Sexual Chocolate - Barrel-Aged
Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Style:
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #21
ABV:
9.6%
Score:
97
Ranked #462
Avg:
4.38 | pDev: 8.9%
Reviews:
237
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Notes: Barrel-aged Russian imperial stout brewed with organic cocoa nibs.
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hopley from Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2016 Version drank 09.04.20 out of a tulip. Nice head which settled down. Cold out of the fridge had a roasty taste, when warmed had a nicer more balanced chocolate RIS taste. Not a lot of barrel, would have liked more but I've been spoiled by the likes of Bottle Logic and Goose. This is a fine RIS, especially at 9.7%, worth seeking out.

Sep 05, 2020
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Drank this at March Madness 2016.

Russian Imperial Stout pours black. Head settled in around 1/3" light brown/beige in color. Standard barrel aged stout aroma, bourbon, roasted malt and oak, for my preferences, I was happy that the dark fruit yeast edge of a RIS wasn't overpowering anything else in the aroma (or taste).

Taste was an average amount of bourbon barrel influence, came off around 6 months of aging. That's a good amount, Black Gold was so big on the bourbon, 3 years, too much in my book. Good viscosity, they didn't go for sludge patrol on this one. I think I could dome this by myself, but why? Mild chocolate notes with it, not sugary at all. You know I can really get into these barrel aged stouts that are less than 10% abv, big ups. Its not thin, its in a good place in that aspect. I should also mention this was aged a few years. Restrained bitterness, not overly hopped or excessive roasted scorched malt. Its good, but we've all had plenty of imperial stouts in bourbon barrels, this is standard, good fare.

Sep 02, 2020
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Sandis from Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2017 version poured into a snifter. I can't help but wonder if I held this too long before opening. I get some nice chocolate and fruit flavor but the body is a little thin and I feel like the taste doesn't match the hype.

Feb 19, 2020
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kwakwhore from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2017 vintage. Completely opaque dark pour, with very little head. Boozy nose with some notes of chocolate. Bourbon and dark chocolate dominate the flavors. I think I might have waited a bit too long to drink this as it was a bit less complex than I remembered. The mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side as well. I think the sweet spot for this beer might be about two years after bottling.

Feb 15, 2020
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VABA from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a dark color with a nice tan head and lacing
A-Aroma has generous chocolate and Bourbon hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a very generous and well balanced chocolate and Bourbon flavor
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A great Imperial Stout

Oct 27, 2019
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just like the original only better. Pours dark brown/black with a solid light brown slowly fading head. Aroma is of malt, chocolate, coffee and kinda boozy. Chocolate takes the front in taste, with the bourbon barrel and malts lending a hand. Full bodied mouth feel with medium carbonation. Aftertaste is of chocolate and lingering alcohol. Oustanding brew!

Sep 12, 2019
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sampling a cellar temp 22 oz bomber poured into my snifter. The beer is part of a trade with Krubes, thanks man!
The beer pours a dark chocolate brown color with a creamy khaki colored head that fades to a sturdy edge layer slowly after that pour. THis edge layer remains throughout the sampling,
Aroma is roasted malt and some dark chocolate. I also get molasses and some brown sugar. There isnt any hop presence to speak of nor any hint of the abv.
First sip reveals a medium to thick body with gentle mild carbonation that rolls softly across my palate. The flavor is sweet chocolate, some light roasted malt and a big hit of booze. This is black peppery notes and a certain warming after each swallow. No hiding the booze here, but again the hops take a backseat. The beer is chocolatey, but not sweet like easter candy. A nice robust stout with some good complexity, but I think I like the regular version over the barrel aged one.
Still worth grabbing if you see it.!

Jul 28, 2019
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What a beer. Classy. With a name like this and an ebony afro'ed goddess to the likes of the painting on the wall in The Shining, who could resist trying this! Honestly not to the level of the Fremont gem I traded for it, but it was fun. Square in the 4.2-4.3 and worth a try if you can get it not at a premium.

Apr 21, 2019
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer poured jet black with a deep mocha colored head.

Smell - melt chocolate came through in the nose with booze.

Taste - at the front was boozy chocolate. Vanilla also came through, adding a touch of sweetness. More so than the base beer, the booze really rounds this out. Toward the back, it is dryer, but sweet chocolate reigns.

Mouthfeel - I would like the chocolate to last forever. The viscosity helps.

Overall - The beer has a catchy name. That helps. Still, a chocolatey sweetness in this beer is worth seeking.

