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Chocolate Indulgence Stout - Brewery Ommegang

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Chocolate Indulgence StoutChocolate Indulgence Stout

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Reviews: 696
Hads: 1,267
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 16.8%
Wants: 89
Gots: 100 | FT: 3
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerBeing on 09-27-2007

Chocolate Indulgence offers a thick tan head of foam resting atop of the rich onyx-hued liquid. The aroma immediately speaks of dark chocolate and dark malts. The gentle herbal notes of perle hops compliments the darker aroma notes, making the beer fully savory to all the senses.
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Photo of RocPorterFanatic
4.52/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black as night, no light could pass through this beer. Looks like carbonated coffee with a beautiful thick head. No lacing.

S - Coffee and Spices, slight hints of chocolate and just a tiny bit of oak.

T - Amazing. First taste is coffee, but the chocolate, subtly follows. The oaky taste comes back as you hold it in your mouth.

M - Very carbonated, not as thick as many other stouts. As I swallowed, my mouth yearned for more.

D - Very drinkable. Every sip makes you desire another.

I have been anxiously waiting this beer. I was not disappointed. The beer is phenomenal. I bought 4 bottles sight unseen, gave 1 to a fellow dark beer fan, then went out and replaced the 1 I gave away. This will stay a staple in my collection.

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Photo of Pencible
4.52/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A unique Belgian stout, this poured pitch black with decent tan head. It smelled lighter than actual chocolate, more like cocoa powder, mixed with some mild hops. It tasted like a perfect blend of milk chocolate (sweeter than typical chocolate flavoring in beer) and copper hops, with some hazelnut flavored malt for balance. It was fairly thick with no carbonation with a smooth, bitter, and dry aftertaste. Overall this was a very tasty and impressive beer!

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Photo of osusullins
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer. However, I do agree with alot of the other reviews in saying that this is pretty much only a dessert beer.

Pours black with dark, almost red head. Very nice appearance.

The nose is dark fruit and dark and bakers chocolate. Well balanced aroma on this beer.

The taste is extremely sweet and rich, and oh so good. I would compare it to chocolate covered cherries. Delicious. The estery taste comes through immediately as does the chocolate. Subtle notes of candy sugar. Full bodied and heavy. This beer is worthy of the name "indulgence". Very good for dessert.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence poured near-black with a thick two-finger milk chocolate-colored head. Lace was left thrughout the glass.

The smell and taste had a slight hint of chocolate; however they were dominated by sweet dark fruit. The feel was thick and creamy with a good amount of bitterness in the finish. I left the bottle out of the fridge after the first pour, and by the time I finished the bottle, the higher temperature brought out much stronger and complex flavors. This was remarkable as it warmed.

I had this ale on New Years Day and it was perfect for the cold weather and special occasion. As I started this review, I was impressed that Chocolate Indulgence is categorized as a Strong Dark Ale despite being labeled as a Stout, because I thought it had more of the fruitiness and bitterness of a dark ale. It was oe of the best I've ever had, because it toned down the malty sweetness of typical Belgian Ales.

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Photo of ccrida
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from a pair I picked up and cellared a good while ago, that I'd been saving for the mood to strike me. Poured into my old Westmalle goblet, Chocolate Indulgence is a murky dark brown, with a large, tan, very creamy head, vigorous and fairly long lasting, with heavy sheets of foamy lace.

Smell is bold cocoa, and nutty, like brownie batter. Very pure and tasty.

Taste is very nice, flavorful and full. The Belgian and chocolate aspects to this stout are as distinct as they are well done, perhaps a bit more estery then cocao, harmonizing with the roast and hops. This is a great beer, wow, like a chocolate version of Oerbier.

Mouthfeel is smooth, silky, lighter, but with a crisp, drier edge and spicy hop and cocoa finish. The first sip of the last pour was a huge, frosty, merangue like textured head that gave the impression of a chocolate stout float, fantastic!

