This week we try a bottle shared by my friend Rob Wengler, of Limited Release fame. We had a get-together of some of our old high school bunch (and spouses) recently and tried a few special beers. I've heard of this beer and have been excited to try it for a while!
Foothills Brewing was established in 2004 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. They have a tasting room in their main brewery facility as well as a brewpub downtown. For several years they have been doing a special release of a beer called Sexual Chocolate that has developed quite the cult following. The beer is a Russian Imperial stout infused with cocoa, and the even more rare version from 2014 that we have here is barrel aged for 4 months. ABV is 9.75% The beer has a rating of 95 on Beer Advocate and 100 on RateBeer. People line up to get this!
Foothills Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate 2014
For this tasting we have a few characters. Myself (Eric Wentling)--a BJCP judge, lover of all things barrel aged. Rob--Homebrewer, beer video journalist. Heather--She's from Denver, need I say more? Jess--fairly new to the judging thing, but ready to try it out! Sarajo--my wife and lover of both chocolate and stouts. We served this up with some of Rob's somewhat suspect gingerbread cookies--made with a mold that was supposed to be a rainbow going into a pot of gold--but, well you get the picture....
Aroma: Sweet smell of success
Eric: Get it on! Sweet maltiness with cocoa and vanilla. A bit of woodiness or oxidation.
Rob: Hot alcohol. Dried fruit. Burnt/toast. Chocolate.
Heather: Cocoa. Bourbon. Baked brown sugar (how come you taste so good?)
Jess: Red Twizzlers.
Eric: Very dark in color. Fine large deep tan head. This head just goes on and on and on.
Rob: Interesting chunky head: Thick, Black, Brown.
Heather: French press coffee.
Jess: Dark chestnut color.
Eric: Not as sweet as expected from the aroma. There is strongly flavored wood in my mouth--tannic! Dark bitter chocolate. Hint of tart cherry and squishy plums. Finish fairly tart and dry. Slight alcohol warming.
Rob: Milky. Bourbon. Slightly sour. Not too sweet. I keep thinking of chocolate milkshakes with cherry. Decent balance. Coffee aftertaste.
Heather: Not quite as good as coffee--like chicory on last note.
Jess: Warming alcohol finish. Vanilla-y bourbon.
Mouthfeel: as dirty as it sounds...
Eric: Thick and mouth-coating at first, but a dry tannic bite at the end.
Rob: Full. Thick. Brings me back to this tasting like a milk shake.
Heather: Deep throat burn.
Overall: An innuendo filled glass half full
Eric: Very nice beer, but not as chocolate-y or complex as I expected. Not super boozy. Pretty dry and bitter from too much oak--like sucking on a big piece of wood. 4
Rob: Better than I remember. Wood seems higher but I don't love the tangy-ness. 4.2
Heather: Don't know if you want to spit or swallow...3
Sarajo: Leaves you with a bitter taste in your mouth. 3.5
Overall Score: And I do mean score! 3.64
Writing up this one was fun, but difficult. Tasting it with this group was a treat in itself!
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