Jan 01, 2019
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mntlover from Tennessee

4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Decided finally to pick this up, sadly haven't found the bottle regular sexual chocolate to come close to it on draft but eh my curiosity got the better of my 25 bucks.

Pours a dark black no light getting thru with a small coco head that leaves some spotty lace behind.

Aroma is roasted malts lots of chocolate notes light coffee like the regular. Some light bourbon barrel notes, wood and vanilla some light charred notes as well. Definitely big on chocolate just as you would assume from the name.

Taste is roasted malts lots of chocolate smooth roasted malts that linger for a while. Carbonation kind of spikes and brings the bourbon barrel, vanilla and some spiciness from the alcohol and char to the finish that lingers on top of lingering chocolate malt notes.

Mouthfeel is big almost full, carbonation doesn't seem to big but it does provide some zip and tingle towards the finish end of the beer.

Overall a good stout if it wasn't outrageously priced could see having it more often. But for the price can get two cans of a kick ass barrel aged stout so eh worth trying once, unless I can try it on draft in which case it is probably much better.

Nov 14, 2018
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.67/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to nc41 for this one from NBS BIF #8. 2018 bottling. 22oz bottle poured into 12oz tulip. Poured the expected solid black color with about 1/2 inch of tan head that had low retention and no lacing.

Lots of chocolate upfront in the nose, with some bourbon aspects behind that. Those were built upon a solid malt base that had a touch of roast. The same on the tongue, chocolate and bourbon dominate, with a very good base beer as the foundation.

The body was fairly typical for the style, perhaps a touch on the light side, but not significantly so. Drinkability was very good, a couple friends and I had the bottle gone in no time. Overall, a very nice beer, one I would happily drink again. Worth having if you see it.

Oct 14, 2018
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MacMalt from New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2018 release. Poured from 22 oz. bottle into tulip glass. It pours almost black with deep cola hues at the stem of the glass. It sports a half finger of creamy, mocha-colored head and a long-lasting sheen of lacing. The nose is bourbon-forward with lots of milk chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, earthy char, and a whiff of dark fruit. While the barrel is evident in the first sip, it complements and doesn't overwhelm the other tastes, particularly the chocolate and coffee. There are also notes of char, nuts, and black cherry. All of the tastes blend well and produce a singular rich, decadent flavor. There is a bit of hop bitterness throughout which accounts for its substantial 75 IBU. This Stout is nicely thick and creamy with moderate carbonation, and the 9.6% ABV is warming but not distracting. Overall, the best attribute of the barrel-aged variant of Sexual Chocolate is that the bourbon is so delicate. It makes for a superb after dinner sipper.

Oct 06, 2018
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thatche2 from Georgia

4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 20 oz bottle into a tulip glass aged a year and a half. Appearance is deep dark brown with 1-2 finger thick tan head with good retention. Smell is great bourbon flavor and chocolate brownie/milk chocolate. Notes of caramel malt, slight roasted malt, and some oxidation are noticeable as well.

Taste is creamy chocolate and bourbon melding perfectly with less of the oxidation noticed in the aroma. There is some nice roasted malt and a little bit of heat on the finish. Mouthfeel is very soft and a creamy medium to full body up front with low to moderate carbonation.

Overall this is an excellent bourbon barrel aged stout with very good balance. The soft and smooth mouthfeel really stands out with a great combination of bourbon and chocolate flavor. It has aged really nicely after a year and a half as I heard it was a little hot fresh. Just a great beer.

Nov 25, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.87/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I did a side by side of this with the base--both 2016 vintages.

Black with a minimal bubbly tan film.

Much the same nose, but amped up. This in particular exhibits more wood, pine, and a touch of boozy bourbon. However, the bourbon is quite subdued. The notes from the base of molasses, salty-savory roasted malt, and baker's cocoa are still present.

The taste here has significantly more chocolate than the base, with woody bourbon, raisin, cocoa, and coconut. There's not really a lot of bourbon though, but it does have a more frothy, wet body which makes it more enjoyable.

I'm surprised by the reputation of this. It took a while for me to get my hands on these, but they are not living up to the hype for me. I've had more chocolatey beers than this, some of which actually did not use any flavor additives at all, just showcasing really well-roasted, high-quality chocolate malt.

Jun 26, 2017
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Casey3236 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick, dense black with 1 finger tan head. Smell is amazing! Chocolate, booze, char. Taste is tons of chocolate and loads of barrel. Great beer, glad I was finally able to try it!

