Sexual Chocolate
Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Style:
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #133
ABV:
9.75%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,134
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 10.82%
Reviews:
477
Ratings:
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Reviews by MarkDill:
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4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am a stout man. I have re-named winer "stout season" because that makes me happy. This beer is rich with a stronger chocolate-smoothness than most, so it delivers on the name. If you like Russian Imperial Stouts it will not disappoint.

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Photo of teromous
3.32/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The label says February 2016
ALC 9.6% BY VOL
SRM: 53
IBU: 75

Appearance: The body is black and the head is a very short cap with a light brown color. The head doesn't last long and fades into a ring.

Aroma: There is a clear aroma of chocolate. To be specific it smells more like a brownie than something like raw bakers chocolate. The aroma has a sweet smell to it which is very nice. Alcohol is present on the nose which isn't a bad thing given the 9.6% but it is there.

Taste: Right up front there is this slightly bitter charred flavor with a touch of alcohol. It robs the front of the palate of any sweetness that might be there. The alcohol presence again is fairly strong and I'm not really getting any chocolate taste. It tastes a lot like an average Imperial Stout. There is a bit of a woody character in the aftertaste of the beer which is nice but the overall flavor profile makes me miss the chocolate that is present in the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied beer with a slightly off-dry and bitter finish.

Overall: It's pretty much like your average boozy Imperial Stout. It's good and it is an enjoyable stout but it's hard to be sold on a beer that says "Sexual Chocolate" and doesn't deliver any chocolate flavor.

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Photo of MonkeyBread
1.75/5  rDev -57.9%

Poured from bottle into tulip glass.

Lot of head bubbling up. Quality lacing, oh wait who gives a crap about lacing.

Smell is of bitter dark chocolate and generic powder coffee. That's about it, not too complex.

Taste is exactly the nose. A total one note of bitter dark chocolate and roastiness. The body is fairly smooth yet finishes bitter and astringent.

I have to be brutal here and say despite having high expectations for this well regarded stout, I find it one of the worst stouts out there. It has no complexity. Solely dark chocolate and the worst tasting gas station coffee caught up in a horrific amount of bitterness throughout the beer and especially in the finish. The IBUs are absurdly high, 85, why would you do that in a stout? This is brittle, miserable and painful to drink. It's a struggle not to drain pour.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

the barrel aged version of this is apparently something splendid and worthy of the top beers in the world designation. the base beer is really nice too, although not what i expected. sometimes i see top beers biased to region, like the people here cant get the stuff the bruery does, so this becomes the best stout out there, or the toppling goliath people, or the central waters region, they all think their own beers are the best, so they get jacked up on here. fine with me. this one to me comes across a lot more like a black ipa than it does a stout, really interesting dryness and hop intensity not normally found in the style. its got a salted cocoa sort of flavor to it on the malt, and only a little bit of front end bitterness. the hops are heavy in the finish, pine family and aggressive. it wipes out some of the richness and nuance built in the grain profile, but i like that its so different. im not sure how the barrel would effect this, sweet whiskey and the hops, they must fade out a fair bit in that edition, or else its entirely unique to itself. fuller medium body but not at all sludgy and heavy, which i like. impressive overall, but its hard to picture the acclaimed barrel aged edition from the base beer in this instance.

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Photo of TWStandley
2.72/5  rDev -34.6%

Poured into a snifter.

Appeared a dark brown/black color with a light brown head.

Smelled hoppy. Wait..is this a black IPA or a stout?

Taste was hoppy and unbalanced. Why does this have 85 IBUs?

Mouthfeel was fine.

Overall this missed the mark for me. Hoping the BA version is better.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.54/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

A real thick and perfect creamy tan head forms, but it is quite large nearly three fingers tall. Whipped up cocoa light texture and settles very slowly. Strangely when forming it seemed even darker. Body color seems classic black walnut and dark but with some little close inspection it appears to have some red in there strangely when held up to light. Nice looker of a stout.

Real nice soft grain aroma. Subtle brown sugar sweetness, dark chocolate, a good mix of bitter and sugar. Hints toward some berried fruit tartness slightly just a tad. Quite solid even a little bit varied.

