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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: 75 | FT: 3
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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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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.58/5  rDev +20.5%

Appearance - light gets through the thinner part of the pint glass, near the base, showing some dark burgundy hues. Two+ fingers of thick mocha lace. A few columns sink down quickly while the rest of the cap stays thick and full. Lots of irregularity to the lacing - streaks, spots, dot, and clumps.

Aroma - roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate. Plenty of length and persistence though the volume does drop off some.

Taste - milk chocolate, coffee, and unfortunately an annoying presence of metal. This is a damn fine tasting beer except for that, at least at the beginning. The swallow has some nice roast and heavenly chocolate flavor. One of the best chocolate/coffee flavor combos I've had in recent memory. The metal fades after a bit but I still detect some of it. The aftertaste and finish has a prickly feel to it, while dark chocolate and roasted coffee lingers.

Mouthfeel - a good magnetic smoothness that somehow helps itself into the mouth. I find I'm taking rather large mouthfuls of this, the way you drink a big pull of chocolate milk. Tamed carbonation, just enough to support the taste. Perfect.

Drinkability - awesome flavor in a mighty drinkable package. I need a case of these...

brewdlyhooked13, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of medic25
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%

Served in a Chimay chalice from a 750ml bottle. Rich dark color, with a head that looks like hot chocolate. Bitter chocolate aroma. Flavor improves as the beer warmed. Taste is a dry, bitter chocolate flavor, with a little hint of hops. Rich flavor, extremely easy drinking. Great chocolate flavor without being overly sweet. A nice change from the other delicious Belgian offerings that Ommegang offers.

medic25, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of erosier
4.18/5  rDev +10%

Pours a nice dark brown from the bottle with a medium fluffy tan head that laces the glass all the way down. The aroma is of dark malts, some fruitiness from the yeast and then lots of chocolate. The taste is really good, and interesting. I wasn't expecting it to be as rich as it was, but it certainly lives up to its name - chocolate indulgence. It has a nice chocolate and fruity flavor that combines pretty nicely. It has a very soft and velvety mouthfeel which is not what I was expecting, even with a belgian ale. That being said it was pretty drinkable, but it could be better I think, maybe if it had a little harder feel to it.

erosier, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
4.63/5  rDev +21.8%

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ, finally getting a chance to try this,

A: Pours a dark brown, chocolate coloured to be exact, with a full off-white/tan head, great lacing, with good retention.

S: Dark chocolate, as opposed to the direct milk chocolate of Young's, first response was Chocolate Malt Instant Breakfast that my dad always used to drink in the '90s.

T: Delicious full chocolate taste, it literally tastes like a milkshake, if you want to taste chocolate in a beer, try this, there's really not much more to say, just tasty as hell.

M: Lighter than I expected, but still has a good body, has a rocky/chalky character too, as well, which is interesting.

D: A delicious beer, much more of a Milk Stout than a BSDA, no real ester, dark fruit character here, but just a tasty stout, yum.

Halcyondays, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of treehugger02010
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

I had this on tap at Capone's Restaurant in Norristown, Pa. It was served in a snifter.
Appearance: A deep black body with a large tan head, wonderful head retention and superb lacing.
Smell: Not much in the way of aroma at all, but what was there was a slight coffee peaking through.
Taste: Again, not much going on, and especially not to much chocolate, but it was very sweet.
Mouthfeel: Smooth.
Drinkability: Good, despite its flaws.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of jokelahoma
4.18/5  rDev +10%

Poured into an Ommegang tulip at Old Chicago in Olathe, KS.

Poured a beautiful dark brown with a full head of deep khaki foam that laced every inch down the glass.

The nose is full of dry cocoa notes, with no hop presense I can find anywhere. A hint of a sweet background malt completes the aroma. Simple, yet enticing.

Poured too cold, being in the same cooler as the BMC products. Once it warmed, however, it was quite nice. A bittersweet chocolate sets the tone, with only a hint that a good deal of that bitterness comes from hops. In spite of the sweetness in the nose, there's really none in the flavor. This is dry through and through. Where a beer like Young's Double Chocolate is sweet and thick (as it should be for its style), this one is more cocoa than chocolate. Malt flavors blend rather than compete with the cocoa flavors. There is no hop flavor at all, at least none I can detect. The bitter chocolate, the dryness, the balance... this is really, really good.

The mouthfeel is thinnish, and perfectly appropriate for a beer that is this dry throughout. It fits.

