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

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The Vixen Chocolate Chili BockThe Vixen Chocolate Chili Bock

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of Cavanaghty
4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Glass.

Appearance: Almost black, dark color with about one finger of brown head, mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Spicy, peppery smells with some cocoa in the background.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Full Bodied, thick, but smooth. Taste of a peppery, chili mix finishing with a hint of real cocoa.

Overall: Excellent brew, reminded me of some of the real Aztec Chocolate drinks I had in the Carribean, not the sugar sweetened chocolate crap we have here in the states, but real spiced chocolate drinks that are not sweetened.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - deep, dark, opaque black color with a thick head that is well-retained, leaves a nice lacing in the glass

S - malty sweet with notable chocolate and some moderate spiciness, no hop perceived, no fruity esters

T - rich malt and chocolate flavors blend nicely with the spice accents, pepper kick is perhaps not a strong as expected (or desired) but is subtly present in the background; as beer warms spicing comes out a bit more, but chili is still somewhat restrained

M - medium-full body with moderate carbonation

O - A decent harmony with the beer and added ingredients. The cocoa nibs are the most prominent with the other declared spices taking a decidedly secondary role. The base bock is well done and it's probably the best 'chocolate beer' I've had from Boston Beer Company. For improvement though, I'd like to see more chili 'kick' as advertised.

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Photo of SouljaSaia17
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a dark, roasted color with a pretty thin, caramel colored head. Does have a lot of big and tiny bubbles on the head, but not much retention and leaves very little lacing. Still a nice looking beer.

S: Whoa, wow...I get a whiff from those chillies right away along with some cinnamon. Upon a second smell and a little more focus, I get some cocoa and a slight hint of hops.

T: Initial taste is of some heat and spice, which I imagine is from the chillies that are blended with the hops. A slightly sweet, roasted character comes through the middle of the flavor and ends with some cinnamon and malt.

M: Its a mild texture as far as the mouth goes. I would say a little more thin than their Chocolate Bock, but definitely not watery. This is a slow sipper as you will get more character and flavor from this beer by letting it warm up.

O: Didnt think I would get the chance to have this as it was 1 of 2 missing from my batch series collection. Now that I have had it, this beer was definitely worth the wait and the price.

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Photo of Jason
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz brown bottle with no freshness date, batch #1 on back.

LOOK: Three fingers of froth, nearly pitch black

SMELL: Dark chocolate, faint coffee, peppery, mild spice, figgy, malty, toasted bread, caramel

TASTE: Sweet, creamy, slick, full bodied, mild mocha character, dark fruit, faintly peppery, modest hopping, light pepper warmth, sweet finish

Its a bock, I get it ... just too damn sweet for my liking. Not enough chili pepper or chocolate to back this beer up. Played it very safe here.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 22-oz. bomber
Glass: Manzanita pint glass
From: Costco in San Marcos, Calif., on Dec. 6, 2012
Price: $20 for Small Batch Collection variety 4-pack
BOD: None, “Batch 2” on back of label

Black with 2-3 fingers of tan head that dissipated surprisingly quickly.
No lacing on the sides. Poor retention.

Smelled dark chocolate, cocoa powder, caramel, toffee and light cinnamon.

Tasted a bit darker and deeper than the smell and with some chili spices. Got dark cocoa powder, chocolate, toffee, caramel and the spicy chili backbone.

Medium-to-full body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Spicy smooth finish.

My first time having chili in a beer and it was pretty good. Not as much chocolate as I would have thought, but just the right amount of chili. I’d definitely have it again.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

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.

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Photo of popery
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours just a few shades lighter than midnight black. Thick and chewy 3 finger head floats effortlessly before fading away. Some nice thin lacing sticks to the side of the glass and doesnt appear to want to let go.

S- Dark Belgian chocolate, notes of vanilla, cinnamon, dried cherries/raisins/figs/prunes... seems like i'm picking up a little dried chili as well. Not an extreme wealth of depth, but what is there, is very nice.

T- Tastes alot like the cayenne pepper chocolate bars that I love so much! Lots of deep dark chocolate, subtle touches of vanilla bean, raisins, dried cherries, and a very light touch of spicy chili pepper on the back end finish. The chili pepper and vanilla really open up as it warms up. The original Sam Adams Chocolate Bock has always been one of my favorite brews.

