Box Of Chocolate - Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
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2.28/5 rDev -44.5%
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.
07-04-2012 20:57:03 | More by Jeffo
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
3.08/5 rDev -25.1%
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.
07-17-2011 19:06:42 | More by zeff80
3.1/5 rDev -24.6%
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.
05-16-2011 16:08:32 | More by BearsOnAcid
3.24/5 rDev -21.2%
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.
07-07-2011 18:34:58 | More by AlexFields
3.33/5 rDev -19%
Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this, been looking forward to this for a while
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.
07-14-2013 00:16:38 | More by angrybabboon
3.45/5 rDev -16.1%
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.
07-14-2012 22:13:17 | More by aasher
3.45/5 rDev -16.1%
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.
05-18-2011 03:59:00 | More by DefenCorps
3.48/5 rDev -15.3%
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.
06-15-2011 16:37:53 | More by Sean9689
3.48/5 rDev -15.3%
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.
02-19-2012 01:02:45 | More by BedetheVenerable
3.48/5 rDev -15.3%
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.
05-16-2011 20:58:58 | More by drabmuh
Box Of Chocolate from Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
91 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.