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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

557 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 557
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 34
Gots: 40 | 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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Photo of Pahn
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle split two ways, poured into a Duvel tulip. Batch 1. Drank on 11/9/11.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 2 inch, frothy offwhite head that dissipates very slowly leaving a 1 inch lace wall around the glass. Pours a semi-opaque dark brown, and leaves tons of lacing.

Smell: Effervescent cola and some roasted malt. Smells like a muted Ayinger Celebrator. Not bad, but totally unremarkable.

Taste: Creamy and smooth, with mild chilies and cinnamon up front, cocoa finish. Some heat up front, but also slight chili pepper flavor. Decadent and malty. Somewhat reminiscent of chocolate chili truffles, which I love when they're done well.

Flavor deepens nicely, with some dark fruit joining the chilis/cinnamon/cocoa in highlighting the dominant sugary pastry plus dark malts flavor. Really delicious.

No hop flavor whatsoever, and it does sacrifice some malt depth for the spice highlights. Still, really great taste.

Mouthfeel: Full side of medium bodied. Silky smooth. Mild heat and even milder dryness. Perfect vehicle for the flavors of this beer.

Overall: As always, a beer with a world class mouthfeel is going to be treated kindly by me. This beer has great flavors, deft use of spices, and a great price. Since drinking it two days ago, I've bought more.

Pahn, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of JackieTH
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an attractive dark brown with ruby highlights and a half inch of tan foam. Some retention but zero lace.

Smell is primarily mild chocolates and malt.

Taste is a mixture of cocoa and light chocolates, lightly roasted malt traces of coffee and a slight bite which may be the chilies. This yields quickly to a bitterness into the finish which is mostly reminiscent of bakers chocolate and hops. There is a mild sweetness throughout and nowhere am I getting cinnamon.

Creamy mouthfeel but a medium body that seems light and falls apart over the tongue. Glad I tried it, but it could use a little more punch.

JackieTH, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of LtCracker20
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 1.

A- Pours a deep brown body with reddish hues around the edges. A light tan 3-finger head sits atop and sticks around for a short while. Some OK lacing.

S- Lightly musty, some chocolate and toffee, not too much aroma of the chilis, but there's a slight warmness in the nose from it.

T- Light chocolate, little spice (if any), some toffee, but not much else.

MF- A little fuller than I would've liked.

O- This was a lot better when the brought it to the EBF, not so much now.

LtCracker20, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of zachary80
3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Batch 1. 22oz bottle.

Near-black body with an impressive brownish head. No real lacing but it sort of coats the glass going down.

Aroma of chili pepper and some chocolate notes. Smells sweet.

Flavor is unimpressive. Some slight chocolate with a cinnamon finish. Not much character or depth from the chocolate, the chili, or the bock.

Mouthfeel is very thin but slightly creamy. Carbonation seems fine.

Overall not impressed. Not very much chili, chocolate, or bock going on here.

zachary80, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of rudzud
3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes taken during a tasting with a friend.

A - Poured into a Duvel tulip a nice deep brown almost black with one finger mocha head that fades to leave a light halo.

S - Sweet, light malts and dark fruit with very light chocolate. There isnt much spice at all on the nose.

T - WAY too sweet for my liking. There is some light roast and chocolate . The spice is nice and upfront, which is kinda too bad.

M - A bit too sweet, kinda heavy and syrupy.

O - Beer is okay. Really wouldnt buy it again, way to sweet to be a good bock.

rudzud, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of Agold
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours almost black with a finger tall just off white head that recedes to a thin film. Little to no lacing. Aroma is nice. Cocoa forward with a hint of caramel sweetness. Flavor is similar with A bit of chili heat which complements the coco really well. A but of sweetness. Very nice. Good carb and good mouthfeel. Very nice surprise.

Agold, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

TMoney2591, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - very dark brown with a khaki colored head that thinned out but still left bits of lacing behind.

S - roasted coffee with a hint of cocoa.

T - some chocolate upfront and then a burnt coffee flavor with the chili and alcohol warming coming in at the finish.

F - medium bodied with some creaminess to it.

O - a unique tasting bock that's worth a try.

JoeyBeerBelly, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of SawDog505
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a dark mahogany, with a nice two inch sticky head, we have lacing, I repeat tons of beautiful lacing. Smell chocolate, dark fruits, burnt coffee, and a hint of spicy pepper. Taste is all that, just the slightest bit of spice in the finish. Body is big, but very approachable for the abv. Perfect carbonation. I am so surprised how much I like this beer. The only other beer with peppers I have had, was Rogues and not even close to good. Don't judge a book by the cover. Very nice brew.

