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Chocolate Indulgence Stout - Brewery Ommegang

Chocolate Indulgence StoutChocolate Indulgence Stout

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Ratings: 1075
Reviews: 681
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.09%

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 09-27-2007)
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Photo of Samuel906


3.39/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark mahogany with reddish tinge that can be seen with light. Thin khaki head is present briefly before diminishing to soapy lacing. Dark, but noticeably lighter and less opaque than a stout. Smell has milk chocolate, prunes, almond, and light malts; a bit underwhelming. Taste is mildly hoppy up front followed by some dry baking chocolate, as well as tobacco, and belgian yeast. Feel is a little too thin for my preference, moderate carbonation.

Overall, decent beer, but a misleading one. When I read "Chocolate Indulgence", I was expecting something on the lines of Samuel Smith's "Organic Chocolate Stout" or Rouge XS Imperial Chocolate stout, which are both absolutely loaded with intense chocolate flavor. Ommegang's simply hints at chocolate, and myself and seemingly many others wanted a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 06:21:11 | More by Samuel906
Photo of Apatschinn


4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

App. - Dark. Very dark pour with an extremely thick head (3/4 fingers). Much lacing present.

Smell - Not much here. Chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate.

Taste - Holy Hershey bar batman! Seriously, lots of chocolate. Milky flavor as well.

Mouth. - Smoooth. Very palatable and easy to keep drinking.

Over. - There's just so much chocolate and cream. It's a great brew that I wasn't expecting much from.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 03:50:35 | More by Apatschinn
Photo of DKRowden


3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a short tulip glass. The smell was faint of dark chocolate and hint of cream. The head was a thick cream colored 1 finger that holds for a short while. The taste isn't as chocolate as the name would lead you to believe. It was tasty with a mocha light dark chocolate hint.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2014 15:13:59 | More by DKRowden
Photo of Duhast500

Rhode Island

3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a stemmed glass.

The color is a dark black with a finger of tan head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is dark malts here, there, and everywhere. The nose does open up once your past the dominant malty aroma and lets out some of that cocoa aroma I had been looking for. A touch of candy sugar sweetens the nose up a bit and gets me motivated to take the first taste.

The taste has a nice roast malt flavor that has a hint of dark chocolate and a slight coffee bean flavor. There is a Belgian yeast character that is reminiscent of double that is mixed with a stout.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied but behaves like a bigger beer. It will not hurt you but it try's to scare you that it might be too much handle. It does have a reasonable drink-ability but does tend to challenge you at times. Overall, a great flavorful beer with great character.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 13:37:41 | More by Duhast500
Photo of jzeilinger


3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

In review is a 2010 vintage.

A - Pours engine oil black with a very rich, creamy toffee head that's incredibly sticky.

S - Dark chocolate aroma, light alcohol, and cream.

T - Dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasty cream, and a mild lingering dark chocolate bitterness.

M - Thin body and smooth texture, very sticky on the lips.

O - Decent but not memorable - could be due to the age, but where this beer falls short is the overly thin body.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 22:34:11 | More by jzeilinger
Photo of cindyjeffsmith


3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: deep dark brown-red. Nice plush tan head on the pour.
Smell: bright Belgian characteristics are up front. Darker chocolate notes in the background. Maybe that will change as it warms.
Taste: much like the nose, though the chocolate and Belgian notes are more evenly balanced.
Overall: good beer, not great.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 00:34:38 | More by cindyjeffsmith
Photo of RayVen

New York

1.9/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Stout? It is not a stout. Does not appear to be a stout. Does not smell like a stout. Feels okay enough to be a stout. Something is missing though... Oh right. The chocolate and stout part of the Chocolate Indulgence Stout. Only indulging in really okay non-stout

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2014 01:33:52 | More by RayVen
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tough to call this one a stout, with only a medium body, minimal roasted barley bitterness or earthiness, and all the belgian yeast carbonating it so well and drying it up, but its a cool belgian dark ale with a subtle chocolate twist, nice for valentines or some other winter celebration of lovers or friends. heady frothy pour, hazy cocoa brown liquid bubbles profusely. a nose of belgian yeast, fruity esters, and bakers chocolate. an interesting combination, i dont get a lot of grain in this, and maybe it could use more meat on its bones. delicate flavor with the chocolate not being as prominent as the beers name suggests it might be. soft semisweet chocolate notes mix with fruity yeast, chocolate covered raisins come to mind. finish is light and clean, and 7% abv seems spot on for this. a cool bottle of beer, but i would have liked to see a bit more chocolate in the flavor, more indulgence. it is very well made though, and another example of ommegang doing things expertly well. unique and sensual beer worth a try this season.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 16:35:49 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of JuicesFlowing


4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a balloon glass.

