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The Vixen Chocolate Chili Bock - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

The Vixen Chocolate Chili BockThe Vixen Chocolate Chili Bock

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BA SCORE
84
good

534 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

(view ratings)
Ratings: 534
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.14%


Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ReelBigwigFish on 10-27-2011)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark coloured, slightly spicy aroma. The taste is of a rather basic bock, enhanced by a little heat, and lots of chocolate. As if the chocolate is to make up for the bock taste. Everything is OK by itself, but the characteristics are not well integrated. Decent drinkability. Medium mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 13:23:58 | More by Sammy
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

deep russet brown, very clear with lots of carbonation, really quite nice and a classic look for a bock. Thin off white head formed on the top, but quickly faded to just a thin film that stayed throughout the session, but offered no side glass contribution.

The aroma was your classic malty bock. Nice sweet caramel and nutty aromas mixed in with a good earthy tone. The flavor followed through very closely with a nice bitter malty flavor and a good amount of sweetness in it as well. Carbonation that is more then decent never let it go flat and kept you entertained throughout the session.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 02:32:53 | More by mikesgroove
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boston Beer Company's infatuation with Bockbiers continue with this well-timed chili, chocolate, and cinnamon infused version- ideally suited for the upcomming cold weather.

Pouring a very dark brown hue and with a brilliant onyx-like sheen, this bold lager carries a dense blanket of light barley-stained tan color while shedding broken and intermitten patterns of lace on the glass. A classy looking Bock!

Dense malt aromas start with a robust and almost meaty scent of bread crust, toast, and savory brine. Lightly tawny with malted milk, chocolate, and non-descript spice all play in the somber yet variant scent.

Malty sweetness of semi-bitter chocolate, mild toffee, nutty, toasty, and hearty "true" malt flavor all have a very direct malt taste. Chocolate additions have a mild impact that gives rise to the sultry cocoa nuances already present in the grist. Similarly, cinnamon and chili flavors weave into the alcohol heat in a harmoneous blend that both excite and undermine the ouside influences of spice. If it were not for the label stating so, I may not have deconstructed the flavor addtions based on my own palate- simply giving credit to pure brewing technique and recipe formulation.

Full bodied for a Bock, the robust mouthfeel is more indicative of a Dopplebock, as well do the alcohol heat, level of malt depth, and density of texture. However, the beer starts with a barley sweetness that seems misplaced to begin with and never allows for the further development to true dry-malt character that's exhibited by classic examples like Ayinger Celebrator or the rounded melanoidins of Augistiner Maximator.

Delcious as an American-brewed (really) Double Bock, the beer is delicious in its simplistic recipe and the layering of chocolate, cinnamon, and chili peppers. But the base Bock beer is limited because of the use of one-dimensional caramel malts and the under development of malt character that would have otherwise created the savory bread, meaty, and brine character that make traditional German varieties so desirable.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 07:17:37 | More by BEERchitect
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metter98

New York

3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark brown (close to near black) in color and poured with a finger high beige head. The head died down but left lacing on the surface and a thick ring of big bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of chocolate in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is filled with flavors of chocolate. Chili peppers are not noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The is chocolaty and smooth and goes down very easy.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 21:26:45 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $7.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a black body with an initially lofty, though soon settling, khaki head.

Smell: Barley malt toasted and roasted and paired up with a fair portion of dear old chocolate, tiny bits of dark fruit, a near-forgotten cinnamon stick, and a faintly smoke-addled chipotle pepper.

Taste: Toasted, caramelly, and coffee-accented malts glazed in a firm coating of sweet chocolate. A little raisin and date tucked deep into the various tastes. Earthy chilies, initially quite mild and inconsequential, though the heat is very slowly accumulating and gaining traction with the spicy cinnamon. Though it's quite a departure, the elements of the base style are still present. Lightly warming, sweetish, chocolaty finish. Chipotle and a little bit of alcohol lingering in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-light carbonation. Smooth, lightly velvety mouthfeel.

