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The Vixen Chocolate Chili Bock - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

The Vixen Chocolate Chili BockThe Vixen Chocolate Chili Bock

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BA SCORE
84
good

534 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 534
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.14%


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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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams : The Vixen (Chocolate Chili Bock)

Pours a dark brown bordering black color, off white head. Aroma of roasted malts, some chocolate and mild mocha. In the taste, full on decadent chocolate upfront, with alittle roasted malt flavor. In the finish, the presence of chili's is noticed, but not overstated. Mild chocolate with a touch of spice. Draws some parallels to Mexican Mole sauce, and to this would be a fine pairing. Overall, an interesting brew, and worth the try.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 01:35:01 | More by Stinkypuss
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Brad007

Vermont

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a color as dark as night with a light brown head into my glass. It gives me pause as I compare it with the scene outside.

Sweet, smoky and roasty malt with the proverbial dollop of cream.

Of course, I'm reminded that this is a bock and not a stout, porter or schwarzbier. Still, the creaminess overpowers anything resembling chilis.

Mouthfeel is about the same. I feel like I'm drinking the regular chocolate bock.

I'd like to try it on tap one of these days. Until then, only worth checking out if you want a variation on the chocolate bock.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 04:18:55 | More by Brad007
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up tonight at the COOP ... shared it with Inflatablechair... We were both pretty impressed with it, though I question the use of spices and flavorings in lager beers... this is where I want the malt and hops to shine in harmony.

Poured into my HotD goblet... 1" tannish head.. deeeep dark brown.. light only gets through around the stem of the glass.

Nose is light cocoa and even less cinnamon, but the cinnamon adds a perceived sweetness that sorta brings out something that I pick out as dried cherries... Sam did not get the fruits... he is wrong :-) Not much in the way of "chili", but what I do get is something that is a little smokey with some background heat.

Flavor shows all the good bones of a traditional bockbier... but again, the cocoa and cinnamon are a distraction for me... The chili starts to build with subsequent sips.. a bit of burning in the esophagus... Great mouthfeel and carbonation.

I enjoyed this one... for $6, I may buy it again while it is on shelves, but I doubt it will age well.

4/4/3/5/4.5/3.5

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 05:22:04 | More by JohnGalt1
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid, if simple beer. Pours black with a very short head, and no lacing. The chocolate and chili are pretty prominent in the nose, and there is a bit of vinous sourness as well. The taste is nice with well balanced flavors of rich chocolate and spicy chili- always a nice combination. Pretty well done. Smooth in the mouth and quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 22:05:37 | More by Georgiabeer
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superspak

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/17/2011. Pours nearly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of raisin, prune, plum, chocolate, cocoa, molasses, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, biscuit, light coffee, cinnamon, herbal, light chile, clove, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, yeast ester, and spice notes; with solid strength. Taste of raisin, plum, prune, chocolate, cocoa, toast, molasses, biscuit, dark bread, light coffee, cinnamon, clove, light chile, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Light cinnamon/chile spice with slight heat on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, prune, plum, chocolate, cocoa, toast, dark bread, light coffee, cinnamon, clove, light chile, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, spice, and fruity yeast ester flavors; with a nice malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good spiced bock style. Good balance, robustness, and complexity of malt, spice, and fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 00:08:43 | More by superspak
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: about two fingers of tan head on a very dark brown/black body with some light passing through.

S: vanilla, brown sugar, light roasted malts with cinnamon and chocolate notes.

T: mild chili pepper spice throughout with roasted malts up front fading to light chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon notes. Chocolates are of the white and milk variety.

M: medium body and light carbonation.

