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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 portia99
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 bottle courtesy of a trade with jpmclaug. Thanks Jason! Poured into a New Belgium globe as part of a blind 8 impy stout tasting.

A - Pours an opaque, near black color with a thin cappuccino head that leaves behind a thick collar and nice webs of lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet and a bit sugary. Bit of booze and milk chocolate. Overall pretty light in aroma, especially compared with the rest of the group. Really didn't get much out of this one.

T - Smokey, burnt, a bit astringent. Dark roast, burnt toast, dark chocolate on the finish.

M - Fizzy, lively, very burnt feel overall, medium bodied with medium carbonation as well.

O - Good stout - not especially complex however. Would like to see this a bit more nuanced with flavors. This is my second go around with Sexy Chocolate, unfortunately, this reinforced my initial thoughts...think hype builds this one up a bit. In our blind taste, this was a middle of the pack beer. Much prefer the barrel aged version of this.

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Photo of mattkoon
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

sexual chocolate is a great name. i like the smell... smells creamy. and i like black beers and this one is really dark. the taste is nutty and woody.. i dont get much chocolate. its earthy. i have had better chocolate beers..(imperial mokah from southern tier and chocolate yeti from great divide). my biggest problem with this beer was the $16.50 price tag for a 22oz. this is a good beer.... dont get me wrong, but there are better beers for the price.

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Photo of Treebs
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle served in a Deschute snifter. Thanks to rnorgart for the bottle. Bottled February 2013.

A: Pours a dark black color with a dark tan head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin cap that leaves some stick lace down the glass.

S: Smokey with a slight char. Heavily roasted malts with some unsweetened chocolate.

T: Heavily roasted malts with some bitter bakers chocolate. Dark chocolate with some smokiness as well.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with a medium carbonation level. Roasty finish.

O: This was a nice RIS with a light dash of smoke underneath. Would enjoy again, but not in the upper echelon of RIS's.

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Photo of Agold
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black beer with a short ring of head. Aroma is very roast and kind burnt with nice dry cocoa. Flavor is really similar. I think it could have used a bit of sweetness. Its good, dry toasty, almost smokey. Mouthfeel is medium with OK carb. A bit of a letdown.

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Photo of kirok1999
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by a generous BA at the KBS event at One Eyed Jacks.
Pours a deep black with a brown head that just won't go away.
Smells pretty mildly of chocolate. Some nice roasty notes as well.
Taste is somewhat mild, lots of chocolate, some roasty malts, a bit of hops that are dominated by the malts.
Feels pretty thin. Very surprised by this as were some of the others who sampled.
Nice to drink but there are many stouts that aren't rated as high that are much better.

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Photo of KeefD
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes. 2011 edition, graciously shared by thecaptain073:

Dark brown, light khaki head, sparse lacing. Holy smokiness! There's a quite a bit of smoked malt in the nose, charred wood, tons of roast and a bit of licorice. Taste is right on par. I don't think I've had a more smokey IS. Lots of charred malts, very woody, very light chocolate present, but can't get past this smokey flavor. It's not bad, but odd and unexpected. Very earthy tasting, hoppy, some anise, licorice, and more dark bitter chocolate than the nose let on. Very interesting, very dry. Needs maybe a bit more sweetness to round things out. Mouthfeel is medium-full, perfect carbonation. Sexy Chocolate? More like Sexy Smoke! Good overall, but again, needs a bit of sweetness to balance the smoke.

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Photo of discovolante65
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I have heard of this from the forums, but wasn't keyed in on the hype or anything. I went to the Flying Saucer in Raleigh and they happened to have it on tap, so I went for it.

Nice 3/4 head of tan/cream and coffee color. nice little bubbles.
There could be something living in here, but you wouldn't see it. This thing absorbs the light around it.

Good cocoa smell, some molasses, little bit of coffee, and, I swear, dried smoking tobacco.

