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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Ratings:
1,352
Reviews:
460
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11.25%
 
 
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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 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 Nat1975
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 inlimbo77
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. January '12 vintage
Unmarked snifter

A: Pours out a pretty much pitch black. RIS style to a T. I got a slight ring of light tan head around the edges of the glass. Ends up leaving some nice lacing bits. Some reddish hues around edges are there. Slight alcohol feet.

S: Dark chocolate. Dark fruit. Roasted malts. Some dark espresso notes as well. The chocolate is there, rich dark cocoa type chocolate.

T: Up front you get some of those big IBUs, 85 to be exact. Dark rich chocolate. Deep dark roast espresso beans. Some roasted malts. I concur with other reviews, this is a fairly bitter stout either from the hopping or the dark roast malts. It's delicious but just a touch bitter. The finish is really bitter from the dark chocolate.

M: Full bodied. Coats the mouth a ton.

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Photo of thereal_adam
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of DangerDawg
4.5/5  rDev +10%

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

Photo of woodchip
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass form a 22oz bottle.
Split with my girlfriend.

A - Pours a dark brown with mahogany hints on the edges and a nice 1 inch tan head that is very dense and sticks around for a while. Slightly velvety pour.

S - Milk chocolate sweetness right away as well as some nice chocolate cake and unsweetened chocolate bitterness. A bit of molasses on the nose and some nice slight roasted espresso coffee notes. Very enticing and desert like aroma.

T & M - Starts off velvety and silky. With some delicious espresso bitterness mixed in with some nice dark chocolate bitterness. There is some awesome sweetness that comes up from the chocolate near the middle of the beer. There is some slight smokiness mixed in with the sweetness that plays well together. There is some molasses and some brown sugar sweetness as well. THE sweet aspect of the beer is nearly perfectly balanced by the roasted coffee character and the smoke. Awesome tasting beer. Mouthfeel is near perfection. quite silky and smooth like melted chocolate.

D - Very high drinkability factor for such a high ABV. It is not that noticeable and not too intense.

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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 jacewg
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of facesnorth
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of midlifec
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Docrock
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of mntlover
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Walk into Mellow Mushroom for couple of brews and a pie, wow Sexual Chocolate on tap way after release date. Hey bartender you actually still have that on tap, yes he tells me they were late getting it in compared to others in the area, my lucky day.

Pours a wonderful dark black with a small brown coco head, I am assuming small head to due to bar pour as the lace is wonderful sheets all the way down my pint.

Aroma is well chocolate lots of fluffy chocolate notes on roasted malt base slight coffee notes underneath but hell hard to smell much besides the chocolate roasted malts really.

Taste is wonderful so bloody smooth and creamy like fluffy nugget or something, loads of chocolate coming from the roasted malts, no so much artificial like Rouges but roasted malty chocolate tons of it and so damn smooth. Sorry keep repeating myself but this brew is just wonderful, some light coffee notes and hops underneath it all, no alcohol is noted, man this stuff goes down so easy. Man this stuff could get you into trouble could drink these all day. Perfect blend of roasted sweet malt goodness with light hops in finish along with linger coco powder in your mouth.

Mouthfeel is smooth creamy and wonderful only medium heavy not so thick and heavy as some big stouts. But man does it do justice to the taste seems perfect for this beer smooth creamy silky chocolate better then any candy bar. Little bite of carbonation in the finish to let you know its there.

Drinkability is just wonderful man does this go down smooth and easy two pints gone in no time potentially could be dangerous. Man i wish i wasn't driving could stand to have a few more of these. A must try if you can find it get it, best chocolate stout I have had.

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

Photo of deltatauhobbit
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Large props to ahatcher78's LIF for giving me the chance to try this beer.

Wow, I'm not usually one to give into hype, but with this beer it's not hype if it can be backed up. Seriously delicious, the first beer I've had that deserves the complete 5 rating.

Bottle 365/500

Pours a jet black color with tons of tan head, very creamy head with great retention and patchy lacing, held up to the light and couldn't get anything to shine through.

