Box Of Chocolate - Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
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3.5/5 rDev -14.8%
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.
05-28-2011 06:04:21 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.38/5 rDev +6.6%
Huge thanks to mikeyv35 for sharing a bottle of this at the Rosso release. Thanks goes out to coryking for getting me a bottle as well; that'll get shared at a tasting soon. Served in a SAVOR snifter.
Pours a medium brown with short off-white head that sticks around for a bit before falling to a thin collar. Not too much lacing. The nose is fairly light with some nice notes of chocolate and a bit of dark fruits in the background. Very nice. The taste really explodes off of the base the nose had going. It's just as described: a very nice quad with layers of chocolate over the top. The chocolate character is really dominant, and the quad underneath is spot on as well. Nice mix of dark fruits, raisins, and semi-sweet malt. A bit of brown sugar as well. Mouthfeel is very, very smooth and doesn't reveal the 10.5% at all. Overall, a very solid beer and its acclaim is well-deserved.
04-17-2011 13:58:05 | More by Thorpe429
4.3/5 rDev +4.6%
dark brown color, mearly opaque with only the slightest bit of light on the bottom of the glass. Rich tan head of maybe an inch crept up along the sides and settled down nicely into a thin pillow like crown that broke up to nothing as the session wore on.
THe aroma was huge. Lots of chocolate, caramel, oak, hints of dark fruit and a touch of grain like smells. Lots of wood notes in here, had to be one of the oakiest aromas I have come across. Big flavor now as well. Lots of oak, vanilla, tons of chocolate but its soo well balanced with hints of raisins and a nice touch of light hops in the finish. One of the best feels I have come across as the carbonation was nearly spot on and the rich velvet like subtle feel was second to none.
Overall a wonderful beer that it was really a pleasure to get ahold of.
07-04-2011 02:24:51 | More by mikesgroove
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
4.43/5 rDev +7.8%
This Quad poured out as a very dark brown color. There is a nice creamy looking head on top. The retention is moderate, some very light scattered lacing. The smell of the beer is sweet with a beautiful chocolate aroma in the mix. The taste of the beer has some cocoa flavors with the dark fruits and bready yeast. There is also a slight sourness in there also that fades into a creamy chocolate sweetness. The mouthfeel of the beer has a good carbonation with a medium body. Overall I thought this was really impressive. The balance in the flavor is really good. The chocolate comes and goes nicely leaving the base flavors on the tongue. Very happy I got to try this.
12-10-2012 01:50:38 | More by Knapp85
4.18/5 rDev +1.7%
Served in a Lancaster shaker pint glass.
Big thanks to hannydawg for sharing this bottle!
It might suck to think you're getting this beer in a trade, only to find an actual box of chocolates come instead. Then again, tastiness will happen regardless... Anyway, this stuff pours a dark, murky black-brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises cocoa, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, light Belgian yeast, vanilla, whipped cream, oats, and light walnut. The taste holds notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, very light mint, vanilla, brown sugar, cinnamon, very light roasted malts, and clove. This stuff really lives up to its name tastewise, though the chocolate is extremely dominant, keeping most of the quad characteristics at bay. Damn tasty, though. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a smooth-ish feel. Overall, a very nice brew. The only negative I can really come up with is the seeming lack of most of the quad character. Having that mix with the chocolatiness would create a ridiculous beer, I think. Still, this is some tasty stuff, lemme tell ya!
06-19-2011 19:43:57 | More by TMoney2591
4.18/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
02-19-2012 08:58:48 | More by emerge077
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
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
3.95/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
09-18-2011 21:04:06 | More by MasterSki
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
4.2/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
10-26-2011 01:46:32 | More by jlindros
4.35/5 rDev +5.8%
Poured from a bottle into a goblet.
Appearance: Pours a very dark brown that yields some red when the light hits it. There is a finger of tan head that leaves a ring around the glass.
Smell: Sweet mild chocolate. A bit roasty with some fruit hints as well.
Taste: Sweet with hints of dark fruit. There is a mild cherry taste. Lots of milk chocolate. A bit roasty with a bitter sweet finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild carbonation and a dry finish.
Overall: Nice chocolate flavor. There were more other flavors in the mix than I expected. Really good and I would love to have more.
06-11-2011 19:12:44 | More by oline73
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
4.48/5 rDev +9%
From 06/09/12 notes. Big thanks to nmann08 for sharing this one; was a big Want of mine.
a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of off white head and low carbonation evident.
s - Smells of Hershey syrup, licorice, roasted malts, sweet chocolate, and tootsie rolls. Definitely a sweet smelling chocolatey beer, but I loved it.
t - Tastes of Hershey syrup, sweet chocolate malts, roasted malts, sweet vanilla. Like sweet liquid chocolate.
m - Medium body and low carbonation. Body is super smooth and very easy to drink. Does not feel like 10.5% ABV at all.
o - Overall I thought this was an amazing beer; exactly what I was hoping it would be. I think the cloest thing I've had to this is Southern Tier's Choklat, which I also love. Definitely not for everyone but if you like very sweet chocolate and ST's Choklat, you'll love this one. Would love to have it again.
06-27-2012 18:21:20 | More by mdfb79
District of Columbia
4/5 rDev -2.7%
Shared by Chris. Thanks man!
The beer appears dark chestnut brown with a broken head of tan bubbles. The aroma offers a lot of chocolate scents, along with a rich, dark roasted malt. Definitely a huge chocolate presence. Not sure I would identify this as a quad, but hey, it's good stuff. Heavy chocolate presence throughout. Overall, this is ok, but not something I would regularly crave. Now that I have had it, overcoming the anticipation of never having had it, I would choose any of the standard Belgian examples of the style over this. Bonus points for chocolate deliciousness, but counteracted by lack of depth and complexity.
08-26-2012 03:34:26 | More by Huhzubendah
Box Of Chocolate from Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
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