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Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate - Foothills Brewing Company

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816 Ratings
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Ratings: 816
Reviews: 182
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 1,240
Gots: 239 | FT: 19
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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Photo of Drazzamatazz
4.03/5  rDev -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.

Drazzamatazz, Nov 07, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
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

Brez07, Oct 21, 2011
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4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
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).

NCBeerFan, Oct 17, 2011
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4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

coreyfmcdonald, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of gford217
4.6/5  rDev +5%
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.

gford217, Sep 25, 2011
Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate from Foothills Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 816 ratings.