Box Of Chocolate - Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
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Reviews by brystmar:
4.35/5 rDev +5.8%
Third time with this beer, and I certainly didn't remember it being this good!
Good looking pour: dark brown body, fizzy tan head. Aroma is pure milk chocolate. Delicious chocolates of all types inside this bottle; the quad base turns out to be a perfect choice. Fruity, creamy, decadent. A terrific creation that every beer geek should try.
11-19-2012 21:39:26 | More by brystmar
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4.43/5 rDev +7.8%
Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is full of chocolate, dark fruit and roasted malt. The chocolate is nearly overwhelming and really melds well with the dark fruit notes from the quadrupel. The flavor is more of the same. The chocolate tastes like malted milk balls, with some roasted malt and a little bit of raisins and figs mixed in. Thick mouthfeel and medium mouthfeel. Definitely a chocolate-heavy beer that somewhat surprisingly mixed well well with a traditional Belgian quad.
05-07-2011 16:06:40 | More by Mora2000
4.16/5 rDev +1.2%
(Aged for 1+ year)
Dark brown in body with a short near-white white head. Leaves the glass messy and oily. Pretty and appropriate for a chocolate quad, I'd have to assume.
My favorite aspect of this beer is its wonderful aroma. This smells just like mom's freshly baked brownies with the slightly crispy, just nearly-burnt edges--which happen to be my favorite part! There are some complementary dark fruit as well, especially as it warms, but I'm in love with the crispy, freshly-baked brownie aroma.
The flavor follows the aroma, with chocolate brownie and dark fruits combining quite nicely. Minimal yeast character, which is surprising for a quad where that aspect really has the opportunity to shine. Some brown sugar/candy sugar sweetness complements as well.
Medium to near fully body with low carbonation.
Very nice. This was a great surprise for me at a tasting full of incredible beers.
03-30-2013 06:49:19 | More by ehammond1
4.43/5 rDev +7.8%
Pours a very dark chestnut brown, near black body with a cream/tan head. I only got about a finger of head, but I did have an unnecessarily careful pour.
The nuances of the aroma and taste have been well covered by other reviews here -- essentially, this is a cocoa quad. All the requisite notes of a typical quad, laced throughout with lovely cocoa notes. I began it at just slightly cooler than cellar temps, but it opened up much more as it warmed to room temp. I strongly suggest allowing this one to warm up before drinking. This is obviously true of most beers, but particularly important with this one.
Mouthfeel is great. Thick, with just enough carbonation to keep it from being too sticky and cloying on the tongue. Probably could have used a bit more carbonation, but a fairly minor knock. All in all, still a very good mouthfeel.
Excellent quad. I've had most of the big boys (Westy, Rochefort, etc.), and this one drinks easier than any of them. Delicious and easy drinking.
Meets the hype, IMO. Although if you're not a quad fan, then I don't imagine this one will suddenly make you a believer. It's merely a very nice, well-made cocoa-infused twist on the style.
04-30-2011 19:46:15 | More by Mavajo
4/5 rDev -2.7%
Picked this up in Fayetteville, AR
Pours brown/mahogany with a pinky of tan head.
S: Dark fruit with carob
T: Rich milk chcolate with, some cherry & figgy notes, with a touch of candied plum up front & a bit of booze warmth. Chocolate & cherry blend nicely as this warms, along with more figgyness, plus a touch of dryness, accented by faint woody hops. Finishes with some woody dry notes, a touch of dark & milk chocolate
MF: Slight body, slighter carbonation with a touch of slickness. Gains some warmth & depth after it warms up
This is very well done, an interesting take on a Quad with artfully blended chocolate. This is one I'll buy again to cellar
02-02-2012 14:45:01 | More by russpowell
2.48/5 rDev -39.7%
Was happy to open this given the excitement and reception it has gotten so far, but..
right off the bat after popping the cap we knew how this was going to go down. The aroma was a dead giveaway, fake chocolate, like hershey's syrup mixed with the left over candy from easter that no one wanted.
The pour wasnt so bad, but the aroma and subsequent taste were a cross between southern tier Chokolat and creme brule, gross. At no point did this resemble any type of belgian quad.
Cloying sweetness, chocolate syrup, and vanilla extract abound with little other flavors to mention. If the style of the beer was "chocolate syrup with belgian quad flavor added" i'd be more inclined to say they nailed this one, but thats not the case.
The good things this brew has going for it are a thick mouthfeel and very well hidden alcohol.
Overall this was a pretty big disappointment, im stunned at the reviews its gotten so far. This beer is quite simply not good.
05-15-2011 23:53:49 | More by 6DaysBottomOcean
4.47/5 rDev +8.8%
Big thanks goes out to beermeX2 for sharing this one during BASC! Served from bottle into a Duck-Rabbit snifter. Poured a massively dark brown with a minimal off-white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and a floral note. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, cream, and subtle roasted malt. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was an excellent brew. The chocolate notes on this one dominated and took NO prisoners! I would not have guessed that it was a Quad based on the flavor and aroma notes going on here at all. It was really well put together and easy to drink. Would have loved to sit down to a whole bottle, but I will take what I can get for sure.
07-18-2011 18:49:13 | More by thagr81us
4.33/5 rDev +5.4%
A big surprise. This is a genuinely tasty and "real" chocolate brew. Not "fake/synthetic" chocolate like so many others.
Pours a nice brown with a think khaki head.
Big, rich and pure chocolate nose with flavor profile to that follows nose. Sweet chocolate character with a nice mouthfeel that is medium bodied and inviting to flavors of rich sweet chocolate with undertones of cherry chocolate cordial.
Nice fresh chocolate finish with light bitter character. Nice.
10-16-2011 19:24:16 | More by GRG1313
3.68/5 rDev -10.5%
(sampled at Dak’s Memorial Day tasting. I think Dak broke this open!). Pour dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is all milk chocolate . The flavor follows suit with sweet chocolate and some tootsie roll. Medium bodied with a slick texture. Slightly bitter finish, but balanced. Pretty nice beer with nice chocolate flavor, but the hype machine is in full tilt for this one.
06-08-2011 15:16:59 | More by trappistlover
Box Of Chocolate from Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
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