shigadeyo (2927) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating #600! A HUGE thanks goes out to Ross for making this one possible...
4/09/2007: Well, a couple days ago I was trying to decide what to put in the fridge to chill down since I was getting close to #600. I couldnít decide, so I just threw a few things in. Then today I arrive home and discover a mystery package on the from porch. Hmmm... Who could that be from?! I actually had no idea until I opened it up and discovered a bottle of this rare beer inside (perfect timing!) with a note from none other than Ross:
Just including this with the bottle to explain the method I used to bottle this beer, which I have been informed is probably incorrect. Hopefully the bottle will not be bad, oxidized, flat, and or utter shit. While trying to use my siphon and bottle filler I figured out that the siphon would not fit into the bottle. So I ended up just filling the bottles straight from the growler. As of this morning the bottles looked as though they had plenty of carbonation in them but that is not to say that they arenít now oxidized. The beer had no flavors of sherry in it, nor any funk notes, so if it is off tasting to you in any way, please respect this brewery and do not rate this bottle I have sent you. This beer is an amazing beer; even if you arenít fond of imperial stouts. I hope the bottles are in good condition, and yes they are 7oz bottles because I wanted to send this beer to six people and I only ended up with one growler of it. I ask for no beer in return for this bottle, so just enjoy it, and if it sucks, let me know, and if its awesome I will read your reviews on it. Please do not wait to drink this beer, as it could be oxidizing even as I type this letter. Thanks for all the trades you guys have done with me over the past year here at ratebeer.com. Cheers all around! -Ross L.
With that in mind, here goes...
Foothills [Sit On My Face] Sexual Chocolate Imperial Stout is black like the color of a chocolate bar. It pours out in thick a thick stream like used motor oil. Deep, deep, rich chocolate and coffee are found in the aroma along with some toasted nuts and some deep port-like qualities. My wife stole the first sip and her reaction was "Holy Cow!" Yep, "Holy Cow!" is right... The flavor is rich chocolate, lots of expertly roasted malts, and a hint of espresso bittereness in the lingering finish. There is a touch of smoke, lots of semi-sweet chocolate, and some dark chocolate just before moving into the finish. Rich chocolate, roasted malts, and a hint of espresso bittereness can be found in the lingering finish. A warming alcohol sensation complements all the wonderful characteristics of this beer. Note: Drink this beer before it gets too warm otherwise rubbing alcohol starts to invade the aroma and flavor a little bit. The body of this beer is full and it feels viscous, thick, smooth, creamy, and sensuous in the mouth. The carbonation is ultra-fine and very mellow. Overall this is a delicious beer that has obviously been meticulously crafted. I would love to be able to try this in large quantities fresh out of the tap!
Hand-bottled by ross in a 7 oz clear pop-top Coronita Exta bottle capped with a Brewerís Best crown. Thank you very much Ross for sharing this with me and everybody else. I was very surprised and really appreciate your magnanimity. This shall not be forgotten...
Cletus (6251) - Connecticut, USA - APR 9, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of ross. Pours deep brown with an initially generous light brown/tan head that quickly diminishes to some sparse surface bubbles. Smells of chocolate, coffee, some nuts, some alcohol, some earthy malt and hints of spiciness. Taste is bitter and hoppy initially. Lots of chocolate, roasted malt and caramelly notes present as it warms. Elements of toffee and more of the roasted qulity really shine through as I drink the beer. Mouthfeel is slick with a finish that is both caramelly and bitter.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - APR 9, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
7oz. hand bottle thanks to ross (gotta love the classy Coronita bottle!). Black pour with a nice dense brown head and moderate lacing. Mouth watering dark chocolate aroma with a bitter roasted malt and a fair bit of alcohol and some molasses. Yummy bittersweet choclate flavor balanced by lots of roasted malt, a touch of pine and a little burnt brown sugar. Thereís a healthy dose of alcohol in there too. Very full and creamy body with a nice little warming at the end from the alcohol. This is for sure a top notch Imperial Stout.
