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Box Of Chocolate | Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery

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Brewed by:
Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
Missouri, United States | website

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 maximum12
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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 Rutager
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Rodkin!

Appearance. Pours a very dark brown, close to black in the glass. Just a skim of khaki head on this one.

Smell. Caramel, dark fruits, sweet chocolate and a bit of vanilla.

Taste. Plump juicy raisins, caramel, cherry and vanilla, chocolate and a touch of almond.

Mouthfeel. On the low side of full bodied, low smooth carbonation.

Overall. A nice brew but with the name I was expecting more chocolate.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bsuedekum for sending this one my way. Shared with Yagman3000.

a - opened the bottle and filled my la trappe chalice. beer looked very stout-like. nothing remotely quad about it (except the glass i poured it into). no creamy head, no purple color...brown, nay...black. thin head that was gone instantly. perhaps this was labeled wrong? rootbeer was suggested and pretty spot on. pretty, yes...quad, not so much. although when i think about some of the american quads...maybe it is in line with the american version on looks?

s - fresh chocolate. milk chocolate...not chocolate powder. cherry. dark fruits. very nice smell. deep chocolate.

t - as advertised. i have now drank the hershey beer. i mean, c'mon hershey's you should be all over this recipe. fantastically delicious...but do not drink if you are not a fan of MILK chocolate.

m - surprisingly light. smooth. really easy to drink. silky.

o - overall...i don't know if you can call this a quad. you can definitely call it unique and really tasty. as a hardcore quad fan, i feel somewhat torn giving it such high marks since it is a novelty quad, but as a beer fan who cannot ignore my taste buds, this is worthy beer. chocolate milk as a beer, who would've thunk it?

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Photo of thagr81us
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
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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Photo of gford217
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to birchstick for this 22oz bottle.

Pours a dark murky mahogany that is really close to black in the glass underneath a tight creamy head that refuses to go away.

Aroma is fantastic with an initial milk chocolate aroma with roasted malts mixed together with candi sugar and dark fruits, especially raisins and plums.

I actually think the taste is even better than the aroma. It's a perfect mix of the milk chocolate, roasted chocolate malts and all the core parts of a great quad. So it's got some fruity esters from the Belgian yeast, booze-soaked overripe fruits and candi sugar. Finish is sweet and boozy with maybe a little bit of tart cherries.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a little lighter carbonation than I normally get in a quad but I think it compliments the flavors well.

This is a fantastic beer and I really like what the chocolate brings to the table. One of the most unique quads I've ever had.

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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 Dope
4.13/5  rDev +2%
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 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.

Cheers!

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Photo of birchstick
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a dark brown almost black color with a nice white one finger head that lingers around for a while

S - smells of spicy dark fruits and cherries with some caramelized brown sugar. On top of this is, of course, is the nice milk chocolate with subtle undertones of vanilla. I could go on smelling this all day but there is beer to drink...

T - starts off with spicy, dark fruits (although not as strongly as the nose would suggest). There are hints of cherry and vanilla in this as well. Has a chocolaty, tootsie-pop fudge and light cocoa powder on the finish; also very subtle tobacco leaf and cola. The flavors blend together really nicely and it is hard to separate them but the chocolate is definitely the most dominant flavor.

M - very smooth but a little thin for the abv but goes down nicely

D - Interesting take on a quad. The name Box of Chocolate is very appropriate for this beer as chocolate is the main theme with the quad characteristics playing more of a supporting role; I was expecting it to be the other way around. Really good stuff from Charleville.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

541st Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
22oz

Thanks to JeepCop for this one

App- Coming out of bottle was a darker crimson with a two finger quick receding head. No legs, no cling. As it settles a nice dark cola or darker whisky color.

Smell- Chocolate syrup, hot fudge, dark chocolate. Call it what you will. It was just one dimensional to me.

Taste- Very simple flavors of chocolate and some light malts. A bit lighter than I was hoping but still pretty tasty. The raisiny dark fruits are gone to me. Its again one dimentional where the syrupy chocolate take over.

Mouth- medium to light bodied with a fairly high carb level. The main chocolate note remains. Pretty fizzy really.

Drink- So low bottle count, high buzz. Nice flavors but I wasnt blown away. Its good but a unique take on a classic style.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
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 Jeffo
2.3/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arrived from the tap a deep, dark brown with a creamy tan head.

