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

Sexual Chocolate - Barrel-AgedSexual Chocolate - Barrel-Aged
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From:
Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
 
North Carolina, United States
Style:
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #55
ABV:
9.6%
Score:
97
Ranked #745
Avg:
4.36 | pDev: 8.94%
Reviews:
238
Ratings:
1,046
Status:
Active
Rated:
Aug 01, 2022
Added:
Jul 14, 2009
Wants:
  1,363
Gots:
  339
SCORE
97
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Sexual Chocolate - Barrel-AgedSexual Chocolate - Barrel-Aged
Notes: Barrel-aged Russian imperial stout brewed with organic cocoa nibs.
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Rated: 4.75 by LAM01833 from Massachusetts

Aug 01, 2022
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap at Sticks and Stones in Greensboro into snifter. Pours dense pitch black color with a small dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas and flavors of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, fudge, bourbon, toasted oak, dark bread, smoke, char, herbal, grass, pepper. Light molasses, licorice, dark fruit, vanilla. Some boozy aromas as it warms. Moderate hop/char bitterness and oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Light-medium carbonation. Full body creamy/silky malts. Some sticky hop, chalky roast, and tannic oak drying on a long finish. No acrid/astringent flavors. Plenty of barrel presence with great integration and complexity. Warming and slightly boozy finish. I can see why it has a cult following, but it did not blow me away. It's a very clean and well done RIS style all around. Worthy of aging. Fantastic style example.
Apr 12, 2022
 
Rated: 4.1 by dsshuck from Delaware

Feb 13, 2021
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Reviewed by hopley from Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
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
 
Rated: 4.29 by Dark_Scarecrow from Virginia

May 17, 2020
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Reviewed by Sandis from Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
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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Reviewed by kwakwhore from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
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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Rated by pkalix from California

4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
super nice carbonation! looks beautiful.... smells like chocolate, taste has more bitterness than i was expecting but it plays well into it!
Nov 27, 2019
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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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Reviewed by Buckeye55 from North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
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
 
Rated: 4.5 by wvsabbath from West Virginia

Aug 09, 2019
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Reviewed by sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
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
 
Rated: 5 by Kwright from North Carolina

May 18, 2019
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Reviewed by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
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
 
Rated: 4.04 by Eman17 from Illinois

Feb 22, 2019
 
Rated: 3.8 by rcjennings from Ohio

Jan 31, 2019
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Rated by OompaMentor from Georgia

4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
9/19/2018
Jan 04, 2019
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Reviewed by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
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
 
Rated: 4.29 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts

Dec 03, 2018
 
Rated: 4.4 by Nunya from Ohio

Nov 25, 2018
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Reviewed by mntlover from Tennessee

4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
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
 
Rated: 4.38 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut

Oct 21, 2018
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Reviewed by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.67/5  rDev -15.8%
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
 
Rated: 4.25 by Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

Oct 13, 2018
 
Rated: 4.45 by buzzy from Pennsylvania

Oct 13, 2018
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Reviewed by MacMalt from New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
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
 
Rated: 4.04 by MTKATL from Georgia

Sep 21, 2018
 
Rated: 4.29 by cmukid87 from Michigan

Sep 20, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by lebriarjr from North Carolina

Jul 07, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by bdiiorio from Connecticut

May 19, 2018
 
Rated: 4.52 by cd34 from Illinois

Feb 18, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by heddar33 from Pennsylvania

Feb 17, 2018
 
Rated: 4.05 by Futbolmanby from Michigan

Jan 28, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by chefduff2 from New York

Jan 21, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by teamwiggum from Wisconsin

Jan 13, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by Chadlossie from North Carolina

Jan 06, 2018
 
Rated: 4.22 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Dec 09, 2017
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Reviewed by thatche2 from Georgia

4.59/5  rDev +5.3%
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
 
Rated: 4.23 by wjbent from Florida

Nov 10, 2017
Sexual Chocolate - Barrel-Aged from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
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