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Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate - Foothills Brewing Company

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Ratings: 748
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 1,205
Gots: 207 | FT: 10
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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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Verecund

Texas

4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened my last bottle tonight, 10.28.2010.

Pours an onyx with dark brown highlights on the side of the glass and a tiny ring of tan head. Very little lacing.

Heavy sweet chocolate, lots of vanilla, some caramel and well integrated (read: somewhat pronounced) bourbon. I get little roast on this, and it's no wonder the base beer is called sexual chocolate. (When I first had this on tap, I hadn't yet had SC, but I think the cocoa nibs really come through here, even after the barrel aging.) Probably the best part of the beer.

Roasted malt, toffee, some bittersweet chocolate, bourbon vanilla, subdued bourbon. I like what the barrel aging has done here, as it doesn't dominate the base beer, but integrates well with the cocoa flavor. There was some metallic character to this on tap, but I don't get it out of the bottle.

Fairly thin for the style. A little bit of dryness on the finish. Highly quaffable for an RIS.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 01:19:24 | More by Verecund
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kbutler1

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Un-numbered. Pours a dark black with a slight tan head. Oaky is the first aroma that comes to mind. Dark chocolate, coffe, toffee, and caramel in the nose as well. Boozy in the mouth after I swish it around a bit. Fairly sweet up front. Flavor wise the cocoa, chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon make their presence known. Nice blend. Very solid. Medium mouthfeel. Overall, a decently enjoyable beer but just like some other barrel aged beers, this one is a tweak or 2 away from being really good.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 13:35:53 | More by kbutler1
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alcstradamus

Washington

3.85/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the "King of Beers" Todd for sharing this one.

Poured into a 5 oz. taster glass. Not a proper vessel for reviewing appearance, so my rating for this category is adjusted to create an accurate overall score.

Pours a deep brown with a crimson hue. The aroma is bakers chocolate, oak, vanilla, and a bit of lip gloss.

The flavor is rich and chocolaty with vanilla and toffee. Some metallic notes.

The body is thin and there is high but appropriate carbonation.

I hate to say it, but could this be a bit buggy? I don't know, but the thinness and light metallic notes definitely detracted. Nonetheless, it was quite solid overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 00:36:13 | More by alcstradamus
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a 1/2 finger of tan head. Very good retention with a bit of lace. Color is fairly black.

Aroma: Cocoa powder with oak and vanilla. It does have a nice amount of bourbon. It is a bit roasty but not overdone. Better than regular SC.

Taste: A huge amount of cocoa powder like regular SC. It does have bourbon and oak but it doesn't blend very well. It seems like it was a bad base beer to barrel age. It shows some vanilla and caramel. Big roast in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, dry, and creamy. It is a bit warming. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends very dry.

Overall, the barrel aging improved this beer a bit, but it didn't go to well with the base beer. I wasn't overly impressed with this one. It was alright, but nothing spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 02:25:06 | More by mothman
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jpmclaug

South Carolina

4.88/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This review is from the release in August. I typed up notes in my Droid while the rest of my table were purchasing their bottles.

A - Dark dark brown body almost black with a circle of light tan head that turns into a nice fluffy head when spun in the glass.

S - Smooth bourbon flavor with hints of vanilla and some very sexy chocolate

T - Smooth bourbon flavor with a nice chocolate after taste. The chocolate lingers a perfect mix of milk chocolate with bitter dark chocolate. Bourbon is all up front in the flavor and is real smooth. Really blends well with the beer instead of overpowering.

M - Medium to heavy with a small amount of carbonation and a nice lingering mouthfeel similar to eating a candybar. A bit on the lighter side of the body for an IS but still good.

D - Sooo drinkable... I wish I could drink this all day, barrel flavor is up front but so smooth. I wish I could have so much more. Similar to the regular SC I think you have to want a nice chocolatey stout to really enjoy this.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2010 15:43:48 | More by jpmclaug
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JAXSON

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Chris for this one! Pours a fairly lively dark cocoa, clear when held to the light. Nose was dry, bitter chocolate shavings, vanilla, some smooth malt. Really creamy in the mouth, the vanilla flavors are really nice and rich, the chocolate is dry and well done. Bitter chocolate in the finish. Light barrel, well done and well integrated. Carbonation was a bit high. Not overly complex but very drinkable and very good.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 00:55:08 | More by JAXSON
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largadeer

California

4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bomber shared by nickd717. Thanks.

Clear chocolate brown in the glass, light for an imperial stout; this looks a bit thin. Very little carbonation or head.

