Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate | Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Barrel Aged Sexual ChocolateBarrel Aged Sexual Chocolate

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Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
North Carolina, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Barrel aged Russian Imperial Stout brewed with organic cocoa nibs.

Added by LilBeerDoctor on 07-14-2009

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Reviews: 222 | Ratings: 1,223
Photo of Casey3236
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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!

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.82/5  rDev +11.6%
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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Photo of FriedSlug
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
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 LloydDobler
4.06/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of HeartofMiami
3.81/5  rDev -11.8%
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

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
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!

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Photo of oberon
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
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!

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of tbryant21
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
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!

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Photo of vfgccp
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of lemmy187
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with a quick fading mocha head. Nose is mostly chocolate and oak with faint bourbon notes. Taste replicates the nose; more oak than typical for the style. Chocolate and dark fruit compliment the subtle bourbon barrel. Body and carbonation are medium. Finishes clean and dry. Really enjoyed this stout; very drinkable and balanced.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled August 2015 - Consumed March 2016

Look - dark in color, not as thick as i expected. Fizzy bubbles line the glass, and there is a small amount of light brown head. Very aesthetically pleasing.

Smell - Not loving the smell, honestly. Definitely not a strong aroma; Kind of oaky, light bourbon, and some malt.

Taste - Not sure how much the bourbon has mellowed in the 7 months since bottling but it is currently well balanced with the other flavors. Get some oak as well, some bitter cocoa, some mild bell peppers, and a little bit of dates. No flavor is overpowering and the carmel, bourbon flavor really brings it all together. Slight booziness at the end.

Feel - Medium body, light carbonation

Overall - very well done BA stout

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Photo of sposter4
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into a pint glass. Pours black with carmel tan head that disapates quickly. Smells of chocolate and bourbon. Taste is similar lighter on the bourbon with a touch of vanilla. Medium bodied with low carbonation

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black opaque pour with a generously thick lacing ring.

S - Cherry, oak, dark roasted chocolate, vanilla, bourbon,.

T - First impressions: boozy and spicy (in a good way). Oak, dark roasted spicy chocolate.

M - Full bodied, some alcohol warming on the way down, semi-dry finish.

O - This is a great tasting beer ... barrel fans seek out.

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Photo of bgold86
4.69/5  rDev +8.6%
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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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Foothills continues to impress me with their offerings, and naturally this one is their best yet. Rich flavors and one of the most gorgeous heads I've ever seen on a beer, I'd drink this every day if it was widely available.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a forgettable barrel-aged stout. Mostly boozy heat from the barrels coming through on the beer, some subtle chocolate and dark fruit notes on the finish, a bit thinner on the feel than expected.

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Photo of silverblaze540
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark and very opaque, although there is a reddish tint. Low head retention. Very thick, mousse-like. No visual carbonation.

S - Spruce, roasted chocolate, and plum.

T - Mild alcohol presence. Hops are spicy but retrained. A bready, pruney, chocolate flavor.

M - Mouth-coating thickness, without much carbonation. Finish lasts for roughly 30 seconds.

O - Desirable and appropriate for the style. Flavor is a bit different, but enjoyable.

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Photo of sittinggc
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage poured into pint glass.

Look: Black with a small head that does not retain well.
Smell: Chocolate and bourbon booze.
Taste: Lots of bourbon up front with plenty of fudginess to support. Lots of chocolate. Also pick up dark fruit.
Feel: Nice amount of carbonation. Slight booze heat.

Overall: This beer is really great! Nice BA RIS. Most "fudginess" I have ever picked up from a beer. Got this bad boy in a trade, and didn't know I was getting a 2012. Really hope to try it fresh some time but it tasted great 3 years out. Cheers

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Photo of darktronica
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice representation of a darkly roasted, chocolatey BBA stout that doesn't push too far in any one direction. It has great barrel character without being overwhelming, the chocolate complements the barley and malt sweetness, and the ABV is restrained, rather than pushing past 10%. Overall, this is just a supremely "drinkable" BBA stout--easy to sip, easy to inadvertently drink quickly, and effortlessly enjoyable. It's top quality without being an attention-seeking missile that demands your full attention.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a beer of most excellent quality, i adored the base beer, and to have this highly acclaimed barrel aged edition pouring at falling rock this weekend was a special treat. i cant believe how much chocolate is on this thing, i thought that the first time, and maybe something about the barrel brings more of it out. sweeter than what i think of when i imagine pure nibs, more of a milk chocolate thing, possibly gained from the vanilla aspects of the barrel, but now i am just projecting. super thick and rich in look and in mouthfeel, short of sticky, but its not wanting for viscosity. underlying notes of coffee, licorice, and barrel char make it relatively complex, and the alcohol cuts the residual sugar well enough for it to not be a problem for me. smooth and expansive, slippery. no hits of smoke to this, which i often get in this style. definitely a rarity for a colorado beer guy, we dont get foothills stuff out here, so it was wonderful to get to have one. would be interested in trying the bottled version instead of the keg so i can see how it ages, not that it needs any time, its spectacular as it is! one of the more scrumptios uses of chocolate in a beer.

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Photo of Griffin2
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a dark brown/ black with minimal tan head. Smells of bourbon and chocolate. The taste was nothing short of awesomeness, lots of chocolate and bourbon. This beer hid the alcohol well. I will be searching this out.

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Photo of Carb-Overlord
4.69/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

All I can say is ... wow. Definitely try to get your hands on this beer. I traded a Parabola for this guys and was initially thinking I probably gave more than I got. Not in the slightest. The pour and smell are fabulous. It was like smelling a chocolate covered bourbon ball at Christmas time and the orange "oil change" residue really made the appearance enticing for me. This beer was very well melded; not too boozy (less booze than a BCBS) but also not overly sweet (like a Darklord). Just a super well balanced imperial stout. The feel was just right too; thick and chewy. Well done! Definitely wish to get my hands on a second bottle. This will hold it's weight at any bottle share.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In absolutely no fear of the barrel, the Foothill brewers aggressively take on those hallowed but intimidating Kentucky woods with full confidence. The beer that emerges is dripping in that strong bourbon character, but no worried- the Sexual Chocolate stout can handle it.

Espresso-black, velvety and viscous- the stout pours inky and tar-like. As it settles in the glass, a patient rise of mocha-stained creme rises to entice the senses. Its dark and earthy perfume is dense with freshly ground coffee, dark chocolate, char and with that unmistakable tingle of fusel bourbon. But even with its whisky-inspired taste looming, the initial palate is awash with scorched toffee, caramel, bittersweet chocolate and a vanilla-like silkiness.

The lavishness of the stout unfolds across the middle and slathers the palate with its decadent roasted sweetness. Burnt toast and french-press coffee follow those beautifully burnt sugars, taking the proportions of molasses and sorghum before relaxing and letting the bitter baker's chocolate flavor to command its earthy and bitter attention. With the warmth of booze and the toasted barrels making their mark, the stout embarks on a complex and spicy finish.

Full, lush and creamy- the beer backs away from chewy or massively dense textures of some imperial stouts, but favors a sense of drinkability with the thinning of bourbon and the wood spices offering their own papery, powdery-dry textures to keep the beer sensible yet manly. A long linger of bitter chocolate and bourbon decorate the aftertaste- extending well into the next sip.

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