Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

Sexual Chocolate | Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
450 Reviews
no score
Send samples
Sexual ChocolateSexual Chocolate

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

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.75%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by SaCkErZ9 on 02-15-2007

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 450 | Ratings: 1,311
Photo of RaulMondesi
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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.


 345 characters

Photo of KYGunner
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The thick cap of foam held a dark brown hue that laced in sheets along the edges of the glass. The body was a deep black and it poured with moderate thickness.

The aromas were drier with cocoa powder, Graham cracker and a dry chocolate. There was a backdrop of lactose and marshmallow but it assumed a drier front.

The flavors were less diverse as the dry cocoa powder seemed most prevalent. Dry roasted coffee and a Graham cracker maltiness accompanied the cocoa.

The feel is not surprisingly dry but very smooth.

The peripherals to this stout were spot on but the immense dryness didn't suit my expectations.

 614 characters

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. February 2012 bottle date.

Appearance - Black body. Big khaki head. Nice thick collar. Eternal surface wisps.

Smell - Roasted malt. Coffee roast. Hint of grassy hops. A little bit of chocolate.

Taste - Dark chocolate. Bitter coffee. Again, it has a hint of grassy hops. Finishes with a very bitter dark chocolate and coffee malt flavor.

Mouthfeel - Very bitter. Medium body. Not very heavy or boozy.

Overall - Well made stout. It isn't all that exciting, but it's tasty.

 512 characters

Photo of ThickNStout
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle from bcrossan (thanks Brian!). Bottled 01/29/2014. Served in a goblet.

Pours a deep, dark chocolate brown with a dense three fingers of sandy tan head. The froth initially has a reverse cascade akin to a nitro pour. It settles oh, so slowly to a thin cap that can be revived with a quick swirl and leaves behind some attractive sheets of lace.

Aromas of dark bakers cocoa, mild char, light coffee, blackened malts and a vague sweetness. Perhaps a little muted but not bad at all.

Flavors lean towards the more roasty and bitter end of the stout spectrum. 70%+ dark cocoa, roasted malts, spent coffee grounds, burnt caramel, a little bit of char and some earth. Very little alcohol precense. There is an ocassional piney/ herbal bitterness that I assume comes from some bittering hops. All in all, this is what I'd expect from an imperial stout with cocoa nibs.

Creamy, medium-yet-weighty feel with carbonation that's a little too far past moderate for my tastes. The finish is quite dry for an imperial stout, laced with bitter notes of espresso and dark chocolate.

My mind isn't blown but I've been wanting to try this for a few years and I'm in no way disappointed. Now I am really stoked to try the bourbon barrel version because I can see this responding well to a barrel treatment. If you enjoy the roasty, bitter stouts then this is certainly worth checking out.

 1,390 characters

Photo of TheSleepyMonkey
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter, raises a finger of tan head. Head dissipates relatively quickly.

Looks beautiful, black as night. Light doesn't escape.

Smells like dark chocolate, espresso, leather, hint of smoke.

Tastes like a stout...duh. Has a good chocolate backbone, dark fruit, coffee surrounded by some smoky bitterness. Finishes somewhat bitter. May be a little fresh? Leaves a bit of dryness on the palate.

Mouthfeel a little thin for an impy stout of this repute. Carbonation is good, but could use a bit more body.

Overall a good stout, and one worth trying. Price point may be off putting for some, but since mine was a gift, it was well worth it!

 656 characters

Photo of siege06nd
3.33/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

 1,166 characters

Photo of Son_of_Patrick
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I was blessed to be able to enjoy this brew on tap at Barley's Taproom in downtown Maryville, Tennessee.

Appearance: Very minimal tan head with little to no lacing. Nice, coffee-black body.

Smell: Strong and stouty. Not much to say on the smell.

