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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Photo of skiking70
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 release, poured a nice two finger head and retained for quite a while. The chocolate comes through as does the bourbon. The mouth feel is a little thinner than I expected from an imperial stout. Overall a very good offering, but didn't separate itself from a packed field.

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Photo of Alequine
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on draft at Foothills Brewery for the 2015 release. Jet-black in the glass with a tan head that lingers. For me the initial smell was very heavy on bourbon and sweet vanilla and malt. The chocolate was not so prominent particularly in comparison with the regular version. The bourbon overpowered the chocolate, cocoa nibs, coffee and roasted malt. Age this beer. I'm sure it will balance out the flavoring.

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Photo of KRubes
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from the August 2015 release. Bottled on 8/4. Jet-black pour. Frothy, dark tan head that lingers. Notes of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt and bourbon (Buffalo Trace) on the nose. Medium, creamy body with with a blend of oak, vanilla, bourbon and dark chocolate. Slight bitterness. Thick, sticky lacing. A touch of heat on the finish. A personal favorite. Will definitely age a bottle.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
3.23/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle was from the September 2014 release.

A: Pitch-black pour. Tall, frothy medium brown head. Head dissipates pretty quickly.

S: Caramel and bourbon/oak aromas are there for sure.

T: VERY disappointed. I get none of the aroma in the flavor. Kind of bitter.

M: Med body. Wish it was thicker. Some alchohol.

O: SO disappointed with this. I expected alot of flavors that I didn't get. very underwhelmed by this.

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Photo of W_Des
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The barrel aging really adds another layer that complements the base beer. The beer itself becomes velvet smooth and the bourbon provides a nice flavor mix with the chocolate. The heat at the end is just right warming as it goes. The nose has bourbon, oak, some vanilla and of course chocolate. This is barrel aging done right.

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Photo of Arenbeer
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
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 aleigator
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Ron, '12 Vintage.

Pours a black color with red offshoot and almost no head, while the beer leaves back a nice lacing.

Smells like a really heavy beer, despite its abv being around 10 %. Has rich chocolate aromas, a blend of bakers and milk chocolate, accompanied by earthy malts, slightly bitter coffee, marzipan and dried apple peel. The Bourbon wraps up all these flavors very gently with a hot oakiness, while being very inviting and intense on itself. Bourbon and chocolate blend together outstandingly well, enriching each other, while apple skin and fudge compliment to the chocolate character generously.

Tastes of smooth milk chocolate, with an outstandingly creamy, mouthfeel, brownies and fudge, along molasses and nougat, blending together very smoothly and convincing. These flavors get successfully balanced by calming, earthy, slightly toasted malts. The chocolate then gets a alcoholic Bourbon note to it, just as in the nose, with hot wood blending extremely well into the rich chocolate qualities of the beer. This reveals molasses, wood and a well wrapped up rich chocolate character. The beers incredible chocolate richness gets joined by a hot, boozy peak in the finish with caramel and a well fitting, lower carbonation, and a hot dryness.

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Photo of irv2424
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

bottle from 2012. Medium body, lighter than expected. With all the barrel aged beers around right now, this beer still stood out. Not overly boozy with a nice caramel oak flavor. Not much head. Would definitely try again.

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Photo of fredmugs
3.71/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2012 version. After wanting to try this for several years I was greatly disappointed. Very little barrel. It's decent enough but certainly not worth waiting in line and paying $20 a bottle for.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.97/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Shocker, it smells like chocolate. Bitter dark chocolate, dark fruits and subtle barrel flavor. Getting mostly oak dryness. Wish there was a bit thicker and had more barrel presence. Oh well. It's still pretty good.

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Photo of aleckpa
4.07/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As soon as I open the cap, I smell the bourbon. It is jet black with a dark mocha head that dies down and rims the glass. You smell is standard: bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, some roasted malt. However, each scent stands out which makes this beer unique. The taste is similar to the nose. A little bit of burn from the alcohol, but not too bad. I'm sure with age this balances out nicely.

