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Sexual ChocolateSexual Chocolate

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Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
North Carolina, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.75%

Availability: Winter

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Non numbered bomber bottle. 22oz of chocolate goodness. This one pours motor oil black with a nice espresso head of cocoa nib foam. Lacing is long lived and provides excellent lacing and legs. Aromas is all bittersweet chocolate, background green hops, and big bread basket malts. Taste is all pure chocolate, cocoa butter, great dark hot chocolate with great roasty, bready malt. Mouthfeel is medium liquid silk smooth and great. Drinkability is very good as well. This one blew the Brooklyn black chocolate out of the water, and would do the same thing to the rogue chocolate as well I imagine. That being said, based on the hype this doesn't quite live up to it. This is a damn good beer but not quite up their with dark lord or kbs. However, it is a different sort of thing and certainly a fantabulous brew from NC

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

Opaque, very appropriate black color. Like "Dark Lord Light," this ale is very heavily sweet with flavors of cherries, dark fruits and chocolate cake. Excellent flavor and aroma intensity, with a coating texture as well. Complex, with dessert-like malts. Very long finish on this bad boy. Undeniably one of the stand out beers at GABF 2008.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bitter chocolate and coffee are the stars of this beer. Thick chewy mouthfeel. Sweetness and bitterness in harmony. Overall this is an amazing imperial Stout.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note's from Captain Lawrence Rosso Batch 3 release / tasting:

Foothills SC 2011 – a = 5, dark as night, beautiful head that hangs around and swirling the glass rebuilds it on command. Beautiful tan head. Smell has great roasted malt and chocolate smell…everything I look for in a stout. Real good. Taste follows the nose…this is awesome awesome awesome. Roasted dark chocolate malts. All day. Smooth mouth. This is solid, thick, heavy, full bodied…great carbonation, chocolate. Awesome.

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2012 vintage
thanks Msquared2!

4.5 - 4 - 4.5 - 4.5 - 4.5

a - filled my duck rabbit snifter. hard pour yeilds black liquid with mocha chocolate frothy head. pretty milky and bubbly. like a milk stout, only darker...but definitely on the creamy milky side.

s - roasted chocolate malts.

t - flavor comes in with HUGE roasted malts after a hint of chocolate. then it turns bitter on the exit. clean and crisp, but more roasty than chocolatey. once a few sips in, the chocolate comes in much more than the bitterness and roast. it is really smooth and even. tastes nice.

m - coolling and bready. crisp and a bit brisk. silky and light for such a bold brew.

o - overall, i agree that this beer gets hyped quite a bit, but that being said, it *is* a solid example of the style and the chocolate is rather nice and tasty. bear in mind that chocolate imperial stouts are all the rage these days...they weren't always. i find this beer to be worthy even in today's beer market, but the way people go nuts for stuff, it is understandable that many folks were let down on this beer...after all, it is just beer and although tasty with a nice hint of gourmet chocolate...drinking this beer will not give you super powers. delicious like a marshal zhukov.

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, bottle 97/500

A: Thick, deep black under a small dark brown head. No lace, no retention. A good looking beer for the style.

S: Smells sweet, bit of chocolate and coffee. A little lacking however.

T: Very nice taste Sweet up front, ending in a big roasted bitterness mixed with some dark chocolate and a little bit of coffee. Everything slightly lacking in the aroma is thrown right into your face in the taste department. Very chocolaty, but mixed in so well with the roasted malt, just perfect balance.

M/D: Silky smooth on the tongue, hardly any alcohol at all, medium carbonation, full bodied. Very good drinkability for such a big beer. Could easily drink a few pints of this.

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Photo of HopHobo
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I finally decided to crack open my 2009 vintage of this bad boy. First, let me start by saying this is one of my favorite names for a beer and also one of my favorite labels. It pours jet black with a nice 3 fingers of dark tan head and leave a nice foamy lacing on my Founders 10 Anniversary glass. The smell is a bit off putting because it has a rather large burnt grains smell with lingering hits of chocolate, carmel, booze and earth. The flavor is much better as the burnt grain smell is replaced by the taste of bitter sweet chocolate, sweet grains, toffee, carmel, coffee and earthy flavors....overall the taste of chocolate and roasted grains is most prominent and quit delicious. This beer is thick in my mouth like a bitter chocolate milk shake. I really enjoyed this beer, much more than I thought I would. The chocolate is there, but over powering and all the flavors really meld together nicely. I may seek this one out again, but there are a few other imperial stouts I have higher on my list.

