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Box Of Chocolate - Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery

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Reviews: 100
Hads: 274
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
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 Dreadnaught33
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very interesting beer, I wouldn't call this a quad at all, but it is tasty for sure.

The beer pours a dark brown, but has a lighter brown to red shine on the sides, very little lacing or head. The smell and taste has a ton of milk chocolate to it, the flavor especially captures this in an insane way it's almost hard to believe. Some toasted malt and crystal malt dominate, also some nice roasted barley malt in the flavor.

The feel is a little thin for me, but it rolls over the palate nicely. Overall a solid beer, I bet girls who love chocolate would absolutely LOVE this beer.

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Photo of illidurit
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at the May 2012 iteration of the Santa Cruz tasting series. Well this is really chocolatey. Mainly tootsie rolls and chocolate syrup, but also a little like chocolate soda. Candied dark fruits make a minor appearance along with a bit of alcohol sharpness. Delicious in small servings.

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Photo of claspada
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of rlmartin from the release early this year so late 2011 or early 2012.

Pours out a dark, dark brown color with a fluffy medium size tan khaki head. As it recedes there is some decent spotty lacing left behind.

Aromas begin with a ton of baker's dark cocoa and more powdery milk cocoa (like Ovaltine powder almost). Artificial candy flavors, but not in a bad way; strong dark caramel and milk chocolate. Dare I say it smells like a Tootsie Roll, yes I dare, it smells exactly like a liquid Tootsie Roll candy.

The tastes follow the nose but much less candy/chocolate forward. Initially you get that same powdery cocoa and dark dark caramelized maltiness. As it warms you can appreciated and enjoy the extremely potent toasted/bready malt base that lies beneath the chocolate/candy flavors. As unique and enjoyable as the flavor profile is, it is fairly one noted with lots of toasted bready malt, dark candy maltiness and powdery milk cocoa. (What is ridiculous is that fact that I am drinking this almost at room temp now and there is still not a drop of alcohol flavor, which is always impressive and deserves high praise for any beer above 10%ABV.)

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. For a beer of this heft/ABV I would prefer a more solid/thick mouthfeel, but I guess it makes sense as it is a Quad so it probably has candy sugar to increase ABV but won't add mouthfeel/heft on your palate. The finish is fairly crisp and dry and I wish the flavors left more of an impact on your palate.

Overall I definitely enjoyed this beer but I can say I would have rather split it with a friend. The flavors don't change or develop as you consume and in the end this is more of a gimmick than a beer to be honest. It tastes delicious don't get me wrong, but it will never be confused with a world class Quad. All of the Belgian yeast flavors are completely masked by the cocoa/sweet dark caramel maltiness, so I have to deduct points there. Makes for the perfect after dinner drink but I didn't need to consume a whole 22oz by myself, 8-12 would have sufficed. Definitely glad I tried it and recommended for it's quality and unique flavor but don't break your back to track it down.

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Photo of sommersb
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 04-14-2012
Freshness: 2011 Vintage
Packaging: 22 oz. bottle
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: Received in a trade

Appearance is a black and opaque color, with 3 fingers of creamy, tan head. Lacing and retention are minimal.

Aromas are of toasted grains, sweet chocolate and vanilla.

Taste is a big rush of chocolate -- rich and sweet. Also has caramel malt flavors. Not really any bitterness. I do get some alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is thick and full-bodied, with low levels of carbonation. Creamy with an aftertaste of sweet milk chocolate.

Overall this is probably the most chocolate-intense beer I've ever had. To me this tasted more like a chocolate or milk stout than a Belgian-style beer. Recommended if you like sweet and chocolate beers.

Thanks to StLThrash for this one!

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Photo of cwguy5
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark brown color, clear but barely able to see through; thin, tan head that faded to a ring

S - prune, raisin, chocolate

T - lots of chocolate! shocker! quad is noticeable only in the raisin/prune flavor profile present with a touch of spicy Belgian yeast; some alcohol at end

M - medium bodied with light but active, fine carbonation; warming alcohol and chocolate aftertaste

O - excellent taste. cool recipe. a bit too sweet for high drinkability but it's not supposed to be a session beer. would definitely try again if i had the chance.

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Matt for sharing this first batch bottle.

Served in a tulip glass, it pours a tawny dark brown with some frothy foam on the surface that parts after a few minutes to a spiraling skim.

