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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

254 Reviews
THE BROS
73
okay

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Reviews: 254
Hads: 604
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 41
Gots: 54 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: ReelBigwigFish on 10-27-2011

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Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (298 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: about two fingers of tan head on a very dark brown/black body with some light passing through.

S: vanilla, brown sugar, light roasted malts with cinnamon and chocolate notes.

T: mild chili pepper spice throughout with roasted malts up front fading to light chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon notes. Chocolates are of the white and milk variety.

M: medium body and light carbonation.

Overall: I wanted more chili flavor out of this one. The base beer is smooth with nice chocolate notes. I was hoping for more with this one. (525 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark brown (close to near black) in color and poured with a finger high beige head. The head died down but left lacing on the surface and a thick ring of big bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of chocolate in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is filled with flavors of chocolate. Chili peppers are not noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The is chocolaty and smooth and goes down very easy. (525 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a thick looking deep brown color. Nearly black to me. The head was creamy looking with a light tan color. The smell of the beer was lightly roasted with some minimal chocolate and malt aromas coming off of it. The taste of the beer I found to be really nice. There is a very subtle flavor from the Chili in there, so faint that it's nearly non existent. The chocolate notes come in to sweeten the beer a bit. The mouthfeel of the beer had a nice heavier body to it with a creamy smooth feel to it. Overall I found this brew to be rather enjoyable on most levels. The aroms was the only weakness I think. (627 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (2,052 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black with tan foam, delicate striated webs of lace decorate the glass. Dark brown edges in the light.

Smell is slightly sweet and roasty, fairly nondescript. Malty, light chicory, mellow smoke and vegetal notes. Slightly lactic somehow.

Fully malty flavor, light roast and milk chocolate flavors, a bare hint of chili spice that leaves me wanting more unfortunately. On it's own, it's pretty good. Full bodied, rich and smooth feel. Toffee, chocolate, vegetal tobacco and ancho sweetness. Pretty easygoing, and deceptively smooth considering the higher abv. Pretty drinkable and not too spicy, just enough of a hint to make things interesting I guess. (655 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured out a dark brown color with a small, short-lived head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of chili and chocolate. Some toffee.

T - Nice balance of chili and chocolate. Some sweet toffee balances the chili.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a good brew. Interesting take on a bock. (379 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (593 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (383 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (1,087 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (896 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

This one sounded like the most promising of the new batch of SA bombers, so hopes are high right now. It pours a clear dark ruby-brown topped by a finger of cream-tan foam. Dammit, bocks are just a generally attractive-looking style, ain't they? The nose comprises cocoa, light roasted malts, very light coffee, and, with some deep sniffs (induced by the name, admittedly), some light and very mild peppers. The taste follows pretty closely, though now the pepper are a bit more pronounced: they're mostly there for flavor, with very little heat actually coming through. Imagine a very mild mole, and this would come close to that image. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a silky feel, and a finish that leans toward the dry. Overall, a very tasty brew that combines the chocolate, bock, and pepper elements very well. Good times. (908 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.31/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with a reddish hue. There is just over a finger of light tan head and some great retention.

Smell: Definitely a bock. Sweet, dark fruit and some caramel. I think I'm getting a little roast/chocolate, but not much and no chili.

Taste: Sweet malt, picking up more dark fruit here. Mild caramel with a little bit of chocolate. There is a chili tingle in the finish as it warms, but I think they should have brought it more with the flavors.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thick side of medium with very fluffy carbonation. The finish is dry.

Overall: If they were going to do a chili chocolate beer, I wish they would have committed to it. Not bad, but common. (751 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big creamy 1+ finger head fades semi slowly with nice lacing.

Nose powdered chocolate, bakers choc, bit of cinnamon, light chili powder, nice caramel, creamy malts, light spices and light milk chocolate.

Taste starts with malts again, dark creamy malts, caramel, bakers and powdered choc, then herbal earthy almost hedgerow like hops with a light bitterness, thick and creamy, lush, light cinnamon and chili powder, hint of spices, light dark wheat bock like and hint of dark fruits. Finishes chalky, powdered choc, light bock esters, biter and light salty, little syrupy and caramel, molasses, etc, light lingering cinnamon and chili.

Mouth is a med bodied bit thicker and luscious, creamy, drier finish.

