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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

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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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ryanonline

Florida

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

Deep deep dark black with a light tan head. Absolutely opaque and leaves little lacing.

Smells very sweet with a lot of milk chocolate and just a touch of roast. Also a pretty distinct malt nose from a more traditional caramel like malt in the background. Trying to find some spice notes but am only coming up with what seems like cedar.

The taste is very similar, all the flavors are fairly well balanced and somewhat subtle. More than I would expect, this beer has some real character. I no longer detect the woody flavor I was getting in the nose, but, I seem to be tasting some kind of dry spice in the finish.

The Mouthfeel is quite refreshing and very clean with some very crisp carbonation. Medium bodied with a strong sweet finish.

Drinkability is moderate to high as this beer retains some strong flavors but is medium bodied and very tasty.

I am quite pleasantly surprised with this beer as I tried the griffins bow from this series and just did not like it. The only complaint I would have about this beer is that it is really more like a stout, however, I love stouts.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 00:15:08 | More by ryanonline
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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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Crundy

Ohio

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

A: pitch black with dark brown where the light can shine through, light mocha head

S: chocolate, candy smell, chilis, roasted malt, slight alcohol aroma as well

T: burnt flavor, chocolate flavor, roasted malt, caramel and wood flavors

M: very dry but smooth and creamy, some heat on the back of the tongue

O: Very interesting beer, diverse flavor, I'm really enjoying the heat from the chili on the finish. Good beer overall, just very different.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 03:50:49 | More by Crundy
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Pahn

New York

4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle split two ways, poured into a Duvel tulip. Batch 1. Drank on 11/9/11.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 2 inch, frothy offwhite head that dissipates very slowly leaving a 1 inch lace wall around the glass. Pours a semi-opaque dark brown, and leaves tons of lacing.

Smell: Effervescent cola and some roasted malt. Smells like a muted Ayinger Celebrator. Not bad, but totally unremarkable.

Taste: Creamy and smooth, with mild chilies and cinnamon up front, cocoa finish. Some heat up front, but also slight chili pepper flavor. Decadent and malty. Somewhat reminiscent of chocolate chili truffles, which I love when they're done well.

Flavor deepens nicely, with some dark fruit joining the chilis/cinnamon/cocoa in highlighting the dominant sugary pastry plus dark malts flavor. Really delicious.

No hop flavor whatsoever, and it does sacrifice some malt depth for the spice highlights. Still, really great taste.

Mouthfeel: Full side of medium bodied. Silky smooth. Mild heat and even milder dryness. Perfect vehicle for the flavors of this beer.

Overall: As always, a beer with a world class mouthfeel is going to be treated kindly by me. This beer has great flavors, deft use of spices, and a great price. Since drinking it two days ago, I've bought more.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 23:21:39 | More by Pahn
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socon67

New York

4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this limited release from BBC. I tend to like some heat with stouts. Let's see how this bock does the trick.

A - Brown pour that settles darker. Brown foam lingers. Very slight carbonation.

S - Smells of cocoa. Has a boozy component. You can smell some of the peppery heat as it warms.

T - Initial flavor is a blast of roasted malt and cocoa powder. Finishes with more of a booze warmth. The chili pepper hits the roof of the mouth. There is certainly a bite of acid. It is a nice transition.

M - The complexity and rich body of this makes this a beer that is tough to balance. I think they did a solid job, but this does taste heavy.

O - Nice effort from BBC and I enjoyed the beer. I'd consider trying some of the others based on this.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 00:49:59 | More by socon67
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for splitting this bottle with me.

Pours a deep, dark brown that borders on black with a thin layer of soft, off white head that has little retention. The nose has an odd powdery character to it with notes of cocoa powder and chili powder. The lager yeast is also noticeable. The flavor is much the same; a little chocolate reminiscent of cocoa powder, a little spice reminiscent of chili powder, and a distinct lagery, yeasty finish. The bottles promises a bity, spicy finish, but there isn't one in my opinion. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is a little dry.

I'm glad I got to try this but I'm not sure I would have it again. The powdery characteristics in my opinion detracted from the overall balance and drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 09:31:57 | More by tdm168
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 650 ml bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark blackish brown with only a little bit of ruby at the bottom. Lots of bubbles and a huge four finger creamy tan head with good retention. Leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet dark roasted malts with big hints of chocolate and caramel. Very bready with a hint of nuts and oats. Subtle hints of cinnamon and chili spices. Also a little hint of earthy hops in the background. Malts smell very robust.

