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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Gots: 281 | FT: 28
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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 jmarsh123
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a small tan head receding into a wisp.

Definite barrel in the nose. Lots of chocolate and licorice still, but toffee, bourbon, vanilla and wood come through strong.

The barrel is well integrated on the flavor. Starts off malty and chocolate with just a kiss of bourbon. Lush vanilla, oak and toffee round out the palate and it finishes with just a slight punch of boozy goodness. The smoky flavor that almost ruins the regular SC is kept in check by the bourbon and retreats to the background as a supporting character where it should be.

Rich and thick without every really being cloying. Low carbonation. Just a hint of alcohol and for the most part hidden well for its ABV.

Barrel treatment turns a good beer into a great beer. Wonderful complex flavors. We mixed the normal and BA versions as well and the result was pretty cool. If you are trying side by side try it. (893 characters)

Photo of ShanePB
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2011, bottled 6/26
Served into a tulip glass

A: Deep dark black body with a moderate tight bubbly tan head. A little retention ring sticks around but a few swirls resurfaces a good amount of bubbles. Minor lacing on the walls, too.

S: Roasted chalky malts, cocoa, chocolate, coffee beans, and some vanilla. There's something in the aroma that smells just a bit off in a way but it's rather hard to place. Not a bad smelling beer, lots of complexity but nothing superb.

T: Cappuccino, chocolate malt, roasted malts and a slight hint of bourbon comes in. Back of the palate is pretty dry with plenty of toasted elements and coffee beans. Very nicely complex and flavorful, much more than the regular Sexual Chocolate version.

M: Creamy, smooth with the right amount of carbonation for the style. A touch dry on the back end of the palate but overall this is good.

I much preferred this one to the regular Sexual Chocolate. The barrel and cocoa nibs definitely added another dimension that the base beer seriously needed, in my opinion. I'd seek this one out again for sure. Good stuff. (1,096 characters)

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

Shared by ejyoung at a Cooters tasting. Poured into a Russian River glass.

Dead black, with crimson at the edges. The cocoa-colored head quickly fades to a thin ring.

Not a strong aroma, but good. Rich chocolate syrup, maple, lots of vanilla, buttery bourbon-soaked oak. Maybe a bit of dark cherries.

Solid flavor, led by the barrels. Toffee, vanilla, chocolate sauce, bourbon, oak, dark sweet cherries. Sweet, though a little mild. Smooth blend.

Velvety medium body with light, massaging carbonation and just a little fizz. Alcohol appears at the swallow, and is just about what you’d expect from 10 percent.

A very tasty barrel-aged brew, but it’s absolutely not worth the hype. I’d rank it in the middle tier of BA stouts. (738 characters)

Photo of DCon
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shared a 1 PT 6 FL.OZ. - 650ML. Bottle of this w/ friends from the Royale in St. Louis, MO. Poured from the Orange/Brown Labeled bottle / Mrs. Aphrodisiac loving the taste of this beer & taking in the aroma into a 12oz Pint Glass. Has 6/26 on the side of the label and is from the 2011 release.

Aroma- This aroma is full of darkness. Bourbon, booze, and a distinct barrel note hits very strongly.

Appearance- Pours a .5 finger head that dies quick. Also pours very viscous and has legs when I swirl it in my glass. Has a deep brown colored bod and leaves suds behind.

Flavor- The beginning (594 characters)

Photo of jegross2
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate from Foothills Brewing Company.
Score: 96

2010 vintage bottle served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 03/04/12.

Appearance: Pours a black coffee color. Totally opaque save for a thin layer of brown caramel highlight atop the glass. One finger of creamy, chocolate colored head at pour settles into a thin layer around the glass and patch of foggy head in the middle of the glass. Average head, below average retention. 4/5

Smell: Dark chocolate, fudge, vanilla, caramel malt, oak, bourbon and molasses/brown sugar. Sweet waffle syrup and dried fig too. 4.5/5

Taste: Chocolate, cocoa, fudge, sweet vanilla and bourbon upfront and on the midpalate. Super rich, syrupy flavors throughout. Chewy raisin, toffee and sticky molasses towards the finish. There is a sweet maple syrup backbone. Super balanced and flavorful, with the perfect level of sweetness for a bourbon barrel aged imperial stout. A little charred chocolate and leathery oak as the beer layers. Just a hint of booze. Dare I say there is a hint of coconut? Super chocolatey with a strong bourbon-y vanilla twist. The barrel characteristics here are near perfect. Super drinkable, but this one should be sipped and savored. 5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, minimal carbonation. Syrupy mouthfeel. Dry, sweet and sticky finish. 4/5

Overall: I need to get another bottle of this beer. Absolutely divine. I wonder what the 2011 vintage, aged in Pappy Van Winkle barrels, tastes like...

