Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate - Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Reviews: 193
Hads: 1,042
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 3.94%
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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

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Beer added by: LilBeerDoctor on 07-14-2009

Barrel aged Russian Imperial Stout brewed with organic cocoa nibs.
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Photo of Ryan011235
3.83/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Delirium snifter on 9/17/12

With much appreciation to PDXHops

2011 Vintage

A) A dark brown that looks black in the glass. I was able to get about a finger's worth of foam easily, but it doesn't hold long. Wispy retention and a few strands of lace.

S) I like the aroma on this one; it smells close enough to s'mores (at least initially) to tickle my fancy. Roasted chocolate is held in check and there is a decent crackery grain note that blends in with damp oak. I reckon the vanilla overtones from the barrel account for the marshmallow notions. Actual bourbon tones are faint.

T) Bourbon leads things taste-wise but it is a very tangy kind of bourbon that is not front and center for long (though some carries over to the finish). Charred oak comes next leading to a tangy roast. Chocolate comes in with some dark roasted grains.

M) The body is almost velvety smooth; a medium sort of feel. However, carbonation is too high for such a calming feel to be realized fully. Slight graininess on the finish.

D) Overall, this one is pretty solid. The barreling seems a bit on the young side, though. (1,123 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle generously shared by Dustin at our crazy bottleshare last night, 10/5/2013. Poured into a Zwanze 2013 glass.

Looks like a typical great BA stout. Opaque, black as the dark. Not much of a head, a little bit of mocha fuzz on the surface, rather filmy actually. A little bit of lacing.

Lots of roastiness, coffee bitterness, chocolate along with some bourbon and some barrel. Its not intense, but its not weak, rather quite mellow. Enjoyable nose.

I'm really enjoying this. It's got that umami kind of flavour in some BA stouts. Pretty chocolatey and roasty, accentuated by a mild-moderate bourbon sweetness. Balanced well with some espresso bitterness. It's pretty damn good stuff.

Full bodied, thick, viscous and just right amounts of carbonation. Its a bit chewy and I love how the bourbon is a great complement to the base beer.. leaves a nice, nougatty finish on the palate.

Balanced with bourbon being a complementary adjunct. Its what I really enjoy about certain barrel-aged stouts. There are some where the bourbon and barrel pretty much taking over the entire beer, and I do not enjoy some of these beers. This one, however is perfectly balanced while providing a complex palette of flavours. Very enjoyable to drink this one! (1,254 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%

A good dessert brew with lots of chocolate. The bourbon notes are quite subtle as the beer offers mostly sweet milk chocolate, caramel, vanilla. Roast and nuttiness round out the brew. (185 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on-tap at Foothills Brewing in Winston-Salem, NC

A: Pours an opaque but clear jet black in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some faint cola brown + crimson red highlights. The beer has a half finger tall dense foamy dark beige head that reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and oak.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of roasted malts with a light amount of dark chocolate sweetness. Light to moderate notes of chocolate malts with moderate to strong flavors of vanilla and oak with lighter flavors of bourbon. Light amounts of bitterness.

M: Just shy of full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Thick and viscous.

O: Overall not nearly as "hot" as it has been in previous years and much smoother... The bourbon is very complementary rather than dominating. Delicious and definitely worth trying - I would get this year's vintage again. (1,078 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewpub for the 2013 release day. into a chalice.

pours a very dark brown with a reddish hue on the edges. inch or so beige head. smooth bourbon and chocolate aroma. not too overpowering, just right. the taste has a good amount of smooth bourbon up front , chocolate and roasted malts. very smooth, not thick. fairly creamy. sticky on the palate. real real smooth is my overall impression. full bodied with low carbonation.

overall much better than original sexual chocolate. very very drinkable. the flavor doesn't approach a parabola or KBS, but still very good and very impressive. (600 characters)

Photo of Treebs
3.7/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2013 vintage. Thanks to jportillo for the share. 22 oz bottle served in a Firestone Walker mini snifter.

A: Pours a dark black color with a dark tan head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring that leaves some splotch lace down the glass.

S: Smooth bourbon with a just a touch of heat. Sweet caramel barrel notes with some dark chocolate. There is some minimal char in the periphery as well.

T: The taste wasn't as nice as the nose. The chocolate notes weren't as prevalent. The bourbon was upfront with an oak backing. Light roasted malts as well.

M: Medium light bodied with a smooth and medium carbonation. Slightly charred oak finish.

O: A little thin and light on the flavors. Overall it was nice, but slightly overrated in my opinion. (753 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.05/5  rDev -6%
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. (873 characters)

Photo of Auracom
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great share from Scott, thanks man. 3-4 oz. poured into a tulip on February 2nd, 2013.

