The Vixen Chocolate Chili Bock - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.2/5 rDev -13.5%
Attractive dark brown with nice lacing and fine foam. Sweet with an attack of cinnamon. Chile flavor is evident in the nose but just a whisper of heat. Tastes like dried red Anaheim chiles. Cocoa comes along and stays with the aftertaste. Nose of cinnamon. Quite rich and candy-like.
I thought this was a barley wine when I opened it, not reading down the label. So that was pretty amusing on first gulp. Usual well-made product from BBC. It is not bad, just overly spiced and a very slow sipper. It's probably better with some flavorful food.
01-02-2012 06:13:15 | More by mactrail
3.73/5 rDev +0.8%
Picked up a bottle of this at Ricks in Alexandria for $5.99. Batch 1, poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.
a - Pours a very dark brown color with one finger of tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Some spotty lacing left on the glass and very little head retention.
s - Smells of roasted malts, cocoa, bitter chocolate, sweet chocolate, and very slight sweet fruit/spices. Nice roasty and chocolatey nose; I'm liking it.
t - Tastes of roasted malts, sweet chocolate, bitter chocolate and coffee, and vanilla. Some light spice and chili in aftertaste, but not too much. Nice, but a step down from the nose in my opinion.
m - Medium body and pretty light carbonation. A little more carbonated than the new Double IPA Third Voyage, but still would have liked a little more carbonation.
o - Overall a pretty nice bock. I liked the nose a lot and the chili and spice does come through in the taste as I assume they were looking for. This is the second new Sam Adams beer I've had now that has had very low carbonation, which surprised me. Worth checking out.
11-09-2011 03:17:54 | More by mdfb79
4.38/5 rDev +18.4%
Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a short 1/4" head that breaks apart quickly.
Smell: chocolate, some spice, and roasted tones rise easily from the glass.
Taste: nice malty profile with loads of chocolate, some soft spiciness from the chilis, prunes, brown sugar, and a hint of honey and maple. Bitterness is moderate and alcohol is noticeable and mildly warming.
Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crsip to start, smooth and syrupy at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste here.
Overall: this beer is a slow sipper but full of flavor. As a fan of SA Double Bock, this one to me is just as good in a different way. I like this one a lot.
11-12-2011 22:06:35 | More by Gavage
2.78/5 rDev -24.9%
1 pint .6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.
Served refrigerator cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
Not paired with food.
A: Pours a three finger khaki head of fair cream, decent thickness, and above average retention. Colour is a dark nontransparent black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Not particularly vibrant, but it's generally appealing.
Sm: Chocolate, light chili pepper, dark malts, background light floral hops, and chocolate malts. A moderate strength aroma.
T: Dark malts, cream, chocolate, chili pepper, and chocolate malt. Balance is okay. Build is decent, but inadequate for the style. Neither complex nor subtle. I expect better. Chocolate malts are nice. The rest is mundane. A strange bock. No yeast or alcohol come through.
Mf: Thickness is off. Carbonation is good. Smooth and wet. Moderate on the palate.
Dr: Drinkable but boring and bland. It offers little. I wouldn't get it again. A disappointment from Sam Adams.
07-27-2012 05:58:26 | More by kojevergas
3.75/5 rDev +1.4%
500ml bottle given to me by my brewing lecturer, nice guy that he is. Shared with Sam.
Pours a solid deep brown, quite consistent throughout its length, and genuinely brown. Head forms a full frothy crown of silky pale brown that stays around quite persistently. Nice fine carbonation and fine lacing around the edge. The body looks a little lighter than I expected, but otherwise it's a very nice looking beer.
Nose is sweet and chocolatey, with a slight spicy character that says "cinnamon" more than "chilli" to me. Indeed, it smells like churros dipping sauce. There's a light peppery character to it as well. It's quite pleasant, without being particularly big or complex.
Taste is a bit flat, but has some interest to it at least. There's certainly a persistent flat cocoa character throughout the beer, with a musty Mexican chocolate molé flavour. Some sharpness on the back suggests a hint of the booze, but the beer itself is a little flat and a little thin. The sweetness is omnipresent, but muted, meaning that it never really coats the tongue, or expresses everything I feel it has to express.
Feel is pretty good. Smooth but soft, with a lightness that stops it from being too heavy.
