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Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate - Foothills Brewing Company

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Ratings: 934
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 1,277
Gots: 271 | FT: 28
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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4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to GregSVT for sharing. 100th review!

Pours black with dark brown edging when held to light. Dark beige, thick 1 finger head settles to a ring that lasts awhile. Modest lacing is left on the glass.

Complex aroma filled with bourbon and vanilla. This is backed by ample dark malt, chocolate, just a slight amount of dark fruit.

Flavor follows the nose. Sweet malt meshes together with the barrel character. Coffee also appears in the taste. Dark fruit is absent.

Surprisingly, this is really on the thin side. Carbonation is a bit low as well.

Overall, I am really glad to have gotten to try this beer. The taste is really incredible. The only area that this fell short was in the body. If it had a thicker body this would have been near perfect.

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

2011 bomber into a medium-sized Duvel tulip. Gigantic thanks to the generous kingkong for hooking me up with this one. Shared at a tasting.

A: Midnight black body with a solid finger of creamy light brown head. Good retention and lace. Nice looking stout.

S: Barrel explosion: huge, amazingly great bourbon, with vanilla, marzipan, coconut oakiness close behind. Not much in the way of malt or chocolate, but I'm blown away by the bourbon.

T: Follows the nose precisely: gorgeous bourbon, complex oak, and only faint beer. A bit of dark chocolate on the finish, along with a touch of spiritous booze. THe finish is a bit disappointing, but the barrel notes are incredible.

M: Medium body, plenty of lively carbonation. A bit thinner than might be wished, but nice.

O: I'm not the biggest fan of the base beer, but the Pappy barrels really made this one a terrific experience. A bit more body and roastiness would have made it absolutely spectacular, but I can't really complain. The only real letdown was that it didn't have enough body to stand up to the amazing "slutty" brownies that my host's girlfriend made. Thanks, Alli!


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3.5/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2011 bottle with about 6 months age on it.

A - almost pitch black, 1-2 finger brown head.

S - bourbon, hint of chocolate, coffee

T - bourbon, some chocolate, roast

M - Thin for the style, almost watery. Too much carbonation it washed away all the flavors. Dry finish

A bit of a disappointment after hearing so much about it. This is just an average BA imperial stout. Mouthfeel was too thin and it was over carbonated.

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3.05/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks for sharing... I can't remember exactly but I think it was Nils. Poured into a tasting snifter.

This is one beer I am not going to chase, ever! Looks lightweight, tastes weak, and feels thin. Perhaps it was the palate destruction but many seemed to agree that it was unremarkable in more than one way. Garnet-brown as opposed to black with some bubbles here and there (in its defense it was a small pour).

Contrary to expectations, the notes of chocolate/vanilla were weak. Taste was alright but what is the average barrel aged stout it should be compared to? I wouldn't even recall drinking this had I not taken notes, thoroughly ordinary.

4, 3, 3, 3, 3

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4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

'11 bottle, courtesy of Hophead101 and mikereaser. Thanks guys!

A- Pours dark brown with a two finger head mocha head. Some spots of lacing are left behind.

S- Dark chocolate bars covered in sea salt, smoke. roasted malt, chocolate covered cherries and raisins, sweet earthy bourbon and a hint of vanilla.

T- Chocolate is prominent upfront followed by some smokiness, grass, roasted malt, bourbon, roasted malt and a hint of dark fruits. Not as much depth as the aroma.

M- Medium carbonation a thin watery body that finishes with some roasted malt. Carbonation is too high for my liking and is the biggest fault of this beer.

O- This is the second time I've had a '11 bottle and while this beer is enjoyable, it isn't one I would actively try to search out as there are plenty of other RIS's I prefer that are easier to obtain.

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

Couldn't make the release, so my good friend Rob brought one back for me! I wasn't overly impressed with the non-BA version, so hopefully this version lives up to the hype. 2011 vintage poured into a snifter...

A - Pours a pitch black color that is completely opaque. A small, one finger beige/khaki color head forms and recedes to a colar. Some nice, spotty lacing is evident.

S - Starts with strong notes of bourbon and obvious barrel aging along with dark, roasted malts. Notes of rich, dark chocolate, coffee bean and brown sugar come through as well. There are some wonderful notes of vanilla, oak and some toasted coconut. Really very nice.

T - The taste follows the nose pretty closely. Strong bourbon flavors up front along with dark, roasted malts. The bourbon is quite sweet. The sweetness is enhanced by flavors of dark chocolate, vanilla, toasted coconut. That sweetness is balanced well with roasted coffee, brown sugar, and some dry oak notes. Pretty we'll balanced and certainly more impressive than the non-BA version.

M - Medium bodied beer; something that brings this down a bit for me as I would like a fuller bodied beer. Lower carbonation as well making this one very smooth and almost creamy. The oak makes the finish a bit dry.

O - MUCH better than the non-BA version. The flavors were all very we'll balanced and made this a great BA RIS to sip on. I hope to get to try this again some day.

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

97th Review
Bottle to snifter
Vintage: 2011

From notes. Shared at the DL Variant + Others Tasting in Chicago (October 2011).

A: Deep chocolate. Barely a quarter (mocha) fingernail head on medium pour.

S: Roasted malt, bourbon, dark chocolate, oak and dark fruits.

T: Much like the smell; however, the booze is very pronounced and the taste is quite roasty. Well-balanced bourbon notes swallowed by dark chocolate and fruit.

M: Medium body with gentle, smooth (just-right) carbonation.

O: I enjoyed this beer quite a bit, yet I wish there was a more going on with it. It is possible that is was swallowed by the other Russian Imperial Stouts at the table, but I will be happy to try my other bottle standalone (or possibly compared to the regular). Another thought is that it might just need to age a bit - which I can happily do! Will definitely return here.

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3.18/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes, on draft at BASC 2011. I'm don't like regular SC, loved BASC 2010 so was optimistic about trying BASC 2011 (PvW barrels! woo?)

Pours a near black with a thin cream head, minimal lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate, toffee, caramel, tangy dark fruit, lots of booze, and roast malt. Generally very mild and bland. Flavor follows the nose, fruity and bourbon with charred and roast malt that isn't well blended with the barrel. Sorely disappointing after the 2010 sample I had, this reminded me more of some of DuClaw experiments at barrel aging stouts than a world class, refined example of the style.

Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate from Foothills Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 934 ratings.