Taste: This is where the beer starts to shine. Strong chocolate notes from the first sip. Dark with just a touch of coffee bitterness and malt sweetness. Alcohol doesn't show up in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Probably my favorite part of this beer. Thick, rich mouthfeel with just enough carbonation. The mouthfeel is somewhere between Guinness and melted ice cream; I for one like that.

Overall: This is a very good beer. It may not be the end-all Imperial stout, but it is worth actively seeking out in my opinion. I was lucky enough for it to show up at a local bar.

 817 characters

Photo of cjgiant
3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours dark enough, with minimal sustaining head and lacing. The smell is weak and a bit bitter coffee notes.

The taste starts out decently well, bitter dark chocolate notes, but more biting than creamy. There is a very subdued pine bite as the beer transitions to the end feel. This end taste is a bit lackluster, a fade into slightly watery weakness.

A little more body would probably get this beer a decent uptick of .5 or so.

 439 characters

Photo of Rifugium
3.17/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

 859 characters

Photo of MNishCT77
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle purchased at Connecticut Ave. Wine and Liquors, unknown bottling date but "February 2014" release printed on the label, poured into my *** snifter glass and drank over ~45-60 minutes:

A: 3/3 - jet black (cannot read or see through), creamy tan carbonation pours thick and then settles into a subtle glass lacing, large alcohol legs that recirculates on swirling

S: 9/12 - lots of typical imperial stout notes - chocolate, roasted coffee/espresso, toffee and liquorice; very little English hop character

T: 16/20: on the front of the tongue, the flavor perfectly matches the aroma - cocoa, molasses, dark coffee, toffee and stone fruit; in the middle of the mouth, there's lots of roasted malt character (likely special roast, roasted barley and dark British malts); some alcohol character with a mild-to-moderate residual sweetness withlittle aftertaste

M: 4/5 - moderately sticky mouthfeel from the rich malts and alcohol; moderate carbonation

O: 8/10 - there was a moderate amount of hype surrounding this release and the price point was pretty big ($21.99/bomber in the DMV), and, unfortunately, it didn't live up to my expectations; don't get me wrong though, this is a well-crafted imperial stout but its' not life altering and there are many equally good and less expensive RISs out there; I would drink those instead but am eager to try the barrel-aged version

TOTAL - 40/50

 1,401 characters

Photo of ChrisKayler
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Glassware: Dogfish Head Signature Glass.

Appearance: Dark black with a finger of brown foam from an average pour. Some lacing lingers on the walls of the glass.

Smell: Smells like melted milk chocolate ... like the insane of a chocolate shop where they are making chocolate out in the open air. A toasted biscuit malt underlies the chocolate smell. There are hints of bitterness as well.

Taste: This is incredible, seriously. The taste follows the nose ... melted milk chocolate, but not too sweet. A piney hop bitterness lingers in the mid-palate. An amazingly long sweet chocolate taste lingers for minutes afterwards.

Mouthfeel: Ample carbonation, coats the tongue with a bit of a film, and also leaves some sticky residue around the mouth, but an overall very dry finish.

Overall: This is a delicious beer. Loving the contrast between the sweet chocolate and intense bitterness. Get it if you can!

 906 characters

Photo of Treyliff
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

2014 Release, poured into Sexual Chocolate Teku

A- pours pitch black with a creamy light tan head that has good retention, with a few lacing spots left behind as it settles

S- slightly roasted chocolate malt, dark fruit notes of fig, raisin and prune, bitter dark chocolate with a touch of molasses

T- good chocolaty malt base with a big molasses sweetness kicking in mid-palate, lots of dark fruit with a bitter chocolaty finish

M- medium bodied with low carbonation leads to a pure and creamy mouthfeel that immediately fills the mouth, eventually finishing silky and smooth, alcohol is barely traceable, nearly perfect mouthfeel

O- this one is definitely smooth and chocolaty with a near perfect mouthfeel and some nice dark fruity notes to compliment the chocolate. However, it wasn't quite as multi-deminsional that I had expected due to the immense hype of this beer. I had a 2013 BBA Sexual Chocolate after this and it enjoyed it much more. I'd seek out the BBA version again, but probably not the regular.

