Box Of Chocolate | Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
Missouri, United States
charlevillevineyard.com

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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#2,969
Reviews:
109
Ratings:
313
pDev:
11.25%
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of claspada
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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 surlytheduff
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of sommersb
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
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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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of cwguy5
4.09/5  rDev 0%
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 BillHilly
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of GehenHerzog
4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.46/5  rDev -15.4%
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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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of russpowell
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
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 +5.1%
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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4.62/5  rDev +13%
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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Box Of Chocolate from Charleville Vineyard Microbrewery
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 313 ratings