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 avalon07
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. There was an inch of foamy, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A strongly spicy smell (the chilis), along with a lot of malt.

T: Tasted of roasted malt, chili, chocolate, a hint of cinnamon, and hops. Definitely not your typical bock flavor. The chili and chocolate are very prominent, but it's still pretty tasty.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: If you're a fan of classic bock beer, then don't try this beer. Otherwise, it's an interesting, well made brew.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid dark brown with the faintest of ruby highlights when held to light, huge tan head shows great retention and moderate lace. Smells mostly of chocolate and alcohol with faint hints of caramel, licorice and a faint spicy earthy tone. I would never guess form the aroma there were chili's in here. Taste is moderately malty and sweet. Lots of chocolate and caramel flavors up front. Slight melanoid and toffee type flavors midway with a warming earthy spice that lingers long into the finish. Medium to thick body, moderate level of carbonation, sweet sticky chocolate mouthfeel. I really enjoyed this brew. The chocolate is there, the bock is there, the peppers provide some nice flavors and subtle heat. Great Job Sam Adams.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark mahogany-brown with a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lace.

S - Atoma is a mix of chocolate malts with some chilies, cinnamon, caramel malts, with some allspice and some other spices.

T - Starts off with chocolate malts with some cinnamon, nutmeg, and other spices. Through the middle, the chili heat start to come through with some heat alongside some more bitter cocoa. The finish is a mix of chili heat, cinnamon and other spices, with some cocoa and a hint of booze.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a hot, spicy, and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. The heat from the chilies is really nice with the cocoa and spices. Nicely balanced.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

quite an interesting bock. Pours a lovely dark, smooth brown, almost black. Huge tan head, nice stickiness and lacing.

Sweet aroma. Subtle chocolate and smooth caramel. A very light smoke on it, but the light cinnammon gets attention.

Nice flavor. It's smooth, that's a good way to describe it. Underneath it all is the bock. Malty, sweet, some smoke. But the cocoa and caramel run the show. They aren't over-powering, but are consistent. Spice is light and thin, I don't get any Anaheim chili on it though.

Feels a bit thin though. Filmy a tad. Not that it's bad. A touch of "lift" would be nice

Overall a very nice beer

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Photo of bpw28
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is something that I was aging (my first venture into it), but then I noticed that there were problems with the temp at the moment and figured if I can't keep it right at the moment, might as well not waste the beer. This is only been sitting 5 months in good conditions until very recently, so nothing should be extremely different from off the store shelf.

Appearance: Two finger frothy deep tan head, no lacing to speak of, deep brown-red color (about 36 SRM), looks thick.

Smell: Sweet Malt, soft pretzel doughy, light coffee, light chocolate, almost light mint/vegetable/earth (might be the chili, just not standing out to what I would say "this is chili"), allspice, nutmeg.

Taste: Sweet Malts again, more bready dough this time, milk chocolate, light coffee, ancho chile, alcohol very light but present, saigon cinnamon, light woods, light floral. Very light warmth and spiciness, lets you know gently it's there but doesn't go beyond that. Medium body. Good Balance.

Final Thoughts: Very good beer. I enjoy the balance of deep flavor but keeping it flow with the body. This beer is what it says it is. It's got more earthy chili/cinnamon then I was expecting (was expecting a bit of a red hots cinnamon and cayenne heat chili) but it all flows. I would buy this again.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a dark mahogany, with a nice two inch sticky head, we have lacing, I repeat tons of beautiful lacing. Smell chocolate, dark fruits, burnt coffee, and a hint of spicy pepper. Taste is all that, just the slightest bit of spice in the finish. Body is big, but very approachable for the abv. Perfect carbonation. I am so surprised how much I like this beer. The only other beer with peppers I have had, was Rogues and not even close to good. Don't judge a book by the cover. Very nice brew.

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

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a very dark brown, nearing black. Has a tan head that is thick and fluffy. Nice patchy lacing remains along with a nice patchy island. Good looking brew.

Brews smells of sweet chocolate malts and cinnamon. Roasted notes there as well. Can pick up even some peppery notes as well. Good smelling brew.

