The Vixen Chocolate Chili Bock - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.75/5 rDev +1.4%
500ml bottle given to me by my brewing lecturer, nice guy that he is. Shared with Sam.
Pours a solid deep brown, quite consistent throughout its length, and genuinely brown. Head forms a full frothy crown of silky pale brown that stays around quite persistently. Nice fine carbonation and fine lacing around the edge. The body looks a little lighter than I expected, but otherwise it's a very nice looking beer.
Nose is sweet and chocolatey, with a slight spicy character that says "cinnamon" more than "chilli" to me. Indeed, it smells like churros dipping sauce. There's a light peppery character to it as well. It's quite pleasant, without being particularly big or complex.
Taste is a bit flat, but has some interest to it at least. There's certainly a persistent flat cocoa character throughout the beer, with a musty Mexican chocolate molé flavour. Some sharpness on the back suggests a hint of the booze, but the beer itself is a little flat and a little thin. The sweetness is omnipresent, but muted, meaning that it never really coats the tongue, or expresses everything I feel it has to express.
Feel is pretty good. Smooth but soft, with a lightness that stops it from being too heavy.
Despite this pleasant lightness, I feel like the beer could be richer and more exciting overall. It's still pretty solid, but it doesn't really run with the potential it shows. It could use more of something: chilli, chocolate, goat? Whatever it needs, bring it in the next iteration please.
03-23-2013 09:28:05 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.03/5 rDev +8.9%
A: Its color is deep brown, almost black, with a creamy tan colored head.
S: The aroma is very complex but notes of sweet chocolate and chili are definitely prominent.
T: The taste is similar to the aroma with chocolate hitting the palate up front and the chili setting in after.
O: The sublte quality of the chili is what makes this beer so great in my opinion. The sharpness following the sweet chocolate makes The "Vixen" exactly that!
03-15-2013 04:56:21 | More by KattM2013
4.28/5 rDev +15.7%
Pours a very dark brown with a 2 1/2 finger tan head that recedes quickly. Not much lacing.
The aroma is of chocolate with dark fruits and a definite whiff of chiles. Fairly malty.
Taste is WAY sweet upfront, but there is a lightly tart aspect as well. Expecially after the sweetness mellows out.. Chocolate, caramel, and the chilis round it out, with just a hint of bitterness in the end.
Very peppery early via the carbonation and the chilis, the warmth reaching all the way to the stomach. Light syrup on the tongue, and drying in the end.
Better than I expected it would be. The first few sips were amazing before it settled down. A good warming brew for a chilly night. Definitely the best of the 4 beers from the SA Small Batch gift pack.
02-27-2013 04:02:14 | More by obywan59
The Vixen Chocolate Chili Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.