Sexual Chocolate | Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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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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4.09
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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 Georgiabeer
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown with a decent head. Good retention. Smells primarily of cocoa and some smooth malt. Not dusty smelling as some cocoa smelling beers are and not overly sweet. The taste is also all about the cocoa and a nice backbone of chocolate liqueur. Not overly sweet, but nice deep chocolate flavors without any waxiness and a bit of alcohol comes through as well. Enough malt to keep things firm and together, but there is plenty of pleasant bitterness to stop things from getting too sweet. Somewhat of a one-note beer, but done quite well. I like this a good deal more than the Southern Tier Choklat. Mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat sharp. It could have used a touch more creaminess. Nice to see a Southern brewer hitting it big. This is nice beer, but I'm not sure there should be a frenzy over it.

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

Served on tap in a clear 10oz snifter/goblet at beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Black with 1/2-finger of light brown, tightly bubbled head with good retention and scattered lacing down the glass.

S: Dark fruit, chocolate, black coffee, and earthy hops were the most striking. The toasted edge to the aroma rounds it out nicely.

T: Enjoyable for sure, but not as complex as some other heavy hitters in the style category (Expedition Stout, GIBCS, Founders IS). Well- rounded dark malt fruitiness combines with a big dose of dark chocolate and softer coffee flavors and ends with a tobacco, earthy hops note that is substantial and more than I would have given the nose credit for, maybe because the acrid flavors mount with warming and time.

M: Exceptional on the palate with creamy, thick full body and low carbonation.

D: I really enjoyed this, but I still would still pick others I like more because of more complex malt flavor.

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

I've had this on tap on-going for the last 2 days/nights at Sexual Chocolate Day 2011. I had both the 11' version and the 08' one.

A: Poured black as night, with a nice mocha head that remained at least a ring around the brew throughout the entire session. Only a higher power would be able to tell the carbonation level.

S: Very intense coffee notes, with.... you guessed it.... chocolate imbedded in the dark madness. No soy sauce or anything of that nature just yet.

T: Here is where the two versions I tried differ. The 08' was MUCH sweeter and fruitier than the 2011. The finish was substantially less dry and had a very milk chocolate candy quality. The 2011, while still very good, had sort of a sawdust flair on the finish that reminded me of a dark, unsweetened, baker's chocolate.

M: 2008: Chewy and very sweet. The licorice blended into the cocoa quite well. 2011: Very dry, bitter, and not as smooth in general. Both were thick in texture and carbonated satisfactorily for the style.

D: I'm giving the 2008 an A- and the 2011 a B+. However, both are very worthy entries in a very competitive style.

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Photo of thatche2
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

A: Poured a black color with good carbonation and a brown head.

S: Nose is espresso, chocolate, dark fruits.
T: Taste is smooth dark chocolate, dark fruits, very light espresso and roasted malt. Booze seems pretty light.
M: Mouthfeel is dark chocolate, smooth, and dark fried fruits. Very good.

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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 richkrull
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hophugger
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of T_Hass
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Robdiesel21
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ZEB89
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of newk340
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage

A: beautiful dark black pour, with an excellent tan head. looks chocolatey!

S: all kinds of chocolate. some hints of bitterness/dark fruits evident. possibly infected?

T: certainly a little bitter, but not overly affecting the taste. wouldn't want to cellar it much longer. chocolate flavors abound leaving a nice sweet aftertaste.

MF/D: the bitterness certainly affects the drinkability, but the mouthfeel was still fairly smooth, and all-in-all enjoyable.

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

2010

A- Black as night with a nice caramel head.

S- Chocolate, Roasted Malts, Coffee

T- Very smooth for the ABV. Nice Chocolate and Coffee with a nice smokey after taste.

M- Medium feel and smooth.

O- Very good RIS! Definatley worth it!

Served in snifter.

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Photo of VaterRoss
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
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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Photo of Carbon_Hops
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

So excited to finally try this. Me and the wife went today and scored eight bottles of this truly wonderful stuff. I hope it's good as we waited about three hours for it. Meet some wonderful people and drank some awesome beers. Anyway back to the review.

Poured jet black into a sniffer. A nice head forms but fades fairly quickly to a small foamy ring. Leaves little to no lacing as I consume this heavenly stout.