Drinkability is nice, very tasty and worthy of savoring every sip. Alcohol is evident but positively, with a nice rumminess, almost burbon barrel like. Really beautiful, I'm shocked, and wish I had bought more!!! I still give this one some nice aging potential flavor wise, the flavors would ripen but the body would fall out.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: dark brown in color with lots of holding head

smell: deep chocolate and coffee aromas.

taste: sublte sweetness with some nice dark fruits notes. not overly chocolatelty

mouthfeel: medium bodied,

drinkability: awesome belgian dark, not heaby on the hocolate as expected and not quite as sweet

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Photo of salvo
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

You haven't tried Brewery Ommegang's Chocolate Indulgence Stout until you've had it off the tap.

Ommengang Chocolate Indulgence is completely different from the tap versus the bottle. Cocoa nibs are fragrant and present in the taste. Pillowy tan head collapses into a tan ring that laces and etches the glass all the way down. Minor alcohol burn blooms into rich chocolate and vanilla finish that ends with a coffee bitterness. Lovely and the tap is far superior to the already impressive bottled. In my bottle review I say it's like kissing Willy Wonka. On-tap is like you've invited the Oompa-loompas and stayed the night. Especially impressive ay 7% alcohol. You haven't tried Brewery Ommegang's Chocolate Indulgence Stout until you've had it off the tap.

I enjoyed this on tap at the Black Dog in Urbana, IL, and point you to my review in Beerfly: great BBQ and fantastic beer.

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Photo of MSchae1017
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was pours brown-black with a frothy tan head that holds a nice film and laces well. The smell if full of roated malts with the cocoa powder and hints of belgian yeastiness. The taste echos the smell. The roasted character is up front with bitter cocoa following and finishing with a yeastiness. The mouthfeel is medium-full with a bit of dryness at the end. Overall, a very nice and interesting release. I would certainly drink this again.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Undated bottle at 50 degrees into snifter
Aroma of chocolate
Head large (7 cm), light brown, creamy, slowly diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing good – reticulum covering most of glass, bubbles varying in size
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor begins with chocolate and slight alcohol flavor; no hops, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

This is an excellent chocolate stout, of which I usually keep a couple bottles around. The appearance is very appealing – large, creamy head and good lacing atop a deliciously dark brew, topped by the alluring aroma of chocolate. The flavor is chocolaty and delicious, with only the slight taste of alcohol detracting from the pleasure. Overall, a very exquisite brew.

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Photo of Mario61Aler
4.44/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 10-29-2010 best by 10-29-2012

A- Poured very dark Brown to almost black, nice 2" head of dark tan that took its time disapating to a nice lace that stayed on the glass until the very end.

S- Chocolate and MORE chocolate some alcohol smell.

T- Tasted of chocolate malt, light carmel undertones, alcohol but it leaves quickly and just a hint of hops.

M- Soft and chewy, med. thick.

O- It lived up to its "chocolate" and cocao on the label. This is a stand alone ale unless you wanted to do a Black and Tan with a fruity Lambic (as suggested by the young man that sold it to me). I was thinking this is a dessert. A 25 oz bottle could go well with 4 friends sharing it after a nice light supper of seafood.

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Photo of asabreed
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

$12 for the corked and caged bottle, so I have to assume that this may be one of the only ones I ever try. Still, I love Ommegang, and here's to a happy 10th Anniversary as into the snifter it goes.

Appearance: Rich and insanely dark, as I'd hoped, and as I'd expected. Billowing coffee-colored head lasts and lasts, leaving froth and lace behind, unwilling to leave.

Smell: I'm not really a connoisseur when it comes to Belgian chocolate, but the aroma's sure there of some cocoa, maple, sweet chocolate malt (and not the feigned syrupy version either), faint black licorice, bread crust. Complex for sure, and getting even more complex as it warms, of course.

Taste: Certainly a stout, but without being extremely thick or cloying, and almost feeling lighter-bodied. Perhaps so the nuanced chocolate flavors can come out? And in there, extremely rich chocolate malts, cocoa, light coffee, vanilla and sweet spice, though I can't put my finger on them. Finish is all chocolate with the most mild bitterness from the hops, where the more smoky and burnt flavors come in, along with some toasted husk and dark grain flavors. The visceral nature of the beer is at the end, but it's certainly beneficial to the flavors.

