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

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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:
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Added by ReelBigwigFish on 10-27-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
611
Reviews:
255
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
15.14%
 
 
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46
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Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams : The Vixen (Chocolate Chili Bock)

Pours a dark brown bordering black color, off white head. Aroma of roasted malts, some chocolate and mild mocha. In the taste, full on decadent chocolate upfront, with alittle roasted malt flavor. In the finish, the presence of chili's is noticed, but not overstated. Mild chocolate with a touch of spice. Draws some parallels to Mexican Mole sauce, and to this would be a fine pairing. Overall, an interesting brew, and worth the try.

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Photo of Kbogac
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Nice dark brown with cream colored foam. Not much lacing. Dissipates quickly to a ring. The smell is sweet roasty malt and caramel. No pepper. The taste is caramel, chocolate, dark malt and chili. The chili is towards the middle and end. Very nice addition to the flavor. No spiciness just pepper. Medium heavy mouthfeel with nice carbonation. Overall a good beer. I like the addition of the chili. Not everyone will like it but i do. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of socon67
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this limited release from BBC. I tend to like some heat with stouts. Let's see how this bock does the trick.

A - Brown pour that settles darker. Brown foam lingers. Very slight carbonation.

S - Smells of cocoa. Has a boozy component. You can smell some of the peppery heat as it warms.

T - Initial flavor is a blast of roasted malt and cocoa powder. Finishes with more of a booze warmth. The chili pepper hits the roof of the mouth. There is certainly a bite of acid. It is a nice transition.

M - The complexity and rich body of this makes this a beer that is tough to balance. I think they did a solid job, but this does taste heavy.

O - Nice effort from BBC and I enjoyed the beer. I'd consider trying some of the others based on this.

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

A - Pours beautifully into my snifter dark brown, almost black with about two fingers of head, sadly it dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

S - Dark roasted malts, dark cocoa nibs, brown sugar, hops and spice.

T - Dark cocoa nips, roasted malts, espresso, molasses, slight citrus hops and a very faint hint of spice on the palate.

M - Very smooth, creamy and well balanced.

O - Overall this is a great idea, but it falls short in aroma and flavor. A beer with this kind of name should be big and bold and showcase what it's all about.

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

22oz bottle about fridge temp poured into a snifter, split with friends.

pours out pretty much black, but is actually a very dark brown. a nice creamy tan head that showed some nice retention and some pretty decent sticky lace.

what i mostly get in the aroma is some sweet toasty malts and some slight fruity esters. no real chili heat, the slightest hint of cocoa...maybe.

more of just a straight up bock than anything. the slightest hints of cocoa, maybe the slightest hint of a peppery spice, but that could be my imagination or abused palate. mostly sweet toasty, slight roasty malts, fruity esters, and a bit of dark fruits.

medium bodied, decent feeling carbonation, maybe couldve used a bit more heft.

not really picking up any chili peppers, cinnamin, or cocoa nibs which this is claimed to be brewed with, but this is a solid bock regardless. not really something i would buy again, bocks really arent my favorite style, but its good to see sam adams stepping up and offering something for the true beer geeks.

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Photo of Thads324
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black with small tan head. Very little lacing. Smells like a little bit of roasted chocolate with heat in the back. Maybe a bit of earthy hops. Starts light bodied with a smooth and creamy roasted flavor. A bit of melted chocolate sauce with medium bitterness and citrus hops. A bit of a tingly finish. Mouthfeel is lighter than you'd expect from the nose. Easy drinking and quite nice. Probably ages well

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose is best feature of this beer - a nice, infused chocolatey character with some miscellaneous notes that tease for identification. Appearance wasn't the usual Sam Adams, as the head didn't last long at all. Dark brown to light black colour. Palate has a nice chocolatey flavor with minimal chili presence. Good holiday beer.

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

A - Deep dark brown. minimal head that disappeared rapidly.

S - Chocolate, malt and brown sugar

T - While others may have perceived a multitude of flavors, honestly I found it mostly one dimensional as flavor is concerned. The Vixen has a very pronounced chocolate flavor, with hints of malt and brown sugar, but I found the chili to be almost completely imperceptible, if not altogether absent. I also didn't find the spices to be very well represented. At 8.5% ABV I didn't find this beer to be overly boozy either; another plus.

M - Medium bodied, bright and moderately carbonated.

O - Overall not a bad Bock, but the chocolate dominated and the chili didn't live up to its billing. That's a shame, as there are few greater flavor matches exciting as chili and chocolate.

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Photo of kielaf
5/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of homebrew311
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown, 2 finger head initially, reduces to a thin coating of tan foam, hangs around for a bit, not much lacing

S: notes of chocolate and grape come through, firm malts in the middle, some notes of molasses and caramel, hints of chili

T: taste begins with dry bitter dark chocolate, this is followed by a sweetness in the middl...this is were the typical bock flavors come through, some molasses and grape, this is followed by a very slight pepper heat on the finish. The pepper is quite time and only builds up a little bit

MF: medium body, smooth mouthfeel

O: this is very similar to the chocolate bock from the Winter Classics mix pack, it has increased strength which is well integrated in the brew, the addition of chili is lost a little bit. I hoped for a increased amount of heat.