Overall: Seems to be the Chocolate Bock given a boost and an addition of chilies, cinnamon, and love. I'm down for that.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 05:32:22 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a .5 liter stein a deep mahogany with a thinner off white head atop that lasted well,dark fruit and light chocolate in the nose,dark fruit dominated with that chocolate being somewhat light.Sweet dark fruit and molasses flavors,the chili is very light in the finish,it doesnt really play a role.Its not a bad bock but the chili and chocolate play minor roles in the beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 02:05:46 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

This one sounded like the most promising of the new batch of SA bombers, so hopes are high right now. It pours a clear dark ruby-brown topped by a finger of cream-tan foam. Dammit, bocks are just a generally attractive-looking style, ain't they? The nose comprises cocoa, light roasted malts, very light coffee, and, with some deep sniffs (induced by the name, admittedly), some light and very mild peppers. The taste follows pretty closely, though now the pepper are a bit more pronounced: they're mostly there for flavor, with very little heat actually coming through. Imagine a very mild mole, and this would come close to that image. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a silky feel, and a finish that leans toward the dry. Overall, a very tasty brew that combines the chocolate, bock, and pepper elements very well. Good times.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 06:05:20 | More by TMoney2591
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, lager yeast, chocolate and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with bready flavors of a hearty roasted malt character and lager yeast. The some sweet and spicy flavors come in from chocolate, caramel, fruit and a faint hint of chili and other spices. The hops presence is mild but complementary and provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good variation of style, this is exactly what you would expect from a Sam Adams bock-style beer with the added advertised attributes.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 05:49:54 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black with tan foam, delicate striated webs of lace decorate the glass. Dark brown edges in the light.

Smell is slightly sweet and roasty, fairly nondescript. Malty, light chicory, mellow smoke and vegetal notes. Slightly lactic somehow.

Fully malty flavor, light roast and milk chocolate flavors, a bare hint of chili spice that leaves me wanting more unfortunately. On it's own, it's pretty good. Full bodied, rich and smooth feel. Toffee, chocolate, vegetal tobacco and ancho sweetness. Pretty easygoing, and deceptively smooth considering the higher abv. Pretty drinkable and not too spicy, just enough of a hint to make things interesting I guess.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 04:19:48 | More by emerge077
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Currently the #32 beer on the Top Beers - Bock list on beeradvocate.com. Served in a perfect pint glass.

Beer is dark brown with a thin tan head, breaks, low retention, some lacing, low carbonation.

Very malty and chocolaty in the nose, mild chili spice.

Beer is light in body and has a little bite to it, very nice, a little roasty for a bock but overall it is nice. Dry finish, decent bitterness from the chocolate, I like it. Decent, the chili could even be a bit more forward and I would enjoy it perhaps slightly more.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 02:41:42 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad this beer is finally being bottled.

The beer pours a very dark brown to black color with a brown head. The aroma has a lot of chocolate and roasted malt up front, with a touch of pepper mixed in. The flavor has the same components but in different ratios. I really like the way the peppers were done in this beer, adding some great flavor as well as a hint of heat in the throat. The chocolate also really stands out, with a hint of roasted malt. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 03:20:00 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured out a dark brown color with a small, short-lived head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of chili and chocolate. Some toffee.

T - Nice balance of chili and chocolate. Some sweet toffee balances the chili.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a good brew. Interesting take on a bock.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 02:21:43 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big creamy 1+ finger head fades semi slowly with nice lacing.

Nose powdered chocolate, bakers choc, bit of cinnamon, light chili powder, nice caramel, creamy malts, light spices and light milk chocolate.

Taste starts with malts again, dark creamy malts, caramel, bakers and powdered choc, then herbal earthy almost hedgerow like hops with a light bitterness, thick and creamy, lush, light cinnamon and chili powder, hint of spices, light dark wheat bock like and hint of dark fruits. Finishes chalky, powdered choc, light bock esters, biter and light salty, little syrupy and caramel, molasses, etc, light lingering cinnamon and chili.

Mouth is a med bodied bit thicker and luscious, creamy, drier finish.