It smells great, caramel and sweet milk chocolate, vanilla, almond and toasted oak. Very well integrated bourbon character.

Chocolate comes through stronger on the tongue, matched by notes of sweet bourbon and licorice. It's also rather ashy and smoky. This reminds me of FiftyFifty's Elijah Craig barrel Eclipse, another lighter-bodied imperial stout, but while that beer has just enough viscosity for the style, this is too thin. I am impressed that it has such a great bourbon barrel character without presenting much heat or harshness, but I find myself wanting more body. The finish is tannic, fairly dry with mild astringency. Carbonation is low, but it's fine for the style.

I enjoyed this quite a bit, though it's somewhat flawed overall; Sexual Chocolate may simply be too thin of a beer for barrel aging.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 19:08:57 | More by largadeer
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womencantsail

California

4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dan for sharing this beer. I've been looking forward to trying this.

A: The pour is fairly viscous and black with a substantial tan colored head.

S: Sweet vanilla and chocolate come through as does quite a bit of sweet caramel, oak, and bourbon. The roast is not quite as pronounced as in the regular version and this seems a lot more well rounded.

T: The flavor is quite smooth as well, though maybe not as much as the nose. Sweet milk chocolate, vanilla, roast, and bourbon. The bourbon flavor itself as not quite as intense as I would have imagined, but the alcohol is definitely noticeable.

M: The body is maybe a bit thin, which I wasn't expecting from the pour. It's still decent enough, though, and the carbonation is fairly smooth.

D: I think I preferred this to regular version, despite its pitfalls. The nose was really quite nice, and the beer tasted good as well.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 02:44:43 | More by womencantsail
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nickd717

California

4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber via trade thanks to beermex2. A valuable -bal aged tick Steve was able to provide, and for that I am ful of grate - or is that gratitude? - no, that can't be it, Gratitude is a beer.

Pours jet black and somewhat viscous with a thick tan head and good lacing.

The aroma is great - really good bourbon barrel notes on top of a really solid base stout. Big chocolate, roast, and coffee.

The flavor is a bit of a letdown after the aroma, but still very good. Roasted malt, milk chocolate, mild bourbon and oak, and coffee. Tasty.

Medium-full bodied for the style with soft carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel.

Good beer overall. A good tick, if not one of the best versions of this style I've come across in my epic quest.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 00:12:37 | More by nickd717
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Arbitrator

California

3.83/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Shared by nickd717. Thanks Tick.

A: Pours a translucent, maybe even clear, cola brown with very short-lived beige head. It vanishes literally in seconds, making me wonder if the cap leaked and the beer lost carbonation in transit.

S: Very aromatic. An emphasis on caramelly bourbon and cocoa, progressing into tobacco / smoke (just a hint of cigar, really), toast, oak, vanilla. The barrel trappings are there without being too dominant, and the result is a vivid bouquet.

T: The taste falls short of the very promising nose. Here, the emphasis is on smoke, tobacco, and earth. It doesn't have the thrilling caramel / bourbon / vanilla combination that made the nose so wonderful. Roasted malt, chocolate, maybe a touch of anise are noted.

M: This is the beer's biggest flaw. The regular Sexual Chocolate is on the thin side for an imperial stout, and I just don't think thin stouts fare well in a barrel. The result here is a beer that lacks viscosity (not necessarily a dealbreaker) and also presence (a dealbreaker); it falls quickly off the tongue and vanishes from the palate. Carbonation is low, so it's not the scrubbing power of the bubbles to blame.

D: I think these guys know their way around a barrel; if they put in a heftier beer, I could see this being top-notch for the style. I like this one but I'm more impressed by the promise than the execution.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 01:19:23 | More by Arbitrator
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DaveHS

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared with Jason at Fat Angel. Poured into a pint glass.

A-Thin, mahogany, the color of Grade B maple syrup. Almost no head. Minimal soapy lacing.

S-Toffee, Werther's Originals, bourbon.

T/M-Light and thin, but with a deep, resonant flavor. Toffee sweetness, bourbon, milk chocolate. A major improvement on the regular Sexual Chocolate, which I found underwhelming. There's a light acidity on the back end. It's the only thing about this beer that doesn't work for me. The Bourbon character is impressive, in that it is nicely integrated into the base beer. It isn't overpowering, but it actually serves to highlight some flavors I found to be dull and underdeveloped in the regular version. Well done.

D-Every once in awhile.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 07:12:37 | More by DaveHS
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craytonic

District of Columbia

4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: liquid chocolate black, nice tan head that leaves some good lacing.

