Chocolate Indulgence Stout - Brewery Ommegang
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4.45/5 rDev +16.8%
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.
12-23-2007 19:50:43 | More by MSchae1017
3.45/5 rDev -9.4%
Poured from a 750 ml. bottle. Leaves a big crazy foamy 3-plus finger espresso foam colored head, which has excellent retention, and leaves webs of excellent sticky lacing. Body is the deepest possible brown, almost black. This is a beautiful ale, and appearance will be this ale's high point.
Smell - aromas of cloves, horseblanket, and an acrid roasted malt, and there is a faint wiff of chocolate.
Taste - mild flavors of burnt roasted malt and bitter dark chocolate both washed through with horseblanket. Somewhat hearty while being rather acrid, followed by sour.
Mouthfeel - medium bodied, somewhat semi-dry from the acridness of the roast.
Drinkability - this is a good ale, but not a great one. I'd go for a 750 ml. bottle every now and then, but not on any kind of regular basis. Also, high abv limits sessionability.
12-20-2007 21:40:05 | More by ultralarry2006
3.55/5 rDev -6.8%
12 ounce goblet from Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach for $5.50
Color was an opaque dark brown, when held up to the light it was a much lighter shade of brown, there was a miniscule light tan head that mellowed almost immedately, not much retention or lacing
Smell was roasted malt and lots of sweet chocolate, there was also some caramel and burnt aromas
Taste was much sweeter than originially anticipated, taste got different each sip, more candy-like as the beer got warmer, started off with dark chocolate and eventually mellowed into milk chocolate, along the way there was some faint coffee and strong caramel flavors, also a little marshmallow, not much of a hop character, malt dominated this beer, overall lots and lots of chocolate which is probably how it gots its name, would like to taste this in another once it has really mellowed out
The body was full, but it could have used more carbonation in my opinion, taste did not last as long as it could have either
Could have drank another glass of this and that would have been about it, very heavy and the sweetness would eventually become very filling, I believe the ABV was around eight percent according to the bartender as well
I believe this one is about a year old, it seems like more age will continue to do justice to this one, not quite sure how this one is called a Belgian dark ale, more of a porter or lighter stout to me, only the second Ommegang beer I have tried but a good one, I recommend it, especially this time of year
12-20-2007 20:09:10 | More by Floydster
3.48/5 rDev -8.7%
Dark black coffee-colored pour with a tight and creamy head of whipped brown froth. Nice retention and lace.
Aroma is milder than expected, creamy milk chocolate, chocolate malts, and faint dark fruit.
Flavor starts with roasty chocolate and mildly scorched dark malt noted that lead to very light creamed coffee and dark caramel. There are hints of dry, cracked leather and old wood. No real Belgian character to it, or at least not as much as I was expecting.
Body is medium, very fluffy and smooth on the palate, and quite drinkable. Overall I was expecting more for the large price tag. This reminds me of Chambly Noir, only kicked up a notch.
We mixed the last few glasses with a sweet Kriek Lambic and it was sensational.
12-19-2007 20:19:29 | More by AlexJ
2.95/5 rDev -22.6%
750 ml bottle poured into a chimay goblet
Appearance: Pitch black with a tan head, bubbles hang around center mostly, lacing is not so strong
Smell: Aroma is actually quite mild with roasted barley and the scent of semi sweet chocolate coming through most strongly. (could be the glass)
Taste: Very smooth on the front with a taste of bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt. The claims of metallic are certainly true tho which dominates the after taste. It feels like there is a penny on the tip of your tounge. The glass isnt worth it folks
Overall: Wouldnt buy this again, i got it in the 3 pack and must say the the 3 philosophers and hennipin are better, and im really not a fan of saisons.
12-19-2007 04:03:07 | More by YankChef
3.55/5 rDev -6.8%
Pours with a nice, mildly foamy head. Fine lacing hangs around, clinging to the sides of the glass. Deep brown in color, like a cup of rich coffee. The scent is unmistakably Belgian like, with the hints of yeastiness.