 1,020 characters

Photo of smakawhat
3.54/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

 1,652 characters

Photo of bryanbullock
3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

With a name like Sexual Chocolate I would have expected a more in your face chocolate aroma, this beer has a mild chocolate aroma. Good thickness and mouthfeel, solid from start to mid to finish. The IBUs shine through with a bite at at the end that reminds you that you are drinking an imperial stout. Would recommend this beer but not for the price.

 351 characters

Photo of alaimoa
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

February 2014 bottle poured at around 50 degrees
A: jet black big mocha head with spot on sticky legs and lace along whole glass
S: roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate dominate. Faint dark fruit notes
T: hoped for a bit more on the chocolate side. Was looking for a semi sweet chocolate but it's actually more roasted coffee notes and bitter chocolate
M: thick and creamy

Overall I can imagine the BA version is great because this is a very solid stout

 458 characters

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap in a 12 ounce vase, the beer is jet black, creamy and thick, with a dark brown, low profile head. Nose of dark, bitter cocoa nibs, sweet cream, and earthy highlights. Flavors are heavily roasted and bitter cocoa forward, with a creamy, smooth, rich cream overlay, and a chocolate and rich molasses backbone. Smooth and heavy in mouth, with a bitter mocha and cream aftertaste. The finish is smooth, with a bittersweet linger. Bravo! This is a damn tasty brew!

 473 characters

Photo of scottfrie
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into snifter. Huge thanks StormKing47!

A: Pours thick and black with a finger of dark chocolate brown head. Spotty lacing.
S: Huge rich notes of dark chocolate, deep roasted malt, and black coffee.
T: Chocolate fudge dominates with flavors of chocolate malt, roasted coffee, toffee, slight char and caramel coming through as well. The finish is lightly bitter, with a super lingering and flavorful aftertaste full of brownies, roast, and more roast. Fudge brownie definitely lingers long after the swallow.
M: Thick body, full mouthfeel, thick and chewy very smooth. Low carbonation soft and velvety. Mild bitterness well balanced. Alcohol very well hidden.
O: Better than I expected. Was expecting a sweet chocolate/coffee bomb but got a very deep dark roasted bitter chocolate bomb. Thanks again Josh!

 816 characters

Photo of kojevergas
3.54/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard branded pressure cap acquired as part of a trade and served into a Guinness stem-goblet glass in me parents’ gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado during my annual Christmas tasting. Reviewed live. Expectations are real high given its current 92 rating.. 9.75% ABV confirmed. February 2013 vintage. Reviewed as an imperial stout because the label identifies it as such. 85 IBUs. SRM: 70.

Served cold – straight from the fridge [and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.] Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it’s poured.

Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of rich khaki colour. Good thickness and creaminess. Good even smooth consistency. Soft complexion. Head retention is good - about 5-6+ minutes. Nice even lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is an dark opaque solid black. No floating yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it’s an appealing appearance for an imperial stout, but isn't unique or special. I’m looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Faint chocolate. Dark malts. Cream. Milky notes. Caramel. Cocoa powder.

I'm not finding any burnt character or coffee notes. No real roast. No hop character or yeast character is detectable. I'm looking forward to trying it, as reticent as the aroma is.

A pleasant aroma of below average strength.

T: Dark chocolate, caramel, dark malts, some chocolate bitterness, cocoa powder, cream, buried faint roasted barley, and light marshmallow. Pretty balanced. It's a very cohesive build, but isn't gestalt. Nice complexity and subtlety. Not real nuanced or intricate.

Above average depth of flavour. Average intensity and duration of flavour.

Hides its ABV well. Clean; no yeast character comes through.

