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Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate - Foothills Brewing Company

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Ratings: 769
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 1,227
Gots: 209 | FT: 13
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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 DNICE555


4.88/5  rDev +11.7%

The BA Sexy Chocolate. After saving for a while finally sharing with R Moe Nay and Zapps. Poured myself the lion's most likely around 12 ounces. I forgot who traded me this but thank you!!!

Appearance: Dark brown to black body with a beige head. Nice lacing and a dead amount of head.

Aroma: Chocolate, Cocoa Nibs, Caramel, Molasses, Vanilla, and Bourbon. So complex and yet so smooth and balanced.

Taste: Chocolate comes first. Bourbon and oak follow after. The finish is a hoppy dark bitter cooking chocolate balanced nicely with caramel, molasses, and vanilla. Glorious. The chocolate is prominent but not overbearing.

Mouthfeel: Rich, smooth, creamy and carbonation is dead on.

Drinkability: I assume the abv is the same as the reg sexy chocolate. The alcohol is only warming in the slightest. I could sip this beer all night. So thankful to have tried it. Compliments bison chili very nicely.

03-28-2011 20:36:09 | More by DNICE555
Photo of fiver29


3.8/5  rDev -13%

Bottle shared by Josh. Thanks! Pours black with tan head. Aroma was chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and coffee. Medium mouthfeel. Flavors followed the nose and all seemed subdued. They were there but not what I was expecting. I wonder how long the beer aged on the wood. It could have used more time.

03-28-2011 01:15:03 | More by fiver29
Photo of SFLpunk


4.43/5  rDev +1.4%

A big thanks to cmrillo and Hodgin for sharing this gem! 22oz brown glass pry-top bottle, autographed label. Poured into my new Foothills footed glass, thanks again to the aforementioned folks.

Appearance: Pours a thick pure black with some pale tan creamy head.

Nose: Very roasty and black, very dry smelling. Tree bark, coffee beans, very well aged bourbon (15+ years).

Palate: Fairly dry but viscous and full-bodied. Big thick black coffee flavor, deep dark heavily toasted oak barrels, and a nice earthy/mossy flavor out on the finish. Lots of roasty flavors. Great balance between sweetness (fairly dry) and mouthfeel (very big).

Notes: A damn fine example of a bourbon barrel-aged Imp stout. A lot drier than other examples, but it maintains that rich, thick mouthfeel that I've come to expect. Very very well crafted.

03-24-2011 03:55:42 | More by SFLpunk
Photo of Gtreid


4.4/5  rDev +0.7%

This one was busted out at Hunahpu Day, can't remember if it was Sean or Grant who brought it, but thanks to who ever did.

A: Opaque black. A small sand colored head quickly faded to a thin rim.

A: Nice notes of chocolate, roast, and ofcourse bourbon. I get some sweet vanilla, caramel, and maybe some wood as well.

T: Chocolate is forward followed by the bourbon. Notes of roast, wood, vanilla, dried dark fruit, and earthy hops present near the middle. The brew finishes sweet, with a nice alcohol kick.

M: A touch oily, but I guess par for the course with a BA stout. Heavy body, light carbonation.

O: I thought this was a very good brew, and one I would have again. The bourbon is not overpowering and melds very nicely with the base beer. Recommended. Skal.

03-21-2011 00:45:00 | More by Gtreid
Photo of Gosox8787

New Hampshire

4.6/5  rDev +5.3%

Presentation: 22 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass in two parts. Big thanks to masterhomebrewer for this. Served at room temperature and had over the course of an hour.

Appearance: Dark, deep brown to nearly black in color. A one finger, beige head with average retention.

Aroma: Big notes of chocolate, cocoa nibs, caramel, molasses, vanilla and bourbon. Nice balance of all the notes, without one overpowering in the slightest. Complex and completely balanced.

Taste: Chocolate fudge and oak notes definitely hit first. Dark, bitter chocolate balanced with caramel and molasses come toward the end with a big bit of bourbon in the middle. Vanilla and brown sugar are also present throughout. Definitely an incredibly smooth and balanced flavor for a stout of this quality.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and creamy. Perfectly carbonated for the style in my opinion.

Drinkability: I cannot say what the ABV is for certain but it is certainly well hidden. I wanted more even after finishing an entire bomber. I literally could sip on this all night until I passed out.

Overall, one of the best barrel aged stouts I've ever had. Incredibly smooth and complex, this beer was definitely peaking in my opinion. Near perfect and could definitely compete with the tops in this category.

