This one was saved for last because just from the label I was thinking that it was the one that I was least excited to drink 22oz of when compared to the other three. I think that was mostly because the chili thing is tough to get right in a beer, at least for my palate. Within the first few sips of this one I knew that wasn’t going to be an issue and I actually found myself wanting a little more heat to balance everything else out.
The last of what is now four . . .
Brewery: Boston Beer Company (Boston, MA)
Name: The Vixen
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer (based on a Doppelbock)
ABV: 8.5% (on bottle)
Tasting Notes: Stored in the fridge before being served in a pint glass. Batch No. 1
Aroma: Light sweetness with some faint roasted malts with maybe a bit of spice. Relatively mild and clean overall. – 7.5/12
Appearance: Dark, dark brown with garnet tones at the edges when held to light. One finger plus light brown head with small bubbles, good retention, and leaving a very slight trail. Appears opaque though clear at the edges with rising bubbles when held to light. – 3/3
Flavor: Smooth roasted malty sweetness with a touch of chocolate and also some notes of vanilla. A very low heat comes through in the back of the throat with some faint cinnamon-like spice toward the finish. Finishes quite smoothly and pretty cleanly with some lingering sweetness on the palate. – 13/20
Mouthfeel: Medium in body with a moderate to low level of carbonation. Very smooth and somewhat creamy on the palate. – 4.5/5
Overall Impressions: The chili heat is very, very faint and kind of a letdown – really kind of pointless and unneeded in this beer. Very easy drinking with a bit more cinnamon and chocolate as it warms a touch. Wouldn’t mind having again especially if paired with the proper food. The clean finish is very nice after the sweetness fades. Does not taste like a beer with 8.5% ABV (hides it well). – 6.5/10
Overall: B (34.5/50)