Taste: Tastes a lot like a bock with chocolate infused into it. Big taste of dark roasted malts with good notes of chocolate, caramel, nuts, milk, and oat. The spices start to emerge towards the finish with some hints of cinnamon and chili. Also a little hint of noble hops. Spices are still fairly subtle with the chocolate malts standing out the most.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very creamy and somewhat syrupy. A little heat is felt in the mouth although that is probably more from the spices than the alcohol.

Overall: A very solid version of a Bock. Nice robust malts and chocolate. The spices are subtle but noticeable enough to add a interesting kick.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 05:34:33 | More by MattyG85
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SouljaSaia17

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a dark, roasted color with a pretty thin, caramel colored head. Does have a lot of big and tiny bubbles on the head, but not much retention and leaves very little lacing. Still a nice looking beer.

S: Whoa, wow...I get a whiff from those chillies right away along with some cinnamon. Upon a second smell and a little more focus, I get some cocoa and a slight hint of hops.

T: Initial taste is of some heat and spice, which I imagine is from the chillies that are blended with the hops. A slightly sweet, roasted character comes through the middle of the flavor and ends with some cinnamon and malt.

M: Its a mild texture as far as the mouth goes. I would say a little more thin than their Chocolate Bock, but definitely not watery. This is a slow sipper as you will get more character and flavor from this beer by letting it warm up.

O: Didnt think I would get the chance to have this as it was 1 of 2 missing from my batch series collection. Now that I have had it, this beer was definitely worth the wait and the price.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 06:02:00 | More by SouljaSaia17
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KattM2013

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Its color is deep brown, almost black, with a creamy tan colored head.

S: The aroma is very complex but notes of sweet chocolate and chili are definitely prominent.

T: The taste is similar to the aroma with chocolate hitting the palate up front and the chili setting in after.

O: The sublte quality of the chili is what makes this beer so great in my opinion. The sharpness following the sweet chocolate makes The "Vixen" exactly that!

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2013 04:56:21 | More by KattM2013
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

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

Samuel Adams : The Vixen (Chocolate Chili Bock)

Pours a dark brown bordering black color, off white head. Aroma of roasted malts, some chocolate and mild mocha. In the taste, full on decadent chocolate upfront, with alittle roasted malt flavor. In the finish, the presence of chili's is noticed, but not overstated. Mild chocolate with a touch of spice. Draws some parallels to Mexican Mole sauce, and to this would be a fine pairing. Overall, an interesting brew, and worth the try.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 01:35:01 | More by Stinkypuss
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. I couldn't resist buying this despite the less than stellar reviews it has gotten so far. The combo seems too enticing to pass on. Batch #1, I believe.

4.0 A: Dark brown, almost black color. Three fingers of creamy tan head. Retention is good and a good amount of lacing is left.

3.0 S: Hmmm. Not what I was expecting. The cocoa nibs are evident, but the chilies are not. Upon further inspection, I do get a bit of heat, but it's entirely possible that I'm imagining it based on my expectations. The cinnamon is in the same boat. There's no way I would have been able to pick it out had I not known about it's existence. Anyway, the malts are dusty and grainy. Minor amounts of generic dark fruitiness. Overall, there isn't much going on here - from the beer or the adjuncts.

4.0 T: The taste is much more interesting, but it still isn't interesting on an absolute scale. That isn't to say that it doesn't taste good. There's a good bit of dark caramel maltiness and chocolate accompanied again by a light dark fruitiness. The malts are again grainy, but not dry or dusty like the nose. Now, onto the reason I bought this beer. The chilies flavor is evident, but the heat is quite weak. There is a light warming on the finish, but I attribute that more or less to the ABV. The cinnamon can be picked out without prior knowledge and it adds a soft, complementary spiciness.

5.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. This is creamy as fuck. I love the mouthfeel on this. Perfect.