This one packs a huge chocolate aroma and a light maltiness.

Tastes of chocolate milk, caramel malts, and a bit of Belgian yeast. The 10.5% alcohol was very well hidden.

Medium bodied and richly smooth with a light carbonation.

This was a nice take on the Belgian Quad. Smooth and easy to drink but too chocolatey to have more than one.

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Photo of Florida9
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to hannydawg for sharing this bottle.

A: Deep dark mahogany. Forms a minimal tannish colored head that reduces down to just a ring around the glass.

S: Extremely muted at first, the aroma really doesn't start to show until it warms up a bit when it develops a nice chocolate nose.

T: Holy fucking chocolate. Milk chocolate to be specific and no shortage of it. Maybe some dark fruit as well. Very mild bitterness mixes with a sweet milkiness on the finish. While I can't say this beer tastes like an entire box of chocolates, it does come through as advertised with a very intense and unmistakable chocolate flavor.

M: On the heavier side of medium with a lower carbonation level.

O: A very nice drink, though I perceive this one to be more of a novelty beer than a complex sipper. Flavor profile is very one dimensional, but it does come through with the chocolate.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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 homebrew311
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
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 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 BarrytheBear
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Generous extra from Tom awhile back. Thanks for the opportunity. Not sure of the vintage/bottle date and am coming up empty on any attempt to discern.

Pours a dark cola with some substantial bubbles and a thin whitish-brown ring.

Smells of cocoa powder, melted milk chocolate, and banana. Chocolate presence is certainly more assertive than any Quad influence.

Loads of melted milk chocolate on the front end. Cocoa dusted banana through the middle and a mild dark fruit...prune?...and cherries on the finish. Alcohol heat on the end is telling but not overbearing.

Bubbly, effervescent, and lightly viscous, this is an interesting beer. The chocolate smell and taste in genuine and feels decidedly authentic. In those terms, this is a pretty interesting ride. The banana and light yeast flavors, along with the prune, may be indications of a quad base but it's difficult to pull too much from the style.

Overall, I appreciated the effort and enjoy trying experimental beers from small breweries. Thanks again Tom.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Just let me start here by saying that I have not that many choices on a daily basis, but Charleville is about the only one that I have access to their bombers every day. Of those bombers, this one I don't usually get, but I managed to get for this tasting, and I think this is the best one I've had yet from Charleville.

Not bad looking, decent head, some decent lacing, and an actually quite clear, but very dark brown with reddish hues.

Smell is nice, a good fruity and chocolate mix with a tinge of alcohol.

Taste is pretty damn chocolatey. Great cocoa, dark semi-sweet and milk chocolate mixture of flavors. Plenty of fruity flavors, and a nice caramel finish.

Body is a bit lacking, it's creamy carbonated but a bit light, almost like a light porter or English stout. Could be thicker.

Overall it's pretty damn fine stuff. Great stuff from Charleville, a brewery with a bright future no doubt.

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Photo of bnes09
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate brown color. Minimal head on the pour with weak retention.

Sweet chocolate and maple aroma with hints of sherry.

Rich malt character of maple syrup and smooth milk chocolate. Mild leafy hop. Sweet flavor overall.

Full bodied and well carbonated. Syrupy texture.

Overall, a good brew. Tastes like no quad I've ever had but that doesn't take away from the experience.

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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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Photo of Sabtos
3.19/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark, light, minimal head.

Some fizzy bubbles surface and dance on the tongue.

I get chocolate, but also some licorice and/or alfalfa, which I suppose is the work of the yeast, which I get a little extra of on its own. There is sweetness but not much bitterness to this.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.34/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this, been looking forward to this for a while

Consumed 7/13/13

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.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into my stemless snifter (modified rocks glass) that I use for tasting scenarios.

This is NOT a quad. Call it a quad if you must-- but tell people not to expect a genuine quad with chocolate. This certainly isn't bad in any way, but it doesn't blow my mind.

The smell reminds me of chocolate liqueur candies-- cherry cordials with a boozy back. Not bad.

The body is medium with decent carbonation.

Overall, this drinks more like a chocolate porter... Certainly not unpleasant, but not worth the crazy hype!

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Box Of Chocolate from Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
90 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.
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