SawDog505, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

mdfb79, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of johnnnniee
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid dark brown with the faintest of ruby highlights when held to light, huge tan head shows great retention and moderate lace. Smells mostly of chocolate and alcohol with faint hints of caramel, licorice and a faint spicy earthy tone. I would never guess form the aroma there were chili's in here. Taste is moderately malty and sweet. Lots of chocolate and caramel flavors up front. Slight melanoid and toffee type flavors midway with a warming earthy spice that lingers long into the finish. Medium to thick body, moderate level of carbonation, sweet sticky chocolate mouthfeel. I really enjoyed this brew. The chocolate is there, the bock is there, the peppers provide some nice flavors and subtle heat. Great Job Sam Adams.

johnnnniee, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of BEERMILER12
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very deep red, almost brown/black with a nice 2 fingers worth of tan head that has decent retention

S: Light chocolate, some chilis, malts, cinnamon, and definite noble hop notes as well. Not too much going on here, though

T: Get the chocolate and malts the most, along with a lingering spice note from the hops, cinnamon, and chili. Alcohol hidden very well

M: Medium-full bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Nice and smooth

O: An interesting take on their regular chocolate bock. The chilis don't come out too much, even as it warms. The chocolate is a bit subdued compared to the regular, though. A bit more mellow, even with the higher abv. I like it

BEERMILER12, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of MoreThanWine
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 2" chocolate malt hued head with pretty good lasting power. Body is dark as coffee. Smells of dark chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is high on cocoa, roasted malts, and coffee. I was surprised the chili was so understated. It sort of built as a subtle burn the further I got through it. All in all this is a very tasty dessert-style beer, but I guess I expected more chili since it's on the label.

MoreThanWine, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of smxr88
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.

smxr88, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of jlindros
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

jlindros, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of skibumma70
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smooth and rich, very dark appearance with a thin tan laced head. Roasted malt, cocoa nibs with a sweet chocolate spicey aftertaste. There is a slight peppery warmth to it when the beer is warmed and sitting for a while. You get more of it when it is warmer rather than straight out of the cooler. A pretty unique, intriguing beer. I love anything different than the norm, and this was a decent attempt at it.

skibumma70, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

" I take a piece of paper, make a heart and send it to you. And I wanna cut a paper, I wanna scream and shout so don't cut me out 'cause vixen baby you're alright." Millencolin,The Vixen

Black with a Georgia clay head. My girlfriend had glass bottom retention on her glass and I had nothing. Alas, everyone likes her better, even beer.

Smells like chili...and chocolate. Tastes like earthy Hershey's chocolate syrup with a little bit o' peppery heat. The standout of this beer is the smooth mouthfeel.

Like most Sam Adams beers the taste and aroma are dead on, they're just not strong enough. I had hoped the the small batch series would be different but I guess you can't teach old brewers new tricks.

donkeyrunner, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of rfgetz
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours near-black with reddish highlights, thin cap of khaki froth, gone quickly. Scent is muted and gives off notes of cocoa powder, roasted malt, faint spice and faint dark fruit. Taste leads with a chocolate milk like taste, faint woodsy spicing and faint hint at fruit... not getting the chili. Beer is fuller side of medium body, smooth and uber dry (like sucking on a piece of lumber). Decent beer, a touch dry and lacking in complexity.

rfgetz, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of divineaudio
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber shared with my gf.
deschutes snifter

a - pours an opaque, deep, dark brown. forms a dense, two finger, light brown head that slowly retreats to a thin film. leaves long legs of lacing in the glass.

s - chocolate and roasted malt with faint grassy hops.

t - big chocolate flavor throughout. some roasted malt, notes of molasses, and slightly herbal hop character. finishes slightly dry with a nice warming spiciness that is more subdued than i was expecting.

m - lighter side of medium with the right amount of carbonation.

o - a pretty solid beer all around. i quite enjoyed this one. probably couldn't drink more than a bomber at a time though. worth seeking out in my opinion.

divineaudio, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of jdhilt
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a one-fingered light tan head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Black with faint ruby highlights. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Light chocolate nose and flavor is almost sweet chocolate with cinnamon, no chili. $5.99 for a 22oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

jdhilt, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of magine
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a very dark brown, nearing black. Has a tan head that is thick and fluffy. Nice patchy lacing remains along with a nice patchy island. Good looking brew.

