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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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of rfgetz
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours near-black with reddish highlights, thin cap of khaki froth, gone quickly. Scent is muted and gives off notes of cocoa powder, roasted malt, faint spice and faint dark fruit. Taste leads with a chocolate milk like taste, faint woodsy spicing and faint hint at fruit... not getting the chili. Beer is fuller side of medium body, smooth and uber dry (like sucking on a piece of lumber). Decent beer, a touch dry and lacking in complexity.

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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 tigg924
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1 inch head, clear, dark-brown colored, with high carbonation

Smell: cocoa, milk, and faint pepper

Taste: milk chocolate, dark chocolate, Bosco, light cinnamon, and pepper that gets stronger as the beer warms. It leaves a nice hot sensation in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy body, sweet with slight peppery heat, moderate carbonation

Overall: Was fortunate to find a bottle of this laying around. When I picked it up, I was thinking that the pepper would be all gone. I was surprised to find that there was still decent heat especially in the aftertaste as the beer warmed. While I would have liked more heat, my problem with this beer is more the chocolate flavors that were ok, but far from the best I have had. It seems like the dark chocolate and milk chocolate do not mesh as well here as in other beers. Would love to try this one fresh, but in reading other reviews, the taste seems to hold up.

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Photo of Brad007
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a color as dark as night with a light brown head into my glass. It gives me pause as I compare it with the scene outside.

Sweet, smoky and roasty malt with the proverbial dollop of cream.

Of course, I'm reminded that this is a bock and not a stout, porter or schwarzbier. Still, the creaminess overpowers anything resembling chilis.

Mouthfeel is about the same. I feel like I'm drinking the regular chocolate bock.

I'd like to try it on tap one of these days. Until then, only worth checking out if you want a variation on the chocolate bock.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black bodied beer with a decent crop of brown head. Lace is quite abundant. Aroma is light spice, biscuity malt and dusty chocolate. Flavor is very agreeable. Rich malty body with heavy, but not overdone, chocolate notes. Chili spiciness is an afterthought and spicing is light. Alcohol is nowhere to be seen. This is quite flavorful and very drinkable.

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Photo of claspada
2.8/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very dark brown color with one finger of tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Some spotty lacing left on the glass and very little head retention.

Aromas begin with roasted malts, cocoa, bitter chocolate, sweet chocolate and very slight sweet fruit/spices. Nice roasty and chocolatey nose; I'm liking it so far.

The taste did not follow the nose unfortunately. It begins with roasted malts, sweet chocolate, bitter chocolate and coffee. Some light spice and chili in the aftertaste, but not too much. Very unbalanced actually and a huge step down from the nose in my opinion. The chocolate malts dominate the flavor and 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. Booze becomes more evident as it warms which is unfortunate.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with pretty light carbonation. A little more carbonated than the new Double IPA Third Voyage, but still would have liked a little more carbonation.

Overall, I liked the nose a lot and the chili and spice does come through in the taste as I assume they were looking for. This is the second new Sam Adams beer I've had now that has had very low carbonation, which surprised me. A huge step down from new DIPA. 1 out of 2 is not bad so far. Still two more of these to try...

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle - no date, but "Batch 1" noted on the label.

appears nearly black, extremely dark brown. 1 1/2" creamy khaki colored head, that then fades to a thin covering. aroma of sweet malt, bitter cocoa, and smokey chile pepper.

taste is not overly complex, but interesting, and still easy to drink. just subtle chocolate and chipotle flavors. medium to thick body. pretty smooth, lower carbonation.

overall - a good balance of sweet and savory.

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Photo of cbutova
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This has just been sitting in the fridge for a while, wanted to open it with friends but there were so many other beers ahead of it, time to down it alone.

A- Pours with a dark black body and a massive, creamy light mocha colored head. The retention and sheer size of the cap are impressive. Lace starts as the head dies down and

S- Cinnamon, mostly, up front with the roast malt, cocoa, dark fruit and a note I can't quite name, maybe a mix of the chilies and remaining ingredients.

T- A bit easier to describe here. Actually has a cherry, dark fruit flavor up front with cinnamon, roast malts and dark cocoa powder beside it. Also there are chilies, brown sugar, molasses, raisin and hop notes.

