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Sexual Chocolate | Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
North Carolina, United States
foothillsbrewing.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.75%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by SaCkErZ9 on 02-15-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,723
Reviews:
463
Ratings:
1,360
pDev:
10.9%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 1,360 |  Reviews: 463
Photo of SacoDeToro
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to rallison for sharing a bottle.

Poured a deep jet black with a dense brown head.

The aroma was full of rich roasted malts, toffee, chocolate, and coffee. Some alcohol was present.

The flavor of the beer had a rich roasted flavor up front, followed by intense toffee-like maltiness with notes of chocolate malt, appropriate for the style. It was well attenuated and didn't finish too sweet. Notes of dark dried fruits and herbal/earthy hops were present. The beer was assertively bitter, which helped offset the intense roastiness present.

The mouthfeel was heavy, but not overly so. The body was full and creamy. The carbonation was delicate and dialed in just right.

This was an excellent imperial stout and certainly one of the best I've had. Still, it didn't quite match the complexity of KtG, IMO.

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Photo of punkrkr27
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black pour with a nice dense brown head and moderate lacing. Mouth watering dark chocolate aroma with a bitter roasted malt and a fair bit of alcohol and some molasses. Yummy bittersweet choclate flavor balanced by lots of roasted malt, a touch of pine and a little burnt brown sugar. There's a healthy dose of alcohol in there too. Very full and creamy body with a nice little warming at the end from the alcohol. This is for sure a top notch Imperial Stout.

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Photo of W_Des
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had a 9 year vertical from 2007 to 2015. '07, '12 and '15 were the best in my opinion with solid cocoa in the nose. They had smooth silky bodies and nice chocolate notes. The '12 and '15 had a very nice espresso finish. '09 and '14 were the worst being very thin and off putting with some astringent bitterness at the finish and some soy sauce like flavors. Overall a good beer that pours a rich brown and start a great bottle share tradition at the brewery on release days.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of my very favorite labels.

Appearance: Fully opaque black with wonderful dark brown and everlasting head.

Aroma: Dark chocolate and cocoa powder, espresso, sweet English toffee, dark fruit, rummy booze, molasses.

Taste: Large doses of high percentage cocoa chocolate but the chocolate flavor is not overdone. Well roasted coffee notes blend nicely with the chocolate and sweet toffee flavors balance the bitterness of the cocoa and coffee. Small touches of dark fruits (blackberries and figs mostly) finish everything off.

Mouthfeel: Well balanced. Well hidden ABV. Rich and creamy.

Drinkability: Very.

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Photo of beer_guy_nc
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Yellolab2010
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brewtechnik
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2013 22oz Bomber poured into a snifter

First time having the Sexual Chocolate...a virgin if you will. Big thanks to CarolinaKevin for the bottles!

Nice pour...viscous jet black with a 2 finger dark tan head which slowly dissipates to a lasting foam ring. Looks very nice...among the best I've seen.

The aroma lacks a bit from what I expected to be honest....really was looking for BIG strong chocolate notes but was only hit with slight chocolate, molasses, and some ethanol.

Here we go...the flavor really makes up for what the aroma was lacking. Lots of dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, coffee, dark malts, bitterness from both hops and cocoa. Very nice and well balanced!

The mouth feel is where I feel that this beer really shines...viscous and sweet at first but finishes light with a bit of ethanol. The carbonation is perfect...I hate over carbonated stouts but this one's where it should be.

When I think of my favorite (non-barrel aged) imperial stouts, Founders is on the top of the list, but this one is a serious contender...it may even took first place! Really a great stout that could use a bit more aroma, but ultimately satisfying my Jungle Fever!

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Photo of Hayden34
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
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 Nctide
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ohsaycanyoubeer
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 version, on tap at Sexy Chocolate Day 2011. Pours with a little head, tan lacing, a slight chocolate aroma, I was expecting a bit more chocolate, it was a bit subdued for me. Still, extremely smooth, well worth the hype, if only I was just getting a bit more rubustiness and full chocolate. I still like it.

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Photo of Viggo
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks to grub for sharing this gem, number 467/500 bottled!!

Pours an opaque black, attractive brown highlights, nice dark tan head, very thick, super retention, drops some nice lacing as it settles down to a thick ring. Smell is some dark fruits and alcohol, chocolate, big roastiness, toffee, intense burnt fruit, more roast, very nice. Taste is tons of chocolate, nice roast, toffee, lots of dark fruit, burnt currants, alcohol, some sherry, bit of pine, molasses, intense finish, flavours aren't as integrated as I expected though, lots of fighting, but lots of intensity. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, very smooth. Maybe with some age the flavours will meld together a little bit more. Regardless, thanks Russ for the fantastic beer!!

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep black color with a moderate amount of tan head. Slightly burnt, somewhat port wine and plum aroma. Heavy, though mellow roasted flavor. Lingering bittersweet chocolate taste. Very grainy tasting. Solid mouthfeel-the heavy grain flavor comes thru as a nice chewy, bready feel to it. Very, very good and enjoyable beer. I am a tad dissappointed overall but I think I just hyped myself up for it. Thanks to brentk56 for this great trade. I wouldnt have been able to sample it otherwise I am sure.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a short tan head and a nice ring of lacing.

Scent of chocolate, raisins, oats, roasted malts, dark fruit, sugars, and a hint of alcohol. While not particularly impressive it had a good depth and balance as well as some nice complexity.

Taste of bittersweet chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruit, and molasses. Has a nice bitterness to it with nearly unnoticeable alcohol. A tasty brew worth the price, but not worth the hype.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and heavy bodied with a small amount of carbonation.