Brews smells of sweet chocolate malts and cinnamon. Roasted notes there as well. Can pick up even some peppery notes as well. Good smelling brew.

Brew is very unique; peppery carbonation and smooth full bodied middle. The end is spiced and somewhat drying. Can taste chocolate and then quickly turns to sweet cinnamon and then finishes up with some hop like spice. The chilies and cinnamon are nicely done here. Not overdone at all and make this beer very interesting. The chilies really finish out the end of each sip nicely. Some really nice roasted malts in here as well. Lots of good stuff going on in this one. Very interesting stuff here. A very unique brew. The higher abv is barely noticed. Very good taste and mouthfeel here.

Wow, very happy to see this one come from Sam Adams. A great interesting brew here. This brew is very good tasting, full bodied and full of great character. A great spin on the style. Great stuff here.

magine, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of Gmann
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown color with a short beige head that settles into a light cap.

The aroma is quite sweet. There is caramel and some dark fruit. Subtle chocolate and cinnamon notes.

The taste is of a light meaty malt with noticable flavor from the chocolate nibs. The cinnamon is quite light and only adds a ghost like presence. There is some toast and wood characteristics as well. I don't really pick up much pepper though. This is a much better bock base than the SA chocolate bock. Doesn't taste artifical.

The feel is moderate with soft to tingly carbonation. Sweet on the palate but has some toasted bitterness. A bit sticky in the end.

A decent bock. Appropriate chocolate flavor and subtle spice. Could use a touch more heat from the peppers.

Gmann, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of beerluvr
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Victory tulip with an average head, khacki in color that leaves a nice receding lacing on the glass. Dark garnet liquid with an undistinguished nose. Nice smooth mouthfeel with notes of cinnamon and bitter chocolate...the chili isn't really noticable at all. Nice bitter finish, hoppy/chocolatey. Nice but I expected just a bit more from this one.

beerluvr, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of Florida9
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a New Belgium goblet. Beer itself is a very very dark brown color, dark enough to appear a glossy black in the glass. Forms a very large, very fizzy, deep tan head that quickly and noisily fizzes away to not even the slightest bit of surface coating. No lacing.

S: The aroma is not nearly as strong as would have expected it to be. A good strong whiff reveals primarily chocolate, with some notes of ancho and pasilla. Caramel and deeply roasted malts also make an appearance.

T: Flavor is fairly sweet. Chocolate dominates, though there is also caramel, raisin, and some ancho. Chocolate milk. There is a mild spicy-pepper kick on the beginning of the finish before drying out with some faint woody cinnamon. Quite interesting.

M: The lighter side of heavy with a very smooth, velvety mouthfeel to it. A little bit of spice from the peppers. Lower carbonation.

O: I was a little nervous about this beer. The label made it sound like there was a lot going on, maybe too much, but damn, this is another surprise from SA. I had their DIPA yesterday and was really impressed with that and now another one that just doesn't fit the SA blueprint. Complex and rather tasty. Smooth and drinkable.

Florida9, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of datalager
4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I guess it's about time to contribute and throw a review back for all the reviews I've read. So here's my first.

I picked up a 22 oz bottle last week just minutes after it arrived at my local store. The Vixen was just under room temp (60deg or so) and poured into a pint glass.

A: The body is black with a hint of reddish brown at the edges againt light. The head is a short, frothy tan with crevases of light brown. Lacing is minimal.

S: The aroma of caramel and chocolate domintates the hint of spice in the nostrils, which at first seems like cinnamon, but closer inspection reveals an almost ground peppercorn odor. Quite nice, actually. The alcohol seems quite well hidden for my nose, especially given the ABV.

T: Flavor is all sweet malt up front, which marries nicely against the intended chocolate smells. A second sip gives way to subtle fruity hops. Patience reveals a mild peppery tingle in the finish, but certainly nothing too aggressive. The secret to this complex beer is keeping your nose in the game for the full glass.

F: Mouthfeel is quite smooth on the tongue, which works well given the malty backbone.

O: I was surprised how much I enjoyed this beer. I liked it enough to grab a few more bottles the next day, with hopes of making it through the holidays. This is the most interesting and flavorful beer I've had from Sam Adams yet.

datalager, Nov 04, 2011
The Vixen Chocolate Chili Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 557 ratings.