Taste is surprisingly more roasted maltiness than chocolate. The chocolate is there, but it's more milk chocolate than the nose would have you believe. I like the slight hop presence I swear I can "Smaste" dried smoking tobacco. Guy with me says its made in Winston-Salem, must be a pre-req for all products leaving the area!

I think the mouthfeel is slightly thin, this was my only disappointment with it. It is smooth and creamy, but a little too watery.

Drinkability is all there. This bar has so much on tap that I had to try other things, otherwise, I would have kept drinking this one. Wish it was more readily available. Good RIS. Not sure what all the hype is about. Goddamn beer trekkies!!

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Deuane for sharing a bottle of this at his recent tasting party. This bottle is from the first bottle release in 2008 and numbered 410/500. I have had a few samples of this beer here and there at beer festivals, but I'm glad I finally have enough in my glass to finally jot down some of my thoughts about it. Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into my glass on 3/21/09. Appears a deep, dark brownish black color with a solid two fingers of tight ecru head. The head lingers in my glass for a few moments before retreating to a thin layer. Smells of rich roasted chocolate malts, caramelized malts, semi-sweet and bittersweet chocolate and molasses. Tastes of cocoa powder, milk chocolate, sweet caramel, molasses, and mocha. Notes of dark fruits such as cherries and raisins are starting to develop and I find this to be a great characteristic in an RIS with some time in the bottle. Rich and full bodied with medium carbonation. This is a satisfying and tasty RIS. Not the best one out there, but really nice nonetheless. Check it out if you can.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 2008 bottle #20 / 500. Thanks to Atlbeerdog for this treat! Poured into a tulip. Pours a jet black- I meannothing getting through this puppy even when held up to the light. Great dark tan, creamy head. Smells faintly of some coffee, some burnt malts, and dark fruit. This does not have a "strong" aroma, though. I really have to try to get some smells. Taste is of bitter coffee, bitter dark chocolate, espresso, some raisin and a bit of a hop bite at the end. This is quite a bit more bitter than I was looking for. Could be the espresso. Not the creamiest IS I have had either. Overall, a good Coffee/Chocolate stout.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Eli323232 for the bottle. Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Pours a creamy near black. Head is tan, creamy, and thick. Drops to.a small rocky cap with a slightly larger collar. Thin sheets and notches of lacing. Relatively clear.

Smell: Tons of chocolate. Bitter cocoa with a strong milk chocolate sweetness. Grassy chocolate and roasted malt. Some backing caramel sweetness. Fudgey. Dark chocolate cake complete with frosting. Baker's chocolate. Husky grain. Sweet and rich.

Taste: So much chocolate. Milk chocolate sweetness, bitter cocoa and baker's chocolate. Nice punch of dark chocolate. Sweet like lactose. Boozy dark hot chocolate. Creamy is a flavor right? Some dark fruit, mostly raisin with a touch of cherry skin in the back. Light touch of alcohol on the finish. Gritty unrefined chocolate. Some touches of roasted coffee bean. Nicely roasted. Solidly balanced.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth. A touch of backing gritty cocoa. Body runs slightly higher than medium with a moderate to low carbonation.

Overall: Chocolate sex potion.

Better than anticipated. A nice use of everything chocolate. Sweet and bitter and worth the name. I'm looking forward to a cellared bottle.

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Photo of Crittervision
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance is not as thick as expected, dark brown but not fully opaque. light brown head with great retention, always a layer of bubbles with no regenerating swirls necessary. bigger bubbles hug the sides. the label... one of my favorites. if drinking straight from the bottle, id give it a 6.

smell is of dark cherries, alcohol infused figs, really subtle hints of dark chocolate.

closely following a roasted malt taste are sour cherries, molasses tanginess, and some slightly bitter qualities. this has a much greater tangy, dark fruity character than any other imperial stout ive tasted.

medium body, not thick, not thin. right there in the middle. wouldnt want it any thinner though.

