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The Vixen Chocolate Chili Bock - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

The Vixen Chocolate Chili BockThe Vixen Chocolate Chili Bock

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534 Ratings

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Ratings: 534
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.14%

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:
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(Beer added by: ReelBigwigFish on 10-27-2011)
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Photo of BedetheVenerable


3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22oz brown bomber with nice label. Thanks to John S. for bringing this one down on a visit! Bock brewed with chocolate, chilis, and cinnamon; kind of like a mole? We'll see!

Appearance: Near-black into the glass, with brown around the edges, with a nice light-tan cap that shows decent retention.

Smell: The aromas meld a nice toasty, caramelly bock with a rich, dark brown ale. Maybe just a hint of spice (both heat and cinnamon?) but that's all that suggests this is anything other than a standard (if very pleasant) brown ale/bock.

Taste: Color me surprised! I was not a real fan of SA's regular Chocolate Bock (in the holiday pack last season) but this is pretty tasty. First and foremost, it TASTES like a bock. It's toasty, bready, and a bit caramelly (though the flavor intensity could be ratcheted up just a tad), and there's only a bit of dusty cocoa on the finish, and a ghost of dry, dusty heat at the end. This is really quite enjoyable. This would make (in my opinion) a FAR better holiday offering (with the cinnamon and heat) than the regular Chocolate Bock offering.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to medium-full.

Overall: Alcohol that's perceived only in a pleasant warming sensation, coupled with a tasty bock with an interesting twist, I'd say SA's got this one spot on. I dunno how much it cost (I think around $6-7), but at that price, I'd likely pick up another if they ever brewed it again.

Overall, solid B...well crafted, and nicely executed. Thanks John!

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 01:56:45 | More by BedetheVenerable
Photo of Nerudamann


3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a stein glass.

Look – dark brown/black with about three fingers’ worth of thick, frothy, tan-colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell – definitely a spicy smell, and it does seem to smell like something sweet like a chocolate shake, but as for the chocolate and cinnamon notes themselves, I’m not picking up much in the aroma.

Taste – more of a malty taste, as one might expect. Thick and malty in fact, with a slight smokiness to it. The chocolate and chili hits toward the finish, but the aftertaste is a sweet type of residue.

Mouthfeel – definitely more on the thick and creamy side of things.

Overall – not a bad tasting brew at all, but as it often happens with Sam Adams beers, it seems like they don’t stick their necks out quite far enough. It seems like this one is peters a little too much on the safe side. It could be brewed in a slightly more interesting way perhaps. Not at all a bad brew though.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 02:55:53 | More by Nerudamann
Photo of chefhatt


3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this from a 22oz bottle batch 1.
This beer has a dark black body with a 2" tan color head, that lays down quickly. The smell is faint of chocolate with a little malt. The taste has a nice chocolate malt flavor up front, then a very light chili flavor on the back of the tongue. The mouth feel is good and overall a good beer, i wanted a little more heat.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 20:34:46 | More by chefhatt
Photo of n2185

North Carolina

2.78/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours dark brown with three fingers of khaki head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Sweet cocoa dominates the nose with some vanilla and caramel notes. There are also faint bubblegum and candy sugar-like aromas.

T: Sweet cocoa again with a strong licorice-like flavor. There are some bubblegum flavors that follow with just a hint of cayenne or other chili flavors, though it’s very subtle.

M: Medium body with lowish carbonation, this beer is a little watery.

O: Not a terribly impressive beer. The chocolate and chili are both lacking, which combined with a watery body and a strong licorice flavor make for a disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2012 18:12:12 | More by n2185
Photo of greencovesteve

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black with mild carbonation and no head.

S: Light smoky charred chocolatey sweet malt smell.

T: Smooth rich malts to start and a bitter toffee chocolate mixture to close.

M: starts with sufficient carbonation smooth and near creamy. Creates heat after a couple of rolls over the tongue, but goes down smooth if swallowed right away then has some after burn that comes a few seconds after being swallowed.

