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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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547 Ratings

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Ratings: 547
Reviews: 247
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 33
Gots: 39 | 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 metter98

New York

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
Photo of beerenjoyer1


3.7/5  rDev 0%

This beer is a nice shift from the standard Sam Adams brew. The appearance is nice and dark with a light brown foam. The pour is full and the foam and fades. The smell gets more of a chocolate aroma as the beer warms which is ok but it is not strong. There are also hints of malt in the aroma. The taste is good, malty, with a chocolate and slight sizzle of the chilis. The mouthfeel is full, maybe "thickish" with some carbonation completing the taste. Overall, this beer is nice and I believe it will go over well although for my taste I would like little less chocolate and maybe a touch of hops.

12-06-2011 03:04:04 | More by beerenjoyer1
Photo of Kshock


3.7/5  rDev 0%

A- Dark color with an off white head that hangs around for awhile. Some lacing, good retention.

S- light aroma of a ton of malt. Chocolate, chili spice, sweet dark malts. Pretty light all around, but nice and balanced.

T- Chocolate sweetness, little bit of chili spice, but not much. Very light flavor on the palate.

M- light velvety smooth texture with a good finish.

O- Not bad, but i would expect a little more chili to come through.

11-26-2011 20:57:16 | More by Kshock
Photo of zeff80


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
Photo of ianjsullivan


3.73/5  rDev +0.8%

ST: 22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Batch no.1. Bottle lists the ABV but not a BOD or DBD. It does not that the beer can be aged.

A: Dark chestnut brown and almost black with a fingernail brown fluffy head. It leaves spotty lacing, and the head fades quickly

S: Cocoa, roasted malt, and a slight spicy aroma (the bottle claims it could be chilies; I cannot stay for sure, but there is spice in the aroma that reminds me of Rogue's Chipotle ale).

T: There is a good bit of hops and heat from spice which surprisingly begins the beer. I expected more sweet malt with the heat arriving in the finish. Instead, the heat starts before moving into sweet cocoa. The beer then adds some roasted malts and bitter chocolate. However, the heat does return to join the slight hop finish.

M: Not as heavy as I thought it would be: more medium.

O: It seems like Sam Adams has been attempting of late to break its image as a macro micro brewer, and it is trying to do this by bringing out more experimental beers (something that is very popular in the current world of micro-brews). Sam does catch a lot of flack, and some of it is deserved, but some of it is not. Oddly enough, the beer represents both of those points.

Sam does offer something interesting with this beer. It has a nice mix of flavors, and the heat works well. Though a solid beer, it is not amazing (which is the normal complaint against Sam). The beer seems slightly off balance in the amount of bitterness (this does improve as the beer warms), and the body seems a bit light. These flaws keep it from being an amazing beer in my eyes. However, I am not mad that I spent the money. In this world of rare, limited, and expensive brews, it isn't such a bad thing to find an experiment that is solid rather than a disaster. I would be interested in trying this again with a year or two of age.

11-11-2011 23:35:22 | More by ianjsullivan
Photo of emerge077


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
Photo of bluejacket74


3.73/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

11-19-2011 01:41:33 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.73/5  rDev +0.8%

Picked this one up tonight at the COOP ... shared it with Inflatablechair... We were both pretty impressed with it, though I question the use of spices and flavorings in lager beers... this is where I want the malt and hops to shine in harmony.

Poured into my HotD goblet... 1" tannish head.. deeeep dark brown.. light only gets through around the stem of the glass.

Nose is light cocoa and even less cinnamon, but the cinnamon adds a perceived sweetness that sorta brings out something that I pick out as dried cherries... Sam did not get the fruits... he is wrong :-) Not much in the way of "chili", but what I do get is something that is a little smokey with some background heat.

Flavor shows all the good bones of a traditional bockbier... but again, the cocoa and cinnamon are a distraction for me... The chili starts to build with subsequent sips.. a bit of burning in the esophagus... Great mouthfeel and carbonation.

I enjoyed this one... for $6, I may buy it again while it is on shelves, but I doubt it will age well.


10-29-2011 05:22:04 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of Kromes


3.73/5  rDev +0.8%

A: Dark brown with ruby highlights and a thin tan colored head.

S: Caramel malts and milk chocolate.

T: There are sweet caramel malts up front with a nice milk chocolate flavor. This mixes with cinammon and alcohol in the finish. There is also a little bit of warmth from the alcohol and I suspect the chiles. The beer is very sweet.

M: Medium body and smooth with a bit of burn in the finish. A bit sticky on the palate though.

