Sexual Chocolate | Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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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

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Added by SaCkErZ9 on 02-15-2007

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1,355
Reviews:
462
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11.25%
 
 
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Photo of MSchae1017
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer arrives in a standard pint glass branded with a Foothills logo as black as the beer itself. The head is the color of cappuccino foam hinting at some of the aromas and flavors awaiting the drinker. The head eventually dissipates to wisps of foam, leaving traces of lace down the side of the glass. In addition to coffee notes in the smell, there is the distinct aromas of dark chocolate coming together to remind you of a cafe mocha. Roasted barley is also evident, rounding out the nose of this beer. Upon taking a sip, all of these aromas come to full life on your tongue. Coffee hints with huge amounts of dark chocolate provide a perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness usually provided only by the finest chocolate makers. At 10% ABV, the lack of alcohol presence on the palate is surprising and evident of proper maturation by the brewer. Swirling the beer around the tongue gives the drinker the chance to fully appreciate the full body of this beer that combines with subtle, even carbonation for an exceptionally smooth mouthfeel. Sip after sip, this beer is a pleasure to drink. As it warms, flavors of dark fruit present themselves and the aromas become more alive. With the high ABV, you would think that this beer would beg to be drank slowly, but the perfect balance of flavors and incredible smoothness urge you to continue drinking. Chocolate in beer can sometimes be overwhelming and when combined with sweetness, even cloying at times, but Sexual Chocolate is constructed with such care that it just continues to please over and over again. To quote a buddy with me at the time, "There is not a single aspect of this beer that I do not like." If that does not motivate you to get a pint of your own, I do not know what will.

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Photo of icebergfat
4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just got back from piggly-wiggly where they had a foothills tasting on friday thanks Michael for saving me a growler, you are the Man. Appearance: Dark black w/ a nice tan head this stuff pour awesome out of growler even though 2 days old. Smell: Great chocolatey goodness, can't wait til I can taste it. Taste : Have I gone to heaven, this stuff taste great! Mouthfeel: Wonderful not to thick(if that is possible)but definitely stout not a disguised porter. Drinkability: I can't really taste the alcohol very well hidden, it's only 6:00 pm and I've got a half gallon of this wonderful beverage to drink before I go to sleep, don't be jealous, it's going to be a great night.

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Photo of robsharpe
4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sometime last year I came across Foothills Brewery out of Winston-Salem, NC and immediately took to their ales. Once I started paying attention I head about their Sexual Chocolate Imperial Stout and I was able to enjoy a glass with dinner last night.

This was on tap and I enjoyed it in a snifter. It was quite dark in appearance and in the aroma I was able to smell a subtle dark chocolate. The taste was well balanced with the a slight bitterness. It was exceptionally drinkable.

This is by far one of my favorite beers.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.82/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes taken at the brewery.
As opaque as opaque gets. Nice 2 finger sized head with excellent retention. Sticky lace coats and falls down the sides of the glass.
Huge chocolate smell. The kind of aroma that would make Willie Wonka drool. Also a nice shot of espresso is detectable as well.
This is the beer for all of the sweet tooths out there. Huge chocolate and cocoa flavors but enough roasted malts and rich coffee to balance it out. As a plus how does Foothills hide the alcohol. I am destinctfully searching for the alcohol but I can not find it.
Thick, viscous, chewy mouthfeel. The mouthfeel is as rich as the flavor. As a bonus when the glass is empty it is stained brown. As if Sexual Chocolate has marked it's territory.
Possibly the most drinkable RIS I've had. As mentioned before the alcohol is not to be found. Forget aging...drink this now....Could it possibly get any better?

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Photo of jpro
4.82/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow... had this on tap at the Mellow Mushroom. Poured an opaque black with a dark tan / light brown head - not much lacing to be had, although there was decent head retention. Smell was dominated by chocolate, primarily cocoa powder and straight up milk and dark deliciousness. Taste was also heavy on the chocolate - whoa... brownie batter in liquid form! A touch of sweetness (a la molasses) on the finish. Not much of a hop bite or any indication of 10% (??!!) abv. Mouthfeel is silky smooth, and the finish is ridiculously smooth and unparalleled amongst RIS's. Drinkability is hella up there! Great stuff - lives up to the hype!

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Photo of Wasatch
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks goes out to cvstrickland for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a very nice black color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice one-finger creamy tan head, with some nice small islands and thich creamy sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty with lots of chocolate/toffee, slight roast note. The taste is awesome, malty, sweet, with some dark fruits, some vanilla, slight roast note. Medium/Full body, smooth. Very drinkable, what an awesome brew, so glad I finally got a chance to try it, Thanks Chuck!

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Photo of Golden303
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of ncbeermonger
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an exceptional beer, but not worth getting up on a saturday, and waiting in line for. Kegs get to places other than the brewery, and you can enjoy the beer in the comfort of your favorite stool!

The beer is super dark, and the head is a dirty bone white

The smell is phenomenal, and is surpassed solely by the taste of this beer. the ABV is high, and while you can taste this it's not the most present taste, the chocolate, and hints of oak are what leave your lips as you lower your beer.
Warning, dont drink 2 and post!

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Photo of rye726
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh my, this is some tasty stuff. Pours a near black color with a creamy brown head. Huge nose of chocolate, coffee and sweet fruity malts. Taste follows suit. Lots of chocolate over a very nice stout. Chocolate is well balanced. Creamy body goes down well. Delicious. Anyone want to trade for a bottle of this?

