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

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611 Ratings
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The Vixen Chocolate Chili BockThe Vixen Chocolate Chili Bock
BEER INFO

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

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ReelBigwigFish on 10-27-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
611
Reviews:
255
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
15.14%
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
60
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Lucid13
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
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!

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
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!

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Photo of ksimons
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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5/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pilsner glass

A: Pours a thick deep deep brown that is actually pretty clear with two fingers of mocha colored fine head that lingers nicely and leaves spotty lacing
S: great sweet chocolate scent with nice depth and malt character
T: wow the taste is really something incredible, being that this is my first chocolate chilli bock i have nothing to compare it to but i really feel this has an incredible taste, begins with the kick of chilli then moves into that thick chocolate malt character rapidly, chilli has a brief yet intense bite then is immediately smoothed over by the chocolate, really incredible depth and character in this brew
M: gentle carbonation, slight sting from the chilli but leaves the mouth feeling silky and warm, nice
O: really astounded by this brew, loved the character depth in the taste and the mouthfeel, appearance was about on par for what i had hoped as was the scent

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of tlazaroff
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Looks like a stout or dark porter. Almost pitch black, slight ruby hues where the light pierces the edges. Topped with a level tan head, and no lacing.

S: The chocolate comes though loud and clear, in fact, it's the only thing I smell. What's there smells good, but I was hoping for more.

T: There is a mild heat that hits me right away and dissipates just as quickly, but the flavor of the chilies carries on throughout. It is that nice pepper meatiness, albeit in mild form that I get. Chocolate is less pronounced than in the smell, and the bitterness stays in the background where it should be in this beer, but doesn't take away all the sweetness.

M: Moderate carbonation and a medium-full body.

D: This beer doesn't taste like it's 8.5% ABV, as I can't get any alcohol flavor at all on the taste. It drinks very easily.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of GregSVT
4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into a tulip

A: Pours a surprising dark brown with an ominous brunette head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is a small array of chocolate/cocoa, dark fruits, and a touch of sweet aromatic malt. There's actually a hint of booze in there which is interesting given the brewery.

T: The taste reveals flavors of rich hot chocolate with marshmallows, rum soaked dark fruits, sweet vanilla, and the tiniest hint of chili spice. Very tasty beer that I can't stop drinking.

M: The feel is the best I've ever experience from a regular Bock...immensely creamy and on the fuller side of medium with a nice oily consistency that allows the finish to last for a while.

O: While the chili flavor is almost nowhere to be seen the rest of the ingredients are nicely integrated. This is probably one of the better Bocks I've had although it may not be true to the original style. This is 3x better than their chocolate bock and I'd love to see this one on the shelves as a seasonal if not year round.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Kooz
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a beautiful beer. Poured from 22oz. bottle into standard pint glass--it's pitch black with a brown head. The head dissipates after a few minutes, but never fully. Nice sticky lacing left on the glass. On the first pour, I can't wait to drink it.

Chocolatey-malty smell is the main note, but it's not overpowering. The bottle says there is cinnamon in it, but (thankfully, at least for me) there's no cinnamon in the smell. It's overall nice, but very subtle.

This is a powerful beer with very strong flavors. On the first sip, I get a malty coffee taste. The aftertaste is slightly sweet with cocoa hints. I spent most of the glass waiting in vain for the heat from the chili. I can almost taste chili powder in the finish--not that they use chili powder (they might, I don't know), but the taste is of chili powder, not chili. It's a good beer.

Mouthfeel is odd. The beer has good body, and no bite, but I feel like it could be creamier. Usually, Sam Adams' beers swish up nice and frothy, but this is a bit flat in that sense. I'm not saying it's bad, because it certainly isn't, but I hoped for more.

Overall, it's heavier than you'd think for a bock--and it's got big flavors. I like it a lot--it's one of the better beers I've had in the past few months--maybe the best. But it's a lot to take in. At 22 ounces, this bottle is plenty on its own (which is fine, since it's got a $6 price-tag.

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5/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of JoeAmerican77
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice and dark brown, in flavor, fantastic creamy head and lace... Roasted malts and cocoa on the snout. Flavor boast heavy bocklike malts, beautiful chocolate and and when it warms some spiciness.
Thick creamy body, small tingly carbonation.

Overall nice I could do one of these anytie. Good winter beer.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark brown/tan, 1/4 head, some lacing.

Smell - Dark fruits, bitter chocolate, malts, very mild chili aroma, not much else.

Taste - Mild malts, chocolate and warmth from the chili peppers are dominate flavor. Theres a cinnamon/nutmeg flavor also that i didnt expect.Plenty of dark fruits like rasin, plum, and even some grapes comes out.

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness, enough of a beer to coat mouth with malts, chcolate, and chili peppers. Tounge gets everything mentioned. Palette gets alot of chocolate, some pepper, and a little dark fruits. Aftertaste is weak and not long lasting.

Overall - Not bad, sort of a chili pepper spin on the classic chocolate bock. A little stronger and more malty then chocolate bock. Worth a drink if your are a fan, this is the trend at the momment, and sammy adams did a decent job.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this bottle last week, came home tonight to some awesome chili and thought it'd pair well.

Pours into a pint glass dark brown, translucent when held to light. Giant beige head on each pour settles at about a half finger with pretty good lacing.

Smell is a bit faint, but cocoa and caramel definitely there along with some earthy notes and spice.

Taste is better. Milk chocolate, caramel and roasted malt along with some lager graininess and toasty malts. Chili heat and some cinnamon are mostly present in the finish and build up with warmth, but light and well balanced overall.

Very light mouthfeel for the style and ABV but also smooth, carbonation feels a bit foamy at times but it's at a good level, drinks easy for the alcohol content.

Paired excellent with the chili, very easy drinking as well, the first half was gone in 10 mins and second half went a bit slower. Not incredibly different from their regular Chocolate Bock, but the chili and cinnamon are well integrated, definitely worth trying.

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Photo of Beejay
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep brown as it pours, a very thick brown head on top. In the glass it's a very dark brown that doesn't let any light through.

S: Very strong malty syrupy smell at the start. There is a cocoa powder smell, and a very faint chili smell if I think about it enough. A touch of cinnamon and some light sweet fruity smells, possibly raisons.

T: Very interesting brew. It starts with chocolate, and fades gracefully into a touch of chili and finishes with some light fruit and dark grain notes. The cinnamon and chilies kinda get lost with each other, but I think it is almost better as a solid cohesive flavor rather than being able to pick apart the ingredients. Booze and spice in the finish.

M: Medium bodied, the carbonation is fairly high, and really tingles with the spice notes. The finish feels a little hot

O: Overall very enjoyable. The chilies are a bit subtle, but I suppose that is probably a good thing. You can certainly feel the spice. A very interesting beer, and one I am glad that I tried.

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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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