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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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Added by SaCkErZ9 on 02-15-2007

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Photo of StarlightSeraph
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Foothills this morning...

Appearance: Jet black, with a thin, chocolate brown head. I didn't see the pour, but a good quarter-inch of head lingered for the entire glass. Decent lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, hints of the alcohol seeping through.

Taste: Wow. Incredibly smooth, especially for a 10.00 ABV. The alcohol is hidden well. A little bit of it still comes through, but it doesn't do anything to take away from the taste. Roasted malts dominate, with layers of subtle chocolate in the background. I wouldn't consider this a 'chocolate flavored beer', per se, but there are chocolate hints.

Mouthfeel: EXACTLY how a RIS should feel. Incredibly thick and creamy, and perfectly carbonated. Coated the inside of the mouth, keeping the taste lingering.

Drinkability: Exceptionally smooth. Dangerously drinkable for an RIS. It is an exceptional beer, well worth the hype, and it's unfortunate it's only available once a year.

NOTE: Foothills also had some of the '08 vintage on tap, and I was fortunate enough to sample that next to the '09. It was much mellower, and the chocolate notes were not nearly as present. It's a much different experience, and personally, I think I like this beer better fresh.

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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 BuckeyeNation
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"Women need a reason to have sex. Men just need a place."

--Billy Crystal

Bottle 343/500. Roasted coffee bean black with no highlights whatsoever. It's impossible to rank the biggest beer black holes of all-time, but this one has to be in the top dozen or so. The impressive, stately crown is the color of milk chocolate mousse and looks to be equally as creamy. It's also plastering the glass with shredded sheets of lace that stick like glue.

The nose is *almost* everything that anyone could possibly want in an RIS. Although the beer doesn't smell as overwhelmingly chocolate-like as anticipated, that isn't necessarily a negative. Other than bittersweet chocolate... dark toffee, dark fruit and molasses seem especially prominent.

Sexual Chocolate is excellent beer, even if it doesn't quite match the best of the style. The first several mouthfuls tell me that its reputation is well-earned. After having a few ounces at Darkness Day '08, I knew that I had to find a bomber, no matter what it took. Thanks hrking.

It tastes like FBC was shooting for a chocolate-accented RIS rather than a thunderously chocolate double stout like Southern Tier Choklat. I think they're both fantastic in different ways. This one might be more complex (although not necessarily better) since the flavors that accompany hugely roasted malt are allowed to come through.

Those flavors include... dark chocolate fudge flecked with cocoa nibs and crushed coffee beans, blackstrap molasses, raisin paste and tangy plums macerated in Sambucca. Don't start it out too cool because it really opens up as room temperature approaches. Hard to believe the ABV is 9.75%.

It's tempting to nudge the flavor score to the pinnacle, but it falls *just* short. Not so the drinkability score. The body/mouthfeel was slightly disappointing initially. However, it has firmed up and smoothed out over time. Impressively so. As I enter the bottom half of the bomber, it's sensuously smooth and heavily silky. Ooo baby!

Here's hoping that Foothills Brewing has more than 500 bottles in the pipeline for this year's release. It would be great if every RIS loving BA could see what all the fuss is about. There's no question that Sexual Chocolate is one of the great ones.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.67/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle 96/500, courtesy of brdc (thanks Daniel).

I had this side-by-side with several other big and rare stouts (Darkness, Dark Lord, and Kate the Great). Thus I was able to make comparisons which often elude me when imbibing a single bottle in a sitting. In this case I can say that Sexual Chocolate tastes and smells a lot like Dark Lord, but has a less massive mouthfeel (Dark Lord seemed twice as viscous). Dark Lord is a sipper for this very reason, so to me Sexual Chocolate is immensely drinkable.

The beer is dark black with a nice initial 2-finger foam. The smell was not as chocolaty as I expected from the name, but was really rich with malts and dark fruits (like I said, similar to Dark Lord). The taste was really good too, lots of roasted malt, rich with sweetness and a little chocolate, very flavorful. The body was just thick enough in my opinion, even as it seemed less substantial than Dark Lord. Drinkability couldn't be improved for such a large and flavorful stout. It really goes down easily.

