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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

557 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 557
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 34
Gots: 40 | 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.

(Beer added by: ReelBigwigFish on 10-27-2011)
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Reviews by deonreds:
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

deonreds, Oct 30, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
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.

oberon, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of tbryan5
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

tbryan5, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In a pilsner glass this beer was near black with a thick tan head that subsided rapidly. There was a smattering of lace.

A lot of roasted malt in the aroma. Some chocolate. Peppery spice. All the aromas were subtle.

Very malty taste. Chocolate. There was a background of cinnamon. The chile came through at the end, leaving a little heat.

I thought this beer tried to do too much. Mellow malt at the onset, some heat at the end. Rather incongruous.

Would perhaps try it again.

lordofthewiens, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of warnerry
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Looked deep red as it was pouring. In the glass it looks deep brown. One and a half fingers of creamy looking tan head. Head has very good retention and leaves some lacing.

S - Chocolate and dark fruits come through initially. Faint chili and cinnamon aromas, with some nice dark bread as well. Pretty good.

T - Chili aspect is quite subtle in the flavor as well. As with the smell, chocolate is quite prominent, with bittersweet and cocoa elements. Very little cinnamon. Dark brown bread with some dried fruits.

M - Medium mouthfeel. A bit creamy.

O - Not a bad beer, but the chocolate/cocoa really overpowers everything else. Probably wouldn't get this one again.

warnerry, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of Doomcifer
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%

Doomcifer, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of Jason
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.

Jason, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of Billolick
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

Billolick, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of tigg924
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1 inch head, clear, dark-brown colored, with high carbonation

Smell: cocoa, milk, and faint pepper

Taste: milk chocolate, dark chocolate, Bosco, light cinnamon, and pepper that gets stronger as the beer warms. It leaves a nice hot sensation in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy body, sweet with slight peppery heat, moderate carbonation

Overall: Was fortunate to find a bottle of this laying around. When I picked it up, I was thinking that the pepper would be all gone. I was surprised to find that there was still decent heat especially in the aftertaste as the beer warmed. While I would have liked more heat, my problem with this beer is more the chocolate flavors that were ok, but far from the best I have had. It seems like the dark chocolate and milk chocolate do not mesh as well here as in other beers. Would love to try this one fresh, but in reading other reviews, the taste seems to hold up.

tigg924, Dec 03, 2013
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.

Mora2000, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of NoetheMatt
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

NoetheMatt, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of Cavanaghty
4.45/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Glass.

Appearance: Almost black, dark color with about one finger of brown head, mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Spicy, peppery smells with some cocoa in the background.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Full Bodied, thick, but smooth. Taste of a peppery, chili mix finishing with a hint of real cocoa.

Overall: Excellent brew, reminded me of some of the real Aztec Chocolate drinks I had in the Carribean, not the sugar sweetened chocolate crap we have here in the states, but real spiced chocolate drinks that are not sweetened.

Cavanaghty, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of jondeelee
4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Vixen opens with a nose that only partially resembles the "Chocolate Chili Bock" that it claims to be, for while the bock aromas are lovely and pronounced, bringing massive yeasty malts with their fig-and-molasses-and-raisin-port aromas, the chocolate notes are pushed slightly to the background, and in fact come across more as chocolate malt than chocolate (though a good thread of milk chocolate is still perceptible). The chili, however, is (somewhat thankfully) almost imperceptible, existing mainly as the promise of paprika at the outermost edges of perception. Still, the aromas in this beer are excellent, being full, round, and bright, and demand attention.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a milk and dark-chocolate laced shot of figs, raisin, vanilla, and port, much as if an aged bottle of tawny port had been placed on the tongue, accompanied by a tiny piece of high-quality Belgian chocolate. The chocolate flavors actually seem to increase as the beer is held on the tongue and the malty sugars die away, adding a slight layer of chalky cacao to the latter flavor profile. The chili is present throughout the mouthful, but thankfully does not overpower the beer, instead adding a light spicy, fiery paprika counter to the sugars and chocolate--much like fine chili threads add a beautiful extra flavor to haute cuisine. The label does say that cinnamon was added to the brew, but it is apparently so subtle (or perhaps so catalytic) that I cannot tease it out from the other flavors. The aftertaste is an alcoholic and very long-lasting whiff of port, fig, and chalky chocolate, and is in many senses quite resemblant of the aftertaste of a good Imperial Stout. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium-light to medium.

Overall, while I admit that I wasn't looking forward to this beer--there were too many chances that it could have turned out an overpowered flavor mess--I'm quite surprised at the brew's deliciousness and drinkability. I would have expected something of this quality to come from Dogfish Head, so well crafted is the brew, and based solely on the strengths of The Vixen, am very much looking forward to Sam Adams' other offerings in this latest series. Highly recommended.

jondeelee, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of dogfishandi
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle about fridge temp poured into a snifter, split with friends.

pours out pretty much black, but is actually a very dark brown. a nice creamy tan head that showed some nice retention and some pretty decent sticky lace.

what i mostly get in the aroma is some sweet toasty malts and some slight fruity esters. no real chili heat, the slightest hint of cocoa...maybe.

more of just a straight up bock than anything. the slightest hints of cocoa, maybe the slightest hint of a peppery spice, but that could be my imagination or abused palate. mostly sweet toasty, slight roasty malts, fruity esters, and a bit of dark fruits.

medium bodied, decent feeling carbonation, maybe couldve used a bit more heft.

not really picking up any chili peppers, cinnamin, or cocoa nibs which this is claimed to be brewed with, but this is a solid bock regardless. not really something i would buy again, bocks really arent my favorite style, but its good to see sam adams stepping up and offering something for the true beer geeks.

dogfishandi, Nov 21, 2011
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.

