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Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate - Foothills Brewing Company

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Ratings: 804
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 1,244
Gots: 233 | 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 FosterJM
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%

750th Review on BA
Bottle to snifter
22oz

2011

Clusterfork 7
Thanks to Callmecoon

oops forgot one from the weekend!!

App- Big thick oily pour into a snifter. Had maybe 1/8" of head on it. Nice bubbles residualize around the edges.

Smell- Completely different from the regualar Sexy. This was thick, wofty, coconut, smooth, boozy and a little roasty. Great nose for a beer and had a little vanilla.

Taste- Taste follows the nose and expands with the smoothness of the PVW barrels. Very good stout. Wasn't overly big as say BT or Abyss but was rich, balanced and smooth. The coconut and vanilla intertwine to create a very nice drinking smooth stout.

Mouth- Medium/Thick body with a low creamy carbonation level. I loved the coconut and vanilla lasting flavors.

Drink- Amazingly better than regular Sexy Choc. This was big, bold, smooth and creamy. As stated I loved the coconut and the vanilla. So much goodness in the glass.

FosterJM, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
3.25/5  rDev -25.8%

2010 vintage.

A - Pours a pitch black color with a brown head. Didn't stay for long, some minor spots left on the sides.

S - Nice smelling beer. Touch of bourbon, decent chocolate smell, a bit of roast, vanilla and oak. Smells nice.

T - Taste is not as nice, it's too light on the chocolate, has a carbonated/coffee taste, and too much wood. It's somewhat boring as well a

M - Mouthfeel is too thin, beer is overcarbonated, not a positive aspect for this beer.

O - Not a great beer at all. Maybe the 2011 PVW version is better, but this is an average RIS at best. Didn't care for it, and not interested in acquiring another bottle.

AgentZero, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of elgiacomo
3.78/5  rDev -13.7%

22oz bottled June 26, 2011. Served at cellar temperature. Thanks to Ryan for working out a trade for this sought-after beer!

Pours dark brown to black with a one finger brown head that recedes to a wispy cap and small ring leaving some spots of lacing behind.

Initial aroma starts with bourbon, vanilla & charred oak, and a strange vegetal/cherry tomato kind of smell. This, luckily, doesn’t last long as soon it opens up to include dark fruits of cherries, dates, raisins, plums and figs, also some roasted malt, chocolate, cola, grassy/herbal hops with some mustiness. The one constant is that the bourbon is the star and it’s some good stuff too. Very good strength.

Flavor is vanilla and chocolate, oak, bourbon, some toffee and caramel, cherries and dark fruits, some smoke/char, citrus hops towards the finish, some bourbon warmth at the end. Moderate sweetness. Also kind of has some Cherry Coke-like qualities.

Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied but a bit thinner than I expect for an Imperial Stout, rather sticky with very active scrubbing carbonation.

A good barrel aged Imperial Stout, but disappointing none-the-less due to the hype/availability. Ultimately comes across as a bourbon barrel Chocolate Cherry Coca-Cola. Kind of. I dunno. This is sort of all over the place as at times it is great, other sips are good, and then sometimes smells/tastes/feels mediocre. I don’t think I’ve ever edited/tweaked/changed a review so many times before.

Glad to have tried it but I’m also glad I didn’t get up at the wee hours of the morning and stand in line for it. Good, if not very good, but not in the top-tier of barrel aged brews.

elgiacomo, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
3.78/5  rDev -13.7%

8/13/2011

2011 vintage. Bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Black with a big creamy tan head. Lacing is left all over the glass.

S: A blend of milk and dark chocolate with brown sugar. The bourbon smells really good, it's not overpowering or feeble, it's well integrated and just right. Vanilla wafts from the glass with each swirl. Malt is charred.

T: Dark chocolate with an earthy bitterness. Oak melds with bourbon and brown sugar. Malt has a prominent roasted profile. The flavor doesn't match the quality of the aroma, but it's still pretty good. The finish a bit boozy and charred.

M: Full body with upper moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is chewy and sticky.

