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Box Of Chocolate - Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery

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Reviews: 100
Hads: 277
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 19.16%
Wants: 227
Gots: 60 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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

It's Difficult to express Love's nuances, much like the complexity of this Belgian style Chocolate Quad. You Might use a Box of Chocolate to express your love, we use it to demonstrate our passion for great beer.
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -14%
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.

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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 Knapp85
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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 zeff80
3.08/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of oline73
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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 TMoney2591
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

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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 mdfb79
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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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3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
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 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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Photo of aasher
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into my Deschutes Snifter glass.

Thanks to jimixr for the bottle in a trade.

A - Dark cola brown with a one-finger dark tan head. lacing left on the glass.

S - Major chocolate scents, coffee, and some slight booze tones.

T - Chocolate through and through with slight coffee and bourbon flavors underneath.

D - Medium carbonation, A touch of bitterness in the middle.

O - Very nice. Very true to it's name.

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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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3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a dark brown that’s a bit watery, light tan head, ok ring... the aroma is outstanding, smells like a trappist quad mixed with Dr. Pepper and chocolate, additional notes of dark fruits, unique twist on a quad... the taste is not as successful, comes across a bit fake, summed up simply as chocolate soda, a little too carbonated, but drinkable incredibly so for something that is 10.5%, mostly chocolate... not up to the hype but very solid

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.46/5  rDev -15%
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.

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4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Number45forever for sending this brew my way in a trade! Thanks again Bill!

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: dark brown bodied beer with a light tan colored head that is small than one full finger of head. Drops fairely quickly to a thin ring.

Smell: This beer smells like a combination of milk chocolate, tootsie rolls and cocoa. Not getting much in the nose of dark fruits or any quad "influence" in the nose. Smells good, just not to style. The nose isnt really big or overwhelming, but you know it smells chocolately.

Taste: This beer is just like a gourmet milk chocolate upfront; a decent amount of chocolately sweetness. Its a wonderful chocolate flavor that really translates well into this beer without tasting fake. Maybe even a hint of vanilla too. As the beer warms closer to room temperature the Quad begins to show itself in the flavor profile. Its closer to the middle and the end of the beer as the chocolate notes fade away that dark fruits and belgian yeast start to become know. It has really well balanced, complex flavor profile between the chocolate notes and the traditional quad flavors. The finsih and aftertaste is really nice too. A hint of dry cocoa and dark fruits that are moderately sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with carbonation level thats almost a moderate carbonation level. This beer is creamy and silky smooth. Such an easy drinker on the palate. It drinks like it 7% max. Not even a hint of booze. This beer is near perfection in reguards to mouthfeel.

Overall: This is a great spin on this style of beer. I really enjoyed the beer alot. I would love to revisit this beer again someday. A unique and well crafted beer. This brewer has an adventurous side and it really worked well in this beer. No doubt that the brewer hit his mark on what he tried to accomplish with this beer.

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

Big thanks goes out to beermeX2 for sharing this one during BASC! Served from bottle into a Duck-Rabbit snifter. Poured a massively dark brown with a minimal off-white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and a floral note. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, cream, and subtle roasted malt. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was an excellent brew. The chocolate notes on this one dominated and took NO prisoners! I would not have guessed that it was a Quad based on the flavor and aroma notes going on here at all. It was really well put together and easy to drink. Would have loved to sit down to a whole bottle, but I will take what I can get for sure.

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