Overall: I wanted more chili flavor out of this one. The base beer is smooth with nice chocolate notes. I was hoping for more with this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 02:18:05 | More by kylehay2004
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber to black in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, sweet chocolate and a spicy chili note. In the taste, cocoa sweetness and a nice mellow chili spice heat underneath. A spice like bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry cocoa and hint of chili in the aftertaste. I get it, mellow chili set off with big chocolate. Good, but just for one.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 21:03:05 | More by OWSLEY069
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich aroma is malty with chocolate and yeasty overtones and smoky and molasses notes. It pours a dark opaque chocolate brown with a fairly thick light tan head that leaves some good lacing. Malty flavor has chocolate, coffee and molasses notes, plus a hint of caramel and a bit of a kick from the spice - tastes more like a stout than a bock. Smooth, fizzy texture has firm body and leaves a chocolaty and sassy finish. Vixen indeed!

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 02:55:54 | More by Cyberkedi
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. There was an inch of foamy, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A strongly spicy smell (the chilis), along with a lot of malt.

T: Tasted of roasted malt, chili, chocolate, a hint of cinnamon, and hops. Definitely not your typical bock flavor. The chili and chocolate are very prominent, but it's still pretty tasty.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: If you're a fan of classic bock beer, then don't try this beer. Otherwise, it's an interesting, well made brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 14:39:48 | More by avalon07
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 02:04:50 | More by twiggamortis420
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tumbler pint, the beer is an extremely dark ruby-brown coloring, with a thick, dense, frothy, milk-chocolate colored head that starts massively above the beer, but settles into a solid inch and a half. Good lacing along the glass as the head recedes. Aromas are subtle, with a bit of spiciness noted, as well as some roasted grain scents. The beer's flavors are a little more substantial, with a round palate of chocolate and toasted cereal blends, and a hint of pepper spicing. The body is light and slick, giving the flavors a short shelf-life on the palate. The aftertaste gives a bit more of the chili pepper essence, but only slightly, with a filmy linger of chocolate as well. The finish is somewhat clingy and filmy on the palate and all over the mouth. Clears away given a little bit of time. I was really hoping for a little more from this in terms of the flavor profiles, but it's not bad.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 21:55:24 | More by GarthDanielson
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch tan head. Head retention is OK, and there's a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like chocolate, bready malt, dark fruit, molasses and a bit of coffee. I don't pick up any chilies in the aroma. There are some chilies noticeable in the taste, along with chocolate, dark fruit, cinnamon, and caramel malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and goes down easy with good carbonation. I think it's a decent beer overall, but if you're expecting a lot of chilies in this beer, you're going to be disappointed. But I still think it's worth trying, it's not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 01:41:33 | More by bluejacket74
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Similar price at D's in Monroeville for 7.50.

A - Wow the head is darker than the beer. Deep mocha head with a very black beer almost pitch except for some ruby highlights.

S - Faint at best. No real spice in the nose but I do get some mild caramel and chocolate.

T - The spice of the chili's integrates pretty well into the beer. With more burn than expected. Starts off spicy pepper then cools down with some toffee and milk chocolate then spiced up again in the finish.

M - Medium bodied. Very well done.

Overall I am glad to buy this one and it was actually worth the money since this was the most balanced chocolate chili beer I ever had. Buy it!

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 02:29:01 | More by DrDemento456
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 16:22:10 | More by tone77
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 04:39:45 | More by LiquidAmber
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nickfl

Florida

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of light tan foam on top of a black body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice lace.

S - Earthy chocolate, black pepper, and some lighty fruity chili notes along with dark, bready malt.

T - Sweet, dark malt up front with some dark chocolate in the background. Some dark fruit in the middle with mild notes of black cherry and plum. Finishes with sweet chocolate, burnt caramel, and lingring chicory notes as well as a light chili heat in the back of the throat.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - Nicely done, the chili character is restrained while the chocolate is robust, which is a wise balance for a beer that contains these elements. Not as complex as some chili/chocolate imperial stouts that I have had, but it is flavorful and smooth so I guess it is what one would expect for a spiced Bock.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 02:18:41 | More by nickfl
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid dark brown with the faintest of ruby highlights when held to light, huge tan head shows great retention and moderate lace. Smells mostly of chocolate and alcohol with faint hints of caramel, licorice and a faint spicy earthy tone. I would never guess form the aroma there were chili's in here. Taste is moderately malty and sweet. Lots of chocolate and caramel flavors up front. Slight melanoid and toffee type flavors midway with a warming earthy spice that lingers long into the finish. Medium to thick body, moderate level of carbonation, sweet sticky chocolate mouthfeel. I really enjoyed this brew. The chocolate is there, the bock is there, the peppers provide some nice flavors and subtle heat. Great Job Sam Adams.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 23:49:35 | More by johnnnniee
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Brent

