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RATINGS: 593   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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A cocoa infused Imperial Stout Ė Opaque black in color with a dark brown head. Big chocolate aroma with notes of espresso, blackstrap molasses, dark sweet toffee and dark fruit. Smooth dark chocolate backbone with complex notes of coffee, dark toffee and dark fruit.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - FEB 18, 2008
Poured black with red hues around the edges. Head was a dark beige color, but didnít last too long. Chocolate-y aroma, some ash and strong roast, perhaps some lactose, and some alcohol came out as it warmed. Taste started out with the strong dark roast, similar to The Abyss, but where the Abyss powers on with ash, this transforms elegantly into dark chocolate and sweet lactose flavors. Smooth is a good word to describe it. Carbonation was on the lower side and body was medium bodied. If I can be picky, Iíd give the taste a little above an 8, but not quite a 9, so Iíll add in an extra point to the overall. Big thanks to Cole and his roommate for the sample!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
lb4lb (2531) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2009 Wow, fantastic beer...
Pours a rich dark black color, letting no light through the snifter, and holds a nice sized brown head. Good lacing. Smell at first is of dark rich fruit, and then shifts in a dark chocolately, roasty and dry coccoa smell that is really nice. Taste is rich, creamy, smooth mild bittersweet chocolately sweetness. Nice and dark and dry in the finish for a great balance. Never got too chocolately, artificial, or cloying in the least. The drinkability is phenomenal. Medium to light carbonation and a great mouthfeel. The alcohol is flawlessly hidden as well. Easily one of my favorite beers, and exactly what I want in a Chocolate beer. Worlds better than ST Choklat and the Chocolate Donut Beer. Shared with pint size for Valentineís but easily couldíve had the entire bomber to myself with no complaints...

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pepsican (1444) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - FEB 18, 2008
Growler at a tasting thanks to Cole. Poured black (surprised?) with a nice sized tan head. Strong chocolate aroma up front with some coffee and some dark fruits. Flavor is similar, just more of it. The chocolate was not overdone, and just adds to the complexity of everything. Finishes creamy with little carbonation. Hid the alcohol very well. This was surprisingly good and I really am glad I got to sit down and enjoy a few glasses of this.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2008 sampled at Darklord day 07 from growler. Black as night with aromas of delicious chocolate. Flavor is of dark bitter chocolate. Not cloyingly sweet like may imperial stouts. Nice big mouthfeel. Very wonderful stuff.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2008
2-14-08 bottle
Black chocolate pour with a huge thick creamy tan-brown head. It has an immediate coating of lacing when you move the glass. Smells of rich malt and bitter sweet dark chocolate. Not at all similar to that chocolate donut beer generic smell at all. Flavor is rich and is full of that great dark bitter chocolate. I can actually taste and savor the chocolate and it isnít generic or chemical tasting at all. Flavor is full of real cocoa. Best presence of chocolate in a beer yet, and it isnít overdone at all. Nice thick palate and ideal weight and smoothness. Mouthfeel gets thicker as you drink it. Very creamy and drinkable. This is the least alcohol Iíve tasted in an Imperial Stout in a long time. The alcohol is so well balanced and masked. Overall, I canít wait to have another! Best Valentineís Day beer ever!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
humulushead (4) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 17, 2008 does not count
On Tap @ Foothills. Smooth and luscious on the tongue- erotic as the name implies. This is damn delicious and a true treat for stout/chocolate lovers. Foothills Brewery uped their game in a big way with this one. Keep íem coming.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2008 22oz bottle from emacgee. #419/500. Heavily roasted, not charred, malt, liquorice, bitter chocolate with a good dose of alcohol on the nose. Some dark fruit and molasses as well. Pours a thick, dark brown, nearly black with a very creamy khaki head. Tons of bitter, roasted malt initially on the tongue. Dark, bitter chocolate. Liquorice. Espresso. Really has everything you look for flavor wise that an imperial stout should have but nothing really overly spectacular. A bit too hot with a tad too much liquorice. Definitely full bodied. Thick and creamy but far from chewy on the tongue.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 11, 2008
Tap @ Mellow Mushroom - Charlotte. Wow, this was an absolutely delicious beer. This is a dense dark brown color with a matching dark brown head. A very rich dark chocolate nose, with some fruits, perhaps some cherries and a little dusty cocoa powder. This is a little on the sweet side, not cloying but definitely something you can only drink one of maybe two at the most. Well balanced overall, with rich caramel, toffee chocolate and roasted coffee. Delicious.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
3fourths (7979) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 10, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 Sampled in a blind 25 imperial stout tasting, Feb 2008
Strange nose: chalky cherry, milky cough syrup and chocolate, with some woody notes, but it doesnít really smell that good. A mix of minerally chocolate and artificial cherry flavoring. Flavor is decent enough, but itís a bit too ashy and stale on the tongue. Frothy texture, moderately rich chocolate noticed, but a bit thin, stale, ashy, etc. Not that great overall. I guessed it was Nogne-O Imperial Stout, and was surprised to find it was the Sexual Chocolate. One of the biggest surprises of the night. It was in an overall poor flight of other stouts, so it wasnít rated low based on others in the flight being well-liked... it was just a poor showing by this beer.
4/4/5/3/9 = 2.5

Draft sample @ Savor DC
Heavily astringent roast and overhopped bitterness make a mess of what would otherwise be a nicely thick, viscous imperial stout. Has a bit of a lactic flavor, but the real detriment is the high astringency.
6/4/5/3/12 = 3.0

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexanderj (3313) - Branson, Missouri, USA - FEB 9, 2008
On tap at the brewpub. Foothills sure hit the mark here; part gimmick, part quality and part limited release. I thought that it was a very good beer, but not exceptional beer. Poured a black with a very thin brown head. Aroma was of roasted malt and chocolate. Flavor had a good amount of chocolate to it, but it was not a dominating presence. Also roasted malt, molasses/toffee and sweetness. Decent hop finish. Enjoyed it, but fairly certain that if it had a wider release, it would surely not be in the top 50. That being said, Foothills deserves all the recognition they are getting.


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