Bittersweet chocolate aroma, dry and nutty with lightly sweet traces. Flavors are similar, the chocolate is dry and bitter like dark chocolate, not overly sweet and one-dimensional like cocoa for example. Definitely some high quality chocolate involved here. The base Quad isn't easy to pin down, but lends some nutty sweetness and a hefty body.

Smooth feel, and full bodied but deceptively light considering the 10.5% abv. Overall a better chocolate beer than Boulevard's Chocolate Ale, for a comparable regional example.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.46/5  rDev -15%
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

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Photo of russpowell
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a tulip with a thick ring around the edges and a mostly dark rum raisin coloring. Dark mahogany that is very dark except around the edges where light can get through.

S: Dark roast caramel, toffee, raisin and cocoa powder.

T: This beer starts off with subtle Quad flavors, nicely caramelized sugars, belgian candied sugar tastes with sweet caramel and cocoa beans. On the very tail of this I get some nice roasted chocolate malts, but they are well rounded and not overpowering. Only very slightly chalky but very nice overall. I saw nougat in another review on here and was thinking how much this is like a Charleston chew in taste. Really a great experience to have this.

M: Light to low levels of carbonation , about right for the style. A medium body and not syrupy or overdone. This really is a great example of mouthfeel for the style.

O: This one did not disappoint. Thanks to Scoot1969 for hooking me up with this want! Another great beer experience and a beer I would easily have again.

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Photo of Ungertaker
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Tootsie roll with burgundy hues where the light passes through. A creamy white head adorns the top and leaves a lacing with each tip of my Delirium snifter.

S- caramel, almond, and vanilla accompany the primary chocolate scent.

T- Chocolate dominance! Other flavors, such as nougat, vanilla, and sweet bread are underlying.

M- creamy with a less than chewy texture. Carbonation is definitely present, but not dominant.

O- The only word I can think of to describe this is decadence. This was an absolute treat. Thanks to Blake (bsuedekum) for this unbelievably great beer!

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Photo of Dope
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: A dark brown/reddish pour with a huge dense light brown head. Retention is solid and lacing is excellent.

S: Whoa, box of chocolate indeed. Very milky with tons of chocolate as you might expect. Some nougat as well. Smells like a melted Three Musketeers or something.

T: Chocolate with chocolate and more chocolate on the side. Super smooth, super creamy, just pure chocolate silk in the mouth. Some nougat like tastes in there too. There is some fruitiness once it warms up, cherries maybe? Nice complimentary flavor. No booziness at all.

M: As mentioned above, this is one of the creamiest and silky smooth beers I've ever tried.

O: While it's listed as a quad, the chocolate really just overpowers everything. What else would you expect from the name though? The real standout here is the mouthfeel. It's just the right amount of heaviness and sweetness without being syrupy and cloying. It's a joy in each sip.

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Photo of ratedz
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 release

A - Pours a dark brown, but some amber hues shine through when held up to a light. A thin light brown head forms and dissipates quickly.

S - Chocolate, some dark fruit, and molasses. Mostly just chocolate though.

T - Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. Reminds me more of the Boulevard Chocolate Ale (but with more chocolate) than it does a quad. The chocolate doesn't make it overly sweet or thick and syrupy.

M - Creamy, smooth. Maybe a bit thicker than I would expect from a quad, but it works for this beer.

O - An amazing brew. Quads are typically hit and miss with me, but this is one of the most enjoyable I have ever tried. It's a shame this is as limited as it is, because it is something everyone should try!

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a dark mahogany with some dark caramel hints on the edges. There is a nice thin 0.25 inch head that is light cream colored with some dense bubbles and some bigger medium sized bubbles. A gentle little swirl will produce a larger frothy head with some nice creamy texture.

Aroma starts off sweet with caramel and toffee notes. Milk chocolate notes also are present. Caramel filled chocolates are noted in the nose with some nice darker fruit notes and some nice slight bready malt.

Flavor starts off with sweet caramel filled milk chocolate. The name is very apropos. There are some nice woody notes in there as well as some toffee notes in the middle and some slight prune notes and other dark fruits. Vanilla is present and mixed in with the caramel. Quite sweet. Very nice dessert beer. Mouthfeel is a bit light but still good and slightly velvety and smooth. There is some slight heat to the beer as it warms up. Not too boozy just right.

Pretty good offering. Great desert beer by the fire.

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Photo of GoNowhere
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of paxchristi
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From growler poured on 12/30/2011 from Charleville tasting room.

