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

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84
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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 smithers123
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Ralphs66
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Kshock
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark color with an off white head that hangs around for awhile. Some lacing, good retention.

S- light aroma of a ton of malt. Chocolate, chili spice, sweet dark malts. Pretty light all around, but nice and balanced.

T- Chocolate sweetness, little bit of chili spice, but not much. Very light flavor on the palate.

M- light velvety smooth texture with a good finish.

O- Not bad, but i would expect a little more chili to come through.

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Photo of Another6Pack
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of vicsju1991
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber into pint glass
A - pours a dark black, that is impossible to see through, with 2 finger light tan head,
S - I don't smell anything too strongly, maybe a little hint of chocolate
T - light chocolate notes, mild chili spicy after taste,very delicious
edit: as it warms the chili really comes out and it gets decently spicy and delicious
M - light and easy to drink
O - very solid beer, but not an interesting one, the label is cool as hell though, and definitely worth having once

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Photo of kaelingirl
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of allengarvin
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, poured into an English pint glass. It's a very dark brown beer with a dense, solid head about an inch tall, despite a gentle pour. The nose is not as impressive as hoped, offering some unsweetened dark chocolate notes and a faint spiciness. The taste is sweeter than the nose implies, with a soft coca flavor. I'm hunting for the chili, but I can't find more than a distant hint, and that might be some alcohol phenols. Not all that chocolatey in the flavor either.

Talk about a beer not living up to its labeled promise. Not sure if want to try the other beers in this new series.

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Photo of mrpibb1206
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of angrybabboon
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this bottle

Review adapted from notes taken 11/13/11

Appearance: Very dark, somewhere between super dark brown and black - nice beige head, keeps a great cap - good head retention, not much lacing

Smell: Burnt malts, chocolate, smells pretty clean - kind of like a stout - some vegetables, kind of adjuncty, maybe the chilis? - not particularly exciting

Taste: Interesting, not great - burnt, with some lager notes, yes, there are some chilis - but they aren't hot - it just kind of add a chili flavor, a vegetable edge - chocolate malts and some cocoa, chocolaty - some vanilla? - a burnt, vegetal aftertaste - not ideal

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium, fits for the style, nice carbonation, pretty smooth

Overall: Pretty good for a bock, but I was hoping for more chili flavors

This tastes like an interesting experiment. The chocolate works well, but the chili falls flat. I probably wouldn't mind, but it part of the name of this beer. I would drink this again, but I wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of tsauce2
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

P: 22 fl. oz. bottle in to a fluted glass

A: SRM is dark brown. Head is light tan, 1 in., dissipates to 1 cm. Medium/heavy carbonation. Light lacing.

S: Medium/light chocolate notes of chocolate come off the nose along with slight malt tones.

T: Medium/light chocolate flavor, medium/light malitness. Slightly light or watery flavor. Did not detect any chili.

M: Maltier than expected. Medium maltiness. Medium carbonation gives added texture.

O: Not bad. The biggest surprises were the lack of any chili notes and the lightness of body. I detected the similar "taste" that I get from 95% of all SA beers have. That being said, the chocolate was definitely detectable and nice, and the mf was pleasing.

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Photo of rootbeerman
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of Scoot1969
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Acuity
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Satchboogie
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
2.72/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Look: Very dark brown in color not quite black with a 1 inch head and good retention with no lace left behind

Smell: Cocoa nibs upfront with a weird chili note and a bit metallic

Taste: Upfront is a fair amount of chocolate but that same damn metallic note shows up after the chocolate and makes the beer almost undrinkable especially when the beer warms. Oh and there is no chili flavor here at all

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation and just a hint of heat

Overall: When you compare this to say Hunaphu it gets ran over by a bus. The flavor could have been so much better but it just falls tremendously short. Fail Sam Adams Fail

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Photo of emerge077
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black with tan foam, delicate striated webs of lace decorate the glass. Dark brown edges in the light.

Smell is slightly sweet and roasty, fairly nondescript. Malty, light chicory, mellow smoke and vegetal notes. Slightly lactic somehow.

Fully malty flavor, light roast and milk chocolate flavors, a bare hint of chili spice that leaves me wanting more unfortunately. On it's own, it's pretty good. Full bodied, rich and smooth feel. Toffee, chocolate, vegetal tobacco and ancho sweetness. Pretty easygoing, and deceptively smooth considering the higher abv. Pretty drinkable and not too spicy, just enough of a hint to make things interesting I guess.

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Photo of honkduh
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of jeff1973
5/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. I couldn't resist buying this despite the less than stellar reviews it has gotten so far. The combo seems too enticing to pass on. Batch #1, I believe.

4.0 A: Dark brown, almost black color. Three fingers of creamy tan head. Retention is good and a good amount of lacing is left.

3.0 S: Hmmm. Not what I was expecting. The cocoa nibs are evident, but the chilies are not. Upon further inspection, I do get a bit of heat, but it's entirely possible that I'm imagining it based on my expectations. The cinnamon is in the same boat. There's no way I would have been able to pick it out had I not known about it's existence. Anyway, the malts are dusty and grainy. Minor amounts of generic dark fruitiness. Overall, there isn't much going on here - from the beer or the adjuncts.

4.0 T: The taste is much more interesting, but it still isn't interesting on an absolute scale. That isn't to say that it doesn't taste good. There's a good bit of dark caramel maltiness and chocolate accompanied again by a light dark fruitiness. The malts are again grainy, but not dry or dusty like the nose. Now, onto the reason I bought this beer. The chilies flavor is evident, but the heat is quite weak. There is a light warming on the finish, but I attribute that more or less to the ABV. The cinnamon can be picked out without prior knowledge and it adds a soft, complementary spiciness.

5.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. This is creamy as fuck. I love the mouthfeel on this. Perfect.

4.5 T: Initially, I was pissed since I was in the mood for a spicy treat. Though this didn't deliver on the heat, it turned out to be a pretty damn good beer once I got over my expectations. The nose is inexplicably weak and boring, but the taste is complex and well rounded and the mouthfeel is phenomenal. BA, you were wrong.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of ChugginOil
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark opaque brown color with a pillow like inch of light tan head. As it dissipates, rings of lace are left behind.

The nose isn't offering too much but there is some subtle German malts, hops, and a bit of cocoa and chili spice.

The taste is malt forward with a slight sweetness. Balanced against it lies some earthy hops. The chili peppers aren't offering much for taste but the heat is certainly noticeable on my lips. There is a bit of chocolate in the mix as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with an ample amount of carbonation that carries that chili spice throughout my palate.

Overall, not bad, drinkable, and pretty tasty. I wish the flavors stood out more as well as the nose.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of sommersb
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 11-20-2011
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Perfect pint
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

A: Dark brown, near black beer, with a huge creamy tan head of 4 fingers. Clear, you can see some ruby edges when held to the light. Excellent lacing and great head retention.

S: Sweet malts and toasted grains, with some cinnamon spice. The chocolate and chili notes are there, but faint.

T: Very flavorful, with big chocolate taste in the malts. The chilies are present, but there's not a lot of heat. Spices include cinnamon and vanilla. Bitterness is low in this rich and malty brew.

M: Creamy mouthfeel, with a full body and low carbonation. Nice alcohol warmth, with an aftertaste of chocolate and light chili spices.

O: Very enjoyable, nicely done chocolate bock. I docked it a half point in the taste for having such a weak chili presence since that's included in the name.

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Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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