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Box Of Chocolate - Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery

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Reviews: 100
Hads: 272
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 227
Gots: 62 | FT: 6
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Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jmvecchio1 on 02-13-2011

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Photo of Jeffo
2.3/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this bottle recently in an trade with bsuedekum. Thanks for hooking me up with this long-time want man.

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, loose, fizzy, off-white head with lousy retention. The coke-like head quickly fizzes away to a slight wisp and ring. Clear bistre brown in color with lots of carbonation evident. A light wisp remains leaving some dots of lacing down the glass. Head relaxed a little on the second pour, but overall, this is lack luster.

SMELL: Some dark chocolate and cocoa notes, as well as some spicy yeast and caramel aromas. Light dark fruits as well, but mostly cocoa on the nose. A little mute; not as impressive as hoped.

TASTE: Some caramel malts and spicy pepper flavors as well. A touch of dark fruits, raisins, and dark chocolate near the finish. Mild flavors and a little wattery, unfortunately. Mild yet lingering aftertaste with hints of dark chocolate, some dark fruits, spices, and a hint of bitterness from the cocoa. Still a little watery and unimpressive.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. A little watery on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly sticky on the palate. Whatever.

OVERALL: This was lousy at best. Not off putting, just mute and boring. The chocolate component was mute and the base quad was pretty boring itself as well. I can't believe the high scores this one has received; I can only hope this most recent bottling is over the hill and it was much better fresh. Regardless, I was happy to finally give this one a shot, so cheers for all the hard work bsuedekum. Best to steer clear of this one at this point. (1,626 characters)

Photo of 6DaysBottomOcean
2.51/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (957 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.08/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap a Bailey's Chocolate Bar in St. Louis.

A - Poured out a dark, dark brown color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. It left minimal sudsy lacing.

S - Smelled of chocolate - sweet milk chocolate. There were no dried fruit aromas that I associate with a quad.

T - It tasted of sweet chocolate. If it were frozen I'd swear I was drinking a chocolate milk shake. There was no bitterness at all.

M - It was soft and creamy. A medium bodied ale with a very muted alcohol presence.

O - Did not live up to the hype. Just a sweet chocolate beer with no bitterness at all. (576 characters)

Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.11/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark muddy brown with a nice big tan head on it.

The aroma smelled like a bag of powdered hot cocoa mix. The taste reminded me of the same thing. A fairly sweet beer, definitely qualifies for dessert. Cocoa mix dominates and covers up any hint of a quad. If I'm picking apart the flavors well enough I would say the base beer was pretty mundane to begin with. Maybe some raisiny sweetness and dark acidic cherries appears. Reminds me of a hershey's syrup and belgian chocolate blend. The high ABV is masked pretty well by all of this.

I was expecting a better integration of fine chocolate with the dark caramelized fruit flavors of a belgian style quad. The concept seemed really interesting and I imagined it much differently. Instead this is like a sweet chocolate bomb from the lost recipe vault of Southern Tier. (820 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pour from a bottle in May or June of 2011. Thanks to rschne13 for sending me this.

Reddish brown color.

The nose is sweetness and chocolate and Belgian yeast, this one is definitely going to be sweet.

Flavor is very different from what I hoped for. I hoped this would be a tasty, rich quad with an added layer of sweetness and complexity from the chocolate. Dead wrong. This is just a chocolate beer. Yeah, chocolate is tasty, but this beer is very one dimensional. It barely qualifies as a quad. Yeah, you get that sweet candy sugar flavor that you find in Belgian quads, but all the complexity and richness of flavor is missing. It's just candy sugar + chocolate, then you're done. It tastes good I guess but it's disappointing.

This beer is chocolatey and enjoyable but, like just about every other American-brewed quad I've had, it lacks the complexity of good Belgian quads. Given the very limited bottle count of this beer, it's definitely not worth the trouble of tracking it down.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.34/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this, been looking forward to this for a while

Consumed 7/13/13

Appearance: Dark brown with some clarity around the edges - pours with a small, off-white head, fades to a small ring, not much of a cap - leaves some spotty lacing

Smell: More or less smells like a box of chocolate sprayed with some Belgian yeast - sweet, chocolate candies, with some powdery cocoa and some chocolate syrup - some Belgian yeast, with some candi sugar, spice, and banana - some quad-like characteristics, with plums, figs, raisins - straight-up powdered sugar as well - very, very sweet, hard to decide whether or not this is a serious concern

Taste: Chocolate, sugar, sugary chocolate, and some dark fruits - milk chocolate, dark chocolate, sweet cocoa, chocolate syrup, sugar - very sweet and very candy-like, which is too sweet, but I can't really complain considering the name of this beer (or maybe I still can) - dark fruits, like sweet raisins and figs - some hints of Belgian yeast, but mostly covered up by the chocolate candy

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, adequate carbonation, so sweet that I swear I can feel the sugar in the mouthfeel, it's like drinking root beer

Overall: Box of Diabetes! Help me Wilford Brimley!

