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Chocolate Indulgence Stout - Brewery Ommegang

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86
very good

1,172 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,172
Reviews: 687
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 68
Gots: 74 | FT: 2
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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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Reviews by kelticblood:
Photo of kelticblood
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Amazing appearance! Solid black color with a beige head that reduced quick. Left generous amounts of lacing, but lacked the head retention to make it a 5. Very smooth finish with a moderate to strong bitterness which might be due to the use of cocoa. Although, I don't really taste cocoa it does have hints of coffee,roasted malts,molasses,with a hint of vanilla. Has strong phenol notes with a bitterness that lingers. each sip left a new circle of lacing. At 7 % ABV it's not overpowering, but is definately warming. Reminds me of the bitterness of a 90% cocoa chocolate bar. For it's strength it is very drinkable and goes down smooth. The mouthfeel seems a touch on the watery side. Extremely well-crafted and worth a try. Opened on Xmas day 2007.

kelticblood, Dec 25, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%

I was stoked to try this beer and well for good reason,poured into an imperial pint glass a deep but not opaque black a little ruby tint when held up to the light,a big two finger frothy head atop leaving gobs of lace as it settled very slowly.The Belgian malts impart spiced bread aroma that intertwines with some bitter chocolate and roasted grain,just silky smooth it glides down effortlessly just full and rich.Wow the chocolate imparted in this brew really shines but it is not over done or to sweet bittersweet chocolate mixed with dark roast coffee with just a hint of orange peel that shows through in a lingering finish wich just added to the beers complexity.Although Iam not the biggest Belgian beer fan in the world this American "big" stout really brings the the best of Belgium with the malts and premium chocolate together to make a great great beer in my mind.

oberon, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of RoyalT
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%

Appearance - This is indeed a chocolately brown in color with a deeply=tanned full frothing head that came up with ease.

Smell - The raw cocoa is the real deal here. It is semi-sweet and mixed well with the lightly-roasted malt. There's a light, dark dough aroma here as well and together this is a symphony.

Taste - The flavors are delicate at the taste. The cocoa is darker than it smelled and the roasted character is more pronounced.

Mouthfeel - This is medium-bodied, a bit thin for the flavors, with some wonderful, tickling carbonation and a cocoa bitterness.

Drinkability - This is a fine ale. It goes down quite easy and I think if it would have had a higher alcohol content it would have floundered.

RoyalT, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of brownbeer
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

Pours black with a frothy brown head that remains a thin layer throughout.

Earthy chocolate nose with a hint of toast and cocoa powder.

Flavors are a mixture of dark chocolate, coffee, a touch of licorice as it warms, alcohol isn't absent but doesn't overpower, just enough for a warm finish. It doesn't exactly beam with complexity. The body is soft and full with the carbonation being a bit too high.

Overall, a nice brew, falls short of amazing. Pairs well with berries.

brownbeer, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of Tiernan
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Tiernan, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of weatherdog
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%

75cl bottle poured into a Ommegang flute

It pours a rich, thick looking dark brown with a nice milk chocolate colored head that lingers throughout and gives a medium amount of lacing on the sides.

The nose is a strong chocolate scent without all the roastiness i usually associate with chocolate beers. Behind that are some nice Belgiany dark fruit, raisin type notes.

The taste is a little disappointing compared to the smell as that strong chocolate is not nearly as strong. The Belgian character really shines about halfway through the drink with some spiciness. The restrained chocolate compliments the raisin and fig type flavors but with a beer named 'Chocolate Indulgence' I was really hoping for a stronger flavor.

I think the beer would be complimented by a little more creaminess and less carbonation but it is decent as it is. It fairly drinkable and the rich flavors didn't wear me out and i had no problem quickly finishing the whole bottle.

weatherdog, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

tbryan5, May 18, 2014
Photo of blackearth
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%

Purchased from Otto's Wine Cask in Brown Deer, WI. Pours a deep black body with a light tan head. Aroma of sweet chocolate. Full bodied and kind of creamy with medium carbonation, this beer has a roasted dark chocolate flavor. A bit more roasted flavor than I'd like, this beer seemed to get tiresome towards the end of the glass.

blackearth, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of supa0525
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

supa0525, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of JasonA
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%

A - Looks a bit milk chocolaty compared to a typical stout. More head than expected. Nice lacing

S - Nice. Coffee, chocolate, malt. Some ABV, nothing fierce.

