Sexual Chocolate | Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

Sexual ChocolateSexual Chocolate
BA SCORE
88.2%
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4.13 w/ 1,358 Ratings
Sexual ChocolateSexual Chocolate
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
North Carolina, United States
foothillsbrewing.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.75%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by SaCkErZ9 on 02-15-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,685
Reviews:
462
Ratings:
1,358
Liked:
1,198
Avg:
4.13/5
pDev:
10.9%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
1,291
Gots:
370
Trade:
27
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Ratings: 1,358 |  Reviews: 462
Photo of JasonR1975
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
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 Arbitrator
2.7/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Lightly chilled '09 vintage into a glass. From a trade with sincereNc. Thanks, Ian!

A: Pours a beautiful black body with slight edge penetration when held against a lamp. The dark mocha head billows up to fill 1.5 fingers of space in the snifter, and it falls over 30 seconds or so into swirls of fine bubbles on top of the brew, with a thin collar at the edge.

S: Milk chocolate with a lactic sweetness and twang, bordering on anise / dark fruit. Caramel, roasted coffee.

T: Nicely chocolatey up front, but as noted in the aroma, it has more of the straight milk sweetness than bittersweet dark chocolate. It is accentuated by very noticeable lactic twang associated with it; at times I feel it's similar to an anise / dark fruit blend, but this doesn't quite have that tartness that suggests one one of those two. Regardless, this particular aspect is so strong that I'm tempted to think of this as an imperial milk stout.

M: Light-medium bodied; it's thin for the style. The flavor gets decidedly watery in the finish. Carbonation is appropriate for the style. No heat or even warmth. The flavor falls off fast; it doesn't have much heft to it.

D: The girlfriend and I polished off a bomber quite easily. This beer goes down nicely and is tolerable. I didn't love it enough to seek it out again, though. Certainly not worth the prestige and hype it has on here.

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Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of knicks19947
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nat1975
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vande
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of portia99
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
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 Evan
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Yellolab2010
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of ktrillionaire
2.05/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Big thanks to HeyOhh for sharing this

Why review an infected bottle? Because it is still the product they put out, intentional or not. This bottle was generously shared at a tasting, and it was very disappointing to all of us who were expecting more. It must've been a huge disappointment to HeyOhh who brought and shared it. I know he traded some good stuff to land it.

A - Stout. Good.

S - Like charred cocoa, chewing tobacco and asphalt mixed with a McDonald's apple pie. But worse than that could possibly sound.

T - Interestingly, the infection and the flavors of the intended beer seem to stand apart, unlike, say, Black Tot where the infection and the flavor melded and crossed over. Regardless, this tastes gross due to the infection. It seems like a 'B' grade stout got knocked down to a 'D'.

M - Like a violation.

D - ISO clean Sexual Chocolate, so I can re-tick.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to n2185 for the bottle. Tasted 19 September 2013.

Pours a rich dark brown, almost black, with about 1 finger of medium-tan-brown head. Good retention, nice lacing.

Smell is full of chocolate, rich and well-backed by the robustness of the malts. One of those uber-chocolatey imperial stouts that I just love. Quite sweet; naturally chocolatey, like it's coming from the malts rather than an addition, and certainly not the fake-tasting flavors of, say, Southern Tier's big stout.

Taste has that rich chocolate as well, though it's not quite as potent as it is in the smell. A mild bitter bend in the back. A little roasty, but mostly it's sweet. A big, sweet stout.

Feel is chewy, rich, and heavy, but a little thinner than I'd like it to be.

Pretty darn tasty. Super chocolatey, rich stout, with just a twinge of bitterness.

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Photo of rye726
4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
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 DavidHume
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jayhunter357
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RobinLee
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jegross2
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.26/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. February 2010 vintage

A- pours black with a one finger tan head. Retention of the head is solid. Looks nice

S- light chocolate. Not much going on. Maybe past its prime?

T- yeah, definitely past its prime. Getting a little bit of chocolate, and not much else. Slight bitterness. Very blah

M- body is viscous, very solid

O- nearly three years is too much to hold on to this beer. Wasn't a huge fan of it with that much age on it...oh well.

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Photo of iatethecloudsfor
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of mtbdonn
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of DangerDawg
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of pmarlowe
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of joe1510
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
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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Sexual Chocolate from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
Beer rating: 88.2% out of 100 with 1,358 ratings
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