03-16-2011 02:43:33 | More by Gosox8787
Photo of jlindros


4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Had as part of the mini Whale Stout tasting back in mid December. Forget who brought this, but thanks a ton!

Super dark black beer, light fizzy head fades at a medium pace with a bit of lacing.

Nose has light chocolate, lots of oats, dry bready malts, light roasty, caramel, cocoa nibs, some earthy hops, herbal, very light bourbon and light fruit.

Taste is more chocolate but not loaded,light powdered cocoa, light booze, some creamy vanilla and brown sugar, bitter roasty malts and light herbal earthy hops, little bourbon and oak, light minerality, creamy smooth, some bitterness. The bourbon and oak don't power into it as much as I thought, but balance out the big beer well and actually seem to help the chocolate stand out a bit as it rounds off the other flavors more.

Mouth is medium to heavier bodied with a luscious feel, light carbonation.

Drink is decent, a bit of booze but not a lot, smooth and creamy, luscious, not too heavy or sticky.

02-15-2011 04:18:34 | More by jlindros
Photo of CrellMoset


4.4/5  rDev +0.7%

Enjoyed on tap the other day at Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA, which somehow managed to get a sixtel of this baby in - fantastic. I happened to be driving down I-64 towards home when I received a reply to my comment on their facebook wall, bemoaning the (assumed) fact that it had already kicked. "There's still some left!" was the reply I received. Nearly doing a 360 and driving across the median strip but managing to wait until the next exit to leave the highway and then re-enter going the opposite direction, I had a 10 oz. snifter of this one upon my arrival.

I've had this out of the bottle before, and I'll say that this beer is honestly very similar in both serving styles, so I won't rehash much of my earlier review (you can find it here - http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/11036/51153/?ba=CrellMoset). I will comment on the differences, however.

First, the head retention was much better - it arrived at the table with a rocky, foamy, bulbous crown, bursting forth from the confines of the rim of the snifter and dripping down the sides of the glass. Regal looking. Perhaps related, the mouthfeel was also considerably smoother, less erratic, with more subtle carbonation. The other largest difference I noted was the prevalence of the oak - possibly because of age, this beer was definitely a little woodier, greener, and chalkier than the bottled BA Sexy Choc, though then again, perhaps the bottles are beginning to mellow out a little too at this point. Shame I drank my only one, so I won't be able to tell until at least a few months after the next release! Of course, I say this not really knowing if this sixtel originated from the first batch or the more recent batch - I'm simply assuming it was the first, and that the new batch hasn't been bottled/prepared/hell, even brewed yet.

So, though I preferred how it tasted fresh, I think the forced carbonation does something for the appearance and mouth. Still a fantastic beer, either way.

02-10-2011 01:57:44 | More by CrellMoset
Photo of grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +4.1%

lantern corps beer summit 2010 - day 1, oct 8/2010. tpd975 contributed this one. thanks greg!

22oz bottle.

pours nearly opaque black - just a hint of dark red and brown showing through when held to the light. the big light brown head drops slowly and leaves tons of lace.

aroma is excellent. wow. bourbon and vanilla. dark and milk chocolate. caramel and toffee. whole wheat bread and biscuit and cracker. light alcohol. bit of earthy character.

taste is great. much like the aroma. bourbon and vanilla. dark and milk chocolate. caramel and toffee. whole wheat bread and biscuit. bit of cracker. light alcohol. a bit earthy. good depth and complexity.

mouthfeel is good. medium-large body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. great balance against the barrel. regular sexual chocolate is a beer i've had a few times and always been underwhelmed by, but the barrel-aged version more than makes up for it. great stuff!

02-04-2011 14:22:42 | More by grub
Photo of TheKingofWichita

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -23.8%

Sampled at Sexual Chocolate 2011.
Pours a deep brown color almost black with a thin brownish white head and a little lacing. Smells of dark cocoa and coffee and roasted malts. Tastes like regular Sexual Chocolate with a little wood added in. Like big coffee and roasted flavors with hints of bitter chocolate and dark fruits with oak or some wood. Mouthfeel is oily and a little odd. Drinkability is okay. No better than regular Sexual Chocolate and not anywhere close to being as good as its hype.

01-31-2011 12:26:11 | More by TheKingofWichita
Photo of TurdFurgison


3.98/5  rDev -8.9%

Bottle courtesy of enelson several months ago (thanks Ed!), and poured on New Years Eve.