T - Smooth. Nice carbonation for Stout. Some biscuit. Not a lot of depth, but overall good. Coffee, but not as much as the smell. I dont get much of the "chocolate", though cocoa is present and w/o much sugar its not as potent. There is something at the end im having trouble identifying. I might have to edit this later. Something bitter? Hops?

M - Little more carbonated that expected. I think I would have preferred less. Not sure what this is due to.

D - Very nice overall. Stoutish is a bit lacking, not as thick as would like. I could have one of these every so often. Overall not sure worth the price.

* Bottle itself says Stout, ranked here as Dark Ale. Seems much more Dark Ale than Stout.

JasonA, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

Finally got to try this beer. A good, but not great beer. Poured in a snifter, the beer was very dark brown/black, with a thick tan head that retained well. Some lacing. Aroma of cocoa and biscuit. Nice chocolate taste, with a bready background. Finishing bitterness. Would probably try it again.

lordofthewiens, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of warnerry
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

2010 bottle consumed 3/19/11

Semi-vigorous pour into a Duvel tulip yields three fingers of creamy head with excellent retention. Pours a very dark opaque brown.

Smell is primarily bittersweet chocolate with some dark ripe fruit notes (raisin and fig?) and roasted malts as well. Smell is not very intense, but is very nice.

Taste is similar to smell, with bitter chocolate up front and cocoa on the finish, with roasted malts and a bit of slight sourness in the middle.

Mouthfeel is medium, not overly heavy.

Overall, the bitter/dry chocolate is very nice, not overbearing. The lack of sweetness improves overall drinkability for me. Not something I would seek out often, but enjoyable.

warnerry, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of generallee
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

Presentation: poured from a 750ml bottle into an Imperial (nonic) pint glass.

Appearance: It has a dark brown almost black colored murky body that's very opaque. The head is thick and frothy with rocky peaks and a tan color.

Smell: The aroma is malty, toasted and has only a very faint hint of cocoa powder.

Taste/Mouth feel: There are dark toasted and roasted malt flavors with hints of bittersweet chocolate dust and some espresso coffee notes as well. There is a modest hop flavor that adds some bitterness to the finish, which also has a slight metallic touch to it. The texture is smooth and a little bit thin on the palate with a good carbonation and a medium body.

Notes: I have had this at Brewery Ommegang during the 2007 Waffles and Puppets event and I don't remember it having any metallic flavor to it. Overall I still enjoied it and look forward to having more of it at this years Waffles and Puppets.

generallee, May 21, 2008
Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

TimoP, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of jisom123
4/5  rDev +5.3%

jisom123, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Bill2809
4.75/5  rDev +25%

Bill2809, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of merlin48
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%

750 ml corked and caged bottle pours a dark chestnut body with a tall khaki head that has excellent retention. Tons of sticky lace adhere to the Ommegang tulip glass that came with the three bottle anniversary sampler.

Aroma is somewhat muted. Cocoa and espresso are noted, along with some faint floral hops.

Mouthfeel is medium with low medium carbonation. Some powdery cocoa adds a dustiness.

Cocoa powder and espresso dominate the taste, as well. Definitely some Belgian yeasty fruitiness here. Floral hops and a lactic note add a nice complexity. Finishes with a roasty coffee bitterness.

