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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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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 dbrauneis
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
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 Slatetank
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks so much to Stakem for sharing this with Kegatron and me -enjoyed chilled from a snifter. #536 of 1000.

The color is practically black, over 70 srm according to the label which is an opaque shade with thick sandy cap that settles rapidly with a tight bead that revives into a thin cap of lace when swirled and lace sticks. The strong chocolate odor has slight spice from the cocoa nibs and light earthy twang of yeast. The slight woody malt aroma is accented by a light caramel sweetness. The texture is slightly dry and bitter with a roasted malt presence and subtle tannic tinge with mild fruitiness and slight spice with hint of yeast creaminess in the middle a gentle bitter taste is present throughout.

The taste has a lot of roast but mild chocolate, the nose carries more cocoa with a subtle spice note perhaps a bitter cocoa nib taste. The yeast adds a gentle twang of dark chocolate and slight coffee-like acidic note with slight berry undercurrent and mild toasted graininess. The dark malt is slightly astringent with a hint of hop bitterness coming in at the end of the taste. This was a great stout, I enjoyed it and was looking forward to having it in bottled form. I enjoyed a small sample on draft at Extreme beer fest, but that was years ago - this was pretty high in drinkability with some nice complexity and fits the style well. I can only guess that this is a beer you may want to taste fresh based on the cocoa flavor subtlety.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mike for this one. Shared at the Bruery 2nd Anniversary.

A: A beautiful looking pour: dark as night with a solid tan head on top. The beer pours with a nice viscosity to it as well.

S: A lot of roasted malt with perhaps a touch of char. There is a hint of smoke too, along with chocolate and coffee.

T: The flavors are quite similar to the nose. A really impressive roasty quality that does not completely overwhelm the beer. A mix of dark and milk chocolates along with some coffee and a light hint of smoke.

M: This one is medium in terms of body with a moderate level carbonation.

D: A pretty easy to drink beer for a Russian Imperial Stout. Quite minimal alcohol presence, and easy to drink.

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Photo of russpowell
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from Rbald42, cheers Ryan!

Pours ebony with 3 fingers of effervescent brown head. Slightly vicious look to this, Good lacing & average head retention

S: Dark chocolate, faint coffee & some boozeyness & dark fruit once warm

T: Coffee, charred grain & dark chocolate up front. Chocolate & coffee blend well as this warms, vanilla & charred wet grain mingle in as well, plus a bit of licorice. Finishes dry with charred grain, dark cherry & herbal hops

MF: Medium bodied & somewhat assertive carbonation, smooths out over time, becomes fairly slick & warming

Drinks very easy, ABV is concealed nicely. I enjoyed this one, not the best out there, but one I would buy on a regular basis if possible, reminds me a lot of Victory at Sea, I'm sure the barrel aged version is even tastier

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.57/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a glass mug.

Big thanks to VDubb86 for sharing this bottle!

2009 vintage. Bottle #604/1000. Another bottle shared before my buddy's wedding, his last beer as a single man. It pours a very dark black-brown (almost obsidian, but not quite) topped by a finger of sandy tan foam. The nose comprises chocolate syrup, roasted malts, light coffee, light oak, and light molasses. The taste brings in more of the same, with the emphasis on the chocolate, the coffee, and some added maple syrup. Everything's almost too sweet, clashing with the roast in a strange, though not altogether offensive way. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a feel that edges to the brink of watery. Overall, a pretty decent impy stout, but it's much too thin and the flavors just don't work together very well. It's good, but nowhere near worth the hype.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.14/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2011 Vintage

A: Pours a deep black with a very nice brown/khaki colored head. Great head retention and lacing that forms all around glass. Really nice looking beer.

S: Something a bit different about the aroma that I can't quite put my finger on. It is slightly astringent, with a good bit of roasted/charred dark malt and a bit of chocolate.

T: Wow, extremely roasty. The roasted malt really dominates the flavor profile, really don't get as much chocolate as I was expecting/hoping. There is a little bit of milk chocolate in the mid-palate which comes across slightly creamy.

M: Medium bodied, on the creamier side, no sign of alcohol at all.

O: Really not very chocolaty. Not a bad stout, but seems rather basic. A bit of a let down based on the hype around it.

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Photo of billab914
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just got done watching 4th of July fireworks and eating ice cream and felt like it was time to open something special. 2008 vintage, bottle number 200 of 500. Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Portsmouth tulip. poured a thick pitch black color with a thin mocha head. The head faded to a thin ring around the edge of the glass after a few minutes and left just a hint of lacing.

The aroma has a bold dark chocolate and cocoa flavor to it. Some roasted malts and a hint of dark fruit are present as well. Nice chocolaty aroma to it overall, not the most complex imperial stouts on the nose, but represents it's name very well.