Recommendation: Seek this beer out.

Pairings: Chocolate chip pancakes.

Cost: $15 for a 22 oz beer. (1,600 characters)

Photo of UNCCTDawg
4.92/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Macky20 for the bottle
2011 Vintage Enjoyed in a Stone 15th Anniversary Snifter

A~ Black in color with a hint of dark brown head. Slight amounts of dark brown glow at the top of the beer. Good looking one finger light mocha colored head that had really good body to it. Great head retention and bits of spotty lacing.

S~ Bourbon Vanilla on the nose with oak and molasses finish. Lots of bourbon and sweet up front.

T~ Is this Sexual Chocolate? Completely different beer than the regular beer, which is not terrible. Much like the smell but a lot more vanilla, bourbon and molasses.

M~ Low carbonation and light body for the style. Very velvety through drinking.

O~ Great BA treatment to an already solid beer. The BA version is right up there with the big boys of BBA beer. (792 characters)

Photo of Ohsaycanyoubeer
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, very distinct bourbon aroma. Very roasty, strong bourbon, and a slight hint of roasty chocolate on the backend. Completely different than the regular version, much more vanilla imparted from the bourbon and very little of the subtle chocolate of the regular version. This ain’t too bad at all. The rarity of this makes it hard to get a ton of, but its worth trying and IMO right up there with the rest of the BA Impys. (433 characters)

Photo of mulder1010
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Nicks6217 for the bottle
2010 version

A-- Poured a dark cola color and settled black in the glass. Slight amounts of ruby at the top of the beer. Good looking one finger light mocha colored head that had really good body to it. Finally settled to a good collar. Great head retention and bits of spotty lacing.

S-- Vanilla, oak, bourbon, coco powder, and molasses. Good nose to this and took a few minutes to want to drink this.

T-- Lots of barrel notes and not much of the base beer. Not that that is a bad thing. Much like the smell but a lot more vanilla, bourbon and molasses.

M-- Low carbonation and light body for the style. Very velvety through drinking.

O-- Very good BA treatment to a very average beer. Was not a big fan of the regular version but this was quite good. Good to knock off one of my top wants. (836 characters)

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

22oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a dark brown, black in the glass, with slightly ruby highlights and a darker brown head with no lacing. This has legs like a fine whiskey.

S: The nose has big aromas of vanilla, bourbon, molasses, graham cracker, and a hint of chocolate/cocoa.

T: The taste is a bit more balanced than the nose lead on. Nice aroms of vanilla, chocolate, hops, and a hint of barrel char. The hops are actually a bit more forward than I was expecting but it cut some of the sweetness which is nice.

M: The feel is a bit thin for the style with slightly more big bubbles than you would expect. Could be a bit thicker and creamier.

O: Very nice aromas and a complex taste. The feel is disappointing but I'd still recommend it if you can find one. Big thanks to advent for sending this one to me. (815 characters)

Photo of fatmcb1
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to GregSVT for sharing. 100th review!

Pours black with dark brown edging when held to light. Dark beige, thick 1 finger head settles to a ring that lasts awhile. Modest lacing is left on the glass.

Complex aroma filled with bourbon and vanilla. This is backed by ample dark malt, chocolate, just a slight amount of dark fruit.

Flavor follows the nose. Sweet malt meshes together with the barrel character. Coffee also appears in the taste. Dark fruit is absent.

Surprisingly, this is really on the thin side. Carbonation is a bit low as well.

Overall, I am really glad to have gotten to try this beer. The taste is really incredible. The only area that this fell short was in the body. If it had a thicker body this would have been near perfect. (760 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 bomber into a medium-sized Duvel tulip. Gigantic thanks to the generous kingkong for hooking me up with this one. Shared at a tasting.

A: Midnight black body with a solid finger of creamy light brown head. Good retention and lace. Nice looking stout.

S: Barrel explosion: huge, amazingly great bourbon, with vanilla, marzipan, coconut oakiness close behind. Not much in the way of malt or chocolate, but I'm blown away by the bourbon.

