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

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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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Photo of alkemy
2.99/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Out of the bomber…

A- It’s a dark mahogany brown tone with a big tan head…I poured it pretty quickly hoping to open it up.

S- Smelled of cocoa powder and sweet, burnt sugar, and a bit of cinnamon with the slightest hint of soy. No pepper on the nose for me.

T- Taste is lacking. I was really hoping for some chili pepper, but it wasn’t there. It’s a stretch, but I got a very slight warmth on the way down…probably more alcohol than chili. Cocoa is there. This could have been so much better.

M- A little more than light bodied. Way thinner than expected.

D- This is fairly drinkable, but my expectations were such that I had trouble polishing it off as I expected. Great idea, but flavors need to be much bolder.

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Photo of pschul4
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 220z bottle into pint glass. Been curious to try this one for a while

A- Dark brown with 1/2" head. I didnt know what to expect from the look but it certainly looks "bock-ish"

S- Smells like a bock with a little extra sucrose. Not picking up much chocolate or chili

T- Definitely pick up some chocolate malts in the taste but nothing drastic. Where's the chili? It's a sweet brew but not necessarily in a good way. Some stronger chili notes would do wonders for this "chili bock"

M- Low carbonation, quite a pleasent mouthfeel as it coats but doesn't linger

O- Bad? No, but not what I was expecting. Glad to try it but won't buy again

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Photo of exodus1369
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very interesting beer. Nice dark color good head. Very nice poor. The smell was a bit faint. I did pick up a bit of chocolate and a very slight hint of chili. The taste was good. Not what I was expecting but good. I was thinking more robust, but it was a very good blend of sweet and spicy, a but on the subtle side but over all good. From the complexity and verity of flavors the palate has its work cut out for it. Over all a little light on the taste but for what it is not bad at all.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into stout style glass at about 40... warming to mid-50's during review.

Pours with about 2F worth of tightly-wound tan head over a deep brown body with cherry edges. No real lacing... could be the glass.

Full aroma - Rich, sweet chocolate with a healthy dose of cinnamon and touch of pepper heat. Spicey and intriguing.

No doubt the most flavorful Bock I've ever had. The cinnamon is very evident. Chocolate mellows out compared w/the aroma, but is still there. Touch of dark, sweet fruit. Some oats, too.

Mouthfeel was pretty good - had to keep reminding myself that this is a Bock, and not an imperial stout. Comparitively to the style, it's above average. Fairly sharp carbonation.

This one snuck up on me - I was not expecting to enjoy it as much as I did. Major kudos to Sam Adams for making such a unique/original/fun beer ... I expect this type of thing from DFH, not SA.

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Photo of tjkinate
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not a bad brew, I liked it.

A: 2 fingered head with great retention and left behind loads of lacing before settling to a thin soapy film. The body of the brew is fairly dark brown allowing only some light to penetrate.

S: Loads of dark chocolate malts, some spicy undertones that are followed by hints of toffee and alcohol.

T: Milk chocolate malts, slight hints of spice poke through with hints of vanilla. Chile flavors build slightly as the beer warms. I liked the flavors here, but they fell off pretty quickly.

M: Fairly thin and low carbonated.

O: A pretty good beer that just misses the mark of being rememberable.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.09/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-very dark brown with a nice tan head

S-creamy chocolate with just a tint of red pepper, not spicy though. strong scent

T-comes in with a sweet taste of dark chocolate with just a small slight hint of chili pepper. slight roasted after-taste. not strong taste at all. fairly sweet and sticky.

M-medium carbonation with a dry finish. sticky.

O-Chocolate Chili Bock...the name sounds so intriguing. It has so much potential. However, this was sure a let down. I know Samuel Adams every once in awhile pleases me but most often i'm disappointed so i shouldn't have got my hopes up for this either. they should basically just leave the word Chili out of the name, it adds nothing to the beer and is probably just used to trick people in to drinking it. over priced as well.

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Photo of ism
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black nearly-opaque body with ruby tones. Creamy ochre head, barely 1-finger, subsiding to a thin layer with low retention, and good lacing. Roasted malt in the nose, a bit of alcohol, but you have to search for it.

Thin but silken mouthfeel, very low carbonation. Roasted malt is easy to pick out but the chili is nowhere to be found. Cocoa first emerges in the finish. Afterwards, notes of dark fruit; prunes, come to play. The palate is balanced but hops do not assert themselves. Wondering if guajillo is used, providing the fruity notes, and would also explain the lack of heat.