Mouthfeel: Extremely complex without, as I said before, being too sticky, too cloying, too over the top. Feels thick as first but becomes lighter, somehow, after the swallow, with pretty much perfect carbonation.

Drinkability: A real treat. I wish I hadn't been the only one drinking this, as it was fairly easy to finish, though it is a lot of complex brew to handle in one sitting, no matter how slowly you drink it. But a great 10th anniversary brew, done extremely well, and perfect for the weather here in Richmond as the leaves fall, the wind starts to blow, and the nights get shorter. Though the label says, via Dickens, something about friends with chocolate, friends bringing this, and sharing it with you, or the other way around, would certainly also be a great thing.

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Photo of kenito799
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into tumblers.

This dark dark chocolate brown brew looks lovely, tan head of soft foam, lots of lace.

Aroma is roasted malty, coffee, cocoa. The flavor is strong with rasted malt, cocoa, chocolate, some espersso notes, but very smooth and balanced. A nicely bitter finish doesn't overwhlem. A wonderful stout...they call it BSDA which doesn't make a lot of sense to me, but for teh fruity notes in the aroma and flavor. This brew is more a Belgian-inflected American stout--whatever it is, a great job.

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Photo of Lldeegan
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown to black color with a large head of sudsy khaki foam.

Gives off great coffee/espresso and dark chocolate aromas. Notes of dry cocoa powder. This one smells delicious!

Lively carbonation right from the start. The taste begins as dry cocoa powder, with a transition to bitter coffee, then a fruit and nutty back end with ester and slightly bitter coffee finish that is pretty drying, not a cloying sweetness one would expect from a chocolate beer. This is the result of the bottle refermentation, which leads to heightened carbonation and a dry finish.

This is a really great dessert beer and a good sipper for chilly nights. Can’t wait to have one for those few days of winter here in New Orleans!

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Photo of lsummers
4.41/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of Backer2004
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to my buddy Josh for sharing this with me last night. He brought it to congratulate me on earning my BJCP credentials.

To the beer . . . pours a nice tan head that cover the dark chocolate liquid. Smells of the expensive cocoa, not something from Hershey's. The alcohol is never noticeable and quite easy to consume, though it preferable to share this with some rich dessert, perhaps cheesecake. Notice the Belgian fruity esters and yeast, but not too much.

Nice after dinner beer to indulge.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml corked and caged, picked up last summer on my way through Minnesota I believe, been sitting in the cellar for a year. No dating to know exactly how old it is.

Pours a deep dark brown with a good finger of mocha head, little bit of lacing and decent retention.

Nose reveals a real dusty cocoa, not overly rich as well as a bit of the Belgian esters, very restrained. A touch of chocolate malt as well, a light coffee presence.

The name would lead you to believe you're in for a rich, sumptuous beer along the lines of an RIS.... do not be fooled. The aim for this one is undoubtedly the opposite, a dry cocoa powder creation whose richness is more subtle and aims to seduce rather than overpower. It works. All cocoa powder, I swear I can taste the actual powder, a hint of espresso, a little bakers and milk chocolate to give some depth, the Belgian yeast is very restrained - this is how Belgian stouts should be done - a hint of cherries. Bit of bitterness coming through but very balanced.

Very dry finish, there's a reason so many reviews of this use 'dusty'! Thinnish body but it only aids in the immense drinkability of this beer. It manages to be both dessert like at a meager 7% and leaves you wanting more. Would also be lovely with a rich dessert, the dry cocoa would cut the sweetness. This is a superb creation. Not sure how the age affected it because I've not had it fresh but at this point I am ready to stock up the cellar and make sure I have more of this around.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found a bottle of this at my local Carnivores in Oakmont. At 7.00 a bottle it's a great price and I didn't even have to pick up the holiday pack!

A - Pour's black and light with a sleek amount of head. The cork top is a great touch since you get that pop of air for fresh beer!
S - Chocolate malt and Belgium chocolate. nice.
T - Not too heavy of chocolate yet not overdoing it. I could pick up the coco power aspect that everyone talks about too.
M - Creamy but sort of dry. I enjoyed it.
D - One full 750ml for me and I had enough. I might get it again for next Christmas.