Smell: Dark roasted (not burned) malts, chocolate, cocoa, molasses, bourbon, vanilla and oak. Perhaps a bit hot, could use some age.

Taste: Similar, is perhaps a bit hot from the bourbon and needs some age, lots of roast malts, chocolate, cocoa, vanilla and oak. Touch of licorice.

Mouthfeel: I can't help but think the alcohol makes this one a bit thin tasting, and also a bit harsh; it will mellow but right now it is beer with a bourbon shot in it.

Drinkability: Hit from being a bit hot, otherwise good like the regular version.

I enjoyed this one and it is a great beer, it just needs a year or so in the bottle. Wish I could have tried the PVW version.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 02:25:00 | More by craytonic
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Freethyhops

Alabama

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

on tap at the release.

a- pours pitch black. a small amount of dark brown head. some bar light does manage to penetrate the very edge of this one. the small head shows good persistence

s- big aggressive roastiness, a nice woody overtone, bourbon mixes too. some mellow sweetness is evident and a mocha-like tone from the chocolate/coffee mix

t- rich sweet maltiness hits first, cocoa, slight caramel tones, and roasted malts. vanilla like oak and bourbon meld perfectly with the sweet malt flavor. a bit of subtle bitterness rounds this beer out and really makes this a flawless example of what I want from a barrel aged stout. everything works smoothly and perfectly together to make an exceptionally smooth strong ale.

m- smooth and velvety. not overly thick and motor oil like. the viscosity and soft carbonation are perfectly matched to give it the exceptional smoothness. also, for a bourbon barrel aged stout the alcohol is very tame and only has the slightest warming sensation.

d- I ended up getting to tag along to a brewery rep party with a complementary keg of this thanks to hanging out with the right BAs at the right time, so I literally drank this all night. I definitely felt how drinkable this one was the next morning. I don't think I'll have the chance to drink "too much" of this one again, but you bet your ass I could. this stuff is great.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2010 15:51:32 | More by Freethyhops
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Paul for bringing this to a recent tasting. Two things off the bat, this beer blew regular Sexual Chocolate out of the water in a side by side as well as Barrel Aged Blackout Stout from Great Lakes, in a relatively temporal proximal tasting. This was my favorite stout of the night and for a while. Definitely not a homer beer (wish I could say the same for that Baltic Porter...)

Beer is black / dark brown and hazy with a thin brown head of small bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is out of this world. Its bourbon with out being boozy, chocolate without being too sweet or too bitter, its roasty last without the ash notes that some big stouts can pick up. Its mildly sweet with malt at the end, perfect.

Beer is medium bodied, bigger body than the regular sexual chocolate. Its sweet with a vanilla oakiness to the back of it. The bitterness is minimal, there is some mild sweetness and of course nice chocolate. The liquor character of this beer is quite forward but its not hot. Its the kind of big ass stout you could drink all night on a cold winter night. Its truly an amazingly well balanced beer. Again, its sweet without being cloying, its not TOO heavy, its not thin, its bourbon but not hot, for as young as this beer is its amazingly good. I may need to get some of this.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 21:11:42 | More by drabmuh
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.88/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul!

Served alongside Sexual Chocolate 2010.

A: This stout has a black body and it is dark brown at the crest when held to the light. There is a thick, beige head that leaves a nice looking sheet of lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma is excellent, with notes of bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate, and alcohol.

T: This is worthy of praise. It is very well-balance and incredibly smooth. There are less chocolate flavors than in the standard version. Perhaps they are muted by the strong bourbon barrel presence. This is a pretty complex beer, with the various flavors melding together beautifully.

M: The feel is thick and creamy. The high alcohol content is masked quite well, except for a warming alcohol note in the finish. Very well done.

D: This is an awesome beer, and one of the best barrel-aged stouts I've had. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 18:37:41 | More by Huhzubendah
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mdfb79

New York

4.78/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From 09/25/10 notes. Big thanks to Lunch for sharing this one; thanks Paul!. Tried side by side with a bottle of 2010 Sexual Chocolate that was not infected. Review #700!

a - Pours a very dark brown color with one to two inches of tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate, molasses, and roasted malts. Very balanced; one of the best bourbon barrel aged beers I have ever smelled.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, bourbon, oak, alcohol, coffee, light dark fruits, and chocolate. Not as much chocolate in the taste as regular Sexual Chocolate, which I guess is from the bourbon barrels.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Insanely smooth and easy to drink for a barrel aged beer. I thought the body was much thicker than that of the normal Sexual Chocolate.