T: Follows the nose precisely: gorgeous bourbon, complex oak, and only faint beer. A bit of dark chocolate on the finish, along with a touch of spiritous booze. THe finish is a bit disappointing, but the barrel notes are incredible.

M: Medium body, plenty of lively carbonation. A bit thinner than might be wished, but nice.

O: I'm not the biggest fan of the base beer, but the Pappy barrels really made this one a terrific experience. A bit more body and roastiness would have made it absolutely spectacular, but I can't really complain. The only real letdown was that it didn't have enough body to stand up to the amazing "slutty" brownies that my host's girlfriend made. Thanks, Alli!

Cheers! (1,141 characters)

Photo of s1ckboy
3.51/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2011 bottle with about 6 months age on it.

A - almost pitch black, 1-2 finger brown head.

S - bourbon, hint of chocolate, coffee

T - bourbon, some chocolate, roast

M - Thin for the style, almost watery. Too much carbonation it washed away all the flavors. Dry finish

A bit of a disappointment after hearing so much about it. This is just an average BA imperial stout. Mouthfeel was too thin and it was over carbonated. (427 characters)

Photo of tewaris
3.06/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks for sharing... I can't remember exactly but I think it was Nils. Poured into a tasting snifter.

This is one beer I am not going to chase, ever! Looks lightweight, tastes weak, and feels thin. Perhaps it was the palate destruction but many seemed to agree that it was unremarkable in more than one way. Garnet-brown as opposed to black with some bubbles here and there (in its defense it was a small pour).

Contrary to expectations, the notes of chocolate/vanilla were weak. Taste was alright but what is the average barrel aged stout it should be compared to? I wouldn't even recall drinking this had I not taken notes, thoroughly ordinary.

4, 3, 3, 3, 3 (666 characters)

Photo of iadler
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

'11 bottle, courtesy of Hophead101 and mikereaser. Thanks guys!

A- Pours dark brown with a two finger head mocha head. Some spots of lacing are left behind.

S- Dark chocolate bars covered in sea salt, smoke. roasted malt, chocolate covered cherries and raisins, sweet earthy bourbon and a hint of vanilla.

T- Chocolate is prominent upfront followed by some smokiness, grass, roasted malt, bourbon, roasted malt and a hint of dark fruits. Not as much depth as the aroma.

M- Medium carbonation a thin watery body that finishes with some roasted malt. Carbonation is too high for my liking and is the biggest fault of this beer.

O- This is the second time I've had a '11 bottle and while this beer is enjoyable, it isn't one I would actively try to search out as there are plenty of other RIS's I prefer that are easier to obtain. (832 characters)

Photo of KAP1356
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Couldn't make the release, so my good friend Rob brought one back for me! I wasn't overly impressed with the non-BA version, so hopefully this version lives up to the hype. 2011 vintage poured into a snifter...

A - Pours a pitch black color that is completely opaque. A small, one finger beige/khaki color head forms and recedes to a colar. Some nice, spotty lacing is evident.

S - Starts with strong notes of bourbon and obvious barrel aging along with dark, roasted malts. Notes of rich, dark chocolate, coffee bean and brown sugar come through as well. There are some wonderful notes of vanilla, oak and some toasted coconut. Really very nice.

T - The taste follows the nose pretty closely. Strong bourbon flavors up front along with dark, roasted malts. The bourbon is quite sweet. The sweetness is enhanced by flavors of dark chocolate, vanilla, toasted coconut. That sweetness is balanced well with roasted coffee, brown sugar, and some dry oak notes. Pretty we'll balanced and certainly more impressive than the non-BA version.

M - Medium bodied beer; something that brings this down a bit for me as I would like a fuller bodied beer. Lower carbonation as well making this one very smooth and almost creamy. The oak makes the finish a bit dry.

O - MUCH better than the non-BA version. The flavors were all very we'll balanced and made this a great BA RIS to sip on. I hope to get to try this again some day. (1,419 characters)

Photo of spdyfire83
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

97th Review
Bottle to snifter
Vintage: 2011

From notes. Shared at the DL Variant + Others Tasting in Chicago (October 2011).

A: Deep chocolate. Barely a quarter (mocha) fingernail head on medium pour.

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

T: Much like the smell; however, the booze is very pronounced and the taste is quite roasty. Well-balanced bourbon notes swallowed by dark chocolate and fruit.