Overall: The aroma is really nice, but the flavor doesn't match that quality. By no means is it bad, rather it's a bit muted. Okay to try but not something I'd seek out again.

HopHead84, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of Reagan1984
4.83/5  rDev +10.3%

Special thanks to Jimmy J (Draught2012) for bringing this to a recent beer tasting that consisted of mostly classic R.I.S.’s Must be noted that two.. yes two bottles of Kate the Great were dropped and smashed all over my driveway just before the tasting. The stain on my driveway and our hearts remains. (I didn’t drop them for the record)

First had this beer at the ACBF in Boston a couple years ago. It was the hit of the night and we spent the last 45 minutes of the fest drinking and standing in line for this beer alone. I still adhere to the no review rule regarding samples so I didn’t post a review then despite drinking probably close to a bomber by myself. But I loved it then and was excited to share this bottle. Finally, regular Sexual Chocolate is a very good beer, but not epic for me personally. I note this since in my opinion, the barrel aging elevates this beer to another level. Just wonderful.

All the typical visual characteristics of a Russian Imperial Stout. Large dark gold head that builds from within. Lots of retention and lacing.

Aroma is of chocolate, bourbon...vanilla (I love posting that things smell like both chocolate and vanilla...cracks me up) A whiff of light alcohol... very nice and thick in your nostril.

I want to use the cliche here that this whole here is greater than the sum of the parts. I am again referring to how much better I enjoy this vs. the standard Sexual Chocolate. The melding of the flavors is what really shines here. So well rounded and soft, but each note is there. All the same items noted in the aroma... And then they meld if really is a wonderful thing.

The mouthfeel is as soft and well rounded as the flavors. For whatever reason, I think this is one of the greatest differences vs. the standard version. One of my first impressions of that beer was that it was too thin. (just a touch) No issue here.

Great beer and one that should be chased. Well done guys!!!

Reagan1984, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%

Shared this one with beeruser and funkydelic at one of our tastings. 2011 Vintage! Bottled 6/26/11! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured pitch black with a two finger light brown head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark fruit, wood, vanilla, and sweet alcohol. The flvor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, wood, dark fruit, sweet alcohol, caramel, and vanilla. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a great brew without a doubt. I am really impressed how well this one carried across in the bottle as compared to tap. Probably one of my favorite BA Stouts I have had to-date. While this one is not the most robust RIS out there the flavors make up for this by being perfectly blended and enjoyable to keep you coming back over and over. This bottle did not last long between the group that evening. So good that my guest kept the bottle to remember it by... The mouthfeel was a little thin though, but meh, you can't win them all I suppose. Get this on your palate if you have not already. If you have, you already know what I'm talking about.

thagr81us, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of Netdigger2
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Had on tap at BASC release

Beer pours black with dark tan edges, dark coffee brown head.

Smells of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, coffee, malt

Taste is tons of chocolate and bourbon, tantilizingly deep background notes of coffee, oak, cacoa.

Mouthfeel is medium with thick carb

Overall fantastic, will age supurbly

Netdigger2, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%

2010 vintage (first release). Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to a couple guys for this.

4.5 A: This is a good looking brew! Black color. Nearly three fingers of creamy, light-to-medium brown head. Retention is pretty good and a thick ring of lacing is left behind.

4.5 S: Never had this fresh, but the bourbon is still kicking strong over a year later. Bourbon is woody with lots of mellon, some quince, banana, pear, and leather. Decent amount of vanilla and oak. Underneath, the beer itself shines offering rich chocolate, dark caramel, and molasses. Mild roastiness.

4.0 T: Taste is a good bit different than what I was expecting, but it's still pretty good. The base beer kicks the bourbon aside and takes the main stage. Sweet milk chocolate, crystal malts, moderate roastiness, and molasses. There's a touch of astringency presumably from the barrel and a surprisingly robust bitterness stemming from a charred component. Bourbon and barrel contribute mild vanilla, moderate oak, additional woodiness from the bourbon itself, a good bit of pear, and melon and quince to a lesser extent.

