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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

544 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 544
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.

(Beer added by: ReelBigwigFish on 10-27-2011)
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CrashOverride

Texas

1/5  rDev -73%

12-25-2011 19:35:19 | More by CrashOverride
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mnavarra

Connecticut

1/5  rDev -73%

03-16-2012 13:58:49 | More by mnavarra
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -73%

05-09-2013 02:25:49 | More by tommyguz
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PrimScrewhead

Rhode Island

1.5/5  rDev -59.5%

01-19-2012 03:32:18 | More by PrimScrewhead
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TheEvilGenius

Pennsylvania

1.5/5  rDev -59.5%

12-30-2011 01:57:42 | More by TheEvilGenius
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cet128

Indiana

1.5/5  rDev -59.5%

12-24-2012 00:25:37 | More by cet128
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jneiswender

Massachusetts

1.63/5  rDev -55.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a sample glass at the release party of the set of beers. Served cool.

Dark root beer body and a tan head. Light chocolate smell. Candy chocolate smell. Where is the chili on this? If it was a chocolate bock it would be okay. As a chocolate chile beer this is way off. Lacks in all departments. Not a bad tasting beer but just deliver as advertised.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 14:29:01 | More by jneiswender
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Faina

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -45.9%

01-05-2012 03:36:22 | More by Faina
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smxr88

Pennsylvania

2.2/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This beer reminded me of twizzlers. As soon as I poured it and even tasted it. It reminded me of the one candy that I hated. I usually like every beer I try and give it at least an average rating, but this beer just grossed me out because it reminded me of a licorice flavor. I expected a more chocolaty taste with a bigger burn at the end. I would have loved a stronger chocolate taste and more burn, but no it just gave me a sick feeling like I just ate a pack of licorice. My buddy loved it. I believe a lot of people would love it, but me myself I will never buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 05:38:13 | More by smxr88
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

2.25/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A - super dark in color, with some red highlights where the light can shine through, the pour wells up a finger of chocolate colored head

S - a surprisingly monotonous aroma, chocolate malts, no chili representation at all, not that the roasted chocolate aroma is bad, just expected more layering

T - the chocolate malts dominate the flavor as well as the aroma, the chili is truly hard to discern to me, however it is present as a mild acidity with faint flavors that remind me of chili powder

M&D - sharp and a bit biting on the palate, not sour, just a strong acid profile, roasted chocolate malts balance this acid sufficiently, but not enough to make this beer particularly inviting

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 01:42:35 | More by sinstaineddemon
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powerss13

Kansas

2.38/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer kind of disappointed me. When I read the label to it, I thought in my head it was going to be a different and great beer. Then, when I tasted it, I was saddened.

Appearance: Dark color, with little light through

Smell: Pretty goos smell, definitely get a small hint of chili in it.

Taste: Mostly chocolate malt. There is no chili taste whatsoever. I was expecting atleast a little bit of heat, and there was none at all.

Mouthfeel: Very light and smooth, Not much taste to it.

Overall: A beer that I suppose you should try if you like more maltier(spelling) beers. Don't expect much heat, because there is none. For a darker beer it was good, but for the description...needs some updating.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 02:47:22 | More by powerss13
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Bfarr

Washington

2.45/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Brown and moderate tan head with okay retention. Floral sweet aroma. Light flavors of chocolate and chili finishing with a chocolate linger. Robust but tacky mouthfeel and finishing bite.

Easy going beer that in true Samuel Adams style, despite the brewing ingredients, remains a subtle beer. Worse, even the subtlety gets lost after a while end up with a lightly chocolate bock. Most of all, the chili peel tannins are present throughout.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 22:51:08 | More by Bfarr
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sailorastro

Connecticut

2.45/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Overall: I had the "fun" of sampling The Vixen from three glasses (Chimay glass, Duvel glass, and Harpoon 100 Barrel series glass) and what I can say is this: drink this from the widest rimmed glass you own unless you love drinking Essence of Barbecue.