drinkability is alright. the sour fruitiness is hard to figure out. approaching this beer with an expectation for huge chocolate plus generic ris qualities will result in surprise. perhaps with different expectations, i could have gulped this thing down and not known what happened. its certainly the most sour and fruity (things i love) ris i can recall, which makes it a little out of place. not bad, but also not meeting expectations. if looking for huge, delicious chocolate, try choklat. yum.

sexual chocolate. the name and the bottle seem a clever tease. desire, expectation, suspense. then surprise, confusion, an empty glass. wondering why i didnt get what i expected instead of appreciating what i was given. sexual chocolate... you b****. now i cant wait to expect a sour fruitiness on our reacquaintance. all wrapped in a roasty blankey. mmm!

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Photo of 02maxima
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

growler from GBX poured in a pint glass

appearance: Dark, no light is getting through this baby, not even around the edges. Caramel colorerd head foamed up about 3/4 inch and faded to thin layer of bubbles.

taste: I definitley get some roasted malt, little bourbon, and dark cocoa.

taste: sweet right off the bat, with some nice booze and noticeable hops. Slight chocolate theme throughout continuing in the aftertaste.

mouth: low carb and a little oily.

overall: this is a great beer that I have been wanting to try for a while. This beer is deservedly hyped. Ill def buy again if I can find it.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 bottle

A: Dark black-brown body with a large cream brown head... good retention and spotty lacing...

S: Chocolate certainly is front and center with notes of both bitter dark chocolate as well as creamy sweet milk chocolate... really not much else shining through here

T: Like the nose, and the name obviously suggests... chocolaty is clearly what they were going for... interestingly coffee rears its head here after being nowhere to be found in the nose... all said, not quite as profound as the reputation and the concept of "sexual chocolate" would lead one to expect

M: Medium bodied with a well disguised abv... creamy and smooth with a soft finish

D: This is a good, perhaps even very good beer... the problem is the competition up at the top of RIS style is spectacular these days ... probably won't go through the effort of tracking this down in subsequent years

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the release on 2/6/10. 2009 vintage poured into their pint glass.

A: Served with just a thin wisp of white film at the top. Beer is opaque black. Lacing is rather thin but understandable given the style. Nothing out of the ordinary here. Not too bad but not outstanding.

S: Smoked malt, slight bit of coffee, chocolate, cocoa powder, and a slight soy saucy sweetness. A hint of dried dark fruit either rainsins or prunes.

T: Smoked malt character assaults my taste buds at the beginning. Its a bit much, covering the dark fruit and cocoa presence that I'm looking out for. Soy sauciness is present and a bit sour but in a good way. This lasts throughout the beginning and middle, fading into a prominent aftertaste at the finish. Cocoa is also there but has a certain grainy aggressiveness that hides the other flavors.

M: Medium to full bodied and one of the smoothest RISs that I've had. Carbonation is very low and absolutely silky smooth. Not oily and sticky like most in its style, but with a body that no doubt outmatches its peers. Finish is messy with a bit of smokieness and a slight soy sauciness that fades rather quickly.

D: In my opinion, this is one of the top over-hyped beers. Sure, its pretty good, but nothing outstanding and definitely not worth the hype. Seek it out if you live near the brewery but honestly, there are a bunch of year-round RISs that I'd much rather have. Not bad by any means, but a let down because of the publicity.

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Photo of BZero007
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to the BA at the last NOVA tasting for providing this brew to the group.

Poured a very nice black color with no light pearing through. Head formed great and was a melted chocolate color. The aroma was roasty and was matched with a thick sweet smell. I enjoyed the aroma and looked forward to this tasting part! The brew has a nice medium body to it that pushes the sweet roasty flavors through. It reminded me a lot of NEB Imperial Stout Trooper. Overall a enjoyable brew that I would trade for depending on the request. Will hopefully make it to the next release to grab some my self.

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Photo of ms11781
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage. 22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep black color. It's almost solid black but there are some dark brown hues at the sides and bottom of the glass. A small light brown head develops and quickly settles in as a tan ring of foam around the glass. Not much in the way of lacing.

