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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
83
good

598 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 598
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 15.26%
Wants: 37
Gots: 48 | 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:
Beer added by: ReelBigwigFish on 10-27-2011

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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of n2185
2.8/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

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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2.8/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pint .6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.

Served refrigerator cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a three finger khaki head of fair cream, decent thickness, and above average retention. Colour is a dark nontransparent black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Not particularly vibrant, but it's generally appealing.

Sm: Chocolate, light chili pepper, dark malts, background light floral hops, and chocolate malts. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Dark malts, cream, chocolate, chili pepper, and chocolate malt. Balance is okay. Build is decent, but inadequate for the style. Neither complex nor subtle. I expect better. Chocolate malts are nice. The rest is mundane. A strange bock. No yeast or alcohol come through.

Mf: Thickness is off. Carbonation is good. Smooth and wet. Moderate on the palate.

Dr: Drinkable but boring and bland. It offers little. I wouldn't get it again. A disappointment from Sam Adams.

C

Photo of wcintula
2.89/5  rDev -21.3%
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 JohnnyHopps
2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle, the bock was an attractive shade of brown which would seem appropriate for the chocolate flavor. The aroma was a mild milk choocolate, not the least overpowering but pleasant.

The initial taste seemed to be that of chocolate sodas such as YooHoo or Chocola. A mild level of carbonation was combined with a thin texture. The aftertaste was where the chili became apparent. Rather than feeling the spiciness in the mouth, it created a burning sensation in the back of the throat. Fellow drinkers also noticed this phenomenon.

The chili flavor would have been more interesting if it were pair with the chocolate. Instead, this bock is like a chocolate soft drink that leaves a mild burning in the throat.

Photo of alkemy
2.99/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of kjlued
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I won't rate this beer good or bad, but just average and kind of bland.

Which is a real shame, since it could have been so much more multi-dimensional with all the flavors this beer could have had.
Instead it fell on its face.

I bought this beer expecting to either love it or hate it but not hate it because it was bad, hate it because I just didn't care for the craziness the brewer was trying to achieve. Either way, I was hoping it would stir some sort of emotion out of me. Instead, it stirred about as much emotion as a bud light.

I say skip past this one.

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

The Vixen Chocolate Chili Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 598 ratings.