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

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ReelBigwigFish on 10-27-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
611
Reviews:
255
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
15.14%
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
60
For Trade:
0
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Photo of JackieTH
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an attractive dark brown with ruby highlights and a half inch of tan foam. Some retention but zero lace.

Smell is primarily mild chocolates and malt.

Taste is a mixture of cocoa and light chocolates, lightly roasted malt traces of coffee and a slight bite which may be the chilies. This yields quickly to a bitterness into the finish which is mostly reminiscent of bakers chocolate and hops. There is a mild sweetness throughout and nowhere am I getting cinnamon.

Creamy mouthfeel but a medium body that seems light and falls apart over the tongue. Glad I tried it, but it could use a little more punch.

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

A: Pours dark brown with two fingers of light brown head.

S: Roasted malt and chocolate.

T: Sweet roasted malt upfront followed by bitter cocoa. Middle is chocolate and some acedic flavor. Finish is a mild chilli pepper heat and just a hint of hop bitterness.

M: Heavy side of medium with good carbonation. Slightly chalky.

O: I would liked more malt backbone in this.

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

I poured this from a 22oz bottle batch 1.
This beer has a dark black body with a 2" tan color head, that lays down quickly. The smell is faint of chocolate with a little malt. The taste has a nice chocolate malt flavor up front, then a very light chili flavor on the back of the tongue. The mouth feel is good and overall a good beer, i wanted a little more heat.

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

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 kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: about two fingers of tan head on a very dark brown/black body with some light passing through.

S: vanilla, brown sugar, light roasted malts with cinnamon and chocolate notes.

T: mild chili pepper spice throughout with roasted malts up front fading to light chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon notes. Chocolates are of the white and milk variety.

M: medium body and light carbonation.

Overall: I wanted more chili flavor out of this one. The base beer is smooth with nice chocolate notes. I was hoping for more with this one.

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

Poured from a bottle into a stein glass.

Look – dark brown/black with about three fingers’ worth of thick, frothy, tan-colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell – definitely a spicy smell, and it does seem to smell like something sweet like a chocolate shake, but as for the chocolate and cinnamon notes themselves, I’m not picking up much in the aroma.

Taste – more of a malty taste, as one might expect. Thick and malty in fact, with a slight smokiness to it. The chocolate and chili hits toward the finish, but the aftertaste is a sweet type of residue.

Mouthfeel – definitely more on the thick and creamy side of things.

Overall – not a bad tasting brew at all, but as it often happens with Sam Adams beers, it seems like they don’t stick their necks out quite far enough. It seems like this one is peters a little too much on the safe side. It could be brewed in a slightly more interesting way perhaps. Not at all a bad brew though.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A Christmas gift from my Mom. Thanks Ma!
Pours deep, dark black topped with a hearty dollop of taupe foam. Lace clings to the glass everywhere, no complaints about the appearance here.
The aroma is heavy with caramel malt and chocolate. Cocoa is readily apparent, with thick molasses, toffee and a hint of spicy chili. Smells like chipotle with the malty roastiness.
The flavor opens up big and rich with sticky, malty sweetness. I have to say that bock and other malt-heavy beers aren't my favorite, but I'm trying to experience this objectively. A little bit woody in a molasses or maple syrup way. Caramel and molasses are the dominant flavors. Chocolate is readily apparent, though not dominate, and the chili is just a trace tingle on the back end. A little bit of booze in the finish, leaving off with treacle stickiness in the aftertaste. Good, but not something I could drink more than a glass of in a sitting. Heavy and sweet.
I'm very glad the chili is so subtle. I've only had a couple chili beers, but they've been heavy handed. I don't mind heat, but with beer it's a strange flavor combo I'm not into.

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

Poured into a Victory tulip with an average head, khacki in color that leaves a nice receding lacing on the glass. Dark garnet liquid with an undistinguished nose. Nice smooth mouthfeel with notes of cinnamon and bitter chocolate...the chili isn't really noticable at all. Nice bitter finish, hoppy/chocolatey. Nice but I expected just a bit more from this one.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber to black in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, sweet chocolate and a spicy chili note. In the taste, cocoa sweetness and a nice mellow chili spice heat underneath. A spice like bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry cocoa and hint of chili in the aftertaste. I get it, mellow chili set off with big chocolate. Good, but just for one.

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

22oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - very dark brown with a khaki colored head that thinned out but still left bits of lacing behind.

S - roasted coffee with a hint of cocoa.

T - some chocolate upfront and then a burnt coffee flavor with the chili and alcohol warming coming in at the finish.

F - medium bodied with some creaminess to it.

O - a unique tasting bock that's worth a try.

