Sexual Chocolate
Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #140
Ranked #2,227
4.16 | pDev: 10.82%
Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
North Carolina, United States
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Photo of NiceTaps
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle in a stemmed stout glass.

Crude oil black in color, opaque, capped with a 2F mocha malted milkshake-like froth. Slow taper leaves a thick film and heavy lacing.

I get the sweet molasses first, then the chocolate and the roast espresso. The dark fruit mixes its way rounding out the aroma.

Chocolatey, toffee, lots of espresso, and heavily malted. The chocolate's infused with dark fruits; cherry, berry, plum. Strong and flavorful.

Full body with a sturdy malt I beam. Sweets, hops, and alcohol match wits. Finishes like a smooth Italian coffee drink.

I prefer to age strong stouts and despite its 75ibu, this was no exception. The strong stuff mellowed and the hops held up well enough. In the end, it turned out nice and drinkable for me.

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Photo of Buckeye55
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had one at a Halloween party last year, was immensely impressed. I am a fan of the stouts and this is killer. Not quite sure about the name and possible connotations so I have not gone back to it yet.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a cellar temp January 2019 22 oz bottle poured into my snifter. The beer is a part of a trade with @Krubes. Thanks man!
the beer pours jet black in color with a creamy dense tan head of 4 cm foaming up. This is after a slightly aggressive pour. The bubbles start to slowly recede leaving some craters on the surface of the foam. There s well spread windowpane lattice on my glass as the foam drops and after each sip.
Aroma is apparent and fairly bold right from the pour. I get some rich sweet chocolate mixing with a darker more roasty cacao note and roasted malt notes. There is also a bit of sweet brown sugar and some coffee ground. No hop presence and the ABV is actually pretty well hidden on the nose.
First sip reveals a pretty thick body with tingly but spacious carbonation. The texture is smooth but also sticky with a coating on my palate after each swallow.
Flavor is what the nose advertises and what the style promises, with dark chocolate, roasted malt, some brown sugar and coffee grounds and a bit of sweet milk chocolate notes mixed in as well. Pretty complex flavor profile, but still with no hop presence. The booze is also hidden and I find this tasty beer very drinkable.
Very glad to have finally tracked down a trade partner for this one and also glad I have a vintage (2016) and bourbon barrel aged bottle from our deal. Good stuff and worth obtaining if you like big malty stouts!!

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Photo of CP950
3.23/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Totally opaque; great.
Nice caramel colored head; great.
A bit gassy; too much I think for a stout; alright.
Smells rich.
The big downside is it's immense bitterness, actually overtaking the flavor. After a number of tastes I get the grain (heavy and rich; great) and the chocolate (bitter as cacao and beautiful). But that first bitterness see the whole stage, unfortunately.

Opinion: if it wasn't imperial, it'd be incredible! If you like heavy imperials, you've a winner here.

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Photo of Foyle
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at local pub. Pours a thin tan head. Color is dark brown. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, some citrus background. Mouthfeel is thick and slightly chewy. Flavor notes of chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, citrus rind.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer was jet black with a deep mocha colored head.

Smell - Milk chocolate comes to mind with the nose. It was more sweet than dry.

Taste - At the front, sweet milk chocolate was detected. Black licorice and a hint of clove followed. Light coffee also followed and contributed to dryness. The coffee also lended itself well to the bitterness in back.

Mouthfeel - The stout was thick enough to be Russian.

Overall - To give this a higher score, I would want more chocolatey sweetness. This is still real tasty.

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Photo of Bum4ever
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really nothing to not like with this one. Pours black with a good amount of tan head. Good lacing. Smell is roasted malts, coffee, dark fruits and chocolate. Taste follows the nose almost perfectly, maybe a bit more chocolate than on the nose. Nice thick full-bodied stout. Has that creamy feel to it. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BOD 1/24/18 Pours dark as a starless night. World class head volume, quite outstanding retention and poor lacing. However, at 9.6% ABV, poor lacing is typical.

The nose is quite outstanding - rich and complex. As expected, coffee and chocolate are the prominent aromas. Notes of black currant, raisins, very light cherry and molasses round it out. Soft touches of leather and tobacco add the final touches to this complex nose.

Heavy medium body that has some heft to it. Elements of creaminess emerge at the finish aided by the soft carbonation. The carbonation / body balance is outstanding. The middle provides enough effervescence for flavor separation but not body disruption. The finish is similar to the middle - soft and finely bubbled.