Appearance: So deep brown that it's almost black. Pours a one-finger head that fades faster than, well, a vixen's whisper. Pour lace that leaves little to the imagination.

Smell: Prunes; soy; malt; teriyaki; chocolate; raisins; baby oil.

Taste: Chili and chocolate meet to make a wonderful marinate for your dinner, but for your beer? Not a great move. Notes of burnt caramel and overwhelming prune juice play a cruel game with your taste buds. I can't find where the chili lies.

Mouthfeel: Average mouthfeel but with a thick, burning aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 03:09:19 | More by sailorastro
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jdougherty

California

2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

01-30-2012 07:29:42 | More by jdougherty
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BGsWo22

New York

2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

03-20-2013 23:37:57 | More by BGsWo22
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MNBeerNE

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

09-15-2012 02:27:29 | More by MNBeerNE
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brettski

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

03-03-2012 04:36:55 | More by brettski
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baconman91

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

05-31-2012 22:06:57 | More by baconman91
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mbs11

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

01-14-2012 00:34:56 | More by mbs11
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

2.53/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Deep brown. Head is dirty cream. Bubbly with some lacing. Carbonation is on the high side. Clear...are we surprised?

Smell: Lots of chocolate. Some grassy notes. Faintest hint of chili on the nose. Cocoa and milk chocolate. Touch of minerality as well. A slight vegetable edge.

Taste: Burnt malts coupled with some pronounced cocoa and milk chocolate notes. Chili runs as a vegetable and not as spice. Chocolate malts with a slight chili (read vegetable) aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than expected. Carbonation runs a touch high for the style.

Overall: A flop. Flavors are almost there, but fall short in the long run. No depth and the vegetable aftertaste is distracting at best.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 04:46:43 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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DarthKostrizer

California

2.68/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Look: Very dark brown in color not quite black with a 1 inch head and good retention with no lace left behind

Smell: Cocoa nibs upfront with a weird chili note and a bit metallic

Taste: Upfront is a fair amount of chocolate but that same damn metallic note shows up after the chocolate and makes the beer almost undrinkable especially when the beer warms. Oh and there is no chili flavor here at all

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation and just a hint of heat

Overall: When you compare this to say Hunaphu it gets ran over by a bus. The flavor could have been so much better but it just falls tremendously short. Fail Sam Adams Fail

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 04:31:51 | More by DarthKostrizer
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claspada

New Jersey

2.7/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very dark brown color with one finger of tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Some spotty lacing left on the glass and very little head retention.

Aromas begin with roasted malts, cocoa, bitter chocolate, sweet chocolate and very slight sweet fruit/spices. Nice roasty and chocolatey nose; I'm liking it so far.

The taste did not follow the nose unfortunately. It begins with roasted malts, sweet chocolate, bitter chocolate and coffee. Some light spice and chili in the aftertaste, but not too much. Very unbalanced actually and a huge step down from the nose in my opinion. The chocolate malts dominate the flavor and the chili is truly hard to discern to me, however it is present as a mild acidity with faint flavors that remind me of chili powder. Booze becomes more evident as it warms which is unfortunate.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with pretty light carbonation. A little more carbonated than the new Double IPA Third Voyage, but still would have liked a little more carbonation.

Overall, I liked the nose a lot and the chili and spice does come through in the taste as I assume they were looking for. This is the second new Sam Adams beer I've had now that has had very low carbonation, which surprised me. A huge step down from new DIPA. 1 out of 2 is not bad so far. Still two more of these to try...

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 15:29:50 | More by claspada
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NoetheMatt

Kentucky

2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

08-20-2013 16:51:54 | More by NoetheMatt
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NonicPanic

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

12-02-2013 04:40:47 | More by NonicPanic
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MAbeerNE1

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

03-14-2013 19:05:38 | More by MAbeerNE1
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The Vixen Chocolate Chili Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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