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Chocolate Indulgence Stout - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 1,240
Reviews: 696
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 76
Gots: 90 | FT: 3
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerBeing on 09-27-2007

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Photo of BurnsTau
4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black color with nice white/tan head. Smells distinctly like dark roasted coffee, slight chocolaty aromas coming through. Taste up front is dark coffee with chocolate and slight fruity belgian style flavors coming through. Quite a bit more than the average stout going on here. Mouthfeel is good, medium to heavily carbonated but very pleasant.

Overall this is a very pleasant beer, all the great flavors you would expect in a stout but with a bit more depth to it making it stand out. Definitely worth a try and very tasty.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 into...what else...an Ommegang chalice...

Pop on cork prolly a year after bottling is present but slightly muted. Pours a wonderful Espresso dark with maple walnut head containing muffin tunnels and staying power.

A load of deep chocolate from the cocoa powder and extra-roasted malt - a little carbonation enhances the aroma nicely. Alcohol is faint and subdues, not taking away from the ingredients - good! A little piney hops in the background.

Wow - surprisingly bright but austere. Yeast electricity is balanced with piney hop bitterness and copious amounts of malt. If there was anything such as a "saison stout" this would be it. Rather complex yet approachable.

Light mouthfeel is augmented by the rich feel of natural cocoa powder and Belgian yeast and malt strains. Very clean for style but this exhibits feats of strength.

An enjoyable after dinner "indulgence" - I do enjoy such crossover styles as this. easy drinking yet quite powerful. Well done (and not in the red meat sense - this is good stuff!).

Photo of CrellMoset
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap during the "Night of Imperial Darkness" at Capital Ale House's "Beer Geek Week 2008." Served in a 10 oz. Belgian glass.

Appearance: A deep brown espresso colored beer with a one-finger foamy brown head with average retention. The lacing doesn't stick well, but it is really attractive - big bubbled and glittery almost. Very attractive.

Aroma: Light cocoa powder, full-roast coffee, and a few dark fruits - figs most prominently. It's right at about the perfect level of pungency, but its really mellow, if that makes sense - everything melds well.

Taste: Big fruit esters - grapes, pears - which is unexpected, but also plenty of sweet chocolate, coffee, and a nice grassy herbal note, either from some mild hopping or the lightly roasted malts. A little more mellow and subtle than you'd expect from something with the name "Chocolate Indulgence," but that's not a bad thing.

Mouthfeel: Unusually spritzy and carbonated, big-bubbled. Unusual for the style, almost, but good for what this one does with it. That is, it's a little lighter in taste than expected, so it's fine that it's sort of ba-bam in your mouth.

Drinkability: Nothing wrong with this one. A surprisingly refreshing dessert-styled beer, and not really what I expected, but there's nothing wrong with it. Recommended.

Photo of jwinship83
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- big black body with a large beige head that sticks to the sides of the glass pretty well.

S- chocolate, roasted malts, a little smoky, and a bit of coffee.

T- very roasty up front with a very strong bitter dark chocolate finish to it. better than i was expecting. absolutely no trace oh booze in this one.

M- thick and creamy with the right level of carbonation.

D- 750ml was plenty. its good, but id want something else for the next one. very interesting.

Photo of avalon07
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a thick brown color and a big, long-lasting head. Lots of lacing.

S: Smelled mainly of chocolate and coffee, more than anything else.

T: A combination of chocolate, coffee and some malt. It's very rich, as you'd expect.

M: A decent amount of carbonation, but I almost expected a little more. Finishes smooth. Full-bodied.

D: This is pretty tasty beer, though it's not something I would seek out on a regular basis. It's simply a little too rich for me.

Photo of iconoklaztor
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this in a trade.

Pours a nice black body with a big tan head.

Something about this beer interests me. There isnt a strong chocolate smell nor taste but its still a good beer. Idk, its really weird.

There are hints of chocolate and coffee. Maybe a little oxidized. None the less still drinkable.

