Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate | Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,229
Reviews:
222
Avg:
4.32
pDev:
9.03%
 
 
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jaydoc
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at mrbubbler's "end of the world" tasting.

2012 vintage.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, bourbon, and wood. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some solid barrel aged aromas and flavors.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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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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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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3/5  rDev -30.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a thin dark tan head that rapidly dissipated, leaving only a thin collar around the edge of the glass and faint hints of wispy bubbles on the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of bourbon are present in the nose along with notes of chocolate; these become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste mostly follows the nose but has additional notes of vanilla from the oak and hints of molasses-like sweetness. No alcohol is perceptible except for the bourbon.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The bourbon barrel aging lends a bit of warming to the feel.
O: This is a pleasant stout to sip and savor the aromas and flavors imparted by the bourbon, although it is rather easy to drink because the alcohol is mostly well masked from the taste.

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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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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.06/5  rDev -6%
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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3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We had this next to the regular version at the epic stout tasting last weekend. Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Pours almost black with a reddish ring around the edge when the light hits it. There is a layer of tan head that fades quickly.

Smell: Just a bit sweet with roasted malt, dark fruit, and some bourbon.

Taste: Much smoother than the regular version. Actually picking up a little chocolate, which is nice. Sweet roast and smooth bourbon.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This one was better than the regular version, but still underwhelming given my expectations. These beers may be living off of the reputation of past batches.

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

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of bourbon and dry bitter black chocolate is quite interesting. Aroma of medium bourbon notes with some pretty dry and bitter black chocolate notes makes for an interesting drink. Light butterscotch notes could also be detected and I wish more notes of vanilla could be found here. Body is pretty full with a good creamy texture and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. I could see myself having this again.

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4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bomber shared by nickd717. Thanks.

Clear chocolate brown in the glass, light for an imperial stout; this looks a bit thin. Very little carbonation or head.

It smells great, caramel and sweet milk chocolate, vanilla, almond and toasted oak. Very well integrated bourbon character.

Chocolate comes through stronger on the tongue, matched by notes of sweet bourbon and licorice. It's also rather ashy and smoky. This reminds me of FiftyFifty's Elijah Craig barrel Eclipse, another lighter-bodied imperial stout, but while that beer has just enough viscosity for the style, this is too thin. I am impressed that it has such a great bourbon barrel character without presenting much heat or harshness, but I find myself wanting more body. The finish is tannic, fairly dry with mild astringency. Carbonation is low, but it's fine for the style.

I enjoyed this quite a bit, though it's somewhat flawed overall; Sexual Chocolate may simply be too thin of a beer for barrel aging.

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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to fmb115--thanks, Steve. Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip glass. The color is very dark with a nice creamy mocha head with a pretty good retention time. The nose is rich with nice amounts of chocolate and vanilla underneath a really fantastic bourbon presence. High-quality barrel-aging hits the spot with nice notes of oak and vanilla plus a smooth elixir. Taste is the same with the smooth bourbon character permeating the beer. This is quite a bit better than the regular Sexual Chocolate and something I will definitely seek out again.

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

Pours a 1/2 finger of tan head. Very good retention with a bit of lace. Color is fairly black.

Aroma: Cocoa powder with oak and vanilla. It does have a nice amount of bourbon. It is a bit roasty but not overdone. Better than regular SC.

Taste: A huge amount of cocoa powder like regular SC. It does have bourbon and oak but it doesn't blend very well. It seems like it was a bad base beer to barrel age. It shows some vanilla and caramel. Big roast in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, dry, and creamy. It is a bit warming. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends very dry.

Overall, the barrel aging improved this beer a bit, but it didn't go to well with the base beer. I wasn't overly impressed with this one. It was alright, but nothing spectacular.

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Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
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