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Photo of bparker551
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Slatetank
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks so much to Stakem for sharing this with Kegatron and me -enjoyed chilled from a snifter. #536 of 1000.

The color is practically black, over 70 srm according to the label which is an opaque shade with thick sandy cap that settles rapidly with a tight bead that revives into a thin cap of lace when swirled and lace sticks. The strong chocolate odor has slight spice from the cocoa nibs and light earthy twang of yeast. The slight woody malt aroma is accented by a light caramel sweetness. The texture is slightly dry and bitter with a roasted malt presence and subtle tannic tinge with mild fruitiness and slight spice with hint of yeast creaminess in the middle a gentle bitter taste is present throughout.

The taste has a lot of roast but mild chocolate, the nose carries more cocoa with a subtle spice note perhaps a bitter cocoa nib taste. The yeast adds a gentle twang of dark chocolate and slight coffee-like acidic note with slight berry undercurrent and mild toasted graininess. The dark malt is slightly astringent with a hint of hop bitterness coming in at the end of the taste. This was a great stout, I enjoyed it and was looking forward to having it in bottled form. I enjoyed a small sample on draft at Extreme beer fest, but that was years ago - this was pretty high in drinkability with some nice complexity and fits the style well. I can only guess that this is a beer you may want to taste fresh based on the cocoa flavor subtlety.

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance?
deep dark black, short tan head/cap.

smell?
Evident coffee, and sublte chocolate aromas

taste?
dry chocolate flavor. More of a dark cocoa and roasted malts flavor.

mouthfeel?
full bodied stout

I enjoyed this brew at a Rare Stout night tasting, thanks to CampusCrew and the other generous BAs. This is a fine made imperial stout for sure, but not one of the standouts as we expected during our 20+ bottle tasting. This seems a bit overly hyped, but still an impressive stout indeed.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Didn't know anything about this brewery until my non-drinking bro-in-law took me there Fri night - the locals at the bar mentioned Sexual Chocolate, and it was then I remembered the name... on w/the review:

Poured into a 10oz glass with a short tan head over a deep opaque black color - nearly impossible to review a beer's real Appearance in a bar, so giving it the benefit of the doubt.

Smelled of good, roasted bean quality with a lightly sweet / bittersweet chocolate. Some nuttiness present. Served a bit too cold, so didn't pick up everything that is probably there.

Pretty creamy mouthfeel - roasted malts come thru first in the flavor, with some dark chocolate and well bittered with the hops. Light coffee, and some toffee come through as it warmed. Overall, it was a little lighter on the palate than I would've hoped for from a celebrated RIS, but pretty nice mouthfeel nonetheless.

Drinkability is terrific, with only the mouthfeel keeping it from hitting a five. My brother in law said he'd be willing to sit in the line next year to get me a bottle from the annual release, since he works a few blocks away, so I will definitely take him up on that!!

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Photo of WesM63
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large snifter. Bottled 2013

A: Pours pitch black with a 2finger mocha head.Decent amounts of lacing and retention.

S: Loads of coffee and bittersweet chocolate.

T: Spot on the nose, huge bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Some light roasted malts linger thought.

M: Full bodied, moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Overall,. excellent Imperial Stout. Right on the nose. Lots of dark bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Grab one if you have the chance!

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at local BA tasting.

Poured a black color with a large frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted coffee and chocolate aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy roasted bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.

This is a standout beer.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to n2185 for the bottle. Tasted 19 September 2013.

Pours a rich dark brown, almost black, with about 1 finger of medium-tan-brown head. Good retention, nice lacing.

Smell is full of chocolate, rich and well-backed by the robustness of the malts. One of those uber-chocolatey imperial stouts that I just love. Quite sweet; naturally chocolatey, like it's coming from the malts rather than an addition, and certainly not the fake-tasting flavors of, say, Southern Tier's big stout.

Taste has that rich chocolate as well, though it's not quite as potent as it is in the smell. A mild bitter bend in the back. A little roasty, but mostly it's sweet. A big, sweet stout.

Feel is chewy, rich, and heavy, but a little thinner than I'd like it to be.

Pretty darn tasty. Super chocolatey, rich stout, with just a twinge of bitterness.

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Photo of ghirsh
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Invinciblejets
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of treyrab
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to jac5084 for bringing this one out last night. I can't remember the bottle number but it was in the two hundreds. Poured this into two unbranded snifters.

A: This one is amazingly photogenic. Looks like a perfect RIS: pitch black with barely no brown around the edges, even when held up to a bright light. An incredibly creamy, frothy and sticky dark khaki head forms and sticks around for quite a bit. Impeccable.

S: The smell was a tad disappointment. Smell is initially dry roasted coffee, slight dry cocoa powder and hops. The hops thew me off, but as I continued to smell it, I really started to enjoy the bitterness that the hops were contributing to the smell. This is the second hoppiest smelling RIS, second only to Darkness.

T: Taste is very dry, but very smooth. Taste is like an imperial coffee stout. Tons of dry roasted coffee in the taste coupled with very dry cocoa powder (cocoa nibs?). As far as fruit flavors go, I could not depict any in the taste. It is a simple taste, but very smooth and enjoyable.

D: This is one of the most drinkable RIS I have ever had. I drank this one way too fast as it was so smooth and the alcohol was nowhere in sight.

Overall, this is a great RIS. I wish it was more readily available, because this was so drinkable and I could have one every night.

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Photo of dwoolley1
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sexual Chocolate from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 1,360 ratings
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