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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

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

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4.09
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Photo of ordybill
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a tulip glass. The appearance is pitch black with a small tan head. The aroma is chocolate malt. The taste is chocolate malt with a slight coffee finish. An outstanding beer.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review #200. Had on tap tonight (4/5/10) at Churchkey in Washington, DC. This was the 2009 SC and was served in a 10 oz. snifter.

a - Pours a dark brown with one finger of brown head and nice lacing and froth.

s - Smells of cocoa, sweet chocolate and malts, roasted malts, and maybe some dark fruit. As it warms up, got a little coffee as well.

t - Tastes of bitter chocolate up front, followed up cocoa, roasted malts. As it warms up maybe a little vanilla and dark fruit.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, very smooth and creamy. Very easy to drink.

d - Overall I thought this was a great beer. I've had 09 and 10 SC and think the 09 is much better. I think the time on it lets the hops fade and lets the chocolate and some other flavors like the dark fruit come out more. For 9.75% ABV this is very drinkable and I can't wait to try my bottles of 2010 SC with some time on them.

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Photo of beer2day
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Barley's in Greenville and Nick's in Clemson, SC.

Pours jet black with a lighter tan 2-finger head. Excellent head retention and nice thick lacing down the glass.

Nose is very big and roasty. Roast malt definitely dominates. Chocolate is a close 2nd in the nose, with alcohol coming in as well.

Very creamy, smooth hit. Dark chocolate malt with faint cherries and raspberries backing it up. The finish has nice hints of sweetness as well as roast flavors. Really nice.

Perfect body. Just what I want in an impy stout.

Great, great sipper. I like this much better on draft than out of the bottle.

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Photo of khiasmus
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Thick and black with a dark tan head that settles to a single layer and laces nicely.

S- Heavy aroma, sweet and malty, with hints of chocolate and orgeat and mild hops in the back.

T- Wonderfully sweet at the beginning, and then wonderfully bitter. The two balance perfectly. Cocoa is evident. Alcohol is evident. Hops compliment the sweetness and chocolate surpirisingly well, to make this a very balanced and delicious brew. Far better in my opinion than Fuller's double chocolate, and I would rather drink it than Rogue chocolate stout... which is very high praise.

M- Thick and creamy, all the way down. A little lingering dryness at the tail end. Fairly low carbonation, and some light warming.

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Photo of HopDerek
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The greatest of thanks to Kegatron for providing me with one of his bottles.

bottle #336 out of 500, poured into a Becker glass.

Pours a thick jet black color with no light passing through and 1 finger of creamy burnt tan head. Nice lasting retention yields good lacing that slides down the glass. Smells of coffee, chocolate, smoke, roasted malt, vanilla, walnuts, dark fruits, and a touch of alcohol. Tastes of chocolate syrup right from the start followed by molasses, black coffee, plums and cherries, vanilla, caramel, and roasted malt. Finishes with a bitterness of espresso beans, anise, cocoa powder, and alcohol. Full in body and low in carbonation. Smooth and creamy with a nice bitter bite, but the sweetness outlasts the bitter in the aftertaste department. A good balance between sweet chocolate and bitter coffee. Very easy to drink and quite delicious. Hopefully Foothills will be able to make more of this soon, otherwise I just may have to head down there myself for the next release to stock up.

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Photo of Rion
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Duckworth's in Ballentine in Charlotte, NC. Pours black with a nice brown head. Great roasty aroma also may be a touch of coffee as well. taste of dark chocolate, coffee, dark malts may be some espresso. Very well balanced and a very well done beer to say the least. Its definitely thick with pretty good carbonation. Overall I love this beer and if you can get your hands on I would recommend at least trying it.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle 99/600 of 2/2009 release, courtesy of trade with eerbayman - the goods from Calina are very appreciated. Poured into Portsmouth snifter. Felt compelled to hear a couple Isaac Hayes (RIP) tunes with this one - what else but the theme from "Shaft" and "Chocolate Salty Balls" from Chef Aid: The South Park Album. (late edit: couldn't help but throw in "No Substitute", "Simultaneous," "Let's Stay Together," "Never Can Say Goodbye" and "By the Time I Get to Phoenix", but it's about 1 minute 'til 24 so that's the end of the mix for the time being.