4.5 T: Initially, I was pissed since I was in the mood for a spicy treat. Though this didn't deliver on the heat, it turned out to be a pretty damn good beer once I got over my expectations. The nose is inexplicably weak and boring, but the taste is complex and well rounded and the mouthfeel is phenomenal. BA, you were wrong.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 02:55:46 | More by DavoleBomb
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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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budgood1

Minnesota

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

pours out of the 22 ounce bottle an almost completely opaque crimson colour with dark brownish hues. a rather large tan billows upward and recedes slowly, leaving some sparse lace. aroma is mostly cocoa powderish...i can just barely pick up the peppers, but as far as any other spicing, i just perceive the malts used. smells nice. the taste of this unique bock is a well balanced mix of malts, milk chocolate, and a subtle hint of cinnamon and warming chilies. layered and complex. very impressed with all that's going on in the flavour profile. a spicy and flowery hop addition provides another complex feature. the warmth and spice from the chilies used meld well with the alcohol present to warm up the belly quite nicely. i could almost wax poetic with all the stuff going on as i keep on sipping, but i won't. extremely smooth and somewhat slick mouthfeel provides for some easy drinking...it just slides down too easy. the overall body is supple and velvety. props up the rest of the beer quite nicely. drinkability might suffer a bit because after one bomber, my curiousity is satisfied and too much more might not be to my liking, and i rarely feel that way.

overall, i really liked this concoction. obviously i have nothing to compare it to, but within the bock/doppelbock style, it holds its own. i may not care to revisit this, but would definitley recommend for sampling.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 23:45:18 | More by budgood1
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tobelerone

Connecticut

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

A mahogany colored brew with an excellent brown head and strong lacing. Nice nose of roast malt, chocolate, faint ancho (?) chili in the rear; lightly sweet.

Very tasty and chocolate-forward; mild bitterness from the noble hops, cinnamon, toffee, lightly sweet and roasty, again, the ancho or chipotle peppers creep up in the rear for a very lightly spicy mouth-tingling finish. Subtle mineral note in the finish.

Lively carbonation combined with the chilis makes for a prickly and vibrant mouthfeel on this medium-bodied beer. Really nicely done, everything is well-balanced; the chocolate and chili are nicely integrated but don’t disappear into the other flavors. A quality bock with gentle chili heat. I really enjoyed this one.

4.99 for the bomber was a nice price too; split this one with the missus and paired it up with some spicy pot roast as well.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 17:07:11 | More by tobelerone
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black with red brown tones at the edges. Two finger fine to medium light tan head dissipates quickly to a film with lacing on the sides. Very faint aroma of dark malt and chocolate. Flavor is interesting, dark malt dominated by chocolate and a hint of vanilla The chilies appear in the finish and work quite nicely, making an interesting flavor progression. Medium bodied with a nice play between the chili and the carbonation for a peppery mouthfeel. I like this one quite a bit. Interesting ad tasty.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 04:39:45 | More by LiquidAmber
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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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RickS95

Indiana

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

Pours a seriously thick, dark brown/'light' black. The head is offtan and moderately thick, but retention is minimal.

Roasted malt jumps at the nose, along with Mexican spices and caramel. Cinnamon is present but sometimes gets lost with all the other scents.

Very malt forward, smokey. Again, the cinnamon is there but gets pushed back by the chilies and other spices. Caramel is there. Almost no hop notes. Cocoa nibs only show up as a bittering agent in the swallow.

It's creamy and thick. Full bodied and almost chewy. You can tell there's a lot happening, but nothing really takes command. There's ample sweetness, but it's balanced by the spices and the heat from the chilies and alcohol. Warming finish.

As good a lager as I've had, very drinkable given all that's going on in the glass. A good selection from Sam Adams.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 02:32:21 | More by RickS95
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nickfl

Florida

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of light tan foam on top of a black body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice lace.

S - Earthy chocolate, black pepper, and some lighty fruity chili notes along with dark, bready malt.

T - Sweet, dark malt up front with some dark chocolate in the background. Some dark fruit in the middle with mild notes of black cherry and plum. Finishes with sweet chocolate, burnt caramel, and lingring chicory notes as well as a light chili heat in the back of the throat.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - Nicely done, the chili character is restrained while the chocolate is robust, which is a wise balance for a beer that contains these elements. Not as complex as some chili/chocolate imperial stouts that I have had, but it is flavorful and smooth so I guess it is what one would expect for a spiced Bock.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 02:18:41 | More by nickfl
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sommersb

Tennessee

3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 11-20-2011
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Perfect pint
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

A: Dark brown, near black beer, with a huge creamy tan head of 4 fingers. Clear, you can see some ruby edges when held to the light. Excellent lacing and great head retention.

