Sexual Chocolate | Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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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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4.09
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11.25%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours completely black, with modest white head. Thanks Mikesgroove. Pleasant aroma, was expecting extreme chocolate and happy that was not the case. Also happy not coffee overdone. Well integrated RIS, bittersweet chocolate. Above average mouthfeel. Good drinkability.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at NoSignsOfPain's birthday bottleshare hosted by mrbubbler.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, and some char aromas. Taste is much the same with a fairly high level of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some solid aromas and flavors.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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

the barrel aged version of this is apparently something splendid and worthy of the top beers in the world designation. the base beer is really nice too, although not what i expected. sometimes i see top beers biased to region, like the people here cant get the stuff the bruery does, so this becomes the best stout out there, or the toppling goliath people, or the central waters region, they all think their own beers are the best, so they get jacked up on here. fine with me. this one to me comes across a lot more like a black ipa than it does a stout, really interesting dryness and hop intensity not normally found in the style. its got a salted cocoa sort of flavor to it on the malt, and only a little bit of front end bitterness. the hops are heavy in the finish, pine family and aggressive. it wipes out some of the richness and nuance built in the grain profile, but i like that its so different. im not sure how the barrel would effect this, sweet whiskey and the hops, they must fade out a fair bit in that edition, or else its entirely unique to itself. fuller medium body but not at all sludgy and heavy, which i like. impressive overall, but its hard to picture the acclaimed barrel aged edition from the base beer in this instance.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of metter98
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that only died down a bit and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of licorice and dark roasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste shares some similarities with the smell, except that it is more complex and has additional flavors of cocoa nibs and notes of coffee beans. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness. Only the faintest hints of sweetness are present.
M: It feels nearly full-bodied and rather smooth (and a little creamy) on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a really enjoyable stout that seems to have a good balance between the cocoa nibs and roasted malts. No traces of alcohol are perceptible in the taste.

Note: 2012 vintage

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sexual Chocolate is big on roast up front, throwing the chocolate notes to the side. But after the initial roast subsides, the chocolatey notes finish the beer quite well.

The look of the beer is nothing less than expected from big Stouts. Very dark brown, opaque, and with a thick and viscuous head that carries a light brown color while leaving a fair amount of lacing behind. Not to be ho-hum, but this beer looks the way a world class beer is expected to look.

The aroma favors neither the roast or chocolate but showcasing a firm balance of coffee, roasted grains, cocoa, and softer milk chocolates. Light licorice and alcohols are present but only in smaller roles.

Flavors definately take on the espresso, roasted barley and charred woods at the initial sip. These make me think that the beer is much less chocolatey than the lable says. But at mid palate, the beer turns away from the roast quickly and toward a softer semi-sweet chocolate morsel taste with malted milk woven in. Still malty and bready flavored 'til the very end with mild elements of smoke and roasted walnuts. The strength of the beers start faded very nicely into more suble flavors in the finish. I've never seen a beer do this at this gravity and strength.

The procession of the beer also occurs in mouthfeel: sharp, acrid, and rough with the burnt notes at first but the second half of the taste fades very well into a silky-smooth, velvety-rich feel that seeming evaporates on the tongue and palate in the finish- somewhat minty.

A beautiful and artful beer particularly after the initial aggressive roast and harsh moment. The second phase of the beer reminds me of Whoppers malted milk balls; only in alcohol form.

Outside of the provocative marketing strategy, the beer isn't quite sexual but is pleasurable from nose to finish.

Thanks a ton Mikesgrove!

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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

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4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes, thanks to Jay23 for the sample...

Obsidian black body, with a lasting head of sticky foam. Spotty lace deposited around the edges. Notes of fruity plum and lactic milk chocolate notes. Flavors of rich chocolate and hints of coffee, with a flaky pastry middle, and a very smooth lactic feel. Some mild roastiness that lingers long in the dry aftertaste. Well crafted, with each sip I wanted more. A fine RIS, maybe not the best i've tried, but truly solid...

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Photo of brentk56
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with an almost black color and the darkest head I have ever seen on a stout; not much lacing, however, which might have been due to the pour as much as the beer itself

Smell: The best part of the beer with a distinct aroma of tropical dark chocolate flavor; I bought my wife an assortment of 75% single origin chocolates from Chocosphere for Valentine's Day and this smells just like those bars taste

Taste: Dark chocolate flavors caress that palate from the start; after the swallow the roasted bitterness creeps under the covers and the two sensations couple to the climax

Mouthfeel: Thick body with moderate carbonation; a really hot finish

Drinkability: Rather determined toward its goal, this libation is lucious and titillating but it's just a bit too hot for me to handle; next time I'll return to the safer zone of the Total Eclipse Stout

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Photo of oline73
3.11/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2010 bottle opened at the tasting this past weekend. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours almost black with a reddish ring around the edge when the light hits it. There is a layer of tan head that fades quickly.

Smell: Sweet and very smokey with some alcohol heat. Smells like this is going to be a bitter stout.

Taste: This beer is too bitter. Really roasty with some smoke and hop bitterness as well. There is some dark fruit, but the bitterness seems to hide any chocolate that could be found. Not very smooth.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thin side for the style with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This beer is a lot more bitter than it needs to be. I really would have liked this beer to be smoother and have a stronger chocolate presence.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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

Appearance: Absolutely pitch black with no highlights. A dark brown three finger head rises from a gentle pour and retains surprisingly well for the style, leaving behind sheets of lace as it slowly settles.

Smell: Fairly mild - chocolate and cream foremost. The aroma hints at molasses and vanilla, but it's subtle.

Taste and mouthfeel: The first thing that leaves an impression on me is how creamy and smooth this stuff is. Chocolate is up-front but only semi-sweet; this tastes more like baker's chocolate than, say, a Hershey's bar. Bitterness is low, probably lower than any other Imperial Stout that I can recall in recent memory, which only adds to its dessert-like quality. The finish is thankfully on the dry side, showing a faint earthy hop bitterness that lingers in a mild way.

Drinkability: Pretty damn high for the style. Not exactly quaffable, but I'd gladly drink it again if I had the chance.

Notes: A big thanks to Loki for this bottle. Hype and rarity aside, this really is a good beer. Worth seeking out for those that like chocolate stouts.

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