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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
BA SCORE
3.67/5
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611 Ratings
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

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Added by ReelBigwigFish on 10-27-2011

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Ranking:
#31,701
Reviews:
255
Ratings:
611
pDev:
15.26%
Bros Score:
3.18
 
 
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Ratings: 611 |  Reviews: 255
Photo of Grinky
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of Jfowler05
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of vonnegut21
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of bmjivi221
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of doughanson78
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of thegerm87
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of mattparsons
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.24/5  rDev +15.5%
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 JaredKent
4.21/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The appearance on this one is very dark, though not as dark as Bitches Brew which is currently around the top of my scale. A nice, strong tan head forms on the pour with plenty of holding power. Around a 32 SRM.

Scent: On the first sniff I get a strong chocolate aroma both from the roasted malts and cocoa nibs. I definitely smell a hint of cinnamon deeper in the aroma with just a kick of heat in the background. The chocolate and the chili reminds me of drinking hot chocolate with cayenne pepper. The smoothness of the chocolate really blends well and mellows out the heat of the pepper.

Taste: The taste is exactly what you would expect from a dark bock. The roasted characters are there up front but dont overpower the beer. You get a nice crisp, clean mouthfeel that you come to expect from a lager. The chocolate flavors are coming in on multiple levels and the chili is there ever so slightly in the background.

Mouthfeel: The mouth is medium bodied with enough carbonation to push the unique flavors through. Not much to say, just a crisp, easy drinking bock.

Overall: This drinks exactly like their Chocolate Bock, go figure. Luckily that was probably my favorite of their releases this winter. You get plenty of the chocolate flavors which are complemented by the roasted malts. Unfortunately the chili doesn’t shine through quite as much as I had hoped. Every time I see a beer that includes chili peppers (I’m looking at you Theobroma) I wish for some actual spice and a bit of heat to shine through. All around a great beer from Sam Adams. I’ll have to try a few more from this new line.

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Photo of lwillitz
4.21/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

22-oz bottle into New Belgium globe

A - several fingers of medium tan foam atop a pitch black body (red highlights)

S - brown sugar, peppery spice, roast malt

T - caramel sweetness, semi-sweet chocolate, dark fruits, roast malts, pepper, cinnamon; chilies move in with a touch of alcohol for a warm, spicy finish

M - thick syrupy full body, low/medium carbonation

O - The Vixen is a nice bock if you're in the mood for something sweet and slightly spicy.

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle w/o freshness info, except for telling consumers that this is "Batch No. 1"

Near black and murky. Dark mocha head stays and stays. Thick collar, thick low sheeting ad nice looking fine patterns of lace. Nice looking beer.

Dark chocolate nose, with some snappy cinimmon and also chili in the rear.

Allowed to warm up quite a bit, this one is richly flavorful and viscous in the mouth, loaded with dark and milk chocolate notes. Light spice, and a slight chili note subtly warming up the back of the mouth and throat.

Well done Samuel Adams. Nice winter sipper

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Photo of avalon07
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
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 +14.4%
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 +14.4%
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 +13.9%
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 Doomcifer
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of bpw28
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
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 +13.4%
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 +13.1%
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 +13.1%
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 +13.1%
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 connecticutpoet
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of lovindahops
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
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 +12.5%
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 +12.5%
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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The Vixen Chocolate Chili Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 611 ratings
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