The taste has a big dark and bitter chocolate flavor to it. It also has a pretty strong burnt and roasted flavor with some smokiness to it as well. The finish has a dry, bitter, burntness to it that lingers on the palate. The chocolate is really the showcased flavor overall though, and thankfully it's a very good chocolate flavor. Excellent tasting beer overall.

The mouthfeel is thick and creamy, while carbonation is on the lower side. Great mouthfeel and just how I like my imperial stouts. Drinkability is good, I really liked the dark, bitter, chocolate flavors as well as the burnt, smokiness it had. Would have paired great with the ice cream I just had. Excellent beer overall.

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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 Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thank you to drabmuh for sharing this at my last tasting.

A: Near black, good head and lacing.

S: Enticing aromas of roasted malt with hints of chocolate.

T: Very tasty. A beautifully balanced big stout. A slight hop character in the finish adds another level of complexity to this tasty brew. There is less chocolate in the flavor than the name suggests, but subtle hints of bittersweet chocolate make this a pleasure to drink.

M: Crisp carbonation, great feel. ABV masked well.

D: Yes please, may I have another. I seriously need to go to the release next year, provided that I don't get snowed in again.

29 Jan 2011: Made it to the release! Good times.

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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.

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Photo of stakem
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

February 2010 release bottle #536/1000. Enjoyed with Slatetank and Kegatron. Poured into a snifter, this brew appears black in color with a dark brown head about a finger strong. The cap recedes to just a lacing across the top with leggy lacework sticking to the glass. When held to the light some clarity is seen around the edges with lighter brown and some reddish hues. A swirl revives the cap back to a finger's strength.

The smell of this brew is dark and fruity like raisins mixed with estery alcohol inclusion. This is a bit of a surprise considering this is suppose to be "sexual chocolate." More smells reveal roasted malt that comes across like a scent of chocolate coupled with tangy alcohol aspects. Some more chocolate indications are present minorly reminiscent of cocoa batter as the brew warms up. Hops seem to be present with a fruity inclusion that accents the alcohol's tangy esters. Overall quite a tangy smelling offering that is dark and fruity.

The taste is bitter roasted grains, lightly charred with raisins and alcohol. Bitter semisweet chocolate is present along with estery alcohol that is quite tangy. There is a minor note of coffee present with lots of roasted elements. The tangy inclusion seems a bit like citrus coffee beans. Much more fruited in flavor than I was expecting. The aftertaste is roasty with chocolate and coffee bitterness.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is quite tangy with alcohol and fruity hops intermingled. It is possibly more tangy and fruited than it is chocolaty which is surprising to me. Regardless it is excessively drinkable. As the brew evolved in my glass it took on a bit of a vinous, maybe even port-like quality. Overall a solid offering, one to seek out for sure.

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Photo of tdm168
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Wine 101 in Wake Forest.

Pours pitch black with a big cappuccino head that has great retention. The nose is rich, chocolaty, and roasty. The flavor is also rich and chocolaty as well as roasty and coffee-like. The finish offers some faint alcohol phenols. The mouthfeel is a little thin, but the carbonation is just right.

This is smooth, drinkable, and very enjoyable. The mouthfeel could be a little fuller, but overall it's warm, delicious, and very enjoyable. It's worth checking out.

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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.

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

Big thanks to JR for being my regular hook-up with this one. I've had this a few times, including once in growler format at RBWG, but I've never taken the time to write any notes. Shared with Nate & Bryna - served in a Darkness snifter. Bottle #525/1000 from the 2010 release.

A - Pours with a finger of dark tan foam that dissipates to a thin ring. Some spotty lace is left clinging to the sides of the glass. The body is black with some glints of brown at the fringes of the glass.

S - Roasted malts, chocolate cake, molasses, dark fruits, and caramel candy. I don't get much of the espresso mentioned on the bottle. This takes a little while to warm up, and I expected more intense chocolate (given the name).

T - The taste is quite similar, but some earthy espresso bitterness pops up along with a nice multi-grain toast malt character that imparts a bit of char. Very well balanced, but surprisingly subtle.

M - This is a little thin for an RIS, although it wasn't far off considering the sub-10% ABV. Carbonation was a little zestier and grittier than I prefer. Finishes chewy & sticky.

D - Since the bottle was split three ways, this went very fast. I could definitely have used another pour, but c'est la vie! Doesn't get cloying at all, which is a welcome surprise.

The smell/taste are closer to 4.25 each, so I slightly fudged (no pun intended) the scores to convey that in the overall assessment. This is a very good and enjoyable stout that seems to be slightly overrated due to rarity and local hype.

I made a point of drinking this fresh to fully experience the chocolate character, but if you're expecting ST Choklat (which I dislike) you will be a bit disappointed. Nate mentioned that some think this is better on draft - I can see that being the case if it improves the feel.

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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!

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Photo of Billolick
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at ACBF, 2 samples, at a quiet table, reviewed from notes.

