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 BEER88
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ShanePB
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from the 22 oz bottle at Paradise, poured into two snifters.

A: Dull dark brown colored body with an off-white/slightly tan head. A thin bubbly retention ring is left behind with almost no lace, save for a few random splotches.

S: Milk chocolate, lager yeast, caramel and dark malts, and some faint cinnamon sticks towards the back end. Unfortunately, I get nothing really in terms of chilies, flavor or heat. The darker chocolate notes really are the focus, it's not overly aromatic but not a complete bust.

T: Rich milk chocolate again is up front with a nice crisp lager element. Yeast esters, dark malts, and cacao nibs come in mid-palate and into the finish. There's a flick of spice as the beer soaks into your mouth, but I'm not sure if that's from the buffalo wings I had previously or from the chili in the beer. Either way, it's nothing profound and sort of disappointing.

M: Thin, a little watery but very nicely crisp. For a lager-style, I guess I shouldn't have expected a full, rich and robust feel. It's okay but sort of a detriment to the experience.

I was so intrigued by anything and everything chili-fused in beer, especially if it's coupled with chocolate. Simply put, this falls short from what it's billed to be. The chocolate and bock qualities are there, albeit weak but the chilies are missing. Not a bad beer by any means, but nothing special at all.

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Photo of Gavage
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a short 1/4" head that breaks apart quickly.

Smell: chocolate, some spice, and roasted tones rise easily from the glass.

Taste: nice malty profile with loads of chocolate, some soft spiciness from the chilis, prunes, brown sugar, and a hint of honey and maple. Bitterness is moderate and alcohol is noticeable and mildly warming.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crsip to start, smooth and syrupy at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste here.

Overall: this beer is a slow sipper but full of flavor. As a fan of SA Double Bock, this one to me is just as good in a different way. I like this one a lot.

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Photo of tone77
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is dominated by chocolate. Taste is chocolate, some chili spicyness, very rich and flavorful. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer worth seeking out.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.18/5  rDev +13%
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 Mora2000
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad this beer is finally being bottled.

The beer pours a very dark brown to black color with a brown head. The aroma has a lot of chocolate and roasted malt up front, with a touch of pepper mixed in. The flavor has the same components but in different ratios. I really like the way the peppers were done in this beer, adding some great flavor as well as a hint of heat in the throat. The chocolate also really stands out, with a hint of roasted malt. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A mahogany colored brew with an excellent brown head and strong lacing. Nice nose of roast malt, chocolate, faint ancho (?) chili in the rear; lightly sweet.

Very tasty and chocolate-forward; mild bitterness from the noble hops, cinnamon, toffee, lightly sweet and roasty, again, the ancho or chipotle peppers creep up in the rear for a very lightly spicy mouth-tingling finish. Subtle mineral note in the finish.

Lively carbonation combined with the chilis makes for a prickly and vibrant mouthfeel on this medium-bodied beer. Really nicely done, everything is well-balanced; the chocolate and chili are nicely integrated but don’t disappear into the other flavors. A quality bock with gentle chili heat. I really enjoyed this one.

4.99 for the bomber was a nice price too; split this one with the missus and paired it up with some spicy pot roast as well.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams : The Vixen (Chocolate Chili Bock)

Pours a dark brown bordering black color, off white head. Aroma of roasted malts, some chocolate and mild mocha. In the taste, full on decadent chocolate upfront, with alittle roasted malt flavor. In the finish, the presence of chili's is noticed, but not overstated. Mild chocolate with a touch of spice. Draws some parallels to Mexican Mole sauce, and to this would be a fine pairing. Overall, an interesting brew, and worth the try.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid, if simple beer. Pours black with a very short head, and no lacing. The chocolate and chili are pretty prominent in the nose, and there is a bit of vinous sourness as well. The taste is nice with well balanced flavors of rich chocolate and spicy chili- always a nice combination. Pretty well done. Smooth in the mouth and quite drinkable.

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Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of enelson
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up tonight at the COOP ... shared it with Inflatablechair... We were both pretty impressed with it, though I question the use of spices and flavorings in lager beers... this is where I want the malt and hops to shine in harmony.

Poured into my HotD goblet... 1" tannish head.. deeeep dark brown.. light only gets through around the stem of the glass.

Nose is light cocoa and even less cinnamon, but the cinnamon adds a perceived sweetness that sorta brings out something that I pick out as dried cherries... Sam did not get the fruits... he is wrong :-) Not much in the way of "chili", but what I do get is something that is a little smokey with some background heat.

Flavor shows all the good bones of a traditional bockbier... but again, the cocoa and cinnamon are a distraction for me... The chili starts to build with subsequent sips.. a bit of burning in the esophagus... Great mouthfeel and carbonation.

I enjoyed this one... for $6, I may buy it again while it is on shelves, but I doubt it will age well.

4/4/3/5/4.5/3.5

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Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Zorro
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown colored beer with a very Tall light brown colored head. Maybe a little to intensely head forming.

Smells strongly of chocolate and chili with some smoke and roasted chili scent. Cinnamon is in this; it completes the scent of Mexican hot chocolate.

Starts out strongly chocolate with the fruity tasty of chili with the barest trace of heat. Semisweet to bittersweet chocolate taste with some cinnamon bark. Just about the most balanced Chile beer I had yet tasted. Little bit nutty with a mild bitterness, tastes far better than I expected.

Mouthfeel is decidedly FULL.

Overall "Damn why did I put this one in the back of the cooler for a week?" Far tastier than I expected, Very recommended.

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Photo of KAF
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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 Kelp
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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 rudzud
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes taken during a tasting with a friend.

A - Poured into a Duvel tulip a nice deep brown almost black with one finger mocha head that fades to leave a light halo.

S - Sweet, light malts and dark fruit with very light chocolate. There isnt much spice at all on the nose.

T - WAY too sweet for my liking. There is some light roast and chocolate . The spice is nice and upfront, which is kinda too bad.

M - A bit too sweet, kinda heavy and syrupy.

O - Beer is okay. Really wouldnt buy it again, way to sweet to be a good bock.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a one-fingered light tan head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Black with faint ruby highlights. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Light chocolate nose and flavor is almost sweet chocolate with cinnamon, no chili. $5.99 for a 22oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of jbaker67
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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