Sexual Chocolate | Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

Sexual ChocolateSexual Chocolate
BA SCORE
4.13/5
1,359 Ratings
Sexual ChocolateSexual Chocolate
BEER INFO

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:
No notes at this time.

Added by SaCkErZ9 on 02-15-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,691
Reviews:
463
Ratings:
1,359
pDev:
10.9%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of metter98
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
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 +7.7%
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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Photo of kojevergas
3.54/5  rDev -14.3%
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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Photo of emerge077
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
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 -0.2%
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 -24.7%
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 -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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 mothman
3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

27/1000 2010 Vintage thanks to kbutler1! Had this side by side with ORF.

Poured into a wine shaped snifter.

pours a light tan head that fades down fast. Color is a deep brown, pretty much black.

Aroma: Deep rich chocolate, reminds me of Belgian chocolate. Rich and roasted malts. Light coffee. Not a big hop profile noticeable.

Taste: Tons of chocolate and again, it reminds me of Belgian chocolate. Roasted malts. Light grassy hops. Some coffee flavors. Basically, just a big chocolate stout.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and velvety. Decent carbonation with a full body. Ends roasted and dry.

Overall, this is a decent beer, but I think it is a little hyped up. Maybe it would be better with some time on it, but fresh it is nothing stunning. Still, I am really glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

January 2012 Release

Thanks to my mother-in-law for saving this one to share with me on Easter.

A: Pours an opaque yet clear jet black in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation and some light to moderate dark brown, amber, and cola colored highlights. The beer has a half finger tall creamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a small patch of extremely thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of dark chocolate over the top of roasted malts. There are some very light hints of anise and dark fruit but the primary aroma is that of the chocolate.

T: Upfront there is a light amount of dark roasted malts that is quickly overtaken by the strong flavors of dark unsweetened chocolate (like the bars you get that are 60%+ pure cacao). There are some very light hints of anise and coffee. Very light amounts of bitterness that does not linger for too long.

M: Just shy of heavy bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

O: Very easy to drink and very enjoyable - the alcohol is very well hidden and there is a wonderful complexity to the balance. Overall the beer is well balanced by being neither too sweet nor too bitter. Very excited to finally review this one.

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Photo of jlindros
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a tasty looking growler of this from kkipple. Stayed well in the growler too as there is plenty of carbonation. Also gotta thank Lunch for bottles I can now age.

A: Nice fluffy thick head, super pitch black color.

N: Lots of dark malts, some chocolate with bakers and dark choc, but not as much as I expected. A slight milk chocolate too. Tons of roast though, with a touch of coffee, caramel, toffee, and luscious dark malts.

T: Similar to the nose, starting with tons of dark malts. Lots of roast with a touch of coffee, some chocolate malts with hints of bakers chocolate and dark chocolate as well as touch of chocolate milk. Rich and thick, chewy, and slightly creamy. Tons of bitterness from the roasted charred malts which brings some minerality with it. Slightly sweet with a little chewiness and caramel.

M: Thick and creamy, slightly smooth, and pretty good carbonation for being in a growler, shipped, and stored in a fridge for a couple weeks.

F: Slight sticky syrupy finish, still semi sweet with lots of roasted malt bitterness and lingering minerality. Some roasted malt flavor lingering with a touch of chocolate and some caramel. Overall nothing like I expected. A lot more malt and roasted malt especially forward and much less chocolate than I was expecting. Still a great beer, not too sweet, good roast, hides the booze well, but did have a little heavy on bitterness from the charred malts and somewhat of a misnomer name. Can't wait to try this aged a couple years.

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Photo of oberon
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Roger down Greensboro,bottle # 42/500.Poured into a nonic a jet black I mean as black as crude a large fluffy billowing dark mocha colored head atop that settles very slowly.Not as intense as ST's Choklat in its choclate bombardment in the nose but its there and in force along with raisin and French roast coffee just roasted to the hildt.Me and my wife are splitting a bottle with a piece of Cheescake Factory peanut butter cup-fudge cheescake and it dont get much better as a pair in my mind.Dark bitter chocolate dominates the palate with dark roast coffee accompanying it hand in hand a bit of char into the finish with the alcohol beginning to creep as I drink more.It lives up to the hype its decadent and raw at the same time it kicks as.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had both the 2009 and 2010 versions on tap at the Sexual Chocolate Release - 02.06.2010.

Poured a very dark black; nice head and appeared to be pretty thick. The smell was full of dark malt, chocolate, some molasses, and bits of coffee. Similar taste but with more deep dark chocolate and nice roastiness. The mouthfeel is a tad bit thin for the style; no noticeable alcoholic warmth (at least in the 2009 version). Highly drinkable and something I was very glad I sought out.

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Sexual Chocolate from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 1,359 ratings
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