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Photo of weeare138
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Much thanks to Tomdecapolis for breaking out this highly anticipated bottle...
Bottle # 15.
Appears an opaque black with a deep, dark tan head that quickly fades out. Tiny speckles of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of cocoa, ripe fruit, Baker's chocolate, and a hint of smoked malts.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with more of a black grape flavor pulling through. Again, a hint of smoke is detected.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy, fruity, with mild spices and a burnt grain like flavor smaking me before the swallow.
Pretty good beer but it didn't live up to the hype IMO.

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Photo of badbeer
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured black with red hues around the edges. Head was a dark beige color, but didn't last too long. Chocolate-y aroma, some ash and strong roast, perhaps some lactose, and some alcohol came out as it warmed. Taste started out with the strong dark roast, similar to The Abyss, but where the Abyss powers on with ash, this transforms elegantly into dark chocolate and sweet lactose flavors. Smooth is a good word to describe it. Carbonation was on the lower side and body was medium bodied. If I can be picky, I'd give the taste a little above an 8, but not quite a 9, so I'll add in an extra point to the overall. Big thanks to Cole and his roommate for the sample!

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

22oz bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis. Bottle # 15/500.

Poured a dark black color with brown at the edges and a smaller sized light brown head. Aromas of roast, chocolate-cocoa, caramel, and molasses. Tastes of cocoa, caramel, dark fruits, and a lighter roastiness.

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Photo of brdc
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 224/500, courtesy of thorshammer. Poured into a snifter.

Nice looking, but not as thick as I expected. One shade below pitch black which allows for a minimal reddish highlight. Cocoa colored head, but little retention or lacing.
Aroma is roasted, dark malts, some fruitiness, and chocolate, but a lot less chocolate on the aroma that the name would lead me to believe. The nice aroma is actually a bit on the weak side for a RIS.
Not full bodied as I expected, but velvety on the palate.
Chocolate here is much more noticeable than on the aroma, along with some roasted malts, rarely burnt providing mild acidity. There is very little of that burnt, acrid, acid taste described by others, presumably because I am drinking this quite warm, which appears to be the way to go. Mostly sweet, with some balancing roasted bitterness, but not near 85 IBUs as the bottle states. Compared to the ridiculously bitter 88 IBU rogue RIS that I recently had, this is quite sweet (more balanced, really) - and significantly better.

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Photo of gford217
4.77/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been wanting to try this one for quite a while so big thanks to kp for opening a bottle at the Brick Store.

This one pours pitch black, with no light coming through at all. The tan head is small and bubbly and leaves good lacing.

This is one of the best aromas I've had in a beer. It's sweet, like malted milk balls - dark malts with sweet chocolate on top. There is dark fruit and hints of coffee as well.

The taste is fantastic as well with a huge roasted malt backbone that is extremely well balance by generous milk chocolate and dark fruit sweetness. The finish actually has a slight espresso bitterness, but only as a complementary piece of this complex brew.

The mouthfeel is so smooth, but with ample carbonation that helps coat the mouth completely in the semi-sweet goodness.

I am thoroughly impressed with this beer and would rate it among my favorite imperial stouts. I may be slightly biased to the sweeter side of things, but either way this is a world class beer. Thanks again to kp for sharing this one.

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Photo of egajdzis
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured an opaque black color with a small, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, some smoke, chocolate, dried fruits, caramel, and a hint of spice. Taste of roast, charred malts, some caramel, dark chocolate, molasses, with dark fruits, and pronounced alcohol in the finish.

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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 rye726
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh my, this is some tasty stuff. Pours a near black color with a creamy brown head. Huge nose of chocolate, coffee and sweet fruity malts. Taste follows suit. Lots of chocolate over a very nice stout. Chocolate is well balanced. Creamy body goes down well. Delicious. Anyone want to trade for a bottle of this?

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

Big thanks goes out to Gillard for this one.

Bottle # who cares/500. Pours a deep impenetrable black with a nice light tan head that cascades for just a quick second, but sticks around in an ice cream fashion leaving nice chunky thick lace.