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Photo of fredmugs
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a tough beer to review because it tastes nothing like the description of the beer. Nothing about this says Bock and there is zero chili or heat. I get the chocolate and I get the nibs but that's about it. This comes across as a basic flavored ale. The aroma has hints of chocolate but nothing spicy.

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

22oz bottle, poured into an English pint glass. It's a very dark brown beer with a dense, solid head about an inch tall, despite a gentle pour. The nose is not as impressive as hoped, offering some unsweetened dark chocolate notes and a faint spiciness. The taste is sweeter than the nose implies, with a soft coca flavor. I'm hunting for the chili, but I can't find more than a distant hint, and that might be some alcohol phenols. Not all that chocolatey in the flavor either.

Talk about a beer not living up to its labeled promise. Not sure if want to try the other beers in this new series.

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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 zimm421
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a flute. Appears a dark brown with some hints of red around the edges. Head is late developing, and is a nice brown. Great staying power with lacing.

Nose is sweet chocolate, caramel and some nice darker malts. There is a slight touch of spice, but you really have to search. Taste starts out with that chocolate and caramel malt base. The gentle spices set in later and definitely aren't something that blow you away. The alcohol is also present, but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation levels and feels soft and slightly creamy on the palate. Overall, a decent brew. Would have like to see a bit more with the spices here. Honestly wasn't expecting too much, hence, not thatmuch of a disappointment here.

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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 CHickman
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black color with a little brown showing where the light hits the brew, leading up to a creamy 2 finger tan head which was full of bubbles and looked like a Guinness, fading slowly and leaving minimal spotty lacing.

Smells of dark chocolate, grains, bakers chocolate, yeast or that strong metallic / penny aroma, light vanilla and some mild dark fruit. Chocolate and grains basically dominate the nose, with sweet notes of cocoa and some vanilla adding accents.

Tastes very chocolatey with cocoa powder, dark chocolate, roasted grains, cinnamon, light vanilla, toasted coconut, herbs, floral hops, caramel, molasses, charred wood and brown sugar. Pretty one dimensional with no heat and no sign of the chili, which was a big disappointment. It's a nice sweet chocolate treat, but did not deliver in the chili as billed.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery with very mild carbonation, a medium to heavy body with weight, and a sweet grainy aftertaste that actually faded like a cold coffee with some dark fruit like a date or plum mixed in.

Overall it was alright, but it had zero chili presence which I was curious to try. This bottle was at least a year old (found it buried in the back of the beer fridge ), so perhaps it was better fresh with the desired chili heat.

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Photo of LtCracker20
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 1.

A- Pours a deep brown body with reddish hues around the edges. A light tan 3-finger head sits atop and sticks around for a short while. Some OK lacing.

S- Lightly musty, some chocolate and toffee, not too much aroma of the chilis, but there's a slight warmness in the nose from it.

T- Light chocolate, little spice (if any), some toffee, but not much else.

MF- A little fuller than I would've liked.

O- This was a lot better when the brought it to the EBF, not so much now.

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

A - Pours beautifully into my snifter dark brown, almost black with about two fingers of head, sadly it dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

S - Dark roasted malts, dark cocoa nibs, brown sugar, hops and spice.

T - Dark cocoa nips, roasted malts, espresso, molasses, slight citrus hops and a very faint hint of spice on the palate.

M - Very smooth, creamy and well balanced.

O - Overall this is a great idea, but it falls short in aroma and flavor. A beer with this kind of name should be big and bold and showcase what it's all about.

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

Pours a dark opaque brown color with a pillow like inch of light tan head. As it dissipates, rings of lace are left behind.

The nose isn't offering too much but there is some subtle German malts, hops, and a bit of cocoa and chili spice.

The taste is malt forward with a slight sweetness. Balanced against it lies some earthy hops. The chili peppers aren't offering much for taste but the heat is certainly noticeable on my lips. There is a bit of chocolate in the mix as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with an ample amount of carbonation that carries that chili spice throughout my palate.

Overall, not bad, drinkable, and pretty tasty. I wish the flavors stood out more as well as the nose.

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Photo of dbmernin83
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours burnt brown with a khaki head and a little lacing.
Dark bitter chocolate and a little booze on the nose.
Unsweetened chocolate, booze, a very faint pepper.
Carbonation is pretty spot on with a nice rich body, not overly heavy.
Good, but the lack of chili is mildly disappointing. Still, a good offering from the Boston Beer Company.

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Photo of KShophead
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vicsju1991
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber into pint glass
A - pours a dark black, that is impossible to see through, with 2 finger light tan head,
S - I don't smell anything too strongly, maybe a little hint of chocolate
T - light chocolate notes, mild chili spicy after taste,very delicious
edit: as it warms the chili really comes out and it gets decently spicy and delicious
M - light and easy to drink
O - very solid beer, but not an interesting one, the label is cool as hell though, and definitely worth having once

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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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