Overall, a good beer to try.

Photo of Overlord
1.86/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

What was this noise?

Pours a thin, watery brown. Some tan foam. Smells like sour chocolate. Eh? Mouthfeel is thin, way, way, way too thin. Belgian stout? Seems more like brown water.

There's some roasted malt and chocolate, but if other reviews didn't mention the same thing, I'd have thought I had a contaminated bottle. What's with the sour vinegary taste permeating everything? Completely off-kilter.

This beer is an effing mess, and a near drainpour for me. Just a disaster on many levels.

Photo of giblet
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured from the big bottle into my glass with about one half inch of head. smells chocalaty and rich but has a hint of something off. the taste is where the "off" comes in. a hint of metalic cuts through and the beginning and then again at the end. rich dark color with good lacing down the glass but i dont understand the metal taste. too bad cuz i wanted this to be so good.

suckem up and movem out.


Photo of SMADMS
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A-- Pours a dark opaque black with a cappucino colored head 2 fingers of fine carbonation
S-- roasted malts and cocoa powder looking for more chocolate based on name
T-- (not what I expected) thin on the watery side touch of chocolate and malts, coffee slightly bitter with a surprisingly strange metal after taste
M-- expected a nice creamy texture to chew on but missed out. very thin and not as sweet as the name represents
D-- based on the name not impressed glad I only bought 1 bottle, however take the lable off and not knowing what I was drinking it is a decent stout

4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge three finger tall light brown head has a nice mix of bubbles that slowly fade leaving thick lace. Body is opaque thick syrupy blackness. Nose is full of coco, Yahoo chocolate drink and even a hint of spicey hops in the backround. As you take first sip you get sime smokey chocolate up front. A quick dose of bakers dark chocolate bitter is noticeable up next. Some distinct grassy hops show up at the end of the palate. Vanilla tones are there also. The dark chocolate feel really holds on to the mouthfeel on the back of the tongue. This is a nicely drinkable not over done chocolate stout. Drinks best on the warmer side.

Photo of jmalex
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What was supposed to be a special bottle while on vacation last week had to wait until because I was sick. Now that I can smell and taste again, I'm cracking it open.

APPEARANCE: Pours a deep black into a Duvel tulip. A fine-bubbled light tan head forms at about 2 fingers high and takes absolutely forever to drop. Lacing comes in curtains down the entire height of the glass.

SMELL: A nice balance of roasted coffee, burnt malt, mild dark fruits, and, of course, dark chocolate. The chocolate hardly stands out, instead fitting in nicely with all of the other aromas. No trace of any Belgian phenols or esters comes out at all. If I didn't know better, this smells like it used an American yeast strain.

TASTE: Ah, now that's what I was hoping for. A much more Belgian-style beer for sure. The combination of yeast esters with the traditional stout elements is a strange one for sure, but I find myself enjoying it immensely. Together, they create a rich fruitiness that is quite complex but shows a mild astringency. The chocolate comes out a bit more than in the nose, but it still doesn't jump out at you.

MOUTHFEEL: Silky smooth but only medium bodied. It actually finishes slightly dry (well, dryer than you expect from a stout), but that fits here. Carbonation is medium but spritzy.

DRINKABILITY: Being a Belgian-style beer, it's certainly prone to having a lighter body and thus going down much easier. It still has quite a significance to it though, so this 750mL bottle will be enough for me. Good for style.

A few people I know had set me up for disappointment with this, but instead I was pleasantly surprised. This makes a fantastic dessert beer and would be great for sharing with friends.

Photo of sleazo
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from last years batch.

A_The cork pops easily from the bottle and lets out a nice noise. The liquid itself is dark brown almost black. This provides a nice color contrast with the creamy, creamy mocha hued head. The sides of my mug are coated with sheets of foam. Very nice looking.

S_The nose is subtle. The prominent feature is a lightly roasted malt. In the background lurk the mild belgian yeast and a slight sourness. As it warms a sort of chocolate milk shake scent comes to the forefront.

