The Vixen Chocolate Chili Bock - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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4.22/5 rDev +14.1%
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.
11-08-2011 23:49:35 | More by johnnnniee
4/5 rDev +8.1%
A mahogany colored brew with an excellent brown head and strong lacing. Nice nose of roast malt, chocolate, faint ancho (?) chili in the rear; lightly sweet.
Very tasty and chocolate-forward; mild bitterness from the noble hops, cinnamon, toffee, lightly sweet and roasty, again, the ancho or chipotle peppers creep up in the rear for a very lightly spicy mouth-tingling finish. Subtle mineral note in the finish.
Lively carbonation combined with the chilis makes for a prickly and vibrant mouthfeel on this medium-bodied beer. Really nicely done, everything is well-balanced; the chocolate and chili are nicely integrated but don’t disappear into the other flavors. A quality bock with gentle chili heat. I really enjoyed this one.
4.99 for the bomber was a nice price too; split this one with the missus and paired it up with some spicy pot roast as well.
12-19-2011 17:07:11 | More by tobelerone
3.38/5 rDev -8.6%
Served from the 22 oz bottle at Paradise, poured into two snifters.
A: Dull dark brown colored body with an off-white/slightly tan head. A thin bubbly retention ring is left behind with almost no lace, save for a few random splotches.
S: Milk chocolate, lager yeast, caramel and dark malts, and some faint cinnamon sticks towards the back end. Unfortunately, I get nothing really in terms of chilies, flavor or heat. The darker chocolate notes really are the focus, it's not overly aromatic but not a complete bust.
T: Rich milk chocolate again is up front with a nice crisp lager element. Yeast esters, dark malts, and cacao nibs come in mid-palate and into the finish. There's a flick of spice as the beer soaks into your mouth, but I'm not sure if that's from the buffalo wings I had previously or from the chili in the beer. Either way, it's nothing profound and sort of disappointing.
M: Thin, a little watery but very nicely crisp. For a lager-style, I guess I shouldn't have expected a full, rich and robust feel. It's okay but sort of a detriment to the experience.
I was so intrigued by anything and everything chili-fused in beer, especially if it's coupled with chocolate. Simply put, this falls short from what it's billed to be. The chocolate and bock qualities are there, albeit weak but the chilies are missing. Not a bad beer by any means, but nothing special at all.
11-14-2011 14:58:23 | More by ShanePB
4/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
02-04-2012 04:39:45 | More by LiquidAmber
4.22/5 rDev +14.1%
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.
12-14-2011 14:39:48 | More by avalon07
3.73/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
11-19-2011 01:41:33 | More by bluejacket74
3.93/5 rDev +6.2%
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!
12-04-2011 02:29:01 | More by DrDemento456
3.9/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
02-04-2012 16:22:10 | More by tone77
3.53/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
11-13-2011 21:03:05 | More by OWSLEY069
3.88/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
04-03-2012 02:04:50 | More by twiggamortis420
4.13/5 rDev +11.6%
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!
11-20-2011 02:55:54 | More by Cyberkedi
3.73/5 rDev +0.8%
A - Nice, creamy, light mocha head. Nice retention and ok lace. Cherry cola body with cranberry highlights.
S - Deep, sweet chocolate and molasses with a well integrated chili note.
T - Straight mirror of the nose. Dark chocolate, roast malt, and molasses. A light bittering hop and ancho chili center blanaces out the sweetness. Nice lingering dark chocolate finish.
M - Surprisingly bright medium/full body.
08-28-2012 02:30:19 | More by vfgccp
2.7/5 rDev -27%
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.
Aromas begin with roasted malts, cocoa, bitter chocolate, sweet chocolate and very slight sweet fruit/spices. Nice roasty and chocolatey nose; I'm liking it so far.
The taste did not follow the nose unfortunately. It begins with roasted malts, sweet chocolate, bitter chocolate and coffee. Some light spice and chili in the aftertaste, but not too much. Very unbalanced actually and a huge step down from the nose in my opinion. The chocolate malts dominate the flavor and the chili is truly hard to discern to me, however it is present as a mild acidity with faint flavors that remind me of chili powder. Booze becomes more evident as it warms which is unfortunate.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with pretty light carbonation. A little more carbonated than the new Double IPA Third Voyage, but still would have liked a little more carbonation.
