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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459
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1,345
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
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Photo of outdoor7or24
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
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 +0.5%
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 +4.4%
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 +1.7%
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 +9.8%
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 -2.4%
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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Photo of Prager62
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A bomber labeled 10th Anniversary February 2016 poured in a Prairie snifter for the review.

Look- Pours a dark oily brown leaving a generous two plus fingers of mocha foam that slowly settles to reveal some lacing.

Smell- Heavy with dark fruits including figs, dates and raisins. Tobacco and leather follow along with dark chocolate and roasted malt.

Taste- Once again dark fruit forward with tobacco, bakers chocolate and some char.

Feel- Oily and slick to start followed by a semi dry finish.

Overall- A very flavorful stout that reminds me of Stone RIS. Very big and bold which was the norm before everything was thrown in a barrel. I'm a fan and would gladly drink it again. Thanks to BA Dragginballs76 for hooking me up!

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Photo of gopens44
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big dark beige head, very foamy and leaving behind wicked sticky lacing. Beer itself is predictably black and opaque.

Raisin and molasses dominate the nose, obscuring anything else, save for maybe a splash of fig on exit.

Taste has a molasses thing up front with an accompanying chocolate character, finishing out ever so slightly smokey.

Chalky bitter chocolate aftertaste in this surprisingly thin stout. Overall it's pretty good but not mind melting.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark chocolate color. Aroma is chocolate and a little dark fruit. Flavor is chocolate and roasted malts. Has some dark fruit and a touch of sweetness. Has a rich creamy feel and overall a very good beer.

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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 Gavage
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: black in color with a short 1/2" tan colored head that falls to surface foam.

Smell: roasted malt and chocolate are detectable.

Taste: roasted malt, dark chocolate, some coffee, dark fruits, and a moderate bitterness. Alcohol is noticeable and warming.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Light crispness to start, smooth and velvety at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste as the flavors ride the tongue forever.

Overall: a very tasty RIS that is satisfying. Well balanced and not overly boozey.

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Photo of Jay_P22
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
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 BEER88
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Revisiting this beer on 4/17/17. Bomber from February 2017 poured into a tulip! Jet black with a inch of tan head that eventually fades, lacing that rings when consumed. Smells of rich roasted malts, big chocolate nose, dark fruit, and coffee. The taste is mostly roasted malts and chocolate in a positive way! The feel is full and slick with a bit in the end. Overall I enjoyed this beer, a year ago I had it on tap and I got soy sauce, this bomber from February 2017 is very delicious. Cheers

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Photo of teromous
3.32/5  rDev -18.8%
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 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 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 Kurmaraja
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Classic for a reason. Pours opaque with a few inches of light tan rocky head ... uneven sized bubbles, almost that rootbeer float kind of looseness. Smell delivers roasted and slightly bitter malt, dark chocolate, Hershey's syrup, dark roast coffee. Flavor follows with a cumulative impact of cocoa nibs. Not excessively sweet, balanced by roasted bitterness, the chocolate builds depth and imparts a feeling of greater viscosity than the beer actually has. Creamy and full body without being heavy.

2014 bottle.

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Photo of AppaZappa
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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 BucannonXC5
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: AleSmith Barrel-Aged Reserve snifter glass
From: Beer Advocate’s mschantz
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received on April 17, 2015
Consumed: Oct. 8, 2015
Misc.: Bottled on Jan. 28, 2015

Thanks, Mike!

Poured a black color with 2-to-3 fingers of frothy, tan head. Below average spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. Excellent retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled rich, dark chocolate, dark cocoa, dark toffee, light coffee, faint molasses, chocolate syrup, rich caramel and light licorice. Awesome on the nose. (Smell - 4.75)

Tasted dark chocolate milk, smokiness, dark cocoa nibs, rich, dark toffee, dark caramel, roasty malts, chocolate syrup and some booziness. (Taste - 4.25)

Full body. Creamy-to-sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. (Feel - 4.25)

This was just a really good beer. Would love to try this again, as well as the BBA version. (Overall - 4.25)

4.37 | 97 | A

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Photo of bennyman12
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
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 pagriley
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz into snifter. Bottled Feb this year (so 6 months old). Having at cellar temp (55 F)

L - Poured a touch thin but black with a tall mocha head that hung around for ages
S - Dark roasted malts, with a hint of coffee and bitter chocolate
T - More dark malts, with a touch of chocolate and bitterness from the roast. Slight sweetness but balanced. Frankly was expecting more chocolate, and is a touch astringent and drying - quite a lot more bitter than sweet.
F - Medium to somewhat full bodied for the style.

Overall, a very well made and nice, but not really getting any chocolate even though I am having this at a pretty warm temp. Underwhelmed; I have gotten more rich chocolate flavors from regular imperial stouts.

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Photo of wulfie85
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
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 W_Des
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
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 Big_V
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft @ Del Ray Pizzaria. Aroma is bitter sweet chocolate. Tastes like melted chocolate, so freakin delicious. Smooth with a little bitterness on the finish

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.42/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Been wanting to try this one for a while. A local bottleshop put out a few bottles from their cellar and this was in it. Bottle is from 2013 but not sure how it was stored. May have something to do with how this one turned out...

A: Looks great. Pours black with a one finger mocha colored head. Nice and full body with some pretty nice lacing.

S: And here is where it starts going strange. Raisin and soy sauce on the nose with some dark chocolate in the background. This smells really strange and uninviting though.

T: Yeah, this just isn't enjoyable. Lots of raisin with some sourness and not a whole lot else. I don't think this is an ideal sample. I'll report back if I can find another.

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