Sexual Chocolate | Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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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

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Added by SaCkErZ9 on 02-15-2007

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1,356
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462
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11.25%
 
 
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Photo of Nat1975
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.26/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. February 2010 vintage

A- pours black with a one finger tan head. Retention of the head is solid. Looks nice

S- light chocolate. Not much going on. Maybe past its prime?

T- yeah, definitely past its prime. Getting a little bit of chocolate, and not much else. Slight bitterness. Very blah

M- body is viscous, very solid

O- nearly three years is too much to hold on to this beer. Wasn't a huge fan of it with that much age on it...oh well.

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Photo of iatethecloudsfor
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Photo of pmarlowe
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of joe1510
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber

Bottle #33/500

I have the opportunity to try this treat thanks to brentk56, thanks a million Brent! Sexual Chocolate produces a bit of a gurgle when poured from the glass. The thick body appears midnight black and is one of those stouts that actually suck in the light and make the room darker. The soft pour produced an ample two + finger mocha colored head that fell painfully slow to a thick cap and left solid spots of lacing on its way. The lacing and head are quite impressive for such a big beer.

The aroma is quite different than I expected. I expected a lot of chocolate/cocoa but my nose is greeted with bold dark fruits, some ripe and some not. There's a handful of blackberries right off the bat, half of which I would say are under ripe. Sweet sugary molasses plays a big role in the nose as well showing throughout. A quick flash of coffee rolls through the middle before the underlying cocoa shows itself faintly. A ghost like vanilla quality shows up here and there to add depth to the aroma but the dark berries rule the roost. There is a clean alcohol that seems to accentuate the berriness even more.

The flavor seems to follow the nose fairly closely. Dark fruits (most noticeably blackberry) lead the way drizzled with molasses for a little added sweetness. A roasted, almost scorched, maltiness grows on the back of the tongue along with a piney, aspirin like bitterness. The cocoa that was added is much more noticeable on the tongue then in the nose. It's faint upfront but grows as Sexual Chocolate works its way through my mouth and combines with the roasty and hoppy bitterness on the swallow to even things out a bit. Maybe I'm being picky because I really do enjoy the flavor but the flavors on the finish seem to be out of place and struggling against each other.

When this beer is a little on the colder side the body seems a bit thin but as it nears room temperature things fit into place. The body is still a touch light at first but quickly becomes thick and velvety as it works it's way through my mouth. The bitterness grows as I continue to drink causing my tongue to feel the numbness to the point it even moves out to my lips over time.

This is an easy drinking beer and my glass is going down awfully easy. I can see this beer wearing me out after awhile though. A bomber is more than enough in a sitting, even in a long sitting.

Sexual Chocolate is a high quality beer from Foothills and I'd love to get my hands on more of their brews. I do enjoy this beer but it seems to get caught in the shuffle with all the other quality RISs out there. It's well made but is missing that something special to set it apart. Thanks again for the sample Brent!

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Photo of sholland119
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blind Beer BIF, Round 4. Beer #3.

S-Lovely. Sweet with hints of burnt oak and vanilla. Toasted marshmallow and perhaps some bourbon and molasses. Very inviting.

T-Sweet and roasty in the front in equal measure, then the smoky notes take over. Very pleasant taste, nicely complex, roastiness gives way to sweetness in the finish. Delicious.

M-Medium bodied, rich but not wearying to the palate at all. Very very nice.

D-I am guessing the ABV on this is low double digits so one is probably plenty. But this is quite delicious.

HV

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Photo of mtbdonn
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of knicks19947
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hooliganlife
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to sean for this

pour was deep black but very little head

coffee and dark bitter chocolate with a roasted charcoal malt.

very similar to nose. this was obviously fresh but all in all, very well balanced and not harsh in any way.

full body with a nice moderate carbonation. a bit of bite and some dryness.

a pretty good stout that has eluded me for years, glad to finally taste it. i would seek this out again.

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Photo of DangerDawg
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of mctizzz
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of angrybabboon
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 4/6/13

Appearance: Jet black at its core, with some dark brown around the edges - big, light tan head - keeps a nice cap - leaves some spots of lacing

Smell: Roasty, burnt, and big - dark chocolate, cocoa, chocolate malts - burnt, with a touch of char - something that smells a bit woody, kind of like this was barrel-aged (except it's not) - nicely rich

Taste: Yup, sexy - a range of chocolate flavors - dark chocolate and burnt cocoa - some burnt coffee - a nice, moderate level of sweetness, with a touch of burnt molasses and toffee - some burnt and charred bitterness - lightly acidic overall, finishes very dry

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, nicely carbonated, very dry finish

Overall: (Insert sex joke here)

This is an undoubtedly solid RIS. There are some nice chocolate flavors, and a lot of burnt goodness. This was better than expected.

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Photo of seanchai
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CampusCrew
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: deep dark black, nearly ebony, loaded head

smell: loaded coffee, and sublte chocolate aromas

taste: dry chocolate flavor. which I was happy it was not sweet. but still a little plain.

mouthfeel: full bodied stout

drinkability: we had a rare sout party is this was one of the selectons. I was a little diasppotinted here with this one. Hyped up alot. Good, not all world though.