It's dark brown and opaque, with a thick tan foam. Sort of similar appearance to some 2009 Sexual Chocolate which I had a month ago at a poker game. It smells reminiscent of the standard Sexual Chocolate too, dark fruits and roast, obviously chocolate, very little bourbon. Not far from Dark Lord's aroma either.

This tastes good, but not really too different from unbarreled Sexual Chocolate. All the cocoa, raisins, plums, etc. Just no real bourbon, or in any case very subdued bourbon which shows up in the aftertaste.

The real disappointment I have is the body, this is thinner than I'd like for a bourbon stout. Especially after trying several FiftyFifty Eclipses this week, along with some other bourbon stouts that presented better.

Overall good but not outstanding, at least to me.

01-01-2011 03:14:46 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of portia99


4/5  rDev -8.5%

22oz bottle shared at jlindros impy stout tasting. Poured into a Sierra Nevada 30th Anny snifter.

A - Syrupy, oily, almost totally opaque. A low head forms and lingers briefly before falling to a thick collar of dark tan foam.

S - Fruity, vanilla, chocolate...surprisingly not much here to say that this was ever in a barrel.

T - Roasty malts, chocolate, coffee, a bit of wood. Slightly astringent.

M - Thinnish medium body with a lighter carbonation. Marginal barrel character, a hint of warmth at most.

D - Good beer, but not blowing me away by any means. I definitely wouldn't mind having more of this, but probably won't go out of my way for it either.

12-27-2010 20:53:45 | More by portia99
Photo of domtronzero


4.18/5  rDev -4.3%

A - Very dark brown, clear, with a big, fluffy long lasting mocha hea. Lots of lacing left throughout. Quite appealing.

S - Cocoa, dark roasted malts, lite vanilla and sweet caramel. Pleasant boozy sweet bourbon smells very inviting.

F/M - Rich smooth bitter cocoa with nice caramelly malty sweetness. Darknroasted malts, nice vanilla oakiness. Bourbony booze flavors are very tasty. Moderate bitterness and a dry finish. Moderately high carbonation with a medium body, a little thin for style and yhr CO2 is a little to much. Lingering cocoa flavors.

D - Quite drinkable. Tasty, smooth and quite satisfying. Certainly lives up to the hype, with only a slightly dissapointing mouthfeel. Otherwise delicious.

12-23-2010 05:47:40 | More by domtronzero
Photo of newk340


4.93/5  rDev +12.8%

2010 vintage, thanks to hu5om (and e11a627 for getting it for him) for sharing at our christmas tasting!

A: a beautiful black pour, a quickly settling khaki head is observed.

S: a forefront of bourbon followed by sweet chocolate maltiness.

T: similar to smell, an initial warmth of bourbon teases the tongue before phasing into sweet chocolate flavors in a nicely balanced, well rounded flavor.

MF/D: like silk on the tongue, this could be drunk all night. so incredibly smooth.

12-21-2010 18:50:40 | More by newk340
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev -0.9%

Thanks to BucketBoy for the trade. Pours one shade shy of black with a half inch, loose, mocha-colored head that dissipates into a skim. Lacing was present during the tasting, but no legs. Nose suggests artificial sweetener, cocoa and a trace of bourbon. Taste is really fantastic - cocoa, coffee, bourbon and a kiss of hops at the finish. Truly decadent, but a wonderful balance to the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a carbonation that falls short of lively. This is a phenomenal beer. In my opinion, it blows the doors off of regular Sexual Chocolate. Great balance and flavor without being cloying. I personally don't see this getting much better with age, so drink up.

11-29-2010 21:46:48 | More by Jwale73
Photo of sisuspeed

New Hampshire

4.45/5  rDev +1.8%

Thanks to cmrillo for the trade!

Review #300

Poured into a Foothills tasting glass. A creamy, dark tan, head sits on top of a black body as light silky lacing trails behind with each sip.

Bourbon, wood and light alcohol on the nose. Lots of cocoa, vanilla and some dark fruit linger beneath. The barrels come through nicely. Refined and not overwhelming.

Lots of cocoa on the tongue as well, followed by bourbon, vanilla and some light alcohol infused wood. Touch of dark fruit (figs, grapes). Everything is well integrated.

The mouthfeel is smooth, velvety, almost creamy. Nice level of warming alcohol. Pretty good body, but it seems like the barrels may have thinned this out a bit.

Quite drinkable. The barrels add a nice layer of complexity. I enjoyed this more than the regular version. Maybe not the best BA stout, but it's still quite good. Would love to have another bottle for the cellar.