4.5 M: Heavier medium to heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Rich, creamy, and easy down the gullet.

4.0 D: Really tasty beer. There's a lot to like with only one nontrivial issue - the astringent char flavor. It's not wholely distractive, but it's strong enough to make a great brew into just a damn good one.

DavoleBomb, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%

22 oz bottle into several sample glasses. 2010 Release. Huge thanks go to Stakem for sharing this with a few of us.

Pours a soulless looking black in the glass, with a thin covering of foamy dark mocha head. This fizzles down pretty readily, leaving back some robust edging around the rim of the glass and thin wisps that sit across the surface. This throws up a frothy cascade of lacing that quickly slides down the sides of the glass. This has a pretty standard look for most BA Imperial Stouts. The aroma has a rich and sweet smelling core to it of chocolate, molasses, and vanilla, which is surrounded on the edges by some slightly acrid roasted character and notes of sharp burnt oak. This is quite flavorful and even feeling in the nose.

The taste is just about as robust as the aroma was, with a rich blend of chocolate, roasted coffee, caramel, some stickier molasses flavor, and a dash of vanilla sweetness. Burnt wood notes, some leftover green hop character, and warmth hang on the edges of the profile and pull together into the finish, where they linger alongside some residual sugars. The mouthfeel is full bodied (but not quite as full as I was expecting considering the depth of the flavors), with a lively feeling carbonation the whole way through. I think that the prickliness of the carbonation and the amount of tannic activity for the barrel is what ultimately leaves this feeling a bit thin. The good news is that after a while, the carbonation does start to relax some, giving this some more presence in the mouth. The alcohol is VERY well hid here. There is just a light sting from the bourbon flavors but that is about it.

I’ve been waiting a while to finally try this one and for the most part, it did not disappoint. That thick mix of chocolate from the base Stout and molasses flavor from the barrel really helped make this something special and I was impressed by the overall integration of the flavors considering that this only spent about 4 months in the barrel. This was really good and a hearty thanks again to Adam for sharing it!

Kegatron, Jul 28, 2011
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4.65/5  rDev +6.2%

This is last years offering enjoyed with Slatetank and Kegatron. Poured into a snifter, this brew appears black in color with lighter brown clarity faintly seen around the edge of the glass. The cap appears quite creamy and fluffy dark brown in color. Very good retention for a barrel aged offering. The cap slowly recedes hanging close to the wall of the glass leaving leggy finger-like patterns of lacework sticking to the glass.

The smell of this brew is the most amazing feature of this brew. It smells sweet with vanilla, toasty caramel to coconut and chocolate that comes across to me like brownie batter. There is a tangy booze element underneath that mixes with a bit of an herbal hop inclusion. It is smooth and toasty an absolutely beautiful balance and amazing aroma of barrel aged goodness.

The taste is initially primarily barrel aged characteristics of coconut, vanilla, and light woodsy elements. Again the flavor of this brew has a bit of chocolate inclusion that makes for what I think is reminiscent of brownie batter mixed with molasses. Tangy alcohol is evident with a fusel to almost solvent kick that doesnt really seem accented by the spirit that previously held residence inside the barrels. It has a bitter cocoa powder finish along with a crisp citrus hop inclusion that is faint. Lots of roasted grain bitterness included mixed with tangy alcohol made for a real enjoyable treat. The aftertaste is semi sweet chocolate minorly bitter and very enjoyable. This is the type of aftertaste I would expect for the name of this brew.

This is a medium bodied offering with a modest level of carbonation. The feel of this brew is quite smooth and super easy drinking leading for a very enjoyable brew straight across the board. There is lots of flavor to take in along with a pleasant roasted quality from the grain that persists throughout. Fantastic stuff here.

stakem, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.9/5  rDev +11.9%

A - Black as night, pours super viscous for a beer out of the bottle. The head is a nice dark brown but doesn't last. Very nice lacing.

