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Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate - Foothills Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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966 Ratings
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Ratings: 966
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 1,291
Gots: 271 | FT: 26
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:
Beer added by: LilBeerDoctor on 07-14-2009

Barrel aged Russian Imperial Stout brewed with organic cocoa nibs.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.71/5  rDev -14.9%
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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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
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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3.75/5  rDev -14%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
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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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%
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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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
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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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.62/5  rDev +6%
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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3.75/5  rDev -14%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate from Foothills Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 966 ratings.