11-21-2010 03:47:16 | More by sisuspeed
Photo of dragonWhale

New York

3.55/5  rDev -18.8%

big thanks to my man for hooking it up. a necessary beer for the Wood Aged Weekend, and on short notice, it came through.
beautiful and black, writing suggestively in the glass. i eagerly await to devour her.
big chocolate, some vanilla, and a lot of fusel alcohols - bourbony. the chocolate totally dominates this beer and then the bourbon kicks in. I was actually hoping for more vanilla, kind've a bit more of a swirl mix bringing some heat, but it was not the case. Not bad, just not as insane as I thought it was going to be here. A good barrel aged beer.

11-18-2010 08:17:16 | More by dragonWhale
Photo of CaseyK

New York

4.38/5  rDev +0.2%

Thanks goes out to Alexander for bringing this to a tasting!
A: Black as night. No light going through this beer. Chocolatey white head recedes fairly quickly.
S: Delicious bourbon comes through and a nice sweet chocolate smell as well.
T: Incredibly balanced and complex beer. Powdered cocoa/ dark chocolate, a hint of bourbon at the end. Very well balanced beer, the flavors all work together. Just a hint of spice is in there as well, maybe peppercorn?
M: Great mouthfeel. Has a presence that really lingers. Just a little bit sticky, but in a very good way.
D: I wish I could get more of this stuff, this is definitely very drinkable and has a masked ABV.
O: Great beer overall, really glad I got to try it.

11-13-2010 21:02:15 | More by CaseyK
Photo of beerwolf77


4.08/5  rDev -6.6%

Thanks to Macky20 for sending this bottle my way. Shared with a bunch of like minded tickers.

A: Dark cola brown black. Tiny bit of dark mocha head. No lace.

S: Loads of chocolate and black coffee. Mild booze. Play doh, smoked wood and a touch of molasses.

T: Pretty much a mirror of the nose. Dark chocolate and black coffee. The barrel is there but not too in your face. Campfire and molasses. Play doh is in there too.

M: Thick full body. Low carbonation.

D: A very good BA stout. I'm not sure if my scores reflect it but I think I liked regular SC better.

11-12-2010 18:59:28 | More by beerwolf77
Photo of Thorpe429


4.38/5  rDev +0.2%

Bottle thanks to fmb115--thanks, Steve. Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip glass. The color is very dark with a nice creamy mocha head with a pretty good retention time. The nose is rich with nice amounts of chocolate and vanilla underneath a really fantastic bourbon presence. High-quality barrel-aging hits the spot with nice notes of oak and vanilla plus a smooth elixir. Taste is the same with the smooth bourbon character permeating the beer. This is quite a bit better than the regular Sexual Chocolate and something I will definitely seek out again.

11-11-2010 11:48:32 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of ktrillionaire


4.68/5  rDev +7.1%

2010 bottle, big thanks to urwithdave for the share.

A - Black as night, with a high sheen; it produces no head, only a few bubbles from the agitation of a hard pour.

S - The nose is ridiculous; it has lots of smoke and roasty grain, big vanilla-chocolate notes, and lots of delicious barrel. The booze-barrel is a complementary aroma, not a dominant aspect of the olfactory. I can detect the base beer, but this variation is light-years better than the standard (which I am less fond of...)

T - The taste is everything suggested by the nose, but more phenomenal. Vanilla is ever-present, but sublimely so, as it is produced by many components of the flavor: the bourbon, the wood, and perhaps the brewing/aging additions may include or impart notes of vanilla. There is some of the eponymous chocolate, but it is pretty well fused with the malt character. The barrel is so perfectly balanced in the flavor, unusually so.

M - Thinner (slightly) than I'd like, and also hurt by near-stillness. Still the oily silkiness of the brew is quite enjoyable.

D - Brew this delicious is by definition way drinkable.

11-06-2010 00:46:38 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of JohnCLT

North Carolina

4.9/5  rDev +12.1%

Had on tap at the release. Insanely drinkable for such a strong beer. Strong bourbon nose and taste. Still a stout, still a dark beer. Don't have much to say except that it's on of the best BBA stouts I've ever had, if not the best period. Should be A+ in my book.

11-02-2010 02:31:13 | More by JohnCLT
Photo of Verecund


4.18/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

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


4/5  rDev -8.5%

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.

10-25-2010 13:35:53 | More by kbutler1
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3.85/5  rDev -11.9%

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.

10-25-2010 00:36:13 | More by alcstradamus
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United Kingdom (Wales)

4/5  rDev -8.5%

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.

10-23-2010 02:25:06 | More by mothman
Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate from Foothills Brewing Company
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