Overall a great chocolate beer from Ommegang. The flavor was exceptional and at a good price. Loved it.

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Photo of MrMonkey
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black with three fingers of thick and creamy tan head that fades extremely slowly leaving lots of thick lacing as it recedes.

Smells like Belgian chocolate and yeast, with lots of red fruits like cherries and raspberries, and vanilla.

Taste begins sweet with chocolate covered cherries and vanilla, before giving way to roasted coffee beans, some spicy yeast and bitter dark chocolate flavors.

Full-bodied mouthfeel, but not as creamy as I would have thought, given the appearance.

Very drinkable. I was expecting a sipper, but this one went down almost too easily. A lot of chocolate beers taste artificial to me, but this was the real deal. Very enjoyable!

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Photo of djaeon
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours thick and black. Thick foamy head with decent retention. Great lacing. Looks like a cappuccino in a pint glass.

S - Big dark chocolate roasty aromas.

T - It lives up to the chocolate indulgence name. Light bitterness. Definite coffee hints

M - Feels very smooth, with moderate carbonation.

D - VERY drinkable. I don't see myself getting tired of this one.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the champagne bottle into a Duvel glass.

Pours dark with thick creamy light brown foam. Loads of lacing. Dark espresso smell, dark chocolate. Rich roasted. Belgian yeast taste under a dark roasted malt taste. Dark fruit. Full of flavor, bursts forth. Great beer, easy to drink, yet so much happening.

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Photo of brobeerbot
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice two finger mocha colored head. Almost jet black with not a bit of light coming through.

S- Hints of coffee and chocolate. I do notice the alcohol smell in this one.

T- This is a very smooth stout. Tastes of coffee, Caramel malt and of course dark bakers chocolate.

M- Very smooth and slightly thick. Has some great substance like a good stout should.

D- This goes down very easy and I could see myself having a couple of these over the course of a couple of hours.

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Photo of Spadoof
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Origin: 1 Pint 9.4 FL. OZ. Bottle
Bottled on: ?
Tasted on: 03/29/11
Glassware: Dogfish Head Immort Ale Snifter.
Serving Temperature: Approx 50 F

Appearance: Pours a thick 1 1/2 finger tan head. As the head dissipates, it leaves a lovely lacing on the side of the glass. The body is pure black.

Smell: Rich cocoa, vanilla, malts and oak.

Taste: Dark chocolate up front, slight sourness from the malts come through in the middle and has creamy cocoa finish with a slight amount of heat from the alcohol (Almost undetectable, but present).

Mouthfeel: Thick, rich and creamy.

Concluding thoughts: AMAZING! If you want a chocolate beer, this one will not disappoint. At 7% ABV, its an extremely drinkable beer.

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Photo of sabrills70
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle with no freshness date other than 10th anniversary - so it was bottled in 2007. Pours a jet black with a 2 finger brown head, nice longevity and beautiful lace. Lots of coffee and chocolate aromas mixed with earthy and bready smells too. Lots of nice flavors here. Some initial brown sugar, dried fruits followed by the coffee and slight chocolate with a nice roasted malt aftertaste. This stuff is wonderfully complex and smooth. Everything is balanced superbly. An awesome beer.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Creamy light brown head compliments an almost opaque chocolate red/brown color. Lacing down the whole glass.

S - Chocolately, hoppy, bittersweet smell. A lot going on here.

T - Rich chocolate and roasted malts with small coffee notes greet you right off the bat followed by a bittersweet finish. Nice rich flavor which isn't overwhelming.

M - Rich and velvety smooth going down.

D - For a richer stout, it's extremely drinkable. The 750 ml bottle was split but I could take one out myself. MmmMmm good!

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Photo of jsanto
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - dark brown, with a nice creamy head.

s - first smell , i thought it was a guiness. it smelled close to a 3 minute fresh stout, then it took it's our characteristic of slightly cocoa.

t - excellent dark cocoa stout taste. very fresh tasing, a little sweet, but not alcoholic.

m - not much carbonation, just like a stout.

d - one bottle is enough for the evening. but very enjoyable to drink.

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Chocolate Indulgence Stout from Brewery Ommegang
86 out of 100 based on 696 ratings.