An interesting taste. More Belgian-like than a typical stout. Smooth flavor, a tad creamy.
Good, not incredible, but good. I prefer Brooklyn's chocolate stout better...richer, but this is pretty good...and a little different as well. Worth a try for a unique tasting experience.
12-19-2007 00:46:55 | More by Nutleybeer
3.13/5 rDev -17.8%
Poured into my DFH Chalice. Presented with an incredibly luscious foamy mocha-colored head and generous belgian lacing (unfortunately, this was the best part) throughout the tasting. Black and opaque with scents of chocolate and malt. Flavors similar to nose; however, a strange metallic taste as well, kind of like pennies. Decent mouthfeel, not too thin and not too chewy with just the right amount of carbonation. Drinkability is pretty much destroyed by the metallic flavoring that lingers at the finish, although it did seem to dissipate as the brew warmed up a little. I was so stoked to finally track this brew down; what a disappointment. What happened Ommegang? Planning on trying it on draft this weekend and I'm hoping the metallic taste will be less intense.
12-18-2007 01:10:53 | More by Jwale73
4.33/5 rDev +13.6%
Once again enlightened about Beer Styles. I didn't realize that the envelope of acceptable interpretations was so wide. I imagine that would drive a consumer of wine into a tizzy. I also figure that I was recently more critical than need be of some very enjoyable ales. This years favorites have been more along the effervescent dark fruity variety. (Would this rate higher if it was categorized as a Stout??) Anyway, the label on this one clearly indicates 7% ABV. Pours an opaque darkness with a full finger foamy dark tan head that resists fading. A nice amount lacing in a spotty pattern. The smell is a wonderful creamy milk chocolate stout. Adequately carbonated, the foamy head lends a wonderful creaminess to the full bodied mouth feel. The marque chocolate flavor does not disappoint...yes AB, "a well crafted chocolaty stout has it hands down over 'fizzy yellow fluid'. A lightly toasted milk chocolate flavor that finishes a little chalky, like the bottom of a glass of aggressively portioned Nestles. Much less of a lingering quality than a roasty character tends to be. The 7% is well hidden. I hesitate to draw comparisons, but i get the same "Top Shelf" stout experience from my local Dragonslayer (at 1/3 the price!). However, I've gotta say that this one was "totally" worth sampling and if you're going to do a one-of to celebrate 10 Years...then 'you go girls!!' You've gotta love it when a brewery thinks enough about their work to produce something that lets you celebrate that milestone with them! CHEERS!
12-17-2007 22:46:41 | More by jjayjaye
4.63/5 rDev +21.5%
On-tap at Tyler's in Durham, served an almost opaque black with a decent head that leaves great lacing on the glass. The aroma was a little disappointing, some resemblance to a standard Hershey bar, but not much else. The taste totally makes up for the aroma! A wonderful bitter chocolate fills your mouth and leaves the Belgian yeast far in the background. The finish leaves a lingering taste of a Hershey's special dark in your mouth. The beer is medium bodied with low carbonation and warming alcohol. This is a truly enjoyable beer, just a little pricey.
12-13-2007 04:24:55 | More by atsprings
3.95/5 rDev +3.7%
My bottle says 7% Alcohol By Volume.
Gorgeous in the glass. Lightproof brown with a very nice brown head. I can't think of anything that can be improved in the looks department.
The smell is a little sweet with a strong chocolate aroma. Lots of patent malt scent here. Strong malt roast aroma with lots of coffee and a stronger than expected malt roast aroma. Slight tartness in the aroma but I can't tell if it is from yeast or patent malt.
The taste starts out sweet with a decent malt roast flavor and a slight tartness. Sweeter than I would have expected but the chocolate flavor is quite understated. Quite close to a milk stout in taste with a few Belgian elements. Tasty the best description of this would be chocolate cake with sour cream frosting with its sweet but little bit tart flavor.
