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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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585 Ratings

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Ratings: 585
Reviews: 253
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.49%
Wants: 35
Gots: 45 | 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:
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(Beer added by: ReelBigwigFish on 10-27-2011)
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Photo of ksimons
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

ksimons, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of Ralphs66
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Ralphs66, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Pahn
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Pahn, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of Kromes
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Kromes, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of nzerbe
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

nzerbe, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of Gosox8787
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Gosox8787, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of BeerImmediately
4.25/5  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.

BeerImmediately, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of sparx1100
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

sparx1100, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of samie85
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

samie85, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of TastyIsBeer
3/5  rDev -18.5%

TastyIsBeer, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

ItsBeer4Me, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
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!

BedetheVenerable, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
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!

BlurryVisi0n, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of VncentLIFE
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

VncentLIFE, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of JackieTH
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

JackieTH, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of SawDog505
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

SawDog505, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of beerluvr
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Victory tulip with an average head, khacki in color that leaves a nice receding lacing on the glass. Dark garnet liquid with an undistinguished nose. Nice smooth mouthfeel with notes of cinnamon and bitter chocolate...the chili isn't really noticable at all. Nice bitter finish, hoppy/chocolatey. Nice but I expected just a bit more from this one.

beerluvr, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of MoreThanWine
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 2" chocolate malt hued head with pretty good lasting power. Body is dark as coffee. Smells of dark chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is high on cocoa, roasted malts, and coffee. I was surprised the chili was so understated. It sort of built as a subtle burn the further I got through it. All in all this is a very tasty dessert-style beer, but I guess I expected more chili since it's on the label.

MoreThanWine, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of videofrog
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

videofrog, May 06, 2013
Photo of JizackFH
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a nice dark brown color that glows red around the edges when held to the light. There is a big 3-figner tan head resting on top. The head has pretty good retention, and it leaves some scattered lacing behind on the glass as it recedes.

S - The nose has a nice bit of caramel sweetness and some roastiness. There is a slightly spice smell to it, as well as some aromas of chocolate, cinnamon, a touch of coffee, and a very mild hop presence.

T - The taste pretty much follows the nose. It starts off with some caramel sweetness and some toasted malt flavor. There is a nice chocolate flavor and a little bit of coffee. Also, I am getting some cinnamon, some mild hop flavor, and some chili peppers in the back end. The finish leaves some lingering caramel sweetness, chocolate, a slight spiciness, and a little bit of hop presence on the palate.

M - This has a medium to full body and some nice smooth carbonation. It goes down easy and it has a smooth creamy feel to it. There is some initial sweetness, as well as a bit of roasted malt and a mild hop presence. There is a little bit of warmth in the finish, not sure if its the peppers or alcohol.

O - This has some good drinkability. It goes down smooth, and it has a nice flavor to it. Overall, I thought this was a really enjoyable beer. The chocolate presence is really nice, but I wish there would have been some more chili presence in the taste. I recommend checking this one out, I would try it again.

JizackFH, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of chefhatt
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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 Unchi
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Unchi, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of Nerudamann
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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 bschinelli
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

bschinelli, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of hayesjw
4/5  rDev +8.7%

hayesjw, Feb 11, 2013
The Vixen Chocolate Chili Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 585 ratings.