Shaun’s Beer Journey: Foothills Sexual Chocolate


[Courtney’s Note: This is the first in an ongoing series of posts by Shaun as he attempts to make his way through his top-ten list of extremely rare, extremely awesome beers from Bernstein’s Brewed Awakening book. You can check out his progress on his Beer Journey main page, as well as find a link to Bernstein’s site. Enjoy!]

The release of Sexual Chocolate spurs an annual weekend-long celebration at the Foothills brewery in Winston-Salem, NC. Beer nerds from far and wide descend on the Foothills Brewpub to taste the Russian Imperial Stout on tap, and (if they’re lucky) procure rare bottles of the dark elixir. Only 1800 bottles were released this year; meaning that if you wanted a bottle, you had to camp out all night to get it. The event is like a Black Friday for malt fanatics. (I apologize for the bad pun.)

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Courtney and I didn’t make the trip South for the release, so didn’t get our hands on any of the bottles. However, we luckily live near Beer Run, a bar with enough clout to acquire a keg of Sexual Chocolate. Fittingly, Beer Run tapped the keg on Valentine’s Day, and paired it with truffles and chocolate-drizzled strawberries. Courtney, being the best valentine/fiancee/superhero she is, agreed to grab a quick sip before dinner. While Sexual Chocolate (probably evident from the name alone) is best served with (or as a) dessert, it can function as an apertif, too. We each had about a 5-ounce pour, just enough to whet our appetites and tastebuds without causing us to stumble to our dinner reservation. At 9.75% abv, this beer could ruin a night and postpone a morning.

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Flavor-wise, Sexual Chocolate lived up to the hype. The chocolate notes were much milder than expected, allowing some of the beer’s other flavors to shine. The front was bitter with coffee notes, and the finish was very malty. I think I tasted bourbon at some point, but, alas, I’m new to this and might have just been projecting my love of bourbon onto the beer. Still, if it reminded me of bourbon, it must have been good. Overall, it was a delicious Imperial Stout. I can’t say I’m willing to camp out for a bottle next year, but I’ll definitely keep an eye on local bars to make sure I get a taste when it hits taps.
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Author:ryesandshine

Courtney grew up in Reading, PA, and has lived in New York City (where she earned a bachelor's degree at NYU), Prague, Philadelphia, and Charlottesville (where she received a J.D. from UVa Law). Courtney and her new husband will settle in Philadelphia following a six-week Euro-trip extravaganza in September of 2012. Courtney's interests include music, writing, criticism, fitness, travel, cooking, and sports. Please enjoy the blog. LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/courtney-marello/1a/375/b30 Tumblr: http://abarrelofoddsandends.tumblr.com/

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