Palate is a bit different than expected. Bitter. Noticeably. Lots of dry grains and roast char on the finish, but a big blasting pine hop bitterness creeps throughout. A decent palate feel but has some wet skim milk and slick character. There's a bit of coffee like roast towards the finish, but it quickly gets buried in some almost acidic grains. There's quite a bit of sour quality to this, but luckily not too out of control, but it lingers. Roast character is nearly hot and piping, then this acidic coating just takes over, like real acidic coffee, and thick hop oil resin that permeates.

Overall this brings the roast and char, but there's some acidic almost vinegar quality that just overloads and ruins the experience. Would really like some chocolate flavor on this and doesn't really get it done. It's char profile is also identical to its porter and reminds me much of it, which is another beer from Foothills I just don't care for. Just a bit too much bitter, acrid, and oily. Doesn't come off quite right.

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Photo of siege06nd
3.33/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From bottle to Great Lakes 25th Anniversary bruges hybrid...

A. Pours a deep, dark brown with a dark khaki head. The head is tight and consistent with fairly good lacing. Retention is pretty poor, as the bubbles bake off to a thin ring rather quickly. A vigorous swirl, however, brings the head roaring back.

S. Dark baking chocolate, coffee grounds, some oxidation, dried fruit, a bit of molasses. The nose is very subdued and while there are hints of a varied number of flavors, it's not the most complex or inviting bouquet.

T. A little bit of cocoa, just a tough of dark fruit, and then a strong, dry, roasted, and ashy finish. A little bit of a metallic and slightly tannic taste on the mid. Very bitter and dry.

M. Bitter, dry, ashy. The finish is very very dry to the point that it limits the enjoyment of the rest of the flavors. A thin, one-note profile.

O. This is very "okay". The name implies a thick, decadent, luscious stout, but this is anything but. It's thin, dry, bitter, and unrefined. And at nearly $20 a bottle, this is an incredibly poor value. I'm not sure where this beer received its great reputation...I found it instantly forgettable.

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Photo of AppaZappa
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 2015 bottle poured into tulip glass at 60 degrees. Pours rich mocha color with decent head and lacing. Smell is malt, chocolate, cocoa, slight licorice, and bit of metallic / soy. Taste is a nice rich cocoa, roasted malt, feint molasses and booze. Feel is creamy and rich with a nice lingering presence on the tongue.

I've had this beer a lot--different years and in different formats--and the 2015's not my favorite. Its a solid russian impy stout, no more, no less.

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Photo of hman43
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: It pours black with a dark brown head that has some lacing.

Smell: It has strong chocolate aromas with coffee, roasted malts, and hints of hops.

Taste: There are strong flavors of chocolate, roasted flavors, floral hops,dark fruits, and coffee.

Feel: It has a heavy texture to it and has a strong aftertaste.

Overall: This is a strong example of a Russian Imperial Strong with strong aromas, strong flavors of chocolate and malts, and a rich, heavy feel with a quality bitter aftertaste.

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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 bennyman12
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hey, after 20 years of drinking craft beer, I'm writing my first beer review. Why now? Well, I appreciate this community for advocating the drinking of beer, and with starting to trade in the last 6 months, I've had a chance to try some great stuff--and see how far the scene has come--and how strong the hype and criticism can be. Case in point: sexual chocolate.

Looks: like a stout should. Black. Sexy.
Smell: of super dark caramel malt. And cocoa. A bit metallic. Maybe.
Taste: roast yields to some black cherry, then chocolate. Now take a deep breath, let it sink in. And it lingers, and lingers, and lingers. And it's so sexy like that. It knows what's up.
Mouthfeel: also sexy
Drink ability: yes

So here's the thing. I understand that there's a barrel-aged version, and I want to get my hands on it asap, but that doesn't mean this shouldn't get an "a" too. This is top quality stuff. If you have a chance to hit that, do so. If not, you have no love.

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Photo of Jay_P22
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled Feb. 2016. Poured into a snifter.

Looks like a dark colored chocolatey stout. Big foamy head, nice lacing.

Smells like chocolate and coffee, but not overly great though. Average nose.

Taste is solid, but not really sexual chocolate as it implies.

Thick mouth feel with long finish.

Overall it's not worth the hype or the price. At $19 a bottle I don't recommend. The label is dope, the name is dope, but the beer is just good.

