Box Of Chocolate - Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
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Reviews by nhindian:
4/5 rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22oz bottle poured into a Lost Abbey Patron Sinner tulip. Bottle provided by rschne13, thanks Ryan!
A - Pours similar in color to other quads, perhaps a bit darker. The body is a murky brown, almost bordering on black. There's a two-finger, light tan head that has pretty good retention. There's some initial lacing, but it quickly dissolves and breaks apart.
S - It smells of sweet chocolate, almost like cocoa powder but more intense. The quad smells are here as well but a little subdued by the chocolate. I am getting some grapes and plums, as well as some alcohol heat as well. Not a whole lot going on here but what is here is promising.
T - Given the addition of chocolate, I was expecting this to be pretty damn sweet as typical quads have that candied sugar aspect to it, but it's not overly sweet at all, thankfully. At first the chocolate really hits you, giving an almost malted chocolate taste to it. To be honest, I didn't like this a whole lot at first as the chocolate quickly clashed with the normal quad tastes and it was a bit rough. As it warms, it definitely gets more palatable. The chocolate lasts throughout the whole taste, coating the plums, grapes, raisins, toffee, and slight butterscotch that all come through here. The finish has a bunch of phenols, Belgian yeast and bananas. It's a little strange at first, and I don't think it completely won me over in the end, but it is certainly interesting to say the least. The alcohol does come through in the finish, but it's not incredibly hot.
M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with high carbonation. A little bit too much carbonation here, but that's always better than not enough. Let this one sit and swirl a little and it'll be just right. The chocolate and fruit linger on the palate.
D - Drinkability is moderately high. Very unique offering from a relatively unknown brewery that gives a traditional style a modern twist. It's not bad at all but not life-changing either. If typical quads have you in a rut, seek this out and live a little!
Serving type: bottle
05-11-2011 23:44:04 | More by nhindian
More User Reviews:
4.36/5 rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A- Pours a very deep brown, pretty much black in color, with a small, 1 finger head. Head is frothy and creamy looking and retains a little while. Lacing is pretty good.
S- Dark fruits and chocolate are the dominant scents in this beer. The chocolate flavors are semisweet in nature and fairly strong.
T- Starts off with some strong dark fruit flavors that remind me somewhat of raspberries. Then the chocolate takes over almost the entirety of the flavor until the end. Chocolate goes from sweet and creamy to more of a chocolate truffle flavor that borders on more fruity. The truffle flavor is the lingering taste after the drink ends.
M- Thick and creamy and borderline decadent to drink. The alcohol is undetectable through the strong chocolate and dark fruit flavors. Very smooth and dangerously drinkable, this beer is a real treat as far as feel goes.
Overall, this beer lives up to its name. From the smell to the taste, right down to the quad base flavors combining with the chocolate to create a truffle flavor, this beer is slightly sweet and very rich.
Serving type: bottle
02-15-2014 01:57:00 | More by boilermakerbrew
Box Of Chocolate from Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
91 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.