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
84
good

254 Reviews
THE BROS
73
okay

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Reviews: 254
Hads: 603
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 7.77%
Wants: 41
Gots: 53 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of MattyG85
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 650 ml bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark blackish brown with only a little bit of ruby at the bottom. Lots of bubbles and a huge four finger creamy tan head with good retention. Leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet dark roasted malts with big hints of chocolate and caramel. Very bready with a hint of nuts and oats. Subtle hints of cinnamon and chili spices. Also a little hint of earthy hops in the background. Malts smell very robust.

Taste: Tastes a lot like a bock with chocolate infused into it. Big taste of dark roasted malts with good notes of chocolate, caramel, nuts, milk, and oat. The spices start to emerge towards the finish with some hints of cinnamon and chili. Also a little hint of noble hops. Spices are still fairly subtle with the chocolate malts standing out the most.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very creamy and somewhat syrupy. A little heat is felt in the mouth although that is probably more from the spices than the alcohol.

Overall: A very solid version of a Bock. Nice robust malts and chocolate. The spices are subtle but noticeable enough to add a interesting kick. (1,213 characters)

Photo of JaredKent
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The appearance on this one is very dark, though not as dark as Bitches Brew which is currently around the top of my scale. A nice, strong tan head forms on the pour with plenty of holding power. Around a 32 SRM.

Scent: On the first sniff I get a strong chocolate aroma both from the roasted malts and cocoa nibs. I definitely smell a hint of cinnamon deeper in the aroma with just a kick of heat in the background. The chocolate and the chili reminds me of drinking hot chocolate with cayenne pepper. The smoothness of the chocolate really blends well and mellows out the heat of the pepper.

Taste: The taste is exactly what you would expect from a dark bock. The roasted characters are there up front but dont overpower the beer. You get a nice crisp, clean mouthfeel that you come to expect from a lager. The chocolate flavors are coming in on multiple levels and the chili is there ever so slightly in the background.

Mouthfeel: The mouth is medium bodied with enough carbonation to push the unique flavors through. Not much to say, just a crisp, easy drinking bock.

Overall: This drinks exactly like their Chocolate Bock, go figure. Luckily that was probably my favorite of their releases this winter. You get plenty of the chocolate flavors which are complemented by the roasted malts. Unfortunately the chili doesn’t shine through quite as much as I had hoped. Every time I see a beer that includes chili peppers (I’m looking at you Theobroma) I wish for some actual spice and a bit of heat to shine through. All around a great beer from Sam Adams. I’ll have to try a few more from this new line. (1,624 characters)

Photo of Drinkerofales
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown, with the barest hint of ruby in the light. A huge mocha head stick around, but not a lot of lacing.

Smell is as advertised, chocolate, roasted malts, with chili and cinnamon undertones that don't overpower.

Taste is rich, luxurious chocolate, and a hint of the spices. Malts are well done.

Feel is medium thickness, with good carbonation. Smooth and very drinkable for such a big beer.

I enjoyed this beer very much, it delivers on the chocolate and spices. Richness is very nice as well. If this was brewed and not released under the BBC label, but a more trendy one, it would be scoring higher.

DOA (623 characters)

Photo of jjanega08
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch #1 with no other freshness dating.

A= Pours a basic pitch black color with a nice three finger head on it that holds some steady retention and nice lacing.

S= Smells a little chocolaty I don't get much of the chili in the noce. At first I got a lot of the chili as the air burst out of the bottle. The bock is a nice quieter in the nose bock.

T= The taste is a bit more complex. There is a decent chocolaty flavor to it that is very evident and the chili is a little more out there than in the nose. It's a nice amount of chili so much so that it isn't hot at all but more of a subtle "chili" flavor if that makes sense. The chocolate is a nice undertone as well and the bock portion is about average.

M= The mouth is typical for a bock. What I would concider to be a little to thin for the flavors and not lasting enough. For style however I would say it's pretty good.

O= Actually a decent beer from SA. I have been pretty unimpressed with this series so far and this one actually works pretty well. Not a bad beer. The flavors work but the bock portion is a little weak. Worth checking out. (1,104 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle pours a dark brown color with a few ruby highlights at the edges. Fine-bubbled tan head. Not long-lasting but does leave some nice bully lace.

Nose is more chocolate than chili, and in fact smells eerily similar to the SA Chocolate Bock from the xmas mix pack. Light fruity notes belie yeast and alcohol with some toffee.

Taste is good. Lots of chocolate with a light hint of red chilies...chipotle-esque without the heat, a deft touch indeed. Very smooth, the carbonation is soft and light, which works well for the beer. ABV is very well hidden and the body is silky smooth while maintaining a light, bockish feel. This is my second bottle bought and wouldn’t mind having another some time down the road. (723 characters)

Photo of abgba121
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a dark brown, near black, moderate tan head with ample staying power, leaves a light lace down the glass

S: sweet and malty, roasted malts, a hint of chocolate. I don't detect any chili, small hints of alcohol on the nose

T: rich and powerful, chocolate and roasted malts shine through, a very slight hint of spice and alcohol on the finish. A very pleasant and warming beer

M: medium to thick body, well carbonated

O: a great bock, a nice surprise from Sam Adams and one I will buy more of. (504 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Very dark brown; opaque. Huge tan head builds, and its staying power is awesome. Thick globs of clumpy lacing.

