Box Of Chocolate | Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery

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Box Of ChocolateBox Of Chocolate

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Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
Missouri, United States

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by jmvecchio1 on 02-13-2011

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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 srandycarter
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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 comfortablynumb1
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
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 oline73
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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 joshuaseresse
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this is a trade with sampx, thanks Chris! Split with my girlfriend because she insisted that we drink it. Poured into snifters:

A - A nice, deep, dark brown with a nearly black core. Nice eggshell/kahki head that is about 2 inches thick but dies to a nice foam ring, heavy on the outside but light and cloudy in the middle. The lacing just slides off the sides.

S - Nice chocolate smell, chocolate milk and a touch of mint. With the chocolate aside, nice quad smells of plums, dark cherries, sugar, cotton candy and a bit of bready yeast. Pretty nice.

T - Box of chocolates. Really nice creamy chocolate, raisins, vanilla, banana/banana bread and just a hint of booze. Plums and other dark fruits are there too. Chocolate followed by a quad. Really delicious.

M - Really smooth and creamy. The only hint of booze comes in the taste but can't really feel it in the mouthfeel. The carbonation is well done.

O - Really good. Its just so tempting to down it. Really a delicious beverage and one that I'm really glad to have tried. I was debating on saving it to get some age on it but I wonder if that will effect the chocolate. Nevertheless, a really good beer and worth seeking out.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
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 jmvecchio1
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a chocolate infused Belgian Quad (formerly released under the name 'Double Chocolate Belgian Quad') that has been re-branded just in time for Valentine's Day.

L-Pours out deep brown with a rich slightly light brown. Head dissipates over about 5 minutes.
S-Rich and deeply chocolatey. You can tell from the aroma this is a high ABV beer.
T-The beer tastes the way it smells (milk chocolate), but you get some banana hints deep in the taste coming from the Quad style of the beer. There was something the alcoholy taste that I swore gave a slightly mint characteristic.
D-The beer drinks pretty nicely for such a big beer. I had one, had a Bell's Two Hearted, and still decided to go back and have another.

I would suggest looking for this beer both on tap and in a small release of bottles.

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Photo of ratedz
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
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 leroybrown10
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a smooth chocolate brown with minimal head. Completely opaque. No lacing on the glass when swirled.

Aroma is sweet milk chocolate. Some cocoa powder and caramel. Sweet heavy cream straight from the bulk tank on a dairy farm. A chocolate lovers delight.

Taste is like the aroma. Sweet milk chocolate. Vanilla, cream, molasses and caramel blend into a sweet chocolate milkshake. Some fruits on the back end. Ripe plum, figs, and dates. Hint of spice including cinnamon, nutmeg and gingerbread. Tastes linger on the tongue.

Thick, cream-like mouth feel. Almost no carbonation.

This beer is a chocolate lovers delight. Rich aroma and taste. Sweet without being cloying. Glad I have a second bottle to enjoy later.

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Photo of Rampage1
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This pours a beautiful dark cocoa brown with a light tan colored head. Nice little head formed and decent carbonation.

Smell: The biggest smell I get right from the start is a big,bold chocolate smell. Nice roasted malt smell with slight dark fruits like raisins and ripe figs.

Taste: The taste is awesome right out of the gate-just got done watching the Kentucky Derby. The dominate feature of this Quad is chocolate and should be going by the name. I seconding get some good malt flavors and burnt sugar. Nicely sweet and just a slight bit of chocolate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: This is nice and creamy and right on the money for a quad. Not thin but not thick light a stout at all either.Nice amount of carbonation to balance everything out.

Overall: This is at the top for me when it comes to quads for sure. I would love to score this one again. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Its a nice change of pace from all the imperial stouts and IPA's that I drink. Look forward to it again.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
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 Tuey13
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a small mocha colored head that goes rather quickly as expected since this is 10.5%.
Smells like chocolate syrup, tootsie rolls, chocolate covered raisins... yes, chocolate and more chocolate is the dominance. There is some fruitiness and black licorice on the nose as well.
The taste.. wow... both dark bitter chocolate and sweet milk chocolate
with just a hint of vanilla. I also get the fruity and raisin flavors coming through, especially as this warms a bit.. and the belgian yeast becomes stronger on the palate... this is such a well balanced and wonderfully crafted beer.
The mouth feel was thick and creamy... like liquid chocolate. Also, the alcohol is well hidden at 10.5%
A must try.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
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 MarkIntihar
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured at a small tasting hosted by clintonpuckett!

