Foothills Sexual Chocolate, An Imperial Stout That Lives Up to Its NameFebruary 13, 2019
Foothills Brewing, based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has been a mainstay in the Southeastern craft beer scene since before I could legally imbibe. But I really took notice when the brewery’s Russian imperial stout Sexual Chocolate took home medals at the Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup.
Weighing in at a typical 9.6% ABV and featuring the all too common addition of cocoa nibs, it was obvious Foothills must have really hit the mark for Sexual Chocolate to earn its name and hardware. As it turns out, that is exactly what happened with this highly anticipated annual release. It’s no coincidence it hits shelves just before Valentine’s Day.
Sexual Chocolate pours with the inky, black color and viscosity you’d expect. A tight tan head sits above, almost like each bubble was stacked carefully by hand on top of the last. Sexual Chocolate is also more active than most Russian imperials in this ABV range, with carbonation rising up the glass that sustains for quite a while off the pour.
It’s apparent from the strong aroma what Sexual Chocolate is all about: booze and chocolate. Both so thoroughly dominate the nose it is hard to pick up the hints of coffee, molasses ,and toffee. This isn’t a bad thing—a Russian Imperial Stout with cocoa nibs should smell like chocolate and alcohol, after all.
It tastes like a bitter dark chocolate truffle filled with bourbon-and-espresso-flavored chocolate mousse. So, yeah, it’s really damn good.”
Sexual Chocolate is decadent and luscious. There is nothing restrained about its flavor profile. Chocolate hammers the tongue with all of its complexly sweet, bitter, and dark fruity notes. The booze in the aroma is well hidden in the taste, while the hint of coffee becomes a roar. Foothills ramps up the bitterness and it couldn’t be more necessary. All that sweet chocolate flavor needs a bitter foil to stay in balance, and Sexual Chocolate happily avoids a syrupy fate. It tastes like a bitter dark chocolate truffle filled with bourbon-and-espresso-flavored chocolate mousse. So, yeah, it’s really damn good.
For a beer to be called sexual, it’d better deliver, and Sexual Chocolate sure does. It’s a beer thoroughly devoted to one ingredient, but it manages to coax several unique flavors from that sole adjunct. It’s silky and smooth, and yes, a little bit sexy. This Valentine’s Day, ditch the cheap bottle of sparkling wine and grab a bottle of Foothills Sexual Chocolate,