Despite this pleasant lightness, I feel like the beer could be richer and more exciting overall. It's still pretty solid, but it doesn't really run with the potential it shows. It could use more of something: chilli, chocolate, goat? Whatever it needs, bring it in the next iteration please.
03-23-2013 09:28:05 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.22/5 rDev +14.1%
Large bottle w/o freshness info, except for telling consumers that this is "Batch No. 1"
Near black and murky. Dark mocha head stays and stays. Thick collar, thick low sheeting ad nice looking fine patterns of lace. Nice looking beer.
Dark chocolate nose, with some snappy cinimmon and also chili in the rear.
Allowed to warm up quite a bit, this one is richly flavorful and viscous in the mouth, loaded with dark and milk chocolate notes. Light spice, and a slight chili note subtly warming up the back of the mouth and throat.
Well done Samuel Adams. Nice winter sipper
12-14-2011 02:27:34 | More by Billolick
3.88/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
09-14-2012 22:05:37 | More by Georgiabeer
3.88/5 rDev +4.9%
Pours a one-fingered light tan head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Black with faint ruby highlights. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Light chocolate nose and flavor is almost sweet chocolate with cinnamon, no chili. $5.99 for a 22oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.
11-06-2011 23:25:28 | More by jdhilt
4.38/5 rDev +18.4%
Very dark brown colored beer with a very Tall light brown colored head. Maybe a little to intensely head forming.
Smells strongly of chocolate and chili with some smoke and roasted chili scent. Cinnamon is in this; it completes the scent of Mexican hot chocolate.
Starts out strongly chocolate with the fruity tasty of chili with the barest trace of heat. Semisweet to bittersweet chocolate taste with some cinnamon bark. Just about the most balanced Chile beer I had yet tasted. Little bit nutty with a mild bitterness, tastes far better than I expected.
Mouthfeel is decidedly FULL.
Overall "Damn why did I put this one in the back of the cooler for a week?" Far tastier than I expected, Very recommended.
12-22-2011 02:50:24 | More by Zorro
4/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
11-21-2011 01:35:01 | More by Stinkypuss
3.8/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
02-06-2014 00:08:43 | More by superspak
4.2/5 rDev +13.5%
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
11-27-2011 18:41:26 | More by Mebuzzard
3.58/5 rDev -3.2%
A: Burgundy-cola color glistens from light upon exit from the bottle appearing a pitch black while in the vessel with a peanut shell colored head that was a finger plus high with a frothy structure and a strong rate of retention. Tiny carbonation bubbles rise and bead up on the head while the lacing was very sparse.
S: roasted chilis, roasted cocoa with a smoked fruity nature. Level of strength was moderate at first but didn’t hold long.
T: Dried chilis with a dark chocolate/coffee roast. Small flashes of sweet cinnamon with a soft warmth from the chilis. Smoked bock fruitiness, dark fruit, lies underneath along with a warm caramel sweetness. A light touch of medicinal alcohol on the finish. Hops come secondary to the spicing.
M: Good show of carbonation, oily full malt body with a slight warmth of medicinal alcohol.
O: After the first couple sips this does tend to ease up and become easier to consume after the initial unique flavor shock, though would probably still be hesitant on ordering seconds. The chili is held in check compared to others by style ive experienced and has a bigger sweeter, caramel body then most as well. Nice chocolate roasted cocoa and chili mix provides for a unique combination, one you just have to experience for yourself. worthy of a try.
01-18-2012 01:10:11 | More by beerthulhu
4.35/5 rDev +17.6%
Black bodied beer with a decent crop of brown head. Lace is quite abundant. Aroma is light spice, biscuity malt and dusty chocolate. Flavor is very agreeable. Rich malty body with heavy, but not overdone, chocolate notes. Chili spiciness is an afterthought and spicing is light. Alcohol is nowhere to be seen. This is quite flavorful and very drinkable.
01-07-2012 04:48:41 | More by Bighuge
4.03/5 rDev +8.9%
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.
02-06-2012 09:31:57 | More by tdm168
3.73/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
10-29-2011 05:22:04 | More by JohnGalt1
3.78/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
12-26-2011 04:18:55 | More by Brad007
3.33/5 rDev -10%
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.
01-22-2012 21:55:24 | More by GarthDanielson
The Vixen Chocolate Chili Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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