O:Solid beer, just expected more heat and chili taste. The name, the dark look, and 8.5% made me expect a tongue bruiser. I do wish this beer would have lived up to it's name, mildly disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 00:03:10 | More by greencovesteve
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with tanned, long lasting, foamy head and soda like carbonation. Aroma is of bready malt, spices, some chocolate and cacao notes. The body is medium and smooth. Taste is toasted malt, caramel, cinnamon, pepper, sweet cacao and chocolate. Long, very spicy finish. Interesting brew but it is too sweet for me. Pepper provides a burning sensation but does not offset sweetness like hops do.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 19:22:39 | More by mikeg67
Photo of ckollias


3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a dark brown almost black hue with a tan 3-finger head that slowly dissipates, leaving a nice trail down the glass, and ending in a wispy lace.

S: Sweet spicy bock aroma. Hints of chocolate and malts in the background.

T: Dark rich ale with a generous sweetness and a nice bock malt background. Hints of chocolate and coffee overtones.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: Decent Bock – Sams Adams always has good beers but never great beers. This is a strong beer masked nicely by the malt and sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 02:29:30 | More by ckollias
Photo of codsmith


3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 1

A: Very dark brown and almost black. Pours with a thick foam head that manages to stick around and laces the glass rather well. Color is too dark for a bock, but probably due to cocoa nibs or some darker malt used.

S: It has a lightly sweet, almost fruit punch aroma. Not a favorable aroma for a bock. I was looking for a more malty aroma with some roasted characteristics coming through, but it just wasn't there.

T: A heavy malty taste that is fairly well balanced and smooth. Thankfully the smell and taste are almost completely different. There is a slight alcohol taste at the end, but not very noticeable.

M: Heavy mouthfeel and carbonation seems to be at good level.\

O: Was really expecting more of the spices and chilies to come through, but then again its Sam Adams and they never go to the extreme and always like playing it safe.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 19:22:24 | More by codsmith
Photo of JohnnyP3


3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pint 6 fl oz bottle -- Batch 1 -- "enjoy now or age for rich/unique flavors" Pours a chocolate brown with 3 fingers of sand-colored head. Leaves decent lacing on the glass.

Smell consists of chocolate, cocoa powder, some cinnamon, and a grassy hop aroma.

Taste is mellow chocolate and caramel malt flavors upfront with some roasted malt flavors that transitions to a seriously spicy kick from the chilies and cinnamon. The heat from the chilies gradually fades into a rich and boozy chocolate finish.

Mouthfeel is intermediate viscosity and smooth.

Overall a one-of-a-kind brew. Dark, rich, and enticing. Some serious heat from the chillies and the alcohol at the end. Not an easy drinker by any means, but unique and interesting flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 05:46:51 | More by JohnnyP3
Photo of WastingFreetime


3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a dark brown color, almost black, with a tan foam collar that doesn't leave any lacing but sticks around for an impressive amount of time. Smells mostly of bitter chocolate but a tiny amount of roasted character does also come through in the aroma. Flavor is mostly chocolate, but also has some dark fruits and cinnamon swimming around in a bock toasted malt. Finish is where the gentle warming of the chiles within shows up as a sort of indirect lip warming sensation and a tickling in the nasal passages. Texture is medium thick yet creamy. Overall, it comes across exactly as though they added chiles to their chocolate bock, not that this is a bad thing.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 23:32:51 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 13:23:58 | More by Sammy
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bomber bottle into a pint glass. $5.99 purchase price.

Pours dark black with 1/4 inch of tan foam. Dark chocolate coffee smell, with a peppery undertone. Dark malty taste, smooth which fades into jalapeno/pepper heat. Light fire there but sits and smolders. I guess this kind of works, but for me a novelty - could not see doing more than tasting this.

As beer warms and progresses, the chilis get to me. Heartburn alert. The remainder is dumped.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 12:37:20 | More by KTCamm
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 05:32:22 | More by ChainGangGuy
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North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for splitting this bottle with me.