Appearance: Pours a deep chocolate brown with about 1-2 fingers of velvety smooth/creamy, khaki head. Very dark but does not look like a stout.

Nose: Pretty big nose-- pretty impressive too. Big, silky chocolate notes upfront backed by a fairly big Quad (though, wish it were a bit bigger). Vanilla, milk chocolates, butter cream, wood... dark fruits give it the potential for some cordial cherry appeal. Hints of brown sugar and a big chocolate cake on the end. CH-YEAH!

Taste: Taste justifies the nose. Upfront is a big creamy and malty chocolate backed by a dark fruit Quad. i think the difference between this beer being masterclass and being the excellent beer that it is is that the Quad needs to be a bit more accentuated. The Quad is there, and its pretty good, but if you don't have the palate for quads, it can seem to be a one-hit wonder. Ends with a slight hop bitterness that is reminiscent of a bitter chocolate finish. Unbelievable that this is 10.5ABV, because i taste none of it.

Overall: Charleville is one of the small breweries i root for the most. i sat down with Panda (one of their brewers) and we talked for a while about BoC-- and he claims that BoC is not perfect yet, but has plans to perfect it. This is one of the most original beers i've had in a while. its not a novelty beer contrary to popular belief...its an original American take on a Belgian Quad that is one step away from masterclass- and may already be.


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Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bsuedekum and dfclav for this one, and DrEntropy for cracking his.

Almost no head fizzy very dark molasses brown color.

Nose has tons of chocolate as expected, milk, dark, bit of bakers' choc, hint of cocoa nibs and cocoa powder even, then slight Belgian dark fruits, caramel, molsses, some light ale like malt aromas, and somewhat like a lighter chocolate ale.

Taste is lighter than expected, tons of chocolate though, more like a chocolate ale than stout or quad. Milk chocolate, hint of dark as well. Belgian yeast fruit and Belgian dark ale flavors, vanilla, a bit of molasses, no roast, booze is hidden well. Slightly creamy as well with a nice malty flavor. Dry finish, not sticky or syrupy like I expected, a dry bittersweet chocolate with a long chocolate finish, and a slight bit of brandy soaked raisins.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bodied, thinner than I expected though, decent carb.

Overall nice, very drinkable with great chocolate flavors, no super bitter roasty or estery flavors, and not overpowering.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade. Thanks again David...

Poured from a bomber into a Bruery snifter...

A - Pours black with a one finger light brown head that dissipates at a fairly hasty pace. Lacing is spotty...

S - Smells like a chocolate milkshake with some dark fruits in the mix. Very inviting scent as I am a big fan of chocolate heavy brews...

T - Chocolate up front followed by some more chocolate, and some dark fruits in the finish. Abv is very well hidden. Chocolate is definitely the main focus here. Some might call this one dimensional: I just call it delicious. Not sure I would classify this as a quad, as it doesn't have alot of Quad characteristics, but it is damb tasty nontheless.

M - A little thin. Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Would have liked a more creamy mouthfeel, but this one is still extremely smooth and rich...

O - Super tasty, but not something I would recommend if you are looking for a standard Quad. Definitely something I will be looking to obtaining again...


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Photo of GRG1313
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of maximum12
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kier for this bottle in an early summer trade just before my trading break. 22 oz. bomber broken open to celebrate my six days of trading in beer for north-country lake water (filtered for beaver fever, of course). Split with my thirsty wife.

Pour is black-on-black, rock dull. Brief glimmer of life atop the brew settles into a silvery ring. Nose has a lot of interests. Heavy on the chocolate, but a plenty of leathery chaps, a shot of Coca Cola, not much Belgish in evidence.

Box of Chocolate only reveals its Belgian folk roots in the taste. Chocolate is, of course, ascendant, but it's a silky smooth, semi-sweet chocolate, the antagonist of a mouth-bending sugar bomb like Boulevard's Chocolate Ale. It allows the other components of the beer up for air. More Coca Cola, & an unlikely sprightly mouthfeel for a big bad quad. Yeast & a sweetness that must be the underlying quad wriggle around in the middle. Chocolate masters all on the finish & sticks around for the munchies. Really easy to slug.

Comes close to a one-note charlie, but the beauty of the chocolate is that it's not sickeningly sweet, & allows the base beer to surface for a breath or two. Excellent beer & a must for chocolate lovers.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark ruby/garnet color. Light tan, brownish head. Nice initial lace, but it will be short lived.