Easy drinker for the ABV but was expecting more complexity and some spice. Disregarding the name, definitely true to the style and interestingly different. Just don't compare it with chili beers.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.01/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Split a bottle with Stopper.
Poured at room temp into a snifter. The beer pours a dark cola brown color with some garnet highlights on edges.
Minimal frothy beige head foams up and fades to a sturdy edge layer.
Aroma is dark chocolate and roasted malt. no pepper heat is detected and the nose is very mild overall.
First sip reveals an average body with very gentle rolling carbonation. Texture is sillky smooth.
Flavor is some sweet chocolate and a bit of roasted malt. I do get a little tingly warmth that could be chilli pepper, but no cinnamon anywhere. Hops and booze are also absent from the flavor profile. Flavor is not very robust in similar fashion to the nose. A decent beer, but I was hoping for more complex and bold flavors, this seems a little washed out and bland. An introductory chocolate/chilli beer? A little disappointed am I.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.29/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tumbler pint, the beer is an extremely dark ruby-brown coloring, with a thick, dense, frothy, milk-chocolate colored head that starts massively above the beer, but settles into a solid inch and a half. Good lacing along the glass as the head recedes. Aromas are subtle, with a bit of spiciness noted, as well as some roasted grain scents. The beer's flavors are a little more substantial, with a round palate of chocolate and toasted cereal blends, and a hint of pepper spicing. The body is light and slick, giving the flavors a short shelf-life on the palate. The aftertaste gives a bit more of the chili pepper essence, but only slightly, with a filmy linger of chocolate as well. The finish is somewhat clingy and filmy on the palate and all over the mouth. Clears away given a little bit of time. I was really hoping for a little more from this in terms of the flavor profiles, but it's not bad.

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Photo of Ratman197
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bomber from Total Beverage Wstminster poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of cocoa, cinnamon,chilies, light vanilla and light earthiness. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and smooth with a lightly warming finish. Flavors of cocoa, cinnamon, chilies, light carmel and light vanilla with a smooth lightly warming lingering cinnamon finish.

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

This has just been sitting in the fridge for a while, wanted to open it with friends but there were so many other beers ahead of it, time to down it alone.

A- Pours with a dark black body and a massive, creamy light mocha colored head. The retention and sheer size of the cap are impressive. Lace starts as the head dies down and

S- Cinnamon, mostly, up front with the roast malt, cocoa, dark fruit and a note I can't quite name, maybe a mix of the chilies and remaining ingredients.

T- A bit easier to describe here. Actually has a cherry, dark fruit flavor up front with cinnamon, roast malts and dark cocoa powder beside it. Also there are chilies, brown sugar, molasses, raisin and hop notes.

MF- Moderately thick body with a nice creamy, silky feel to it. Just a tad spicy and bitter on the palate.

A pretty interesting and balanced flavor profile. Not a huge fan of cinnamon in beer but I can see why they used it here and it is pretty good. I hope Sam Adams releases more specialty bombers because the first series was affordable and tasty.

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

A: Burgundy-cola color glistens from light upon exit from the bottle appearing a pitch black while in the vessel with a peanut shell colored head that was a finger plus high with a frothy structure and a strong rate of retention. Tiny carbonation bubbles rise and bead up on the head while the lacing was very sparse.

S: roasted chilis, roasted cocoa with a smoked fruity nature. Level of strength was moderate at first but didn’t hold long.

T: Dried chilis with a dark chocolate/coffee roast. Small flashes of sweet cinnamon with a soft warmth from the chilis. Smoked bock fruitiness, dark fruit, lies underneath along with a warm caramel sweetness. A light touch of medicinal alcohol on the finish. Hops come secondary to the spicing.

M: Good show of carbonation, oily full malt body with a slight warmth of medicinal alcohol.

O: After the first couple sips this does tend to ease up and become easier to consume after the initial unique flavor shock, though would probably still be hesitant on ordering seconds. The chili is held in check compared to others by style ive experienced and has a bigger sweeter, caramel body then most as well. Nice chocolate roasted cocoa and chili mix provides for a unique combination, one you just have to experience for yourself. worthy of a try.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours dark and shows burgundy hues against light. Three fingers of mocha foam to start, that falls back to a thin cover, a nice blanket of lace around the glass.

Aroma - lots of roast here, a definite peppery side sniff.