S - Reeks of bourbon, and I mean reeks of bourbon (in a good way). Granted this one is directly from the brewery with no age on it, but it smells fresh and wonderful. The sweetness of the grains cuts through the stingy wood aroma. Zero hop smell (obviously) and some marshmallow, molasses, and faint chocolate in the background.

T - Not as strong on the bourbon as the aroma would suggest but it is definitely the primary flavor, accompanied by some seriously strong grain flavor. The chocolate is a little lost compared to the non-barrel aged version of this beer but the compromises are worth it in my mind. It finishes smooth and semi-bitter from the chocolate added.

M - About as heavy as a beer can get and as little carbonation as you can put in a beer while still maintaining the freshness. The ABV is definitely felt and incorporated into the bourbon flavor but the finish isn't harsh at all. It's an extreme sipper that commands to be shared among friends.

O - Easily the best beer offered from Foothills and it's easy to see why this one won the gold at GABF. An extreme beer meant for extreme enthusiasts. Anyone interested in this style it's a must-try for sure.

VaTechHopHead, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of siege06nd
3.25/5  rDev -25.8%

Very excited to try this beer and just as excited to share it with my buddy irishcolonial, as he takes a break from his bar studies.

A: Poured aggressively into a snifter. A half finger tan brown head quickly fades to a quarter inch ring around the glass. Wow, this beer is dark. Inky black. Impenetrable. Brown lacing coats the glass. This brew looks thick and cloying and I have a hunch it will be delicious.

S: Sweet, sweet bourbon! I feel like I'm sitting in a Pappy barrel right now. Wave after wave of bourbon emanates from my snifter. Delving my nose in further, I pick up faint coffee and an assertive dark chocolate presence. Creamy vanilla oak from the aging provides a nice foundation for the other delicious scents.

T: The bourbon isn't nearly as strong as the nose indicated, and leaves me a little wanting. Baking chocolate, roasted coffee, and a ripe dark fruit. The fruitiness is definitely a standout from other BA stouts I've had, but not sure it adds much here. This beer is thick and chewy, coats the palate and lingers. There is an odd tang to the beer, a tannic quality that really stands out as the beer washes over the sides of the tongue. Not overly acidic, but definitely an odd presence for this one, and not from the bourbon.

M: A little flat. Carbonation could use a step up. The tannic qualities really overwhelm the bourbon and the chocolate, flavors are more readily apparent in the aftertaste than they are when it initially hits the palate. Not bad, but could be improved.

O: Honestly, I've had better. I've recently tasted Parabola, Boris Royale, and Great Lakes BA Blackout Stout, and all were significantly better than this one. By no means is this a bad beer, but it's not particularly memorable, except for the hype that went with it. Eric said it best when he said "it's good, but even if this were available at the Total Wine down the street, I'm not sure I'd go back to get another". A disappointment, both in hype and in style. Try it if you can, but nowhere near worth what people are asking for it. I'm not one to judge other people's opinion, but the A rating this carries surprised me. "Tasting the rare", indeed.

siege06nd, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of Slatetank
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%

Thanks go out to Stakem for generously sharing this among many other great beers last night -enjoyed slightly chilled from a snifter. No numbering on the bottle that I can tell- but it doesn't have 'Bourbon Barrel aged' on it.

The color is opaque black with an atoll of light cream like a marshallow melting in some hot cocoa. The bead is tight and retention is good with better than the regular non barrel aged version as it stayed for a while. A smell that is very bourbon influenced right off with a big woody odor and slight cocoa accent with subtle sweetness in the nose from the malt and the bourbon sweeps back to encapsulate the aromas like a bourbon flavored chocolate chip cookie the scent is sweet with some mild spice and gentle alcohol from the barrel aging. The feel is great it combines some of the smoothnesss of the non barrel aged with some woodiness and malt roastiness w/ a light bitter/astringent barrel tinge. The hop spiciness is mild overall but accentuated by the moderate carbonation and an excellent balanced is achieved.