Smell is dark roasted malt with heavy chocolate and coffee undertones.

Taste is incredibly smooth and creamy, can't even tell that it's 10% because of the creaminess, taste is heavy with roasted malt, chocolate and coffee, for some reason it almost tastes like it was bourbon aged slightly as there's some interesting aspects coming out when it's warmed, chocolate obviously takes the cake, mmmm.

Reminds me almost of a milk/sweet stout because it's so drinkable, I found that I downed half a pint of it faster than normal (a good sign because I can't get enough of it and the strength isn't noticeable at all), for a RIS it's quite subtle compared to some others I've had (doesn't try to pound flavors down your throat) and the chocolate is quite complementary even when it's in the forefront of taste.

Once again, thanks to ahatcher78 for a beer I probably had no chance of trying.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Jackie O's snifter on 2/18/11; split with MbpBugeye and Spider889

Many thanks and a resounding "hell yeah" to PDXHops for the growler

Dark, almost reddish brown. It's darker in the glass, of course. One finger of sandy brown foam thins to an uneven patch of bubbly foam and a collar. Some lace is left clinging to the glass.

The aroma is smooth and loaded with roasted malt goodness. Notes of ground coffee beans, unsweetened chocolate with earthy overtones. Dry notions of cocoa. This smells really good; it's as enticing as it is simple.

Sexual Chocolate tastes even more roasty than it smells. Dry, roasted coffee and burnt chocolate flavors. The malts are peppered by subtle, earthy hops. This isn't a particularly sweet beer, though it does get a tad sweeter as it warms up. So tasty.

Full bodied without being overly viscous. Carbonation strikes me as appropriate with just a little agitation upfront (it's more appreciable with each pour, then mellows). Dry finish with residual bitterness.

This is so easy to drink. I like that it's fairly low in the frills department. Some folks may not care for the dry/bitter combo but I enjoy it. Recommended.

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Photo of Chris-1911
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gopens44
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big dark beige head, very foamy and leaving behind wicked sticky lacing. Beer itself is predictably black and opaque.

Raisin and molasses dominate the nose, obscuring anything else, save for maybe a splash of fig on exit.

Taste has a molasses thing up front with an accompanying chocolate character, finishing out ever so slightly smokey.

Chalky bitter chocolate aftertaste in this surprisingly thin stout. Overall it's pretty good but not mind melting.

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

Big thanks to abbddull (Andy) for letting me try this at DLD. And then another thanks to the kind soul who let me have some more of it at DLD. Two different growlers of this stuff floating around at DLD...it was just meant to be! Review from phone notes.

A- Poured a black color sure it would have been a darker brown if I held it up to some light. One and a half finger tan head stuck around for a little while before capping the top of the beer. Ringing lacing on the glass as I drank it down.

S- There is chocolate in this big time. It seems like a mix though of cocoa and darker chocolate in the front of the aroma. Good roasted malts in the middle of this with some light darker fruits. Very coffee forward in the ending of the aroma. I thought it would be a little more in the chocolate aroma department but still smells good.

T- Good chocolate kick in the front of the beer. Not a bittersweet chocolate (darker) taste but a sweet creamy milk chocolate flavor. Good but unexpected. The roasted malts came in next with a light darker fruit and caramel undertone to it. There is a some coffee like presence I think in the tail end of this but the chocolate still holds on till the very end although much faded than in the front of the beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Felt a little watery at times in the mouth. Carbonation is good for the style. Chocolate was left on the palate and into the aftertaste with some light roasted flavors. Very chocolate forward in the palate and kind of let other flavors fade out. Light drying also as I sipped it down.

D- This was a very drinkable stout that was bordering on the Milk Stout style. I would like to try this beer again with a little bit of age on it to see if the chocolate mellows on it. Overall it was drinking rather nice right now. I would have no problem drinking a lot of this.

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Photo of smutty33
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Sexual Chocolate from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
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