Taste - the malts have a roasty, chocolatey start, not a bad spin for a bock. Rather than go totally chocolate, the grain ends up being more in control as the flavors play out. Again, a win given the style. The pepper influence is mild at first but detectable. Just a mild warmth/burn on the swallow, the pepper flavor comes through better as the beer starts to warm up, as do some more complex chocolate notes. Finishes warm on a cold winter night.

Mouthfeel - solid feel to the body, the carbonation is a little outweighed, which is good.

Drinkability - Batch No 1, eh? Nice initial effort for the inaugural small batch series. A fine nightcap as winter is definitely here with sub-zero wind chills. Bundle up, drink a good brew, and stay warm. Cheers!

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Photo of sailorastro
2.43/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Overall: I had the "fun" of sampling The Vixen from three glasses (Chimay glass, Duvel glass, and Harpoon 100 Barrel series glass) and what I can say is this: drink this from the widest rimmed glass you own unless you love drinking Essence of Barbecue.

Appearance: So deep brown that it's almost black. Pours a one-finger head that fades faster than, well, a vixen's whisper. Pour lace that leaves little to the imagination.

Smell: Prunes; soy; malt; teriyaki; chocolate; raisins; baby oil.

Taste: Chili and chocolate meet to make a wonderful marinate for your dinner, but for your beer? Not a great move. Notes of burnt caramel and overwhelming prune juice play a cruel game with your taste buds. I can't find where the chili lies.

Mouthfeel: Average mouthfeel but with a thick, burning aftertaste.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a nice dark brown color that glows red around the edges when held to the light. There is a big 3-figner tan head resting on top. The head has pretty good retention, and it leaves some scattered lacing behind on the glass as it recedes.

S - The nose has a nice bit of caramel sweetness and some roastiness. There is a slightly spice smell to it, as well as some aromas of chocolate, cinnamon, a touch of coffee, and a very mild hop presence.

T - The taste pretty much follows the nose. It starts off with some caramel sweetness and some toasted malt flavor. There is a nice chocolate flavor and a little bit of coffee. Also, I am getting some cinnamon, some mild hop flavor, and some chili peppers in the back end. The finish leaves some lingering caramel sweetness, chocolate, a slight spiciness, and a little bit of hop presence on the palate.

M - This has a medium to full body and some nice smooth carbonation. It goes down easy and it has a smooth creamy feel to it. There is some initial sweetness, as well as a bit of roasted malt and a mild hop presence. There is a little bit of warmth in the finish, not sure if its the peppers or alcohol.

O - This has some good drinkability. It goes down smooth, and it has a nice flavor to it. Overall, I thought this was a really enjoyable beer. The chocolate presence is really nice, but I wish there would have been some more chili presence in the taste. I recommend checking this one out, I would try it again.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.53/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Deep brown. Head is dirty cream. Bubbly with some lacing. Carbonation is on the high side. Clear...are we surprised?

Smell: Lots of chocolate. Some grassy notes. Faintest hint of chili on the nose. Cocoa and milk chocolate. Touch of minerality as well. A slight vegetable edge.

Taste: Burnt malts coupled with some pronounced cocoa and milk chocolate notes. Chili runs as a vegetable and not as spice. Chocolate malts with a slight chili (read vegetable) aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than expected. Carbonation runs a touch high for the style.

Overall: A flop. Flavors are almost there, but fall short in the long run. No depth and the vegetable aftertaste is distracting at best.

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

Dark brown, nearly black beer with a thin tan head. It's an alluring beer...a unique smell. Spice, chocolate, and chili in its aroma. Malt, dark fruit (cherry?), and robust roast coffee. The flavor is also unique...chocolate and malt, with some spice. Not as much heat as I expected, but lots more flavor. Nice intensity of experience. Full in body, but I love the smell. This beer is well worth a try.

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

22 oz bottle - no date, but "Batch 1" noted on the label.

appears nearly black, extremely dark brown. 1 1/2" creamy khaki colored head, that then fades to a thin covering. aroma of sweet malt, bitter cocoa, and smokey chile pepper.

taste is not overly complex, but interesting, and still easy to drink. just subtle chocolate and chipotle flavors. medium to thick body. pretty smooth, lower carbonation.

overall - a good balance of sweet and savory.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black bodied beer with a decent crop of brown head. Lace is quite abundant. Aroma is light spice, biscuity malt and dusty chocolate. Flavor is very agreeable. Rich malty body with heavy, but not overdone, chocolate notes. Chili spiciness is an afterthought and spicing is light. Alcohol is nowhere to be seen. This is quite flavorful and very drinkable.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a tulip pint glass.

