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Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate - Foothills Brewing Company

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Ratings: 750
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 1,207
Gots: 207 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Foothills Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

(Beer added by: LilBeerDoctor on 07-14-2009)
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

11-14-2011 14:09:24 | More by sendsilk
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

11-14-2011 13:37:49 | More by jh1982
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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +14.4%

11-14-2011 12:50:39 | More by eerbayman
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

11-14-2011 10:05:59 | More by bsuedekum
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

11-14-2011 08:09:11 | More by bombadil
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4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 19:09:27 | More by Drazzamatazz
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4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle shared by Drazzamatazz. 2011 vintage

A: Dark brown, but not quite black. Pours with a small mocha head with some retained. Barely any lacing to speak of

S: Lots of chocolate, cocoa-esque. Nice barrel aspects, oak and some bourbon. Melted cinnamon sugar (think cinnamon roll). Notes of alcohol

T: More chocolately than the regular, however still has the roast/smoke that overshadows. Light on the bourbon, some caramel and vanilla. Chocolate fades as it warms and more bourbon is present

M: Medium, still a little thin for the style. Smooth and creamy with a bite from the alcohol

D: Much improved over the regular version, but still not top line. Alcohol has been kept in check, so this is ready to drink now

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 10:34:04 | More by Brez07
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North Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been patiently waiting to crack open one of these since the release a few months ago…on a vacation with the family in FL, so decided to bring one along for the ride.

Pours a murky black with a very thin mocha head….some ruby highlights around the edges. On the nose, roasted coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and subtle bourbon aromas make their way out of the glass….and it's just such a pleasant melangé of aromas!! The coffee isn't as present in the taste, but the vanilla and bourbon seem to dominate, maybe with a bit of coconut coming through. A lot of BAs criticize this beer for being a bit too thin…and I'm not arguing that point, but it reminds me much of the BA stout offerings from FiftyFifty, and that might very well be some of my favorites….maybe it's not exactly what's expected of the style mouthfeel-wise, but I actually prefer these thinner versions.

Just a knockout BA stout from Foothills and it's no reason this beer has medaled in the last two GABFs (Gold in '10, Silver in '11).

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 01:02:19 | More by NCBeerFan
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4.63/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

A: Perfect - black, dark, not much carbonation. Perfect for a stout.

S: Strong dark chocolate with lots of toffee.

T: Strong chocolate and bourbon flavor - lots of coconut.

M: Great carb and mouthfeel.

O: Amazing beer. Lots of chocolate and toffee.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 06:04:56 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Andrew (bulletburke) for this gem, which I had not gotten the chance to sample. 2011 bottle.

Pours almost completely black but not quite, more like a deep, deep chocolate brown with a small creamy tan head that recedes quickly to a thin cap.

Aroma is unbelievable, almost perfect for me. It's got plenty of the underlying beer with roasted chocolate malts and some sweetness. But the bourbon barrel is perfectly integrated, not crazy dominant but with the vanilla and oak thrown in with the whiskey aroma.

Taste is exceptional as well. Light toasted coconut and vanilla with the roasted malts, milk chocolate and hints of coffee. Then there's the bourbon which is most prevalent in the finish with a nice burn going down.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with strong carbonation and very much dessert-like overall. The alcohol burns a bit more than I was expecting but that's nitpicking.

This beer blew me away. I can't believe it took me this long to try it. It's one of those BA stouts than really uses the barrel perfectly - i.e. integrates it well with the underlying beer as oppose to overpowers it. Fantastic brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 03:36:49 | More by gford217
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4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Snifter glass.

A - Pours a dark chocolatey brown with a 3/4 finger dark tan head. The head fades rather quickly to the edges. There is light lacing left on the glass.

S - Chocolate and bourbon totally dominate here, there is some slight coffee in the background.

T - Dark chocolate mostly, then some wood, followed be the bourbon.

D - Lower carbonation, oily and heavy in the mouth. Slight alcohol burn at the finish.

O - Good, a touch hot at the end.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 02:37:39 | More by HuskyinPDX
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4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a flute, huge thanks to imagineiii for busting this open!

Pours pitch black with a very generous super dark brown/chocolate coloread head that slowly fades - almost looks like a nitro poured beer, very nice. Aroma is very nice, you can tell the barrel has mellowed it out quite a bit, and I'm getting just a little hint of vanilla on the nose.