I understand that this beer is supposed to be reminiscent of a box of chocolates, but seriously... This is pretty ridiculous. It's certainly unique, but I can't say it's exceptional. Brb insulin shot. (1,455 characters)

Photo of aasher
3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was courtesy of MordorMongo, thanks Scott!

This one pours a medium bodied dark cola brown in color with a light soapy, beige lacing. The nose is pretty bland. It's dark fruit with an ever so slight touch of chocolate malt. Blah. The flavors are similar. It's raisins, honey, figs, and a little bit of Ovaltine. It's ok. I don't know why it has this reputation. It's a quad with a small amount of chocolate. It's laughable this used to demand beers far superior to this. Meh, its average.

Edit: This beer was much better on draft when sampled at Bailey's Range in St. Louis at the beginning of 2014. (605 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

How this beer gets the high scores is beyond me. This just isn't my interpretation of the style.

Black with a dark brown head with excellent retention and nice lacing, this is a gorgeous quad. The nose smelly like Hershey's Chocolate Syrup with some milk chocolate added. Belgian yeast character is present, mildly at that, with a little bit of spice. Apart from that, I smell chocolate, chocolate and some chocolate. The palate opens thin and chocolatey, while paradoxically tasting rather syrupy at the same time. Not very complex, there's chocolate and tootsie roll here. Sweet, this beer is light in body and has a noticeable caramel character. Not much yeast expression on the palate either. Not very complex, but moderately delicious, in small quantities. (762 characters)

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 22oz brown pop top, nice label, 2011 vintage

Appearance: Dark brown, almost black into two snifters, nice light beige cap with good retention.

Smell: Like many chocolate beers, this smells like old-fashioned chocolate creme soda...I don't know if that's good or bad. Usually I like those type of sodas...but in beer it's a bit odd. Just a touch of darkish fruit in the background as well.

Taste: I must say, this is better than the nose. A bit of creamy, rich (dark milk, maybe?) chocolate up front, leading to some sweet, dark fruits mid palate, and some lightly roasty notes and a dry, cocoa powder finish, as well as just a hint of toasty tobacco. Not the sort of 'fake chocolate soda' flavors that the aromas suggest, and that some other chocolate beers have. The dry, powdery finish, coupled with the hint of roast, is a bit unusual, but actually pretty enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Big and slightly creamy

Overall: Fairly tasty overall, and definitely unique, but the question is: for around $12-13, is this worth the sort of (at least local) hype that it deserves and, more importantly, would I get it again? Probably not, on both accounts. That being said, it's the second most pleasant chocolate beer I've had, falling behind Young's Double Chocolate Stout, which gets everything just about perfect.

B- range (1,331 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened by Thorpe the other day. Thanks! Beer is brown with a tan head and some lacing. Carbonation appears low.

This beer smells like chocolate, like tootsie rolls, that sort of chocolate. I'm less excited about this now but will power on.

This beer is sweet like milk chocolate but has that artificial chocolate flavor all over it. I don't know if it is artificial chocolate or not but it tastes like milk chocolate and a tootsie roll the entire time. It has a wet finish and no aftertaste at least. It is super sweet and not my favorite. (548 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bsuedekum for sending me this one!

Pours a murky super dark brown with a 1 inch beige head that fades to an oily cap. No lacing with this beer. Smells of chocolate covered dark fruits (raisins), chocolate syrup, and chocolate taffy. Taste is pretty much the same with dark fruits in chocolate, chocolate syrup, and cocoa powder. The chocolate smells and tastes are a bit fake smelling for the most part even though the bottle says "brewed with natural chocolate flavor". Not too impressed with that aspect of the beer. Mouthfeel is a bit thin with a decent level of carbonation. Overall, this is fairly good but not as great as I was expecting it to be based on the hype. However, I know there was a low bottle count on this one so I feel lucky that I got to try it. (777 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottle split with Jason and company. Poured into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours black, tan head, thick collar, some whisps on top.

