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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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Ratings: 601
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 15.53%
Wants: 38
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich aroma is malty with chocolate and yeasty overtones and smoky and molasses notes. It pours a dark opaque chocolate brown with a fairly thick light tan head that leaves some good lacing. Malty flavor has chocolate, coffee and molasses notes, plus a hint of caramel and a bit of a kick from the spice - tastes more like a stout than a bock. Smooth, fizzy texture has firm body and leaves a chocolaty and sassy finish. Vixen indeed!

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5/5  rDev +36.2%

Photo of pzrhsau
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Rich chocolate brown color with a gigantic foamy coffee colored head.
S: The beer has a nice cocoa and coffee color with a slight acidity from the chilis.
T: Very good rich chocolate ovaltine flavor with some hints of cinnamon. The chili adds some subtle heat but that could easily have been the cinnamon. Its not really a big chili flavor but the alternative would probably have been sickening. So this was a good combo.
M/O: Very filling and good bock flavor with a nice twist on the ingredients.

Photo of jondeelee
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Vixen opens with a nose that only partially resembles the "Chocolate Chili Bock" that it claims to be, for while the bock aromas are lovely and pronounced, bringing massive yeasty malts with their fig-and-molasses-and-raisin-port aromas, the chocolate notes are pushed slightly to the background, and in fact come across more as chocolate malt than chocolate (though a good thread of milk chocolate is still perceptible). The chili, however, is (somewhat thankfully) almost imperceptible, existing mainly as the promise of paprika at the outermost edges of perception. Still, the aromas in this beer are excellent, being full, round, and bright, and demand attention.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a milk and dark-chocolate laced shot of figs, raisin, vanilla, and port, much as if an aged bottle of tawny port had been placed on the tongue, accompanied by a tiny piece of high-quality Belgian chocolate. The chocolate flavors actually seem to increase as the beer is held on the tongue and the malty sugars die away, adding a slight layer of chalky cacao to the latter flavor profile. The chili is present throughout the mouthful, but thankfully does not overpower the beer, instead adding a light spicy, fiery paprika counter to the sugars and chocolate--much like fine chili threads add a beautiful extra flavor to haute cuisine. The label does say that cinnamon was added to the brew, but it is apparently so subtle (or perhaps so catalytic) that I cannot tease it out from the other flavors. The aftertaste is an alcoholic and very long-lasting whiff of port, fig, and chalky chocolate, and is in many senses quite resemblant of the aftertaste of a good Imperial Stout. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium-light to medium.

Overall, while I admit that I wasn't looking forward to this beer--there were too many chances that it could have turned out an overpowered flavor mess--I'm quite surprised at the brew's deliciousness and drinkability. I would have expected something of this quality to come from Dogfish Head, so well crafted is the brew, and based solely on the strengths of The Vixen, am very much looking forward to Sam Adams' other offerings in this latest series. Highly recommended.

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a cream colored head. Every sip leaves a splash of lace. Decent head retention.

Mostly malt in the nose, with hints of spice and chocolate.

Moderately sweet brown sugar and malt sweetness up front. It disappears quick, and leads to an essence of chocolate and then a good blend of cocoa and cinnamon. The chili comes in at the finish, but you really don't taste it. You get a little heat, but just enough. The malt is always there, and there is a backbone of mild bitterness throughout. Terrific balance and it delivers on every flavor.

A little thinner than I wanted this to be, but it works.

WTF are the negative comments about in other reviews? This, in the end, is beer first, and all the other flavors second. Good balance, and it delivers on all flavors promised. I really liked this one, and will seek it out again before it disappears.

Photo of zimm421
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a flute. Appears a dark brown with some hints of red around the edges. Head is late developing, and is a nice brown. Great staying power with lacing.

Nose is sweet chocolate, caramel and some nice darker malts. There is a slight touch of spice, but you really have to search. Taste starts out with that chocolate and caramel malt base. The gentle spices set in later and definitely aren't something that blow you away. The alcohol is also present, but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation levels and feels soft and slightly creamy on the palate. Overall, a decent brew. Would have like to see a bit more with the spices here. Honestly wasn't expecting too much, hence, not thatmuch of a disappointment here.

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of claspada
2.8/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Aromas begin with roasted malts, cocoa, bitter chocolate, sweet chocolate and very slight sweet fruit/spices. Nice roasty and chocolatey nose; I'm liking it so far.

The taste did not follow the nose unfortunately. It begins with roasted malts, sweet chocolate, bitter chocolate and coffee. Some light spice and chili in the aftertaste, but not too much. Very unbalanced actually and a huge step down from the nose in my opinion. The chocolate malts dominate the flavor and 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. Booze becomes more evident as it warms which is unfortunate.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with pretty light carbonation. A little more carbonated than the new Double IPA Third Voyage, but still would have liked a little more carbonation.

Overall, 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. A huge step down from new DIPA. 1 out of 2 is not bad so far. Still two more of these to try...

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of adamette
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
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

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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5/5  rDev +36.2%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Portertime
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
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
2.31/5  rDev -37.1%
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 VncentLIFE
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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