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

Bottle shared last night at Umberto's tasting.

Pours a fairly dark brown, almost black, with a one inch head, and good lacing down the glass.

Smells really strongly of sweet bourbon, with a nice big chocolate flavor as well, some vanilla, oak, and coconut, and a bit of roasted malt.

This is pretty thick bodied, with a moderate amount of carbonation, and a creamy, rich mouthfeel.

A really nice effort from Foothills.

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Photo of Dope
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

September 2014 release.

A: Pitch-black pour. Tall, frothy medium brown head. Head dissipates pretty quickly with decent retention. No sign of lacing.

S: Heavy caramel with a little oak kick. Heavy milk chocolate. Decent bit of umami in there too.

T: Again, heavy caramel up front. Lots of molasses and oak with it, interesting. Bittersweet earthy cocoa in the middle. Light bitter coffee joins in the aftertaste, giving it a sort of mocha flavor that lingers for quite some time. Touch of caramel booziness from the bourbon lingers as well.

M: Fairly heavy, quite smooth. A touch of an alcoholic sting but not much.

O: Well, it sure it chocolatey. Loads of cocoa from start to finish. The sweetness and booziness of the bourbon helps to cut it pretty nicely. Otherwise a fairly simple brew (but I really wasn't expecting anything else).

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Photo of M_chav
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

As a kid I hated dark Licorice but as an adult drinking a bourbon barrel aged beer with the heavy chocolate notes - I love it! This is a fantastic brew, please do yourself a favor and by multiples if you have the opportunity.

Nose is similar to a Russian Imperial Stout - the BB flavors take over once you taste it, heavy dark licorice and slight roasted chocolatey flavor will take over your mouth. I appreciate chocolatey stouts that keep it smooth and sweet, this does both extremely well!

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Photo of ronricorossi
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

I've been feeling a little burnt out on RIS lately. I can't even look at the Marshall Zhukov in my fridge. That burnt sugary sweetness they all finish with has just fried me out a bit, become just a bit too much, too cloying. That said, this is obviously a great beer. If anything, I wish the bourbon was even a little more forward, to cut into that RIS sweetness. A great beer, but in a style that's fading from favor with me a little.

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

2014 bottle

Pours black with a decent tan head. Head quickly goes down but leaves a nice ring around the edge of the glass. Not the thickest stout but def has some weight for sure

Smell is heavy bourbon, chocolatey fudge brownie and some smokiness.

Taste is awesome. You get a very nice burst of bourbon followed by a wave of chocolatey fudge goodness. Slight smoke taste but very quickly replaced with bourbon again. Not much alcohol burn at all.

Feel is a tad thin. When poured I thought it was going to feel much thicker. Very silky smooth though.

Overall a must have for sure. The base beer to this is amazing and the bourbon just improved it in certain ways.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Bomber procured in trade from awesome BA trader Everett. 2014 dated, poured into snifter.

Opaque. dark brew, mocha head, scant lacing.

Dark choc aroma, figs, sweet caramel, bourbon, spice and subtle pine.

The dark chocolate hits first, then the dark fruits and bourbon. Nice hop bitterness at the end without an alcohol burn. Really nice.

Medium to thick body, the dark fruits really come forward. Some resinous consistency but mellowed by the bourbon.

Though not as thick as my fav BCBS, this brew has a lot going on and really hits the high notes for a BA stout.

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Photo of joe1510
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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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured on-tap at the brewery on the release day. The beer was served in a snifter, and it pours a jet black coloring, with a tan halo of head. Nose of chocolate, booze, vanilla, oak, and coffee. Extremely rich. Flavors are heavy booze and coffee forward, with a blast of bittersweet chocolate, wood spice, and roasted notes. Heavy and velvety, with a bittersweet cocoa nib aftertaste. All chocolate, with hints of bourbon here and there. Perfectly balanced and huge. Roasted and rich chocolate linger on a smooth finish. Great beer!