S: Grassy hops, hay, and toasted biscuit. A touch of dark bread, hint of chocolate, and a ghost-like chili scent are all in the background. Chocolate moves more into the forefront as the beer warms.

T: Herbal and grassy hops, toasted grain and biscuit. A wave of milk chocolate rushes in mid palate. Chili pepper taste comes in late, but lingers into the finish with a spicy heat about the tongue and back of the throat. Cinnamon is noticeable in the finish too. Milk chocolate complements all this spicy heat nicely.

M: Medium bodied, but very full, creamy, and silky in texture. Low carbonation is barely noticeable.

O: Pretty decent stuff. I enjoyed it more than Chocolate Bock. I'm not a huge fan of the whole chili beer concept, but this works. This would be a great beer to cook with too. I can see it in a nice chili con carne. (996 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bock? really? This things 8% abv, should be doppel bock right? That's how I'm gonna look at it.

Deep deep auburn brown color with a big creamy off white head which is dissipating rather quickly. Big chocolate scents on the nose. Sweet milk chocolate, sticky caramel malts and a touch of chili comes through as well.

Creamy mouthfeel with a lactic presence. Balance is very good. Sweet milk chocolate up front followed by a gooey caramel presence and balanced and finished by a touch of chili. My throat cant detect the heat, but I can taste it. My boss was able to detect the heat a bit but I eat a ton of spicy foods so I might have a bit of immunity to it. Cinnamon sugar makes its presence known as the beer warms through out the entire sip. Well blended yet layered at the same time. A really impressive and unique brew. Perfect balance of sweet and savory however I'd love a touch more heat.

The only beer of this sam adams limited release series that I enjoy. Wish the rest of them turned out like this. (1,014 characters)

Photo of travolta
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

App: Black to brown around the edges. Tan/carmel head which is foamy. Little retention/nice lacing.

Nose: A little malt upfront, powdery cocoa in the middle, with malty chili in the end. the chili is very unpronounced.

Taste: Extremely well balanced. Very conservative with the spice. It is a bock, no doubt. Malty and chocolate smoothness with perfect carbonation.

Notes: A conservative bock with interesting qualities. I will be buying another...couple. (460 characters)

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22oz brown bomber with nice label. Thanks to John S. for bringing this one down on a visit! Bock brewed with chocolate, chilis, and cinnamon; kind of like a mole? We'll see!

Appearance: Near-black into the glass, with brown around the edges, with a nice light-tan cap that shows decent retention.

Smell: The aromas meld a nice toasty, caramelly bock with a rich, dark brown ale. Maybe just a hint of spice (both heat and cinnamon?) but that's all that suggests this is anything other than a standard (if very pleasant) brown ale/bock.

Taste: Color me surprised! I was not a real fan of SA's regular Chocolate Bock (in the holiday pack last season) but this is pretty tasty. First and foremost, it TASTES like a bock. It's toasty, bready, and a bit caramelly (though the flavor intensity could be ratcheted up just a tad), and there's only a bit of dusty cocoa on the finish, and a ghost of dry, dusty heat at the end. This is really quite enjoyable. This would make (in my opinion) a FAR better holiday offering (with the cinnamon and heat) than the regular Chocolate Bock offering.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to medium-full.

Overall: Alcohol that's perceived only in a pleasant warming sensation, coupled with a tasty bock with an interesting twist, I'd say SA's got this one spot on. I dunno how much it cost (I think around $6-7), but at that price, I'd likely pick up another if they ever brewed it again.

Overall, solid B...well crafted, and nicely executed. Thanks John! (1,490 characters)

Photo of Nerudamann
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (961 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (363 characters)

Photo of n2185
2.8/5  rDev -24.9%
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. (649 characters)

Photo of greencovesteve
3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (609 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
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. (418 characters)

Photo of ckollias
3.73/5  rDev 0%
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. (577 characters)

Photo of codsmith
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (856 characters)

Photo of JohnnyP3
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (751 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (690 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (298 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
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. (460 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (1,087 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for splitting this bottle with me.

Pours a deep, dark brown that borders on black with a thin layer of soft, off white head that has little retention. The nose has an odd powdery character to it with notes of cocoa powder and chili powder. The lager yeast is also noticeable. The flavor is much the same; a little chocolate reminiscent of cocoa powder, a little spice reminiscent of chili powder, and a distinct lagery, yeasty finish. The bottles promises a bity, spicy finish, but there isn't one in my opinion. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is a little dry.

I'm glad I got to try this but I'm not sure I would have it again. The powdery characteristics in my opinion detracted from the overall balance and drinkability. (792 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is dominated by chocolate. Taste is chocolate, some chili spicyness, very rich and flavorful. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer worth seeking out. (255 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black with red brown tones at the edges. Two finger fine to medium light tan head dissipates quickly to a film with lacing on the sides. Very faint aroma of dark malt and chocolate. Flavor is interesting, dark malt dominated by chocolate and a hint of vanilla The chilies appear in the finish and work quite nicely, making an interesting flavor progression. Medium bodied with a nice play between the chili and the carbonation for a peppery mouthfeel. I like this one quite a bit. Interesting ad tasty. (571 characters)

The Vixen Chocolate Chili Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.