A - This looks really similar to Vanilla BCBS in both color and depth, but with a twinge of ruby-like caramel at the edges. Virtually zero carbonation or lacing but it's got a moderately sticky residue across the sides.

S - Not as rich in distinct Stitzel-Weller Pappy as BCBS Rare but I get a decent trace of that very distinct oak. Light cocoa, moderate roast.

T - Better than anticipated. Initial dark chocolate melds into richer butterscotch and honey almond. Easily better than aroma.

M - Medium-high carbonation, tannic, medium body, dry aftertaste.

D - I'm not astounded but it's memorable. And in a world of BA-everything, that is a complement. (746 characters)

Photo of CraftEyeDoc
4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz 2012

A: Midnight black with very little head

S: A balanced chocolate and bourbon aroma with some oak and roasted notes

T: Great combination of bourbon with some mild chocolate and roasted flavor, bourbon is not over powering and lets the other parts of the beers come through nicely, some mild hints of coffee, hides the almost 10% abv very very well

M: Moderate body with low level of carbonation but goes down very easy with a very nice texture

O: I love living down the the road from Foothills because it makes getting this beer so easy. There is a reason it has hype behind it and why it has won awards. It is def one you should try and get your hands on to experience. (683 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.62/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

The pour is dark brown in color, but it is noticeably thin from the pour. A light brown or ruby meniscus.

The aroma is full of dark chocolate and Pappy. The aroma blends well together, the sweet dark chocolate and the dryness of the oak and Pappy is an interesting effect.

The flavor starts sweet, with lots of milk and dark chocolate. As the sip continues, the Pappy comes into play, adding a warming sensation to the stomach. Roasted malt, some espresso, and a bit of vanilla add some depth. The chocolate and Pappy really control the flavor, though.

The body is a little bit lighter and more watery than I would like in my barrel aged imperial stouts. Overall I felt it was fairly smooth, with a proper medium carbonation and an alcohol presence that stayed in the background.

Overall I found this to be an above average beer. When compared to other top tier barrel aged beers, though, it does not compete. (969 characters)

Photo of standardcherry
4.44/5  rDev +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)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz, 2011 vintage
HF Wine Glass

A: Pours pitch black, maybe some reddish hues on edges. Really didn't get much head. Thin layer of light tan head. Forms a ring around edges. Some alcohol feet.

S: Definitely getting some muted vanilla notes. Chocolate, but no where near as much as with a fresh bottle of the regular version of this brew. Light roast coffee. Some woody notes are there.

T: Pulling lots of creamy chocolate and vanilla on the first sip. It's really pleasant. The bourbon isn't overpowering at all and actually seems to have nicely faded into a caramel like vanilla hint. No booze at all. Very easy drinking. Nice long finish with flavors coming up a little more as it warms and you sip on it.

M: Full bodied and creamy. (739 characters)

Photo of jayfro70
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a great beer. My first BASC.
2012 bottle poured into a small tasting glass shared with several friends

A - Rich dark black color with very little head.

S - Rich, chocolatey, bourbony smell. All the scents are very easy to pick out and seem very balaced.

T - Everything seems very balanced in this one. Cocoa, vanilla, bourbon. All came through, but none overpowering. My only regret is that this is that I'm tasting the BASC and I've never had the regular SC. Hoping to grab a couple of bottles at the release in a few weeks.

M - Nice thick body with very little head/carbonation coming through. Exactly what I would expect from a strong BA stout.

O - I've heard mixed reviews about the regular version of SC, but I'm very happy with the BA version. Wish I had more... (782 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (591 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage to snifter.

A - Dark black with a thin layer of medium brown head that quickly reduced to a few scattered bubbles.

S - Bourbon, oak and vanilla dominate as the barrel qualities take centre stage. A big chocolate fudge aroma is also present.

T - A huge cocoa nib flavour up front that gives way to the barrel qualities - oak, bourbon and vanilla. Some lighter molasses notes and a touch of dark caramel. A little bit hot but not distractingly so.

M - Medium to full body. A time, fairly viscous but the mouth feel is slightly inconsistent. Light carbonation.

O - A really good beer and much better than the regular version. Good integration of the base beer and the barrel. (695 characters)

Photo of nUgZ
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber from the 2012 release.

A: Pours a very dark brown/black color with a 1 finger head and very nice lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, bourbon, roasted malts, and fruit aromas.

T: Mmmm. Now that's what I call a good beer! Amazing roasted malts, nuts, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and some faint coffee flavors.

M: Medium bodied with nice carbonation.