MattyG85, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of far333
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark chestnut colored with ruby highlights and an oatmeal colored head that slowly recedes. Aroma of cocoa and toasty malt. Rich flavor of cocoa, sea salt, woody notes, dried leaves, marshmallow. Moderate offsetting bitterness, subtle chili spice, not overpowering, would actually like more. Complex flavors, but just not that thrilling. Sort of vegetal, not sure where the saltiness comes from. Watery mouthfeel, could use more body for my tastes.

far333, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opened this brew after work.

American Bomber style bottle. 22oz.

Poured into my glass a deep coffee brown/blackish. Head forms quick after the pour, however only stays for a minute. Good lace.

Aromas of chocolate, burnt wood... smoke. Not so much of chili, but some linger of the cinnamon.

The taste is chocolate. Not too sweet though. The Bock style really does bring the body of this beer down a lot vs a Chocolate Stout or Porter. This quality is rare though, and is proven worthy.

Overall this was a good beer. I hope Sam Adams re-releases it again, and also that they keep up the work inventing new stuff.

Good time, Cheers.

StevenBilodeau, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of rwilde
4/5  rDev +8.1%

rwilde, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Appearance is deep dark almost black with ruby highlights once held toward a light source, with tan mocha head very creamy textures going on even scattered lace…looks pretty stunning.

Aroma dark chocolate roasted malts and cocoa nibs added, dark fruit I’d say plums/raisins, and a hint of chili in the nares after a few sips.

Flavor has a dark chocolate syrup rolling with each sip, bock character with this abv of dark earthy ripened fruit notes, claims to have chili additions but very hard to detect amongst the big malt layers and cocoa nib additions…roasted dark chocolate finishes pretty sweet!

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied lingering sweetness and lack of chili kick makes me yearn for a dry spicy finish…instead I get lingering dark fruit and caramelized roasted dark chocolate sugars which linger…the carbonation is moderate but carries this beer quite well. Those chili notes could have saved this beer.

Overall, I’m glad It didn’t my mouth or south end, but I wanted more out of a chili chocolate bock called the Vixen I was expecting some S & M maybe get slapped around a bit…it wouldn’t have hurt the balance glad to see this in a 12 ounce format as part of a lager mixed case I picked up in PA!

WVbeergeek, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of mrosenfeld32
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

mrosenfeld32, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of ianjsullivan
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ST: 22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Batch no.1. Bottle lists the ABV but not a BOD or DBD. It does not that the beer can be aged.

A: Dark chestnut brown and almost black with a fingernail brown fluffy head. It leaves spotty lacing, and the head fades quickly

S: Cocoa, roasted malt, and a slight spicy aroma (the bottle claims it could be chilies; I cannot stay for sure, but there is spice in the aroma that reminds me of Rogue's Chipotle ale).

T: There is a good bit of hops and heat from spice which surprisingly begins the beer. I expected more sweet malt with the heat arriving in the finish. Instead, the heat starts before moving into sweet cocoa. The beer then adds some roasted malts and bitter chocolate. However, the heat does return to join the slight hop finish.

M: Not as heavy as I thought it would be: more medium.

O: It seems like Sam Adams has been attempting of late to break its image as a macro micro brewer, and it is trying to do this by bringing out more experimental beers (something that is very popular in the current world of micro-brews). Sam does catch a lot of flack, and some of it is deserved, but some of it is not. Oddly enough, the beer represents both of those points.

Sam does offer something interesting with this beer. It has a nice mix of flavors, and the heat works well. Though a solid beer, it is not amazing (which is the normal complaint against Sam). The beer seems slightly off balance in the amount of bitterness (this does improve as the beer warms), and the body seems a bit light. These flaws keep it from being an amazing beer in my eyes. However, I am not mad that I spent the money. In this world of rare, limited, and expensive brews, it isn't such a bad thing to find an experiment that is solid rather than a disaster. I would be interested in trying this again with a year or two of age.

ianjsullivan, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of MrVonzipper
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black with a solid 1 finger tan head with excellent retention and lacing.

Nice nose for a bock IMO. Nice dark roasted caramel malt, mild black licorice with a nice light sweetness. Not getting much cili or chocolate.

Flavor is pretty mild and falls a bit flat, especially on the finish. Caramel roasted malt, mild licorice and dark chocolate are the noticeable characteristics. Lacking the chili.

Medium bodied. Fairly thin with medium carbonation.

Overall it's decent. Not terrible, but need Alot of work. Seriously lacking the chili all around.

MrVonzipper, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of BrewMaven
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Here's #3 of my Small Batch gift pack.

Pours almost black with a slight hint of dark amber light showing through. decent tan head that, as seems to be usual with high octane beers, drops to a ring/partial cover within a minute or two...splotchy lacing.

Not picking up much in terms of aromas here...a hint of a roasty smell...slightly spicy?

Taste ran from a bit of chocolate up front, spicy through the middle with more chocolate on the finish. Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

Not bad, but not not really any better than the Polish Porters I can compare it to since it drinks more like a porter than a bock.

BrewMaven, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of skholbrook1982
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

skholbrook1982, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Feb 13, 2012
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The Vixen Chocolate Chili Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 557 ratings.