Overall not bad, light but I wouldn't expect SA to go crazy as they have a huge med taste fan base. (809 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, lager yeast, chocolate and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with bready flavors of a hearty roasted malt character and lager yeast. The some sweet and spicy flavors come in from chocolate, caramel, fruit and a faint hint of chili and other spices. The hops presence is mild but complementary and provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good variation of style, this is exactly what you would expect from a Sam Adams bock-style beer with the added advertised attributes. (892 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Attractive dark brown with nice lacing and fine foam. Sweet with an attack of cinnamon. Chile flavor is evident in the nose but just a whisper of heat. Tastes like dried red Anaheim chiles. Cocoa comes along and stays with the aftertaste. Nose of cinnamon. Quite rich and candy-like.

I thought this was a barley wine when I opened it, not reading down the label. So that was pretty amusing on first gulp. Usual well-made product from BBC. It is not bad, just overly spiced and a very slow sipper. It's probably better with some flavorful food. (544 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
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. (495 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.8/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pint .6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.

Served refrigerator cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a three finger khaki head of fair cream, decent thickness, and above average retention. Colour is a dark nontransparent black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Not particularly vibrant, but it's generally appealing.

Sm: Chocolate, light chili pepper, dark malts, background light floral hops, and chocolate malts. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Dark malts, cream, chocolate, chili pepper, and chocolate malt. Balance is okay. Build is decent, but inadequate for the style. Neither complex nor subtle. I expect better. Chocolate malts are nice. The rest is mundane. A strange bock. No yeast or alcohol come through.

Mf: Thickness is off. Carbonation is good. Smooth and wet. Moderate on the palate.

Dr: Drinkable but boring and bland. It offers little. I wouldn't get it again. A disappointment from Sam Adams.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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! (1,236 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Ricks in Alexandria for $5.99. Batch 1, poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - 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.

s - Smells of roasted malts, cocoa, bitter chocolate, sweet chocolate, and very slight sweet fruit/spices. Nice roasty and chocolatey nose; I'm liking it.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, sweet chocolate, bitter chocolate and coffee, and vanilla. Some light spice and chili in aftertaste, but not too much. Nice, but a step down from the nose in my opinion.

m - Medium body and pretty light carbonation. A little more carbonated than the new Double IPA Third Voyage, but still would have liked a little more carbonation.

o - Overall a pretty nice bock. 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. Worth checking out. (1,069 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (1,551 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a snifter. Date notched BB Feb. 2015 (?; no year indicated).

Pours clear dark mahogany with a fine looking, creamy tan head that mostly recedes too quickly.

Aroma: sweet and a bit boozy, with hints of raisins, dates, cocoa, pancakes, burnt sugar and toffee.

Flavor: Moderately complex with all of the ingrediants readily detectable. Mild but obvious chili presence. Sweet overall, and a bit too sweet up front, but it eventually works out to an acceptable bitter/sweet balance given the chili, chocolate and other flavors.

Feel: smooth mouth feel; very good carbonation; full body with mild chili heat.

O: a sweet but intriguing brew that's certainly worth trying. Did not mix too well with the end of my dinner but worked great as an after meal sipper. (790 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Currently the #32 beer on the Top Beers - Bock list on beeradvocate.com. Served in a perfect pint glass.

Beer is dark brown with a thin tan head, breaks, low retention, some lacing, low carbonation.

Very malty and chocolaty in the nose, mild chili spice.

Beer is light in body and has a little bite to it, very nice, a little roasty for a bock but overall it is nice. Dry finish, decent bitterness from the chocolate, I like it. Decent, the chili could even be a bit more forward and I would enjoy it perhaps slightly more. (526 characters)

Photo of ShanePB
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from the 22 oz bottle at Paradise, poured into two snifters.

A: Dull dark brown colored body with an off-white/slightly tan head. A thin bubbly retention ring is left behind with almost no lace, save for a few random splotches.

S: Milk chocolate, lager yeast, caramel and dark malts, and some faint cinnamon sticks towards the back end. Unfortunately, I get nothing really in terms of chilies, flavor or heat. The darker chocolate notes really are the focus, it's not overly aromatic but not a complete bust.

T: Rich milk chocolate again is up front with a nice crisp lager element. Yeast esters, dark malts, and cacao nibs come in mid-palate and into the finish. There's a flick of spice as the beer soaks into your mouth, but I'm not sure if that's from the buffalo wings I had previously or from the chili in the beer. Either way, it's nothing profound and sort of disappointing.

M: Thin, a little watery but very nicely crisp. For a lager-style, I guess I shouldn't have expected a full, rich and robust feel. It's okay but sort of a detriment to the experience.

I was so intrigued by anything and everything chili-fused in beer, especially if it's coupled with chocolate. Simply put, this falls short from what it's billed to be. The chocolate and bock qualities are there, albeit weak but the chilies are missing. Not a bad beer by any means, but nothing special at all. (1,388 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (502 characters)

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The Vixen Chocolate Chili Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.