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Chocolate Indulgence Stout - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 1,228
Reviews: 692
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 71
Gots: 90 | 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 awall422
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
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
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
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
3/5  rDev -21.3%
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
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
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
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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

almost a complete blackout in my glass, Initial flavors of coffee and sweetness from the dark malts, but nothing too unbalanced; quit nice. The finish is what really grabbed me with it's dryness obviously coming from its use of cocoa powder delivering dark chocolate flavors that were very pleasing to the taste buds. This is a delicious beer that I will certainly try again.

Photo of kbnooshay
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As black as black can be with a nice frothy tan head. Good lace is left behind. This smells mostly of cocoa powder. Rich dark belgian chocolate flavor with a hint of coffee. The malt punch is strong at first with chocolate flavor coming in strong in the aftertaste. The feel is very smooth. Not quite as chocolately as i would have expected and probably the least impressive ommegang release to date but its still solid. Very rich and full bodied. Incredibly drinkable.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Kryptic: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma is totally dominated by loads of chocolate malt notes with some subtle sweetness. Taste is a mix between some huge chocolate notes with some light sweet notes. Body is slightly thin for the style with a nice creamy texture thought and some good carbonation. Alcohol was not apparent. Overall, a very interesting experiment by this fine brewery but lacking some character and maybe some lactose to be truly inspiring.

Photo of generallee
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of RonfromJersey
2.3/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Daark brown body with plenty of carbonation, topped by a hefty medium to dark tan frothy head. Good lacing.

Very mild aroma, more roasty coffee than chocolate.

Lightly sweet beginning, mild chocolate which gives way to a coffee presence in the finish.

Unusally light mouthfeel. Drinks too easily, there is little to notice as it rushes down the throat.

A passable brewpub porter maybe, but a massive disappointment as Ommegang's corked and caged Anniversary "indulgence".

Photo of david131
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A very dark brown liquid with a beautiful brown head that has pretty nice retention. Very nice lacing as well.

S- Malty with a hint of chocolate and a little bit of Belgian spice as well as some coffee.

T- Malty, a little earthy, some hop presence, some chocolate and Belgian notes as well. Kind of complex, but not really all that chocolaty.

M- Kind of watery at first, but in the end it was kind of refreshing.

D- Good, but not what was advertised. I would not get this again for what I paid for it.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's amazing Belgian brewers haven't experimented more with combining two of their country's finest exports: Beer and Chocolate. So Ommegang steps in, which is pretty much the next best thing to authentic Belgian beer. Kudos to them. High hopes for this one.

Pours a typically stout-looking stout: opaque black body with a thick tan head. What gives this an outstanding appearance is the head, which is incredibly firm and produces dense, thick walls of lace is it thins. Gorgeous.

While the aroma is decent, it's interesting that coffee and roasted malts dominate the chocolate character. What chocolate character is there is more of a dusty dark baking chocolate. Since taste matters most, I can't dock it points for lacking chocolate in the nose, and for what's actually present, it's a very nice aroma.

As for the flavor: the chocolate, while present, is far from dominant. I come away more with impressions of dark roast coffee and toasted grains. I get S'mores action with this stout: graham cracker-ish maltiness, flavor of toasted marshmallows, and of course chocolate. But not enough chocolate. That comes out fuller and stronger with warming, which seems to recommend that this beer be sipped and allowed to breathe and warm over time. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin, but propped up well enough by ample carbonation and a pleasing milkiness.

Finishes with a lingering bitterness, much like very dark, bitter chocolate. While I appreciate subtlety, it's almost too subtle. Especially for a beer called "Chocolate Indulgence". It's good, but typical of so many other U.S.-brewed stouts, ones made by 2nd and 3rd rate breweries even. The lack of any discernible Belgian characteristics was unexpected.

Photo of dhd1491
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an impenetrable black with dense foamy tan head that ain't goin' nowhere. By appearance I was expecting to be knocked over with aroma and flavor, but both are actually pretty subtle. Roasted malts with a light buttery mouthfeel. Cocoa and caramel and charcoal and berries come to mind. Very easy to drink! I'm usually a little wary of stouts, finding many a little heavy and smoky for my taste, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one.
Just for fun, after the Chocolate Indulgence, I poured my last bottle of Old Rasputin Imperial from North Coast for comparison.