I didn't really know what to expect with this one. I remembered liking my one-ounce sample at GABF, but not enough to draw a conclusion. Now that I've had a few pours, I like this one. Well made, different, tasty. Highly recommended.

jokelahoma, Feb 15, 2008
Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%

My last to try from the Ommegang line-up. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my snifter.

A-Pours with deep brown/black body and an approximately 2 finger creamy tan head. Head slowly subsides to a thick collar. The collar remains the whole way down. Plenty of lacing is left behind in the glass. When held up to the light a cloudy translucent brown can be seen along the top.

S-Nose has mild to medium potency. Cocoa powder dominates the nose, but a deeper, rich chocolate malt and alcohol can also be detected.

T- Roasted bitter chocolate malt up front with a distinctive presence of alcohol looming in the background. A chocolate sweetness also hits the palate mid-sip. The gasoline-like bitterness from the combination of roasted malt and alcohol intensifies for the finish almost wiping the chocolate away completely from the flavor. What is left to linger is a Belgian candy-like sweetness and the presence of cocoa powder.

M- Low carbonation and medium weight, somewhat powdery body.

D-The latest offering from one of my favorite breweries ends up being nothing short of average. This Belgian stout is only 7% ABV and it tastes like it has 11+. I am disappointed by this brew-but only because everything else form Ommegang is simply decadent. It's not a bad brew but its definitely not an "indulgence." I'll have this again-if I don't have to pay for it.

PittBeerGirl, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of scott
1.98/5  rDev -47.9%

V.07

Pleasant pour that has nice clarity, and a tight spritzy head. Subdued roasted malts, I wish this was more expressive.
Wow, this starts and finishes tasting like a coin. How, since there is no cap?! What the hell is going on here? This has never been anywhere other than a working refridgerator. Highly dissapointing. Thin and just disappointing...
The only thing positive i can point out in this review is that it looks spectacular after a couple of pulls in a chalice - it rings wonderfully.
Trying to pull out a save with this, I let it sit. I lightly swirled it to help it open and ended up catching some nice funky lambic characteristics that sparked some hope, but alas, to no avail. Sorry. The metallic bite never fades and allows anything else to be enjoyed. Pass.

Edit: After reading reviews, I wonder if mine was infected (obviously off-tasting), but as I said, this never saw daylight or warmth. After an hour, the remains still taste like nothing more than a coin...

scott, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of Viggo
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%

Insane club brew day tasting, DrJay provided this one.

Pours an opaque black/brown, massive and thick brown head forms, leaves behind a ton of lace, settles to a solid layer. Smell is neat, chocolate, roast, yeast, bread, funk, dark fruits, nice malt, decent sourness, works well with the chocolate. Taste is rich chocolate, bread, yeast, Belgiany funk, fruits, bit of roast, more chocolate, sour finish, nice. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, nice chocolate roast aftertaste. Pretty neat beer, the chocolate is nice and the funk works well. Thanks Jay!

Viggo, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of irishkyle21
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%

Pours into the snifter with a large tanned head. Holds up well. The glass is full of lacing. Has a deep brownish black color.

Smells of roasted malt, earthy and of course a good dose of cocoa.

The nose is good but this beer really stands out once you drink it (IMO). Lots of chocolaty roasted malts and some hop bitterness. I was not expecting so much chocolate and it lingers nicely in the finish.

irishkyle21, Feb 12, 2008
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 shbobdb
4/5  rDev +5.3%

I was told this was a "stout", which I suppose it sort of is in a "De Dolle" sort of way, but I guess it wasn't quite what I was expecting. Not in a bad way, but there was a moment of dissonance when I actually tasted it and what I got did not line up with what I was prepared for. I actually like being surprised, so it was a nice way to go.

The beer pours inky black with an absurdly large head. The head was just incredible, a dark coffee-and-creme meringue. Really amazing.

The nose was strangely conflicting, I thought. There was a lot of fruity Belgian esters mixing with chocolate. Prunes and chocolate are a strange sensation.

But the taste pulled the distinct elements together and really made them work. There was a strong, sweet, fruity Belgian character that played off the roasted malts and chocolate to produce something reminiscent of milk chocolate.

That is really how it felt, like drinking a good bar of milk chocolate. A nice creamy texture that mixed with the chocolate taste creating an silky, milky experience.

I thought it was a pretty nice beer. Far from being just another "stout with chocolate", this is a beer that stands on its own and I dig that.

shbobdb, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of Murchmac
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%

Beer pours with a nice head a beautiful dark chocolate brown. Seems light and airy although a deep hue it has.

