Sexual Chocolate | Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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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

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Added by SaCkErZ9 on 02-15-2007

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Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of zac16125
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at the brewery in Winston Salem
Into a small pilsner glass (i believe it was the release party and they were out of appropriate glassware, even saw it served in a highball glass)

A: Black, 1.5 fingers width of dense mocha colored head with great retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: dark fruits, roasted malt, chocolate (more milk chocolate with some bakers), plum, toasted nuts, some booze

T: Big roasted malt character, dark chocolate and mild hop bitterness on backend. Later in the drink, dark fruits come out particularly fig, and the dark chocolate gets stronger. Its sweeter than a lot of ris, and there a touch of a certain spice that I can't put my finger on but is pretty unique for the style.

M/d: Pretty smooth but not incredibly,  medium bodied, but too thin. Fails to coat the palate like the best in the style.  Served far too cold but still relatively easy to drink. Definitely could have been fuller/thicker.

O: Overall, a real good beer but nothing spectacular.  Certainly worth trying if you get the chance but there are many better RIS out there.  Would like to find a bottle so I can drink it at the right temperature from the correct glassware.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of hooliganlife
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
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 Daniellobo
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice if a bit overhyped imperial stout

Presentation: 12 oz tap serving at the Foothills brewery-pub in downtown Winston-Salem. Noted as special release on menu and chalkboard. Served in a short glass.

A - Black pour with a thin creamy head, fair retention, and some touches of lacing. This glassware is an odd choice… But OK, it is how the brewery serves it.

S - Roasted malt notes, touch of chocolate, coffee…

T - Expanded nicely in the palate, roasted malt, touches of chocolate, coffee, small bitter hoppy touch and a bitter-sweet sense with a hint of vanilla.

M - Medium-full body and carbonation with a nice smooth and creamy sense.

O - Nice stout, glad I got to try it...

Notes: This is good, not deserving the kind of hype I perceived kind of good but good in any case. Supposedly I was lucky to reach the last keg on this work visit to Winston-Salem, and taste the batch done on the premises. I was told that the one I tried in a bar nearby came from the batch brewed at the new location. From one day to the next I could not sense the difference. The second time around I had it on a pint shaker glass, typical reaction: good for the size, but again wrong glassware. Probably this brew shines more if served properly.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Ohsaycanyoubeer
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 version, on tap at Sexy Chocolate Day 2011. Pours with a little head, tan lacing, a slight chocolate aroma, I was expecting a bit more chocolate, it was a bit subdued for me. Still, extremely smooth, well worth the hype, if only I was just getting a bit more rubustiness and full chocolate. I still like it.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of ShanePB
3.08/5  rDev -25.4%
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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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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3/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of EricCioe
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review 300, had at a gigantic chocolate beer tasting on 14 February 2012.

This pours solid black with one of the darker heads I've seen on a beer. On the nose there is a great deal of roasted malt and dark chocolate, without much in the way of molasses or other elements that make up RIS. In the mouth the roasted malt takes over. I was surprised at how reserved the chocolate is, mixing in well with the other flavors rather than riding over them. The body is just on the heavy side of medium, definitely lighter than your standard imperial stout, but to me that was a bonus here. The finish is long on roasted and chocolate bitterness.

Overall, I was very happy to try this, but there are plenty of shelf brews that exceed this.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Pencible
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: This poured an opaque black with thick dark tan head.
S: It smelled like rich dark chocolate and dry cocoa powder, with some roasted coffee and alcohol.
T: It tasted like bitter dark chocolate and dry cocoa powder, with some espresso and alcohol. It had a clean bitter and hot aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Fairly thin body.
D: This was a decent chocolate stout, but nothing special. The scent and taste were enjoyable but basic. The body was a little weak. And the finish was very hot, so it must be sipped. Might improve with age if it mellows a lot, but fresh honestly isn't very impressive.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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

Tryed this on tap @Lindley Park Filling Station last night (2-10-12) and it's the 2nd time within a week that I've had Sexual Chocolate. I had the pleasure of experiencing the 2010 Sexual Chocolate Barrel Aged over Cocoa Nibs last Saturday @ the 1st Annual Raleigh Rare & Vintage Beer Tasting. Now that was 1 hell of a great beer. The 2012 draft version was not that impressive. Don't get me wrong, it's a great NC beer by a great NC brewer. But as far as a great beer in the grand scheme of Russian Imperial Stouts, it's excellent; but not great. While it is a brilliant marketing ploy to release 4000 bottles directly at the brewery only (which would piss me off if I was a store carrying all Foothill's other brews). Lesson learned, don't buy into all the hype/local cultist following; judge for thine self. There are just to many superior Russian Imperials (Old Rasputin, Brooklyn Dark Chocolate, Stone, Samual Smith's, Founders, and Siberian Night .. to name a few) that are readily available seasonally to even consider standing in line for 6+ hours (although I'm sure the beer share in line is way cool) on pre-release morning. Don't get me wrong, I am not bitter, nor mad; I like Foothills and love thier brew pub. It's just dissappointing to experience my 1st Sexual Chocolate year, with all of it's hype and national news coverage and then to experience it and have your sails deflated. If this brew came out of Wyoming, they would be lucky to sale 4000 bottles in a season, but here in NC that amount dissappears in less than a dozen hours. Kinda sad really. I'll try it again on tap if it's available, but for me; actively seeking it out is not on my things to do list.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of VaterRoss
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on-tap at Fat Frogg

Appearance is as near to black as possible with a brown creamy head and clinging cream lace. Very dark coloration. The head recedes to a ring. Smell is roasted malt, coffee grounds, and, for lack of a better word, wetness. Taste is deliciously malty and full with smoky roasted notes and a good amount of coffee. Some alcohol warming in the throat and a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is extremely creamy and heavy body with a slight metallic feel.

Well, this is the most I've paid for a pint so far (10 bucks). This is a great beer but doesn't meet the hype (what does?). A nice and full beer that, despite the name, doesn't have that much chocolate going on. Very drinkable and hides its alcohol well. No wateryness to speak of and nothing wrong with it at all. The metallic notes remind me a bit of a Baltic porter.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Sexual Chocolate from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 1,389 ratings