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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

563 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 563
Reviews: 250
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.18%
Wants: 34
Gots: 42 | 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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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

nzerbe, Mar 05, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Brew33, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of n2185
2.78/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

n2185, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
2.78/5  rDev -24.7%
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

kojevergas, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of JohnnyHopps
2.9/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

JohnnyHopps, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of wcintula
2.9/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

wcintula, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of sulldaddy
2.98/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Split a bottle with Stopper.
Poured at room temp into a snifter. The beer pours a dark cola brown color with some garnet highlights on edges.
Minimal frothy beige head foams up and fades to a sturdy edge layer.
Aroma is dark chocolate and roasted malt. no pepper heat is detected and the nose is very mild overall.
First sip reveals an average body with very gentle rolling carbonation. Texture is sillky smooth.
Flavor is some sweet chocolate and a bit of roasted malt. I do get a little tingly warmth that could be chilli pepper, but no cinnamon anywhere. Hops and booze are also absent from the flavor profile. Flavor is not very robust in similar fashion to the nose. A decent beer, but I was hoping for more complex and bold flavors, this seems a little washed out and bland. An introductory chocolate/chilli beer? A little disappointed am I.

sulldaddy, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of alkemy
2.98/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

alkemy, Feb 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

hiphopj5, Jun 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

PaBeerLover, Jan 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

RobDB, Dec 23, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

CM31, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of kjlued
3/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

kjlued, May 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

dannyfayy, Jan 20, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

mpalestino, Aug 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

AWS2111, Jan 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

VegasHockey, Dec 06, 2011
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

jskennedy, Jan 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

Vigilante, Sep 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

nmann08, Nov 25, 2011
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

TastyIsBeer, Nov 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

electtodefer, Jan 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

freshtojeff, Dec 29, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

coz, Dec 04, 2011
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

canadianghetto, Nov 30, 2011
The Vixen Chocolate Chili Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 563 ratings.