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Chocolate Indulgence Stout - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 1,250
Reviews: 697
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 83
Gots: 92 | 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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Ratings: 1,250 | Reviews: 697
Photo of Redwood21
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: absolutely love the look of this beer it has an inky blackish brown base color with a dark khaki tan head that is fluffy chewy sticky and just overall appealing

S: coffee chocolate and beer...yup and roasted malt and burnt toast.

T: there is a light malt and chocolate coffee taste there is a bit of wood smoke. there is a more abundant chocolate taste after it warms a bit

M/D: this is a good beer with a very creamy texture. if you like chocolate and stouts this is a great beer for you to try

Photo of Derek
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a creamy, tan head. Good retention & lacing.

S: Belgian dark meets chocolate stout... even more Belgian with the yeast sediment. Great stuff.

T: Chocolate (though not overly chocolately, nothing like a rogue), molasses, spice, dark fruit, slightly roasty, moderate bitterness, alcohol is well-hidden.

M: Moderate to full body has a dry finish with a slight roasted acidity.

D: Quite drinkable for its strength.

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

750 ml cork-in-cage bottle opened with a hearty pop!, poured into a chalice yields a dark ebony body impenetrable to even the blaze of direct morning sunlight, capped with a fat layer of creamy mottled beige foam. The head retains at a thick creamy sheet throughout the encounter, leaving webby lacing stuck all over the glass.

The smell of the drink is malty and sweet, with lots of dark and milk chocolate. A grainy tang lurks underneath.

The taste is sweet and richly chocolatey with fine caramel maltiness. As in the nose, the chocolate flavors are front and center in a palette of sweet, semisweet, and unsweetened-bitter abundance. Though rich, the drink never approaches any level of 'overly sweet', maintaining instead a nicely balanced profile with a little dryness in the malty backbone.

The drink is smooth and satisfying with a heavy-medium body and fine carbonation. Though the very name 'Chocolate Indulgence' makes this brew sound like a sipper-type dessert beer, Ommegang's delectable little offering is still a grownup drink that makes me wish I had a sixtel or a pony keg of it, 'stead of just this fat bottle.

Though Belgian dark chocolate was used in the brewing, I have no idea how or why this drink is classified as a 'Belgian Strong Dark Ale'... it's nothing similar to any I ever had... the descriptor is dead wrong, as this brew is a 'stout', make no mistake, and a very tasty one at that!

Photo of brdc
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks LittleBreeze for this one. Large corked bottle poured into a snifter.

Near pitch black, dark tan, thin head, little retention and lacing.
Aroma is mostly choclate, but rather faint. Dark fruits, roasted malts make a few appearances, but overall, a poor nose.
Very thin for the style, whether you call this a belgian dark or a stout; the dominant flavor is again chocolate, but disappointingly weak; no depth of flavor, at all. No complexity either.
This beer tastes OK, but considering the brewery, and the style, is a major disappointment.

Photo of blatherbeard
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Probably the darkest beer ive had, ever. The smell is a bit overpowering of beer. I really dont smell anything but. Unfortunately i overpoured so the head is rediculous but still not bad tasting like some heads get. I was startled by the lack of carbonation. Startled but not unimpressed. The foam tasted like a simple ommegang but the beer iteself tasted like....well like nothing but the aftertaste was a spectacular chocolate flavor with no bitter aftertaste. I rate this one above Young's but below the Rouge i had on tap. Although i have yet to taste anything close to the Rogue i had on tap, even a bottle of rogue. Ive been dissapointed by all the chocolate beers since my first taste of one, but never all out dissatisfied. Maybe my memory of the first time is like my memory of my first woman. Distorted but not all untrue. ;)

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

I would like to thank Pehlman for sharing this beer with me. He purshased it at BEVMO in my company. :)

A: Probably the best lacing and head retention that I have witnessed in a beer. Almost black with tan light brown head. I'm still impressed with the head.

S: Basically chocolate with some belgian spices mixed in. Nothing too impressive.

