752: Sexual Chocolate

752 - Sexual ChocolateName: Sexual Chocolate
Brewery: Foothills Brewing Company
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Alcohol Content (ABV): 9.75%
First Brewed: 2006
Price: NA (We got this beer in a trade with Ashley Bower. This beer is apparently rare. Thanks, Ashley!!!)

Tasting Notes
This beer pours a thick black cold that does not allow light to pass through. The tan head is thin, but stays throughout. There is an immediate baker’s chocolate aroma. Rich roasted flavors blend throughout a big beer delivery with cocoa, coffee, toffee, and roasted grains combining.

Ricky’s Thoughts

Ashley, this one is for you! She sent this beer in a trade, and apparently it is really hard to find. Thank you SO much, Ashley. First off, I LOVE the name. I like the label, too. Oh, and the fact this beer smells and tastes like chocolate. I just hope it lives up to the expectations. I read stuff like cocoa, coffee, toffee and I get excited. I have also been on a big beer kick, so a nice thick chewy Russian Imperial Stout (RIS) will be nice.

This beer has a BA score of 92, but the bros have not rated it. I wish I had the ability to send them a bottle… I always like to see what they have to say about beers we review. I have also started to consider posting short reviews on RateBeer. Dakine does it with all the beers he drinks, but I am not sure I can handle Untappd AND RateBeer. I have stopped sharing my reviews on BeerAdvocate. Food for thought. I am sick of talking. Let’s drink. Cheers!

In the Glass: Sheryl said this looks like dessert. Good thing we already had dinner. The beer is nice and thick and it has a nice thick head. I might grab a spoon on my way back to my desk. The lace is really nice on this, too, sticking to the side of the glass for dear life. Sorry beer… But I am going to drink you!

I am not sure if I have had any beers from Foothills, but this is the only bottle on the list. Speaking of the list, we are going to be making some changes to the list in the coming months. Stay tuned for more details. Let’s see what Sexual Chocolate smells like. (That sounds dirty.)

Nose: Right now I am talking to Erick Engel about out latest podcast, and this beer. It is so much fun having beer drinking buddies all over the country (and the world, for that matter) that we can relate to when drinking a good bottle of beer.

I could smell the chocolate as I was pouring this out, but wanted to save sticking my nose into the glass until the head went down a little. This is also right out of the fridge, and I know this will change as it heats up. I would love to watch a brewery like this make a beer like this. This might be my favorite style. I know… I really like hops. But I am on a big thick chewy RIS kick right now.

Holy crap. Did I just walk into a bakery? I mean, holy crap. This smells like a freaking bakery. I am getting a TON of chocolate here, and a hint of coffee/burnt coffee toward the end. I just want to smell this all day long. I am going to keep bringing this up, but why hasn’t someone invented beer scented candles and/or car air fresheners? That is a million dollar idea.

If you put a blindfold on me, I would think I was smelling a fresh batch of cookies. This is insane!

Flavor: I hope this tastes half as good as it smells. I can already tell I am going to be sad when this bottle is gone. Here we go.

Again, we are drinking this cold. Cold, it smells better than it tastes. BUT I know it will change as it heats up. Speaking of heat, you can tell this is nearly 10% ABV. I get a lot of alcohol at first, but that quickly becomes a dark chocolate somewhat espresso finish. I hate the taste of coffee, but love the aftertaste. That is what keeps me drinking the stuff. This isn’t a coffee beer, but that is just a default of the style. I might stick this beer outside so it heats up faster. I am getting impatient!

Mouthfeel: The head hasn’t really gone down much… But I am not waiting for another drink. The mouthfeel on this is chewy. I mean, thick and creamy with a smooth and satisfying finish. The beer also leaves a nice layer of flavor on the palate and the longer it sits the more burnt cocoa flavors I am finding. This is bottle that I could spend a few hours with. It is also a bottle that would pair well with a nice cigar.

Aftertaste: There is more chocolate up front, but the finish is basically all coffee. That isn’t a bad thing. I posted about this on Google+ and L Allen Huerta said the barrel aged Sexual Chocolate is better. I am sure he is right. Anyone know where I can get a bottle of that?

I am blown away with this beer. I am blown away with this beer right out of the fridge. I can’t wait to see what this beer does as it heats up. If this is any sign of the beers that Foothills is producing, I would love to try more from them. Now that I think about it… I am pretty sure I have had their Seeing Double IPA. I wonder if Ashley sent that in our trade…

If you like big chewy Russian imperial stouts, then you need to find a bottle of Sexual Chocolate. Cheers!

Sexual Chocolate – The bottle says: “A cocoa infused Imperial Stout – opaque black in color with a dark brown had. Big chocolate aroma with notes of espresso, black-strap molasses, dark sweet toffee and dark fruit. Smooth dark chocolate backbone with complex notes of coffee, dark toffee and dark fruit.”

What is black-strap molasses?

Rating: 4.5/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts

This beer just sounds good to me. I mean, come on, a beer named Sexual Chocolate? That’s just got to be good, right? Ricky said it is rare, which kind of sucks, because I kind of expect it to be pretty good. It’s an imperial stout, which is my kind of beer, generally. I’m just going to be disappointed if this isn’t good.

It certainly looks like an imperial stout in the glass. It’s thick and dark, and when Ricky poured it out, it filled up the glass with this thick tan foam. It almost looked like dessert! It’s a very dark brown, almost black. It smells malty, chocolatey, and boozy. I hope that’s exactly how it tastes. Let’s find out.

It tastes more malty than chocolatey, honestly. And there’s even some coffee flavor in there. As Ricky pretty much always says, I’m sure this will get better as it gets warmer. It’s a good balance, though… it does taste a lot like bitter dark chocolate. I like the balance of chocolate, maltiness, and booziness. This is a good one. Definitely one I’d buy again, but who knows if I’ll ever get the chance. Guess we’ll see.

Rating: 4/5

751 bottles of beer on the wall…

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