Overall not bad, light but I wouldn't expect SA to go crazy as they have a huge med taste fan base.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 04:30:01 | More by jlindros
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a thick looking deep brown color. Nearly black to me. The head was creamy looking with a light tan color. The smell of the beer was lightly roasted with some minimal chocolate and malt aromas coming off of it. The taste of the beer I found to be really nice. There is a very subtle flavor from the Chili in there, so faint that it's nearly non existent. The chocolate notes come in to sweeten the beer a bit. The mouthfeel of the beer had a nice heavier body to it with a creamy smooth feel to it. Overall I found this brew to be rather enjoyable on most levels. The aroms was the only weakness I think.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 03:36:09 | More by Knapp85
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a short 1/4" head that breaks apart quickly.

Smell: chocolate, some spice, and roasted tones rise easily from the glass.

Taste: nice malty profile with loads of chocolate, some soft spiciness from the chilis, prunes, brown sugar, and a hint of honey and maple. Bitterness is moderate and alcohol is noticeable and mildly warming.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crsip to start, smooth and syrupy at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste here.

Overall: this beer is a slow sipper but full of flavor. As a fan of SA Double Bock, this one to me is just as good in a different way. I like this one a lot.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 22:06:35 | More by Gavage
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mactrail

California

3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Attractive dark brown with nice lacing and fine foam. Sweet with an attack of cinnamon. Chile flavor is evident in the nose but just a whisper of heat. Tastes like dried red Anaheim chiles. Cocoa comes along and stays with the aftertaste. Nose of cinnamon. Quite rich and candy-like.

I thought this was a barley wine when I opened it, not reading down the label. So that was pretty amusing on first gulp. Usual well-made product from BBC. It is not bad, just overly spiced and a very slow sipper. It's probably better with some flavorful food.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 06:13:15 | More by mactrail
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mdfb79

New York

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Ricks in Alexandria for $5.99. Batch 1, poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a very dark brown color with one finger of tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Some spotty lacing left on the glass and very little head retention.

s - Smells of roasted malts, cocoa, bitter chocolate, sweet chocolate, and very slight sweet fruit/spices. Nice roasty and chocolatey nose; I'm liking it.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, sweet chocolate, bitter chocolate and coffee, and vanilla. Some light spice and chili in aftertaste, but not too much. Nice, but a step down from the nose in my opinion.

m - Medium body and pretty light carbonation. A little more carbonated than the new Double IPA Third Voyage, but still would have liked a little more carbonation.

o - Overall a pretty nice bock. I liked the nose a lot and the chili and spice does come through in the taste as I assume they were looking for. This is the second new Sam Adams beer I've had now that has had very low carbonation, which surprised me. Worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 03:17:54 | More by mdfb79
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kojevergas

Texas

2.78/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pint .6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.

Served refrigerator cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a three finger khaki head of fair cream, decent thickness, and above average retention. Colour is a dark nontransparent black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Not particularly vibrant, but it's generally appealing.

Sm: Chocolate, light chili pepper, dark malts, background light floral hops, and chocolate malts. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Dark malts, cream, chocolate, chili pepper, and chocolate malt. Balance is okay. Build is decent, but inadequate for the style. Neither complex nor subtle. I expect better. Chocolate malts are nice. The rest is mundane. A strange bock. No yeast or alcohol come through.

Mf: Thickness is off. Carbonation is good. Smooth and wet. Moderate on the palate.

Dr: Drinkable but boring and bland. It offers little. I wouldn't get it again. A disappointment from Sam Adams.

C

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 05:58:26 | More by kojevergas
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Billolick

New York

4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle w/o freshness info, except for telling consumers that this is "Batch No. 1"

Near black and murky. Dark mocha head stays and stays. Thick collar, thick low sheeting ad nice looking fine patterns of lace. Nice looking beer.

Dark chocolate nose, with some snappy cinimmon and also chili in the rear.

Allowed to warm up quite a bit, this one is richly flavorful and viscous in the mouth, loaded with dark and milk chocolate notes. Light spice, and a slight chili note subtly warming up the back of the mouth and throat.

Well done Samuel Adams. Nice winter sipper

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 02:27:34 | More by Billolick
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle given to me by my brewing lecturer, nice guy that he is. Shared with Sam.

Pours a solid deep brown, quite consistent throughout its length, and genuinely brown. Head forms a full frothy crown of silky pale brown that stays around quite persistently. Nice fine carbonation and fine lacing around the edge. The body looks a little lighter than I expected, but otherwise it's a very nice looking beer.