The quality of bourbon flavor right up front is very good with nice bourbon and malt cohesion. I really like how the bourbon is strong but not so strong to cover or obscure the base stout, it accentuates it well. There is slight cocoa elements with a bitter accent to the light caramel and roasted elements with some sweetness and creamy tinges in the flavor a slight dry woody astringency carries through the mellow cocoa which is slightly bitter and combines with the hop spice in the finish. Overall I was well pleased with the taste as I sipped this over and over it was great to taste side by side with the original since you got the pleasure of tasting how much the barrel aging can add in only a 4 month period of time, it doesn't really need any additional time in the cellar IMO, it is great and I consider this a top notch barrel aged beer.

Slatetank, Jul 23, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

2011 bottle poured into a Captain Lawrence tasting glass.

A: Dark, no light getting through black, with a good thick mocha colored head that subsides but sticks around.

S: Cocoa, toffee, vanilla, and sweet bourbon.

T: Taste to match with the smell along with hints of dark fruit. Bourbon is pronounced at the end.

M: Smooth and creamy, my roomate compared it to hot cocoa and I agree completely.

O: A great beer that I was happy to spend my time waiting for in line. I find the bourbon a tad bit strong (not hot really just shows itself to be one of the strongest flavors) I am sure this beer will age beautifully.

caSSino, Jul 22, 2011
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4.55/5  rDev +3.9%

Had this on tap at the release and from a bottle the next day.

Pretty nice pour, dark black with khaki head around the glass. This smells of roasted malts, wood, dark chocolate, slight sweetness and touch of alcohol. smells great. Taste follows the nose well. Regular sexual chocolate with a nice balance of sweet vanilla bourbon that works really well. The mouthfeel is a little thin on this..would like it to be a little thicker, but the flavor is exceptional nonetheless. Overall this is a great beer and I am looking forward to cellaring a couple bottles to see how it mellows out. Definitely give this a try if you get a chance.

Rymar9, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of seeswo
3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

Opened a 2010 bottle a little while back. From notes.

Pours a very dark, black, with little head. The nose is very dark chocolate and some acrid burnt something or other along with the oak. The tannic quality of the oak and some sort of charred malt or baker's chocolate is ruining the flavor for me. Not enough of a sweetness to balance the bitterness. All of the group I was with apparently had this beer before and remember it to have been better. Regardless, there is some chocolate, oak, roasted malt and some mild bourbon/vanilla character. Big rich mouthfeel with appropriate carbonation. I might be overstating it above, but this beer lacked that 'chocolate punch' the name would seem to imply, going with more of an acrid, bitter (not hoppy bitter) character from the barrel or overroasted malts or dark chocolate or something. The sweetness mentioned in other reviews was not present for this bottle, but would have been welcome. Didn't work for me, but maybe fresh its better.

seeswo, Jul 20, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

On tap at the release event (7/16/11)

The beer is nearly black with some ruby highlights when held up to the light. There is a smallish, creamy, tan colored head that slowly recedes leaving behind bits of lacing.

Lots of dark chocolate, caramel, roasted malts, and coffee. The bourbon is definately present but not overbearing, it really compliments the base beer aromas. There are also some smaller hints of dark fruit, toffee, and molasses that round out the nose. Very nice, appealing aroma that draws you in.

The dominant flavors are that of dark chocolate, roasted malts, molasses, some coffee, and to a lesser degree vanilla. A slight smoky/charred flavor adds a bit of bitterness that balances well with the sweet flavors. Like the nose the bourbon is noticable but not dominating. Just a hint of alcohol burn that lets you know that it is there, but still never tips you off the the big 9.75% ABV. A very well crafted beer. Full bodied and mildly carbonated, dangerously easy to drink and very smooth.

This beer is a terrific, well crafted RIS. Definately one of the better examples of the style. I think some brewers go overboard with this style to the point of the beer being hard to drink. Foothills has not fallen into this trap, just the right amount of big bold flavor, alcohol burn, and bourbon presence while still being amazingly drinkable. Good stuff.

