate.

M - Full bodied, some alcohol warming on the way down, semi-dry finish.

O - This is a great tasting beer ... barrel fans seek out.

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Photo of bgold86
4.69/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Brewery only release, came via trade, poured into two 12 ounce snifters just above cellar temperature. Pours a nice dark black with lasting head (who doesn't like that?!), it does not disappear at all like many other bba stouts. Nose is of huge bourbon vanilla notes and slight coffee. Taste is more chocolaty, with tons of bourbon and coffee. Overall was just as advertise, a real treat!

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Foothills continues to impress me with their offerings, and naturally this one is their best yet. Rich flavors and one of the most gorgeous heads I've ever seen on a beer, I'd drink this every day if it was widely available.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a forgettable barrel-aged stout. Mostly boozy heat from the barrels coming through on the beer, some subtle chocolate and dark fruit notes on the finish, a bit thinner on the feel than expected.

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Photo of silverblaze540
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark and very opaque, although there is a reddish tint. Low head retention. Very thick, mousse-like. No visual carbonation.

S - Spruce, roasted chocolate, and plum.

T - Mild alcohol presence. Hops are spicy but retrained. A bready, pruney, chocolate flavor.

M - Mouth-coating thickness, without much carbonation. Finish lasts for roughly 30 seconds.

O - Desirable and appropriate for the style. Flavor is a bit different, but enjoyable.

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Photo of sittinggc
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage poured into pint glass.

Look: Black with a small head that does not retain well.
Smell: Chocolate and bourbon booze.
Taste: Lots of bourbon up front with plenty of fudginess to support. Lots of chocolate. Also pick up dark fruit.
Feel: Nice amount of carbonation. Slight booze heat.

Overall: This beer is really great! Nice BA RIS. Most "fudginess" I have ever picked up from a beer. Got this bad boy in a trade, and didn't know I was getting a 2012. Really hope to try it fresh some time but it tasted great 3 years out. Cheers

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Photo of darktronica
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice representation of a darkly roasted, chocolatey BBA stout that doesn't push too far in any one direction. It has great barrel character without being overwhelming, the chocolate complements the barley and malt sweetness, and the ABV is restrained, rather than pushing past 10%. Overall, this is just a supremely "drinkable" BBA stout--easy to sip, easy to inadvertently drink quickly, and effortlessly enjoyable. It's top quality without being an attention-seeking missile that demands your full attention.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a beer of most excellent quality, i adored the base beer, and to have this highly acclaimed barrel aged edition pouring at falling rock this weekend was a special treat. i cant believe how much chocolate is on this thing, i thought that the first time, and maybe something about the barrel brings more of it out. sweeter than what i think of when i imagine pure nibs, more of a milk chocolate thing, possibly gained from the vanilla aspects of the barrel, but now i am just projecting. super thick and rich in look and in mouthfeel, short of sticky, but its not wanting for viscosity. underlying notes of coffee, licorice, and barrel char make it relatively complex, and the alcohol cuts the residual sugar well enough for it to not be a problem for me. smooth and expansive, slippery. no hits of smoke to this, which i often get in this style. definitely a rarity for a colorado beer guy, we dont get foothills stuff out here, so it was wonderful to get to have one. would be interested in trying the bottled version instead of the keg so i can see how it ages, not that it needs any time, its spectacular as it is! one of the more scrumptios uses of chocolate in a beer.

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Photo of Griffin2
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a dark brown/ black with minimal tan head. Smells of bourbon and chocolate. The taste was nothing short of awesomeness, lots of chocolate and bourbon. This beer hid the alcohol well. I will be searching this out.

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Photo of Carb-Overlord
4.69/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

All I can say is ... wow. Definitely try to get your hands on this beer. I traded a Parabola for this guys and was initially thinking I probably gave more than I got. Not in the slightest. The pour and smell are fabulous. It was like smelling a chocolate covered bourbon ball at Christmas time and the orange "oil change" residue really made the appearance enticing for me. This beer was very well melded; not too boozy (less booze than a BCBS) but also not overly sweet (like a Darklord). Just a super well balanced imperial stout. The feel was just right too; thick and chewy. Well done! Definitely wish to get my hands on a second bottle. This will hold it's weight at any bottle share.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In absolutely no fear of the barrel, the Foothill brewers aggressively take on those hallowed but intimidating Kentucky woods with full confidence. The beer that emerges is dripping in that strong bourbon character, but no worried- the Sexual Chocolate stout can handle it.

Espresso-black, velvety and viscous- the stout pours inky and tar-like. As it settles in the glass, a patient rise of mocha-stained creme rises to entice the senses. Its dark and earthy perfume is dense with freshly ground coffee, dark chocolate, char and with that unmistakable tingle of fusel bourbon. But even with its whisky-inspired taste looming, the initial palate is awash with scorched toffee, caramel, bittersweet chocolate and a vanilla-like silkiness.

