The Vixen Chocolate Chili Bock - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.53/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
02-13-2012 13:23:58 | More by Sammy
3.7/5 rDev 0%
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.
12-04-2011 21:26:45 | More by metter98
4/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
12-09-2011 07:17:37 | More by BEERchitect
4.05/5 rDev +9.5%
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.
11-15-2011 02:32:53 | More by mikesgroove
3.53/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
07-06-2012 02:18:05 | More by kylehay2004
3.95/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
02-08-2012 05:32:22 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.13/5 rDev +11.6%
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.
12-07-2011 03:36:09 | More by Knapp85
3.68/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
11-12-2011 02:05:46 | More by oberon
4.08/5 rDev +10.3%
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.
11-10-2011 06:05:20 | More by TMoney2591
3.73/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
11-23-2011 04:19:48 | More by emerge077
3.71/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
02-16-2013 02:21:43 | More by zeff80
3.65/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
04-24-2012 05:49:54 | More by TheManiacalOne
4/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
07-06-2012 02:18:41 | More by nickfl
3.15/5 rDev -14.9%
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.
12-14-2012 03:25:50 | More by Jason
3.73/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
11-28-2011 02:41:42 | More by drabmuh
3.83/5 rDev +3.5%
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.
11-08-2011 04:30:01 | More by jlindros
4/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
06-18-2012 03:20:00 | More by Mora2000
3.28/5 rDev -11.4%
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.
11-14-2011 02:03:45 | More by oline73
The Vixen Chocolate Chili Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.