CBlack85, Jul 18, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

On tap at the release 7-16-2011

I've had quite a few BA stouts and I can safely say that this one is different from all the rest. Because of this uniqueness, I could see some people not liking or being disappointed with the beer. However, I think it should be appreciated for it's unique characteristics and because I think it's an outstanding beer.

Now let me tell you why...

First, the base beer is not an overly thick or viscous imp stout. But anyone who has had SC should tell you that it's NOT thin on flavor. Roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate come through very balanced and the bite at the end is very memorable.

The BA version adds bourbon to the balance and it fits right in. As the last review said, the bourbon is forward but it's not overpowering. The overall experience is a smooth and memorable bourbon flavor that leaves a great aftertaste. Prior to drinking this beer I had sampled many "big" ba stouts, some of which were aged in the same PVW 23 barrels that this beer was and I honestly thought this basc was better than all of them.

This is a very drinkable beer and I think it should be appreciated for it's unique qualities and well balanced bourbon stout taste. Cheers to foothills for making another great beer.

moz9, Jul 18, 2011
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3.56/5  rDev -18.7%

On tap at the release event, July 16, 2011.

Pure back in the glass with a thin, creamy and cream colored head.

Soft bourbon in the nose. Bourbon is dominant but not abrasive. Also oak and roasty coffee and chocolate.

Like the nose, the flavor is very bourbon forward, although the bourbon is very smooth and gentle and not rough. I wouldn't call this a bourbon bomb even though bourbon is the primary flavor I get from it. I assume that's the effect of the 23 year Pappy barrels. Some other common BA stout flavors like oak, oaky vanilla, roasty dark malt, coffee, etc., but these flavors are all well mannered and don't jump out at me, nor do they greatly impress. Unfortunately these flavors fade into a weird aftertaste of medicine or cleaning fluid or something. Maybe this is due to the intermingling of various flavors on my palette and not just the beer, but no matter how much I drank, or how much water I drank, I still got the weird aftertaste. Sans the aftertaste I'd give this a 3.5 instead of a 3.0.

This is a decent barrel aged stout but it's nothing special really. The bourbon notes are very well integrated and gentle, which is good, but the base beer just doesn't stand out as anything special. When you take a pretty average imperial stout and age it in cool barrels, you still only get a pretty average barrel aged imperial stout. Some people seem to really love any stout with big/good bourbon flavors, but I want a lot more than that from a bourbon barrel stout. If I just want bourbon flavors, I've got plenty of top shelf bourbon in my liquor cabinet. I want a balanced beer with other great and interesting flavors, and aside from some nice vanilla and oak, I'm not really getting that here--it's good but not great.

EDIT: Based on other reviews and feedback from friends, I'm guessing the weird cleaning fluid aftertaste I was getting was more due to what I had been drinking before this beer and not the beer itself. I've raised my ratings a bit accordingly.

7.2/10

AlexFields, Jul 17, 2011
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4.55/5  rDev +3.9%

On tap at Foothills the night before the bottle release.

A: Arrived still with almost no head at all. A thin light brown ring is the only thing that sits atop the almost completely black body. Very, very dark brown with only tiny amber highlights when held to light. Beautiful!

S: Wow! This smells fantastic! Big notes of dark chocolate, toffee, caramel up front. Hidden further behind are notes of coffee, slight roasted malt, oak and well balanced bourbon. No hint of booze at all in the aroma.

T: Following the aroma well, big dark chocolate up front with notes of toffee and vanilla. Really nice way to kick this off. Transitions slowly to a slightly roasty, bourbony, and coffee-y mid-section. Finishes with sweeter chocolate and bourbon, with just a hint of booze in the throat. Balanced really well for everything that is going on here.

M: Slightly thinner than I was expecting, but it got a little more viscous as I let it warm over dinner. Medium level of carbonation that feels just a touch high for my taste. Lively and bubbly on the tongue. Alcohol is hidden quite well and is only slightly detectable as an after effect in the back of the throat. Slightly drying, but nicely so.

D: This is truly delicious. Complex and well balanced. Despite the touch of heat at the end, I don't think it's necessary to let this one sit before opening, although I can't wait to see how well it ages. Wonderful beer, well worth the drive!