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

O: I enjoyed this beer quite a bit, yet I wish there was a more going on with it. It is possible that is was swallowed by the other Russian Imperial Stouts at the table, but I will be happy to try my other bottle standalone (or possibly compared to the regular). Another thought is that it might just need to age a bit - which I can happily do! Will definitely return here. (864 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
3.2/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes, on draft at BASC 2011. I'm don't like regular SC, loved BASC 2010 so was optimistic about trying BASC 2011 (PvW barrels! woo?)

Pours a near black with a thin cream head, minimal lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate, toffee, caramel, tangy dark fruit, lots of booze, and roast malt. Generally very mild and bland. Flavor follows the nose, fruity and bourbon with charred and roast malt that isn't well blended with the barrel. Sorely disappointing after the 2010 sample I had, this reminded me more of some of DuClaw experiments at barrel aging stouts than a world class, refined example of the style. (608 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We had this next to the regular version at the epic stout tasting last weekend. Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Pours almost black with a reddish ring around the edge when the light hits it. There is a layer of tan head that fades quickly.

Smell: Just a bit sweet with roasted malt, dark fruit, and some bourbon.

Taste: Much smoother than the regular version. Actually picking up a little chocolate, which is nice. Sweet roast and smooth bourbon.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This one was better than the regular version, but still underwhelming given my expectations. These beers may be living off of the reputation of past batches. (684 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a one finger beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic streaks and spots of soapy lacing left behind.

Complex aroma with a prominent barrel character that's countered by roasted malt notes. A good amount of bourbon, toasted oak and vanilla but the barrel isn't overpowering allowing the dark malts to shine through. Hints of dark chocolate, roasted coffee bean and oatmeal. Very nice.

The flavor profile is very similar to the aroma. Medium bodied with an excellent balance of bourbon barrel and dark roasted malts. Lots of sweet bourbon along with so some toasted coconut, vanilla and dry oak. The bourbon flavor is very prominent but it's well integrated into the beer and not just a bourbon bomb. Underneath the bourbon there is a nice roasted malt character with hints of dark chocolate, toffee, oatmeal and roasted gourmet coffee bean. Really well balanced and even though there is a lot of bourbon flavor, there is little heat. Very impressive. (996 characters)

Photo of kzoobrew
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

Deep brown, much closer to black than the non barrel aged versions. The beer still falls short of being opaque. Decent brown sugar colored head it perched atop. Retention is respectable, slight lacing left clinging to the glass.

I recall my first statement to be "holy bourbon". The bourbon is very prominent but only displays the more pleasant aspects. Warm booziness and caramel blend with lightly sweet chocolate. Soft smoke falls in just behind to provide some depth.

Smooth bourbon, caramel and chocolate blend up front and coat the palate. The beer is on the sweeter side but stops before it becomes overwhelming. Subtle vanilla flavor is laced through out. The bourbon levels are nearly perfect for this beer, pleasant flavor with out the bite.

The mouthfeel falls short of expectations once again, much like the standard version. A lack of viscosity and creaminess really hurts the beer. The carbonation is on the lower side, once again a good thing for the lighter body. Texture is smooth on the tongue. Finish is on the longer side.

The barrel aged version is better than the standard, just a shade better than the 09. Easy to drink and enjoyable, I just wish the body was a bit fuller. (1,222 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.
Shared by DSC at a tasting-- he had the 08, 09, 10, and 11of the regular, plus the 10 and 11 of the barrel aged version...

Pours a darker deeper color than the regular, but still has some reddish hues in the sides, legs, and edges. A nice dark wet sand colored head.

Great nose-- like bourbon soaked chocolate. Wow. Really nice nose. This is loads better than the regular-- the barrel aging helped tremendously here!
Out of the regular SC, I was loving the 08 and pretty unimpressed by the rest of them. But the barrel version brings the beer back up to 08 level.

The taste has some nice sweetness up front with chocolate, toffee, and caramel leading the charge. That becomes a nice sweet bourbon flavor that melds and meshes well. Then a nice dry boozy bite at the very end leads me to want another sip.

Feels better than the regular version for sure.

Overall-- very impressed. Don't waste your time on the non-barrel aged version-- only go for this one! (981 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

brought to a tasting the night before FOBAB. Thanks for bring this beer Zach! Reviewed from notes taken on 11/11/2011.