The lavishness of the stout unfolds across the middle and slathers the palate with its decadent roasted sweetness. Burnt toast and french-press coffee follow those beautifully burnt sugars, taking the proportions of molasses and sorghum before relaxing and letting the bitter baker's chocolate flavor to command its earthy and bitter attention. With the warmth of booze and the toasted barrels making their mark, the stout embarks on a complex and spicy finish.

Full, lush and creamy- the beer backs away from chewy or massively dense textures of some imperial stouts, but favors a sense of drinkability with the thinning of bourbon and the wood spices offering their own papery, powdery-dry textures to keep the beer sensible yet manly. A long linger of bitter chocolate and bourbon decorate the aftertaste- extending well into the next sip.

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Photo of skiking70
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 release, poured a nice two finger head and retained for quite a while. The chocolate comes through as does the bourbon. The mouth feel is a little thinner than I expected from an imperial stout. Overall a very good offering, but didn't separate itself from a packed field.

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Photo of Alequine
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on draft at Foothills Brewery for the 2015 release. Jet-black in the glass with a tan head that lingers. For me the initial smell was very heavy on bourbon and sweet vanilla and malt. The chocolate was not so prominent particularly in comparison with the regular version. The bourbon overpowered the chocolate, cocoa nibs, coffee and roasted malt. Age this beer. I'm sure it will balance out the flavoring.

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Photo of KRubes
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from the August 2015 release. Bottled on 8/4. Jet-black pour. Frothy, dark tan head that lingers. Notes of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt and bourbon (Buffalo Trace) on the nose. Medium, creamy body with with a blend of oak, vanilla, bourbon and dark chocolate. Slight bitterness. Thick, sticky lacing. A touch of heat on the finish. A personal favorite. Will definitely age a bottle.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
3.23/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle was from the September 2014 release.

A: Pitch-black pour. Tall, frothy medium brown head. Head dissipates pretty quickly.

S: Caramel and bourbon/oak aromas are there for sure.

T: VERY disappointed. I get none of the aroma in the flavor. Kind of bitter.

M: Med body. Wish it was thicker. Some alchohol.

O: SO disappointed with this. I expected alot of flavors that I didn't get. very underwhelmed by this.

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Photo of W_Des
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The barrel aging really adds another layer that complements the base beer. The beer itself becomes velvet smooth and the bourbon provides a nice flavor mix with the chocolate. The heat at the end is just right warming as it goes. The nose has bourbon, oak, some vanilla and of course chocolate. This is barrel aging done right.

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Photo of Arenbeer
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

11’ Vintage
Bottle 6/26 and signed by the brewers
Cellar Temperature into a Teku Glass
Apearence- Pours a solid jet black with a small half of a finger khaki head that sticks around and sticks to the sides of the glass nicely. Beautiful alcohol legs coat the sides as it is swirled in the glass.
Aroma – Huge notes of dark chocolate and roasted barely up front followed by slight oxidation but not overpowering. Definitely getting beautiful notes of vanilla and oak from the barrel as well as a slight must. Bourbon is there and is strong in the nose, little to no hops and a nice slight alcohol finish.
Taste- Starts off sweeter with a complex array of chocolates and bitter coffee that a soon as it goes down is overwhelmed by delicious notes of bourbon and oak. Followed by notes of campfire and heavy roasted malts. Slight alcohol in the finish from the bourbon and being %9.3 but amazingly smooth
Mouthfeel- Medium to full body and amazingly smooth. Little to no bitterness and finishes slightly dry making you want so much more!
Overall – This is amazing to say the least. Wasn’t sure how this was going to hold up after all the years it sat in my basement. But it aged beautifully and will probably continue for a few more years. Don’t be scared to break this bad boy out if you still got one because if this thing has a peak I feel like it’s at it. The oxidation in the nose worries me but is nowhere to be found in the flavor. Definitely a must try at some point.


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4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Ron, '12 Vintage.

Pours a black color with red offshoot and almost no head, while the beer leaves back a nice lacing.

Smells like a really heavy beer, despite its abv being around 10 %. Has rich chocolate aromas, a blend of bakers and milk chocolate, accompanied by earthy malts, slightly bitter coffee, marzipan and dried apple peel. The Bourbon wraps up all these flavors very gently with a hot oakiness, while being very inviting and intense on itself. Bourbon and chocolate blend together outstandingly well, enriching each other, while apple skin and fudge compliment to the chocolate character generously.

Tastes of smooth milk chocolate, with an outstandingly creamy, mouthfeel, brownies and fudge, along molasses and nougat, blending together very smoothly and convincing. These flavors get successfully balanced by calming, earthy, slightly toasted malts. The chocolate then gets a alcoholic Bourbon note to it, just as in the nose, with hot wood blending extremely well into the rich chocolate qualities of the beer. This reveals molasses, wood and a well wrapped up rich chocolate character. The beers incredible chocolate richness gets joined by a hot, boozy peak in the finish with caramel and a well fitting, lower carbonation, and a hot dryness.

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Photo of irv2424
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

bottle from 2012. Medium body, lighter than expected. With all the barrel aged beers around right now, this beer still stood out. Not overly boozy with a nice caramel oak flavor. Not much head. Would definitely try again.

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Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
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