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

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The Vixen Chocolate Chili BockThe Vixen Chocolate Chili Bock

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

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of Casey10
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Overall a nice beer here.

It pours a dark chocolate color with a thin wispy head. Smell and taste are close with slight chocolate but yet not much of the chili flavor.

The mouthfeel is nice you can first pick up a slight heat of the chilis but not bad.

Overall not a bad beer at all and good to see some different stuff from sam adams.

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Photo of ryanonline
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.

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Photo of socon67
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of SouljaSaia17
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
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.

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Photo of tdm168
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.

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Photo of Crundy
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice and dark brown, in flavor, fantastic creamy head and lace... Roasted malts and cocoa on the snout. Flavor boast heavy bocklike malts, beautiful chocolate and and when it warms some spiciness.
Thick creamy body, small tingly carbonation.

Overall nice I could do one of these anytie. Good winter beer.

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Photo of Mora2000
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.

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Photo of RickS95
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
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.

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Photo of tobelerone
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
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.

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Photo of budgood1
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 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.

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Photo of KattM2013
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
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!

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Photo of Pahn
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of beergod1
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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.96/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of pzrhsau
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Rich chocolate brown color with a gigantic foamy coffee colored head.
S: The beer has a nice cocoa and coffee color with a slight acidity from the chilis.
T: Very good rich chocolate ovaltine flavor with some hints of cinnamon. The chili adds some subtle heat but that could easily have been the cinnamon. Its not really a big chili flavor but the alternative would probably have been sickening. So this was a good combo.
M/O: Very filling and good bock flavor with a nice twist on the ingredients.

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

Poured dark black into a tulip with a sizeable head. Head lingered for awhile.
Rich, roasty, malty smell to it. Then the taste... um, is this not the chocolate bock? On the finish I can detect the chili and the cinnamon, but in trace amounts. I really would like more chili. If you are going to make something with chili, assume the easily frightened and mainstream beer drinkers are not going to buy it, and JACK THE CHILI UP. I don't need a full scorch, but a nice little tingle would please me.
Otherwise pretty darn good, smooth, chocolatey, sticky tasting. If you like that sort of dessert beer, (especially if you like the SA Choco bock original) than you will like this.

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Photo of Rojopunk
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
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 !

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

A- Pours just a few shades lighter than midnight black. Thick and chewy 3 finger head floats effortlessly before fading away. Some nice thin lacing sticks to the side of the glass and doesnt appear to want to let go.

S- Dark Belgian chocolate, notes of vanilla, cinnamon, dried cherries/raisins/figs/prunes... seems like i'm picking up a little dried chili as well. Not an extreme wealth of depth, but what is there, is very nice.

T- Tastes alot like the cayenne pepper chocolate bars that I love so much! Lots of deep dark chocolate, subtle touches of vanilla bean, raisins, dried cherries, and a very light touch of spicy chili pepper on the back end finish. The chili pepper and vanilla really open up as it warms up. The original Sam Adams Chocolate Bock has always been one of my favorite brews.

M- I love the little bit of spice buried under the cocoa. Not much carbonation, but I wasnt expecting much anyway. Decent depth of flavors as it warms.

O- Looking forward to having this again. This would be great in/with a nice bowl of chili on a cold day. Really glad I finally got around to trying this. A bargin at $3.50!!!

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Photo of rtaps
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
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

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Photo of Pencible
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.

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The Vixen Chocolate Chili Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.7 out of 5 based on 611 ratings.
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