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

The Vixen Chocolate Chili BockThe Vixen Chocolate Chili Bock
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3.67 w/ 611 ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ReelBigwigFish on 10-27-2011

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Ratings: 611 |  Reviews: 255
Photo of bobhits
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice brown color from the bottle leaving a black body. This one lacks the deep as night or deep and vacuum like nature of an imperial stout but certainly a dark bock.

The nose is vanilla, chocolate, creme, toffee, and just overly rich and dark chocolate.

That rich flavor moves right over to the flavor. Very much like the chocolate bock from Sam Adams with a bit of a spiced kick at the end. So rich and chocolatey, with big creme and toffee notes.

Pretty creamy and velvety. A pretty nice body.

This one is a good bit stronger than the chocolate bock which I love and the spices are a touch not to my "love" but either way this is a damn good bit.

An imperial chocolate bock with spice this one works in many ways better but the spices are not it's friend. A very worthy beer no matter what that dark beer drinker thinks!

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.88/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From 1 Pt 6oz. bottle, no freshness date but labeled "Batch #1".

Aroma of sweet chocolaty malt. Color is deepest brown with very full deep beige head. head lasts and laces the glass wonderously! Taste is absolute heaven ! Flavors of Chocolate, cinnamon, sweet malt. Not hoppy. Chilies are more discerned by light heat rather than anything else. Excellent warmer on a cold rainy night! This is my first try of a beer with chilies in it, I hope this is typical!

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Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of canadianghetto
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of y2korey
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of beer4242
4.65/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice 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. The chili gets better and better as it warms. It also gets a bit more boozey as it warms.

Beer is very smooth and worth a try. Its not your typical Sam.

Overall a very nice beer

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Photo of Dizbro21
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Kromes
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with ruby highlights and a thin tan colored head.

S: Caramel malts and milk chocolate.

T: There are sweet caramel malts up front with a nice milk chocolate flavor. This mixes with cinammon and alcohol in the finish. There is also a little bit of warmth from the alcohol and I suspect the chiles. The beer is very sweet.

M: Medium body and smooth with a bit of burn in the finish. A bit sticky on the palate though.

O: I thought this was a pretty nice beer. The flavors are good. I'm not a fan of overly sweet beers, but I would drink one of these every once in a while if shared.

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Photo of beergod1
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights when held to the light.The aroma is chocolate, light caramel, Spice, and a hint of pepper. It has a nice thick tan head that lasts a minute or so before fading to a thick film that leaves behind a combination of webbing and rings for lacing on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with lots of milk chocolate. There are some faint spicy notes in the background. The finish is a mixture of caramel and light fruit/raisin with a slight hint of smoke. I did not taste any spicy heat initially, but about half way through the glass, I did get just a hint of a spicy burn in the back of my throat. As it warms, the alcohol starts to lightly come through. Medium-full bodied with light-moderate carbonation and a somewhat sticky mouthfeel.

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Photo of goalie33
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Tilley4
3.27/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

2 hits and a miss for me thus far on the SA new releases... Maybe we can go 3 for 4 with this...

Pretty dark for a bock... Biscuit and chocolate malts are the main players on the nose here... Not detecting any chili but I might sense some cinnamon here and there... Not bad really... Pretty solid aromas...

Lots of chocolate malts present in the first sip with a slight smokiness present and a few dashes of cinnamon here and there... I'm surprised by how creamy the beer is though... Not thick per se but definitely creamy... The chilis don't show up until the finish... Very subtle heat on the back end... The chocolate seems a little overdone to me... A touch too much sweetness and not enough of the chilis for my taste...

Probably won't pick this one up again... It wasn't bad but really a little sweet for me and not something I would revisit...

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Photo of de322
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of drabmuh
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Currently the #32 beer on the Top Beers - Bock list on Served in a perfect pint glass.

Beer is dark brown with a thin tan head, breaks, low retention, some lacing, low carbonation.

Very malty and chocolaty in the nose, mild chili spice.

Beer is light in body and has a little bite to it, very nice, a little roasty for a bock but overall it is nice. Dry finish, decent bitterness from the chocolate, I like it. Decent, the chili could even be a bit more forward and I would enjoy it perhaps slightly more.

