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

BA SCORE
84
good
611 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay
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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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3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/17/2011. Pours nearly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of raisin, prune, plum, chocolate, cocoa, molasses, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, biscuit, light coffee, cinnamon, herbal, light chile, clove, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, yeast ester, and spice notes; with solid strength. Taste of raisin, plum, prune, chocolate, cocoa, toast, molasses, biscuit, dark bread, light coffee, cinnamon, clove, light chile, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Light cinnamon/chile spice with slight heat on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, prune, plum, chocolate, cocoa, toast, dark bread, light coffee, cinnamon, clove, light chile, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, spice, and fruity yeast ester flavors; with a nice malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good spiced bock style. Good balance, robustness, and complexity of malt, spice, and fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1 inch head, clear, dark-brown colored, with high carbonation

Smell: cocoa, milk, and faint pepper

Taste: milk chocolate, dark chocolate, Bosco, light cinnamon, and pepper that gets stronger as the beer warms. It leaves a nice hot sensation in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy body, sweet with slight peppery heat, moderate carbonation

Overall: Was fortunate to find a bottle of this laying around. When I picked it up, I was thinking that the pepper would be all gone. I was surprised to find that there was still decent heat especially in the aftertaste as the beer warmed. While I would have liked more heat, my problem with this beer is more the chocolate flavors that were ok, but far from the best I have had. It seems like the dark chocolate and milk chocolate do not mesh as well here as in other beers. Would love to try this one fresh, but in reading other reviews, the taste seems to hold up.

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3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a dimpled mug. (Batch #2)

A - Pours a dark brown almost black, with ruby highlights. Massive fluffy four-finger head of tan foam. Moderate amount of lacing.

S - Strong aroma of prunes, soy sauce, smoke, and caramel. Kudos for the strength of the aroma, but it doesn't really smell that great.

T - Taste is much better; chocolate mousse, cinnamon, campfire smoke, and malted milk. Very sweet. Chilies not really present in the flavor, but manifest themselves as sort of an after-swallow tingle on the tongue in the finish. Enough complexity and interplay with the spice to leave you wanting another sip.

M - Full bodied and so, so creamy. Almost like drinking a slightly melted milk shake. Medium carbonation. Pretty amazing in this category.

O - I enjoyed this quite a bit, despite some flaws. Might be a shade too sweet, could have used a little more chilies, but overall a pretty decent beer that I would buy again when in the mood.

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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Appearance is deep dark almost black with ruby highlights once held toward a light source, with tan mocha head very creamy textures going on even scattered lace…looks pretty stunning.

Aroma dark chocolate roasted malts and cocoa nibs added, dark fruit I’d say plums/raisins, and a hint of chili in the nares after a few sips.

Flavor has a dark chocolate syrup rolling with each sip, bock character with this abv of dark earthy ripened fruit notes, claims to have chili additions but very hard to detect amongst the big malt layers and cocoa nib additions…roasted dark chocolate finishes pretty sweet!

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied lingering sweetness and lack of chili kick makes me yearn for a dry spicy finish…instead I get lingering dark fruit and caramelized roasted dark chocolate sugars which linger…the carbonation is moderate but carries this beer quite well. Those chili notes could have saved this beer.

Overall, I’m glad It didn’t my mouth or south end, but I wanted more out of a chili chocolate bock called the Vixen I was expecting some S & M maybe get slapped around a bit…it wouldn’t have hurt the balance glad to see this in a 12 ounce format as part of a lager mixed case I picked up in PA!

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a tough beer to review because it tastes nothing like the description of the beer. Nothing about this says Bock and there is zero chili or heat. I get the chocolate and I get the nibs but that's about it. This comes across as a basic flavored ale. The aroma has hints of chocolate but nothing spicy.

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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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