T_A mildly bitter mostly milk chocolate scent is strong upon first sip. This is followed roasted and slightly charred malt. The finish is mildly phenolic with a nice sort of yeastiness. There is also a bit of milklike sweetness. All in all this does veer towards the sweet more than the bitter. There is a slight metallic taste that hinders the brew a bit.

M_Nicely creamy with a mild carbonation. The creamy head really adds to the body.

D_An interesting take on a chocolate stout, this one is hard to classify. If pressed and having no idea I would classify this as a milk/sweet stout. I will definitely pick this one up again, maybe to pour over some vanilla ice cream. Another interesting and unique beer from the Ommegang crew.

Photo of awall422
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured gently to avoid disturbing the yeast, as the bottle suggests... still put up a good 3 finger head, very frothy, which collapsed into a beautiful crater-laden landscape of suds. awesome lacing.

aroma id like a good quality hot chocolate, a little roasty grain maltness in the background.

taste is a bittersweet chocolate finishing on the sweet side. wouldn't know this was stonger than any standard stout.

mouthfeel is heavy, really coats the tongue. a nice rich feel like i enjoy in a stout.

way too drinkable for it's strength in terms of masking the alcohol. the sweetness and richness would make it hard for me to imagine polishing off a whole bomber myself. but i'll be happy to try!

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.

Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to JoeyBeerBelly for this one.

750ml Bottle

Poured into a tulip a very nice dark brown color, very nice carbonation, awesome two-finger creamy light tan head, lots and lots of nice thick sticky lacing follows through out. The nose is malty, some yeast notes, slight figs, raisins, plums, slight vanilla, with some nice tones of chocolate. The taste is very nice, slightly sweet, malty, nice notes of dark fruit, some chocolate tones. Full-Medium body, the alcohol is hidden very well, some chewyness, smooth. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty brew, just like all the Ommegang brews. Thanks Joe.

Photo of tpd975
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Really a lovely beer. Pours nice and coal black. The head is two fingers high and has retention as good as any beer I have ever seen. There is nice sheet lacing.

S: Hints of dark roasted malt and chocolate. Hints of dark fruits and nuts.

T: Nice roasted chocolate tastes with hints of nuts. There is a bit of astringent coffee taste. Tons of metal which really takes away from this one.

M: Medium in body with okay carbonation.

D: I can't get past the metal sorry.

Photo of Nipitato
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a bomber at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: This beer has serious legs. Dark chocolate brown hue topped with a dark tan head.

S: Malty sweet with cocoa powder/chocolate aromas. Quite boozy - perfumy alcohol aroma. Lots of dark fruit esters. Some coffee. This is a great smelling brew.

T: This tastes more like a stout than it smells. Dry roasty and bitter. Chocolaty and malty. Dark fruits come through but not really strong. Booze taste is perfumy and strong.

MF: Stout like and strong dark Belgian like all in one. This is quite good and I found it quite drinkable.

Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgian strong dark ale.

A: Pours a dark chocolate color with a big creamy cherry tan head.

S: Huge dark roasted aroma, some black coffee, dark toffee and dry chocolate notes dominates the palate.

T: Very dark and rich in nature with the dark bitterning malts and earthy hoppiness complimenting each other nicely. Theres just enough of the belgian yeast sneaking though to be apprciated behind the massive chocolate backing. A nice bitter chocolate finish with a great roasted quality

M: The mouthful and texture is quite smooth and silky, with a warming chocolate flavor dominating the tongue.

D: A easy drinking and very enjoyable strong dark ale with stout character.

Photo of unclecrappy
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a beautiful beer once it's poured into a chalice. But I was expecting something more than simply pretty.

A: It's not black, but a dark-enough brown that I caught just a flicker of light when I held the glass to my desk lamp. That's topped with a foamy tan head. Very nice.