Jan 29, 2017
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connecticutpoet from Connecticut

4.82/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wow, what an amazing beer. I am glad I decided to dive in tonight rather than keep it in the cellar for years and become so attached I don't want to drink it. August 2015 bottling, 9.75% ABV.

Look was very good. Very dark brown and clear, with a one and a half finger in my Beer Ship snifter. The head subsided to a thin layer and as I drank it disappeared.

Small was almost indescribable. The berfect blend of bitter dark chocolate, roasted malts, and bourbon. I was amazed at how strong it was.

Taste... nearly perfect. Bourbon, dark chocolate, and roasted malts, with the malts starting and finishing. The only thing against it is that it was much milder than the aroma hinted at. It could have been a bit bolder. Darker fruits came out as it warmed.

Mouthfeel was smooth and silky. It went down so easily. Nothing clamoring for attention, no blast of alcohol.

Overall this may be the best RIS I have had to date. I'd have to check but as a stout overall it rivals Black Tuesday. Hard to compare side by side, though, because they are so very very different.

Jan 05, 2017
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a big bourbon forward chocolate beer. Dark and covered in a fading tan head that spots the glass in lacing. Big bourbon and oak nose with chocolate appearing as it warms. Taste is sweet with bourbon, molasses and oak. A little hot for me and the Bourbon overpowers the chocolate a bit but a really damn good beer.

Dec 22, 2016
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LloydDobler from Indiana

4.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

September 2014 bottle poured into large snifter

Black pour topped with brown dish-soap like bubbles. Aroma is sweet with the promise of that bourbon taste that we all love. Bitter chocolate, whiskey, slight smoke. This was a lot thinner and slicker than I was hoping for. Bitterness was also to the point of masking most of the sweetness that was in the nose. Good, not great.

Sep 29, 2016
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HeartofMiami from Florida

3.81/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2015 vintage, kept refrigerated. Pours dark brown with thin tan head. Smell is chocolate malts and bourbon. Taste is simple dark malts, bourbon without much heat and hints of wood and molasses. Not complex although slightly better as it warmed up. More carb than I like in a BA stout

Aug 19, 2016
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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

****2012 pappy edition, 9.75%***

L: pours thicker and blacker than I expected for the abv
S: wow, huge bourbon, deep richness, oak.
T: like the nose, wow. Impressed with how much flavor. Huge smooth and sweet bourbon, nice chocolate mix, great beer.
F: medium thickness, and smooth.
O: a great beer for sure, can't speak to other vintages but 2012 is great!

Jul 14, 2016
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oberon from North Carolina

4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One I can finally scratch off my "want" list.2016 bottle 9.6%ABV per bottle label.Pours jet black into a goblet with a creamy mocha colored head atop that settles into a soapy-like mass.Full on bourbon and chocolate in the nose,this is young and pretty brash.The feel is awesome,creamy and smooth with the right fullness for a beer of this size.Bourbon/vanilla and dark fruit really hit ya up front on the palate with chocolate and molasses finishing up the flavor profile,the roast is quite subdued.Well I have finally had it....and it lives up to billing,smooth and the it's not a bourbon bomb,kick ass!

Jun 19, 2016
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Ohiovania from Ohio

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very very nice. I would be all over this beer if I could get it easily but not sure I would go out of my way for it again. This is the 2016 batch at the brewpub.

May 28, 2016
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tbryant21 from North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had mine on tap at the Foothills brewpub - poured a dark black, little to no head. Strong smell of bourbon with chocolate and espresso notes. Bourbon forward with a lot of chocolate on the end. Fairly well balanced.

May 22, 2016
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HopBomb515 from New Jersey

4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black with a tan head that fades and almost no lacing. Notes of espresso, vanilla, oak, coconut, rich caramel, wood, and tons of chocolate. Great BA stout here with classic flavors!

Apr 26, 2016
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vfgccp from New York

4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage drank April 2016.

A - Viscus black body with a finger of mocha head.

S - Dates, molasses, vanilla, oak, and caramel. Soft and well balanced.

T - Molasses, caramel, warm bourbon, toasted bread crust, dry cocoa, and creamy marshmallow

M - Thick, creamy and wonderfully smooth.

O - Delicious. Smooth and well balanced. Loaded with caramel and molasses. Even better as it warms.

Apr 23, 2016
Sexual Chocolate - Barrel-Aged from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
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