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

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The Vixen Chocolate Chili BockThe Vixen Chocolate Chili Bock

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BA SCORE
84
good

543 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 543
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 32
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
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.

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shand

Florida

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a SA Perfect Pint.

Pours a red-tinged dark brown color with a mocha head. Aroma is a malty chocolate, not really picking up much of the chilis. The taste is good, there's a lot going on behind a fairly subtle frame here. It's a well-restrained chili beer, with the chocolate and malts tempering it as well. There's also a nice lagery taste in there as well that really works with the rest of the beer. I can't help but want for more chili, I tempered that by fixing up a batch of sriracha popcorn to go with this

The mouthfeel is light, especially for a beer with this amount of alcohol. I think it works for the delicacy of the flavors. The drinkability is very good, probably this brew's best aspect. Overall, an enjoyable beer that went down very easily. I don't regret buying a bomber, but I probably won't buy another.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 05:38:33 | More by shand
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Vixie

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep black, not much light escaping this one. Has a huge tan colored head that lingers.

Chocolate and coffee dominate the smell. Hint of cinnamon, and just a touch of the spice from the chilies.

Like the smell, chocolate dominates the flavor. There is also a touch of coffee, and a bit of cinnamon. The chilies are very subtle, adding just a light touch of spice at the finish.

Nice and solid brew here.

A nice interesting beer. Goes down fairly easy considering the strength, and has a nice flavor profile. If you are looking for something out of the ordinary, or just a really nice beer, give this one a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 03:08:19 | More by Vixie
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this bottle last week, came home tonight to some awesome chili and thought it'd pair well.

Pours into a pint glass dark brown, translucent when held to light. Giant beige head on each pour settles at about a half finger with pretty good lacing.

Smell is a bit faint, but cocoa and caramel definitely there along with some earthy notes and spice.

Taste is better. Milk chocolate, caramel and roasted malt along with some lager graininess and toasty malts. Chili heat and some cinnamon are mostly present in the finish and build up with warmth, but light and well balanced overall.

Very light mouthfeel for the style and ABV but also smooth, carbonation feels a bit foamy at times but it's at a good level, drinks easy for the alcohol content.

Paired excellent with the chili, very easy drinking as well, the first half was gone in 10 mins and second half went a bit slower. Not incredibly different from their regular Chocolate Bock, but the chili and cinnamon are well integrated, definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 03:58:59 | More by Chico1985
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rtaps

California

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours black with a one finger width khaki head with great retention, leaving lacing around the glass. look great for a bock.

dark malt aromas, some black licorice. and overall just smells like a good fresh beer. (simple put)

More black licorice than i was expecting on the pallet. with some chocolate to start but the flavoring dissipates quickly leaving no after taste. witch i feel tasks away from grasping all the flavors that the beer might have to offer.

mouth feel is smooth slightly viscous. little carbonation. easy to drink.

overall not a bad bock at all

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 16:49:05 | More by rtaps
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BurpingtonDC

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep dark brown. minimal head that disappeared rapidly.

S - Chocolate, malt and brown sugar

T - While others may have perceived a multitude of flavors, honestly I found it mostly one dimensional as flavor is concerned. The Vixen has a very pronounced chocolate flavor, with hints of malt and brown sugar, but I found the chili to be almost completely imperceptible, if not altogether absent. I also didn't find the spices to be very well represented. At 8.5% ABV I didn't find this beer to be overly boozy either; another plus.

M - Medium bodied, bright and moderately carbonated.

O - Overall not a bad Bock, but the chocolate dominated and the chili didn't live up to its billing. That's a shame, as there are few greater flavor matches exciting as chili and chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 19:49:14 | More by BurpingtonDC
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Gehrig

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two fingers of light tan froth top a rich black body lined with mahogany/ruby trim. Good lacing and nice head duration get The Vixen off to a good start. Decent aromas, with the advertised eclectic malts of caramel and chocolate present but too restrained, and some cinnamon and a tease of the chilies. The nose should definitely be stronger, bolder.

Good taste, with a nice helping of chocolate, caramel, and coffee malts. The finish is nice, with plenty of cinnamon that, to me, adds the heat. The chilies are there but scarcely in flavor and more in temperature in the finish. The more I drink this, the more I think it has the potential to be an outstanding beer, but it needs a good degree more spice, and in the malt balance, a bit more chocolate.