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Photo of MystikCelt
5/5  rDev +36.2%

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

Interesting. Never seen or heard of this. Love the large UK-like bottle and label.
Brown/black with a pretty voluminous head.
Smells like a doppelbock with just a little cinnamon tossed in.
Sweet and malty, again pretty much like a doppelbock. Raisins, chocolate, and a little cinnamon. Not getting much from chilis, but there's a hint of earthiness that might be from them. Ah, as it warms they finally show up, although very mildly. They don't really add any spice, but more of a savory flavor. There's a little alcohol heat, too. That's really the only knock on this beer. As it warms, it becomes a little boozy.
Pretty much a solid doppelbock with a little cinnamon and cocoa and a hair too much heat.
I think I might get more of these...

EDIT: This is one of those situations where scoring doesn't really reflect how much I liked this. It seems pretty average based upon the numbers, but it's quite tasty.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22-ounce bottle into a brandy snifter.

A: Dark brown, near-black, cola-like color with a thin veil of sudsy, tan foam that leaves a ring of carbonation around the edges of the brew.

S: Sweet, roasted chocolate and fruity, dark malt aromas. Hints of cinnamon and licorice cross the nose.

T: Initially sticky and sweet, deep-roasted malts give flavors of chocolate, gummy fruity and spices. Cocoa nibs and cinnamon add a baked-good sweet and spicy characteristic before the brew finishes with a slight alcohol burn and the resin of sticky, rich malts. Did not detect any peppery or chili spiciness at any point.

M: Rich, full-bodied and sticky sweet with some heat thrown from the higher ABV and added spices.

O: Another novelty bock much akin to SA Chocolate Bock, this 8.5% ABV flavored beer tries to do many things, but it succeeds at relatively few. Alone, it's a bastardized American bock that carries some sweet satisfaction. However, the chili niche is lost on me as well as the intended flavoring.

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Photo of Ajlvt
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
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

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Photo of MrVonzipper
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black with a solid 1 finger tan head with excellent retention and lacing.

Nice nose for a bock IMO. Nice dark roasted caramel malt, mild black licorice with a nice light sweetness. Not getting much cili or chocolate.

Flavor is pretty mild and falls a bit flat, especially on the finish. Caramel roasted malt, mild licorice and dark chocolate are the noticeable characteristics. Lacking the chili.

Medium bodied. Fairly thin with medium carbonation.

Overall it's decent. Not terrible, but need Alot of work. Seriously lacking the chili all around.

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Photo of rtaps
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours black with a one finger width khaki head with great retention, leaving lacing around the glass. look great for a bock.

dark malt aromas, some black licorice. and overall just smells like a good fresh beer. (simple put)

More black licorice than i was expecting on the pallet. with some chocolate to start but the flavoring dissipates quickly leaving no after taste. witch i feel tasks away from grasping all the flavors that the beer might have to offer.

mouth feel is smooth slightly viscous. little carbonation. easy to drink.

overall not a bad bock at all

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Photo of jale
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours dark brown with two fingers of light brown head.

S: Roasted malt and chocolate.

T: Sweet roasted malt upfront followed by bitter cocoa. Middle is chocolate and some acedic flavor. Finish is a mild chilli pepper heat and just a hint of hop bitterness.

M: Heavy side of medium with good carbonation. Slightly chalky.

O: I would liked more malt backbone in this.

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Photo of dylnthmsn
5/5  rDev +36.2%

Photo of harrymel
3.27/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch No.1 (Oct, 2011?)

A: dark brown with a finger of transient light mocha foam which stays as a central cap and border with diaphanous continuity. Spotty lace
S: I get the cocoa and cinnamon up front and the chili comes through toward the end, albeit subtly. Some sweet malts and vanilla tones.
T: sweet. The cocoa here is quite strong, and the cinnamon accents well. Theres really no bite or substantial addition from the peppers for me. Rich flavor.
M: Waaay too thin for this beer IMO. I would like it to be chewy and lower in carbonation. this would allow for better ressonance of the beer.
O: Not a bad effort, better than some I've had in the "Latin Stout" category. Wouldn't age it.

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Photo of shand
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a SA Perfect Pint.

Pours a red-tinged dark brown color with a mocha head. Aroma is a malty chocolate, not really picking up much of the chilis. The taste is good, there's a lot going on behind a fairly subtle frame here. It's a well-restrained chili beer, with the chocolate and malts tempering it as well. There's also a nice lagery taste in there as well that really works with the rest of the beer. I can't help but want for more chili, I tempered that by fixing up a batch of sriracha popcorn to go with this

The mouthfeel is light, especially for a beer with this amount of alcohol. I think it works for the delicacy of the flavors. The drinkability is very good, probably this brew's best aspect. Overall, an enjoyable beer that went down very easily. I don't regret buying a bomber, but I probably won't buy another.

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The Vixen Chocolate Chili Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 53.2% out of 100 with 611 ratings
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