The beer is a nice dark chocolatey black color with a dark cream colored head that recedes to a wisp with chunks of bubbles. Very light patches of lacing cling to the glass initially. On the 2nd and 3rd pour, the film is thicker and there is much more foamy lacing.

The aroma is a subtle blend of banana notes, soft sweet malts, subtle dried fruits, then a very delicate chocolate finish.

The palate is much like the aroma. Everything is subtle and works together in harmony. The typical Belgian banana peel comes out the most while all of the notes in the aroma dance around the palate, trying to not draw too much attention to themselves. The finish is where the chocolate hides, but is a great last reminder that it is there.

The mouthfeel is silky smooth, and goes down with ease.

Overall, this probably isn't as chocolatey as some would hope or expect, but I think it's excellent. The ABV is hidden quite well.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 12:35:57 | More by JuicesFlowing
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New York

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On draft.

Very dark, minimal head which lingered around the edges of the glass nicely.

Chocolate in the nose, slight amount of Malt in the scent.

Chocolate was up front in every sip, but the Belgian style malt was very prevalent in the aftertaste of each sip.

A little heavy with each sip and dip not seem to improve as the beer warmed up which is normal with this style beer

Decent beer, wish I would have split it with the girlie instead of trying to drink it all on my own.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2014 03:41:32 | More by timmy2b
Photo of BeerEngineer


3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

General: Got this as a big bottle with a cork from a local beer store. Poured this into a chalice glass with a friend for the tasting.

Appearance: light brown or dark tan head that has a combo of big and little bubbles. Color of the beer is dark dark black, very nice color. The appearance is spot on for a stout.

Aroma: Nice chocolate note to this but not as pronounced as I would think. There are a lot of strange fruit notes coming through on this from the yeast that was used. Some alcoholic phenol aroma involved also but it is very mild.

Mouthfeel: This is acceptable to style, a little on the thinner side of moderate but still OK. There is a slight astringency, not too bad but still noticeable.

Taste: There is a nice hit of chocolate in the aftertaste but in the beginning there isn't that much involved. There is also a very nice roastiness to this. Not the big chocolate hit that I would expect from this, kind of disappointing.

Overall: This is OK, I don't think that I will go after it again. It is a touch thin for my taste in a stout. Also with the name chocolate indulgence I expect a lot more chocolate flavor and aroma. I don't think that I'm going to be buying this one again.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 23:52:28 | More by BeerEngineer
Photo of Uanof


3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Serve on an Ommegang tulip glass.

A: dark as the night with a bi fluffy head that slowly dissipates into a ring around the glass leaving a decent amount of lacing as it goes down.

S: getting some toffee notes, dark chocolate and dark malts.

T: chocolate is about it with some hidden bitterness kicking the back of your palate, i'd say too bland, was expecting a bit more chocolate to come forth since that's all there is to the beer.

M: very well balanced in the mouth though. Nice rich creamy thickness, carrying the chocolate nicely down your throat. Doesn't lingers much afterwards.

O: Ommegang knows what they're doing, and this beer is spot on with their description, but for the price it left me wanting to have a bigger flavor explosion in my mouth. I wouldn't go as far as to call it Chocolate Indulgence, maybe just Chocolate would do just fine.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 06:42:39 | More by Uanof
Photo of MattyG85


4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Huge four finger tan head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A rich, sweet, and roasty dark malt forward aroma with big hints of chocolate, coffee, and toasty biscuit. Dark roasted malts with upfront hints of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, biscuit, grains, toast, cream, caramel, toffee, nuts, and some Belgian yeast. Sweet scent of brown sugar. Dark fruit hints of cherry, raisin, fig, plum, and dates. Subtle hints of earthy hops in the background. A pretty solid roasty aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a roasty and sweet dark malt driven taste with good toasty notes of chocolate, coffee, and biscuit. Dark roasted barley malts with a good taste of cocoa, dark chocolate, coffee, biscuit, grains, toasted bread, caramel, toffee, cream, and nuts. Notes of Belgian yeast and a sweet taste of brown sugar. Solid presence of dark fruit with notes of raisin, fig, dark cherry, dates, and plum. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and nicely smooth with a somewhat drying finish.