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

22oz bottle - #138/500. shipped by blackie many moons ago - promised i would drink it this winter when we got 5" of snowfall in a day. We got somewhere in the neighborhood of 15-18 in the last 24 hours, so thats where we're at

appearance: oddly named with a strange label - the infamous afro-wearing nubian princess. served in a snifter, very dark chocolate body - nearly black but not as much as so as other RIS's. creamy tan crest subsides rather quickly and leaves a relatively light lace behind

smell: rich dark chocolate, and lots of it...cocoa nibs, molasses, espresso, licorice - very nice

taste: offhand - reminds me a lot of an aged Rogue RIS - strong waves of dark chocolate, espresso, heavily roasted malts, cocoa. The heavy roast and alcohol leaves a rather bitter followthrough. well rounded - strong and full flavored. a great RIS - seems the hype has died down and this has settled into a rating range that is a bit more appropriate - not top 5-10, but very close

mouthfeel: full bodied, thick heavy roast, lingering bitterness, warms the body

drinkability: actually drinks pretty well, less the bitterness in the finish

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

Reviews based on pints at Raleigh's Flying Saucer in 2006 and 2007

appearance: Served in a standard pint as hell with a 0.25" dark mocha colored head that soon recedes to just a ring.

smell: Dark chocolate/cocoa dominates, with various roasts following closely behind. A light-moderate earhy hop aroma lingers behind.

mouthfeel: Light, smooth carbonation. The body is one of the thickest I've come across in awhile...pretty silky, yet it manages to clean up nicely. Rich and creamy overall.

taste: Opens up with liquified dark chocolate and milky espresso. The profile soon changes, with the chocolate becoming more like dry cocoa powder and dry roasted flavors taking over. The hop flavor is earthy. A moderate bitterness builds into the finish, lingering with various roasted favors. I get a little ethanol, but it doesn't seem hot at all.

drinkability: sipped over the course of an hour...quite good, a slow drinker but that's to be expected

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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 JonathanL7890
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to stopbarking for sharing this at the BA tasting.
Poured into a 2 oz sampler glass. 1 finger brown head. Opaque black.
Smell is chocolate, roasty , slight hoppiness - the spicy kind.
Taste molassesey bittersweet chocolate. Very well balanced.
Creamy smooth mothfeel.
Drinkability - excellent. Just like a tasty dessert. No notice of the 10% alcohol

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Photo of ChrisKayler
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Glassware: Dogfish Head Signature Glass.

Appearance: Dark black with a finger of brown foam from an average pour. Some lacing lingers on the walls of the glass.

Smell: Smells like melted milk chocolate ... like the insane of a chocolate shop where they are making chocolate out in the open air. A toasted biscuit malt underlies the chocolate smell. There are hints of bitterness as well.

Taste: This is incredible, seriously. The taste follows the nose ... melted milk chocolate, but not too sweet. A piney hop bitterness lingers in the mid-palate. An amazingly long sweet chocolate taste lingers for minutes afterwards.

Mouthfeel: Ample carbonation, coats the tongue with a bit of a film, and also leaves some sticky residue around the mouth, but an overall very dry finish.

Overall: This is a delicious beer. Loving the contrast between the sweet chocolate and intense bitterness. Get it if you can!

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

Served in a goblet at the Charlotte Flying Saucer the beer was a very opaque black and presented a thin off white head that was diminishing and left no lacing on the glass. The aroma was dominated by dark chocolate. Some espresso and roasted barley, but mostly chocolate. The taste was mostly great dark bitter chocolate. There was a good blend of dark malts present as well, with some coffee flavor, but once again, chocolate dominates. The mouthfeel was heavy as expected at 10% abv, but the alcohol was also well hidden by the chocolate bitterness. There was a pleasantly low carbonation as well. This was a great sipping beer. Holds up very well with others of the style and the addition of real chocolate was a great touch.