Kentucky

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I liked this beer, but it seemed one of those instances where the sum of the parts might have gone in a bit different direction than anticipated. Much more stout-like than a bock, with the chocolate lending a significant density to the flavor without a direct chocolate flavor. I really did not pick up much in the way of chili spice or flavor, but there was something that seemed to lend a bit of brightness to the chocolate malt note - or perhaps it was just the power of suggestion.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 16:23:58 | More by Brent
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

quite an interesting bock. Pours a lovely dark, smooth brown, almost black. Huge tan head, nice stickiness and lacing.

Sweet aroma. Subtle chocolate and smooth caramel. A very light smoke on it, but the light cinnammon gets attention.

Nice flavor. It's smooth, that's a good way to describe it. Underneath it all is the bock. Malty, sweet, some smoke. But the cocoa and caramel run the show. They aren't over-powering, but are consistent. Spice is light and thin, I don't get any Anaheim chili on it though.

Feels a bit thin though. Filmy a tad. Not that it's bad. A touch of "lift" would be nice

Overall a very nice beer

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 18:41:26 | More by Mebuzzard
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 09:31:57 | More by tdm168
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Gmann

New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown color with a short beige head that settles into a light cap.

The aroma is quite sweet. There is caramel and some dark fruit. Subtle chocolate and cinnamon notes.

The taste is of a light meaty malt with noticable flavor from the chocolate nibs. The cinnamon is quite light and only adds a ghost like presence. There is some toast and wood characteristics as well. I don't really pick up much pepper though. This is a much better bock base than the SA chocolate bock. Doesn't taste artifical.

The feel is moderate with soft to tingly carbonation. Sweet on the palate but has some toasted bitterness. A bit sticky in the end.

A decent bock. Appropriate chocolate flavor and subtle spice. Could use a touch more heat from the peppers.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 02:14:28 | More by Gmann
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - very dark brown with a khaki colored head that thinned out but still left bits of lacing behind.

S - roasted coffee with a hint of cocoa.

T - some chocolate upfront and then a burnt coffee flavor with the chili and alcohol warming coming in at the finish.

F - medium bodied with some creaminess to it.

O - a unique tasting bock that's worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 23:55:19 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes taken during a tasting with a friend.

A - Poured into a Duvel tulip a nice deep brown almost black with one finger mocha head that fades to leave a light halo.

S - Sweet, light malts and dark fruit with very light chocolate. There isnt much spice at all on the nose.

T - WAY too sweet for my liking. There is some light roast and chocolate . The spice is nice and upfront, which is kinda too bad.

M - A bit too sweet, kinda heavy and syrupy.

O - Beer is okay. Really wouldnt buy it again, way to sweet to be a good bock.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 19:49:49 | More by rudzud
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In a pilsner glass this beer was near black with a thick tan head that subsided rapidly. There was a smattering of lace.

A lot of roasted malt in the aroma. Some chocolate. Peppery spice. All the aromas were subtle.

Very malty taste. Chocolate. There was a background of cinnamon. The chile came through at the end, leaving a little heat.

I thought this beer tried to do too much. Mellow malt at the onset, some heat at the end. Rather incongruous.

Would perhaps try it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 21:43:12 | More by lordofthewiens
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Suds

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, nearly black beer with a thin tan head. It's an alluring beer...a unique smell. Spice, chocolate, and chili in its aroma. Malt, dark fruit (cherry?), and robust roast coffee. The flavor is also unique...chocolate and malt, with some spice. Not as much heat as I expected, but lots more flavor. Nice intensity of experience. Full in body, but I love the smell. This beer is well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 22:47:54 | More by Suds
The Vixen Chocolate Chili Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 534 ratings.