Overall: A pretty solid twist on a Belgian style dark ale. Good chocolate and coffee notes with a balanced sweetness and Belgian yeast presence.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 08:17:11 | More by MattyG85
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North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a cork and cage into a snifter, the beer is a dark black coloring with a tall, frothy, chunky, light tan head. Huge bubbling, with a very decent lacing left behind along the glass. Nose of not much, really, with subtle cocoa and yeast funk. Disappointing. Flavors are subtle cocoa forward, with funky Belgian yeast tang and floral highlights. Subtle sourness atop a building bitter backbone. The body is rich and smooth, with a sweet, rich, slightly roasted aftertaste. The finish is smooth, with a bittersweet linger. I have to admit, I had very high expectations of this.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 02:24:08 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of Maxwell


3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

The beer pours a dark, chocolate brown, which is exactly the color it should be. The beer forms a head that sits a half-of-a-finger’s-width above the beer with medium sized, pebble-like bubbles that are a dark khaki color. On the nose, the beer smells distinctly of Ommegang’s house yeast. Fruity esters with a touch of spice whirl across the nose suggesting peach, pepper, hay, and just a ghost of milk chocolate. This smells a bit like a saison, if I’m being honest. If I were smelling this beer blindfolded, I would not have known it was a stout. The nose is disappointingly weak for a stout. On the tongue, the beer tastes softly sweet with a light bitter roast, a distinct fruity/spicy yeast funk with touch of acidity in the cheeks. This beer tastes like a saison, though. In flavor, the beer begins as fruity esters blending with peach, spicy pepper, touches of creamy banana, and some clove. This moves to lightly bitter grass and herbs that slowly blend with soft coco and milk chocolate that are very subtle. The finish returns lots of spicy esters and banana phenols and leaves me wanting more chocolate. The yeast gives off great funky flavors that are delightfully Belgian and fruity, but the beer is called “Chocolate Indulgence” and I want way more chocolate in the flavor. In the mouth, the beer feels medium in body with a higher carbonation that provides a nice fluff to the tongue with a light bite. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, and suggests “stout” the most to me. There is a slickness in the mouth as the beer leaves, and a scrim of sticky saliva is left on the tongue. Overall, I’m disappointed with Chocolate Indulgence because it does not have enough chocolate. I’ve seen Ommegang’s house yeast before, and think it would do well if it were subtly added to a stout, but as is the yeast character is domineering the beer and leaving me wanting variety. This beer is interesting, but fails in its promise. If it weren’t called “Chocolate Indulgence” I would have had to stretch to note the chocolate flavors hidden in the beer. I want more chocolate!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 00:57:26 | More by Maxwell
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New York

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: just about pitch black; dark mocha foam fat as a few fingers leaves some lace behind

S: dark roasted malts, some hints of darker, moldy fruit; bitter herbs and earthy aromas

T: bittersweet dark roasted malts, chocolate char; muted, buried fruit; spikes of bright yeast and spice - bittersweet cocoa notes are frontal, but have an herbal, almost astringent character

M: thin and quick; medium-light body, bittering; moderately smooth, slightly sticky/coating

O: not overly impressed, but the caveat here is that I prefer a dark beer such as this to have more body and richness; for a beer with "Indulgence" in its name, I expect a more luxurious experience. Still appropriate for fans of chocolate stouts and porters, and dark Belgian ales.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 15:42:32 | More by Greywulfken
Photo of KYGunner


3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Gorgeous pour of thick foam atop a deeply dark brown. The nose is peppery, spicy, clovey and completely absent of chocolate. The flavors are nice with a peppery spice, clove, anise and peppercorns but no supportive flavors to provide a backbone. The feel is moderately carbonated with a lightness, despite its dark color. I seemed to miss the boat here as the name is misleading and it doesn't seem to fulfill the style.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2014 03:49:32 | More by KYGunner
Photo of ZachKelly


3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter from a 750 ml bottle.

Pours a deep stout black with tints of brown in good light. A consistent carbonation maintains a small white brown head. The initial head from the pour did not linger long and there is very little resonance on the glass.

Very little aroma with this beer which was surprising and underwhelming given the name. The chocolate smell comes through more as it warms, though the malt and expected Belgian yeast aroma dominates.

Again, the chocolate flavor is subtle and not as present as anticipated. A hint of coffee comes through, but it does not hide the traditional Belgian flavors. Easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is a little thin for darker beer, not much of an aftertaste.