Vintage 2011.

poured into snifter approximately 8 oz pour.

Appearance: Dark black bodied beer with a small dark brown head. leaves some nice lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Smells like black forest cake with some barrell notes of oak and vanilla. Well integrated together nothing overpowers the other smells from this beer.

Taste: Starts off with a dry cocoa flavor that becomes more of a fudgy / dark chocolate flavor as the beer warms. You can get a little bit of vanilla and some wood from the pappy barrels. Finishes with dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with low carbonation. The beer is quite smooth, but it is a bit thin for my liking.

Overall: This is my first beer from Foothills Brewing Company and they can make a really nice beer. (891 characters)

Photo of Marty30
4.07/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage split 3 ways Poured into a KBS snifter. I let this sit out for about 20 mins before I opened.

A. Typical black RIS color. Nice 2 finger mocha head. Nice head retention and lacing. for a barell aged RIS.

S. I'll start with the bourbon notes, not very strong but comes through nicely it doesn't drown out the big roasted and chocolate notes. Coffee takes a back seat in the nose.

T. I Get big chocolate,fudge,dark fruits and roastyness beneath the bourbon and oak. I also I get a touch of vanilla.

M. Weakest part of this beer. Kind of thin for a RIS. It's not terrible by any means but could be a little thicker. Leaves a roasted aftertaste.

Overall I am glad I have another bottle and will continue to trade for this the next release well worth seaking out and sharing with some friends. (806 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pt. 6 fl. oz./650 ml bottle
2010 vintage
Served in a snifter
Acquired in a trade with Douglasjamjak

The beer poured noticeably thinner than your typical imperial stout. Deep, dark brown (bordering on black). What the beer lacked in the appearance of the liquid, however, it more than made up for in the head. A two-and-a-half finger tall crop of super tight, creamy and bubbly, saddle brown foam topped the liquid. The head slowly dissipated, leaving sheets of lacing along the sides of the glass. Remarkable, especially for a 9.75% ABV beer.

Tons of chocolate notes immediately came through in the nose. I could smell this beer when it was still a foot away from me. Lots of brown sugar goodness. Strong dark fruits. Rich and smooth, but not very bourbony initially. As the beer warmed, the nose further intensified. The sweet brown sugar notes became even stronger and the bourbon came out in full force. Lots of vanilla. Some chocolate fudge. Hint of toasted coconut. Outstanding.

The flavor profile was impressive but dramatically different from the nose. Roasty on the front end. Good amount of smoke. Day old espresso. Semi-sweet chocolate notes came through in the center. A bit of vanilla. The finish was moderately hoppy (piney) and super dry. Bitter notes of char and hops resonated on my palate long after the beer was finished. For a nearly 10% ABV beer, the alcohol was remarkably well buried.

The mouthfeel was thinner than your typical RIS but the creaminess of the body helped me overlook this shortcoming. The liquid contained a fine bubbled, moderate effervescence that accounted for the remarkably silky smooth nature of the beer. Because of the mouthfeel, and the intense char in the flavor profile, I was more inclined to compare this beer to an intensified foreign export stout than a typical Russian Imperial Stout.

When I sampled Sexual Chocolate a few years ago, I remembered not being very impressed. This barrel-aged version really won me over me however. Do not anticipate this beer to be the biggest, baddest imperial stout on the market, but do expect to be happily surprised. (2,126 characters)

Photo of Drazzamatazz
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared this one with Brez07, thanks to advent.

A: Deeply brown with glowing amber edges. Slight mocha head with slight retention.

S: Way more chocolate in this one than I got from regular Sexual Chocolate. Barrel has imparted some nice dessert/pastry traits. Has a certain nostalgia too it, reminds me of freshly baked cinnamon rolls I used to get as a child. Expect this is the grown version and the alcohol notes are obvious.

T: This one is more in tune with its cocoa moniker, although there's still some smokey tones from both the barrel and malts that seem to win out. Fortunately these also impart some vanilla and brown sugar flavors.

M: Creamy yet also a little thinner than you'd expect. Normally I don't dig on medium bodied imperial stouts but this one manages to still have a velvety feel.

D: I enjoyed this way more than the standard offering. Not the best barrel aged beers I've had, but probably one of the better barrel aged treatments considering the level of improvement this version has. Some nice blending as well, I'd say this was bottled ready to drink, I don't see this really going anywhere with age. (1,130 characters)

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