Pours a slightly viscous, definitely silky and oily espresso/ebony/jet dark with a few light wisps of milk chocolate and brown sugar head. Head goes rather quickly, leaving a few lighter ginger colored bubbles up top.

I could smell this one's perfume the second she entered the room...ultra sweet chocolate/cocoa essence with a whole lot of grassy hops balancing great copious amounts of smoothly roasted malt, brown sugar sweetness with a touch of molasses and that great back-of-nostril burn of creamy, slightly sweet mellow caramel/toffee booze. The label says dark fruits...maybe a hint of prune on deep background.

This one gets the deep dark roast up front at first blush, but give it some warmth. First impressions are extra-dry patent tannins with a salty (now that's funny) slate...and then we move on to the dry cocoa with grassy and piney hop bitterness. Alcohol at first isn't a player in this one but it gains some strength as the dryness slowly burns off and the creaminess comes into play. The balance comes around in abundance with warmth - getting a little light brown sugar...molasses? Maybe a smidge. This isn't an overly sweet blowout stout; the dryness moves from slate to an aggressive hop character (warrior?). The dark fruits make an entrance - it's definitely prune that's getting together with that brown sugar. By the way, I haven't listened to this Chef album in about 10 years - this is fucking hysterical.

As mentioned, this one starts out dry but gets the motor running with only minor prodding. Slight levels of carbonation get this deal tingling with oily sweetness that shows off a little booziness at times with something smack dab in the middle between dark chocolate/brown sugar toffee, molasses, and a bit of that dried prune again. Finish is a little tighter than I would expect and maybe a little more weight would make it absolutely perfect.

This one has earned its standing among the elite American megastouts. Meaty, beaty, big & bouncy doesn't cover it. No body fat on this one. Packs a punch in deep, dark roasted malt but a little slate and patent tannin works with the aggressive hops to balance down the residual sweetness while not rendering it comatose. There's accessible complexity here with a lightness, not a clamminess...to make it extremely drinkable. Thoroughly enjoyed this one.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two St. Bernardus goblets. Special thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to Metalmonk for this from our first trade!

Feb '09 release
#486/600

A: Blaaack! Thin wafer of mocha colored head. Tiny blobs of light brown lace were left clinging to the side of the glass.

S: Huge nose of roasty malt mixed with espresso, dark chocolate, molassas, and overripe dark fruit.

T: See above. Tangy dark fruit in the forefront with a huge backbone of bitter, dark chocolate, espresso, and fudge brownies.

M: Smooth with equal parts dry and sweet.

D: Surprisingly excellent. We were floored that the abv didn't stand in the way of us enjoying this, at all. Stunning!

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Photo of grub
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Loki was nice enough to hook me up with this in a recent trade. huge thanks to kip for letting me try this rare treat.

22oz bottle, number 467/500. sampled march 15/08.

pours opaque black with a big dense dark brown head. the head on this thing lasts forever, dropping very slowly and leaving lots of lace behind.

aroma is great. milk and dark chocolate. bittersweet chocolate. hint of coffee. light roast. big bready malt. it's like a big slice of chocolate cake. or maybe a cakey chocolate donut with chocolate on top. bit of caramel.

taste is excellent. big dark and milk chocolate. bittersweet chocolate too, but not enough to unbalance it. bit of coffee. bready malt. really like the cake/donut character here too. bit of caramel. molasses. maybe some honey too? bit of dark fruit. light roast. medium-low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. super smooth well integrated medium-low carbonation level. medium-large body.

drinkability is excellent. well balanced, hiding its alcohol well. great chocolate profile that is interesting yet still lets the stout come through. great stuff.

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Photo of JMC_TM
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had as part of a wonderful 3 year vertical at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte, NC!

It poured a deep and opaque black color with a dark brown head. There was a big chocolate aroma with notes of espresso, more chocolate and a subtle following of molasses, dark sweet toffee and dark fruit. Smooth dark chocolate backbone, both bittersweet and malt, with complex notes of coffee, dark toffee and dark fruit. Each sip leaves you craving another. This Imperial stout weighs in around 10% ABV and is worth every bit of hype it gets!