It has hints of chocolate smell, cocoa soap smell.

Tastes of some chocolate, carbonated like a belgian, but not overly carbonated. Some good lingering burnt coffee taste on the mouth.

Decent mouthfeel, leaves you with a sweet bakers chocolate aftertaste.

Overall an ok beer. I would not buy it again.

Murchmac, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of iceviper22
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%

A: Bottle poured a deep dark black with a tall tan loose bubbly head that stayed around for the whole session.

S: It has nice strong toasty malt aroma with a little semi-sweet cocoa scent mixed in. Some nutty, and coffee tones also add to the nice smell.

T: There isn't as much of a chocolate taste as I expected from the description and smell. It has a nice balance of coffee and toasted malt flavors with only a hint of bittersweet cocoa to it. The alcohol gives it a nice warming sensation too.

M: There was little carbonation and a nice smooth somewhat velvety mouthfeel. Very nice dessert beer mouthfeel.

D: Overall, this beer was a little different than I expected it to be but I still enjoyed it a lot and could have drank another tall bottle of it. It's a great dessert/after dinner beer.

iceviper22, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of sfoley333
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%

Poured on tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad 2-7-08. Poured into a 10oz glass. Poured a midnight black color with a thick tan head. Smell is roasted malt with a slight coco smell. Taste is very mild with just a roasted malt flavor border line burnt flavor with a ever so slight chocolate flavor at the very end. Mouthfeel was full body with a medium carbonation level. The beer itself is pretty easy to drink since the alcohol level is hidden very well, but I was very disappointed that the chocolate flavor was really a afterthought. While a good american stout, it certainly doesnt live up to its name and would rather drink Southern Tier or Rogue's chocolate stouts.

sfoley333, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of blackie
3.8/5  rDev 0%

a: Gives a nice mocha head with good retention and light lacing. Deep brown in color, nearly black. Light lacing.

s: Nice nose...black and smooth roasted malts with a dry, semisweet chocolate aroma. Papery Belgian hops. Light ethanol note. On the light side but carrying some good Belgian stout character.

m: Carbonation around low-medium, with a cleanly full body. Silky, smooth. Carbonation on the low side, for me.

t: Full of black, smooth roasted, and pale malts. Dusty semisweet Belgian cocoa flavor, on the light side. Maybe some bitter tobacco. Progresses from smooth to more astringent/roasty in the finish. Light hop flavor with a light bitterness in the finish. Good, but not really "indulgent" and a little weak.

d: very easy

blackie, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of BDIMike
4.18/5  rDev +10%

Pours a dark black color. Nice tan, almost brown head, that retains throughout.
Smell is nice. Strong chocolate malt smell. Hints of alcohol at the end.
Taste is good. Not as chocolatey as it smells. The chocolate you can taste, but there are also nice roasted malts to balance it out.
Great mouthfeel. Very thick and smooth.
Drinkability is very nice. Doesn't drink like the high ABV. Hard to put this one down inbetween sips.

BDIMike, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of beermanbrian
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

750 ml bottle

Pours a almost black color with just hints of brown and ruby when held up to the light. The head foams up with a cola like fizz to it. Smell has a distinct cocoa powder note with some burnt malt to compliment. Taste is surprisingly mild. There is cocoa but the burnt malt almost dissapears. Don't know if it's the cocoa powder smell or what but it has a chaulky mouthfeel. Very smooth finish. I have to say I was expecting something a little more in your face. This is much smoother than expected and almost slips into milk stout range. Overall a nice beer that i'm glad I had the chance to try.

beermanbrian, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

Pours with a frothy, initially three-finger thick, brown tinged, tan colored head that leaves a tight lacing pattern on the sides of the glass and forms a modestly rocky surface as it slowly subsides. The beer is almost black in color, but has a touch of brown to it; if held up directly to the light I can just make out a ruby hue to this mostly opaque brew. The aroma smells of sweet chocolate extract as I am pouring the brew, but under direct observation this notes seems to take a back seat to the roast character. At other times though the chocolate note plays a more prominent role. Aromas of amply toasted grain, lightly roasted coffee, browned bread crust, sweet chocolate extract and chocolate liquor all mix together here in the nose.