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Photo of MarkDill
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am a stout man. I have re-named winer "stout season" because that makes me happy. This beer is rich with a stronger chocolate-smoothness than most, so it delivers on the name. If you like Russian Imperial Stouts it will not disappoint.

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

Bottle 186 of 500. Pours black with a pumpkin pie, dark tan and orange head that recedes to a ring. Aroma is sweet and sugary, some cherry and apple fruitiness wrapped in chocolate. Nice roastiness and a bourbony twang, just a hint of leather as well in the aroma. Taste is a somewhat smoky, ashy roastiness blending with the sugary chocolate and sweet fruitiness before a decent amount of piney hoppiness. Finishes with a small bite of alcohol at the back of the throat. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, slightly sticky sugary feel is balanced by the hoppiness, roastiness and alcohol, somewhat drying finish. A very drinkable beer, glad there is another on the way that can age for a little and see what develops. Thanks to Xak and to Pete.

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

Bottle #340 of 500.

Another one of those beers that has been beckoning me from the cellar.

Three fingers of chunky foam carry a beautiful milk chocolate colored head. Slowly fades showing nice retention. Body is thick and black as Hersheys syrup. Nose has lots of zesty roasted malts and some mineral nuttiness with a hint of coco at the end. Initially as you take first sip the chocolate feel is very smooth and almost milky creamy like. The deeply roasted malts really carry this flavor through the palate with grace. The dark chocolate takes over on the back of the tongue with a nice even bitter feel that is very pleasant. The mouthfeel is a attractive roasted bitter feel and slightly thick. A wonderfully drinkable sipper and my new favorite chocolate beer.

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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 fear025
4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage. Thanks to Stoutfest for sharing this beer!

Aroma:Chocolate! Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, caramel, dark roasted malts. A little boozy.

Appearance:Black with very little head.

Taste:Dark bitter chocolate is prominent on the foretaste. Caramel, sweet malt.

Mouthfeel:Thick mouthfeel. Very little carbonation.

Drinkability:Delicious. This is a dark malt forward beer. Great complex chocolate flavors. This beer is a definite sipper.

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

On-tap at Flying Saucer in Raleigh. Got a nice Foothills pint glass w/ my purchase.

Waitress (who, ironically, resembled the lady from the "Sexual Chocolate" logo) brought me a gorgeous stout, muddy brown in color with no signs of light getting through. The head, deep chestnut in hue, was excellently retained and left sticky lacing down the sides of the pint. The aroma, perhaps due to the crowded bar, was more "Pips" than "Gladys Knight", but still quite good: creamy, milk chocolate, cocoa, espresso, and resinous hops.

The flavor was powerful, black & proud. A generous dose of baker's chocolate, raw cocoa, and buttery cinnamon-bread balanced well with notes of spicy, earthen hops. The mouthfeel was exceptionally thick, velvety smooth, perfectly carbonated for the style, and left a sticky, bittersweet aftertaste that, like the title, can only be called "sexual chocolate". I would gladly have this beer again, if only it weren't brewed in such limited batches. Thankfully I live near enough to the brewery to enjoy the fruits of Foothills' labor.

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

2011 Bottle received in trade

A: Amazing color. Pitch black with the most impressive tan head I've ever seen. There's a range of tan hues within the head itself. Extremely oily lacing that sticks to the glass throughout.

S: Raisins, plums, roasted barley, some sweet dark fruit, almost tropical in aroma. Excellent.

T: Excellent roasted barley character up front, some mild chocolate, very creamy, smooth. Amazing malt backbone and hop balance. This is top notch.

M: Creamy, smooth, medium-thick bodied, viscous and luscious. It's like liquid velvet on the tongue.

O: One of the most balanced, easy drinking, creamy smooth imperial stouts I've ever had. Alcohol is undetectable. Perfect.

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

Sexual Chocolate is big on roast up front, throwing the chocolate notes to the side. But after the initial roast subsides, the chocolatey notes finish the beer quite well.