The nose is roasty and full of some nice chocolate notes. The roasted notes come out first. It's almost burnt and quite potent. The chocolate comes through as some light milk chocolate. There really isn't much else going on here. It's pretty straightforward but done nicely.

The taste follows along with the nose. Huge roasted notes up front. As the beer warms it takes on that burnt character. There is some nice dark and milk chocolate that balance the roast somewhat before a huge, dry bitterness takes over at the finish.

Full bodied with low carbonation. As the beer warms the carbonation seems like it may be a bit higher. The beer is really big but doesn't get to the point of being huge and viscous. Extremely dry at the finish.

This is a good imperial stout. It's pretty straightforward in the nose and taste - it's roasty and a it's chocolaty, in that order. Nothing more nothing less. It's pretty exceptional in terms of being really good and interesting without being hugely complex but in the grand scheme of things it's probably just below the the upper tier of big imperial stouts.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes

22oz bottle

Big thanks to Andrew for the hookup on this one...

A - Pours black with a two finger tan head. Head retention is decent at best, but there is a good amount of lacing to be had...

S - Caramel, chocolate, various dark fruits, coffee, roasted malt and molasses...

T - Caramel, molasses and roast up front with some prunes and figs in the mix. Cocoa also comes through and sticks around all the way through the finish. Lingering figs, a good amount molasses, and a touch of coffee also come through on the finish...

M - Not a light body by any means, but I was hoping for a viscous feel. Sits somewhere on the higher end of the medium bodied scale with a decent amount of carbonation...

O - Overall, a nicely done beer, but nothing that is going to blow your socks off. Definitely glad I got a chance to try this...


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Photo of abedenbaugh
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A:A nice dark almost opaque black color. The head was brown and it stayed up very nicely.
S:There was a strong roasted malt smell with a little bit of caramel, too. Also there was a hint of bitterness in the nose.
T:The flavor was great and very smooth. The roasted flavor was very present. There was some chocolate flavor on the middle palate but it was not very noticable. If it didn't call itself a chocolate stout I would't have picked up on it right away. The higher alochol was not very noticable. It tasted very smooth overall.
MF:Medium to heavy body
D:I wouldn't be able to drink too many of these beers. They were very good. The strong flavor from the roasted malts prevents it from being a beer that I can drink multiple beers at once. Overall it was a very good beer.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer #7 in the "Motha of all Stout Tastings" courtesy of Thirstybird. Bottle #133 of 600. Poured one shade shy of black with no head; just a skim. Nose is mild - malt, licorice and perhaps some dark fruit. Taste consists of malt, char and ash (very ashy/earthy). Also a little spicy/peppery - not your typical RIS. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and carbonation is a bit prickly with a lingering bitterness at the finish. Drinkability is decent, but all and all, I was a little disappointed with this brew.

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Photo of rhinos00
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to ROBORB for sending this one my way. Bottle #549/600. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter.

A- Pours a dark, chocolate brown with a tan, cream colored head. Solid two fingers width of head that is reduced to a ring after five minutes or so.

S- A little underwhelming. First thing that comes to mind are hints of chocolate malts and cocoa. Also detectable is a slight dark fruit scent.

T- Underwhelming, again. Has a nice chocolate malt body. The cocoa adds a nice coconut, toffee flavor that gives it some complexity. There is a subtle sweetness of figs and raisins that gives it a interesting finish. The flavors were there, just not very pronounced in any way to make it memorable.

M- Probably the weakest part of the beer. It had a thinned out body that just didn't cut it, especially for a bigger beer. Needed a thicker viscosity to amp up the mouthfeel.

D- For an RIS, it was pretty drinkable. The alcohol was not detectable, which is somewhat impressive.

Overall, a good RIS, but nothing special. Lack of body totally affected the taste and mouthfeel. I feel like if this beer was more medium to heavy bodied it would be a completely different experience.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9.5% alcohol per bottle. #140 of 500. Thanks a million to Blackie for trading this. I was very excited for this opportunity.

