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

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

22 ounce bottle - $7.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a black body with an initially lofty, though soon settling, khaki head.

Smell: Barley malt toasted and roasted and paired up with a fair portion of dear old chocolate, tiny bits of dark fruit, a near-forgotten cinnamon stick, and a faintly smoke-addled chipotle pepper.

Taste: Toasted, caramelly, and coffee-accented malts glazed in a firm coating of sweet chocolate. A little raisin and date tucked deep into the various tastes. Earthy chilies, initially quite mild and inconsequential, though the heat is very slowly accumulating and gaining traction with the spicy cinnamon. Though it's quite a departure, the elements of the base style are still present. Lightly warming, sweetish, chocolaty finish. Chipotle and a little bit of alcohol lingering in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-light carbonation. Smooth, lightly velvety mouthfeel.

Overall: Seems to be the Chocolate Bock given a boost and an addition of chilies, cinnamon, and love. I'm down for that.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a dark brown color, almost black, with a tan foam collar that doesn't leave any lacing but sticks around for an impressive amount of time. Smells mostly of bitter chocolate but a tiny amount of roasted character does also come through in the aroma. Flavor is mostly chocolate, but also has some dark fruits and cinnamon swimming around in a bock toasted malt. Finish is where the gentle warming of the chiles within shows up as a sort of indirect lip warming sensation and a tickling in the nasal passages. Texture is medium thick yet creamy. Overall, it comes across exactly as though they added chiles to their chocolate bock, not that this is a bad thing.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Similar price at D's in Monroeville for 7.50.

A - Wow the head is darker than the beer. Deep mocha head with a very black beer almost pitch except for some ruby highlights.

S - Faint at best. No real spice in the nose but I do get some mild caramel and chocolate.

T - The spice of the chili's integrates pretty well into the beer. With more burn than expected. Starts off spicy pepper then cools down with some toffee and milk chocolate then spiced up again in the finish.

M - Medium bodied. Very well done.

Overall I am glad to buy this one and it was actually worth the money since this was the most balanced chocolate chili beer I ever had. Buy it!

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - deep, dark, opaque black color with a thick head that is well-retained, leaves a nice lacing in the glass

S - malty sweet with notable chocolate and some moderate spiciness, no hop perceived, no fruity esters

T - rich malt and chocolate flavors blend nicely with the spice accents, pepper kick is perhaps not a strong as expected (or desired) but is subtly present in the background; as beer warms spicing comes out a bit more, but chili is still somewhat restrained

M - medium-full body with moderate carbonation

O - A decent harmony with the beer and added ingredients. The cocoa nibs are the most prominent with the other declared spices taking a decidedly secondary role. The base bock is well done and it's probably the best 'chocolate beer' I've had from Boston Beer Company. For improvement though, I'd like to see more chili 'kick' as advertised.

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Photo of WMEugene
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brownish-black color with a thick, billowy head and nice lacing.

S - Deep roasted malt flavors, chocolate, spices, and some mild hops. I (faintly) pick up some chili pepper as well.

T - Roasted chocolate flavors, some other malts and spices. A little sweet with the chili peppers coming through in the aftertaste.

M - Thin-medium bodied, dry in the finish but smooth. Carbonation is ok, pretty drinkable.

O - I found the Vixen to be an interesting and unique beer. The chocolate and chili flavors are well-balanced and provide a unique dimension to a standard bock-type beer.

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Photo of Brent
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I liked this beer, but it seemed one of those instances where the sum of the parts might have gone in a bit different direction than anticipated. Much more stout-like than a bock, with the chocolate lending a significant density to the flavor without a direct chocolate flavor. I really did not pick up much in the way of chili spice or flavor, but there was something that seemed to lend a bit of brightness to the chocolate malt note - or perhaps it was just the power of suggestion.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint 6 oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip. No obvious date.

Appearance - Solid black body. Pours foamy light brown head with a bit of pancake batter consistency. Decent to good retention with patchy stick.

Smell - Horse stable. Faint chocolate and chili. Mostly musky and solvent like ammonia. Some decent complexity here, but not particularly appetizing.

Taste - Both bold and balanced. Reminds me of a scotch ale mixed with an imperial stout. Musky, almost fishy, stale coffee and even fainter chocolate. Well rounded. Plenty of alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Thick and mostly non-solvent without being too sticky. Don't get me wrong, the flavor sticks plenty, there's lots of aftertaste, but it doesn't feel syrupy on the tongue. Some faint chili burn in front - very delicate though. Mild to moderate effervescent bite in front as well.

Overall Drinkability - Well balanced. Bold, interesting, and no major flaws. Slightly better flavor profiles and a bit more complexity and this beer would be pretty ace. Almost there, Sam!

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Photo of Kooz
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a beautiful beer. Poured from 22oz. bottle into standard pint glass--it's pitch black with a brown head. The head dissipates after a few minutes, but never fully. Nice sticky lacing left on the glass. On the first pour, I can't wait to drink it.

