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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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565 Ratings

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Ratings: 565
Reviews: 250
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.18%
Wants: 34
Gots: 43 | 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 Stalgondo
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Stalgondo, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of brettski
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

brettski, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of dwduncan2
3/5  rDev -18.7%

dwduncan2, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of r0gueleader
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

r0gueleader, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of Nerudamann
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a stein glass.

Look – dark brown/black with about three fingers’ worth of thick, frothy, tan-colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell – definitely a spicy smell, and it does seem to smell like something sweet like a chocolate shake, but as for the chocolate and cinnamon notes themselves, I’m not picking up much in the aroma.

Taste – more of a malty taste, as one might expect. Thick and malty in fact, with a slight smokiness to it. The chocolate and chili hits toward the finish, but the aftertaste is a sweet type of residue.

Mouthfeel – definitely more on the thick and creamy side of things.

Overall – not a bad tasting brew at all, but as it often happens with Sam Adams beers, it seems like they don’t stick their necks out quite far enough. It seems like this one is peters a little too much on the safe side. It could be brewed in a slightly more interesting way perhaps. Not at all a bad brew though.

Nerudamann, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of Tumble
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Tumble, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of Dunkelhund
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Dunkelhund, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of chefhatt
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this from a 22oz bottle batch 1.
This beer has a dark black body with a 2" tan color head, that lays down quickly. The smell is faint of chocolate with a little malt. The taste has a nice chocolate malt flavor up front, then a very light chili flavor on the back of the tongue. The mouth feel is good and overall a good beer, i wanted a little more heat.

chefhatt, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of stampfler07
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

stampfler07, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of tdmccarthy
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

tdmccarthy, Feb 26, 2012
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 greencovesteve
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black with mild carbonation and no head.

S: Light smoky charred chocolatey sweet malt smell.

T: Smooth rich malts to start and a bitter toffee chocolate mixture to close.

M: starts with sufficient carbonation smooth and near creamy. Creates heat after a couple of rolls over the tongue, but goes down smooth if swallowed right away then has some after burn that comes a few seconds after being swallowed.

O:Solid beer, just expected more heat and chili taste. The name, the dark look, and 8.5% made me expect a tongue bruiser. I do wish this beer would have lived up to it's name, mildly disappointed.

greencovesteve, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of mikeg67
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with tanned, long lasting, foamy head and soda like carbonation. Aroma is of bready malt, spices, some chocolate and cacao notes. The body is medium and smooth. Taste is toasted malt, caramel, cinnamon, pepper, sweet cacao and chocolate. Long, very spicy finish. Interesting brew but it is too sweet for me. Pepper provides a burning sensation but does not offset sweetness like hops do.

mikeg67, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of ckollias
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a dark brown almost black hue with a tan 3-finger head that slowly dissipates, leaving a nice trail down the glass, and ending in a wispy lace.

S: Sweet spicy bock aroma. Hints of chocolate and malts in the background.

T: Dark rich ale with a generous sweetness and a nice bock malt background. Hints of chocolate and coffee overtones.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: Decent Bock – Sams Adams always has good beers but never great beers. This is a strong beer masked nicely by the malt and sweetness.

ckollias, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of Paul68
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Paul68, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of codsmith
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 1

A: Very dark brown and almost black. Pours with a thick foam head that manages to stick around and laces the glass rather well. Color is too dark for a bock, but probably due to cocoa nibs or some darker malt used.

S: It has a lightly sweet, almost fruit punch aroma. Not a favorable aroma for a bock. I was looking for a more malty aroma with some roasted characteristics coming through, but it just wasn't there.

T: A heavy malty taste that is fairly well balanced and smooth. Thankfully the smell and taste are almost completely different. There is a slight alcohol taste at the end, but not very noticeable.

M: Heavy mouthfeel and carbonation seems to be at good level.\

O: Was really expecting more of the spices and chilies to come through, but then again its Sam Adams and they never go to the extreme and always like playing it safe.

codsmith, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of JohnnyP3
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pint 6 fl oz bottle -- Batch 1 -- "enjoy now or age for rich/unique flavors" Pours a chocolate brown with 3 fingers of sand-colored head. Leaves decent lacing on the glass.

Smell consists of chocolate, cocoa powder, some cinnamon, and a grassy hop aroma.

Taste is mellow chocolate and caramel malt flavors upfront with some roasted malt flavors that transitions to a seriously spicy kick from the chilies and cinnamon. The heat from the chilies gradually fades into a rich and boozy chocolate finish.

Mouthfeel is intermediate viscosity and smooth.

Overall a one-of-a-kind brew. Dark, rich, and enticing. Some serious heat from the chillies and the alcohol at the end. Not an easy drinker by any means, but unique and interesting flavor profile.

JohnnyP3, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of WastingFreetime
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a dark brown color, almost black, with a tan foam collar that doesn't leave any lacing but sticks around for an impressive amount of time. Smells mostly of bitter chocolate but a tiny amount of roasted character does also come through in the aroma. Flavor is mostly chocolate, but also has some dark fruits and cinnamon swimming around in a bock toasted malt. Finish is where the gentle warming of the chiles within shows up as a sort of indirect lip warming sensation and a tickling in the nasal passages. Texture is medium thick yet creamy. Overall, it comes across exactly as though they added chiles to their chocolate bock, not that this is a bad thing.

WastingFreetime, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of YeastInception
4/5  rDev +8.4%

YeastInception, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark coloured, slightly spicy aroma. The taste is of a rather basic bock, enhanced by a little heat, and lots of chocolate. As if the chocolate is to make up for the bock taste. Everything is OK by itself, but the characteristics are not well integrated. Decent drinkability. Medium mouthfeel.

Sammy, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of KTCamm
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bomber bottle into a pint glass. $5.99 purchase price.

Pours dark black with 1/4 inch of tan foam. Dark chocolate coffee smell, with a peppery undertone. Dark malty taste, smooth which fades into jalapeno/pepper heat. Light fire there but sits and smolders. I guess this kind of works, but for me a novelty - could not see doing more than tasting this.

As beer warms and progresses, the chilis get to me. Heartburn alert. The remainder is dumped.

KTCamm, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of Brewsed
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Brewsed, Feb 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

hays99, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of daverdave
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

daverdave, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $7.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a black body with an initially lofty, though soon settling, khaki head.

Smell: Barley malt toasted and roasted and paired up with a fair portion of dear old chocolate, tiny bits of dark fruit, a near-forgotten cinnamon stick, and a faintly smoke-addled chipotle pepper.

Taste: Toasted, caramelly, and coffee-accented malts glazed in a firm coating of sweet chocolate. A little raisin and date tucked deep into the various tastes. Earthy chilies, initially quite mild and inconsequential, though the heat is very slowly accumulating and gaining traction with the spicy cinnamon. Though it's quite a departure, the elements of the base style are still present. Lightly warming, sweetish, chocolaty finish. Chipotle and a little bit of alcohol lingering in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-light carbonation. Smooth, lightly velvety mouthfeel.

Overall: Seems to be the Chocolate Bock given a boost and an addition of chilies, cinnamon, and love. I'm down for that.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 08, 2012
The Vixen Chocolate Chili Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 565 ratings.