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Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate - Foothills Brewing Company

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Ratings: 804
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 1,244
Gots: 234 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
Foothills Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

(Beer added by: LilBeerDoctor on 07-14-2009)
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

t0rin0, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at mrbubbler's "end of the world" tasting.

2012 vintage.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, bourbon, and wood. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some solid barrel aged aromas and flavors.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

djrn2, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.38/5  rDev 0%

Bottle thanks to fmb115--thanks, Steve. Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip glass. The color is very dark with a nice creamy mocha head with a pretty good retention time. The nose is rich with nice amounts of chocolate and vanilla underneath a really fantastic bourbon presence. High-quality barrel-aging hits the spot with nice notes of oak and vanilla plus a smooth elixir. Taste is the same with the smooth bourbon character permeating the beer. This is quite a bit better than the regular Sexual Chocolate and something I will definitely seek out again.

Thorpe429, Nov 11, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

zestar, Nov 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

acurtis, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of metter98
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a thin dark tan head that rapidly dissipated, leaving only a thin collar around the edge of the glass and faint hints of wispy bubbles on the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of bourbon are present in the nose along with notes of chocolate; these become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste mostly follows the nose but has additional notes of vanilla from the oak and hints of molasses-like sweetness. No alcohol is perceptible except for the bourbon.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The bourbon barrel aging lends a bit of warming to the feel.
O: This is a pleasant stout to sip and savor the aromas and flavors imparted by the bourbon, although it is rather easy to drink because the alcohol is mostly well masked from the taste.

metter98, May 18, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev -7.5%

2012 bottling

Appearance: Pours a midnight black color with an inch or so of beige foam on top; leggy lacing is left behind

Smell: Bourbon forward, with the ABV making its presence felt; chocolate, vanilla and woody tones, as well

Taste: As with the aroma, the Bourbon is very strong and dominates the front end, with the chocolate building through the middle; after the swallow, there is some vanilla and oak but the finish is rather boozy (even after 18 months); the hops have mellowed, however, and blend nicely

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation and considerable warmth in the gullet

Overall: My preference in barrel-aged stouts is for a more subtle Bourbon character so I like to age a beer like this for a while to see how it mellows; based on this experience, my guess is that it might take three or four years to get to the point where I would really enjoy it

brentk56, Jan 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of bourbon and dry bitter black chocolate is quite interesting. Aroma of medium bourbon notes with some pretty dry and bitter black chocolate notes makes for an interesting drink. Light butterscotch notes could also be detected and I wish more notes of vanilla could be found here. Body is pretty full with a good creamy texture and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. I could see myself having this again.

Phyl21ca, Sep 19, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev -0.7%

last years version in the pappy barrel may very well have been the best beer i had ever drank. this year we have bottled it and its from weller barrels. an outstanding beer still but a tick less then the original. consumed on 08/28/2010.

the pour is a crazy pitch black with a wonderful head of tan on top that sits at about an inch or so before settling back down and leaving a good bit of lcing up an down the sides of the glass.

aroma is deep roasted malts, loads of cocoa notes, hints of oak and vanilla notes that dominate the aroma. warming brings about even more of a roasted note to it. first sip reveals such a smooth, mellow beer without a bit of hotness or bite to it at all, really just sublime with an amazing drinkability. each sip was as mellow and relaxing as the one before with smooth boubon notes overtaking each and every taste.

overall a stellar beer, one of the best for sure.

mikesgroove, Aug 29, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Texasfan549, Aug 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

kjkinsey, Jul 27, 2013
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4.05/5  rDev -7.5%

Thanks to Dan for sharing this beer. I've been looking forward to trying this.

A: The pour is fairly viscous and black with a substantial tan colored head.

S: Sweet vanilla and chocolate come through as does quite a bit of sweet caramel, oak, and bourbon. The roast is not quite as pronounced as in the regular version and this seems a lot more well rounded.

T: The flavor is quite smooth as well, though maybe not as much as the nose. Sweet milk chocolate, vanilla, roast, and bourbon. The bourbon flavor itself as not quite as intense as I would have imagined, but the alcohol is definitely noticeable.

M: The body is maybe a bit thin, which I wasn't expecting from the pour. It's still decent enough, though, and the carbonation is fairly smooth.

D: I think I preferred this to regular version, despite its pitfalls. The nose was really quite nice, and the beer tasted good as well.

womencantsail, Oct 11, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

ygtbsm94, Jan 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

GRG1313, Nov 25, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

Knapp85, Jul 19, 2014
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3/5  rDev -31.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev -6.8%

Bomber shared by nickd717. Thanks.