The look of the beer is nothing less than expected from big Stouts. Very dark brown, opaque, and with a thick and viscuous head that carries a light brown color while leaving a fair amount of lacing behind. Not to be ho-hum, but this beer looks the way a world class beer is expected to look.

The aroma favors neither the roast or chocolate but showcasing a firm balance of coffee, roasted grains, cocoa, and softer milk chocolates. Light licorice and alcohols are present but only in smaller roles.

Flavors definately take on the espresso, roasted barley and charred woods at the initial sip. These make me think that the beer is much less chocolatey than the lable says. But at mid palate, the beer turns away from the roast quickly and toward a softer semi-sweet chocolate morsel taste with malted milk woven in. Still malty and bready flavored 'til the very end with mild elements of smoke and roasted walnuts. The strength of the beers start faded very nicely into more suble flavors in the finish. I've never seen a beer do this at this gravity and strength.

The procession of the beer also occurs in mouthfeel: sharp, acrid, and rough with the burnt notes at first but the second half of the taste fades very well into a silky-smooth, velvety-rich feel that seeming evaporates on the tongue and palate in the finish- somewhat minty.

A beautiful and artful beer particularly after the initial aggressive roast and harsh moment. The second phase of the beer reminds me of Whoppers malted milk balls; only in alcohol form.

Outside of the provocative marketing strategy, the beer isn't quite sexual but is pleasurable from nose to finish.

Thanks a ton Mikesgrove!

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Photo of kkipple
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Mellow Mushroom on North Davidson street in Charlotte.

<Beavis>Sexual Chocolate came to me in an 8.5oz glass, which totally sucked, but I guess I'll take what I get. The head was a thick, dirty brown, about a half-inch deep (snicker), while the beer was oily, inky and nearly black. The head receded slowly (lol), but still left a lot of sticky (huh huh, "sticky") lacing on the sides of the glass. </Beavis>

Smelled fantastic. Chocolate malt and fresh cocoa were the dominating (laugh if you must) aromas, but there was a large amount of alcohol and coffee shining through also. Some hops that smelt suspiciously like Cascade were present in a supporting role. Overall the smell was rich, chocolately, and sweet. Practically begged to be drunk.

A drink confirmed that this was indeed a chocolate beverage fit for the Great Cornholio himself! Ultra-rich chocolate notes explode on the palate... like a chocolate infused Russian stout, but so much more. Roasted grains and hop bitterness swirl amongst the heavy cocoa flavors. It's bittersweet but sweeter than most imperial beverages. The mouthfeel is sublime - it's chewy, slick and substantial, while warming the mouth and finishing delightfully bitter from the hops and roasted malt. This may have more chocolate flavor than Rogue's Chocolate stout... a side by side comparison is required! An amazing drink.

While Sexual Chocolate is perhaps a bit too sweet and rich to drink several glasses of, I sure wouldn't mind trying. As an added bonus, you should not have difficulty finding a woman who likes this beer. Sexist? The truth, more like! Foothills has crafted yet another superb beer. Here's hoping it becomes part of their regular lineup.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a bitch black liquid that is completely opaque. The head is tan in color, creamy with lots of bubbles and some retention and lace.

S-the nose isn't huge but it is by no means faint. There is a ton of cocoa in what comes through, it is bitter chocolate, unsweatened. Notes of roasted malts lie behind with hints of anise and molasses at the back.

T-the taste is big and brings tons of unsweetened bitter cocoa. Roasted malts set in first with the cocoa awakening in the middle and make a strong presence with some bitterness behind it, but definitely from the chocolate and not a hop bitterness. The molasses and a touch of anise a present towards the back with an ever so faint floral spice hop presence at the finish.

M-this is smooth and creamy, not overly carbonated, done right. It is on the lighter end of full bodied, is slightly chalky and coats the mouth.

D-this is a very tasty RIS, nice chocolate presence but a good bit of roasted malts to keep it stout like. Nice complexity and big flavors that are done well!

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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.


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Sexual Chocolate from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
4.09 out of 5 based on 1,345 ratings.
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