Taste is rich, chocolate, oak, vanilla, and the light hint of coconut which is really kinda unique. The mouthfeel is spot on, full and creamy with a really mellow finish. Really a fantastic beer, sadly i had this before the non BA version, so I'll probably be a bit underwhelmed by the regular one now.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 13:17:45 | More by kingcrowing
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3.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serious thanks for this, Peter. This is the 2011 vintage

Black with a dense, dark brown head with good retention. The nose has a nice milk chocolate character with coconut, vanilla, and bourbon. Apparently the bourbon was intense, but what really stood out for me was the excellent SC chocolate character. The palate opens with bourbon, plenty of cocoa and chocolate, with plenty of milk chocolate as well. Medium-light in body, this is too dry, with the thinness of the base beer, and the accompanying powdery dryness reminiscent of cocoa powder not really standing up to a fairly intense barrel character. Moderately tannic on the finish, this is solid, but I don't think it's an improvement on the base beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 05:03:01 | More by DefenCorps
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3.85/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

An awesome installment of Tuesdays with Doopie a couple weeks back. This was great man. Thanks for breaking these babies out, and cheers to John for sending them over.

From a bomber into a snifter.
Vintage: 2011 PvW barrel
Note: Drunk right after the base beer. Comparisons drawn.

APPEARANCE: Black pour yields a one finger, medium looking tan head with decent retention, fading down to a wisp and ring. Black body with lower levels of carbonation evident. Only a ring remains until the end but leaves no lacing down the glass. Same as the base beer, but a touch less visible carbonation.

SMELL: Lots of bourbon on the nose. Oak and vanilla, bourbon, and some faint chocolate notes. A bigger nose on this one, but it’s quite barrel heavy. Nice, but the chocolate notes are a little outgunned here.

TASTE: Very bourbon heavy again. The PvW barrel has come out in full effect. Bold flavors with lots of bourbon, oak and vanilla. The barrel dominates right though the middle into the finish, with a touch of caramel at the swallow. A bold and lingering aftertaste is almost all barrel with a touch of bitterness and some pure chocolate well after the swallow. The flavor is great, though it is now quite one-dimensional with very little of the wonderful base beer to be found.

PALATE: Same as the base beer. Medium body, lighter on the palate for the style, and medium carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth with a bit of a burn after the swallow and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Fine, but a little too light on the palate for the style.

OVERALL: This is definitely a great barrel aged imperial stout. It is not, however, a great barrel aged Sexual Chocolate. If that makes any sense. The great story the base beer told, what with the sweet and roasted beginning and the bitter, chocolate overloaded finish, just gets totally drowned out here by the bold and albeit wonderful flavors of the PvW barrel. They could have put any base stout into the barrels and it would have turned out the same, so they should have bottled more of the base beer and got it into more hands. Nevertheless, if you’re a fan of PvW barrels, you will love this beer. I loved it for sure, but wish it had been more of a barrel aged Sexual Chocolate. This was an awesome beer night though, so thanks heaps for making this happen Doops. Thanks to John again as well.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 19:13:15 | More by Jeffo
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4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After I got stiffed in a tade by mhl060 johnbjaeger came to the rescue and send me a Sexual Chocolate AND a BA Sexual Chocolate. The good man never tried any of these beers before so hopefully reading my review about the grandeur of these beers will make him happy. Thanks a million John!

2010 Vintage drank right after the regular version.
Poured into two snifters and shared with Jeffo during a Tuesday beer theme night.

I looked at it and saw it was dark, black... it came with a two finger tan head that left before I could say goodbye. Carbonation was visible. Purdy...

I smelled bitter chocolate, smokey oak darkfruits, a hint of sweetness and some vanilla bourbon.

The bourbon barrel really took over. It's hard to even pick out the base beer. Loads of vanilla, bourbon and smoked oak.

The body is a little lighter and more airy than one might expect on such a big beer. Carbonation levels are decent.

The barrel is very dominant on this one. I like the base beer slightly better because that beer had such a unique character and stood out. This is still a very good bourbon barrel aged beer but it totally makes your forget about Sexual Chocolate.

You da man, John. Jeff thanks for helping me drink this bad boy!

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 12:14:12 | More by doopiedoopiedoo
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4.93/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got a low fill of this from Foothills at the '11 release, so decided to drink this one rather than age...

A- Pitch black, viscous, dark, deathly, bitch of a blackish brew! Large two finger dark brown head, so awesome as usually imperial stouts don't have anything close to a head like this.