A very interesting brew here. Nicely drinkable, but the chocolate could be more prominent. Seems like a combo of a Belgian dark ale and a foreign stout.

merlin48, Nov 25, 2007
Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%

From a growler purchased at WFM in the Lower East side of good ole' NYC last night. The growler fill dude had just hooked up a new keg, this is some pretty fresh and clean stuff. Pours the expected almost coal black, moderate carbonation, loose, minor head and not much in the way of lacing. Nose is pure silky luxorious chocolate, with a hint of some dark smoky grains. Tasty, subtle, chocolatey brew, dark, smokey and easy on the tongue. Notes of medium chocolate, light brandy, raisiny. Stout like, with moderate Belgian, yeasty feel. I need to try the bottled version as well as enjoy this with a dessert of some sort. Quality creation, fine sipper. Nice to see Omme roll out some quality new offerings

Billolick, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of MisterDeeds
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%

Came highly recommended from a trusted source, so I was fairly excited, which usually leads to disappointment. In this case, it did not.

Pours a thick syrupy black that looks oddly like week old coffee. The thick creamy head smelled sweet, but not neccessarily chocolatey. The head stuck on the whole way through and seemed to hold most of the sweetness.

The actual taste was very balanced, and not as strong as I expected. A hint of chocolate in there, but finishing with a very slight bitterness that leaves you anticipating the next sip. A nice mouthfeel combined with the taste, made it very drinkable.

Another addition to the "fireside collection", assuming hopefully, that I can get some agian next year.

MisterDeeds, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of mctizzz
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

mctizzz, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of tigg924
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%

Appearance: huge creamy head, black in color

Smell: a small whiff of chocolate and a big malty smell

Taste: the taste is complex. smoked wood, expresso, dark bitter chocolate, and malt are all there...I also get a tad bit of the earthliness of cigar

Mouthfeel: predominately strong, bitter, and dry...touches of sweetness in there too

Drinkability: Not bad...nothing like I was expecting..way more of a belgian strong than a choclate experience like Young's or Southern tier's Chocolat...Not bad, but also not worth the big price

tigg924, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Thanks to hudsonphotog for sharing this bottle.

Pours black with an off-white head. The aroma is not as chocolatey as I expected, but you do get some sweetness. The flavor is pretty hoppy, possibly some Pacific Northwest hops. Not as much chocolate as I expected in the flavor either. I drank the second half of the beer when eating some Ghiradelli chocolates and that really made the hops stand out. Thinner mouthfeel than expected. A pretty good beer, but the name is a little misleading since this is not much of a chocolate beer.

Mora2000, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of NoetheMatt
4/5  rDev +5.3%

NoetheMatt, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of magictrokini
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Pours dark brown with a short tan head. Roasty cocoa aroma with an earthy yeastiness. I expected more chocolateyness (if that is a word), but the taste was still good. The Belgian chocolate's sweetness mixed with the yeast to produce a very nice sweet-and-sour combo similar to baker's chocolate. One of the better "Belgian" stout's I've had.

magictrokini, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of jondeelee
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

Chocolate Indulgence has a nose that nicely matches up with the title, being full of chocolate aromas, both milk and dark, and smelling much like an expensive cup of hot cocoa. Added to this are notes of freshly-baked spent grain bread and caramel.

On the tongue, the first notes are not those of chocolate, but thick, dark malts, with heavy overtones of ash, tobacco, anise, and coffee grounds, and these flavors remain throughout the mouthful. Dark fruit esters--raisin, some fig--circle overhead, joined by molasses. Surprisingly (considering the nose), chocolate is third or even fourth on the list of flavors, and mostly makes itself known toward the end of the mouthful, after a few of the sugars have worn off, as well as bringing a slight cocoa tinge to the aftertaste--i.e. for those expecting a chocolate blast a la Southern Tier's Choklat, you will be disappointed. I do suspect, however, that the chocolate is helping--rather surreptitiously, perhaps--temper what seems to be a beautifully over-healthy portion of chocolate and/or black malts. The aftertaste is mainly charred grains, as well as the aforementioned subtle hint of dark chocolate, and fades slowly. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium-high.

Overall, while I was surprised at how little chocolate flavor was in a beer named Chocolate Indulgence, I do think the beer is quite good, and worth a try. But again, if you buy a bottle, start off thinking not "chocolate," but "black stout," and you'll be on a better track towards a favorable first impression.

jondeelee, Jul 31, 2011
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Chocolate Indulgence Stout from Brewery Ommegang
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