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 samie85
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a very dark brown color with ruby edges and a two finger head that dissipates quickly.

S-Rich dark fruit and chocolate notes with some cinnamon.

T-Rich dark fruit and chocolate notes upfront with some moderate chili notes, fruity notes, some cinnamon and bitter, dry finish.

M-Really smooth and viscous with a drying and light finish with moderate carbonation.

D-As this one warms up, it becomes a lot more drinkable. There's a harsh bitter note at the finish that really dissipates as it warms up to room temperature.

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Photo of greencovesteve
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black with mild carbonation and no head.

S: Light smoky charred chocolatey sweet malt smell.

T: Smooth rich malts to start and a bitter toffee chocolate mixture to close.

M: starts with sufficient carbonation smooth and near creamy. Creates heat after a couple of rolls over the tongue, but goes down smooth if swallowed right away then has some after burn that comes a few seconds after being swallowed.

O:Solid beer, just expected more heat and chili taste. The name, the dark look, and 8.5% made me expect a tongue bruiser. I do wish this beer would have lived up to it's name, mildly disappointed.

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Photo of exodus1369
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very interesting beer. Nice dark color good head. Very nice poor. The smell was a bit faint. I did pick up a bit of chocolate and a very slight hint of chili. The taste was good. Not what I was expecting but good. I was thinking more robust, but it was a very good blend of sweet and spicy, a but on the subtle side but over all good. From the complexity and verity of flavors the palate has its work cut out for it. Over all a little light on the taste but for what it is not bad at all.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In a pilsner glass this beer was near black with a thick tan head that subsided rapidly. There was a smattering of lace.

A lot of roasted malt in the aroma. Some chocolate. Peppery spice. All the aromas were subtle.

Very malty taste. Chocolate. There was a background of cinnamon. The chile came through at the end, leaving a little heat.

I thought this beer tried to do too much. Mellow malt at the onset, some heat at the end. Rather incongruous.

Would perhaps try it again.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with a two finger toffee colored head, foam sticks to the glass quite substantially. The color looks more like a hybrid between a Bock and a Stout.

S - German roasted malts and cocoa, I'm not getting much else, considering that's all I'm picking up, it smells good.

T - Roasted caramel, cocoa, and bittersweet chocolate. The cinnamon is light and the chili's are only detectable by some slight warming in the back of the throat which may also be a result of the 8.5% alcohol, it's hard to tell.

M - Medium light body that's borderline too thin. After savoring the finished sip for a minute or two, some of the cinnamon flavor coated the mouth along with the chocolate nibs. As I get through the glass, as strange as it sounds, I'm detecting a little bit of a spicy sensation on the gums...probably the chili peppers.

O - If you like their Chocolate Bock you'll need to try it, this beer also won a medal at the GABF this year. I'm glad I had the opportunity to try a bottle but will pass on it after this glass.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.49/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

The beer pours a chocolate black with a dark cream head that cZlms to a film with light lacing.

The aroma at first smelled of cinnamon candy, but later it's more faint cinnamon and very faint milk chocolate. Not a lot of depth.

The taste is like the aroma, just not a lot to dissect: sweet roasted malts with faint chocolate in the background. There is a nice little spicy feel on the back end. Very faint cinnamon candy in there.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall, a little disappointed. This is utterly forgettable. No complexity, bland all the way around.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a very dark brown color with a light tan head.

S- The aroma is predominately sweet malt and cocoa but not much else. As the beer warms up in the glass, the chillies come out more along with some smokiness.

T- The taste is a lot of chocolate malts up front that are slightly roasted with some cocoa and spices and just a faint lingering spiciness from the chili peppers in the finish. Very nice, I enjoyed the flavors.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodies with a moderate amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, not a bad beer from Sam Adams that is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Gmann
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown color with a short beige head that settles into a light cap.

The aroma is quite sweet. There is caramel and some dark fruit. Subtle chocolate and cinnamon notes.

The taste is of a light meaty malt with noticable flavor from the chocolate nibs. The cinnamon is quite light and only adds a ghost like presence. There is some toast and wood characteristics as well. I don't really pick up much pepper though. This is a much better bock base than the SA chocolate bock. Doesn't taste artifical.

The feel is moderate with soft to tingly carbonation. Sweet on the palate but has some toasted bitterness. A bit sticky in the end.

A decent bock. Appropriate chocolate flavor and subtle spice. Could use a touch more heat from the peppers.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
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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Photo of Smurf2055
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a porter-like brown with a large three finger head. Pretty nice lacing to it.

Smells somewhat wheaty and malty. Can’t get the chocolate, but I’m picking up some of the peppers.

Somewhat of a chalky taste. Good carbonation.

I’m not really a fan of the bock, but this is pretty good. Very drinkable at 8.5%. The chili and chocolate are very faint, but that’s not a bad thing. Very surprised with this beer. I’ve had some of the Imperial Series, and still don’t consider Sam Adams one of my favorites, but this one avoided the taste that seems to come with every other Sam Adams beer I’ve ever had. Not bashing on Sam Adams, either. It’s just that a few of their craft brews are not even close to standard. Overall, very good. I might just have to try some of the others of this series

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

A - Looked deep red as it was pouring. In the glass it looks deep brown. One and a half fingers of creamy looking tan head. Head has very good retention and leaves some lacing.

S - Chocolate and dark fruits come through initially. Faint chili and cinnamon aromas, with some nice dark bread as well. Pretty good.

T - Chili aspect is quite subtle in the flavor as well. As with the smell, chocolate is quite prominent, with bittersweet and cocoa elements. Very little cinnamon. Dark brown bread with some dried fruits.

M - Medium mouthfeel. A bit creamy.

O - Not a bad beer, but the chocolate/cocoa really overpowers everything else. Probably wouldn't get this one again.

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

Very dark coloured, slightly spicy aroma. The taste is of a rather basic bock, enhanced by a little heat, and lots of chocolate. As if the chocolate is to make up for the bock taste. Everything is OK by itself, but the characteristics are not well integrated. Decent drinkability. Medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of t420o
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sam adams the vixen

A- pour produces a 2 finger light mocha colored head resting on a very deep brown colored body. Decent retention. Good lacing. 4 

S- slight spicy aroma, chocolate, floral hops, cinnamon, caramel, espresso. Flavor is kind of faint  3.5  

T- flavors are faint as well even near room temp. Espresso and chocolate on the forefront followed by some floral hops and cinnamon. Extremely faint chili flavor bit the slight warthy chili taste and heat is nice. I really like the aftertaste its like a chocolate chili aftertaste that's very nice. 3.5 

M- slightly thin. Good carbonation. 3.5

O- a good and very easy drinking chili beer. Not bold enough for me 3.5

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