S - Dark fruit, chocolate, burnt sugars. The dark fruits are there but the chocolate takes over most of the nose. The burnt sugars are slight.

T - Tastes like "fake" chocolate, extract or something like that. Not a rich smooth chocolate note I attribute to a note of sweetness, but just "fake" is how I describe it, generic chocolate syrup? Notes of apples, slight dark fruit, but mostly fake chocolate syrup.

M - Too thin, light body, fizzy carbonation. The mouthfeel on this beer is no good. Too light, too fizzy. Needs to be full and smooth.

O - Decent, but really more of a letdown for how hyped this one was originally. I can get past the fake chocolate and lackluster mouthfeel to really say it deserves anything more then slightly above average. (883 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Injuredreserve for the bottle. Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Dark brown. Moderate carbonation on the pour. No head. Small light tan collar. No lacing. Some darker reds at direct light.

Smell: Tootsie Roll with a hint of Belgian yeast. Some lingering hints of dark fruit, but it's mostly chocolate. Milky and slightly sweet before giving way to some darker cocoa influences. Some alcohol and a slight roasted malt character. A faint spiciness in the back.

Taste: Pretty mellow. A slight bit of oxidation adds a sherry note to the back. Some dark fruit, mainly plum and fig. Melted Tootsie Roll flavors carries a bit more sweetness than desired, but it's not terrible or cloying. Faint hints of Belgian yeast, candi sugar, and raisin. Sweet chocolate with some cocoa. More like a light hot chocolate with melted Tootsie Rolls in it. Some sugar.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate to light carbonation. Clean.

Overall: Forrest Gump's mama wasn't talking about this box of chocolate.

Interesting, but not memorable. More like a melted candy than anything else. Some hint sof the Belgian influence, but it's ultimately a better version of Choklat. (1,171 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

541st Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
22oz

Thanks to JeepCop for this one

App- Coming out of bottle was a darker crimson with a two finger quick receding head. No legs, no cling. As it settles a nice dark cola or darker whisky color.

Smell- Chocolate syrup, hot fudge, dark chocolate. Call it what you will. It was just one dimensional to me.

Taste- Very simple flavors of chocolate and some light malts. A bit lighter than I was hoping but still pretty tasty. The raisiny dark fruits are gone to me. Its again one dimentional where the syrupy chocolate take over.

Mouth- medium to light bodied with a fairly high carb level. The main chocolate note remains. Pretty fizzy really.

Drink- So low bottle count, high buzz. Nice flavors but I wasnt blown away. Its good but a unique take on a classic style. (808 characters)

Photo of bs870621345
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a tan head. Little bit of lacing down the glass.

Smells like chocolate. There is a hint of dark fruit but the chocolate smells amazing.

Taste is chocolate on the surface. There is really nothing quad like until the end. On the end there is dark fruit as well as an alcohol burn but its really just a chocolate beer.

Mouthfeel is full and light carbonation.

Overall it's really a chocolate beer, and not really a quad. The quad elements are very muted by the overdone chocolate flavors. (506 characters)

Photo of eclipse54
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 22 ounce bottle from EgadBananas; thank you! Split into tulips.

Pours a dark brown color, much like a rich coffee, and develops a very thin veil of khaki head; little retention or lacing, but some scattered bubbles persist across the surface. The aroma is of dark cherry, biter cacao, brown sugar, milk chocolate, plum, date, raisin, and other ubiquitous ‘dark fruits.’ A bit of caramel and chocolate mousse as well. The flavor is fruit-forward in the beginning, highlighting some of the traditional ‘quad’ aspects (date, raisin, a mild yeast character); chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, and cacao become more noticeable towards the finish. Sweet cherry and candied prune also come through. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light, with the carbonation seemingly keeping the sugars at bay. Finish is relatively clean. Overall, this is a good beer that I’d be happy to have again. It wasn’t overdone in any aspect (not to much or too little chocolate), and I think it turned out nicely. (992 characters)

Photo of GoNowhere
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Nice dark glass with minimal head.

Smell- Super sweet. Chocolate (duh).

Taste- Comes on sweet and stays that way. A little too much for me. This is a chocolate bomb. It is good in small doses. Killing a 22 of this was a task, but I did it.

Mouthfeel- Kind of thin. This is where it really fell apart for me. It needs more chewiness... Instead of using a quad as the base, I think it would be nice to blend it with a big Baltic porter or something along that line.