O: I thought this was a pretty nice beer. The flavors are good. I'm not a fan of overly sweet beers, but I would drink one of these every once in a while if shared.

11-29-2011 23:34:02 | More by Kromes
Photo of Kranders


3.73/5  rDev +0.8%

I was really excited to try this one. Nothing exciting right off the pour, and the aroma was pretty mild. There was a hint of spice but really not a ton more than that. Nice and rich after the first sip, and a little surprisingly, the chili and chocolate were pretty mild and on the back end. Still detectable, but not overwhelming. I would've liked those flavors to pop a little more, but still, pretty good beer overall.

11-13-2011 19:29:21 | More by Kranders
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New York

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%

A - Nice, creamy, light mocha head. Nice retention and ok lace. Cherry cola body with cranberry highlights.

S - Deep, sweet chocolate and molasses with a well integrated chili note.

T - Straight mirror of the nose. Dark chocolate, roast malt, and molasses. A light bittering hop and ancho chili center blanaces out the sweetness. Nice lingering dark chocolate finish.

M - Surprisingly bright medium/full body.

08-28-2012 02:30:19 | More by vfgccp
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

11-09-2011 03:17:54 | More by mdfb79
Photo of drabmuh


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
Photo of beer2day

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%

Dark, really dark, brown pour with 1.5 fingers of darkish tan head. No retention and really not much lace.

Nose is chocolate and metal. I think there is a bit of chili in there, but really not coming through. Get a little burn, but not much else creeping in.

Taste is better than the nose. Chocolate hits right up front. Chili kicks in right after that and lingers all the way through the glass. Very well done. Get a bit of roast malt in the finish, along with a bit of pepper and then a nice sharp chili finish. Gets a bit nutty and fruity with light dried cherries. Nice.

Feel is about right, but feels a bit thin for the strong flavor.

Overall, I really wish they had done more with this. Great concept, somewhat lacking in follow-through.

06-08-2012 02:27:26 | More by beer2day
Photo of JMD


3.73/5  rDev +0.8%

A: Deep dark brown almost black color, with big frothy head that seems to last forever. Heavy lacing down the glass.

S: Sweet molasses with some light spice. The nose is pretty faint, I can't pick up much chocolate or chili spices.

T: Sweet and malty. Thick molasses and brown sugar. Roasted malts and melted dark chocolate. Light hints of cayenne pepper linger in your mouth long after you've taken a sip.

M: Full bodied, and robust.

D: Overall, this is a good beer, but in typical Sam Adams fashion, they go halfway with it. Cool concept with lots potential, but still falls a little flat.

12-15-2011 00:03:17 | More by JMD
Photo of BucannonXC5


3.73/5  rDev +0.8%

Type: 22-oz. bomber
Glass: Manzanita pint glass
From: Costco in San Marcos, Calif., on Dec. 6, 2012
Price: $20 for Small Batch Collection variety 4-pack
BOD: None, “Batch 2” on back of label

Black with 2-3 fingers of tan head that dissipated surprisingly quickly.
No lacing on the sides. Poor retention.

Smelled dark chocolate, cocoa powder, caramel, toffee and light cinnamon.

Tasted a bit darker and deeper than the smell and with some chili spices. Got dark cocoa powder, chocolate, toffee, caramel and the spicy chili backbone.

Medium-to-full body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Spicy smooth finish.

My first time having chili in a beer and it was pretty good. Not as much chocolate as I would have thought, but just the right amount of chili. I’d definitely have it again.

12-09-2012 10:44:34 | More by BucannonXC5
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West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

10-27-2013 04:01:11 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of BrewMaven

New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Here's #3 of my Small Batch gift pack.

Pours almost black with a slight hint of dark amber light showing through. decent tan head that, as seems to be usual with high octane beers, drops to a ring/partial cover within a minute or two...splotchy lacing.

Not picking up much in terms of aromas here...a hint of a roasty smell...slightly spicy?

Taste ran from a bit of chocolate up front, spicy through the middle with more chocolate on the finish. Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

Not bad, but not not really any better than the Polish Porters I can compare it to since it drinks more like a porter than a bock.

01-07-2013 23:55:46 | More by BrewMaven
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

07-06-2012 20:34:48 | More by sammo
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

11-08-2011 02:14:50 | More by skibumma70
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

06-11-2014 06:39:24 | More by Bpierso1
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

05-10-2012 17:28:46 | More by FreshmanPour77
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

01-31-2013 23:14:12 | More by bismarksays
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

03-19-2012 05:48:58 | More by SpartanHistory2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

05-13-2012 04:15:19 | More by bozodogbreath
The Vixen Chocolate Chili Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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