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Photo of ortie
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of BellsFan
5/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of pzrhsau
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Rich chocolate brown color with a gigantic foamy coffee colored head.
S: The beer has a nice cocoa and coffee color with a slight acidity from the chilis.
T: Very good rich chocolate ovaltine flavor with some hints of cinnamon. The chili adds some subtle heat but that could easily have been the cinnamon. Its not really a big chili flavor but the alternative would probably have been sickening. So this was a good combo.
M/O: Very filling and good bock flavor with a nice twist on the ingredients.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Vixen opens with a nose that only partially resembles the "Chocolate Chili Bock" that it claims to be, for while the bock aromas are lovely and pronounced, bringing massive yeasty malts with their fig-and-molasses-and-raisin-port aromas, the chocolate notes are pushed slightly to the background, and in fact come across more as chocolate malt than chocolate (though a good thread of milk chocolate is still perceptible). The chili, however, is (somewhat thankfully) almost imperceptible, existing mainly as the promise of paprika at the outermost edges of perception. Still, the aromas in this beer are excellent, being full, round, and bright, and demand attention.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a milk and dark-chocolate laced shot of figs, raisin, vanilla, and port, much as if an aged bottle of tawny port had been placed on the tongue, accompanied by a tiny piece of high-quality Belgian chocolate. The chocolate flavors actually seem to increase as the beer is held on the tongue and the malty sugars die away, adding a slight layer of chalky cacao to the latter flavor profile. The chili is present throughout the mouthful, but thankfully does not overpower the beer, instead adding a light spicy, fiery paprika counter to the sugars and chocolate--much like fine chili threads add a beautiful extra flavor to haute cuisine. The label does say that cinnamon was added to the brew, but it is apparently so subtle (or perhaps so catalytic) that I cannot tease it out from the other flavors. The aftertaste is an alcoholic and very long-lasting whiff of port, fig, and chalky chocolate, and is in many senses quite resemblant of the aftertaste of a good Imperial Stout. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium-light to medium.

Overall, while I admit that I wasn't looking forward to this beer--there were too many chances that it could have turned out an overpowered flavor mess--I'm quite surprised at the brew's deliciousness and drinkability. I would have expected something of this quality to come from Dogfish Head, so well crafted is the brew, and based solely on the strengths of The Vixen, am very much looking forward to Sam Adams' other offerings in this latest series. Highly recommended.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a cream colored head. Every sip leaves a splash of lace. Decent head retention.

Mostly malt in the nose, with hints of spice and chocolate.

Moderately sweet brown sugar and malt sweetness up front. It disappears quick, and leads to an essence of chocolate and then a good blend of cocoa and cinnamon. The chili comes in at the finish, but you really don't taste it. You get a little heat, but just enough. The malt is always there, and there is a backbone of mild bitterness throughout. Terrific balance and it delivers on every flavor.

A little thinner than I wanted this to be, but it works.

WTF are the negative comments about in other reviews? This, in the end, is beer first, and all the other flavors second. Good balance, and it delivers on all flavors promised. I really liked this one, and will seek it out again before it disappears.

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Photo of zimm421
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a flute. Appears a dark brown with some hints of red around the edges. Head is late developing, and is a nice brown. Great staying power with lacing.

Nose is sweet chocolate, caramel and some nice darker malts. There is a slight touch of spice, but you really have to search. Taste starts out with that chocolate and caramel malt base. The gentle spices set in later and definitely aren't something that blow you away. The alcohol is also present, but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation levels and feels soft and slightly creamy on the palate. Overall, a decent brew. Would have like to see a bit more with the spices here. Honestly wasn't expecting too much, hence, not thatmuch of a disappointment here.

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Photo of brycevolk
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of claspada
2.8/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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...

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Photo of davesway10
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Arvo
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of adamette
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Live Review. Poured from the 1 pint, 6 fl. oz. bottle that I bought at World Wines & Liquor a few weeks ago for $4.99 into a clean, clear pint glass. “Batch No. 1” printed on the bottom back of the label but no observed “best by” date.

A Silky smooth medium brown one inch head over a very dark brown body that glows a great shade of Mahogany in front of direct light. I really like this look and particularly that silky smooth head that sticks to the inside of the glass after repeated sips. 4.5

S Chocolate, dark roast malt and interesting spicing present themselves in various levels with repeated sniffs. The chocolate is of the dark chocolate variety. Interesting and inticing. 4.5

T Wow, a great spectrum of tastes here that I did not necessarily think would all work like they do. The dark roast malt, the chocolate nips and, to a lesser extent, the spicing conspire to make an interesting, complex tasting beer that I really think rivals some of the most famous beers like Founders Breakfast Stout and others like it. 4.5

M It is a really big beer with all of those competing tastes but there is a nice smoothness derived from that smooth head. The mouthfeel and nothing if not interesting and challenging. 4.5

D/O I won’t have any problem finishing the bomber (for the sake of research of course) but this is one big beer and the relatively high ABV of 8.5% means that I would not be reaching for a second one of these. Overall this is a big, interesting, challenging beer whose many tastes compete for your attention and succeeds in nearly every way. Bravo! 3.5

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Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Eastsideinside
5/5  rDev +35.1%

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