MF- Moderately thick body with a nice creamy, silky feel to it. Just a tad spicy and bitter on the palate.

A pretty interesting and balanced flavor profile. Not a huge fan of cinnamon in beer but I can see why they used it here and it is pretty good. I hope Sam Adams releases more specialty bombers because the first series was affordable and tasty.

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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 Suds
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, nearly black beer with a thin tan head. It's an alluring beer...a unique smell. Spice, chocolate, and chili in its aroma. Malt, dark fruit (cherry?), and robust roast coffee. The flavor is also unique...chocolate and malt, with some spice. Not as much heat as I expected, but lots more flavor. Nice intensity of experience. Full in body, but I love the smell. This beer is well worth a try.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Black two finger head, light tan head no lacing.

S-Chocolate, spices, a little roasted malt.

T-Chocolate, way to spices heavy, a little overwhelming and doesn't quite mix.

M-Creamy, carbonated, medium bodied.

O-Would be a lot better if the spices were toned down a lot, still a decent beer.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich aroma is malty with chocolate and yeasty overtones and smoky and molasses notes. It pours a dark opaque chocolate brown with a fairly thick light tan head that leaves some good lacing. Malty flavor has chocolate, coffee and molasses notes, plus a hint of caramel and a bit of a kick from the spice - tastes more like a stout than a bock. Smooth, fizzy texture has firm body and leaves a chocolaty and sassy finish. Vixen indeed!

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Photo of Durge
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This stuff is black as night with a very solid tan head and lots of lacing. The aroma offers a sort of metallic charcoal malt. Pretty tame and nothing special. The taste buds pick up deep malt with sharp dark chocolate charcoal and a slight citrus hint. I don’t pick up any obvious chili but there may be a slight edge in there somewhere. It has an unusual, near minty quality. It’s clearly full bodied with a thick but managable feel. Carbonation is prickly stuff that cuts the thickness adequately to make this reasonably drinkable. These Sam Adams special brews are indeed, special.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle pours a dark brown color with a few ruby highlights at the edges. Fine-bubbled tan head. Not long-lasting but does leave some nice bully lace.

Nose is more chocolate than chili, and in fact smells eerily similar to the SA Chocolate Bock from the xmas mix pack. Light fruity notes belie yeast and alcohol with some toffee.

Taste is good. Lots of chocolate with a light hint of red chilies...chipotle-esque without the heat, a deft touch indeed. Very smooth, the carbonation is soft and light, which works well for the beer. ABV is very well hidden and the body is silky smooth while maintaining a light, bockish feel. This is my second bottle bought and wouldn’t mind having another some time down the road.

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Photo of Pencible
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear black ruby with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like chili powder and cocoa powder, with copper hops and nutty malt and roasted barley.
T: It tasted like chili powder and cocoa powder, with roasted barley and copper hops, and a little nutty malt. It had a light and clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with lots of carbonation. Light body.
D: This had a very pronounced chili flavor that mingled well with the bock characteristics. Nice scent and taste, with refreshingly light body. The alcohol was well hidden, so it was easy to drink. If this ages as well as the regular Sam Adams Chocolate Bock, it should be a nice addition to the cellar. Not super exciting fresh, but a solid brew.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
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 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 mrfrancis
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a jet black with a creamy tan head.

S: Aromas of chiles, chocolate, cinnamon, and caramel dominate the nose.

T: Notes of chiles, cinnamon, dark chocolate, caramel, and heavy cream wash across the palate. The finish is sweet and spicy with robust notes of chiles and chocolate.

M: Medium-to-full in body, smooth, and creamy. Carbonation is gentle compared to many other lagers.

O: I wanted to like this, but really just couldn't. To me, this was like drinking a particularly large bottle of mole poblano. The chocolate and cinnamon aromas and flavors are overpowering, causing the caramel sweetness I typically associate with good bockbiers to take a backseat. If you really like chocolate and cinnamon, this may work for you, but for me, this was just too much.