O: I'm so glad I live close to the brewery and have a chance to try all of their great beers. The Sexual Chocolate is a great beer, but this is even better. I'm an IPA guy, but beers like this make me second guess my beer choices sometimes. (615 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (533 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bottle - Thanks to Phyl21ca for sharing

Appearance - Black/Brown colour with with an above average size fizzy/frothy light brown head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, dark chocolate, wood, burnt/roasted notes

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and some roasted/toasted/burnt nuts. There is also a bit of a smokiness and a touch of bitter coffee flavour and some bourbon. It ends with a grainy/chocolate aftertaste with a bitterness that lingers.

Overall - Really happy to have had the chance to try this one. It was a touch on the bitter side but still very flavourful and you can really taste the quality ingredients used. The bourbon is subtle but still present. (847 characters)

Photo of reto21
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
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 (551 characters)

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks JD!

The smell has so much bourbon, holy shit. It looks like a good RIS. Pitch black with an off white head. The bourbon dominates the nose, with strong notes of honey, whole bean vanilla, and toasted wood. I love it.

The taste is solid. Strong vanilla heavy bourbon. Loads of full flavored wood heavy bourbon really dominates. vanilla is the main barrel flavor, and in a good way. Boozy in the middle as well, with a good bit of accentuating barrel flavors. I know this was aged in Pappy 20 barrels, and it shows. The bourbon ALMOST takes over the original beer, but it needed to. The base was SO bitter that it needed to mellow out, and it did beautifully. The base malty bitterness has turned into a beauty of a malt. It would be a 5.0 in terms of taste, but BA Blackout takes that. Its just not as sweet and balanced. (829 characters)

Photo of thegodfather2701
4.07/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pitch black with no head just a tan ring of foam. There was no lacing or cascading. One of the darkest beers I have ever had the privilege of drinking.

S-Bourbon, chocolate, coconut, coffee, and booze. It smells somewhat sweet.

T-Bourbon up front followed by chocolate, coffee, coconut and alcohol. The first few sips seemed very boozy. It is semi-sweet but not overly sweet. Also the bourbon is not overbearing which is a plus, as it just adds another layer of complexity to this beer.

M-Thin and syrupy.

D-Very drinkable, one could definitely drink a couple of these (12 ounce pours) in a sitting.

Overall, this is a very good beer and I am glad I had the privilege to try it. To me its not as good as Kentucky Breakfast Stout, but definitely worth drinking if you have not had it before and I will seek it out again. (827 characters)

Photo of nicks6217
3.23/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2011 vintage serve into a Bruery Tulip

A. Poured a dark cola like color with visible carbonation and mocha head

S. Vanilla, bourbon, baker chocolate and sweetness

T. This is were there was a major disappointment., The baker chocolate and char that I come to like from the base beer was not there and the barrel presence felt like a coke and jack that has been sitting over night.

M. Thin body and prickly cola like carbonation.

In my honest this opinion this was a notch above ba people porter which doesn't say much (522 characters)

Photo of birchstick
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage; consumed in February 2012 alongside the regular version

A - pours black in color with small head

S - nose is bourbon that is overwhelmed by lots of chocolate notes

T - nice chocolate notes upfront fade to dark, dry bakers chocolate. These fade to a lot of vanilla and molasses. Ends with these flavors. The two flavors are really well balanced.

M - a little thin, but pretty decent

D - the bourbon is very well integrated into this beer. The BASC cuts out some of the monotony of the regular version. This is the epitome of a barrel enhancing a base beer. (574 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.71/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque black color with less than one finger of diminishing beige foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Oatmeal and raisins are identifiable. Qualities of the smell are familiar and endearing at first, but get repetitive. Slight coffee is also detected, but alcohol is not.

T: Begins off-dry, with dark chocolate, bourbon, and lesser dark fruit. Moderate acidity develops into the middle where dryness increases while spirit fades before much oak can emerge. The finish is moderately bitter, with lingering dark fruit.

M: Medium viscosity, slightly acidic and warm on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: Pleasant in its chocolate quality, but without much bourbon influence beyond the initial burst of flavor to distinguish it as the value-added version of this imperial stout. Not the most well-rounded representative of its style, but hardly a dessert beer. (922 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark brown with a small mocha head and some lacing

S: Lots of chocolate and subtle barrel notes of oak and some bourbon with alcohol

T: A big roastiness with cocoa and very easy going bourbon notes. Some caramel, vanilla, light wood, caramel and dark fruits

M: Medium to bog body, smooth and creamy with a bite from the alcohol

O: A good BA RIS (360 characters)

Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.