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

The Vixen Chocolate Chili BockThe Vixen Chocolate Chili Bock
BA SCORE
3.67/5
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ReelBigwigFish on 10-27-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,591
Reviews:
255
Ratings:
611
pDev:
15.26%
Bros Score:
3.18
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
60
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Ratings: 611 |  Reviews: 255
Photo of stampfler07
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of h4ger
3.12/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jrohrbacher
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of gillagorilla
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of rypkr
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of FreshmanPour77
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of kew
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of JohnnyHopps
2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle, the bock was an attractive shade of brown which would seem appropriate for the chocolate flavor. The aroma was a mild milk choocolate, not the least overpowering but pleasant.

The initial taste seemed to be that of chocolate sodas such as YooHoo or Chocola. A mild level of carbonation was combined with a thin texture. The aftertaste was where the chili became apparent. Rather than feeling the spiciness in the mouth, it created a burning sensation in the back of the throat. Fellow drinkers also noticed this phenomenon.

The chili flavor would have been more interesting if it were pair with the chocolate. Instead, this bock is like a chocolate soft drink that leaves a mild burning in the throat.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a tasting glass.

The color is dark brown with some nice tan head and a some nice lacing.

The smell is a bit dark malt flavor with a little spicey, peppery aroma.

The taste is chocolate with some toasty grain flavor with some come pepper on top. Searching for any hop flavor I could find some did come out slightly but not enough to really guess at what it was.

The feel is medium bodied and is pretty drinkable. It has pretty even feel and goes down easy.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch #1 with no other freshness dating.

A= Pours a basic pitch black color with a nice three finger head on it that holds some steady retention and nice lacing.

S= Smells a little chocolaty I don't get much of the chili in the noce. At first I got a lot of the chili as the air burst out of the bottle. The bock is a nice quieter in the nose bock.

T= The taste is a bit more complex. There is a decent chocolaty flavor to it that is very evident and the chili is a little more out there than in the nose. It's a nice amount of chili so much so that it isn't hot at all but more of a subtle "chili" flavor if that makes sense. The chocolate is a nice undertone as well and the bock portion is about average.

M= The mouth is typical for a bock. What I would concider to be a little to thin for the flavors and not lasting enough. For style however I would say it's pretty good.

O= Actually a decent beer from SA. I have been pretty unimpressed with this series so far and this one actually works pretty well. Not a bad beer. The flavors work but the bock portion is a little weak. Worth checking out.

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Photo of Ajlvt
4/5  rDev +9%

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 jaidenjb
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of sinstaineddemon
2.31/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A - super dark in color, with some red highlights where the light can shine through, the pour wells up a finger of chocolate colored head

S - a surprisingly monotonous aroma, chocolate malts, no chili representation at all, not that the roasted chocolate aroma is bad, just expected more layering

T - the chocolate malts dominate the flavor as well as the aroma, the chili is truly hard to discern to me, however it is present as a mild acidity with faint flavors that remind me of chili powder

M&D - sharp and a bit biting on the palate, not sour, just a strong acid profile, roasted chocolate malts balance this acid sufficiently, but not enough to make this beer particularly inviting

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Photo of videofrog
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of AdamBear
3.09/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-very dark brown with a nice tan head

S-creamy chocolate with just a tint of red pepper, not spicy though. strong scent

T-comes in with a sweet taste of dark chocolate with just a small slight hint of chili pepper. slight roasted after-taste. not strong taste at all. fairly sweet and sticky.

M-medium carbonation with a dry finish. sticky.

O-Chocolate Chili Bock...the name sounds so intriguing. It has so much potential. However, this was sure a let down. I know Samuel Adams every once in awhile pleases me but most often i'm disappointed so i shouldn't have got my hopes up for this either. they should basically just leave the word Chili out of the name, it adds nothing to the beer and is probably just used to trick people in to drinking it. over priced as well.

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Photo of beer2day
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, really dark, brown pour with 1.5 fingers of darkish tan head. No retention and really not much lace.

Nose is chocolate and metal. I think there is a bit of chili in there, but really not coming through. Get a little burn, but not much else creeping in.

Taste is better than the nose. Chocolate hits right up front. Chili kicks in right after that and lingers all the way through the glass. Very well done. Get a bit of roast malt in the finish, along with a bit of pepper and then a nice sharp chili finish. Gets a bit nutty and fruity with light dried cherries. Nice.

Feel is about right, but feels a bit thin for the strong flavor.

Overall, I really wish they had done more with this. Great concept, somewhat lacking in follow-through.

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Photo of bmjivi221
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of hiphopj5
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of hoosier222002
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Domingo
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting. Never seen or heard of this. Love the large UK-like bottle and label.
Brown/black with a pretty voluminous head.
Smells like a doppelbock with just a little cinnamon tossed in.
Sweet and malty, again pretty much like a doppelbock. Raisins, chocolate, and a little cinnamon. Not getting much from chilis, but there's a hint of earthiness that might be from them. Ah, as it warms they finally show up, although very mildly. They don't really add any spice, but more of a savory flavor. There's a little alcohol heat, too. That's really the only knock on this beer. As it warms, it becomes a little boozy.
Pretty much a solid doppelbock with a little cinnamon and cocoa and a hair too much heat.
I think I might get more of these...

EDIT: This is one of those situations where scoring doesn't really reflect how much I liked this. It seems pretty average based upon the numbers, but it's quite tasty.

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Photo of doughanson78
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of phishbone23
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased at Market Basket in Portsmouth, batch #1. Pours a dark brown almost opaque body with slight brown highlights and less than a half inch of light tan head. Pepper and chocolate waft from the beer, though only lightly. Chocolate (cocoa nibs?), spice, and chili pepper comprise the flavor, though the chocolate and spice definitely balance the flavor. Medium in body and carbonation. The pepper becomes a bit more prominent as the beer warms, but the other flavors are still enough to balance it out. Unique and delightful.

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Photo of Goatdavemac
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%

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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