I dig it, but can't do it en masse. (519 characters)

Photo of trappistlover
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(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. (373 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into my stemless snifter (modified rocks glass) that I use for tasting scenarios.

This is NOT a quad. Call it a quad if you must-- but tell people not to expect a genuine quad with chocolate. This certainly isn't bad in any way, but it doesn't blow my mind.

The smell reminds me of chocolate liqueur candies-- cherry cordials with a boozy back. Not bad.

The body is medium with decent carbonation.

Overall, this drinks more like a chocolate porter... Certainly not unpleasant, but not worth the crazy hype! (521 characters)

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Generous extra from Tom awhile back. Thanks for the opportunity. Not sure of the vintage/bottle date and am coming up empty on any attempt to discern.

Pours a dark cola with some substantial bubbles and a thin whitish-brown ring.

Smells of cocoa powder, melted milk chocolate, and banana. Chocolate presence is certainly more assertive than any Quad influence.

Loads of melted milk chocolate on the front end. Cocoa dusted banana through the middle and a mild dark fruit...prune?...and cherries on the finish. Alcohol heat on the end is telling but not overbearing.

Bubbly, effervescent, and lightly viscous, this is an interesting beer. The chocolate smell and taste in genuine and feels decidedly authentic. In those terms, this is a pretty interesting ride. The banana and light yeast flavors, along with the prune, may be indications of a quad base but it's difficult to pull too much from the style.

Overall, I appreciated the effort and enjoy trying experimental beers from small breweries. Thanks again Tom. (1,021 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty dark brown with a lot of off-white head. Its fairly pretty. On the nose there is tons of chocolate. Milk chocolate which is a bit weird but its pretty decent on the nose. No real belgian characteristics. The flavour profile is chocolate heavy. Tons of milky sweetness. Well carbonated. Overall very interesting and fairly tasty (342 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Good retention and poor lacing. Smells of chocolate, alcohol (liquor), sweet malt, roasted malt, and a hint of coffee. Fits the style of a Quadruple. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong sweet chocolate, alcohol, slight roasted malt, and slight coffee. Overall, the alcohol is strong in aroma, but well blended in body. (421 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

March 19, 2015

22 oz bomber, snifter

A – Very deep brown, nearing black. About a quarter-inch of tan head, bubbly, with moderate retention.

S – Definitely chocolate, and some darker pitted fruit, like plum or perhaps like currant. Chocolate is like cocoa nibs or powder. Also some estery components, pear or apple, perhaps from the alcohol. Hops are not apparent. Perhaps the lightest tinge of peppery, yeasty spice.

T – A bomb of chocolate, heavy on cocoa nibs, a bit of milky-dark, creamy flavor. A touch of vanilla. The fruitiness translates to the flavor, but is very low. No hop flavor. No spiciness like there is on the nose.

M – Medium to thin body, with moderate-low carbonation. Moderate levels of residual sweetness, with some mild bitterness on the finish. Not dry at all, and the alcohol is well-hidden.

O – The chocolate is well done, but not sure this beer meets the definition of a quad. Tasty, but ultimately not satisfying. (967 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to hannydawg for sharing this bottle.

A: Deep dark mahogany. Forms a minimal tannish colored head that reduces down to just a ring around the glass.

S: Extremely muted at first, the aroma really doesn't start to show until it warms up a bit when it develops a nice chocolate nose.

T: Holy fucking chocolate. Milk chocolate to be specific and no shortage of it. Maybe some dark fruit as well. Very mild bitterness mixes with a sweet milkiness on the finish. While I can't say this beer tastes like an entire box of chocolates, it does come through as advertised with a very intense and unmistakable chocolate flavor.

M: On the heavier side of medium with a lower carbonation level.

O: A very nice drink, though I perceive this one to be more of a novelty beer than a complex sipper. Flavor profile is very one dimensional, but it does come through with the chocolate. (883 characters)

Photo of Rutager
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Rodkin!

Appearance. Pours a very dark brown, close to black in the glass. Just a skim of khaki head on this one.

Smell. Caramel, dark fruits, sweet chocolate and a bit of vanilla.

Taste. Plump juicy raisins, caramel, cherry and vanilla, chocolate and a touch of almond.

Mouthfeel. On the low side of full bodied, low smooth carbonation.

Overall. A nice brew but with the name I was expecting more chocolate. (419 characters)

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Box Of Chocolate from Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
90 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.