Brew is very unique; peppery carbonation and smooth full bodied middle. The end is spiced and somewhat drying. Can taste chocolate and then quickly turns to sweet cinnamon and then finishes up with some hop like spice. The chilies and cinnamon are nicely done here. Not overdone at all and make this beer very interesting. The chilies really finish out the end of each sip nicely. Some really nice roasted malts in here as well. Lots of good stuff going on in this one. Very interesting stuff here. A very unique brew. The higher abv is barely noticed. Very good taste and mouthfeel here.

Wow, very happy to see this one come from Sam Adams. A great interesting brew here. This brew is very good tasting, full bodied and full of great character. A great spin on the style. Great stuff here.

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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 lovindahops
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look at sam getting all sassy with innovation...

A- thick brown shades overtakes the glass with some lacing capturing the edges of the glass. It's a hearty looking brew to say the least

S- strong malt presence compacted with darkened fruit and some possible unfermented sugar. Toasty and sweet yet nor overpowering so I'll take it!

T- great thick flavors of syrupy dark malt and fruit collapse on the delivery. Brown sugar and smoked caramel are the premiere features. There is a tingle of spice that I looked for and it was honestly there.

M- sits fantastic in the mouth. The syrupy aspects match the carbonation in an almost harmonic state

O- impressed. Warming and full of flavor, BBC created a brew that I will boast about and come back to

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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pilsner glass

A: Pours a thick deep deep brown that is actually pretty clear with two fingers of mocha colored fine head that lingers nicely and leaves spotty lacing
S: great sweet chocolate scent with nice depth and malt character
T: wow the taste is really something incredible, being that this is my first chocolate chilli bock i have nothing to compare it to but i really feel this has an incredible taste, begins with the kick of chilli then moves into that thick chocolate malt character rapidly, chilli has a brief yet intense bite then is immediately smoothed over by the chocolate, really incredible depth and character in this brew
M: gentle carbonation, slight sting from the chilli but leaves the mouth feeling silky and warm, nice
O: really astounded by this brew, loved the character depth in the taste and the mouthfeel, appearance was about on par for what i had hoped as was the scent

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served onto a flute.

Appearance: Pours a superb dark black, head was at least 1/2" perfect tan, not dark, not light.

Smell: Really don't let this be a ruin you but has hints of cinnamon all over. Now that i smell it over and over again you can really breathe in the dark chocolate.

Taste: Chocolate is pretty evident in this beer. I feel the cinnamon which might come off to some as robust. This beer is not sweet but yet not bitter, kicks of slight spiciness which makes you think "I need to keep drinking this!"

Mouth: Medium carbonation, and really flavor just absorbs your whole mouth.

Overall: This beer in reality is type sweet, NO it is not like "Cherry Wheat" or any Sam Adams fruit/sweet inspired beer I have had. Vixen has captured my heart, pours gently and digests perfectly. It is built for dark beer, flavor beer, and real beer drinkers alike. Tastes of alchol perfectly balanced with bitterness of the hops and chocolate make this a f'n homerun. Cheers to all and enjoy!

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Photo of bobhits
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice brown color from the bottle leaving a black body. This one lacks the deep as night or deep and vacuum like nature of an imperial stout but certainly a dark bock.

The nose is vanilla, chocolate, creme, toffee, and just overly rich and dark chocolate.

That rich flavor moves right over to the flavor. Very much like the chocolate bock from Sam Adams with a bit of a spiced kick at the end. So rich and chocolatey, with big creme and toffee notes.

Pretty creamy and velvety. A pretty nice body.

This one is a good bit stronger than the chocolate bock which I love and the spices are a touch not to my "love" but either way this is a damn good bit.

An imperial chocolate bock with spice this one works in many ways better but the spices are not it's friend. A very worthy beer no matter what that dark beer drinker thinks!

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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 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 VirginiaBeerMan
4.11/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Deep dark in color, retains thick head after settling, a nice latte color.

S - Slightly sweet and malty.

T - Rich in taste, but I expected more of a chili/heat and didn't get it, but that wasn't disappointing, just unexpected.

F - Never sure how to characterize this category, so overall, I'd say appealing.

O - Very enjoyable, would go good with steak or pork; I would purchase again if they continue to produce.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.11/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown almost black color with a good sized light tan head, fades at a decent rate and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass, little darker than a typical bock.

Smell is primarily roasted malt with a decent cocoa scent, not picking up the chili or cinnamon all that much in the aroma though.