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Photo of popery
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish brown with a creamy beige head. Not too dark to see its color in the light. Pretty nice looking, and the head sticks around for quite awhile. Aroma is a surprisingly mild. There's some light cocoa, caramel, chili pepper spice, a touch of cinnamon and some very light roast character. What's there is decent, but you have to look for it. The taste is better. There's more pepper flavor and mild but noticeable spice, and that spice blends well with the chocolate flavor. The chocolate is still just kinda sweet and boring. It's nice enough, but there are much more interesting chocolate chili beers around. Fairly clean finish. Some lingering caramel-chocolate flavor. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. It's a fine beer, but the flavors need to be refined and amped up. That said, I do think it's a big improvement on the normal SA Chocolate Bock.

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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 Fatehunter
3.37/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It pours fizzy, which looks nice. Ended up with almost three fingers of tan head on a dark brown body.
The aroma is boozy and a little chocolate. A bit of a letdown considering all the ingredients.
The taste is boozy as well. There’s a sweet layer throughout with just a little chili heat at the beginning and some chocolate in the middle. It’s an interesting mixture.
The texture is sticky with moderate carbonation and a thicker body.
It’s an interesting idea with the chocolate and chilies.

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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 DavoleBomb
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. I couldn't resist buying this despite the less than stellar reviews it has gotten so far. The combo seems too enticing to pass on. Batch #1, I believe.

4.0 A: Dark brown, almost black color. Three fingers of creamy tan head. Retention is good and a good amount of lacing is left.

3.0 S: Hmmm. Not what I was expecting. The cocoa nibs are evident, but the chilies are not. Upon further inspection, I do get a bit of heat, but it's entirely possible that I'm imagining it based on my expectations. The cinnamon is in the same boat. There's no way I would have been able to pick it out had I not known about it's existence. Anyway, the malts are dusty and grainy. Minor amounts of generic dark fruitiness. Overall, there isn't much going on here - from the beer or the adjuncts.

4.0 T: The taste is much more interesting, but it still isn't interesting on an absolute scale. That isn't to say that it doesn't taste good. There's a good bit of dark caramel maltiness and chocolate accompanied again by a light dark fruitiness. The malts are again grainy, but not dry or dusty like the nose. Now, onto the reason I bought this beer. The chilies flavor is evident, but the heat is quite weak. There is a light warming on the finish, but I attribute that more or less to the ABV. The cinnamon can be picked out without prior knowledge and it adds a soft, complementary spiciness.

5.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. This is creamy as fuck. I love the mouthfeel on this. Perfect.

4.5 T: Initially, I was pissed since I was in the mood for a spicy treat. Though this didn't deliver on the heat, it turned out to be a pretty damn good beer once I got over my expectations. The nose is inexplicably weak and boring, but the taste is complex and well rounded and the mouthfeel is phenomenal. BA, you were wrong.

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Photo of n2185
2.8/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours dark brown with three fingers of khaki head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Sweet cocoa dominates the nose with some vanilla and caramel notes. There are also faint bubblegum and candy sugar-like aromas.

T: Sweet cocoa again with a strong licorice-like flavor. There are some bubblegum flavors that follow with just a hint of cayenne or other chili flavors, though it’s very subtle.

M: Medium body with lowish carbonation, this beer is a little watery.

O: Not a terribly impressive beer. The chocolate and chili are both lacking, which combined with a watery body and a strong licorice flavor make for a disappointment.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark murky red. Head is beige - maybe a pink tinge. Dense, some visible bubbles. Lacing is great. It's ALL great, yes.

Smells sweet - plenty of English toffee as a base, and a slight solventy note, giving this a malt liquor kind of character. Touch of carob, too. A bit meh.

Taste is similar. Sweet toffee, with needlepoints of sharp spicy coffee interlacing. Finishes slightly roasty, but with more of that carob sweetness and maybe a root vegetable sweetness. Yeah, not bad. Some more roast/spice would be nice though.

Decent body, finishes really surprisingly dry. Just cracks up at the end.

Overall a bit sweet/heavy for me. Something more safe and grounded on the palate would keep me coming back for more.

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The Vixen Chocolate Chili Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.7 out of 5 based on 610 ratings.
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