A reddish black liquid that pours super black in the glass. Small tan head can form if poured vigorously. I thought I'd be hit with chocolate in the aroma but all that really comes out is a little bit of toffee and maybe a bit of roastiness. It's like there's a ton of dark malt aroma there but they all cancel eachother out into one muted sorta sweetness. The taste is what I would describe basically as a pretty good but not too unique imperial stout. Compared to what I think of as the ultimate chocolate beer (Choklat) it falls way short. Compared to a standard IRS (for example the Port Santa's Little Helper I had just before it) it exceeds it by a small fraction. It holds a little more sweetness than most IRS's, and the chocolate comes across in the bitter variety. Don't get me wrong, it tastes good. It's one of the better tasting IRS's I've had but I was kinda hoping this would go beyond that, sorta like Choklat does.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

2014 Release, poured into Sexual Chocolate Teku

A- pours pitch black with a creamy light tan head that has good retention, with a few lacing spots left behind as it settles

S- slightly roasted chocolate malt, dark fruit notes of fig, raisin and prune, bitter dark chocolate with a touch of molasses

T- good chocolaty malt base with a big molasses sweetness kicking in mid-palate, lots of dark fruit with a bitter chocolaty finish

M- medium bodied with low carbonation leads to a pure and creamy mouthfeel that immediately fills the mouth, eventually finishing silky and smooth, alcohol is barely traceable, nearly perfect mouthfeel

O- this one is definitely smooth and chocolaty with a near perfect mouthfeel and some nice dark fruity notes to compliment the chocolate. However, it wasn't quite as multi-deminsional that I had expected due to the immense hype of this beer. I had a 2013 BBA Sexual Chocolate after this and it enjoyed it much more. I'd seek out the BBA version again, but probably not the regular.

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Photo of Kadonny
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, big big thanks to cashew70 for putting a bottle of this in the Naked Beer Geek BIF. Thanks again Carl!

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into my Maudite snifter glass.

A: A jet black dense liquid with a very thin light brown head. No glass lacing at all.

S: Roasted smell with hints of chocolate, coffee, licorice and maybe some woody oaky smell.

T: Wow, such a huge roasted malt flavor right up front. Mixes of dark chocolate, coffee, esspresso, licorice and some vanilla flavor sneak in towards the back end. A light sweetness emerges at the back with some bitter chocolate finishing out. The hops are faint, but show at the back of the beer. I actually expected more chocolate.

M: Full, coating, a bit bitter. The alcohol is very well hidden and the roasted flavor lingers.

D: Medium. The beer drinks pretty easily, but with the roastiness one bomber is more than enough.

This is a very good stout, but it didn't quite live up the the hype or the name. There were chocolate flavors but not near what I expected. A very good stout but not one of the best I ever had, sorry to say. Still, I'm damn pleased (thanks again cashew70) to be able to try it. Thanks!

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Photo of jrallen34
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this 2010 version, bottle #480 of 1000, 22oz bottle into my Orval glass.

The beer pours opaque black with a disappointing less than half a finger of dark tan head. Terrible retention, medium lacing.

The aroma is super light. It gives off mostly cocoa, as you would expect. Its pretty sweet.

The taste is a big surprise, it is totally off from the aroma. It is all bitter coffee. There is no sweetness or any chocolate. The finish is bitter and has some bitter alcohol. As the beer warms up a lot it starts to mellow out on the bitterness and a little more chocolate starts to show itself.

The feel is ok, a little too light for a stout, but a very bitter tacky finish.

Overall, I was really disappointed here. The chocolate is super light in the aroma and it disappears mostly in the taste. If I didn't know better I would think this was a coffee stout. The taste is a big one noter and boring. This has to be a top 100 because of the name and bottle, about the only cool thing here.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
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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Sexual Chocolate from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
4.09 out of 5 based on 1,340 ratings.
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