Taste starts out with a roasted malt front, soon the cocoa takes hold and has a nice presence, lightly spicing, the chili's begin to have a showing in the aftertaste to add a touch of warmth but is very subtle and not overbearing, carbonation is soft and lends a fair amount of creaminess, slightly dry finish.

Surprisingly good, it hits all the right notes and is a bit bigger than the typical bock in flavors and strength.

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Photo of plfahey
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Deep, dark brown-black with garnet highlights and good clarity. Large mocha brown head fades slowly to a tight pack of foam and shows great lacing.

Aroma-Big, rich, melanoidin malt up front-with notes of toast and bread crusts, and some chocolate as well. Chili spice lingers in the background of the aroma, but is definitely present. Slight peppery alcohol is present as well. Faint dark fruit character is notable as well, but the predominant aroma is the rich malt profile.

Flavor-Quick flash of chocolate and jalapeƱo spice up front is followed by sweet, toasted and bready malt. It finishes a semi-dry with toasty melanoidins and bread crust malt flavors and the chili spice grows in the aftertaste, though is at all times a background note of complexity, and never overpowers the other characteristics of the beer.

Not out of this world, but pretty darn good, and a nice venture for Sam Adams. I think they did a good job with the chili-it's subtle and a bit understated, but at all times balanced, which is much better than the opposite. However, the chocolate notes are a little lacking, and I'd like to see some more of that. That said, it's a nice drinking bock with some interesting chili chocolate notes to it, and I'd be quite pleased to drink it again.

Mouthfeel-Medium full body with moderate carbonation. Smooth and somewhat warming, with a slight burning sensation at the back of the throat from the chili pepper.

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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 TMoney2591
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

This one sounded like the most promising of the new batch of SA bombers, so hopes are high right now. It pours a clear dark ruby-brown topped by a finger of cream-tan foam. Dammit, bocks are just a generally attractive-looking style, ain't they? The nose comprises cocoa, light roasted malts, very light coffee, and, with some deep sniffs (induced by the name, admittedly), some light and very mild peppers. The taste follows pretty closely, though now the pepper are a bit more pronounced: they're mostly there for flavor, with very little heat actually coming through. Imagine a very mild mole, and this would come close to that image. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a silky feel, and a finish that leans toward the dry. Overall, a very tasty brew that combines the chocolate, bock, and pepper elements very well. Good times.

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Photo of Duff27
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One inch light tan head on a dark brown beer. Decent head retention and clumpy lacing.

Subtle, subtle pepper aroma.

Smooth chocolate taste at the forefront then just enough chili pepper burn at the end to know its there. Well hidden alcohol.

Smooth medium mouthfeel, lower end of carbonationbut it works.

Definitely worth the pick up at $6. Recommended to chili beer fans or to anyone who has a bad experience with chili beers. This one pulls it off.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a thick looking deep brown color. Nearly black to me. The head was creamy looking with a light tan color. The smell of the beer was lightly roasted with some minimal chocolate and malt aromas coming off of it. The taste of the beer I found to be really nice. There is a very subtle flavor from the Chili in there, so faint that it's nearly non existent. The chocolate notes come in to sweeten the beer a bit. The mouthfeel of the beer had a nice heavier body to it with a creamy smooth feel to it. Overall I found this brew to be rather enjoyable on most levels. The aroms was the only weakness I think.

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Photo of ksimons
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy 6th BA Birthday to me!

A-pours a dark chocolate brown with a nice tan foamy head

S-smells of malt, chocolate,

T-taste is of nicely rich roasted malts, milk chocolate, and finishes with a light chili spice. Pleasantly surprised at how well the flavors all come together.

M-medium body, moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

Overall I like this one a lot. I wasn't very impressed with the smell but the taste made up for it. Interesting balance of flavors and the chilis make it a little different.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

deep russet brown, very clear with lots of carbonation, really quite nice and a classic look for a bock. Thin off white head formed on the top, but quickly faded to just a thin film that stayed throughout the session, but offered no side glass contribution.

The aroma was your classic malty bock. Nice sweet caramel and nutty aromas mixed in with a good earthy tone. The flavor followed through very closely with a nice bitter malty flavor and a good amount of sweetness in it as well. Carbonation that is more then decent never let it go flat and kept you entertained throughout the session.

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