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Photo of MMAJYK
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2008 Vintage served the day before the release at Foothills.

A. Jet black with a medium brown fluffy head. The head is very sheety down the sides of the glass leaving rings on every sip.

S. Cocoa, milk chocolate, cream, and coffee.

T. Rich milk chocolate with a nice coffee accent. Very smooth-smoother than the 09-and well blended. A touch of raisins and cream round out the taste.

M. Thick and chewy, oatmeal like. Very slick, though, and creamy.

D. For a big beer, this is way too drinkable. I could hurt myself on this one. Believe the hype, people.

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Photo of Murchmac
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks cvstrickland for this bottle way back that I finally broke out. 2009, bottle #480/600

This beer poured out a pitch black with a two finger tan head. This beer looks like she's got some long legs and knows how to use them.

Smells chocolate, coffee, some cherries and dark fruits. A sweet syrupy smell rounds out the nose.

This is one of the best imperial stouts i've tasted. Molasses, cocoa, chocolate, some coffee. A great blend of sweetness is in this foxy mofo.

Great beer, very memorable beer.

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Photo of drowninginhops
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Filled at The Charleston Beer Exchange filled on 2/15 enjoyed on 2/17 poured into my Duvel glass.

A: This is the "black stuff" as the Brits refer to their stouts. Motor oil black with a dark caramel head of about 1 1/2 finger head.

S: Chocolate and coffee with some wonderful earthy notes.

T: Roasted dark chocolate and the slight spice kick associated with dark chocolate or with a ligero cigar. Roasted malts. Hops are not really noticeable on my palate.

M: Very thick. Just right for a stout of this caliber, creamy with a low amount of carbonation.

D: High, at about 10% ABV i was feeling it halfway thru my first glass, so I cant recommend this on an empty stomach or when you need to do something afterword. But it is fantastic after a large meal. Skip desert and drink this.

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Photo of mbrasi
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Receive bottle via trade (52/600) cap was leaking when I got it so I had to open it qucik :( Aroma is chocolate, coffee, and sticky molasses. Such a great aroma that fills the air when poured. Flavor is exceptional. Balanced, not too much chocolate. Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and some alcohol but in a complementary fashion not overpowering. Smooth, creamy and rich mouthfeel with light carbonation. Great for an impy. It's sad that I'm going to lose this fine brew through the process of digestion.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"Women need a reason to have sex. Men just need a place."

--Billy Crystal

Bottle 343/500. Roasted coffee bean black with no highlights whatsoever. It's impossible to rank the biggest beer black holes of all-time, but this one has to be in the top dozen or so. The impressive, stately crown is the color of milk chocolate mousse and looks to be equally as creamy. It's also plastering the glass with shredded sheets of lace that stick like glue.

The nose is *almost* everything that anyone could possibly want in an RIS. Although the beer doesn't smell as overwhelmingly chocolate-like as anticipated, that isn't necessarily a negative. Other than bittersweet chocolate... dark toffee, dark fruit and molasses seem especially prominent.

Sexual Chocolate is excellent beer, even if it doesn't quite match the best of the style. The first several mouthfuls tell me that its reputation is well-earned. After having a few ounces at Darkness Day '08, I knew that I had to find a bomber, no matter what it took. Thanks hrking.

It tastes like FBC was shooting for a chocolate-accented RIS rather than a thunderously chocolate double stout like Southern Tier Choklat. I think they're both fantastic in different ways. This one might be more complex (although not necessarily better) since the flavors that accompany hugely roasted malt are allowed to come through.

Those flavors include... dark chocolate fudge flecked with cocoa nibs and crushed coffee beans, blackstrap molasses, raisin paste and tangy plums macerated in Sambucca. Don't start it out too cool because it really opens up as room temperature approaches. Hard to believe the ABV is 9.75%.

