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Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate - Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Reviews: 201
Hads: 1,091
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 21.99%
Wants: 1,381
Gots: 320 | FT: 38
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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 spinrsx
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of reto21
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
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

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.07/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of nicks6217
3.23/5  rDev -25.2%
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

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Photo of birchstick
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of beagle75
3.71/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
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

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of ShanePB
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of Phelps
4/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of DCon
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
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

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Photo of jegross2
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of UNCCTDawg
4.92/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of Ohsaycanyoubeer
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of mulder1010
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.07/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of fatmcb1
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
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!


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Photo of s1ckboy
3.51/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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Photo of tewaris
3.06/5  rDev -29.2%
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

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Photo of iadler
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of KAP1356
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of spdyfire83
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.2/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

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Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.