The beer is fairly dry, lightly tart, but does have a touch of malt sweetness to it. This has a medium fullness to it and the beer finishes with a distinct, yet not overwhelming, roast grain bitterness. The long finish even has a touch of lingering, espresso-like acidity to it. Flavors of chocolate find there expression in the middle of this brew at it lingers on into the near finish; this corresponds to where the malt sweetness is found in this brew. This brew has a really nice, soft, creamy mouthfeel to it, especially as the initial full carbonation dies down a bit. The chocolate character & sweetness increases and the roast notes decrease as this brew warms up and loses carbonation too. It is actually much better after sitting around for 20+ minutes. At times notes of alcohol in the finish provide just a hint of warming and evoke thoughts of chocolate liquor.

With a name like Chocolate Indulgence I would expect this to be a little more decadent; perhaps a touch more residual malt sweetness would be just the thing. This does need a chance to breath, lose some carbonation and warm up a bit before it really comes into its own. Just out of the bottle it is a touch dimensionless and has a bit too much roast character (both roast notes and burnt acidity).

Gueuzedude, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4/5  rDev +5.3%

a: Deep brown to black, thin light tan head, small patches of lacing.

s: Roasted malt, sweet chocolate.

t: Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, bitterness in the finish, seems like its from the malt, not hops. Seems to have a good amount of residual sweetness, like a milk stout. Some interesting belgian yeast flavors.

m: Very smooth, creamy, seems light on the palate.

d: Alcohol is completely hidden, very drinkable, not too rich or thick. An interesting beer, the chocolate is noticeable, but not overwhelming. Its an enjoyable beer, but at $12 bottle, I don't plan on buying another.

BradLikesBrew, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of tonistruth
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%

on tap @ San Diego Brewing Company

A- deep brown with lingering tan foam

S- chocolate and roasted malts, some alcohol

T- roasted malts with an even more roasted aftertaste, chocolate with some alcohol at finish, pretty mellow overall

M- smooth, easy flowing

D- subtle & smooth, very enjoyable roasted flavors, though i didn't enjoy the alcohol much, definitely worth a try

tonistruth, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of BWMKappaSig
3.8/5  rDev 0%

Appearance - Nearly pitch black with a hint of mohogany. Light brown head leaves a slight lace on the glass.

Smell - Smells of lightly roasted, caramely malts. Not overly strong.

Taste - Slightly burnt taste immediately, with a fruity background. There are distinct chocolate and coffee notes within.

Mouthfeel - Creamy, almost chewy body.

Drinkability - Certainly enjoyable.

BWMKappaSig, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Very dark brown, nearly black, with a pillowy tan cap the left chunky lace clinging to the glass. The aroma was bready and roast, some coffee and a little yeast character, plus some chocolate and malt notes. Low bitterness with plenty of malt, dry cocoa, roasty coffee, bready yeast, and a bit of alcohol. Maybe a hint of smoke too. Light tartness of sour cherries and lingering bittersweet chocolate. Medium bodied with generous carbonation, quite creamy. I thought the flavours held together quite well. Highly enjoyable and easily drinkable.

DrJay, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%

Overall, this beer is really good, but too subtle at times. It'd be one thing is I was drinking a bitter, but a strong dark ale needs to be strong.

That said, there are some wonderful chocolate aromas and flavors going on. Sweet like fine Belgian chocolate on one hand, matched with darker, dry cocoa. There's a mild Belgian spice, nothing too fruity, and then a bit of dark bready grains.

The feel and drinkability of this beer are great. Super smooth with well hidden alcohol make for a great dessert beer that isn't too thick.

tempest, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of IdentityAles
2.2/5  rDev -42.1%

Served in a tulip @ ~45 F

Nose: Metallic up front, some citrus, spice notes (yeast derived), and very slight hint of earthy dark chocolate.

Appearance: Black, nearly 100% opaque, with a large fluffy brown head and nice lacings.

Flavor: First hit with a bit of citrus fruit followed by some spices, maybe a hint of nutmeg, and that earthy dark chocolate bitterness. But in the end it is a predominate metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, but that metallic taste ruined it all because it left me thinking I was sucking on a penny.

Overall: Somethings wrong here, hopefully only my bottle. I can see where you'd get metallic flavor from using too much chocolate or maybe the wrong type. Perhaps that is what happened. But it wasn't pleasant, I dumped the bottle with a frown on my face... I love Chocolate beers and Ommegang but this one was just bad.

IdentityAles, Jan 20, 2008
Chocolate Indulgence Stout from Brewery Ommegang
86 out of 100 based on 1,172 ratings.