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Photo of JDV
4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ahatcher78 for this bottle!

Wow, fantastic beer...
Pours a rich dark black color, letting no light through the snifter, and holds a nice sized brown head. Good lacing. Smell at first is of dark rich fruit, and then shifts in a dark chocolately, roasty and dry coccoa smell that is really nice. Taste is rich, creamy, smooth mild bittersweet chocolately sweetness. Nice and dark and dry in the finish for a great balance. Never got too chocolately, artificial, or cloying in the least. The drinkability is phenomenal. Medium to light carbonation and a great mouthfeel. The alcohol is flawlessly hidden as well. Easily one of my favorite beers, and exactly what I want in a Chocolate beer. Worlds better than ST Choklat and the Chocolate Donut Beer. Shared with pint_size for Valentine's but easily could've had the entire bomber to myself with no complaints...

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Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of midlifec
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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

Wife picked this up for me at the CBX, on tap. I've been waiting to finally get this for 2 or 3 years now, my ship has come! I was worried that all the hype on this beer would leave me disappointed. Glad to say, it lived up to the hype. While it's not the greatest beer I've ever had, it was a solid one. From the strong cocoa smell, to the dark color with the thick tan head, to the smooth finish. The taste was a good balance of malt, cocoa, and slight hops. Even though the alcohol is around 10%, it's hidden well. This beer makes a great night cap. I'm happy I finally got to try it.

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Photo of ldhughes3
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of aerozeppl
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had 4 or 5 samples of this at EBF. From notes.

A: Poured jet black with about a finger of coffee/mocha colored head.

S: The nose was a nice mixture of roasted malts and chocolate. The chocolate really was clear and blasted through the roast though. A touch of an earthy smell but the nose was really clean on this.

T: Chocolate right up front. A mixture of cocoa powder and milk chocolate. Again like the nose the roast is there but chocolate is firmly on the center stage. A nice sweetness runs throughout. You do get a touch of hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium to heavy body. A little bit on the dry side.

D: A really drinkable RIS. Glad I got to try this but I don't know if I would give up the farm for this. However if this were local to me I would grab every chance I could to have this. Great beer.

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

I poured this from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into two 14 oz glasses (thanks for the hookup Gilly!).

A= This ale poured a deep black/brown color with a 3/4" tan head. The head lasted a good while and left some nice stickage behind on my glass.

S= Rich dark malts, roasted grain, and some light chocolate notes in the nose. Not much alcohol evident.

T= Started off with a kiss of caramel and chocolate sweetness before the roasted malt and coffee notes took over. Hop bitterness was restrained and hop flavor was earthy. Overall leaned well to the malty side of things though. Finished less sweet than it started due to the dryness of the roasted flavors.

MF= Full bodied but not overly viscous. Carbonation was spot on.

D= A very drinkable RIS that I liked quite a lot. I don't know if it deserves the extent of the cult following it has but its a damn good beer all the same.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sexual Chocolate, on tap at Foothills Brewing Company on the release night. Served (the first glass) in a 10 oz. footed nonic, as well as (the second glass) in a 10 oz. goblet.

Appearance: When this one arrived, there was no head remaining on it (the second glass did come with some head, and though it was nice, with a fine-bubble structure, a relatively robust-colored cocoa brown). There was, however, a nice healthy sheen of snow a relatively full, deep cocoa collar. The color of the body itself is deep, robust, coffee-like, though some light does seep through around the peripheries, rendering the body a lighter ruby brown. The lacing is a little weak, however, speckly, a little runny, blob-like and isolated.

Aroma: Very earthy, and though the chocolate is definitely there, it's almost more toast than cocoa. Tons of bitter notes are also present, not hop like, but more a result of the earthy, toasted astringencies.

Taste: Tons of bitter astringencies lend a definite air of bittersweet chocolate, though with plenty of toast, a strong milky impression, coffee, faint fruits - perhaps currants, perhaps raisins, but darker - and no alcohol at all. No burn, no prickle. Very nice. Though the name is perhaps not apropos - this one definitely isn't overwhelmingly chocolately (it's no Choklat), it's nice. Also, it definitely improves as it warms, borderline 4.5. Okay, 4.5 it is.

Mouthfeel: Very full, and incredibly well-carbonated in a surprisingly not-that-thick body. The carbonation makes it almost light and ethereal in places. It's nonetheless very even, smooth. Tone down the carbonation ever so slightly, and it'd be a perfectly creamy, even 5.0.

Drinkability: For an RIS? A definite 4.5. The 10.0% is nowhere to be found; the flavors aren't too intense, too over the top; it's not too thick, too sweet, too creamy, too heavy. It's just a nice, flavorful, smooth, well-carbonated RIS. I easily downed two glasses of this one, and could have gone for several more. If you're in the area, get this one on tap while you can. And if you can trade for a bottle, do it. I'd love to see what this one does with a little bit of age on it, see if the bitterness fades a little - I'll be picking up plenty of bottles to test out that theory.

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Photo of generallee
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sexual Chocolate from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
4.09 out of 5 based on 1,356 ratings.
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