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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

590 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 590
Reviews: 253
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.49%
Wants: 34
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ReelBigwigFish on 10-27-2011)
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Photo of adamette
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Live Review. Poured from the 1 pint, 6 fl. oz. bottle that I bought at World Wines & Liquor a few weeks ago for $4.99 into a clean, clear pint glass. “Batch No. 1” printed on the bottom back of the label but no observed “best by” date.

A Silky smooth medium brown one inch head over a very dark brown body that glows a great shade of Mahogany in front of direct light. I really like this look and particularly that silky smooth head that sticks to the inside of the glass after repeated sips. 4.5

S Chocolate, dark roast malt and interesting spicing present themselves in various levels with repeated sniffs. The chocolate is of the dark chocolate variety. Interesting and inticing. 4.5

T Wow, a great spectrum of tastes here that I did not necessarily think would all work like they do. The dark roast malt, the chocolate nips and, to a lesser extent, the spicing conspire to make an interesting, complex tasting beer that I really think rivals some of the most famous beers like Founders Breakfast Stout and others like it. 4.5

M It is a really big beer with all of those competing tastes but there is a nice smoothness derived from that smooth head. The mouthfeel and nothing if not interesting and challenging. 4.5

D/O I won’t have any problem finishing the bomber (for the sake of research of course) but this is one big beer and the relatively high ABV of 8.5% means that I would not be reaching for a second one of these. Overall this is a big, interesting, challenging beer whose many tastes compete for your attention and succeeds in nearly every way. Bravo! 3.5

Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch tan head. Head retention is OK, and there's a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like chocolate, bready malt, dark fruit, molasses and a bit of coffee. I don't pick up any chilies in the aroma. There are some chilies noticeable in the taste, along with chocolate, dark fruit, cinnamon, and caramel malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and goes down easy with good carbonation. I think it's a decent beer overall, but if you're expecting a lot of chilies in this beer, you're going to be disappointed. But I still think it's worth trying, it's not bad at all.

Photo of Eastsideinside
5/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of laymansbeerfan
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Portertime
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: It is being served chilled in my Strong Bow tumbler. The bottle art depicts a hand drawn, voluptuous brunette holding a rose between her full lips. The ingredients include chilies from Mexico, Cocoa nibs from Ecuador and Cinnamon from Southeast Asia, a beer brought together from around the globe. A hard pour generates a charcoal black color with a massive three finger that sits on top like pumice.

Smell: It is roasty and smoky almost like a rauch beer. There are hints of spicy chilies in the background and some hops to balance things out. I do not detect the cinnamon.

Taste: The head continues to sit on top like oil on water so I have no choice but to sample that first. It actually carries some of the heat from the chilies! The beer itself is smooth and chocolaty. There is a fine bittersweet chocolate presence with a solid hop backbone. The cinnamon provides a little flavor but there is no chili heat! With each sip, I am not getting the Yin Yang of spicy-sweet I was hoping for. They could have saved the money on the chilies and stuck with a flavorful bock but c’est la vie.

The Vixen is a good chocolate bock but needs a little improvement in the cloying piquant flavor.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
2.25/5  rDev -38.9%
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

Photo of UncleWesticles
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This may be the darkest bock Ive had. Looks like a stout with a very light head. Head is very thick with a slow bubbling.

Roasty malts are everywhere in the smell. But a very close second are the peppers. Its not a hot pepper smell, but a good solid pepper. A smooth chocolate flavor lingers in the background. Hops are absent.

I get alot of chocolate malt. Not chocolate itself, but roasted chocolate malt. The milk chocolate comes in smooth the whole thing out. Alot. The Vixen is smooth, silky smooth. I feel peppers in my nose when I exhale, and small hints of it later on in the aftertaste. Everything is very well-rounded, but nothing stands out.

Malt is slightly chewy, with a medium body. Doesnt go down quickly, but feels nice as it goes down.

Solid brew, good malt backbone. Decent accent flavors and insane smoothness.

Photo of Caterwaul
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of robinsmv
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of EasyReader
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of morningthief
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of horrorspecialty
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Jwren5
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of samie85
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a very dark brown color with ruby edges and a two finger head that dissipates quickly.

S-Rich dark fruit and chocolate notes with some cinnamon.

T-Rich dark fruit and chocolate notes upfront with some moderate chili notes, fruity notes, some cinnamon and bitter, dry finish.

M-Really smooth and viscous with a drying and light finish with moderate carbonation.

D-As this one warms up, it becomes a lot more drinkable. There's a harsh bitter note at the finish that really dissipates as it warms up to room temperature.

Photo of ZacharyJ
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of JimboHD2005
5/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of wcintula
2.9/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I picked this up out of an overall general excitement due to new packaging and potential for a somewhat innovative beer. Pours a very dark brown with a small head that recedes without lacing.

The smell is faint as I pick up a little grain and bitter chocolate but very little. The taste is steely when cold but as the beer warms up faint chocolate, grain and cinnamon comes to the palate. The only notice of 'chilies' in this beer is warmth in my esophagus and stomach as my personal reaction to spicy food.

Drinks as a bland, boozy, bock. I hope the other two released alongside this are better.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of Yoshio
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of ryanonline
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep deep dark black with a light tan head. Absolutely opaque and leaves little lacing.

Smells very sweet with a lot of milk chocolate and just a touch of roast. Also a pretty distinct malt nose from a more traditional caramel like malt in the background. Trying to find some spice notes but am only coming up with what seems like cedar.

The taste is very similar, all the flavors are fairly well balanced and somewhat subtle. More than I would expect, this beer has some real character. I no longer detect the woody flavor I was getting in the nose, but, I seem to be tasting some kind of dry spice in the finish.

The Mouthfeel is quite refreshing and very clean with some very crisp carbonation. Medium bodied with a strong sweet finish.

Drinkability is moderate to high as this beer retains some strong flavors but is medium bodied and very tasty.

I am quite pleasantly surprised with this beer as I tried the griffins bow from this series and just did not like it. The only complaint I would have about this beer is that it is really more like a stout, however, I love stouts.

Photo of zoolzoo
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Black, opaque. Nice looking two finger, cream colored head.

S: Subtle roasted malt profile, sweetness is evident here. Pulling a little chocolate, though traces of chili are not to be found in the nose. Not bad.

T: Crisp lager bite, milk chocolate sweetness mid sip. Now getting a touch of spice from the chili, but its subtle enough that I just might be imagining it. I would like to get more flavor and more heat from the chili component. Finish could be cleaner, I actually got a bite of alcohol I wasn't expecting as well.

M: Medium in body, right on for the style.

O: Not a bad beer, but could have been excellent.

Photo of BelgianDip
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of ShanePB
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

The Vixen Chocolate Chili Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 590 ratings.