Foothills Brewing holds a special place in my heart as it was from the Winston-Salem-based brewery I had my first real IPA and became addicted to the style.
Hoppyum IPA introduced me to a style that I loved and eventually could not get enough of. Of course, as my palate found other options, I learned that I also was keen to stouts, especially imperial stouts. That brings me up to date as I am going to review Foothills Brewing Sexual Chocolate, a limited release Russian imperial stout that comes forth in the winter months and is a beer that I seek out religiously and look forward to every February—or now January—as I drain the last one in my possession and start to yearn for more.
Poured from a 22-ounce bomber, I always get giddy as the beer pours an almost pitch-black color and produces an amazing two plus fingers of dark khaki head that remains for quite awhile and then leaves a nice spotty lacing that clings for dear life on the sides of the glass. Aromas hit me immediately with bitter chocolate, coffee, molasses, caramel, dark fruits and roasted malts. Once again, this is going to be good.
Carbonation is low to medium with this one, which in my opinion, is right on for the style. Flavors come forth fast with this one, producing espresso, dark roasted malts, cocoa powder, a light creaminess with an almost lactic feel, toasted grains and hardly any yeast essences. The feel has a thick body that coats the top of the tongue and brings on the powdery feel of cocoa powder. Balance is nice with the cocoa powder being dominant, but not enough to detract from the maltiness or roastiness of this brew.
Before, during and at the end of this one, the 9.6 percent ABV is never a player, allowing the chocolate, coffee and other assorted flavors to carry on and please the palate. The finish even has a spring-like, refreshing feel to it and causes you to take one more sip, or maybe even open another bottle.