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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 RaulMondesi
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Wooo ha. There is a freak on the prowl and Raul is into it. Kind of like a Victoria's Secret Model: sexy, delectable, freaky, kinky, luscious, all kinds of beautiful.... but a bit thin. After waking up the next day, you are still into her, but you also look over and think, "damn, girl, you need to eat!" And then you make her an omelette.

Yep!

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Photo of Rifugium
3.17/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Feb. '14 vintage, with major thanks to Eli.
Poured into a Sexual Chocolate teku. Room temperature. Abyssmal black color, with two fingers of rocky mocha head that settled to a ringlet, leaving some soapy lacing on the glass. Dark roasty malts in the nose, distant raw cocoa, some herbal hop bitterness. Taste was surprisingly bitter, roasted dark malts and espresso, toasted grains, char, raw cocoa was present but quite muted, herbal and citrusy hops. This was really a let-down. Basically a plain stout, and pretty homebrewy, which is mostly the impression I've gotten from all of Foothills' beers thus far. Really neither sexual nor chocolate. Body was medium, mouthfeel thin, bitter and somewhat harsh, well, far from smooth anyway. The higher ABV was on the subdued side at least. I was glad to have gotten to try this, but it was a major disappointment.

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Photo of wulfie85
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated Feb 2015:

Small amount of brown head that dissipated quickly. Deep dark color, as expected. Really no aroma outside a boozy scent. Possibly due to bottle being 6 months old, but I expected the aromas to hold up better. Nice heavy flavor and feel. Not too much of a booze flavor at all and lighter hints of chocolate, also possibly due to age.

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Photo of Seantronz3030
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ne0m00re
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

10/09/11- Review of bottle number 1/750 of the Feb 2009 release.
A: Opaque black with a dark caramel head and slow lacing.
S: Sweet dark chocolate (I feel like saying "check!" after this, for some reason), molasses, light banana--nutty like banana bread--subtle bacon smokey, some port oxidation. Good.
T: Dark chocolate throughout, clean fig and cranberry, cigar smoke in the finish, almost cloying sweet to a more dry earthy finish.
M: Thick and syrupy immediately turns light and almost crisp and lingers sticky.
O: Good. Between BORIS and BCBS in a good way.

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Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Hophead717
3.61/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pitch black, with a thin mocha head, that quickly dissipates to nothing.

S: Cocoa powder, with some light dark fruits.

T: Light roast upfront, yielding to mild chocolate, with slightly sweet fruitiness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied, with low carbonation.

O: I don't totally get this beer. The flavor profile is a grouping of distinct, mild flavors. It's a good beer...but too roasty and too fruity? The combo doesn't work overwhelmingly well.

Apologies for the unhelpful review--I'm struggling with this one.

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Photo of jerefreakinmiah
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of qcghost
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of wedge
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011

@ Woody's

Ah, my yearly single glass of Sexual Chocolate. At least it was a big pour. Pitch black body under a slim creamy coating. The initially mild aroma began to come alive as it warmed up...dark chocolate, molasses, and purple fruit. It's not super chocolaty so much as a hefty dose of roasted malt with dark chocolate undertones. More of a chocolate presence in the mouth - though again, nothing overly rich and decadent. Semi-sweet chocolate, abundant roast, dark fruity tartness, and ground espresso beans. Full, silky smooth mouthfeel goes down very easily without any perceivable alcohol.

I've never had this from a bottle - standing in line in the cold, pre-dawn doesn't interest me...too much hype. On tap though, when I can find it, it is always excellent.

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Photo of bhalter8
4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was thrilled to try the 2008 on tap at the 2009 bottle release. After standing in line for hours, I can safely say it was well worth it. Poured into a snifter, it is a deep, dark ink black color and a fairly thin dark brown head. It sure looks incredible, and smell doesn't let down either, the intense chocolate, burnt coffee, and strong malts combine to make quite the enticing aroma. This 2008 vintage blows you away in the taste department. It seems the alcohol has muted enough to allow all the other flavor components, the chocolate, the coffee, the malts, to overtake the flavor. It is a dense beer, but far thinner than the 2009 release, I assume due to aging. The subdued carbonization is also nice. All combine to make strong RIS, in both flavor and ABV, that still tastes, and drinks easy. I am thoroughly impressed, and may now have to hold off those '09 bottles for a while.

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Photo of gratefulbeerhead
5/5  rDev +20.2%

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