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Photo of Lunch
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review # 200

Served on-tap at Foothills Brewery in Winston-Salem, NC during the 2010 Sexual Chocolate release into a Foothills Brewing Signature glass at the appropriate temperature (02/05/10). This review is for the 2010 batch.

A: Pours nearly black with a motor oil quality capped off with a finger of a tan head that dissolves to a foam and leaves some patchy and sticky lacing.

S: Wonderful aroma of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, graham cracker, and some espresso/coffee. Hints of toffee and caramel are found as well.

T: The taste follows the nose and I must say that this is quite a tasty beverage. Milk chocolate, cocoa, and roasted malt highlight the profile along with layers of graham cracker, coffee, espresso, toffee, and some caramel. Wonderfully balanced and extremely complex.

M: Full-bodied with appropriate creamy carbonation. Thick at times, but never syrupy.

D: I could drink this all day long and it is so well-crafted and expertly balanced. The 10% is not found in the taste at all.

Overall I must say that is an exceptional Imperial Stout from Foothills and one that is deserving of its great praise. This was tasted at my first ever beer release and it did not disappoint. Great brewery, run by great people and producing some great beer! My Highest Recommendation.

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Photo of AAis4quiters
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this beer on the release weekend. I have to say that it was one of the best Stouts I have ever had. The glassware was proper and added appeal to the visual aspect upon arrival. The nose was outstanding but is was pinnacled by flavor and character. A long clean finish of roasted sweet chocolate and espresso approachable for beginner but sturdy enough for the aficionado. Congrats to the brewer. It was apparently sold out in bottle form and they were running so low that they could not fill growlers.

See ya next weekend!

F.

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Photo of hman43
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
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 Dave101010
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tmm313
4.79/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of nickbnc
4.78/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Make sure it has warmed

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Photo of parris
4.78/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of marshalzhukov
4.77/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had one day after 2010 release.

A-very dark brown, redish tint when held up to the light, very fine light brown head

S-chocolate, cocoa nibs, slight coffee flavor

T-smooth, a little bitterness, chalky but a very nice finish

M-chalky leaves a lasting chocolate/expresso flavor in the mouth

D-a little to easy to drink it'll catch up with you quick

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Photo of gford217
4.77/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been wanting to try this one for quite a while so big thanks to kp for opening a bottle at the Brick Store.

This one pours pitch black, with no light coming through at all. The tan head is small and bubbly and leaves good lacing.

This is one of the best aromas I've had in a beer. It's sweet, like malted milk balls - dark malts with sweet chocolate on top. There is dark fruit and hints of coffee as well.

The taste is fantastic as well with a huge roasted malt backbone that is extremely well balance by generous milk chocolate and dark fruit sweetness. The finish actually has a slight espresso bitterness, but only as a complementary piece of this complex brew.

The mouthfeel is so smooth, but with ample carbonation that helps coat the mouth completely in the semi-sweet goodness.

I am thoroughly impressed with this beer and would rate it among my favorite imperial stouts. I may be slightly biased to the sweeter side of things, but either way this is a world class beer. Thanks again to kp for sharing this one.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.77/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle 184 of 500 - Big thanks to drunkmonk for the opportunity. Cheers, Joel!

Pours an opaque brown color with a huge foamy dark tan head that fades fairly quickly. Spotty patterns of Belgian lacing in it's wake. The smell from beneath the cap is Hersey Syrup chocolaty goodness, from the pour a wonderful distinct dark fruit character comes through and hints of vanilla. As it warms you get more of a cherry vanilla barrel aged treatment. The initial mouthful is conditioned by the rush of alcohol. The fire is dampened nicely by the full bodied rich chocolate flavor dispensed in a silky creaminess. Big chocolate flavor mixed with the fruity taste of a barrel age treatment. Finishes with a chewy semisweet maltiness that lingers appropriately. Way too easy to drink. This one is labeled 9.75% ABV. Integrated well, has a really nice complexity that's a kick to consider. I never know where the line falls between a RIS and a Double Stout, but this is what i think a Double Stout is shooting for. Really nice effort. Highly recommended.

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Photo of DavidEddie
4.77/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Courtesy of drunkmonk. Thanks Joel.
Bottle # 181/500

Pours black like an overdue oil change. Brown head falls quickly to a ring around my glass. Strong roasty smell of chocolate and coffee. Some pine and licorice aromas were also detected. The first initial sip, I tasted flavors of dark chocolate followed by black coffee. Finishes with a bit of crisp citrusy hops. Some bitter chocolate lingers. Alcohol is barley noticeable, just some slight warming in my chest. Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and slightly heavy. Overall, drinkability is fantastic. I would agree this Imperial Stout lives up to the hype. Highly recommended!

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Photo of LouDogg114
4.77/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tprokop7
4.77/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle 258/500, shared with balberts after getting it in trade from Shuajw. Thanks again.

A - Thick and black, little to no head, quite viscous as it pours.

S - Roasted barley, not as much chocolate as I would have expected.

T - Nice, complex smokeyness complimenting notes of sweetness and chocolate near the end. Leaves a bit of a bitter aftertaste.

M - Slightly carbonated, thick and smooth.

D - I'm not sure this is even relevant here, as the chances of following the first bottle with the second are almost none...

This is a great, complex stout that I wish I could get more of. I am glad I had the opportunity to try this from this brewing. There was a lot of hype surrounding this beer, and I think I can honestly say that it has earned at least most of it. Thanks again for the bottle Josh.

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Sexual Chocolate from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
4.09 out of 5 based on 1,355 ratings.
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