Overall, 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. A huge step down from new DIPA. 1 out of 2 is not bad so far. Still two more of these to try...
11-19-2011 15:29:50 | More by claspada
4.13/5 rDev +11.6%
One inch light tan head on a dark brown beer. Decent head retention and clumpy lacing.
Subtle, subtle pepper aroma.
Smooth chocolate taste at the forefront then just enough chili pepper burn at the end to know its there. Well hidden alcohol.
Smooth medium mouthfeel, lower end of carbonationbut it works.
Definitely worth the pick up at $6. Recommended to chili beer fans or to anyone who has a bad experience with chili beers. This one pulls it off.
10-30-2011 03:03:46 | More by Duff27
3.45/5 rDev -6.8%
Pours a very dark murky red. Head is beige - maybe a pink tinge. Dense, some visible bubbles. Lacing is great. It's ALL great, yes.
Smells sweet - plenty of English toffee as a base, and a slight solventy note, giving this a malt liquor kind of character. Touch of carob, too. A bit meh.
Taste is similar. Sweet toffee, with needlepoints of sharp spicy coffee interlacing. Finishes slightly roasty, but with more of that carob sweetness and maybe a root vegetable sweetness. Yeah, not bad. Some more roast/spice would be nice though.
Decent body, finishes really surprisingly dry. Just cracks up at the end.
Overall a bit sweet/heavy for me. Something more safe and grounded on the palate would keep me coming back for more.
07-31-2014 23:48:46 | More by laituegonflable
3.88/5 rDev +4.9%
This stuff is black as night with a very solid tan head and lots of lacing. The aroma offers a sort of metallic charcoal malt. Pretty tame and nothing special. The taste buds pick up deep malt with sharp dark chocolate charcoal and a slight citrus hint. I don’t pick up any obvious chili but there may be a slight edge in there somewhere. It has an unusual, near minty quality. It’s clearly full bodied with a thick but managable feel. Carbonation is prickly stuff that cuts the thickness adequately to make this reasonably drinkable. These Sam Adams special brews are indeed, special.
12-21-2011 01:00:45 | More by Durge
3.5/5 rDev -5.4%
A- Pours a very dark brown color with a light tan head.
S- The aroma is predominately sweet malt and cocoa but not much else. As the beer warms up in the glass, the chillies come out more along with some smokiness.
T- The taste is a lot of chocolate malts up front that are slightly roasted with some cocoa and spices and just a faint lingering spiciness from the chili peppers in the finish. Very nice, I enjoyed the flavors.
M- The mouthfeel is medium bodies with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O- Overall, not a bad beer from Sam Adams that is definitely worth a try.
11-28-2012 04:37:48 | More by cjgator3
3.08/5 rDev -16.8%
A: Pours a jet black with a creamy tan head.
S: Aromas of chiles, chocolate, cinnamon, and caramel dominate the nose.
T: Notes of chiles, cinnamon, dark chocolate, caramel, and heavy cream wash across the palate. The finish is sweet and spicy with robust notes of chiles and chocolate.
M: Medium-to-full in body, smooth, and creamy. Carbonation is gentle compared to many other lagers.
O: I wanted to like this, but really just couldn't. To me, this was like drinking a particularly large bottle of mole poblano. The chocolate and cinnamon aromas and flavors are overpowering, causing the caramel sweetness I typically associate with good bockbiers to take a backseat. If you really like chocolate and cinnamon, this may work for you, but for me, this was just too much.
01-03-2012 20:58:05 | More by mrfrancis
3.43/5 rDev -7.3%
Pours a dark reddish brown with a creamy beige head. Not too dark to see its color in the light. Pretty nice looking, and the head sticks around for quite awhile. Aroma is a surprisingly mild. There's some light cocoa, caramel, chili pepper spice, a touch of cinnamon and some very light roast character. What's there is decent, but you have to look for it. The taste is better. There's more pepper flavor and mild but noticeable spice, and that spice blends well with the chocolate flavor. The chocolate is still just kinda sweet and boring. It's nice enough, but there are much more interesting chocolate chili beers around. Fairly clean finish. Some lingering caramel-chocolate flavor. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. It's a fine beer, but the flavors need to be refined and amped up. That said, I do think it's a big improvement on the normal SA Chocolate Bock.
10-01-2012 05:17:51 | More by popery
The Vixen Chocolate Chili Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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