Look- Midnight brown- almost opaque, though I get a hint of color around the sides and bottom of the glass. Big, frothy head that stuck around and showed itself after every sip, leaving plenty of spotty lacing.

Smell- I get turned earth, roast coffee, oranges, and a hint of cut grass and cinnamon. Pretty subtle, actually. No alcohol or overt sweetness, which I was half expecting.

Taste- Chocolate dominates, though it's more balanced than the other Sam Adams "cocoa added after the fact" brews I've had. I also get a touch of carmelized grains and the faintest nip of grass or leafy greens. The spices aren't too noticeable on their own, but definitely accent the darker flavors and come out on the back end.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, but borderline watery. The carbonation comes out on the back end, and along with the chili left me with a bit of a tingling sensation on the tongue and a touch of heat that lingers in the back of the throat. The body feels a bit insubstantial, all things considered.

Overall- Pretty good, better than the other Sam Adams chocolatey offerings I've had. The mild spicy aftershock cleanses the palate, masks the alcohol, and keeps it from getting too heavy. I have to dock them points for the brewing approach though; adding cocoa after the fact makes me feel like this a glorified malt-based yoohoo. At least they don't try to hide it.

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Photo of PaulStoneAnchor
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown with a light lacing, and a small foam head.

S: Dark Chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, and some light mocha sweetness

T: Malty Sweetness, Dark Chocolate, Chili Flavor, and some herbal spice.

M: Smooth, with a medium carbonation.

O: This is a pretty good beer. I would of liked more cinnamon and chili spice, but I am a guy who likes things hot. This beer has a lot of good flavor and it shows. I like this more than the Chocolate Bock, in which gives off a tart flavor. This is definitely a beer worth picking up and buying.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with a two finger toffee colored head, foam sticks to the glass quite substantially. The color looks more like a hybrid between a Bock and a Stout.

S - German roasted malts and cocoa, I'm not getting much else, considering that's all I'm picking up, it smells good.

T - Roasted caramel, cocoa, and bittersweet chocolate. The cinnamon is light and the chili's are only detectable by some slight warming in the back of the throat which may also be a result of the 8.5% alcohol, it's hard to tell.

M - Medium light body that's borderline too thin. After savoring the finished sip for a minute or two, some of the cinnamon flavor coated the mouth along with the chocolate nibs. As I get through the glass, as strange as it sounds, I'm detecting a little bit of a spicy sensation on the gums...probably the chili peppers.

O - If you like their Chocolate Bock you'll need to try it, this beer also won a medal at the GABF this year. I'm glad I had the opportunity to try a bottle but will pass on it after this glass.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a jet black with a creamy tan head.

S: Aromas of chiles, chocolate, cinnamon, and caramel dominate the nose.

T: Notes of chiles, cinnamon, dark chocolate, caramel, and heavy cream wash across the palate. The finish is sweet and spicy with robust notes of chiles and chocolate.

M: Medium-to-full in body, smooth, and creamy. Carbonation is gentle compared to many other lagers.

O: I wanted to like this, but really just couldn't. To me, this was like drinking a particularly large bottle of mole poblano. The chocolate and cinnamon aromas and flavors are overpowering, causing the caramel sweetness I typically associate with good bockbiers to take a backseat. If you really like chocolate and cinnamon, this may work for you, but for me, this was just too much.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
2.95/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle, the bock was an attractive shade of brown which would seem appropriate for the chocolate flavor. The aroma was a mild milk choocolate, not the least overpowering but pleasant.

The initial taste seemed to be that of chocolate sodas such as YooHoo or Chocola. A mild level of carbonation was combined with a thin texture. The aftertaste was where the chili became apparent. Rather than feeling the spiciness in the mouth, it created a burning sensation in the back of the throat. Fellow drinkers also noticed this phenomenon.

The chili flavor would have been more interesting if it were pair with the chocolate. Instead, this bock is like a chocolate soft drink that leaves a mild burning in the throat.

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Photo of mactrail
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Attractive dark brown with nice lacing and fine foam. Sweet with an attack of cinnamon. Chile flavor is evident in the nose but just a whisper of heat. Tastes like dried red Anaheim chiles. Cocoa comes along and stays with the aftertaste. Nose of cinnamon. Quite rich and candy-like.

I thought this was a barley wine when I opened it, not reading down the label. So that was pretty amusing on first gulp. Usual well-made product from BBC. It is not bad, just overly spiced and a very slow sipper. It's probably better with some flavorful food.

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The Vixen Chocolate Chili Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.7 out of 5 based on 610 ratings.
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