Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate
Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

Barrel Aged Sexual ChocolateBarrel Aged Sexual Chocolate
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Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #22
Ranked #430
4.38 | pDev: 8.9%
Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
North Carolina, United States
Barrel Aged Sexual ChocolateBarrel Aged Sexual Chocolate
Notes: Barrel aged Russian Imperial Stout brewed with organic cocoa nibs.
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.35/5  rDev -0.7%

22oz Bomber

2013 Bottling

Another big, huge thanks goes out to Wilson for surprising me with this guy. Gracias! The barrel aged version of Sexual Chocolate is as black as a Nubian Princess. Foam as rich as milk chocolate with the silkiness of cocoa butter. The foam coats the glass in sexy, full coverage, transparent lace.

The nose is as rich as granache and as smooth as Marvin Gaye. Big dark chocolate notes thrive thanks to the cocoa nibs. Soft whispers of anise highlight the smooth roastiness amazingly well. The chocolate even brings hints of milk chocolate, slightly sweet. All this is cradled in expertly handled barrel aging. Vanilla wafers, bourbon, oak, and caramel are all soft and meld perfectly with the base stout. There's even a little peppery booze.

The flavor mimics the nose closely. A mixture of dense, dark and milk chocolate combine with a smooth roastiness that runs from start to finish. A rich nuttiness pops up in the middle, fatty...macadamia like. Big notes of vanilla and caramel comes through on the backend. Soft bourbon tones, a touch of coconut, and oak join the fray, all well done. The licorice weaves in and out of the flavor profile. Everything is perfectly integrated. This is a fine beer.

This stout has a fair amount of weight but it's light, airy, and silky smooth. There's absolutely zero stickiness and, in all honesty, a touch of dryness. The roast leaves some residual bitterness while the tannins dry it out. Drinkabilty for a beer this big is ridiculous.

I like Sexual Chocolate, the regular one, it's a good, solid beer. The barrel aged version raises the bar exponentially. It smooths out the licorice notes and adds tremendous depth. The barrel aging is more a compliment to the base than the main component as it is in so many other heavy handed barrel aged beers these days. If you see this beer anywhere, take it and drink it.

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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.

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Photo of bgold86
4.69/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Brewery only release, came via trade, poured into two 12 ounce snifters just above cellar temperature. Pours a nice dark black with lasting head (who doesn't like that?!), it does not disappear at all like many other bba stouts. Nose is of huge bourbon vanilla notes and slight coffee. Taste is more chocolaty, with tons of bourbon and coffee. Overall was just as advertise, a real treat!

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4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Paul for bringing this to a recent tasting. Two things off the bat, this beer blew regular Sexual Chocolate out of the water in a side by side as well as Barrel Aged Blackout Stout from Great Lakes, in a relatively temporal proximal tasting. This was my favorite stout of the night and for a while. Definitely not a homer beer (wish I could say the same for that Baltic Porter...)

Beer is black / dark brown and hazy with a thin brown head of small bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is out of this world. Its bourbon with out being boozy, chocolate without being too sweet or too bitter, its roasty last without the ash notes that some big stouts can pick up. Its mildly sweet with malt at the end, perfect.

Beer is medium bodied, bigger body than the regular sexual chocolate. Its sweet with a vanilla oakiness to the back of it. The bitterness is minimal, there is some mild sweetness and of course nice chocolate. The liquor character of this beer is quite forward but its not hot. Its the kind of big ass stout you could drink all night on a cold winter night. Its truly an amazingly well balanced beer. Again, its sweet without being cloying, its not TOO heavy, its not thin, its bourbon but not hot, for as young as this beer is its amazingly good. I may need to get some of this.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tbryan5
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of mad3air
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brentk56
4.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottling

Appearance: Pours a midnight black color with an inch or so of beige foam on top; leggy lacing is left behind

Smell: Bourbon forward, with the ABV making its presence felt; chocolate, vanilla and woody tones, as well

Taste: As with the aroma, the Bourbon is very strong and dominates the front end, with the chocolate building through the middle; after the swallow, there is some vanilla and oak but the finish is rather boozy (even after 18 months); the hops have mellowed, however, and blend nicely

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation and considerable warmth in the gullet

Overall: My preference in barrel-aged stouts is for a more subtle Bourbon character so I like to age a beer like this for a while to see how it mellows; based on this experience, my guess is that it might take three or four years to get to the point where I would really enjoy it

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Snifter glass.

A - Pours a dark chocolatey brown with a 3/4 finger dark tan head. The head fades rather quickly to the edges. There is light lacing left on the glass.

S - Chocolate and bourbon totally dominate here, there is some slight coffee in the background.

T - Dark chocolate mostly, then some wood, followed be the bourbon.

D - Lower carbonation, oily and heavy in the mouth. Slight alcohol burn at the finish.

O - Good, a touch hot at the end.

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

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of connecticutpoet
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.

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4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

11’ Vintage
Bottle 6/26 and signed by the brewers
Cellar Temperature into a Teku Glass
Apearence- Pours a solid jet black with a small half of a finger khaki head that sticks around and sticks to the sides of the glass nicely. Beautiful alcohol legs coat the sides as it is swirled in the glass.
Aroma – Huge notes of dark chocolate and roasted barely up front followed by slight oxidation but not overpowering. Definitely getting beautiful notes of vanilla and oak from the barrel as well as a slight must. Bourbon is there and is strong in the nose, little to no hops and a nice slight alcohol finish.
Taste- Starts off sweeter with a complex array of chocolates and bitter coffee that a soon as it goes down is overwhelmed by delicious notes of bourbon and oak. Followed by notes of campfire and heavy roasted malts. Slight alcohol in the finish from the bourbon and being %9.3 but amazingly smooth
Mouthfeel- Medium to full body and amazingly smooth. Little to no bitterness and finishes slightly dry making you want so much more!
Overall – This is amazing to say the least. Wasn’t sure how this was going to hold up after all the years it sat in my basement. But it aged beautifully and will probably continue for a few more years. Don’t be scared to break this bad boy out if you still got one because if this thing has a peak I feel like it’s at it. The oxidation in the nose worries me but is nowhere to be found in the flavor. Definitely a must try at some point.


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Photo of Rymar9
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the release and from a bottle the next day.

Pretty nice pour, dark black with khaki head around the glass. This smells of roasted malts, wood, dark chocolate, slight sweetness and touch of alcohol. smells great. Taste follows the nose well. Regular sexual chocolate with a nice balance of sweet vanilla bourbon that works really well. The mouthfeel is a little thin on this..would like it to be a little thicker, but the flavor is exceptional nonetheless. Overall this is a great beer and I am looking forward to cellaring a couple bottles to see how it mellows out. Definitely give this a try if you get a chance.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
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