Same black-as-night appearance. Old Rasputin's head is even thicker, looks like it would support a silver dollar. Rasputin definitely packs more of a punch. More viscous, almost oily mouthfeel. Dense smoke and caramelized malts. Big alcohol backbone. Despite all that, really drinkable, though. I think it comes down to mood. On a freezing cold winter's night in front of a nice cracklin' hardwood fire, I reach for the Old Rasputin. The Chocolate Indulgence I would enjoy any time of year in any weather.

Photo of bkilpatr
2.53/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into an Ommegang Flute. 05/09/08. The cork came out with a thunderous pop, followed by a gush of beer.

Pours a blackish brown with maybe three fingers of puffy tan head. The head fades leaving nice lacing around the glass. Aroma is very Belgian, yeasty bread with a touch of sourness. Not getting any chocolate at all in the aroma, or any maltiness for that matter.

The taste is rather confusing on this one. On one sip, I'll get lightly roasted malt, creamy milk chocolate, and dark fruits (raisin, fig). On the next, I get a nasty metallic flavor. When I do get a roasted chocolate sip, it's quite nice, but the metallic sips really detract from the experience.

The feel is thin and watery, feels more like an English porter than a stout. Drinkability is decent. The metal taste really kills it. If it weren't there, the score would be much higher.

This could be really good once they get rid of that darn metallic flavor.

EDIT: The previous review is of the 2007 version. I had the 2008 edition a couple months ago and it was MUCH improved. I read somewhere that the recipe was tweaked for the '08, and the metallic taste was completely gone. I didn't take notes for a review, but it would score much higher.

Photo of Zap2008
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked bottle. Poured into an Ommegang 10th anniversary flute.

Color - black with some brown when the light hits it. Dark tan two finger head.

Smell - nothing overpowering, a little bit of cacao

Taste - Tastes strongly of coffee and chocolate with some spices as it goes down. Very smooth.

Drinkability - Smooth for something with 7% alcohol, but definitely not a session beer.

Notes - The taste is less enjoyable with bigger sips. I opened this with the intention of finishing the bottle, but as I poured my second glass I decided that it would be too filling. The bottle would have filled three glasses.
I paired mine with a Bavarian Beer cheese and a goat milk Brie. The Bavarian beer cheese went perfectly with it, but the Brie was so-so. I stupidly expected something sweeter when I saw the words Chocolate Indulgence.

Photo of Twerknasty
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thick pour, with a hot chocolate color head that lasts forever. Two opposite smells of chocolate, one being sweet chocolate- the later being dark. French roast coffee beans come out a little on the nose as well. The palate starts off with chocolate that is actually quite creamy, almost sweet. Only until you take a breath of air, does the dark roasted malts and dark chocolate really take effect. I really wanted to see more of a rich/creamy palate with a chocolate style beer. Good balance, nothing over the top- although I would appreciate a little more complexity to be great.

Photo of Rzzzzz
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay glass. Black with a thin tan head that leaves a scant trail of lacework behind.

Aroma is mostly chocolate and fruit, plus more chocolate, and some toasted malt.

Initial taste is a tie: dark chocolate and metal. I should mention that I bought this bottle refrigerated, it warmed to room temperature by the time I got it home and I kept it cellared at maybe 60 degrees for about 6-8 weeks before refigerating again just before drinking. Whether or not these temperature changes contributed to the metallic taste I don't know.

Once I got past the underlying metallic flavor there was pleasant lingering taste of chocolate. Notes of coffee and toasted malt, but mostly a dark chocolate flavor.

Mouthfeel is nice--medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. I could see myself drinking more of this if it weren't for that metallic flavor, but as it was I didn't have a problem sacrificing a small portion for a steak maridande. (Definitely improved the marinade, I'll say that!)

Chocolate Indulgence Stout from Brewery Ommegang
86 out of 100 based on 1,228 ratings.