d - I loved this RIS; I enjoyed every aspect of it a lot. We tried a few great barrel aged stouts (BA Blackout, Ivan the Terrible) and I thought this was by far the best one. I find normal Sexual Chocolate a very good beer and thought this blew it away. Loved everything about it; would love to try again sometime.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 20:54:36 | More by mdfb79
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scifan

North Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting around to actually drinking and reviewing this bad boy. Poured from the bottle into my Portsmouth balloon glass. A hard pour reveals a lovely black body with a huge billowing khaki head that sticks around for quite awhile. Leaves some lacing along the glass. Smells absolutely exquisite. A nice balance of sweet bakers chocolate and bourbon. This one isn't a bourbon bomb at all, but rather achieves a nice balance with the bourbon integrating perfectly with the other aromas. Taste as good as it smells. Dark chocolate, sweet dark fruits, and a light roasted malt flavor as well. All the while being balanced perfectly with the bourbon. You can definitely taste the bourbon but none of the normall "hotness" you get with it. Very nice job of barrel aging here. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel that coats the tongue nicely. With the perfect amount of carbonation. Although this is a big barrel aged beer its never overly sweet or cloying, and the alcohol doesn't get in the way at all making this one dangerously drinkable. A definite home run from Foothills.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 01:57:31 | More by scifan
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koopa

New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received in a trade with a generous BA thanks! I shared this one with Vito from the Copper Mine Pub and grassblue on 918.10.

Appearance: Pours black with a 1.5 finger dirty khaki cronw. The head shows moderate retention and soapy lace.

Smell: Strong smooth fresh bourbon and sweet wood over deep molassas and dark malt.

Taste: Same as nose but with a hint of alcohol heat. This is so well balanced and so well refined its ridiculous.

Mouthfeel: Medium to medium thick with a creamy mouthfeel. Divine!

Drinkability: Super nice

What a tasty brew. I'm really glad I had the opportunity to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 01:04:43 | More by koopa
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urwithdave

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a very generous BA for hooking me up with this one! Poured into a Cigar City swifter. Reviewing from notes.

A- pours pitch black in color. Oil looking. Two fingers of a Mocha head. Pretty good retention. Some spotty lacing left with a thick coating covering my glass.

A- big roasted malts. A lot of dark chocolate. Some barrel notes shine through but they are not to intense.

T- a huge amount of bitter chocolate up front. Other roasted malts follow. The oak and the bourbon from the barrel aging cuts down on the char that was almost overpowering in the base beer. There is a touch of sweetness that really blends well with the other flavors. I really enjoyed this A LOT more than regular SC!

M- on the thicker side of medium. It was a little more carbonated than I expected, but I wouldn't say it was overly carbonated.

D- I really enjoyed this brew! The barrel aging did well for this one. I would have no problem polishing off multiple bombers in one sitting :)

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 20:20:26 | More by urwithdave
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to both BucketBoy and Photekut for sending me bottles of this one. Shared at Bryna's birthday celebration. Served in my trusty Kuhnhenn tulip glass.

A - From Sexual Chocolate review - "Pours with a finger of dark tan foam that dissipates to a thin ring. Some spotty lace is left clinging to the sides of the glass. The body is black with some glints of brown at the fringes of the glass." This looks nearly identical to regular Sexual Chocolate, with a slightly more complete cap of foam left behind.

S - "Roasted malts, chocolate cake, molasses" from the base beer, as well as some dark multigrain toast, earthy barrel, and a dash of whiskey spice. The barrel-aging thankfully lets the good aspects of the original beer shine through and isn't heavy-handed.

T - The taste has more cocoa and vanilla character, but still a hefty amount of earthy bitterness and char. I get more barrel and grain character than overt whiskey, although it's hard to be accurate having never enjoyed Weller's. Apparently Wellers uses wheat in their mash instead of rye, but I have no idea if this is relevent. In any case, I didn't find this to be substantially better than the base beer.

M - Smooth, low carbonation, medium-full body that surprised me as usually barrel-aging thins beers and this seemed heftier than the original. Perhaps the reduction in carbonation caused this illusion.

D - I didn't find this to be significantly better or different than regular Sexual Chocolate, a trait that is somewhat of a double-edged sword. The good qualities of the base beer shine through, but the barrel-aging doesn't add huge flavor components either.