Good beer, a little underwhelming but not in a bad way. The name sets you up for a chocolate explosion, which thankfully it does not deliver.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 03:18:00 | More by ZachKelly
Photo of CochonKing

New York

4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with a thick 2 inch lasting head that has the color of espresso with excellent lacing. Aromas of malt, chocolate and coffee. Nice notes of espresso roll of the nose as well if allowed to warm and open up for a second. Tastes of chocolate and coffee but falls flat beyond that. Long finish, that is unbalanced and overly bitter without much flavor. The taste improves with exposure though, opposite of taste secession. Seriously take a few big gulps and you get chocolate all over the palate. Mouthfeel is great. Creamy and smooth with low carbonation. Overall a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 03:54:12 | More by CochonKing
Photo of Natainos

New York

3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark, nice carbonation, thick head even at the slow pour to not disturb the yeast sediment.
S: At first open you get a misty smell of chocolate, fades fast and gets overwhelmed with the bready yeast smell.
T: first sip was yeasty Belgian breads, not much coco flavors but you eventually get the dark roasted malts. More dark coffee and chocolate flavors start to take over.
M: creamy, fizzy, hoppy.
O: very enjoyable although I wish I got more chocolate upfront, but the more you sip the more the delight.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 22:32:25 | More by Natainos
Photo of Glennlawless

New Jersey

2.61/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a Tulip glass.

A - poured a very dark brown with a light brown milk chocolate three finger head. very frothy and creamy looking. unfiltered as well...you can see floaters haha.

S - smelling dark fruit.raisins, cherries, plum, licorice...all of those are dominant and barley any chocolate ...and a tinge of alcohol. cinnamon pops through a little bit as well.

T - very well carbonated. But for a beer called chocolate indulgence it should be more chocolatey in my opinion....getting a lot of dark sweet fruits and only a hint of chocolate....if that....alcohol is apparent in the nose but well hidden after swallowing. After having founders breakfast stout this year, i dont think any "chocolatey" beer is going to top that..Im not liking this that much.

M - Creamy and well carbonated. fairly drinkable.

Overall...its a good looking beer but the taste wasnt there for me....dont get me wrong its a good stout. but with a name like that...the taste has to live up to it.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 02:27:43 | More by Glennlawless
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South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle served in a pint glass.
Pours very dark; opaque; very good, and rather large, light brown head.

Aroma: excellent but surprisingly hoppy. Not surprising: a load of dark and chocolate malts.

Flavor: rich and moderately complex, with dark malts, earthy/herbal hops, and a touch of yeast. Not quite up to the aroma. Starts very sweet but the bittering hops follow quickly.

Feel: medium-full body. Excellent, soft carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 03:29:23 | More by chinchill
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New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

A - pours a deep opaque black. Rigorous pour yields a thick milk chocolate foam. Leaves some streaks of lacing on the glass as is slowly dissipates.

S - aroma is soft yet rich. Notes of cacao, carob and slightly roasty malt. Comes through more like multigran toast. Yeast adds notes of raisins and mild white peppercorns.

T - grainy toasty flavors up front. Light touch of sugery sweetness. Deep dark chocolate flavors. Carob and cacao. Even a wisp of coffee creating a mocha note in the center. Some dark dried fruit character on the backend mostly raisin with maybe a hint of dates. Slightly peppery finish with a tinge of alcohol heat which lingers.

M - medium bodied. Slightly watery texture. High carb.

O - they should change the name to dark chocolate indulgence. I love that it is a desert beer but on the drier side. Tons of chocolatey character but not cloyingly sweet. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 02:48:17 | More by Teleweizen2
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4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle 2013.

dark pour, lots of bubblies.

Thick mocha colored head.

Smell is chocolate. chocolate chocolate chocolate, they were no kidding with this whole chocolate indulgence thing.

Taste is... SUPRISE CHOCOLATE! It's really delicious though, there is a lot of carbonation that mixes with he chocolate flavor and typical belgian yeastyness, great flavor all around if you are in the mood for a "indulgence" type of beer. The chocolate isn't completely overpowering, I think it is balanced well.

Overall, this is a great beer, barrel age this sucker and see how it turns out maybe??!?

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 01:08:38 | More by jokemon
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4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a fantastic black as oil. Really nice frothy head that would be something I'd see on a fresh brewed cup of hot chocolate.

Smell is very nicely balanced with the creamy milk chocolate and subtle raisin. Slight almond vanilla note comes through. Smell leads into taste perfectly. Dark chocolates and burnt brown sugar notes. Very creamy malty sweetness and some nice bitter notes coming from the dark chocolate. Sweet but not overpowering, and nicely malty. There may be some slight bitter hop notes but they only help bring out the dark chocolate. Again nothing is overpowered or overly out there. Nicely drinkable for a Belgian stout. Moderate amount of carbonation helps the creaminess feel lighter.

Overall, an instant favorite of mine. I don't usually drink chocolate inspired beers, but when I do, I drink Chocolate Indulgence.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 03:24:58 | More by lsummers
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Chocolate Indulgence Stout from Brewery Ommegang
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