Nice, creamy texture; delicious, easy-going, and friendly on the palate. Good beer, a nice innovation from Sam Adams. I stick by what I said--this is not far from fantastic, but could use more on the "chili" side to make this something special. I'd ramp up the spice a lot more, especially the chili and pepper.

Certainly, until that time, well worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 03:39:06 | More by Gehrig
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Kooz

New York

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a beautiful beer. Poured from 22oz. bottle into standard pint glass--it's pitch black with a brown head. The head dissipates after a few minutes, but never fully. Nice sticky lacing left on the glass. On the first pour, I can't wait to drink it.

Chocolatey-malty smell is the main note, but it's not overpowering. The bottle says there is cinnamon in it, but (thankfully, at least for me) there's no cinnamon in the smell. It's overall nice, but very subtle.

This is a powerful beer with very strong flavors. On the first sip, I get a malty coffee taste. The aftertaste is slightly sweet with cocoa hints. I spent most of the glass waiting in vain for the heat from the chili. I can almost taste chili powder in the finish--not that they use chili powder (they might, I don't know), but the taste is of chili powder, not chili. It's a good beer.

Mouthfeel is odd. The beer has good body, and no bite, but I feel like it could be creamier. Usually, Sam Adams' beers swish up nice and frothy, but this is a bit flat in that sense. I'm not saying it's bad, because it certainly isn't, but I hoped for more.

Overall, it's heavier than you'd think for a bock--and it's got big flavors. I like it a lot--it's one of the better beers I've had in the past few months--maybe the best. But it's a lot to take in. At 22 ounces, this bottle is plenty on its own (which is fine, since it's got a $6 price-tag.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 02:01:41 | More by Kooz
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divineaudio

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber shared with my gf.
deschutes snifter

a - pours an opaque, deep, dark brown. forms a dense, two finger, light brown head that slowly retreats to a thin film. leaves long legs of lacing in the glass.

s - chocolate and roasted malt with faint grassy hops.

t - big chocolate flavor throughout. some roasted malt, notes of molasses, and slightly herbal hop character. finishes slightly dry with a nice warming spiciness that is more subdued than i was expecting.

m - lighter side of medium with the right amount of carbonation.

o - a pretty solid beer all around. i quite enjoyed this one. probably couldn't drink more than a bomber at a time though. worth seeking out in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 01:38:45 | More by divineaudio
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silentjay

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the most intriguing to me out of the series, as I somewhat enjoy the chocolate bock and like how chili peppers have mixed with chocolate in other beers, but never a bock.

a surprisingly dark black for a bock with a sizable latte colored head that sticks around a while and leaves just a bit of lacing.

definitely get the chilis tingling my nose hairs, but not much chocolate. a bit as it warms up, but it seems to be strongest in the typical bock aromas of caramel, toffee, and some dark fruits as well.

pretty mild malty flavors of caramel. a touch of bitter chocolate comes through before the chili kick comes through right before the finish, which remains spicy for a bit then goes caramelly sweet.

light, velvety mouthfeel with a chili tingle that doesn't linger too long due to the bock malt sweetness.

I like it. don't love it. the 8.5% isn't detectable, which is good, but this is a "safe" chili beer. I love that they are mixing things up, and this could be great with a bit more cocoa/chili flavors to make it stand out a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 02:33:13 | More by silentjay
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twiggamortis420

Texas

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

22 oz bottle pours a dark brown color with a few ruby highlights at the edges. Fine-bubbled tan head. Not long-lasting but does leave some nice bully lace.

Nose is more chocolate than chili, and in fact smells eerily similar to the SA Chocolate Bock from the xmas mix pack. Light fruity notes belie yeast and alcohol with some toffee.

Taste is good. Lots of chocolate with a light hint of red chilies...chipotle-esque without the heat, a deft touch indeed. Very smooth, the carbonation is soft and light, which works well for the beer. ABV is very well hidden and the body is silky smooth while maintaining a light, bockish feel. This is my second bottle bought and wouldn’t mind having another some time down the road.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 02:04:50 | More by twiggamortis420
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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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Duhast500

Rhode Island

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

Poured from the tap into a tasting glass.

The color is dark brown with some nice tan head and a some nice lacing.

The smell is a bit dark malt flavor with a little spicey, peppery aroma.

The taste is chocolate with some toasty grain flavor with some come pepper on top. Searching for any hop flavor I could find some did come out slightly but not enough to really guess at what it was.

