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Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate - Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Reviews: 204
Hads: 1,107
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 21.76%
Wants: 1,380
Gots: 331 | FT: 40
Brewed by:
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: 204 | Hads: 1,107
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured on-tap at the brewery on the release day. The beer was served in a snifter, and it pours a jet black coloring, with a tan halo of head. Nose of chocolate, booze, vanilla, oak, and coffee. Extremely rich. Flavors are heavy booze and coffee forward, with a blast of bittersweet chocolate, wood spice, and roasted notes. Heavy and velvety, with a bittersweet cocoa nib aftertaste. All chocolate, with hints of bourbon here and there. Perfectly balanced and huge. Roasted and rich chocolate linger on a smooth finish. Great beer!

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Photo of NorthsideFred
4.93/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2011 bottle, shared with a few buddies on my deck on the eve of Independence Day 2014.

A: Looks great! Black with a nice tan head.

S: mmm - The perfect balance of Bourbon and Chocolate.

T: Delicious! The taste follows the nose. Chocolatey Bourbon goodness.

M: Full bodied but not as thick as some other RIS I have had.

O: This is a great beer. I'm glad I had the opportunity to taste it. Some of the other reviews I've read on here mention slight oxidation. There was no oxidation with this bottle.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage poured into snifter. Pours a dark brown with cocoa colored head. Opaque in appearance. Nose starts with mellow vanilla, some harsh barrel notes, and a bit of oxidization present which brings on some sherry like notes. Dark chocolate and roasted malt is present beneath the barrel. The taste is smooth and starts with dark chocolate. Next comevanilla and charred oak with more oxidization. Dark fruits come out. Tons of flavor here that is very well balanced. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Overall, a nice beer that pack a flavorful punch. The oxidization is a slight drawback, but still a tasty brew.

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Photo of roger617
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into snifter, compliments of homebrew311.

A: Black, pours with a little over a finger of mocha colored head that reduced fairly quickly and leaves little-to-no lacing.
S: I want to say its complex. I want to say there's a lot going on. But all I get is chocolate and bourbon - and I am in love with the aroma. If you can imagine melting the finest chocolate, mix in a top notch bourbon, you can grasp the power of this aroma. Any other similar beer also has coffee, vanilla, roast/char something or other. Not this one. Simple, straight to the point. Chocolate. Bourbon. F-yeah.
T: A mimic of the aroma. Chocolate up front and throughout each sip, with a lingering bourbon character that makes me feel as if I'm drinking a carbonated bourbon infused with chocolate.
M: Silky smooth, carbed well. For an under 10%er it feels very thick.
O: This beer is unbelievably good. The alcohol is non existent in aroma and flavor. I received this as a 'surprise' beer from my wants list, and have to say it's the best surprise I've ever received.

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Photo of metter98
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.06/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from bcrossan (thanks man!). 2012 release. Served in a Cigar City teku.

Pours deep, dark chocolate brown with a finger and a half of dark tan head. The thin layer of wispy bubbles that linger leave only a few small spots of lace.

Aromas of bourbon, cocoa, slight oxidation, oak, vanilla, caramel and an underlying sugary sweetness. Much more inviting as it warms up.

Wow. The nose did not prepare me for the smooth yet bold medley of flavors. Softly boozy bourbon, rich dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, creamed espresso, molasses, burnt caramel, roast malts, faint charred wood, some brown sugar, a little bit of sweet dark fruit and a pleasantly fitting nip of alcohol. I could see how some could find this too sweet but to me it's outstanding. The bourbon barrel sweetness plays wonderfully against the bittersweet cocoa and roast.

Body is on the full side of medium with a soft carbonated tickle. More syrupy than creamy, this beer really coats the tongue. Bourbon, dark chocolate, vanilla and espresso finish.

Bourbon barrel aging is apparently exactly what Sexual Chocolate needed. The barrel cuts the bitterness of the roasty base and adds a terrific sweetness. I'm not sure how much of that smoothness comes from the 20+ months of age but I hope this isn't the last time I get to try this.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
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

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

Not sure on the vintage. Stout-like appearance, black and opaque, with a nice cap of dark brown head that retained as a ringlet, leaving a few streaks on the glass, dabbed with light lacing. Roasty dark malts in the aroma, dark chocolate, bourbon and vanilla. In the taste, good blend of bourbon/vanilla/coconut sweetness and chocolaty/malty roastiness, with neither really taking dominance, lesser notes of coffee, cocoa bitterness, and toasted oak, slight hop presence in the finish. Medium-full body, smooth, not too hot, quite drinkable. I didn't really think this was too distinctive in the world of barrel-aged stouts, but what it was, was a good and tasty beer overall. A major improvement over the rather lack-luster regular version.

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Photo of brentk56
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of n2185
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: pours black with two fingers of brown head that fade into a frothy ring with decent lacing.

S: roasted malts, semi-sweet chocolates, toffee, caramel, bourbon, and oak all come through strongly

T: roasted malts with semi-sweet chocolate and vanilla dominating with oak and sweet bourbon coming through as well. The finish is lightly boozy.

M: thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer is pretty drinkable for the style.

O: a good beer, overall. Not overly sweet or boozy, which I like in a bbal imp stout.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.83/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
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!

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Photo of dar482
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of Treebs
3.7/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of Auracom
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of CraftEyeDoc
4.71/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.62/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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Photo of standardcherry
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of jayfro70
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
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...

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 204 ratings.