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.
Every Craft Beer
Has a Story
As brewers we often take inspiration from all sorts of places and experiences. In this case, chili spiced chocolate was something we started to see try in specialty chocolate shops and restaurants. At first unusual, the combination has a great complexity with its heat and sweetness. We experimented with those similar flavors in beer and added cinnamon for its warming effect. It took a while to find just the right balance in the beer so each flavor came through from the roasted malts to the chocolate and finishing with the spice. The Vixen brings these rich flavors together so they unfold throughout the taste for an enticing and delectable brew.
The Vixen takes cues from our Chocolate Bock, and is also slowly aged on a bed of Ecuadorian cocoa nibs for a deep chocolaty flavor that's roasted, earthy and nutty. We heightened these flavors by strengthening the brew and adding a new dimension of with a touch of smoky heat from ancho and chipotle chilies, and a spicy warmth from cinnamon. In addition to the ingredients, the signature character of the Vixen also comes from its roots as a Bock. In keeping with the style, we use a lager yeast to create a smoothness and crispness that works perfectly with the deep richness of the roasted malts and chocolate.
This unique brew is its own style creation that combines chocolate and spice to a bock. Bocks have been brewed since the 13th century, and can be thought of as one of the first “big” beers. Originating in the northern city of Einbeck, these strong lagers are known for their rich sweet malt taste, low hop bitterness and higher alcohol. Doppelbocks (or double bock) originated in Bavaria as an extra strong bock brewed by the monks of St. Francis of Paula. Traditionally monks brewed strong, high gravity bock beers full of nutrients, to provide sustenance during fasting. These beers thus became closely associated with the holidays from Christmas, to Lent and Easter.