T: Really good balance. I'm not sure how to describe it, other then subtle chocolate with a nice finish. No alcohol presence at all. A little metallic flavor. Has less chocolate flavor then Young's Double Choc., but a better taste.

M: Almost no carbonation; a little on the light side...but it's 7%..therefore, its all good with me.

D: Actually, awesome...could probably put down a whole bomber myself.

Overall: A little better then Young's Choc. Stout and similar to it...highly recommend.

Photo of Pehlman
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: appearance is blacker than black. nice tall bronze-tan head. Heavy lacing.

S: My favorite part of this beer. of course I can smell the chocolate with a faint hint of begian spices.

T: Nice flavor of chocolate but it does have a bit of metalic flavor to it. Almost reminiscent of Stone 12th anniversary. Maybe it will improve as it warms.

M: Good feel. A bit foamy but with perfect feel of carbonation on the initial taste. Lingers just enough to leave you wanting another sip.

D: Not too bad. Would definately drink one again. But its not something im gona go searching for.

Photo of Proteus93
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black as night, and the head forms like the molten core of a burnt marshmallow. As it rests, that becomes more of a sparkling foam, beginning to roll

S: A subdued blend of cocoa powder, coffee, and roasted malts. Quite light on the nose.

T + M: The mouthfeel is powdery with the slightly bitter cocoa taking the flavour front. Not horribly sweet, which is a positive, but not exactly delicate, either. Some light dashes of malt and coffee come through towards the finish. It's good, but somewhat lacking in character. Carbonation is just about right, body is medium, finish is decently dry.

D: Alcohol is not as hefty as some of the style can be. Overall satisfaction is somewhere in the middle of the road, however. It's certainly not a bad beer, and well worth trying, but not one that came across as particularly complex to my palate.

Photo of JoeMayo
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ommegang is usually EXCELLENT at what they do, however, this was a huge let-down.

A- Pours a really thin dark brown (almost black) with a thick, but quickly dissipating head. However, the small cap of tan foam that stays lasted the whole glass.

S- It smells pretty good. The incredible combination of Belgian yeast and spice combined with aromas of roasty malts, chocolate, and coffee were a unique, but great mix.

T- It's like drinking Allagash Black with pennies in your mouth. I can taste the yeastiness, the spices, the delicious chocolate, the coffee, and a spicy hop-presence, but all of these flavors are distracted by this terrible metallic presence.

M- Thin and flat, but slightly creamy

D- It's not particularly hard to get down (especially since its so thin), but I almost didn't want to finish it.

Photo of dino213aa
1.75/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Years ago when Ommegang first came on the scene, I was truly a big fan. Here was a brewery that took the essence of Belgium and made something unique, American and in many respects superior to their counterparts. However, when they sold out to Duvel, they sold their soul to the very people they were besting.

There is no greater example of this than in their "Chocolate Indulgence Stout." The impression this beer gives you by its label and marketing is something lush, rich and chocolaty. Unfortunately the reality is something disappointing at every level.

When poured into the glass, this beer looks weak. Instead of the deep rich blackness and thick, foamy head you expect from a stout, you get a dark but watery looking color and loose uneven foam.

The most I could smell was a slight sweetness and a vague chocolate scent.

The most disappointing part of this beer is the taste. The expectation of this is something rich, malty and chocolaty. Instead what I tasted was a beer that achieved the feat of being both bitter and tart at the same time. I suppose this is a conflict between the bitterness of the hops and the sourness of the chocolate. The result is something that is more like snacking on grocery store baking chocolate than Godiva.

Don't look for the usual rich stout mouthfeel here. This stout will sit on your palette like the flimsiest brown ale or a porter cut with water. Another big letdown.

Instead of a beer I could at least get accustomed to, I was left with an almost undrinkable glass. I struggled at every sip, hoping desperately that I could adjust to this beer and find some value... yet I made it through a whole 22oz bottle and never received the gratification I expected.

Ultimately this beer was a huge disappointment from a once favorite brewery. How sad.

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.

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Chocolate Indulgence Stout from Brewery Ommegang
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