Clear chocolate brown in the glass, light for an imperial stout; this looks a bit thin. Very little carbonation or head.

It smells great, caramel and sweet milk chocolate, vanilla, almond and toasted oak. Very well integrated bourbon character.

Chocolate comes through stronger on the tongue, matched by notes of sweet bourbon and licorice. It's also rather ashy and smoky. This reminds me of FiftyFifty's Elijah Craig barrel Eclipse, another lighter-bodied imperial stout, but while that beer has just enough viscosity for the style, this is too thin. I am impressed that it has such a great bourbon barrel character without presenting much heat or harshness, but I find myself wanting more body. The finish is tannic, fairly dry with mild astringency. Carbonation is low, but it's fine for the style.

I enjoyed this quite a bit, though it's somewhat flawed overall; Sexual Chocolate may simply be too thin of a beer for barrel aging.

largadeer, Oct 11, 2010
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

JAHMUR, Jan 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

SocalKicks, Jan 27, 2014
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4.43/5  rDev +1.1%

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!

Kegatron, Jul 28, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev -5.3%

Thanks to both BucketBoy and Photekut for sending me bottles of this one. Shared at Bryna's birthday celebration. Served in my trusty Kuhnhenn tulip glass.

A - From Sexual Chocolate review - "Pours with a finger of dark tan foam that dissipates to a thin ring. Some spotty lace is left clinging to the sides of the glass. The body is black with some glints of brown at the fringes of the glass." This looks nearly identical to regular Sexual Chocolate, with a slightly more complete cap of foam left behind.

S - "Roasted malts, chocolate cake, molasses" from the base beer, as well as some dark multigrain toast, earthy barrel, and a dash of whiskey spice. The barrel-aging thankfully lets the good aspects of the original beer shine through and isn't heavy-handed.

T - The taste has more cocoa and vanilla character, but still a hefty amount of earthy bitterness and char. I get more barrel and grain character than overt whiskey, although it's hard to be accurate having never enjoyed Weller's. Apparently Wellers uses wheat in their mash instead of rye, but I have no idea if this is relevent. In any case, I didn't find this to be substantially better than the base beer.

M - Smooth, low carbonation, medium-full body that surprised me as usually barrel-aging thins beers and this seemed heftier than the original. Perhaps the reduction in carbonation caused this illusion.

D - I didn't find this to be significantly better or different than regular Sexual Chocolate, a trait that is somewhat of a double-edged sword. The good qualities of the base beer shine through, but the barrel-aging doesn't add huge flavor components either.

I'm curious how distinct the Pappy Van Winkle version was, but I guess I'll probably never know.

MasterSki, Sep 20, 2010
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4.58/5  rDev +4.6%

Thanks go out to Stakem for generously sharing this among many other great beers last night -enjoyed slightly chilled from a snifter. No numbering on the bottle that I can tell- but it doesn't have 'Bourbon Barrel aged' on it.

The color is opaque black with an atoll of light cream like a marshallow melting in some hot cocoa. The bead is tight and retention is good with better than the regular non barrel aged version as it stayed for a while. A smell that is very bourbon influenced right off with a big woody odor and slight cocoa accent with subtle sweetness in the nose from the malt and the bourbon sweeps back to encapsulate the aromas like a bourbon flavored chocolate chip cookie the scent is sweet with some mild spice and gentle alcohol from the barrel aging. The feel is great it combines some of the smoothnesss of the non barrel aged with some woodiness and malt roastiness w/ a light bitter/astringent barrel tinge. The hop spiciness is mild overall but accentuated by the moderate carbonation and an excellent balanced is achieved.

The quality of bourbon flavor right up front is very good with nice bourbon and malt cohesion. I really like how the bourbon is strong but not so strong to cover or obscure the base stout, it accentuates it well. There is slight cocoa elements with a bitter accent to the light caramel and roasted elements with some sweetness and creamy tinges in the flavor a slight dry woody astringency carries through the mellow cocoa which is slightly bitter and combines with the hop spice in the finish. Overall I was well pleased with the taste as I sipped this over and over it was great to taste side by side with the original since you got the pleasure of tasting how much the barrel aging can add in only a 4 month period of time, it doesn't really need any additional time in the cellar IMO, it is great and I consider this a top notch barrel aged beer.

Slatetank, Jul 23, 2011
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Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate from Foothills Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 804 ratings.