Samuel Adams The Vixen
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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From:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
 
Massachusetts, United States
Style:
Bock
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
83
Avg:
3.67 | pDev: 15.26%
Reviews:
256
Ratings:
356
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 23, 2018
Added:
Oct 27, 2011
Wants:
  50
Gots:
  62
SCORE
83
Good
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Reviewed by puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with a notched best by date of Feb - something. Sampled on April 23, 2018.

It certainly is a nice looking dark brown pour with a soft, silky tan head settling on top and barely fading.

The aroma has some chocolate elements but I also pick up a roasted sweet caramel malt character and a defiite hot pepper sensation.

The body is smooth and around medium.

Thiose chili peppers come on strong more in the taste than they do in the aroma with a baked chocolate character sweetness and a low to no hop finale. I remember when this first came out a few years ago and I didn't buy it then. Now it has been re-released and I probably won't buy it again. Not my thing.
Apr 23, 2018
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Reviewed by ethanbein from Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
L - Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Nearly pitch black, some caramel color, good amount of fine head, late bloomer on the pour.

S - Faint notes of cinnamon, chili. Not much overall.

T - Cinnamon, chili, bocky flavor, chocolate, end bitterness of coffee. Could be a bit bolder overall but some very nice flavors here.

F - Quite crisp for a bock, only sits on your tongue for a second after.

Nice crisp lunch beer. The chili makes it a bit more interesting than your average dark beer as well as adding lightness. Doesn't try to be more than it is, but it's just enjoyable all around.
Feb 19, 2017
 
Rated: 3.29 by Johnct from New York

Jul 12, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands

Feb 13, 2016
 
Rated: 3.58 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland

Feb 10, 2016
 
Rated: 3.53 by Coorsy from Massachusetts

Feb 07, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by mtkeenan3 from Massachusetts

Feb 07, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Nov 06, 2015
 
Rated: 3.73 by wethorseblanket from California

Aug 29, 2015
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Reviewed by CHickman from New York

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours pitch black color with a little brown showing where the light hits the brew, leading up to a creamy 2 finger tan head which was full of bubbles and looked like a Guinness, fading slowly and leaving minimal spotty lacing.

Smells of dark chocolate, grains, bakers chocolate, yeast or that strong metallic / penny aroma, light vanilla and some mild dark fruit. Chocolate and grains basically dominate the nose, with sweet notes of cocoa and some vanilla adding accents.

Tastes very chocolatey with cocoa powder, dark chocolate, roasted grains, cinnamon, light vanilla, toasted coconut, herbs, floral hops, caramel, molasses, charred wood and brown sugar. Pretty one dimensional with no heat and no sign of the chili, which was a big disappointment. It's a nice sweet chocolate treat, but did not deliver in the chili as billed.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery with very mild carbonation, a medium to heavy body with weight, and a sweet grainy aftertaste that actually faded like a cold coffee with some dark fruit like a date or plum mixed in.

Overall it was alright, but it had zero chili presence which I was curious to try. This bottle was at least a year old (found it buried in the back of the beer fridge ), so perhaps it was better fresh with the desired chili heat.
Jun 06, 2015
 
Rated: 4.13 by connecticutpoet from Connecticut

Jun 05, 2015
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Rated by founddrama from Vermont

2.25/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
The chocolate and the chili are definitely the dominant flavors here. (More chili than chocolate actually.) Not bad but not sure I'd do it again.
Mar 22, 2015
 
Rated: 3.5 by ArkyVaughan from New Jersey

Mar 05, 2015
 
Rated: 4.03 by pmangold from Florida

Feb 27, 2015
 
Rated: 3.73 by rolltide8425 from Pennsylvania

Jan 29, 2015
 
Rated: 3.27 by EConnOG from South Carolina

Jan 29, 2015
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Rated by matty from Pennsylvania

3.01/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
Slightly spicy and thick mouthfeel..it would be tough to get more than one down at a sitting.
Jan 20, 2015
 
Rated: 3.22 by hit728 from Connecticut

Dec 30, 2014
 
Rated: 3.12 by h4ger from Connecticut

Dec 28, 2014
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Rated by Patbrown2 from Connecticut

3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Too sweet for everyday consumption, but a tasty beverage nonetheless
Dec 20, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by Scott_McCool from Florida

Dec 19, 2014
 
Rated: 3.3 by DCHritz from Pennsylvania

Dec 18, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by wrightst from Maryland

Dec 11, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by RochefortChris from North Carolina

Dec 10, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by DerrickW from Georgia

Dec 09, 2014
 
Rated: 3.64 by Goatdavemac from North Carolina

Dec 07, 2014
 
Rated: 3.25 by hoosier222002 from Illinois

Nov 30, 2014
 
Rated: 3 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

Nov 27, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by JohnBender from Texas

Nov 26, 2014
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Reviewed by VirginiaBeerMan from Virginia

4.11/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A - Deep dark in color, retains thick head after settling, a nice latte color.

S - Slightly sweet and malty.

T - Rich in taste, but I expected more of a chili/heat and didn't get it, but that wasn't disappointing, just unexpected.

F - Never sure how to characterize this category, so overall, I'd say appealing.

O - Very enjoyable, would go good with steak or pork; I would purchase again if they continue to produce.
Nov 26, 2014
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap at the Ale House, Huntington

A- Pours dark brown nearly black color with a small creamy off white head that reduces to a small layer skimming the top

S- cinnamon with a hint of chili, chocolate malt, brown sugar, very sweet aroma overall

T- nice spicy profile of cinnamon with a hint of pepper burn, chocolate malt mixes with molasses and brown sugar

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel, with a slightly warming finish

O- the cinnamon and pepper are well balanced, leaving me wanting more with each sip, well done
Nov 19, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by PlinyBeMiney from California

Nov 10, 2014
 
Rated: 3 by robebo44 from Virginia

Nov 07, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by Waveoff from Pennsylvania

Nov 07, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by chasmandocharles from Pennsylvania

Nov 06, 2014
 
Rated: 1 by tselvera from California

Nov 05, 2014
 
Rated: 3.72 by jburchett from Pennsylvania

Nov 02, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

Oct 31, 2014
 
Rated: 3 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Oct 29, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by gillagorilla from Maryland

Oct 29, 2014
Samuel Adams The Vixen from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 612 ratings