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Photo of NorthsideFred
4.93/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2011 bottle, shared with a few buddies on my deck on the eve of Independence Day 2014.

A: Looks great! Black with a nice tan head.

S: mmm - The perfect balance of Bourbon and Chocolate.

T: Delicious! The taste follows the nose. Chocolatey Bourbon goodness.

M: Full bodied but not as thick as some other RIS I have had.

O: This is a great beer. I'm glad I had the opportunity to taste it. Some of the other reviews I've read on here mention slight oxidation. There was no oxidation with this bottle.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage poured into snifter. Pours a dark brown with cocoa colored head. Opaque in appearance. Nose starts with mellow vanilla, some harsh barrel notes, and a bit of oxidization present which brings on some sherry like notes. Dark chocolate and roasted malt is present beneath the barrel. The taste is smooth and starts with dark chocolate. Next comevanilla and charred oak with more oxidization. Dark fruits come out. Tons of flavor here that is very well balanced. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Overall, a nice beer that pack a flavorful punch. The oxidization is a slight drawback, but still a tasty brew.

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Photo of roger617
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into snifter, compliments of homebrew311.

A: Black, pours with a little over a finger of mocha colored head that reduced fairly quickly and leaves little-to-no lacing.
S: I want to say its complex. I want to say there's a lot going on. But all I get is chocolate and bourbon - and I am in love with the aroma. If you can imagine melting the finest chocolate, mix in a top notch bourbon, you can grasp the power of this aroma. Any other similar beer also has coffee, vanilla, roast/char something or other. Not this one. Simple, straight to the point. Chocolate. Bourbon. F-yeah.
T: A mimic of the aroma. Chocolate up front and throughout each sip, with a lingering bourbon character that makes me feel as if I'm drinking a carbonated bourbon infused with chocolate.
M: Silky smooth, carbed well. For an under 10%er it feels very thick.
O: This beer is unbelievably good. The alcohol is non existent in aroma and flavor. I received this as a 'surprise' beer from my wants list, and have to say it's the best surprise I've ever received.

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Photo of metter98
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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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black. A little bit of transparency. Big khaki head. Thick collar.

Smell - Starts off with a little soy sauce. Sharp bourbon. Dark chocolate. More bourbon as it warms.

Taste - Bourbon is very sharp up front. Too strong, really. Nutty malts. Dark coffee roasted malts. Boozy finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Never very heavy, but the barrel makes it pretty boozy.

Overall - A vast improvement over the base, which is a good beer by itself.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from bcrossan (thanks man!). 2012 release. Served in a Cigar City teku.

Pours deep, dark chocolate brown with a finger and a half of dark tan head. The thin layer of wispy bubbles that linger leave only a few small spots of lace.

Aromas of bourbon, cocoa, slight oxidation, oak, vanilla, caramel and an underlying sugary sweetness. Much more inviting as it warms up.

Wow. The nose did not prepare me for the smooth yet bold medley of flavors. Softly boozy bourbon, rich dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, creamed espresso, molasses, burnt caramel, roast malts, faint charred wood, some brown sugar, a little bit of sweet dark fruit and a pleasantly fitting nip of alcohol. I could see how some could find this too sweet but to me it's outstanding. The bourbon barrel sweetness plays wonderfully against the bittersweet cocoa and roast.

Body is on the full side of medium with a soft carbonated tickle. More syrupy than creamy, this beer really coats the tongue. Bourbon, dark chocolate, vanilla and espresso finish.

Bourbon barrel aging is apparently exactly what Sexual Chocolate needed. The barrel cuts the bitterness of the roasty base and adds a terrific sweetness. I'm not sure how much of that smoothness comes from the 20+ months of age but I hope this isn't the last time I get to try this.

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Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
4.32 out of 5 based on 1,223 ratings.
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