S- Thank you Mr. Bourbon and Mrs. Chocolate for making this aroma almost an orgasm in my nose! Also quite a bit of molasses and coffee, caramel, fig, toffee flavors. This is a big bad 80s bitch.

T/M- So smooth. So sweet. So roasty. So awesome! Just an incredible blend and balance of everything you want in an imperial stout. As woody and bourbony as hell. Just unreal. So smooth, slick, and full bodied. Moderate/low carbonation that covers the palate until you get all of the great flavors.

O- One of the top BA stouts out there. So smooth and balanced and full of flavor. I have a few more and can't wait to see.how this ages and do some verticals...

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 19:26:32 | More by TheGordianKnot
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4.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bob at the Distributors tent at the Indiana Summer Micro Brewers Festival 2011. I'm not sure how he obtained a Growler of this, and I didn't ask.
This beer stole the spotlight of the event from Founders Cashew Mountain.

O: Its one of those beers that is almost perfect in every way that you can't accurately describe it. If you like Abyss, FW14, Zukhavs, Dark Lord, etc. You will like this.

Serving type: growler

09-08-2011 22:40:15 | More by jisom123
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4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle shared at a local tasting. It poured black in color with a thin, frothy, tan head covering the top of the beer.

The aroma really shows some incredible bourbon flavors to it. I love the bourbon and the notes of vanilla, oak and a little coconut really compliment the beer well. I get a little dark chocolate coming out of the base beer, but the bourbon is the real star of the show.

The taste shows a little more of the dark chocolate character to it throughout the flavors. The barrel aging adds some great bourbon, woody oak and vanilla flavors. Again the bourbon flavors are what really stands out in it for me.

The mouthfeel is on the thinner side for the style with higher carbonation. Overall I thought it had some fantastic flavors to it. My only criticism is that the beer seems overshadowed by the bourbon. Luckily the PVW bourbon flavors that dominate are fantastic. Loved it overall, but more for the bourbon flavors than the base beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 18:17:43 | More by billab914
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District of Columbia

4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From 22oz bomber to Bruges glass at a small gathering of NoVA BA's on 9/4/11
*From notes

-- Many thanks for sharing this one, Nathan --

A: I wouldn't say this one will turn a lot of heads, but it's certainly attractive. Dark molasses brown to almost black at the center. A decent pour yields a one finger head and some moderate lacing.

S: Hot damn. This beer smells like a million bucks. The catch: the base beer is quite impressionable, allowing whatever you throw at it to be the featured star. Lucky for me, that so happens to be 23 year old Pappy Van Winkle barrels. Put your nose to the glass and you'll get mountains of the stuff - richly toasted coconut, crushed vanilla bean, melted dark cocoa and the smoothest of smooth whiskies.

T: Again, like the nose, this is Pappy's show. It's very easy to lose yourself here, as the flavors mesh beautifully. The bourbon is all over this sexy beast, yet it's wonderfully integrated within the charry and chocolaty malt backbone. I will say that the flavors here aren't nearly as condensed as another (and superior) Pappy aged Impy Stout: Bourbon County Rare.

M: Just like the base beer, this is disappointingly thin. The carbonation is off - it's simply too sharp for my liking. It's lacking finesse, that silky and voluptuous texture of the best in-style.

O: Foothill's Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate trumps the base in every way. It's literally a delivery device for one of the best Whiskey's in the world, and judged as such, it's fantastic. As previously noted, there are better beers coming out of the same barrels, yet it doesn't keep this one from being delicious in it's own right.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 23:47:57 | More by Rhettroactive
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New York

4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle enjoyed at an awesome tasting with some local BA's. poured into a new belgium snifter.

about a 1/4 of creamy light mocha colored head, decent lace. opaque black body.

lots of boozey bourbon dominates the nose, definatly nothinf solvent like. a smooth, clean chocolate, roasted malt just noticable behind the booze.

totally different taste than i was expecting based on the aroma. lots of bourbon that blends very nicely with an ideal chocolate flavor. some vanilla noticable. smooth warming bourbon.

very smooth and very creamy. light carbonation with a heavy thick body.

a very good beer, the bourbon definatly dominates over the chocolate. i wouldnt mind one of these for the cellar, could be quite interesting with some age on it.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 17:47:51 | More by dogfishandi
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S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a pitch black nice thick edge ring dark brown.
Nice roast chocolate, slight bourbon.
Taste is strong stout very sweet slight bourbon a nice heat a nice birnt character.
Mouthfeel is thick not chewy though
Overall this is very nice and kind of lives up to the hype I would drink this as often as I could.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 01:40:51 | More by sliverX
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4.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vigorous pour yields a half inch thick dark tan head. Light lacing rings the glass. Color is a pitch brown with a touch of ruby in the center.