The feel is medium bodied and is pretty drinkable. It has pretty even feel and goes down easy.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2011 17:32:17 | More by Duhast500
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Durge

Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This stuff is black as night with a very solid tan head and lots of lacing. The aroma offers a sort of metallic charcoal malt. Pretty tame and nothing special. The taste buds pick up deep malt with sharp dark chocolate charcoal and a slight citrus hint. I don’t pick up any obvious chili but there may be a slight edge in there somewhere. It has an unusual, near minty quality. It’s clearly full bodied with a thick but managable feel. Carbonation is prickly stuff that cuts the thickness adequately to make this reasonably drinkable. These Sam Adams special brews are indeed, special.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 01:00:45 | More by Durge
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

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

A solid, if simple beer. Pours black with a very short head, and no lacing. The chocolate and chili are pretty prominent in the nose, and there is a bit of vinous sourness as well. The taste is nice with well balanced flavors of rich chocolate and spicy chili- always a nice combination. Pretty well done. Smooth in the mouth and quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 22:05:37 | More by Georgiabeer
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BEERMILER12

Maine

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

A: Pours a very deep red, almost brown/black with a nice 2 fingers worth of tan head that has decent retention

S: Light chocolate, some chilis, malts, cinnamon, and definite noble hop notes as well. Not too much going on here, though

T: Get the chocolate and malts the most, along with a lingering spice note from the hops, cinnamon, and chili. Alcohol hidden very well

M: Medium-full bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Nice and smooth

O: An interesting take on their regular chocolate bock. The chilis don't come out too much, even as it warms. The chocolate is a bit subdued compared to the regular, though. A bit more mellow, even with the higher abv. I like it

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 23:31:46 | More by BEERMILER12
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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

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

Presentation: 22oz brown bomber with nice label. Thanks to John S. for bringing this one down on a visit! Bock brewed with chocolate, chilis, and cinnamon; kind of like a mole? We'll see!

Appearance: Near-black into the glass, with brown around the edges, with a nice light-tan cap that shows decent retention.

Smell: The aromas meld a nice toasty, caramelly bock with a rich, dark brown ale. Maybe just a hint of spice (both heat and cinnamon?) but that's all that suggests this is anything other than a standard (if very pleasant) brown ale/bock.

Taste: Color me surprised! I was not a real fan of SA's regular Chocolate Bock (in the holiday pack last season) but this is pretty tasty. First and foremost, it TASTES like a bock. It's toasty, bready, and a bit caramelly (though the flavor intensity could be ratcheted up just a tad), and there's only a bit of dusty cocoa on the finish, and a ghost of dry, dusty heat at the end. This is really quite enjoyable. This would make (in my opinion) a FAR better holiday offering (with the cinnamon and heat) than the regular Chocolate Bock offering.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to medium-full.

Overall: Alcohol that's perceived only in a pleasant warming sensation, coupled with a tasty bock with an interesting twist, I'd say SA's got this one spot on. I dunno how much it cost (I think around $6-7), but at that price, I'd likely pick up another if they ever brewed it again.

Overall, solid B...well crafted, and nicely executed. Thanks John!

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 01:56:45 | More by BedetheVenerable
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grittybrews

Washington

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured deep cola brown with three fingers of light mocha head. Mild, slightly sweet aroma of roasty cocoa, caramel, and cinnamon.

Moderate-to-lowish carbonation and a relatively light mouthfeel. Dark cocoa and caramel up front with a gentle dose of cinnamon and a trace of chili pepper and light roast on the finish.

Not a home run but pretty tasty and balanced (I guess it's better to err on the side of less chili). Drinks easy; wouldn't guess it was near 9 percent.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 03:51:03 | More by grittybrews
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Florida9

Illinois

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

A: Poured into a New Belgium goblet. Beer itself is a very very dark brown color, dark enough to appear a glossy black in the glass. Forms a very large, very fizzy, deep tan head that quickly and noisily fizzes away to not even the slightest bit of surface coating. No lacing.

S: The aroma is not nearly as strong as would have expected it to be. A good strong whiff reveals primarily chocolate, with some notes of ancho and pasilla. Caramel and deeply roasted malts also make an appearance.

T: Flavor is fairly sweet. Chocolate dominates, though there is also caramel, raisin, and some ancho. Chocolate milk. There is a mild spicy-pepper kick on the beginning of the finish before drying out with some faint woody cinnamon. Quite interesting.

M: The lighter side of heavy with a very smooth, velvety mouthfeel to it. A little bit of spice from the peppers. Lower carbonation.