M- I love the little bit of spice buried under the cocoa. Not much carbonation, but I wasnt expecting much anyway. Decent depth of flavors as it warms.

O- Looking forward to having this again. This would be great in/with a nice bowl of chili on a cold day. Really glad I finally got around to trying this. A bargin at $3.50!!!

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

A - Looked deep red as it was pouring. In the glass it looks deep brown. One and a half fingers of creamy looking tan head. Head has very good retention and leaves some lacing.

S - Chocolate and dark fruits come through initially. Faint chili and cinnamon aromas, with some nice dark bread as well. Pretty good.

T - Chili aspect is quite subtle in the flavor as well. As with the smell, chocolate is quite prominent, with bittersweet and cocoa elements. Very little cinnamon. Dark brown bread with some dried fruits.

M - Medium mouthfeel. A bit creamy.

O - Not a bad beer, but the chocolate/cocoa really overpowers everything else. Probably wouldn't get this one again.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.8/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.


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Photo of nickfl
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
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.

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Photo of RickS95
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a seriously thick, dark brown/'light' black. The head is offtan and moderately thick, but retention is minimal.

Roasted malt jumps at the nose, along with Mexican spices and caramel. Cinnamon is present but sometimes gets lost with all the other scents.

Very malt forward, smokey. Again, the cinnamon is there but gets pushed back by the chilies and other spices. Caramel is there. Almost no hop notes. Cocoa nibs only show up as a bittering agent in the swallow.

It's creamy and thick. Full bodied and almost chewy. You can tell there's a lot happening, but nothing really takes command. There's ample sweetness, but it's balanced by the spices and the heat from the chilies and alcohol. Warming finish.

As good a lager as I've had, very drinkable given all that's going on in the glass. A good selection from Sam Adams.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad this beer is finally being bottled.

The beer pours a very dark brown to black color with a brown head. The aroma has a lot of chocolate and roasted malt up front, with a touch of pepper mixed in. The flavor has the same components but in different ratios. I really like the way the peppers were done in this beer, adding some great flavor as well as a hint of heat in the throat. The chocolate also really stands out, with a hint of roasted malt. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark mahogany-brown with a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lace.

S - Atoma is a mix of chocolate malts with some chilies, cinnamon, caramel malts, with some allspice and some other spices.

T - Starts off with chocolate malts with some cinnamon, nutmeg, and other spices. Through the middle, the chili heat start to come through with some heat alongside some more bitter cocoa. The finish is a mix of chili heat, cinnamon and other spices, with some cocoa and a hint of booze.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a hot, spicy, and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. The heat from the chilies is really nice with the cocoa and spices. Nicely balanced.

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Photo of beer2day
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, really dark, brown pour with 1.5 fingers of darkish tan head. No retention and really not much lace.

Nose is chocolate and metal. I think there is a bit of chili in there, but really not coming through. Get a little burn, but not much else creeping in.

Taste is better than the nose. Chocolate hits right up front. Chili kicks in right after that and lingers all the way through the glass. Very well done. Get a bit of roast malt in the finish, along with a bit of pepper and then a nice sharp chili finish. Gets a bit nutty and fruity with light dried cherries. Nice.

Feel is about right, but feels a bit thin for the strong flavor.

Overall, I really wish they had done more with this. Great concept, somewhat lacking in follow-through.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The dark brown color of the beer bordered on black, and the pour resulted in a large three finger thick head atop it. The smell was chocolate and red apples, and did not seem to give any indication of the spicing. The taste was good, but a little simpler than the ingredients hinted at. There was a some chocolate up front, followed by brown sugar and some salt, and ending with cinnamon. I really couldn't detect much chili presence other than a faint hint, which I would have easily missed if blind tasting. The body was a little thicker than a typical bock, but the spices made it less soothing. I was hoping it would be better than it was. Less than the sum of its parts.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color. The head is a finger high, with a densely textured mocha shade. Retention is pretty good (though not the best in this style), while the creamy softness leaves behind a bit of lacing. (4)

Smell: It's mostly a bock first, with the adjuncts playing a secondary role. I'm picking up plenty of caramel, with just a kiss of stewed fruits. If I concentrate, then I do pick up some nice chili notes; they're still too mild for my personal taste. The nose isn't flawed, it's just quite dull. (3)