It's tempting to nudge the flavor score to the pinnacle, but it falls *just* short. Not so the drinkability score. The body/mouthfeel was slightly disappointing initially. However, it has firmed up and smoothed out over time. Impressively so. As I enter the bottom half of the bomber, it's sensuously smooth and heavily silky. Ooo baby!

Here's hoping that Foothills Brewing has more than 500 bottles in the pipeline for this year's release. It would be great if every RIS loving BA could see what all the fuss is about. There's no question that Sexual Chocolate is one of the great ones.

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Photo of Popkas
4.61/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mikesgroove for this on - really looking forward to it!

A: Pour is black as night. Looks like molasses. Thick and viscous. Great looking 2-2.5 finger of dark tan head.

S: Smell of deep roasted malts and some chocolate, a bit of dark fruit and coffee.

T: Complex. Trying to nail down what it is on the front of the tongue. Some vanilla? Dark cherry? Middle and back are much clearer. Ton of malt and chocolate and some smoke in the middle followed by a strong coffee bitterness.

M: Medium to full body. Carbonation seems right

D: High in general and very high for the style. Now I gotta get a bottle (hopefully 2) to try!

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Photo of glid02
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from gravity pour multiple times at Brewvival.

Pours black with a thin tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of robust roasted malts with semi-sweet chocolate and tobacco. Also present are very slight hints of boozy figs.

Tastes even better than it smells. Perfect amounts of roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are smooth tobacco flavors and lighter chocolate. Very light amounts of smokiness join in midway through the sip before being overtaken by slight amounts of dark fruit flavors. The dark chocolate, roasted malt, and tobacco flavors push aside the dark fruit flavors and carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this beer benefitted from the cask treatment as the cocoa nibs were able to shine with gusto. My one qualm with the cask conditioning is that the mouthfeel suffers slightly. Still, if you see this beer on cask don't hesitate, it'll go fast as it well should, very much worth a shot.

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Photo of maximum12
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jojomda & grant217 for sending me bottles of this. I'm still hoarding the bottle Mr. 217 sent me, so this is the fresh February 2010 batch. It says so on the label.

Pours black as any RIS or bottom of a coal mine. As it warms a bit, the smell is rather startling - so rich it's a bit like brandy, thick with alcohol, dark, & rich. Excellent. Makes me think there's a good thing coming to my lips.

Bitter roasted malts kick off the Chocolate Sex experience, stopping just short of coffee, but drifting towards charcoal. Earthy & elemental, & the advertised chocolate is a chin-stroking afterthought to the singe. Grainy & gritty, with a fist-bump of hops that linger into the aftertaste & leave a nice ring around the ashes of the campfire in my mouth. Mmmm.

(By the way, I love roasted, charred, burned, etc. malts, so most of that previous paragraph was intended as a compliment...we now return to our regularly scheduled review)

Nice & thick, with a stickiness that really sticks to your ribs, & everything else. This is almost a full meal in & of itself. Despite that, I'm sure that if my wife decides she doesn't want her half of the bottle, I'll happily dispose of it for her.

Well, I wasn't sure at first, but as this one warms, it opens like the roses after a steady rain. Black roses, of course. I'm already looking forward to the 2008 bottle that's been resting for a long time in the cellar. Maybe next year...

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Photo of Enola
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is about as dark as a beer could be. Black with a nice thick tan head. The smell is coffee, a little oatmeal and a ton of chocolate. The taste is chocolate. No hop bitterness, just mainly a ton of chocolate and a hint of coffee. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with just a hint of smoke. Served at room temp. The abv is not too noticable and the beer has a long lasting aftertaste. I will certanly try this beer again sometime.

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Photo of NickHerrmann
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours black, caramel-colored head.

S- BIG roasty aroma; deep chocolate.

T- Very roasted, chocolate/cocoa flavor, mild fruitiness

M- Full-bodied, low carbonation, thick feel.

O- Solid stout, unique, worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of johnmichael712
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

While I was at Bruisin' Ales in Asheville today picking up some KBS Jason told me that Barley's down the street still had some Sexual Chocolate on tap. As highly regarded as this brew is I figured I couldn't miss out on this opportunity so I headed down the road to grab myself a glass. I had the beer at 3:30 pm so there was no smoke or anything in the air to cloud my nose and lots of light to see the beer. This review is from my notes.