S: Sweet malts and toasted grains, with some cinnamon spice. The chocolate and chili notes are there, but faint.

T: Very flavorful, with big chocolate taste in the malts. The chilies are present, but there's not a lot of heat. Spices include cinnamon and vanilla. Bitterness is low in this rich and malty brew.

M: Creamy mouthfeel, with a full body and low carbonation. Nice alcohol warmth, with an aftertaste of chocolate and light chili spices.

O: Very enjoyable, nicely done chocolate bock. I docked it a half point in the taste for having such a weak chili presence since that's included in the name.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 02:20:38 | More by sommersb
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beergod1

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights when held to the light.The aroma is chocolate, light caramel, Spice, and a hint of pepper. It has a nice thick tan head that lasts a minute or so before fading to a thick film that leaves behind a combination of webbing and rings for lacing on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with lots of milk chocolate. There are some faint spicy notes in the background. The finish is a mixture of caramel and light fruit/raisin with a slight hint of smoke. I did not taste any spicy heat initially, but about half way through the glass, I did get just a hint of a spicy burn in the back of my throat. As it warms, the alcohol starts to lightly come through. Medium-full bodied with light-moderate carbonation and a somewhat sticky mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 23:16:39 | More by beergod1
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Rojopunk

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 12 oz bottle

Appearance - Very Dark brown

Smell - Very sweet with Slight hints of chocolate

Taste - Slight chocolate taste very sweet

Mouth feel - medium body

Sam is defiantly amping it up . Its nice to see more coming out of Sam Adams when i started drinking more craft beer they originally set the bar. Defiantly a beer to have with a good meal.

Side note go pick up one of sams new beer !

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 19:17:04 | More by Rojopunk
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homebrew311

Illinois

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

A: Pours a dark brown, 2 finger head initially, reduces to a thin coating of tan foam, hangs around for a bit, not much lacing

S: notes of chocolate and grape come through, firm malts in the middle, some notes of molasses and caramel, hints of chili

T: taste begins with dry bitter dark chocolate, this is followed by a sweetness in the middl...this is were the typical bock flavors come through, some molasses and grape, this is followed by a very slight pepper heat on the finish. The pepper is quite time and only builds up a little bit

MF: medium body, smooth mouthfeel

O: this is very similar to the chocolate bock from the Winter Classics mix pack, it has increased strength which is well integrated in the brew, the addition of chili is lost a little bit. I hoped for a increased amount of heat.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 06:09:26 | More by homebrew311
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TechTriumph

Virginia

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

From notes on 12/03/11:
No freshness date; Poured in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - Two inch tan bubbly head; Very, very deep, dark brownish, ruby red color; No lacing to be had

S - Faint aroma overall; Cocoa and roasted earthy malts; Touch of cinnamon; Notes of some cereal, grains, and oatmeal

T - Good amount of chocolate, cocoa, and roasted flavors; Some sweet caramel as well; Subtle, but pleasant chili flavor comes near the finish to bring a touch of warmth and a peppery taste; A light bitter cocoa taste lingers on the tongue

M - Moderate carbonation; Medium to full bodied; Slight dry finish; Smooth texture with no hints of alcohol

O - The aroma of this beer didn't do much for me, but the flavor was quite nice. I think the chocolate, cocoa, and roasty flavors work well with the subtle chili finish. This beer is easy to drink and very smooth as well. It's certainly worthy to be a permanent offering, and probably my favorite thus far in this series of small batches.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 15:24:50 | More by TechTriumph
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Pencible

Virginia

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

A: This poured a clear black ruby with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like chili powder and cocoa powder, with copper hops and nutty malt and roasted barley.
T: It tasted like chili powder and cocoa powder, with roasted barley and copper hops, and a little nutty malt. It had a light and clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with lots of carbonation. Light body.
D: This had a very pronounced chili flavor that mingled well with the bock characteristics. Nice scent and taste, with refreshingly light body. The alcohol was well hidden, so it was easy to drink. If this ages as well as the regular Sam Adams Chocolate Bock, it should be a nice addition to the cellar. Not super exciting fresh, but a solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 19:08:19 | More by Pencible
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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
The Vixen Chocolate Chili Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 534 ratings.