RATINGS: 292   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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The Vixen is smooth and rich with an enticing touch of sweetness that ends with a spicy heat. For this unique brew we used carefully roasted malts and dark cocoa nibs for a full bodied and slightly sweet flavor. To this roasty and chocolaty base we added an element of warmth and spice with cinnamon and chilies. Dark and alluring, this brew will keep you captivated.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
yankeefan21 (135) - New York, USA - NOV 21, 2011
Faint notes of chocolate bars and capsaicin. Pours a dark chocolate brown with a thin tan head that quickly dissipates. Dark chocolate covered peppers are evident in the first sip. The flavors develop a bit as it finishes. The pepper dries out the tongue and leaves a cocoa powder flavor on the front sides of the tongue. This is a medium bodied beer with low carbonation and a smooth mouth feel. I think I would have liked this better with some lactose back sweetening. Still, this was fairly tasty and satisfying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - NOV 20, 2011
(22 oz. bottle (Batch 1) from Bootleggers) Pours very dark brown. Very tall tan head. Aroma is initially lots of milk chocolate, then some hot spiciness as head recedes. Mouthfeel smooth, almost velvety. Nice, stout rings of lacing. Flavor of dark and milk chocolate followed by chili-like spiciness. Kind of nice when cold but as it warms the flavor profile kind of falls apart and the hot spice with warm chocolate becomes unpleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anderson01 (351) - Idaho, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Black in color. Mocha-colored head with lacing that holds the glass very well. Smells of chocolate and chili pepper. Chocolate overpowers the chili in the taste. There is a hint of cinnamon in the aftertaste. Medium-bodied beer. Carbonation is average. The texture is oily with a long, smooth finish. Overall I wish the spicy portion was more prominent.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Getbetter (1033) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - NOV 20, 2011
From a bottle,dark red, light body,chocolate,medium sweet,white head,tangy.its a ok beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LinusStick (3399) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2011
This was a really good beer. Aroma was nice and chocolatey. Thick and heavy. Pour was beautiful. Deep rich brown (black at times), with a pillowy dense tan head. Taste was very thick and chewy. Heavy chocolate flavor with just hints of cinnamon. The chocolate is both bitter and dark then turns sweet and milky after the swallow. No chili comes out until late in the aftertaset. The mouth is left with a mild heat. Nice carbonation. One of the best Sam Adams beers Ive ever had

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Bottle: Deep brown, cola highlights, thin to moderate light beige head, sparce lacing. Soft cocoa and sweet chili peppers on the nose. Not real big, subtle, but its there. Fairly malty, has a cocoa like earthiness to it, semi-sweet, some cocoa for sure. Very interesting. This is easily one of those beers you keep sipping to try and figure out exactly what it is. Body and mouthfeel are moderate. Not as spicy as I thought this was going to be. Clean, different, and certainly worth a try.   Lots of dull cocoa on the exit.   Thanks Jimmy!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RSRIZZO (1980) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2011
22oz bottle poured into a Lager Glass at 40. Color is an almost solid amber with good carbonation and a small tan head. Aroma is a roasted malt scent that gives a mild coffee note. Medium body with a smooth and creamy mouth feel. Flavor feels rich yet comes in lightly roasted and sweet with a mild chili taste. After taste is easy as the chili hangs on for just a moment and a hint of the chocolate shows. Overall its a nice Bock, as it warms the flavors come out more they never really stands out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
poisoneddwarf (2476) - Coeur d Alene, Idaho, USA - NOV 19, 2011
Bomber. "Batch No. 1." Pours an extremely dark brown to black with faint reddish tints; has a medium beige head that falls into a skiff of foam pretty quick; leaves some creamy lace. Aroma is bready, nutty, Yoo-Hoo, mocha coffee, grain, faint chili peppers. Flavor is more chocolate than chili. I was hoping it would be the other way around; I wanted a more spicy kick, although long after the swallow a faint spicy burn can be felt in the back of the throat. Taste is mostly sweet, faintly bitter and a little tart; has a somewhat meaty finish. Mouthfeel is slick, carbonation average. Even though I was hoping for more heat, this was quite a good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - NOV 19, 2011
22 oz. bottle from beverage House in S.V. - Pours a dark brown color with a one and a half finger thick light tan head. Light lacing. Aroma is lightly roasted malt, faint cocoa, and a hint of cinnamon and pepper. Flavor is toasted malt and cocoa with some light cinnamon. Finish is malty with a faint touch of pepper. Medium to full body. A good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerdrinker79 (2173) - Idaho, USA - NOV 19, 2011
22 oz. bottle- Pours dark red to black with a nice thick frothy tan head. Aroma is chocolate, chilies, and other spices. The taste is malt, chilies, similar to how green chilies taste, chocolate, somewhat tangy, I dig it. The body is medium, but a little on the light side for me. I really enjoyed this, this is one tasty beverage. The best of the limited batch #1 series so far, the only one left is the Oaked Blonde Barleywine.

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