Smell is light vanilla, an oaky presence that isn't overbearing. The chocolate and bourbon waft up from the beer with a sweet smell that's just this side of cloying. Clearly this is a monster, nothing should have this much alcohol and smell this smooth.

Taste follows suit, but the bourbon takes the wheel on this with chocolate riding shotgun. The two flavors meld together as the beer warms, presenting a perfect marriage of sweet and slow burn. I couldn't drink this more than once a month, but I can assure you that I would spend the other 27-30 days waiting in anticipation. Finish is coffee and a hint of dark fruits.

Worth the hype. Worth the money. Worth the line and the eight hour drive. A damn fine brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 06:05:59 | More by Nashvillain
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4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750th Review on BA
Bottle to snifter


Clusterfork 7
Thanks to Callmecoon

oops forgot one from the weekend!!

App- Big thick oily pour into a snifter. Had maybe 1/8" of head on it. Nice bubbles residualize around the edges.

Smell- Completely different from the regualar Sexy. This was thick, wofty, coconut, smooth, boozy and a little roasty. Great nose for a beer and had a little vanilla.

Taste- Taste follows the nose and expands with the smoothness of the PVW barrels. Very good stout. Wasn't overly big as say BT or Abyss but was rich, balanced and smooth. The coconut and vanilla intertwine to create a very nice drinking smooth stout.

Mouth- Medium/Thick body with a low creamy carbonation level. I loved the coconut and vanilla lasting flavors.

Drink- Amazingly better than regular Sexy Choc. This was big, bold, smooth and creamy. As stated I loved the coconut and the vanilla. So much goodness in the glass.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 15:11:22 | More by FosterJM
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3.25/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2010 vintage.

A - Pours a pitch black color with a brown head. Didn't stay for long, some minor spots left on the sides.

S - Nice smelling beer. Touch of bourbon, decent chocolate smell, a bit of roast, vanilla and oak. Smells nice.

T - Taste is not as nice, it's too light on the chocolate, has a carbonated/coffee taste, and too much wood. It's somewhat boring as well a

M - Mouthfeel is too thin, beer is overcarbonated, not a positive aspect for this beer.

O - Not a great beer at all. Maybe the 2011 PVW version is better, but this is an average RIS at best. Didn't care for it, and not interested in acquiring another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 03:54:21 | More by AgentZero
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3.78/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottled June 26, 2011. Served at cellar temperature. Thanks to Ryan for working out a trade for this sought-after beer!

Pours dark brown to black with a one finger brown head that recedes to a wispy cap and small ring leaving some spots of lacing behind.

Initial aroma starts with bourbon, vanilla & charred oak, and a strange vegetal/cherry tomato kind of smell. This, luckily, doesn’t last long as soon it opens up to include dark fruits of cherries, dates, raisins, plums and figs, also some roasted malt, chocolate, cola, grassy/herbal hops with some mustiness. The one constant is that the bourbon is the star and it’s some good stuff too. Very good strength.

Flavor is vanilla and chocolate, oak, bourbon, some toffee and caramel, cherries and dark fruits, some smoke/char, citrus hops towards the finish, some bourbon warmth at the end. Moderate sweetness. Also kind of has some Cherry Coke-like qualities.

Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied but a bit thinner than I expect for an Imperial Stout, rather sticky with very active scrubbing carbonation.

A good barrel aged Imperial Stout, but disappointing none-the-less due to the hype/availability. Ultimately comes across as a bourbon barrel Chocolate Cherry Coca-Cola. Kind of. I dunno. This is sort of all over the place as at times it is great, other sips are good, and then sometimes smells/tastes/feels mediocre. I don’t think I’ve ever edited/tweaked/changed a review so many times before.

Glad to have tried it but I’m also glad I didn’t get up at the wee hours of the morning and stand in line for it. Good, if not very good, but not in the top-tier of barrel aged brews.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 02:58:44 | More by elgiacomo
Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate from Foothills Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 750 ratings.