O: I was a little nervous about this beer. The label made it sound like there was a lot going on, maybe too much, but damn, this is another surprise from SA. I had their DIPA yesterday and was really impressed with that and now another one that just doesn't fit the SA blueprint. Complex and rather tasty. Smooth and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 00:26:53 | More by Florida9
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Agold

Pennsylvania

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

This beer pours almost black with a finger tall just off white head that recedes to a thin film. Little to no lacing. Aroma is nice. Cocoa forward with a hint of caramel sweetness. Flavor is similar with A bit of chili heat which complements the coco really well. A but of sweetness. Very nice. Good carb and good mouthfeel. Very nice surprise.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 06:21:20 | More by Agold
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Beejay

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep brown as it pours, a very thick brown head on top. In the glass it's a very dark brown that doesn't let any light through.

S: Very strong malty syrupy smell at the start. There is a cocoa powder smell, and a very faint chili smell if I think about it enough. A touch of cinnamon and some light sweet fruity smells, possibly raisons.

T: Very interesting brew. It starts with chocolate, and fades gracefully into a touch of chili and finishes with some light fruit and dark grain notes. The cinnamon and chilies kinda get lost with each other, but I think it is almost better as a solid cohesive flavor rather than being able to pick apart the ingredients. Booze and spice in the finish.

M: Medium bodied, the carbonation is fairly high, and really tingles with the spice notes. The finish feels a little hot

O: Overall very enjoyable. The chilies are a bit subtle, but I suppose that is probably a good thing. You can certainly feel the spice. A very interesting beer, and one I am glad that I tried.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 03:13:22 | More by Beejay
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ujsplace

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug.

This brew pours a deep brown, nearly black colored brew that offers a big, two finger thick, fluffy mocha colored head that definitely has some nice staying power. As it recedes, there is nice lacing clinging to the sides of the glass and what remains is chunky.

Smells of cinnamon, roasted malts, cocoa and chili.

Tastes of dark chocolate blended with cinnamon, roasted malt and a mild chili finish. The flavors all work well enough together. The roasted malt and the chocolate sweetness is nicely balanced out with the chili and the cinnamon adds a nice flavor in the mix. I could argue that the chili is nearly too balanced as I would have like it kicked up a notch or two, but this one does not disappoint. Not too overdone - I could easily drink more than the bottle that I have.

A little lighter than I expected, but it's nice and smooth and is thick enough. Slick, with good carbonation.

Good stuff. Would gladly try this one again. Could easily session this one too - since it strikes a nice balance with the chili rather than being too heavy handed with chili.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 02:32:32 | More by ujsplace
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JohnnyP3

Alaska

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pint 6 fl oz bottle -- Batch 1 -- "enjoy now or age for rich/unique flavors" Pours a chocolate brown with 3 fingers of sand-colored head. Leaves decent lacing on the glass.

Smell consists of chocolate, cocoa powder, some cinnamon, and a grassy hop aroma.

Taste is mellow chocolate and caramel malt flavors upfront with some roasted malt flavors that transitions to a seriously spicy kick from the chilies and cinnamon. The heat from the chilies gradually fades into a rich and boozy chocolate finish.

Mouthfeel is intermediate viscosity and smooth.

Overall a one-of-a-kind brew. Dark, rich, and enticing. Some serious heat from the chillies and the alcohol at the end. Not an easy drinker by any means, but unique and interesting flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 05:46:51 | More by JohnnyP3
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mpedara429

Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Cola color with a reddish hue and one finger of cappuccino colored head. Thin oily lacing.

S: Chocolate, a mild smell of chiles, and dark fruit.

T: Similar to the smell. The chiles have a little bite, but not overpowering.

M: Medium, oily body with carbonation a bit on the lower side.

O: I thought this was a really cool beer. I love chili chocolate to begin with so when I found this beer I had to try it. Of course, chocolate and beer, and chili and beer are a great mix so this takes advantage of both in one bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 00:47:53 | More by mpedara429
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jdkitchi

Wisconsin

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

This poured black with a decent amount of head that faded quickly and left minimal lacing.

I get a little earthy wood along with the malt aromas. The taste is a rather sweet malty brew with some cocoa and spice, a rather slick mouth feel and slight chili in the finish. This seems more comparable to a Doppelbock to me than a bock. The 8.5% ABV backs that up.

I would have liked a little more heat being a chocolate CHILI bock but it is a pretty good chocolate Doppelbock and I would drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 01:23:19 | More by jdkitchi
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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
The Vixen Chocolate Chili Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 543 ratings.