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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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Ratings: 601
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 15.53%
Wants: 38
Gots: 50 | 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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Ratings: 601 | Reviews: 256
Photo of silentjay
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the most intriguing to me out of the series, as I somewhat enjoy the chocolate bock and like how chili peppers have mixed with chocolate in other beers, but never a bock.

a surprisingly dark black for a bock with a sizable latte colored head that sticks around a while and leaves just a bit of lacing.

definitely get the chilis tingling my nose hairs, but not much chocolate. a bit as it warms up, but it seems to be strongest in the typical bock aromas of caramel, toffee, and some dark fruits as well.

pretty mild malty flavors of caramel. a touch of bitter chocolate comes through before the chili kick comes through right before the finish, which remains spicy for a bit then goes caramelly sweet.

light, velvety mouthfeel with a chili tingle that doesn't linger too long due to the bock malt sweetness.

I like it. don't love it. the 8.5% isn't detectable, which is good, but this is a "safe" chili beer. I love that they are mixing things up, and this could be great with a bit more cocoa/chili flavors to make it stand out a bit more.

Photo of ksimons
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy 6th BA Birthday to me!

A-pours a dark chocolate brown with a nice tan foamy head

S-smells of malt, chocolate,

T-taste is of nicely rich roasted malts, milk chocolate, and finishes with a light chili spice. Pleasantly surprised at how well the flavors all come together.

M-medium body, moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

Overall I like this one a lot. I wasn't very impressed with the smell but the taste made up for it. Interesting balance of flavors and the chilis make it a little different.

Photo of Ralphs66
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of TastyIsBeer
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of sparx1100
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of sommersb
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 11-20-2011
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Perfect pint
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

A: Dark brown, near black beer, with a huge creamy tan head of 4 fingers. Clear, you can see some ruby edges when held to the light. Excellent lacing and great head retention.

S: Sweet malts and toasted grains, with some cinnamon spice. The chocolate and chili notes are there, but faint.

T: Very flavorful, with big chocolate taste in the malts. The chilies are present, but there's not a lot of heat. Spices include cinnamon and vanilla. Bitterness is low in this rich and malty brew.

M: Creamy mouthfeel, with a full body and low carbonation. Nice alcohol warmth, with an aftertaste of chocolate and light chili spices.

O: Very enjoyable, nicely done chocolate bock. I docked it a half point in the taste for having such a weak chili presence since that's included in the name.

Photo of SawDog505
4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a dark mahogany, with a nice two inch sticky head, we have lacing, I repeat tons of beautiful lacing. Smell chocolate, dark fruits, burnt coffee, and a hint of spicy pepper. Taste is all that, just the slightest bit of spice in the finish. Body is big, but very approachable for the abv. Perfect carbonation. I am so surprised how much I like this beer. The only other beer with peppers I have had, was Rogues and not even close to good. Don't judge a book by the cover. Very nice brew.

Photo of whitenads
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of chefhatt
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of ChugginOil
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark opaque brown color with a pillow like inch of light tan head. As it dissipates, rings of lace are left behind.

The nose isn't offering too much but there is some subtle German malts, hops, and a bit of cocoa and chili spice.

The taste is malt forward with a slight sweetness. Balanced against it lies some earthy hops. The chili peppers aren't offering much for taste but the heat is certainly noticeable on my lips. There is a bit of chocolate in the mix as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with an ample amount of carbonation that carries that chili spice throughout my palate.

Overall, not bad, drinkable, and pretty tasty. I wish the flavors stood out more as well as the nose.

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served onto a flute.

Appearance: Pours a superb dark black, head was at least 1/2" perfect tan, not dark, not light.

Smell: Really don't let this be a ruin you but has hints of cinnamon all over. Now that i smell it over and over again you can really breathe in the dark chocolate.

Taste: Chocolate is pretty evident in this beer. I feel the cinnamon which might come off to some as robust. This beer is not sweet but yet not bitter, kicks of slight spiciness which makes you think "I need to keep drinking this!"

Mouth: Medium carbonation, and really flavor just absorbs your whole mouth.

Overall: This beer in reality is type sweet, NO it is not like "Cherry Wheat" or any Sam Adams fruit/sweet inspired beer I have had. Vixen has captured my heart, pours gently and digests perfectly. It is built for dark beer, flavor beer, and real beer drinkers alike. Tastes of alchol perfectly balanced with bitterness of the hops and chocolate make this a f'n homerun. Cheers to all and enjoy!

Photo of Pahn
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle split two ways, poured into a Duvel tulip. Batch 1. Drank on 11/9/11.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 2 inch, frothy offwhite head that dissipates very slowly leaving a 1 inch lace wall around the glass. Pours a semi-opaque dark brown, and leaves tons of lacing.

Smell: Effervescent cola and some roasted malt. Smells like a muted Ayinger Celebrator. Not bad, but totally unremarkable.

Taste: Creamy and smooth, with mild chilies and cinnamon up front, cocoa finish. Some heat up front, but also slight chili pepper flavor. Decadent and malty. Somewhat reminiscent of chocolate chili truffles, which I love when they're done well.

Flavor deepens nicely, with some dark fruit joining the chilis/cinnamon/cocoa in highlighting the dominant sugary pastry plus dark malts flavor. Really delicious.

No hop flavor whatsoever, and it does sacrifice some malt depth for the spice highlights. Still, really great taste.