Chocolatey-malty smell is the main note, but it's not overpowering. The bottle says there is cinnamon in it, but (thankfully, at least for me) there's no cinnamon in the smell. It's overall nice, but very subtle.

This is a powerful beer with very strong flavors. On the first sip, I get a malty coffee taste. The aftertaste is slightly sweet with cocoa hints. I spent most of the glass waiting in vain for the heat from the chili. I can almost taste chili powder in the finish--not that they use chili powder (they might, I don't know), but the taste is of chili powder, not chili. It's a good beer.

Mouthfeel is odd. The beer has good body, and no bite, but I feel like it could be creamier. Usually, Sam Adams' beers swish up nice and frothy, but this is a bit flat in that sense. I'm not saying it's bad, because it certainly isn't, but I hoped for more.

Overall, it's heavier than you'd think for a bock--and it's got big flavors. I like it a lot--it's one of the better beers I've had in the past few months--maybe the best. But it's a lot to take in. At 22 ounces, this bottle is plenty on its own (which is fine, since it's got a $6 price-tag.

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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 tone77
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is dominated by chocolate. Taste is chocolate, some chili spicyness, very rich and flavorful. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer worth seeking out.

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

1 pint 6oz bottle
Served in a flute

A - It pours copper to brown bodied with amber highlights. It is topped with three inches of tan head.

S - The aroma is chocolate and caramel malt with fresh chili pepper.

T - It has a strong chocolate presence. It is dominated with dark and milk chocolate. As it warms the pepper becomes more apparent.

M - Medium with little carbonation.

O - I recently tried the Chocolate Bock from Sam Adams. This beer has more chocolate flavor. The hint of pepper doesn't overwhelm the the beer but I don't know if it's quite enough.

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

Pours a very deep black, not much light escaping this one. Has a huge tan colored head that lingers.

Chocolate and coffee dominate the smell. Hint of cinnamon, and just a touch of the spice from the chilies.

Like the smell, chocolate dominates the flavor. There is also a touch of coffee, and a bit of cinnamon. The chilies are very subtle, adding just a light touch of spice at the finish.

Nice and solid brew here.

A nice interesting beer. Goes down fairly easy considering the strength, and has a nice flavor profile. If you are looking for something out of the ordinary, or just a really nice beer, give this one a try.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this bottle last week, came home tonight to some awesome chili and thought it'd pair well.

Pours into a pint glass dark brown, translucent when held to light. Giant beige head on each pour settles at about a half finger with pretty good lacing.

Smell is a bit faint, but cocoa and caramel definitely there along with some earthy notes and spice.

Taste is better. Milk chocolate, caramel and roasted malt along with some lager graininess and toasty malts. Chili heat and some cinnamon are mostly present in the finish and build up with warmth, but light and well balanced overall.

Very light mouthfeel for the style and ABV but also smooth, carbonation feels a bit foamy at times but it's at a good level, drinks easy for the alcohol content.

Paired excellent with the chili, very easy drinking as well, the first half was gone in 10 mins and second half went a bit slower. Not incredibly different from their regular Chocolate Bock, but the chili and cinnamon are well integrated, definitely worth trying.

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

Two fingers of light tan froth top a rich black body lined with mahogany/ruby trim. Good lacing and nice head duration get The Vixen off to a good start. Decent aromas, with the advertised eclectic malts of caramel and chocolate present but too restrained, and some cinnamon and a tease of the chilies. The nose should definitely be stronger, bolder.

Good taste, with a nice helping of chocolate, caramel, and coffee malts. The finish is nice, with plenty of cinnamon that, to me, adds the heat. The chilies are there but scarcely in flavor and more in temperature in the finish. The more I drink this, the more I think it has the potential to be an outstanding beer, but it needs a good degree more spice, and in the malt balance, a bit more chocolate.

Nice, creamy texture; delicious, easy-going, and friendly on the palate. Good beer, a nice innovation from Sam Adams. I stick by what I said--this is not far from fantastic, but could use more on the "chili" side to make this something special. I'd ramp up the spice a lot more, especially the chili and pepper.

Certainly, until that time, well worth trying.

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

bomber shared with my gf.
deschutes snifter

a - pours an opaque, deep, dark brown. forms a dense, two finger, light brown head that slowly retreats to a thin film. leaves long legs of lacing in the glass.

s - chocolate and roasted malt with faint grassy hops.

t - big chocolate flavor throughout. some roasted malt, notes of molasses, and slightly herbal hop character. finishes slightly dry with a nice warming spiciness that is more subdued than i was expecting.

m - lighter side of medium with the right amount of carbonation.

o - a pretty solid beer all around. i quite enjoyed this one. probably couldn't drink more than a bomber at a time though. worth seeking out in my opinion.