Appearance: Brought to my table in a 10.5 oz. goblet. This beer is a dark, dark black color, and while it's hard to say if it's the blackest beer I've ever had it is definitely up there. The head was a gorgeous dark brown color, darker than chocolate milk with a wonderful soft, pillowy texture. The head is also very sticky and as I drank it left enormous amounts of lace on the glass, at times almost blanketing the entire glass.

Smell: The nose of this beer is full of different aromas, the strongest of which is dark chocolate. It also has the usual chocolate/espresso interplay that Russian Imperial Stouts have, and these aromas are supplemented by notes of blackstrap molasses, treacle toffee, and raisins.

Taste: With the first sip of this beer I realize that it definitely deserves its reputation. It starts off with a wonderful sweet chocolate flavor, moves to a strong dark malt flavor, and finishes with just a bit of hop bitterness. That may sound pretty standard, but what sets this beer apart from other stouts is how well Foothills has balanced out these flavors. The chocolate is sweet but not milky, the malt is roasted but not at all charred like some beers, and the hops are prevalent enough to taste but faint enough to give this beer an excellent finish that, even after the full goblet, was never bitter. Unlike some Russian Imperial Stouts that are so hoppy in the finish they destroy your palate this one is, as Goldilocks said, "just right".

Mouthfeel: This is one exceptionally creamy beer. The mouthfeel is somewhat akin to what I can imagine drinking liquid cream would be like, and it is so creamy it reminds me of a milk stout. The carbonation is also very low, further giving this beer a thick, luscious mouthfeel. Overall an ungodly creamy, yet full-bodied, brew and I feel like only a 5 fully does the mouthfeel of this beer justice.

Drinkability: There is absolutely no taste of the 10% ABV in this beer, and compared to the Storm King Imperial Stout I drank last night this beer is much more drinkable, which is saying a lot considering I gave Storm King a 4.5 in that category. This beer, however, deserves the 5 that it will receive from me.

Notes: Overall I was very impressed with this beer, and my only complaint is that I didn't get a chance to buy any bottles during this year's release. I love stouts, and there are lots of good ones out there, but Foothills Sexual Chocolate is definitely one of the best. It looks beautiful and smells incredible, but the taste and the mouthfeel are what really set it apart from its peers. If you ever get the chance to sample this beer, don't pass it up; you'll be disappointed if you do.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had 4 or 5 samples of this at EBF. From notes.

A: Poured jet black with about a finger of coffee/mocha colored head.

S: The nose was a nice mixture of roasted malts and chocolate. The chocolate really was clear and blasted through the roast though. A touch of an earthy smell but the nose was really clean on this.

T: Chocolate right up front. A mixture of cocoa powder and milk chocolate. Again like the nose the roast is there but chocolate is firmly on the center stage. A nice sweetness runs throughout. You do get a touch of hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium to heavy body. A little bit on the dry side.

D: A really drinkable RIS. Glad I got to try this but I don't know if I would give up the farm for this. However if this were local to me I would grab every chance I could to have this. Great beer.

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Photo of jbphoto88
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black is beautiful. This beer pours real dark almost black and has a nice light tan head. The first sip is bliss with the taste of roasted malts and dark chocolate dancing on your tongue. There is a slight undertone of coffee that makes this a complete flavor experience. If you are a stout lover and in the area of the foothils brewing company then get to this beer as fast as you can.

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Photo of JoeYarchak
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ewey, gooey, chocolate goodness. The aroma of cocoa is very evident, as is the delicious malt. This a very dark, rich, thick brew that grabs your taste buds with surprisingly dry taste. I was very impressed.

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Photo of digitalhifi
4.66/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A great Russian Imperial. Not too much on the nose, but my worries were quickly banished after the first sip. Dark chocolate and coffee swarmed beautifully into my mouth. The mouthfeel is spectacular and oily enough to really make the impression last. The taste just lingers forever after the experience.

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Sexual Chocolate from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
4.09 out of 5 based on 1,312 ratings.
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