Mf: Smooth, wet, creamy, and approachable. Soft and approachable on the palate, without too much weight. Good body and thickness. Complements the flavour profile well, with hints of custom-tailoring to the flavour profile. Somewhat sleek and silky on the palate.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but honestly I expected a lot more given its current 92 rating. I could easily kill this bottle alone. I look forward to trying more beers from Foothills, but this isn't quite world class. I'd buy it again, sure. Pretty tasty stuff.

I never found the espresso/dark fruit notes mentioned on the label.

Low B

 2,497 characters

Photo of zeledonia
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

 837 characters

Photo of WesM63
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

 467 characters

Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally found this beer on tap at Appalachian Vintner (Asheville); hard to find considering that I live in the Carolinas not so far from the brewery.

Black and opaque with a fairly durable tan head that leaves streaks of sticky lacing on the glass.

Coffee, chocolate and dark roasted malts in the nose. Sightly floral too.

A bit of hops show up upon tasting, putting a spicy tome on the chocolate and dark malt base. Sweet up front, balanced mid-taste, and mild/moderate bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. The aftertaste from this very flavorful ale is quite durable and features both chocolate and malts.

O: slightly disappointing, but very high expectations, so clearly recommended.

 697 characters

Photo of CHADMC3
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque black body beneath the rich, mocha head, which dissolves to leave a scattered lacing about the glass.

As advertised, the aromas are generous in cocoa, espresso, and molasses. This Imperial Stout is sweeter than roasted and also offers a touch of sweet, dark fruit.

The dark fruit and molasses are even more pronounced on the palate and plays nicely with the cocoa as the espresso appears to take a back seat. Having four years of ago on it, my guess this is a bit boozier than it would have been in the first year or so.

Medium to fuller in body with medium carbonation and a semi-boozy, semi-sweet finish that really coats the palate.

This beer did not disappoint. A great Imperial Stout, although more on the sweet chocolate and fruit than roasted side, it still packs a punch.

 801 characters

Photo of Treebs
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle served in a Deschute snifter. Thanks to rnorgart for the bottle. Bottled February 2013.

A: Pours a dark black color with a dark tan head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin cap that leaves some stick lace down the glass.

S: Smokey with a slight char. Heavily roasted malts with some unsweetened chocolate.

T: Heavily roasted malts with some bitter bakers chocolate. Dark chocolate with some smokiness as well.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with a medium carbonation level. Roasty finish.

O: This was a nice RIS with a light dash of smoke underneath. Would enjoy again, but not in the upper echelon of RIS's.

 627 characters

Photo of Axnjxn
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Sam's Quik Shop in Durham.

Pours a pitch black color with absolutely no head. Smell is chocolate (of course!) though not overwhelmingly so. moderate malty scents. Taste is more of the same, though much more apparent. Its got the typical RIS style taste - dark roasted malts with chocolate and heavy alcohol taste. Holds true to the style here. It's THICK, as you'd expect from the style. It's very full bodied though goes down smooth and easy.

Overall not a world class RIS though definitely above average. Gets a bit too much hype that wouldn't be there if this weren't so rare.

 595 characters

Photo of Immortale25
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. Label says February 2013.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains well before receding to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Resilient sheet of crystallized lacing.

S- Dark roasted malt with cocoa and molasses. Also some vanilla and caramel.

T- Smooth dark roasted malt flavor with notes of chocolate and not a whole lot else. Alcohol is nicely hidden. I especially like the aftertaste since the chocolate comes through more there. Slight hint of caramel and vanilla. Somewhat sweet.

M- Medium thickness for the style with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- Quite good but I can see why all the hype surrounded the BA version instead of this base beer. Thank you BlackBelt5112203 for my first taste of Foothills.

 845 characters

Sexual Chocolate from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
4.09 out of 5 based on 1,311 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • Free Trial Subscription

    Reside in the US? Interested in a free 1-month trial subscription to the print edition of BeerAdvocate magazine?

    Yes! Sign Me Up!