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

This is the most intriguing to me out of the series, as I somewhat enjoy the chocolate bock and like how chili peppers have mixed with chocolate in other beers, but never a bock.

a surprisingly dark black for a bock with a sizable latte colored head that sticks around a while and leaves just a bit of lacing.

definitely get the chilis tingling my nose hairs, but not much chocolate. a bit as it warms up, but it seems to be strongest in the typical bock aromas of caramel, toffee, and some dark fruits as well.

pretty mild malty flavors of caramel. a touch of bitter chocolate comes through before the chili kick comes through right before the finish, which remains spicy for a bit then goes caramelly sweet.

light, velvety mouthfeel with a chili tingle that doesn't linger too long due to the bock malt sweetness.

I like it. don't love it. the 8.5% isn't detectable, which is good, but this is a "safe" chili beer. I love that they are mixing things up, and this could be great with a bit more cocoa/chili flavors to make it stand out a bit more.

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Photo of chinchill
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a snifter. Date notched BB Feb. 2015 (?; no year indicated).

Pours clear dark mahogany with a fine looking, creamy tan head that mostly recedes too quickly.

Aroma: sweet and a bit boozy, with hints of raisins, dates, cocoa, pancakes, burnt sugar and toffee.

Flavor: Moderately complex with all of the ingrediants readily detectable. Mild but obvious chili presence. Sweet overall, and a bit too sweet up front, but it eventually works out to an acceptable bitter/sweet balance given the chili, chocolate and other flavors.

Feel: smooth mouth feel; very good carbonation; full body with mild chili heat.

O: a sweet but intriguing brew that's certainly worth trying. Did not mix too well with the end of my dinner but worked great as an after meal sipper.

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Photo of CowsCanBark
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an extremely dark brown, almost black, with a four-finger chocolate brown head, which recedes in a few minutes leaving minimal lacing.

Smell: Very chocolatey, you can smell the spiciness and a bit of alcohol as well. Chocolate is very dominant, though.

Taste: This is really sweet! The forefront is a balanced mixture of the cocoa nibs and mild chili spiciness, with the backbone being light cinnamon and yeast, with a slightly boozy taste. The chocolate and chili are dominating though, but it's just a bit to sweet in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: Heavy bodied and light carbonation, a more creamy body might have suited this better.

Overall: A beer that I'd definitely try again, but would like to with some age to it to see how it tastes then. Despite the name, the chili is detectable, but not really spicy or anything, it's really subtle.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured deep cola brown with three fingers of light mocha head. Mild, slightly sweet aroma of roasty cocoa, caramel, and cinnamon.

Moderate-to-lowish carbonation and a relatively light mouthfeel. Dark cocoa and caramel up front with a gentle dose of cinnamon and a trace of chili pepper and light roast on the finish.

Not a home run but pretty tasty and balanced (I guess it's better to err on the side of less chili). Drinks easy; wouldn't guess it was near 9 percent.

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Photo of Beejay
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep brown as it pours, a very thick brown head on top. In the glass it's a very dark brown that doesn't let any light through.

S: Very strong malty syrupy smell at the start. There is a cocoa powder smell, and a very faint chili smell if I think about it enough. A touch of cinnamon and some light sweet fruity smells, possibly raisons.

T: Very interesting brew. It starts with chocolate, and fades gracefully into a touch of chili and finishes with some light fruit and dark grain notes. The cinnamon and chilies kinda get lost with each other, but I think it is almost better as a solid cohesive flavor rather than being able to pick apart the ingredients. Booze and spice in the finish.

M: Medium bodied, the carbonation is fairly high, and really tingles with the spice notes. The finish feels a little hot

O: Overall very enjoyable. The chilies are a bit subtle, but I suppose that is probably a good thing. You can certainly feel the spice. A very interesting beer, and one I am glad that I tried.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle pours a dark brown color with a few ruby highlights at the edges. Fine-bubbled tan head. Not long-lasting but does leave some nice bully lace.

Nose is more chocolate than chili, and in fact smells eerily similar to the SA Chocolate Bock from the xmas mix pack. Light fruity notes belie yeast and alcohol with some toffee.

Taste is good. Lots of chocolate with a light hint of red chilies...chipotle-esque without the heat, a deft touch indeed. Very smooth, the carbonation is soft and light, which works well for the beer. ABV is very well hidden and the body is silky smooth while maintaining a light, bockish feel. This is my second bottle bought and wouldn’t mind having another some time down the road.

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Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big creamy 1+ finger head fades semi slowly with nice lacing.

Nose powdered chocolate, bakers choc, bit of cinnamon, light chili powder, nice caramel, creamy malts, light spices and light milk chocolate.

Taste starts with malts again, dark creamy malts, caramel, bakers and powdered choc, then herbal earthy almost hedgerow like hops with a light bitterness, thick and creamy, lush, light cinnamon and chili powder, hint of spices, light dark wheat bock like and hint of dark fruits. Finishes chalky, powdered choc, light bock esters, biter and light salty, little syrupy and caramel, molasses, etc, light lingering cinnamon and chili.

Mouth is a med bodied bit thicker and luscious, creamy, drier finish.

Overall not bad, light but I wouldn't expect SA to go crazy as they have a huge med taste fan base.

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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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