The flavor profile is borderline world class. The complexity of the nose and its previous descriptors are all present. In addition, roast emerges over a slightly bitter sweet base that is a combination of sweet and bakers chocolate and cocoa. Alcohol is covered (no small feat with 9.6% alcohol). As the mid-palate sweetness fades, leather and tobacco notes really shine. The finish is a slow fade of roast, leather, tobacco and black cherry over a touch of coffee and chocolate.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black. Short, foamy, Brown had that last a little while.

Smells roasted malts, chocolate, light smoke, Char and a hint of dark fruit.

Taste roasted malts, bitter chocolate, molasses, light espresso, light Char and smoke. Finishes dry with a roast and Smokey linger. Medium body and smooth lower carbonation.

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Photo of BergBeer
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Opaque black with a thick mocha colored head.

Smell: Fruity. Dark cherries, black malt, dark chocolate, rich espresso, and fruit leather.

Taste: Much like the nose only way more subtle. Dark chocolate, roasty black malt, chocolate covered dark cherries, light vanilla, and fruit leather.

Feel: Smooth and creamy given the ABV. Big bodied. Medium bitterness. Alcohol is apparent but smooth.

Overall: A good stout that is just too subtle in flavor. I wanted more of anything. All the flavors are right I just want something to come forward.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pitch black in color with a fingernail of brown around the rim and covering most of the top. Light lacing is present. The aroma is of dark roasted barley. I'm tasting plenty of roasted barley, dark chocolate with a lightly boozy finish. The mouth is velvety smooth.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber, January 2018, poured into a tulip glass. Didn't feel like waiting. Pitch black, two finger tan head that retains well, recedes slowly. Aroma of cocoa, chocolate, and mild smoke. The taste follows the nose closely, with some anise, some dark fruits, and a bitter finish (coffee/espresso like). The mouthfeel is medium heavy, with a midrange amount of carbonation to keep things lively. Everything smooths out some as it warms, and I get some more of the toffee notes mentioned on the bottle. Overall, a pretty tasty RIS. It doesn't overwhelm you with sweetness or too much roast, which at times, can be a good thing.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank this back to back with the barrel aged version. These had a higher demand almost 10 years ago compared with present day. Pours black, 1/3" brown head on the top. Aroma of roasted chocolate malt which gives off both coffee and cocao impressions in subtle ways.

Taste follows with the usual hallmarks of style for an imperial stout, heft, viscosity, chocolate, unsweetened. There is a slight amount of dark fruit bitterness in there, but its minimal, the more American aspects of the beer (as opposed to Russian Imperial Stout) keep that dark fruit noise in check for the most part. Finishes kind of sticky and bitter. Its a neat beer to check out once, but hardly unique, each state has several breweries making a similar beer.

I like the artwork, and I'm sure some of those who pose like they don't still appreciate the chance to virtue signal against it. Really brings people together. Except for the El Dorado casino in Reno who lies to your face about letting you have a bottle share during March Madness.

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Photo of Buck89
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2017 batch poured into a snifter. Opaque brown color with a thick tan head. The nose featured roasted malt with coffee, char, and faint cocoa. The taste was much like a typical RIS: bitter roasted malt, smooth chocolate malt, floral notes, and a nice roasted char flavor. Well-balanced with a great full feel. Not too sweet. Really nice.

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Photo of Tim5085
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tasty and dark
Aroma: Chocolate and roast
Taste: Like coffee, chocolate, and stout
Appearance: Dark as it should be.
Overall: Delicious. I will have another.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to BubbaBeerMan for sending this one! February 2013 vintage bottle, cellared since, consumed August 2017. Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: Very very dark brown, opaque. A half-finger's worth of tan head lasts quite well, and fairly low visible carbonation.

S: Chocolate and coffee, cacao nibs and mocha. Dark roasted malts and tobacco. Some notes of vanilla as well. A light fruitiness that might be from the coffee or from the yeast, I'm not sure. A pretty nice aroma here.

T: Chocolate and coffee again up front. Roasted malts and cacao. The mildest of bitter char character to the roasted malts. Vanilla and caramel again with some tobacco dryness. I'm not getting the fruitiness on the palate like I did on the nose. More bitter baker’s chocolate and dark cacao nibs at the swallow.

M: A thick body overall, though maybe average for an imperial stout these days. Low carbonation sensation but as expected for style. The alcohol presence is restrained.

