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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
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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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Added by ReelBigwigFish on 10-27-2011

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Ratings: 611 |  Reviews: 255
Photo of BigRob329
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color. The head is a finger high, with a densely textured mocha shade. Retention is pretty good (though not the best in this style), while the creamy softness leaves behind a bit of lacing. (4)

Smell: It's mostly a bock first, with the adjuncts playing a secondary role. I'm picking up plenty of caramel, with just a kiss of stewed fruits. If I concentrate, then I do pick up some nice chili notes; they're still too mild for my personal taste. The nose isn't flawed, it's just quite dull. (3)

Taste: The flavor profile (thankfully) is far bolder. Still, I'm a little disappointed in how light the chocolate notes are. Its base, though, is loaded with rich caramel malts and lesser fruitiness. I start picking up chocolate and chiles on the back end, but only slightly. The exact same thing I said about the aroma rings true down on the taste buds: not flawed, it's just quite dull. (3)

Mouthfeel: Full and creamy at first. Post-swallow, however, it becomes a hair prickly, and even somewhat dry. Carbonation is well concealed by the thickness of the texture. It's not super drinkable, but it's not a chore, either. (3)

Overall: Rather blah in general. Its blah-ness is doubly disappointing given its relative size - Sam Adams could have gone farther with the chocolate (and even the chili) notes than they did. On the plus side, there's nothing wrong with it at all. It's only flaw is its blandness, but it's a big one to be fair. (3)

3.05/5: Y'know, I remember this one being better...

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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 plasticfantastic
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of SickNukes
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Vixie
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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 hdofu
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saw a beer in a magazine about beer called the vixen... given the ingredient list of Chili cinnamon and cocoa nibs I knew I had to pict this one up. Samuel Adams has a history of making good chocolate bocks (the christmas one stands out). It doesn't have a thick head but it is an attractive tan. It smells of cocoa and cinnamon... The taste is intriguing.. The strongest tastes are the cocoa and the cinnamon but the finish definitely has the taste of chili. It gives the beer a rich taste that is surprisingly smooth and silky. I have to say this is definitely a nice surprise was almost I wouldn't find a bottle of this one.

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Photo of jak
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of WanderingFool
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The Vixen pours black into the glass with a thick, creamy light tan head on top. As the foam fades away it leaves a coating of lace on the glass.

The aroma is roasty with notes of chocolate and an earthy nuttiness. Some caramel and bread are also present.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is creamy, with soft effervescent carbonation. The flavor is rich with chocolate, roasted malt, toffee and nuts. A touch of dark fruit is also present. It finishes mildly bitter and dry. Once gone the chocolate and roast malt linger on the palate.

I guess I was looking for a little heat from chilii peppers, but it's not there. Still, the beer has a great mouthfeel, chocolate flavor and is a nice dessert brew.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of kjlued
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I won't rate this beer good or bad, but just average and kind of bland.

Which is a real shame, since it could have been so much more multi-dimensional with all the flavors this beer could have had.
Instead it fell on its face.

I bought this beer expecting to either love it or hate it but not hate it because it was bad, hate it because I just didn't care for the craziness the brewer was trying to achieve. Either way, I was hoping it would stir some sort of emotion out of me. Instead, it stirred about as much emotion as a bud light.

I say skip past this one.

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Photo of Ruger44
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of vonnegut21
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of broken22
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of AleGal79
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of rahbuckeye
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, lager yeast, chocolate and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with bready flavors of a hearty roasted malt character and lager yeast. The some sweet and spicy flavors come in from chocolate, caramel, fruit and a faint hint of chili and other spices. The hops presence is mild but complementary and provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good variation of style, this is exactly what you would expect from a Sam Adams bock-style beer with the added advertised attributes.

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Photo of tln13
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of MattyG85
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 650 ml bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark blackish brown with only a little bit of ruby at the bottom. Lots of bubbles and a huge four finger creamy tan head with good retention. Leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet dark roasted malts with big hints of chocolate and caramel. Very bready with a hint of nuts and oats. Subtle hints of cinnamon and chili spices. Also a little hint of earthy hops in the background. Malts smell very robust.

Taste: Tastes a lot like a bock with chocolate infused into it. Big taste of dark roasted malts with good notes of chocolate, caramel, nuts, milk, and oat. The spices start to emerge towards the finish with some hints of cinnamon and chili. Also a little hint of noble hops. Spices are still fairly subtle with the chocolate malts standing out the most.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very creamy and somewhat syrupy. A little heat is felt in the mouth although that is probably more from the spices than the alcohol.

Overall: A very solid version of a Bock. Nice robust malts and chocolate. The spices are subtle but noticeable enough to add a interesting kick.

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of RobinLee
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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 bluetrevian
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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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