I'm curious how distinct the Pappy Van Winkle version was, but I guess I'll probably never know.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 04:30:41 | More by MasterSki
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Alex for sharing this, bottle into a Bells glass. Will people please stop hyping these damn Foothills beers? Sexual chocolate was not any good, barrel aging it certainly did not improve it much, if any...A super dark black pour that is lacking most carbonation...The aroma gets this off to a nice start that makes me think I finally found a good Foothills beer. The aroma is a touch to light but shows complexity that you'd think would be tough with some a chocolate dominated base, light bourbon, a touch of canilla, a chocolate all come through really balanced; the taste not so much. The taste is all wood, I might as well be licking a piece of fresh coat oak. All sweetness is gone, as well as the complexity.

Another let down.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 20:51:26 | More by jrallen34
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A shared growler.

A: The imperial stout is pitch black, dark as midnight on a moonless night. Tan head, a stark contrast to the darkness of the stout. The ale has legs, running up and down the glass.

S: The nose has a roasted chocolate body that has been overtaken by rich bourbon. Vanilla and coconut dominate over the stout. A vast improvement, nose-wise of the original.

T: Sweet bourbon runs rampant over the chocolate stout. While the base hangs out, it allows the bourbon to come through. That's good because I was underwhelmed by the original version. Here the bourbon accentuates the malty sweetness, bringing out more roasted flavors. The bourbon itself adds a sweet, hot flavor of vanilla, coconut and oak. Coffee and burnt, sugary malts come back near the finish and drive the fullness of the stout. Sweet bourbon in the stout, what a great pairing.

M: The mouthfeel allows the bourbon to take over. That smooths out the chocolate flavors and adds more depth.

D: Small sips only, a rich, strong stout that hits the right notes.

Serving type: growler

09-19-2010 20:34:53 | More by akorsak
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billshmeinke

California

4.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed last night out of a Bruery tulip. Thanks go out to rudylaw for the trade. Review from notes.

The body is black as night and sports some oily legs and thickness. Initial pour creates a three finger beige head with tight carbonation that exhibits good retention throughout and leaves tons of lacing behind.

The nose bursts with cocoa, baker's chocolate, caramel, oak, vanilla and bourbon. A decadent and sweet bouquet perfect for dessert.

The taste follows in the exceptional footsteps of the smell. Upfront there is cocoa, bittersweet chocolate, a hint of roasty coffee, molasses, and caramelized brown sugar. Then comes barrel notes on the back end of oak, vanilla and bourbon. The barrel notes are pronounced, but by no means too powerful. There is enough roast and bitter components to balance out the complex sweetness of this brew.

The mouthfeel is full bodied, thick, rich, coating, and smooth. The alcohol is well hidden too. My only complaint is that it is a little on the high side of carbonation for the style.

This beer is epic! A seriously tasty beer, and worth seeking out. It blows it's non BA sibling out of the water. Thanks for bottling this Foothills, and please make more soon!

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 21:35:30 | More by billshmeinke
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jsanford

Georgia

4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Foothills Brewery on BA Sexual Chocolate Release Day.

A - Inky black with a thin tan head that remained for quite a while. Lovely lacing all on the sides of the glass.

S - Bourbon dominates (and while it's not PVW23, Weller truly is no second-banana in the bourbon world), with dark roasted malts, chocolate and vanilla.

T - Pretty obvious here, but bourbon, chocolate and dark roasted malt dominate. What isn't obvious is just how smooth and silky this beer is, absolutely amazing with no heat from the bourbon. Definitely sweet from the cocoa but no where near cloying.

M - Thick and creamy with a nice prickly carbonation that I just love in my stouts.

D - What can I say, I drank my serving and my buddies serving and could have easily had a few more. This is an outstanding beer and a phenomenal merging of chocolate and bourbon (these are a few of my favorite things...). So happy to have made it to Winston-Salem on release day, can't wait to see if we can do it again next year!

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2010 03:44:09 | More by jsanford
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Onibubba

Kentucky

4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black pour with coffee brown highlights that I may have just been imagining. Slight ring around the top of the glass where a head might once have briefly sat. Rich smells of straight alcohol becomes more palatable as the beer has a chance to warm up a bit. Dark chocolate syrup, bosco, fills the air. The alchol heat is still present, but more identifiable as bourbon. And underneath it all, the roastyness of a stout. Taste is not as sweet as the nose would imply. The chocolate is more of a dark syrup than the milk chocolate taste of a Young's Double Chocolate. This is quite hot. The bourbon is aggressive and gives each sip a slight afterburn. Mouthfeel is nice, but I have had better - Speedway and Ten Fidy come to mind immediately. Drinkability is good, but not great. Again, this is a hot flavorful monster, and it drank slow. This was fine stuff, and I can only hope the bottles drink as well as the keg.

Serving type: on-tap

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