O: A good beer for sure. But having drank it in close proximity to a vintage Speedway Stout, I preferred the Speedway significantly in flavors and complexity and body. Still, quite an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I did a side by side of this with the barrel aged version--both 2016 vintages.

Black with a mild, uniform tan foam.

Smell is molasses with a salty, savory sort of roasted malt, and baker's cocoa leaning strongly to the bitter spectrum. At times I catch a bit of a musty or metallic note.

Taste is more grounded and describable, with nutty chocolate, raisin, and cocoa that lends itself to a sort of drying froth, yet it's still smooth, soft and round. Bittersweet pine wood emerges as well, with hints of amaretto and salty roasted almond.

I'm surprised by the reputation of this. It took a while for me to get my hands on these, but they are not living up to the hype for me. I've had more chocolatey beers than this, some of which actually did not use any flavor additives at all, just showcasing really well-roasted, high-quality chocolate malt.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Year: 2010 Bottle 149/1000
Opened April 2017

A- Still viscous and black with very minimal dark brown head.

S- Chocolate, some tannins, a little cardboard.

T- Roastiness, dark bitter chocolate, and still some cardboard from slight oxidation which I expected from a 7 year old bottle.

F- Not thin, but not really oily either. Low carbonation. Still pleasant.

D- Wow! Even with the oxidation, this was still an amazing treat to get to try!

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Photo of strohme2
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bomber, split into 2 tulips.
Deep dark pour with mocha head of tiny bubbles. Minimal lacing on the glass. Smell is roast, molasses, espresso and char. Taste is roast, espresso, bitter chocolate, dark fruits and medium hop bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and very drinkable.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle poured into pint glass, found at total wine in Charleston.
A: pours a dark reddish brown, like a cross between coca cola and used motor oil (mmmhh right? ), think chocolate brown head quickly fades
S: bitter chocolate, raisins, slight boozy aroma, strong coffee, molasses
M: medium thick body with some sticky residue on the tongue
T: espresso, bakers chocolate, raisins, molasses syrup, dark fruit, some sweetness
O: good brew, maybe I thought this was a little over hyped in my mind, solid offering but not the strongest RIS so it would be a great one for a first timer to try.

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Photo of maxdeusphallis
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My wife caught this on-tap at Lowe's food beer garden. Figure the odds. The guy told us he had one keg. They received a few cases of bottles that sold out in a few hours.

Been waiting two years to try this beer.

Pours black as 100k motor oil with a single finger of head. Nice.

Smell is bitter chocolate, dark malt and some dark fruit. Maybe some charred raisin. Nice.

Taste is exquisite. Dark malts, toffee, burnt caramel, chocolate without being cacao. Very nice.

Bitter on the end - but a nice bitterness to balance the luxurious taste and mouthfeel.

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Photo of JamesBondGA
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured black in color with an one inch tan head that leaves some beautiful lacing on the glass. Lovely chocolate on the nose along with coffee and toffee. Upon tasting you get molasses, chocolate, raisins, and coffee. Wasn't overly thick like most Russian Imperial Stouts and also wasn't really boozy. I like for my R.I.S. to hit me more harder than this, but it was pretty good.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark body, mostly opaque, dark brown highlights, with a quick fade, tan head, and no real lacing.

S - Dark fruit, cocoa and dark chocolate, a bit of booziness.

T - Follows the nose, with dark chocolate and plum, raisins, and a definite dark toast close, with hints of char and more savory elements.

M - Slick in the open, a bit sticky in the middle, and enough carbonation and drying to largely clear by the end.

O - Together, these elements make for a rich, tasty stout. The only downside is the price is high, since other common stouts do offer a similarly satisfying experience.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bitter chocolate and coffee are the stars of this beer. Thick chewy mouthfeel. Sweetness and bitterness in harmony. Overall this is an amazing imperial Stout.

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Photo of darktronica
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A nice finger of creamy head that dissipates over a few minutes, leaving little trace behind. When fresh (bomber labeled February 2017), has a strong bitter character, more from darkly roasted grains than from hops. Having had the barrel-aged variant previously, I'm disappointed in the base beer, to be honest. Perhaps time in the bottle will smooth this out, but right now, this is unbalanced, thin in the mouthfeel department, and not bringing much chocolate to the table. It's still an enjoyable stout, but it's not what I was expecting.

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