The Vixen Chocolate Chili Bock - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by superdedooperboy:
3.25/5 rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
22-ounce brown glass bottle poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Served too cold initially, right out of the fridge, but allowed to warm naturally over the duration of consumption.
Pours a deep, dark mahogany; tinges of ruby show through when held to the light, but dark enough to nearly give the impression of opacity. A thick two fingers of light mocha foam rises up in a proud display, only to fall away with much snapping, crackling and popping to a thin crown without much lingering on the walls of the vessel.
Not a whole lot going on in the nose, which is rather disappointing; even more Bock-like malt character would be welcome, nevermind the fact that ingredients in this beer include chilies, cocoa nibs and cinnamon. The dominant (if rather subdued) character is of cinnamon, with a faint hint of grassy hops. Some extra sniffing brings about a little of that melanoidin-rich malt character I expect in a Bock of any kind, nicely sweet and slightly toasty, but still extremely subdued.
The palate opens up caramel-chocolaty sweet, with a body and mouthfeel rather lighter than perhaps would be expected from a brew with such a burly appearance. Cinnamon spice and a slight heat from the chilies combine in the middle with rich dark chocolate, bread pudding and burnt caramel, culminating in a character that is intriguing if nothing else; things fall away into a finish that is very long and mostly richly sweet, with a lingering hint of chipotle-like smoky heat.
Alcohol is well-hidden, and the lighter-than-expected body combined with the balancing spiciness help turn what could have been a heavy, cloying brew into a constant (if somewhat slow) sipper.
Interesting overall, but after the recent experience of Stone's 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale, spicy chili cravings left this beer wanting for a bigger dose of heat, which could have even made it a more well-rounded brew, as it leans a bit on the sweet side still. In afterthought, the combination of flavors is actually reminiscent of a peaty Scotch ale, with a similar weight and sweetness combined with that touch of smokiness in the finish. It seems that with this beer the brewers at Boston Beer Co. may have actually created, not a masterpiece, but a hybrid beer more worthy of its own "style" than the failed stylistic creation that is Infinium.
Serving type: bottle
12-05-2011 03:02:05 | More by superdedooperboy
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3.8/5 rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/17/2011. Pours nearly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of raisin, prune, plum, chocolate, cocoa, molasses, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, biscuit, light coffee, cinnamon, herbal, light chile, clove, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, yeast ester, and spice notes; with solid strength. Taste of raisin, plum, prune, chocolate, cocoa, toast, molasses, biscuit, dark bread, light coffee, cinnamon, clove, light chile, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Light cinnamon/chile spice with slight heat on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, prune, plum, chocolate, cocoa, toast, dark bread, light coffee, cinnamon, clove, light chile, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, spice, and fruity yeast ester flavors; with a nice malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good spiced bock style. Good balance, robustness, and complexity of malt, spice, and fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.
Serving type: bottle
02-06-2014 00:08:43 | More by superspak
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-03-2013 17:47:01 | More by tigg924
3.91/5 rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
Poured from a bottle into a dimpled mug. (Batch #2)
A - Pours a dark brown almost black, with ruby highlights. Massive fluffy four-finger head of tan foam. Moderate amount of lacing.
S - Strong aroma of prunes, soy sauce, smoke, and caramel. Kudos for the strength of the aroma, but it doesn't really smell that great.
T - Taste is much better; chocolate mousse, cinnamon, campfire smoke, and malted milk. Very sweet. Chilies not really present in the flavor, but manifest themselves as sort of an after-swallow tingle on the tongue in the finish. Enough complexity and interplay with the spice to leave you wanting another sip.
M - Full bodied and so, so creamy. Almost like drinking a slightly melted milk shake. Medium carbonation. Pretty amazing in this category.
O - I enjoyed this quite a bit, despite some flaws. Might be a shade too sweet, could have used a little more chilies, but overall a pretty decent beer that I would buy again when in the mood.
Serving type: bottle
11-28-2013 06:46:28 | More by TempeBeerMan
The Vixen Chocolate Chili Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 544 ratings.