Smells great. Some nice chocolate aromas that blends well with some coffee notes as well. picking up a little alcohol as well but just barely. Wish the nose was a little bigger on this one. what is there is good but wanted more

There are some nice chocolate flavors in there maybe not as much as the name would suggest but they are there. Blends well with lovely coffee and a hint of dark molasses. Has some nice sweetness on the front followed by a bitter coffee and alcohol. Lovely beer.

Feels very nice in the mouth. Very smooth and creamy at first but a little thin in the finish. Would like a little more heft at the end.

Very drinkable at almost 10 percent I can detect very little alcohol at all. This stuff is going down way to easy. Better be careful there won't be anymore till next year.

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Photo of Skunkyluvmuffin
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of LastMalkieri
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

10oz draft pour. The head was pretty stellar.

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Photo of Doublechar0517
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beachbum1975
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a couple of these on tap on Sexual Chocolate Day 09 (2/7/2009). 2008 Vintage

Poured into a Foothills nonic a highly viscous black with a nice creamy tan head. The head wasn't too big, maybe 1/8 inch, but looked very inviting.

Smells of heavily roasted malts, dark chocolate, sweet molasses, mild coffee and an overall pleasing sweetness.

VERY smooth and easy to drink. Much like the nose and all wrapped together very gracefully. Age did this beer well and in my opinion, 1 year aging is where it hits its' prime (Though I have not had the 09 fresh yet).

The mouthfeel was lightly creamy and think bodied, but not too thin. Just the right amount to make this dangerously drinkable. Alcohol was masterfully hidden, so watch out...

Highly drinkable and highly recommended. Smooth as silk.

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

22 ounce bottle acquired in a trade with ahatcher78, #422/500, thanks for giving me the opportunity to try this rare brew from Foothills

Chose as my Valentine's Day beer of choice after careful consideration, poured into my Dogfish Head snifter at cellar temperature

A-Jet black with absolutely no light shining through, appearance reminds me of Kate the Great, thick two inch mocha colored head, stuck around for close to ten minutes, rather creamy, very nice sticky light brown lacing all the way through

S-Chocolate, both milk and very dark, strong molasses, hint of coffee, sweet toffee, roasted malt, some caramel, faint dark fruit aromas, dry hoppiness, and oddly some peanut butter

T-Big milk chocolate taste at the beginning, taste a little like a kit kat bar with the malt backbone it possesses, fades into some dark toffee that is rather sweet, finish was pretty dry due to bitter hoppiness and loads of ground up espresso beans, dark chocolate shows up later with some plums and prunes, chocolate malt dominates this entire beer, still nicely balanced throughout, better as it warms when taste becomes more profound and amazingly sweet, cannot imagine how good this is on draft, really lucky to be able to taste such a great tasting beer

M-Creamy, dry, sweet, and chewy mouthfeel, very complex in this aspect, not much carbonation, super thick body that resembled motor oil at first, taste lingered for several minutes, great mouthfeel

D-Would be able to drink several bottles of this if it was not the 9.75% alcohol percentage, oddly it is not heavy on the stomach, alcohol is hidden very well by the variety of malts, taste is complex and keeps you coming back for more, smooth and goes down easy

Was excited when I heard this finally going to be bottled, heard it was so good from people who had it on tap in the past, best chocolate stout ever tasted even though it is more of an IRS, would love another bottle of this but know the odds of that are not too good, could not recommend this gem enough if I tried, wow I have been drinking some great beers lately between this and the Russian Rivers last week, worth trading tons for, exceeded my initial expectations, deserves to be in the top fifty, incredible beer overall

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

Appearance: Pours a near-black body with a thin, tan-colored head.

Smell: Roasted malt aroma with full notes of melted semi-sweet chocolate, dark caramel, and nuts.

Taste: Rich, roasty semi-sweet chocolate taste with hints of anise and molasses. Faint taste of peanut butter. Moderate acidity. Some grassy hops and light notes of coffee appear near the bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. A mouthfeel as lusciously smooth as the name implies.

Drinkability: Highly recommended, it's a very tasty RIS from the folks over at Foothills. Kudos for hiding that 10% abv, too!

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Photo of belljt33
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | 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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