S: The aroma is a luscious mix of bitter chocolate, toffee, roasted malts and a touch of alcohol. Unfortunately, it promises more than it delivers.

T: I expected a lot of a special release from one of my favorite breweries -- and maybe that's why this is disappointing. The chocolate flavor is there, nicely balanced with the roasties, and it's not too sweet. But a metallic tinge, present even as the beer warms, takes away from the overall experience.

M: About what it should be.

D: This isn't a bad beer by any stretch, but given Ommegang's track record, I was expecting to be blown away. I got a nice chocolate stout instead -- and that feels like a little bit of a letdown.

Photo of Franchise
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This special offering from Ommegang pours a onyx color leaving a thick tan head that is staying with this brew. The aroma is chocolate, dark pitted fruit, vanilla, oak, grainy powder chocolate, very pleasant aroma.

The taste is slightly metallic, smooth, cramy, some nice fruity undertones, chocolate, fresh baked cookies, frothy, very sweet there is a suttle hop presence but that metallic taste seems to dominate. This is a good beverage not the best by Ommegang but a decent brew.

Photo of jdhilt
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two finger thick brown head that fades slowly and leaves a good lace. Black as midnight. Good carbonation and heavy bodied. Chocolate nose. Flavor is a rich unsweetened chocolate with a bakers chocolate finish. Nice beefy stout. $11.49 for a 750ml bottle from Yankee Spirits South Attleboro, Ma.

Photo of dsa7783
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ML bottle copped caged and corked from New Beer Distributors in Manhattan on Chrystie Street for about $10...
This one had remained pretty elusive to me thus far...
Alc/Vol 7% on the front logo sticker...
A slow and steady pour yielded a jet-black, ebony hue with a gigantic foamy and frothy head that exhibited impressive staying power before slowly dissipating...
Smell replete with dark, burnt chocolate, molasses, strong cappuccino, and roasted malts...
Taste strongly complememented the aroma... More alcohol than I was expecting was noticeable on the tongue, which detracted from the overall level of drinkability... Coffee beans, dark chocolate, strong latte also present...
Creamy, thick mouthfeel, although drinkability took a hit due to the slightly cloying flavors and noticeable alcohol...
Not bad...

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Ommegang goblet. Pours a dark black and is slightly brown when held to the light. No head at all on this one. Some decent lacing.

Smells of alot of chocolate and for some reason I smell smokie scents. Some coffee in there too.

Alot less viscus than I was expecting. Tastes of dark bitter sweet chocolate. Delicious. Some coffee flavor in the background.

Mouthfeel has a little more carbonation than I like for this beer but is still good.

Drinkability is high since it is just chocolatie goodness. Not heavy and could be a good session beer. A good beer all together.

Photo of AaronHomoya
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL corked bottle.

Another very well done chocolate stout, as so many of them are. Impressive appearance that actually looked smooth, near-black in color with a big, rocky tan-colored head. My friend commented that it looked "vicious". Smell was somewhat straightforward of chocolate and roasted malt. Taste was nice - sweet, malty, chocolatey, a touch of coffee and a bit of fruitiness. Not too strong or bitter, but rather balanced. Mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat light for the style, which made it more drinkable and refreshing.

Photo of garymuchow
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chocolate in the aroma. Cocoa mostly and not excessive almost powdery. Nice. Slight roast in background.
Poured with dark head of some height that eventually settled to smooth cap with elevated edges leaving a sticky drippy lacing. Dark chocolaty looking drink.
Flavor is more complex than aroma with chocolate and roast in similar form as aroma, but a nice hop bitterness kicking in as it warms adding a favorable complexity and length to the drink that really rounds it out nicely. Alcohol is noticeable, especially when colder as it blends better when warm.
Nice moderate feel with carbonation that enhances without distracting.
Overall a good drink. Richness is high so there may be limits on it, but it went well with my strawberry birthday pie.

Chocolate Indulgence Stout from Brewery Ommegang
86 out of 100 based on 1,240 ratings.