sloth (2341) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lovely packaging! 7oz. corona twisty bottle, compliments of ross. Hefty pressure release upon openig. Pours seriously black, hell my 500 watt halogen shop light could,nt pierce threw this bad boy! Head retention is fair and swirls up nicely, dark brown, medium statured with spotty and thin stringed lace. Nose is powerful with chocolate, roast, berries, lighly earthy and a hint of alcohol to boot. Large bodied, creamy on the palate, silky and very sensual, yeaaaaah baby. Fully chocolatey up front, bittersweet with notes of cocoa, dark roast, a hint of black patent, slight hoppage, kinda grassy and piney maybe. Finish is medium sweet, chocolatey and roasty with a balanced big bitterness not to mention that touch of alcohol backing it all up. Thanks so much ross! I,m not the biggest Impy Stout fan but this is a well made brew for sure. North Carolinians should be proud of this one! Why does that Barry White voice keep popping up in my head while i type this? Excuse me, I hafta go clean up now,,,,,,
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - APR 9, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle via Mystyery Swap 2.0 (thanks TURDFERGUSON!). This one pours black with an average sized brown head. Nose is chocolate, vanilla, and malts. Flavor is very sweet and chocolately with some subtle fruitiness, most notably prunes. There is some mild coffee roastiness and a moderate bit of hop bite in the finish. Full body and syrupy mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Tasty stuff.
hopscotch (8395) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2010 Growler... Pours pitch black with a small, creamy, light brown head. Decent retention. The nose is of chocolate and ethanol with hints of molasses, leather and caramel... also, a touch of acetaldehyde. Flavor-wise, itís big and malty with blasts of chocolate, caramel, coffee grounds and charcoal. Mildly sweet; moderately burnt and bitter. Full-bodied with a chewy mouthfeel and tingly carbonation. Chocolaty, charred, abrasive finish. A huge THANKS to boboski for sharing his growler of beer
redlight (2299) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Boboski for sharing a growler! Tons of coffee and chocolate in the aroma. Pours pitch black with a tan head. Bittersweet and bakerís chocolate dominate the flavor with a lot of coffee, burnt flavor, with a smooth vanilla finish. Rich and intense with a sweet yet sharp flavor.
ross (2008) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 4, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler from Sam. Thanks. It is really good that I live in the state where this beer is brewed, yet I had to trade for a growler of it. Oh well, it is well worth it. Pours out a dark black color with a thick creamy tan head on it. Smell is full of chocolate and plums and dark fruits, coffee, sweet sugars and a touch of alcohol. The smell really reminds me of the Thunder Canyon Warhead Stout. The taste is awesome. This stuff is thick, rich, bold, full of coffee and of course, chocolate. It is not bitter, not too green, just perfect. Very good stuff. In fact, I am about to go pour another glass, thus finishing my growler. Next year this will be purchased by me in multiple growlers. Props to Foothills for creating the best imperial stout brewed in NC. Fucking awesome job.
BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAR 21, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sexual Chocolate! It tastes so fine, donít you agree?!?!?! Super-dark brown/black color with a mocha colored head. Bittersweet chocolate, light coffee and heavy malt dominate the aroma. Big dark fig/prune in the flavor but mostly cocoa powder and dark chocolate. Super slick/oily mouthfeel that makes each sip better than the last. Light hop bitterness and roasted malt on the finish. Balance is outstanding on this stout. Incredibly easy to drink, despite the 10%. Got better as it went along and warmed up. Thanks again to Jamie and Wayne for a beer so good, I had to re-rate it upon a second and third tasting. Top notch brewing from a place thatís only two years old. Incredible stuff.
masedawg (156) - Statesville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown with a light tan head. Taste is full of roasted chocolate (sort of tastes like a less watered down version of the Total Eclipse Stout). Sits on the palate nicely and reminds you that you had a great beer. Easy to see why it is on the top 50 on rate beer at the moment