Nose is fairly complex. Certainly some roated malt and a bit of chocolate. Some slight coffee and a larger than normal amount of graininess. Also a small touch of dark fruit in here and a bit of alcohol.

Taste follows pretty closely, with immeadiate roasted malt profile. Chocolate is not as present as the name or label would indicate. Some cocao bitterness. Coffee flavors are here, but certainly not strong or dominant. Slick dark fruit is more noticeable than your average impy stout. A good roastiness in here. Sweet lick through the middle is pretty pronounced. Molassassey. A good bitter bite on the finish. Aftertaste is mostly roasted malt and some dark fruit.

Mouthfeel is thinner than i would like but still very good for the style, and sufficiently viscous. Slick in the mouth through the middle, but deosnt hang on like an oatmeal impy or anything. Bitter and fairly dry finish.

Drinkability is strong, certainly for the abv, but this one does have about 6 or 7 months on it I beleive. Certainly not too difficult to enjoy the whole bomber, although make no mistake, you will know when you are done with it. haha.

Overall a very nice and well crafted imperial stout from Foothills. Good to see more good beer coming out of the south. Second time ive tried this one and it certainly made a bigger impression this time than last. Nothing too tricky about this one, it is just a solid representation of the style, with no adjunct madness or gimmicky feel. Just a good solid well made imperial stout. Gotta appreciate that. Good beer. Probably wont change your life, but defenitely worth trying to find a bottle or two. Great.

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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 srandycarter
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle 377/500

A - pours black with .5 inch mocha head which reduces to ring. Thin sticky lacing.

S - Smoky burnt coffee. Sweet cocoa backing it up.

T - Deep roasted malt, some coffee and mocha. Slightly sharp astringent note at finish.

M - medium to thick, fair coating, nice balance and carb.

D - For the style, pretty damn drinkable!

2.09 release.
WAY better. Big, chocolate, harsh yet balanced. Makes you want more. This is par with the hype. YUM.

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Photo of HopDerek
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The greatest of thanks to Kegatron for providing me with one of his bottles.

bottle #336 out of 500, poured into a Becker glass.

Pours a thick jet black color with no light passing through and 1 finger of creamy burnt tan head. Nice lasting retention yields good lacing that slides down the glass. Smells of coffee, chocolate, smoke, roasted malt, vanilla, walnuts, dark fruits, and a touch of alcohol. Tastes of chocolate syrup right from the start followed by molasses, black coffee, plums and cherries, vanilla, caramel, and roasted malt. Finishes with a bitterness of espresso beans, anise, cocoa powder, and alcohol. Full in body and low in carbonation. Smooth and creamy with a nice bitter bite, but the sweetness outlasts the bitter in the aftertaste department. A good balance between sweet chocolate and bitter coffee. Very easy to drink and quite delicious. Hopefully Foothills will be able to make more of this soon, otherwise I just may have to head down there myself for the next release to stock up.

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Photo of DaveHS
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to francisweizen for sharing this one.
I gotta say, considering how much everyone is raving over this one, I was pretty dissappointed. A better than average, but in no way exceptional RIS.
A: Pours with a light brown head that slowly recedes. Leaves a small amount of light brown lacing. Seems overcarbonated.

S: Roasty malts, condensed milk and vanilla. Bittersweet chocolate

M: Too thin for the style, but far from the worst I've encountered. The carbonation is just too much. Maybe its just the bottle we got, but it's pretty distracting.

D: If it were a little more available, I'd drink it about as much as I drink Old Rasputin. Which is a few times a month. Overall, a good if not overrated RIS.

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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 JohnGalt1
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed back on 888, reviewed from fairly meticulous notes. Shared with SAS, Inflatablechair, and theotherbeerguy.

My share poured into a Chimay goblet. The bottle came from a trade of mine with AtlBeerDog a while back.. 295/500.

Brew is black with a tan head that doesn't stick around forever and left spotty lacing.

Aroma is chocolate of course with abundant yeasty fruitiness. raisins and some burnt grains ... maybe a little cherry.