A - Pours a deep brown with a finger of tan head and decent retention. An excellent looking beer!

S - Slight hint of chocolate but the Belgian style really comes through in the smell with a very floral aroma. Also picking up hints of dark fruits, perhaps figs.

T - Taste is more chocolate than the smell would suggest. Chocolate dominated with hints of the dark fruits from the aroma. Finishes with a more traditional Belgian taste, again with floral hints. The chocolate presence is more of a bitter dark than a milky sweet.

M - Very carbonated, to the point that it almost stings on the way down. Not the greatest beer to let swish around the mouth.

O - Overall a very good beer. Taste is excellent, smell is very good, with the one downfall being the mouthfeel. An interesting beer for sure, and I'm glad to have tried it!

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Photo of heyta
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Maudite tulip from 22oz bottle.

A - This beer screams drink me. Varying sized bubbles in the head make me think of a good sourdough. Very dark caramel brown in color, but not murky in any way.

S - was expecting more chocolate at fridge temp but got more Belgian yeast smell. As it warms up the chocolate takes over but for a slight smell of alcohol.

T - exceptional amount of chocolate here that lingers on and on. After the swallow is when the sweet chocolate taste hits you, and only after 10-20 seconds do you get any bitterness. Really an interesting tasting beer with fig and prune notes muted by the chocolate.

M - carbonation is too high for me until it warms, but it's still a little too much carbonation. I wanted creamier and fuller from this, but it's still great.

Overall I would definitely drink this one again maybe paired with a nice chocolate bar.
M - this is hard to rate. On one hand it's

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Photo of areich6
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoying this with my good friend pschul4. May he live long and prosper.

A: Pours dark brown with little head and little retention. About what I would expect.

S: Smells extremely sweet and sugary with notes of caramel and chocolate.

T: Wow... seriously the chocolatiest tasting beer I have ever consumed. Extremely sweet, with hints of caramel, and oddly, I even taste what seems like a bit of banana flavor. At 10.5% ABV you can't even taste a hint of alcohol.

M: Pretty thin, but I feel as though the thinness is appropriate based on the taste of the beer.

O: Like I said, the chocolatiest beer I've ever had, which as a result I have to give this beer high marks. Very tasty.

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Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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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Photo of TMoney2591
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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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Photo of pschul4
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another big thanks to the only 100+ yr old I know on this site, FTowne!

A- Pours an average brown with relatively little head. Nothing to write home about, but no negative aspects. It looks like a quad....lulz

S- Hints of chocolate but mostly just some malts. What kind of malts are in quads anyway?

T- Oh goddddaaamnnn! Where did all that fuxin chocolate come from?? This is the mostly chocolatey beer I've ever tasted. Even more than Choklat! Those same malts from the smell make an appearance as well.

M- Decently prickly and the booze is very well covered

O- This was crazy chocolatey, would drink this box of chocolates again

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Photo of illidurit
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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 ehammond1
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (2012)

(Aged for 1+ year)

Dark brown in body with a short near-white white head. Leaves the glass messy and oily. Pretty and appropriate for a chocolate quad, I'd have to assume.

My favorite aspect of this beer is its wonderful aroma. This smells just like mom's freshly baked brownies with the slightly crispy, just nearly-burnt edges--which happen to be my favorite part! There are some complementary dark fruit as well, especially as it warms, but I'm in love with the crispy, freshly-baked brownie aroma.

The flavor follows the aroma, with chocolate brownie and dark fruits combining quite nicely. Minimal yeast character, which is surprising for a quad where that aspect really has the opportunity to shine. Some brown sugar/candy sugar sweetness complements as well.

Medium to near fully body with low carbonation.

Very nice. This was a great surprise for me at a tasting full of incredible beers.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a La Chouffe tulip; sampled at the B3 Rosso release.

A: Hazy dark brown body with a fine layer of tan foam. Great retention and sticky lace. Quite nice.

S: Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. Light fruit, dark cacao, and malty sweetness. Lovely.

T: Chocolate, vanilla, coffee, prunes, dark fruit, and booze. Pretty darn good, but not quite as enjoyable as the nose.

M: Medium body, high carbonation provides lively, fine effervescence. Great.

O: I really enjoyed this beer, but found the interplay of chocolate adjunct and traditional quad flavors to be a bit disjointed at times. I'm really glad I got to try it, and would definitely enjoy having it again. Great chocolate beer.


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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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 JoEBoBpr
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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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Box Of Chocolate from Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
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