Taste: The flavor profile (thankfully) is far bolder. Still, I'm a little disappointed in how light the chocolate notes are. Its base, though, is loaded with rich caramel malts and lesser fruitiness. I start picking up chocolate and chiles on the back end, but only slightly. The exact same thing I said about the aroma rings true down on the taste buds: not flawed, it's just quite dull. (3)

Mouthfeel: Full and creamy at first. Post-swallow, however, it becomes a hair prickly, and even somewhat dry. Carbonation is well concealed by the thickness of the texture. It's not super drinkable, but it's not a chore, either. (3)

Overall: Rather blah in general. Its blah-ness is doubly disappointing given its relative size - Sam Adams could have gone farther with the chocolate (and even the chili) notes than they did. On the plus side, there's nothing wrong with it at all. It's only flaw is its blandness, but it's a big one to be fair. (3)

3.05/5: Y'know, I remember this one being better...

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Photo of bpw28
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is something that I was aging (my first venture into it), but then I noticed that there were problems with the temp at the moment and figured if I can't keep it right at the moment, might as well not waste the beer. This is only been sitting 5 months in good conditions until very recently, so nothing should be extremely different from off the store shelf.

Appearance: Two finger frothy deep tan head, no lacing to speak of, deep brown-red color (about 36 SRM), looks thick.

Smell: Sweet Malt, soft pretzel doughy, light coffee, light chocolate, almost light mint/vegetable/earth (might be the chili, just not standing out to what I would say "this is chili"), allspice, nutmeg.

Taste: Sweet Malts again, more bready dough this time, milk chocolate, light coffee, ancho chile, alcohol very light but present, saigon cinnamon, light woods, light floral. Very light warmth and spiciness, lets you know gently it's there but doesn't go beyond that. Medium body. Good Balance.

Final Thoughts: Very good beer. I enjoy the balance of deep flavor but keeping it flow with the body. This beer is what it says it is. It's got more earthy chili/cinnamon then I was expecting (was expecting a bit of a red hots cinnamon and cayenne heat chili) but it all flows. I would buy this again.

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

Pours a very deep black, not much light escaping this one. Has a huge tan colored head that lingers.

Chocolate and coffee dominate the smell. Hint of cinnamon, and just a touch of the spice from the chilies.

Like the smell, chocolate dominates the flavor. There is also a touch of coffee, and a bit of cinnamon. The chilies are very subtle, adding just a light touch of spice at the finish.

Nice and solid brew here.

A nice interesting beer. Goes down fairly easy considering the strength, and has a nice flavor profile. If you are looking for something out of the ordinary, or just a really nice beer, give this one a try.

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Photo of hdofu
4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saw a beer in a magazine about beer called the vixen... given the ingredient list of Chili cinnamon and cocoa nibs I knew I had to pict this one up. Samuel Adams has a history of making good chocolate bocks (the christmas one stands out). It doesn't have a thick head but it is an attractive tan. It smells of cocoa and cinnamon... The taste is intriguing.. The strongest tastes are the cocoa and the cinnamon but the finish definitely has the taste of chili. It gives the beer a rich taste that is surprisingly smooth and silky. I have to say this is definitely a nice surprise was almost I wouldn't find a bottle of this one.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The Vixen pours black into the glass with a thick, creamy light tan head on top. As the foam fades away it leaves a coating of lace on the glass.

The aroma is roasty with notes of chocolate and an earthy nuttiness. Some caramel and bread are also present.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is creamy, with soft effervescent carbonation. The flavor is rich with chocolate, roasted malt, toffee and nuts. A touch of dark fruit is also present. It finishes mildly bitter and dry. Once gone the chocolate and roast malt linger on the palate.

I guess I was looking for a little heat from chilii peppers, but it's not there. Still, the beer has a great mouthfeel, chocolate flavor and is a nice dessert brew.

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Photo of kjlued
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I won't rate this beer good or bad, but just average and kind of bland.

Which is a real shame, since it could have been so much more multi-dimensional with all the flavors this beer could have had.
Instead it fell on its face.

I bought this beer expecting to either love it or hate it but not hate it because it was bad, hate it because I just didn't care for the craziness the brewer was trying to achieve. Either way, I was hoping it would stir some sort of emotion out of me. Instead, it stirred about as much emotion as a bud light.

I say skip past this one.

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The Vixen Chocolate Chili Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.7 out of 5 based on 611 ratings.
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