This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at Samuel Adams - the Vixen, a chocolate chili bock.
The Vixen is one of Samuel Adams specialty brews, produced as part of their Small Batch product line. Unlike their Barrel Room Collections which are rarely under hashgacha, the Small Batch brews often are certified kosher by the Star-K.
I shared the Vixen with Mrs KB a few friends after Friday Night dinner at Camp M. They were all intrigued by the style and description of the brew, if not by the look of the bottle itself. (Don't worry Mrs KB, she does not hold a havdalah candle to you).
The beer poured a rich dark brown with some tan foam on top. The first taste was all chocolate and coffee. Later sips brought more variety of flavors including cinnamon. I never did taste any chili, but there was a little spiciness to the brew. If I were to try to describe the beer in one word it would be Guinness with a little Hershey syrup and cinnamon.
This is not a beer to have with a steak or any kind of dinner fare. It is a dessert beer, plain and simple. And it is delicious.
The Samuel Adams Vixen - Chocolate Chili Bock is under the Kosher Supervision of the Star-K. However, unlike the Dark Chocolate Bock which the Star-K advises is dairy, this Chocolate Chili Bock is not dairy. Like many other Samuel Adams brews, this bottle does not have the Star-K certification mark on the label. To see the LOC for Samuel Adams which certifies this beer as kosher click here - http://www.star-k.org/loc/LetterOfCertification_PEFQZ4N3.pdf
To see what the experts on Beer Advocate think about this brew, please follow this link -http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/35/74579.
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