Mississipping, Jul 16, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev -5.3%

Immense thanks to beerisheaven for sending me this bottle in trade - I think I sent him a bottle of Spotted Cow or something, so I might owe him. I always do! Popped open to celebrate my freedom from the corporate chains, as my last day was yesterday. Woohoo! Can't wait to spend a summer in the sun with my girls, & too bad this isn't a permanent retirement.

Poured into a pair of Selin's Grove glasses also provided by Mr. Heaven. Black. Growling brown head rises & subsides into a surly ring. Smell is lovely: rich bourbon, vanilla, undercurrent of roasted malts. Big & sweet.

Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate is like a big shot of sweet vanilla. Planet-wide vanilla paints the palette liberally; bourbon chaser follows quickly but it's restrained. Sticky. My lips start sticking together after each sip. Decadent chocolate & rich, thick maple syrup begin to arrive on the scene once the beer warms a bit, & add a very nice layer to the brew. Finishes with slim pickings of hop bitterness cut. Surprising. The bitterness definitely lingers. Thick, thick, thick, if it weren't so rare, I'd try this on my world-famous Belgian waffles tomorrow morning.

An excellent barrel-aged sipper that's on the quieter side of the ledger, & the sweeter side. Lovely.

maximum12, Jul 10, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

Note's from Captain Lawrence Rosso Batch 3 release / tasting:

The awesomeness of this event cannot be captured in any manner possible. While walking around with my bottle of 2011 SC pouring for anyone with an empty glass, I bumped into someone pouring the BA version of this beer and since we were both down to our last few ounces in the bottle, we just swapped beer bottles (I hung onto the bottle at the end of the event… it is autographed by the brewer!!!). appearance is same as SC, and I was surprised that this beer had a head since that is a rare event for a bourbon barrel aged beer based on my experiences. Smell is sweet bourbon on top of the chocolate malty goodness of the base beer, really nice. Sweet dark fig, almost…the bourbon sweetness is really nice. OH WOW. This is by far one of the finest bourbon barrel aged beers that I have ever tried. The mix of bourbon with the sexual chocolate is magic in a glass…smooth as day, overall this is a fantastic beer and a 5 across the board.

cosmicevan, Jul 05, 2011
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4.55/5  rDev +3.9%

Review 400

22oz. bottle received from a generous trader from the motherfucking south, thanks!

Served in my goddamn Foothills signature glass.

Pours a dark black, like a squid defecating in the middle of autumn beneath a storied coral reef. Capped with a dark tan head reminiscent of a bronzed Nubian prince in the prime of his life.

Smells of dark and milk chocolate wrapped in a bear hug of bourbon like those given to you by your busty rotund aunt with the eye patch and an intense under-bite that created a stream saliva that went on for days. Taste is nearly perfect as this full-bodied bitch is filled with intense flavor that are masterfully balanced like a 11 year-old Ukrainian gymnast as she performs a back-handspring to perfection allowing her to live another day.

Really a wonderful beer and certainly my favorite Foothills offering. Looking forward to trying this again.

Lunch, Jun 18, 2011
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4.93/5  rDev +12.6%

One of my favorite BA RIS! Black as oil with a nice 1/2 inch head. Smell of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla and coconut. Great bourbon upfront with nice chocolate and vanilla at the end. Medium mouth feel. Can't wait to try next years. A must get if you can.

2010 Bottle served in snifter.

kenneyho, May 18, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev -5.3%

Black pour with a dense, tan, 1-finger head. Creamy chocolate aroma with lots of vanilla, a nice dark fruit backbone, a little molasses and a note of sweet bourbon. The flavor is dark chocolate with lots of coffee upfront. Notes of cocoa, brown sugar and dark fruits in the middle. Finishing with some smoke, vanilla, almond and a little bourbon kick. Creamy, medium-full body with soft carbonation.

punkrkr27, May 11, 2011
Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate from Foothills Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 804 ratings.