After the head has mostly dissipated and as the beer is still, there is a big Belgian chocolate aroma. It's rather rich and slightly sweet. When swirled, sharp Belgian yeast presents itself, along with big dark fruits and slightly nose hair-stinging alcohol. For a quad brewed with chocolate, I couldn't have thought of a better marriage than what I experience here.

While the liquid is still, it's very chocolaty and rich....and stirring really only changes the aroma noticeably. While there isn't much quad characters in the taste, I can't find negative things to say because it's really just so damn tasty with the rich chocolate.

Carbonation is low, low. Feel is medium to full, but despite the low carbonation, it never ceased to satisfy the palate.

What a wonderful brewing experiment. I hope this becomes a regular. It has great drinkability.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris (spycow) for sharing this one. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - A moderate tan foam settles to a thin collar, some wisps on top, and minimal lace. Transparent dark brown body with reddish highlights.

S - Chocolate, cocoa nibs, sugar, and more sugar. There may be a quad in here somewhere, but the Hershey's syrup flavor just obliterates everything any peripheral flavors.

T - Tastes like chocolate and maple syrup. Holy crap this is sweet - getting a sugar high from this beer. Pleasant in small quantities, but isn't much of a quad - no Belgian yeast character to be found. That being said, the alcohol is masked extremely well by the immense sugar and chocolate content.

M - Body is somewhat thin and undersized for 10.5%. The carbonation is odd, as it initially seems low but then somehow burns my upper lips and tongue. Some mild alcohol warmth, but nothing unexpected.

D - The flavor and aroma is nice, albeit lacking in subtly. Quadrupel seems like an odd choice for a base beer and can't seem to compete with the overwhelming chocolate - I'm not sure I'd even know it was a quad if tasted blind. Like anything intensely sweet, this is best consumed in small quantities.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to the Central PA crew for this one!

A: pours a dark brown with a thin head, ruby highlights, overall nice appearance

S: sweet malty notes up front, chocolate is present but in no way dominating. Touches of milk chocolate come through beneath the malts.

T: well the nose was apparently hiding the chocolate, because on first sip, this one has in your face chocolate. Notes of milk chocolate (think: Hershey bar), slight sweetness in the middle and some dark fruits on the finish

MF: medium body, medium carbonation

O: well there was a little debate among the tasting group about whether or not this brew qualifies as a Quad, and none of us could pick up identifiable Belgian characteristics. This makes reviewing as such a little difficult. Either the chocolate is masking all Belgian qualities or this brewing is mislabeled. Either way, it is tasty and full of nice chocolate qualities and it blurs the line between dessert and beer.

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Photo of kkoz
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance & Aroma: The lighting was low, but it appeared to be a deep, dark, brown/black color with a very thick brown, creamy head on it. There was an obvious milk chocolate and cocoa aroma.

Taste & Feel: The big creamy head, gave it a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Up front, the flavor was sweet and milk chocolaty, tasting almost artificial at first. That was followed by a richer chocolate flavor with cocoa and dark chocolate flavors. In the finish, the dark chocolate flavors mixed with the high alcohol to provide a rich warmth. However, the aftertaste left only the milk chocolaty flavor in my mouth.

Food Pairing: The obvious food pairing for this beer would be something chocolaty. Since it’s very high in alcohol, I’d recommend going with something lighter, like a chocolate cake, which would complement the flavors and help to soak up some of this big beer.

Overall Impression: I’d love to find out how they get the chocolate flavor in this beer. On my first sip, it tasted a bit artificial, reminding me of the chocolate flavor in O’Fallon’s Cherry Chocolate beer, but after a couple of sips, I started to enjoy the rich and complex chocolate and cocoa flavors. Surprisingly, the beer really lived up to its name, with a complex mix of chocolate flavors that reminded me of a box of chocolates. While this isn’t an every day beer, it is a great dessert beer, that I’d recommend after a nice meal.

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4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark cola brown, tan head, leaves slow to disk with heavy side ring. Not much cling.

S - Malty, melted chocolate.

T - The best part. This sucker tastes like a truffle without the sweet. So, fatty, chocolaty, delicious.

M - Balance ok. Not as good as hoped. A little to the sweet and under carbed for me. Still pretty tasty.

D - ABV pretty well hidden and I am a truffle FIEND! LOL.

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Photo of Tone
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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