Mouthfeel: Full side of medium bodied. Silky smooth. Mild heat and even milder dryness. Perfect vehicle for the flavors of this beer.

Overall: As always, a beer with a world class mouthfeel is going to be treated kindly by me. This beer has great flavors, deft use of spices, and a great price. Since drinking it two days ago, I've bought more.

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.24/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into stout style glass at about 40... warming to mid-50's during review.

Pours with about 2F worth of tightly-wound tan head over a deep brown body with cherry edges. No real lacing... could be the glass.

Full aroma - Rich, sweet chocolate with a healthy dose of cinnamon and touch of pepper heat. Spicey and intriguing.

No doubt the most flavorful Bock I've ever had. The cinnamon is very evident. Chocolate mellows out compared w/the aroma, but is still there. Touch of dark, sweet fruit. Some oats, too.

Mouthfeel was pretty good - had to keep reminding myself that this is a Bock, and not an imperial stout. Comparitively to the style, it's above average. Fairly sharp carbonation.

This one snuck up on me - I was not expecting to enjoy it as much as I did. Major kudos to Sam Adams for making such a unique/original/fun beer ... I expect this type of thing from DFH, not SA.

Photo of Kromes
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of bschinelli
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Let me start at the end....I actually like this beer. I agree with some others that it's a good beer, perhaps very, that could be great

Poured into a tulip glass showing a dirty, light mocha head; almost an inch and a half. This quickly drops into the beer with minor lacing and residual. The color is a deep, dark black with dark red highlights when held up to the light. Smells of chocolate as it pours into the glass, with a hint of chili and cinnamon. The first sip, actually really tasty. Lots of chocolate flavor with very faint chili and cinnamon spice. Some malt sweetness comes up in the middle and it finishes with a bit of alchohol heat. I didn't detect any of the chili in the finish. The mouth feel is heavy for a "bock" style, but I liked it none the less. Someone else remarked it reminds them of a scotch ale, and I'll jump on the bandwagon - it's a scotch ale with chocolate!

Overall, I liked this beer, and would buy it again. Nice winter warmer.

Photo of nzerbe
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of Gosox8787
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Bomber bottle picked up at a local store and served slightly chilled into a pint glass.

Appearance: Full brown, almost black color with a nice beige, big head. Ample carbonation.

Aroma: Caramel, chocolate and some alcohol presence. Malty notes are pretty prominent too. The spice elements seem to feel lighter than the bock notes from the smell.

Taste: Malty notes of caramel and bread are tempered with cocoa nibs. I get a bit of cinnamon, but the promised chili is light. More smokey than spicy, but grows over time. Alcohol is a bit more subdued than the nose, but noticable.

Mouthfeel: Nice full feel, medium body with nice carbonation.

Overall, a pretty decent beer for the price. I really wish the chili heat and the cocoa nibs played a bigger part though. I probably won't buy again, but it wasn't a bad purchase.

Photo of samie85
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a very dark brown color with ruby edges and a two finger head that dissipates quickly.

S-Rich dark fruit and chocolate notes with some cinnamon.

T-Rich dark fruit and chocolate notes upfront with some moderate chili notes, fruity notes, some cinnamon and bitter, dry finish.

M-Really smooth and viscous with a drying and light finish with moderate carbonation.

D-As this one warms up, it becomes a lot more drinkable. There's a harsh bitter note at the finish that really dissipates as it warms up to room temperature.

Photo of JackieTH
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an attractive dark brown with ruby highlights and a half inch of tan foam. Some retention but zero lace.

Smell is primarily mild chocolates and malt.

Taste is a mixture of cocoa and light chocolates, lightly roasted malt traces of coffee and a slight bite which may be the chilies. This yields quickly to a bitterness into the finish which is mostly reminiscent of bakers chocolate and hops. There is a mild sweetness throughout and nowhere am I getting cinnamon.

Creamy mouthfeel but a medium body that seems light and falls apart over the tongue. Glad I tried it, but it could use a little more punch.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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!

Photo of videofrog
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of zimm421
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a flute. Appears a dark brown with some hints of red around the edges. Head is late developing, and is a nice brown. Great staying power with lacing.

Nose is sweet chocolate, caramel and some nice darker malts. There is a slight touch of spice, but you really have to search. Taste starts out with that chocolate and caramel malt base. The gentle spices set in later and definitely aren't something that blow you away. The alcohol is also present, but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation levels and feels soft and slightly creamy on the palate. Overall, a decent brew. Would have like to see a bit more with the spices here. Honestly wasn't expecting too much, hence, not thatmuch of a disappointment here.

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This may be the darkest bock Ive had. Looks like a stout with a very light head. Head is very thick with a slow bubbling.

Roasty malts are everywhere in the smell. But a very close second are the peppers. Its not a hot pepper smell, but a good solid pepper. A smooth chocolate flavor lingers in the background. Hops are absent.

I get alot of chocolate malt. Not chocolate itself, but roasted chocolate malt. The milk chocolate comes in smooth the whole thing out. Alot. The Vixen is smooth, silky smooth. I feel peppers in my nose when I exhale, and small hints of it later on in the aftertaste. Everything is very well-rounded, but nothing stands out.

Malt is slightly chewy, with a medium body. Doesnt go down quickly, but feels nice as it goes down.

Solid brew, good malt backbone. Decent accent flavors and insane smoothness.

Photo of PGVG
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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