Nose is sweet and chocolatey, with a slight spicy character that says "cinnamon" more than "chilli" to me. Indeed, it smells like churros dipping sauce. There's a light peppery character to it as well. It's quite pleasant, without being particularly big or complex.

Taste is a bit flat, but has some interest to it at least. There's certainly a persistent flat cocoa character throughout the beer, with a musty Mexican chocolate molé flavour. Some sharpness on the back suggests a hint of the booze, but the beer itself is a little flat and a little thin. The sweetness is omnipresent, but muted, meaning that it never really coats the tongue, or expresses everything I feel it has to express.

Feel is pretty good. Smooth but soft, with a lightness that stops it from being too heavy.

Despite this pleasant lightness, I feel like the beer could be richer and more exciting overall. It's still pretty solid, but it doesn't really run with the potential it shows. It could use more of something: chilli, chocolate, goat? Whatever it needs, bring it in the next iteration please.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 09:28:05 | More by lacqueredmouse
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a one-fingered light tan head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Black with faint ruby highlights. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Light chocolate nose and flavor is almost sweet chocolate with cinnamon, no chili. $5.99 for a 22oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 23:25:28 | More by jdhilt
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz brown bottle with no freshness date, batch #1 on back.

LOOK: Three fingers of froth, nearly pitch black

SMELL: Dark chocolate, faint coffee, peppery, mild spice, figgy, malty, toasted bread, caramel

TASTE: Sweet, creamy, slick, full bodied, mild mocha character, dark fruit, faintly peppery, modest hopping, light pepper warmth, sweet finish

Its a bock, I get it ... just too damn sweet for my liking. Not enough chili pepper or chocolate to back this beer up. Played it very safe here.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 03:25:50 | More by Jason
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Zorro

California

4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown colored beer with a very Tall light brown colored head. Maybe a little to intensely head forming.

Smells strongly of chocolate and chili with some smoke and roasted chili scent. Cinnamon is in this; it completes the scent of Mexican hot chocolate.

Starts out strongly chocolate with the fruity tasty of chili with the barest trace of heat. Semisweet to bittersweet chocolate taste with some cinnamon bark. Just about the most balanced Chile beer I had yet tasted. Little bit nutty with a mild bitterness, tastes far better than I expected.

Mouthfeel is decidedly FULL.

Overall "Damn why did I put this one in the back of the cooler for a week?" Far tastier than I expected, Very recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 02:50:24 | More by Zorro
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black bodied beer with a decent crop of brown head. Lace is quite abundant. Aroma is light spice, biscuity malt and dusty chocolate. Flavor is very agreeable. Rich malty body with heavy, but not overdone, chocolate notes. Chili spiciness is an afterthought and spicing is light. Alcohol is nowhere to be seen. This is quite flavorful and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 04:48:41 | More by Bighuge
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Burgundy-cola color glistens from light upon exit from the bottle appearing a pitch black while in the vessel with a peanut shell colored head that was a finger plus high with a frothy structure and a strong rate of retention. Tiny carbonation bubbles rise and bead up on the head while the lacing was very sparse.

S: roasted chilis, roasted cocoa with a smoked fruity nature. Level of strength was moderate at first but didn’t hold long.

T: Dried chilis with a dark chocolate/coffee roast. Small flashes of sweet cinnamon with a soft warmth from the chilis. Smoked bock fruitiness, dark fruit, lies underneath along with a warm caramel sweetness. A light touch of medicinal alcohol on the finish. Hops come secondary to the spicing.

M: Good show of carbonation, oily full malt body with a slight warmth of medicinal alcohol.

O: After the first couple sips this does tend to ease up and become easier to consume after the initial unique flavor shock, though would probably still be hesitant on ordering seconds. The chili is held in check compared to others by style ive experienced and has a bigger sweeter, caramel body then most as well. Nice chocolate roasted cocoa and chili mix provides for a unique combination, one you just have to experience for yourself. worthy of a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 01:10:11 | More by beerthulhu
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The Vixen Chocolate Chili Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 534 ratings.