Flavor is more than a little burnt even for a RIS. bittersweet chocolate and cocoa is a little harsh.. cold coffee and raisin and a little bit of plum as it warms. Body seems a little thin for the style and an abundant carbonation doesn't help.

Overall, I will say overrated, but I still want another bottle just to make sure I wasn't too impressed :-)


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

22 oz bottle into a snifter. Thanks to Barscream for splitting one of his bottles that we got at the official release back in February.

Pours an absolute dense black with a ½ finger of burnt mocha (with an almost red tinge) colored head. Great creamy retention that flairs up instantly when swirled and leaves a big cascade of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is chock full of rich chocolate notes, tons of zippy coffee, dark roasted malts, a bit of smoke, and just a tingle of heat.

The taste is once again a thick blend of chocolate and roasted coffee bitterness that do a very good job of balancing each other out. Some sticky dark fruit tang emerges the more it warms, as does some subtle notes of roasted smokiness. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a creamy carbonation up front that slickens out a bit toward the finish. The overall feel has definitely smoothed out with a little time in the bottle. A bit of the sharp bitter edge that I found this to have back at the release has definitely been taken off. A nice amount of heat is present that imparts an all around warm and sticky sensation on the palette.

I'm glad to have tried this now on both draft and in the bottle and my opinion hasn't changed. This is still a solid upper tier RIS with an all around solid character and good drinkibility for its size. I was also happy to see that a bit of age had helped smooth out the overall flavors and feel some as well. A very nice brew from the folks at Foothills.

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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 ATLbeerDog
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Jun 25, 2008
Bottle 271/500 - Pours pitch black with a 1/8 inch caramel colored head. Super heavy lacing clings to the glass. Aroma of deep roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. First sip - the coffee really dominates with the chocolate coming through next followed by the rich malts. There are hints of vanilla and licorice. The whole thing really works as all the flavors blend beautifully together. Complex but not as complex nor as thick bodied as Dark Lord. None the less, this is World Class

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 432/500
Pours into my 25cl tulip glass with a one finger thick, brown tinged head despite a vigorous pour. This is simply very black in color and completely opaque. A huge roasted aroma is noticeable as I pour this beer and a more focused inspection of the aroma yields a nose that has a strong, dark malt accent, with lots of roast character and even a touch of sharp burnt aromas. Towards the finish it reminds me a bit of burnt prunes, so much so that it almost seems like it is getting oxidized; this seems a bit weird to me for a beer this big and this young, but it wasn't bottle conditioned, still I think it is most likely an artifact of the rich malt and not oxidation.

This beer is quite thick feeling as it hits my tongue, quickly though there is a huge roast character that provides lots of burnt acidity to the beer and, which ultimately offsets the thickness and even goes to thinning the beer out a bit more than I would like in an Imperial Stout. A chip full of bean-dip helps to accentuate a sweetness in the beer that helps to accent a touch of chocolate flavor that was lacking in this beer previously (the aroma is fairly light on any chocolate notes though). As the beer warms up it loses the acrid, burnt, roast and acid notes; smoothing out a bit and becoming more mellow. The chocolate is a bit more pronounced now and though still sharp with lots of roast-bitterness, it is much more tasty than it was at first.

This is one of those beers that really needs to breath and warm up before being consumed. I had almost written this off; some savory food paired with it seems to have helped the flavor nuances a bit as well.

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Photo of SacoDeToro
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to rallison for sharing a bottle.

Poured a deep jet black with a dense brown head.

The aroma was full of rich roasted malts, toffee, chocolate, and coffee. Some alcohol was present.

The flavor of the beer had a rich roasted flavor up front, followed by intense toffee-like maltiness with notes of chocolate malt, appropriate for the style. It was well attenuated and didn't finish too sweet. Notes of dark dried fruits and herbal/earthy hops were present. The beer was assertively bitter, which helped offset the intense roastiness present.

The mouthfeel was heavy, but not overly so. The body was full and creamy. The carbonation was delicate and dialed in just right.

This was an excellent imperial stout and certainly one of the best I've had. Still, it didn't quite match the complexity of KtG, IMO.

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Sexual Chocolate from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
4.09 out of 5 based on 1,310 ratings.
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