Pours a deep, dark brown that borders on black with a thin layer of soft, off white head that has little retention. The nose has an odd powdery character to it with notes of cocoa powder and chili powder. The lager yeast is also noticeable. The flavor is much the same; a little chocolate reminiscent of cocoa powder, a little spice reminiscent of chili powder, and a distinct lagery, yeasty finish. The bottles promises a bity, spicy finish, but there isn't one in my opinion. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is a little dry.

I'm glad I got to try this but I'm not sure I would have it again. The powdery characteristics in my opinion detracted from the overall balance and drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 09:31:57 | More by tdm168
Photo of tone77


3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is dominated by chocolate. Taste is chocolate, some chili spicyness, very rich and flavorful. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 16:22:10 | More by tone77
Photo of LiquidAmber


4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black with red brown tones at the edges. Two finger fine to medium light tan head dissipates quickly to a film with lacing on the sides. Very faint aroma of dark malt and chocolate. Flavor is interesting, dark malt dominated by chocolate and a hint of vanilla The chilies appear in the finish and work quite nicely, making an interesting flavor progression. Medium bodied with a nice play between the chili and the carbonation for a peppery mouthfeel. I like this one quite a bit. Interesting ad tasty.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 04:39:45 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of alkemy


2.98/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Out of the bomber…

A- It’s a dark mahogany brown tone with a big tan head…I poured it pretty quickly hoping to open it up.

S- Smelled of cocoa powder and sweet, burnt sugar, and a bit of cinnamon with the slightest hint of soy. No pepper on the nose for me.

T- Taste is lacking. I was really hoping for some chili pepper, but it wasn’t there. It’s a stretch, but I got a very slight warmth on the way down…probably more alcohol than chili. Cocoa is there. This could have been so much better.

M- A little more than light bodied. Way thinner than expected.

D- This is fairly drinkable, but my expectations were such that I had trouble polishing it off as I expected. Great idea, but flavors need to be much bolder.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 01:36:24 | More by alkemy
Photo of pschul4


3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 220z bottle into pint glass. Been curious to try this one for a while

A- Dark brown with 1/2" head. I didnt know what to expect from the look but it certainly looks "bock-ish"

S- Smells like a bock with a little extra sucrose. Not picking up much chocolate or chili

T- Definitely pick up some chocolate malts in the taste but nothing drastic. Where's the chili? It's a sweet brew but not necessarily in a good way. Some stronger chili notes would do wonders for this "chili bock"

M- Low carbonation, quite a pleasent mouthfeel as it coats but doesn't linger

O- Bad? No, but not what I was expecting. Glad to try it but won't buy again

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 03:39:20 | More by pschul4
Photo of exodus1369


3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very interesting beer. Nice dark color good head. Very nice poor. The smell was a bit faint. I did pick up a bit of chocolate and a very slight hint of chili. The taste was good. Not what I was expecting but good. I was thinking more robust, but it was a very good blend of sweet and spicy, a but on the subtle side but over all good. From the complexity and verity of flavors the palate has its work cut out for it. Over all a little light on the taste but for what it is not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 04:20:56 | More by exodus1369
Photo of BeerImmediately


4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into stout style glass at about 40... warming to mid-50's during review.

Pours with about 2F worth of tightly-wound tan head over a deep brown body with cherry edges. No real lacing... could be the glass.

Full aroma - Rich, sweet chocolate with a healthy dose of cinnamon and touch of pepper heat. Spicey and intriguing.

No doubt the most flavorful Bock I've ever had. The cinnamon is very evident. Chocolate mellows out compared w/the aroma, but is still there. Touch of dark, sweet fruit. Some oats, too.

Mouthfeel was pretty good - had to keep reminding myself that this is a Bock, and not an imperial stout. Comparitively to the style, it's above average. Fairly sharp carbonation.