Pours the anticipated black and oily, under a dark tan head, leaving plenty of dark tan lace. Rich, bold and tasty stout. I get notes of coconuts, bourbon, rich chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, dark malts via the nose and tongue. Over the top bitter/sweet, complex and full of RIS goodness. Seek out and enjoy

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

I received a pity bottle because I couldn't go to the release due to a huge snowstorm. I brought the bottle to a recent tasting to spread the love around.

2010 release. Beer is black with a thick brown head made up of medium and large bubbles.

Aroma is sweet with some chocolate in there. Beer is medium in body and has some roast character at the back. There is a bitterness from the chocolate I assume, really creamy and consistent palate presence. Really smooth, finishes cleanly. Very awesome.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.08/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My girlfriend and I opened this bottle after our Valentine's Day dinner. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Deep dark black with a very dark brown upper edge. Fluffy, rocky and full tan head. Nice retention cap and big sticky lacing along the glass wall. Great looking beer.

S: Astringent oak, char, slight smoke, dark chocolate and even some faint coffee beans towards the back. It smells nice but all the aromas don't blend very well together. The initial pungent oak-bitter aroma sticks throughout.

T: Well, I hate to say it but this is all hype. Again the initial bitterness of its aggressive hopping (85 IBUs) is still present over a year later in the bottle. Oak, dark malt and more roast come through. There's a nice diversity of flavor but it's not as smooth and easy drinking like others in the style. This is very chaotic in its structure, not very balanced.

M: Slick, smooth and creamy. Nicely carbonated, it feels good in the mouth. Quite dry on the finish though, perhaps from the bitterness?

This wasn't bad by any means although it's nothing world class or even at the top of the Russian Imperial Stout style. And where the hell was the chocolate? There were good amounts of different flavors but they were too choppy, and unbalanced. I have the barrel-aged version which I hear great things about, let's hope that one is a bit better.

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

A: poured a dark as night black in color with a nice finger worth of head which was dark brown and left plenty of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: not too much going on in the aroma, pretty basic components such as roastiness, some chocolate notes, maybe a hint of molasses and very muted coffee undertones. I did however get some oat grains coming through.

T: like the aroma it carried over to the flavor consisting of milk chocolate notes, slight coffee was noticeable, a bit of roastiness, hints of molasses, and nice oat grain accents with a little bitterness.

M: the brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, roasty, slight astringent, oat grainy, milky, and slight bitter finish.

O: just an average imperial stout that is IMO way overrated but just OK all around. Didn't see anything special about it.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle to CBS snifter. January 2012 Vintage.

A - Poured dark black. Half a finger of bubly espresso coloured head formed on the pour and reduced to a thin layer. Decent lacing.

S - A big hit of licorice, charred malts and some noticeable bitterness up front. A rich dark cocoa aroma is present as well with a touch of coffee. Not as much chocolate as I expected.

T - A big roasted malt profile is present up front with some licorice, char and smoke. The middle brings in bitter sweet chocolate. The finish is dark cocoa, sweet molasses, licorice and a hop bite that lingers slightly.

M - Medium to full body with a good viscosity. Light carbonation.

O - A very good imperial stout. I expected (and would have liked) more chocolate.

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Photo of tempest
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to thank my friend Paul for sharing a bottle of this with me. While the legend is greater than the beer itself, this was still a top-notch RIS. The cocoa nibs impart a deep, dark chocolate flavor that's also earthy like a cocoa bean. The malts provide an array of chocolate cookie, graham cracker, toffee, bread crust, and plum notes. The body is thick like most, but there's enough bitterness to keep this from getting too sweet. The hops also add a pleasant, mild citrus taste, which aid drinkability, though this is a tough beer to do anything with but slowly sip... but I suppose that's ok.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love the name (reminds me of 'Coming to America') and love the label. Could be called "Sexy Mutha Ucker".

Of course, a dark pour like liquid raisins. Some reddish/purple around the edge. Good, tan lacing up top, but didn't stick around too long. Probably served too cold.
Aroma is chocolate, deep roasted malt, not so much coffee as toffee and molasses. Dark banana hints.
Taste is groovy. It's a nice blend of chocolate, coffee, dark plum, light tobacco and smoke. A bit chewy. Better as it warms, more roasted malt comes out. Dark chocolate, not sweet. Doesn't have quite the bite as some RIS, kinda wish it did...but this is very nice.

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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 Mora2000
2.83/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. This is a beer I have wanted to try for a long time. 2010 vintage.

The beer pours black with a tan head. The aroma is roasted malt and chocolate, but I also get a little bit of tart cherries. The beer smells like it may be infected.

The taste confirms that an infection is at work here. I get a lot of tart dark fruit with some roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. I think the base beer may be good, but the infection really makes things taste funky.

The carbonation is about right for the beer, but the mouthfeel is all wrong. The beer is very thin and almost watery, which I assume is caused by the infection.

Very disappointing overall.

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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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