This one snuck up on me - I was not expecting to enjoy it as much as I did. Major kudos to Sam Adams for making such a unique/original/fun beer ... I expect this type of thing from DFH, not SA.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 00:46:17 | More by BeerImmediately
Photo of tjkinate


3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not a bad brew, I liked it.

A: 2 fingered head with great retention and left behind loads of lacing before settling to a thin soapy film. The body of the brew is fairly dark brown allowing only some light to penetrate.

S: Loads of dark chocolate malts, some spicy undertones that are followed by hints of toffee and alcohol.

T: Milk chocolate malts, slight hints of spice poke through with hints of vanilla. Chile flavors build slightly as the beer warms. I liked the flavors here, but they fell off pretty quickly.

M: Fairly thin and low carbonated.

O: A pretty good beer that just misses the mark of being rememberable.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 20:52:33 | More by tjkinate
Photo of AdamBear


3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-very dark brown with a nice tan head

S-creamy chocolate with just a tint of red pepper, not spicy though. strong scent

T-comes in with a sweet taste of dark chocolate with just a small slight hint of chili pepper. slight roasted after-taste. not strong taste at all. fairly sweet and sticky.

M-medium carbonation with a dry finish. sticky.

O-Chocolate Chili Bock...the name sounds so intriguing. It has so much potential. However, this was sure a let down. I know Samuel Adams every once in awhile pleases me but most often i'm disappointed so i shouldn't have got my hopes up for this either. they should basically just leave the word Chili out of the name, it adds nothing to the beer and is probably just used to trick people in to drinking it. over priced as well.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 19:00:51 | More by AdamBear
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New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black nearly-opaque body with ruby tones. Creamy ochre head, barely 1-finger, subsiding to a thin layer with low retention, and good lacing. Roasted malt in the nose, a bit of alcohol, but you have to search for it.

Thin but silken mouthfeel, very low carbonation. Roasted malt is easy to pick out but the chili is nowhere to be found. Cocoa first emerges in the finish. Afterwards, notes of dark fruit; prunes, come to play. The palate is balanced but hops do not assert themselves. Wondering if guajillo is used, providing the fruity notes, and would also explain the lack of heat.

Easy drinker for the ABV but was expecting more complexity and some spice. Disregarding the name, definitely true to the style and interestingly different. Just don't compare it with chili beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 04:12:35 | More by ism
Photo of sulldaddy


2.98/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Split a bottle with Stopper.
Poured at room temp into a snifter. The beer pours a dark cola brown color with some garnet highlights on edges.
Minimal frothy beige head foams up and fades to a sturdy edge layer.
Aroma is dark chocolate and roasted malt. no pepper heat is detected and the nose is very mild overall.
First sip reveals an average body with very gentle rolling carbonation. Texture is sillky smooth.
Flavor is some sweet chocolate and a bit of roasted malt. I do get a little tingly warmth that could be chilli pepper, but no cinnamon anywhere. Hops and booze are also absent from the flavor profile. Flavor is not very robust in similar fashion to the nose. A decent beer, but I was hoping for more complex and bold flavors, this seems a little washed out and bland. An introductory chocolate/chilli beer? A little disappointed am I.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 00:59:07 | More by sulldaddy
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North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tumbler pint, the beer is an extremely dark ruby-brown coloring, with a thick, dense, frothy, milk-chocolate colored head that starts massively above the beer, but settles into a solid inch and a half. Good lacing along the glass as the head recedes. Aromas are subtle, with a bit of spiciness noted, as well as some roasted grain scents. The beer's flavors are a little more substantial, with a round palate of chocolate and toasted cereal blends, and a hint of pepper spicing. The body is light and slick, giving the flavors a short shelf-life on the palate. The aftertaste gives a bit more of the chili pepper essence, but only slightly, with a filmy linger of chocolate as well. The finish is somewhat clingy and filmy on the palate and all over the mouth. Clears away given a little bit of time. I was really hoping for a little more from this in terms of the flavor profiles, but it's not bad.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 21:55:24 | More by GarthDanielson
The Vixen Chocolate Chili Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 534 ratings.