Mouthfeel is good.
Quite drinkable but not really all that superior to Hennepin, just different. Best of the "Belgian Stouts" that I have tasted so far that counts for something. Not so sure I will buy a second bottle now that I have tried this.
12-11-2007 04:43:01 | More by Zorro
2.98/5 rDev -21.8%
A: Pours a deep black with a big foamy head. Not much lacing, but good sustain.
S: Light smell of Belgian yeast and a faint chocolate aroma.
T: A typical Belgian sourness accompanied by a subtle chocolate flavor - an odd mixture that doesn't seem to work very well. Some typical Belgian-style phenols clash with the chocolate taste. As the beer warms, the sourness ebbs and the semi-sweet chocolate gains a bit of intensity (and improves), but the combination is still a bit awkward.
M: Moderate body and carbonation. A slight sourness lingers on the palatte.
D: Interesting and drinkable but far from transcendent. Nice to try, but I'll pass next time.
12-11-2007 03:46:57 | More by klewis
3.6/5 rDev -5.5%
I sampled a room temp bottle of this brew from a 750 corked and caged bottle that I split with Stopper. The beer is poured into a snifter and is a dark cocoa brown color with creamy tan head of 3 cm foaming up with a gentle pour. The head fades to a surface layer gradually. Aroma is some cocoa and some roasted malt with a bit of fruit and biscuity yeast as well. Body is average thickness and silky smooth. Very fine and spacious carbonation. Flavor is sweet malt and roasty notes as well. Some baker's chocolate with dry and kind of bittersweet flavors melding together as well. I was thinking that I may find some funky flavors in here but none to be found.
The beer is easy drinking with no hint of ABV anywhere. A nice anniversary beer from a great brewery!
12-11-2007 03:08:56 | More by sulldaddy
3.3/5 rDev -13.4%
Ommegang with a stout I thought this was a belgen company and their making a stout? Ok at least they did a goog job. Dam near black in color with a tan head taste is of chocolate malt and a hint of plumb. I enjoyed this with a few of those chocolate filled with brandy I highly recomend this as a holiday treat. The only drawback to this beer is its drinkibility this is a once in a while beer.
12-11-2007 02:09:35 | More by BeerTaster
3.93/5 rDev +3.1%
In a Ommegang 10th Anniversary glass:
This beer poured a very dark brown, almost black color with no light penetrating it. It formed a huge foam dark tan head much like a float that coated the glass with lace as it slowly subsided. An aroma of malt and chocolate. The flavor was of malt, chocolate, slightly of coffee and plum. The body is medium light and the finish is bittersweet. It's listed as a strong dark ale but leans somewhat to a stout/porter class.
12-10-2007 02:55:39 | More by Wildman
3.63/5 rDev -4.7%
Very excited to see this on tap at Mahar's and jumped at the chance of giving it a try. The brew was poured to a nice black color with a good sized medium colored head that had good retention and left some lacing at the top of the glass. The aroma has a lot of things you would expect, chocolate, roasted malts, raisins/figs but none of the aromas really stuck out, all seemed to be slightly muted. The flavors where nice, and made this an easy drinking brew. The flavors followed the nose, chocolate seems to be the most recognizable with the addition of a slight tartness. Over all this was a good brew but did not live up to my expectations. To me the flavors and aromas seemed to be a little muted but where good. Not sure I would shell out money on this one again.
12-09-2007 19:24:41 | More by Stimack
4/5 rDev +5%
Poured from a 750ml bottle into two goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!
A: Pours a dark, dark brown-just shy of being pitch black. This one is capped by a dark-khaki head that leaves tons of lace in the glass.
S: Rich aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, toasted malt, milk chocolate, and chocolate covered cherries.
T: See above with the addition of tart cherry, dark fruit, and bakers chocolate. I also noticed, as it warmed, an interesting toasted bread crust flavor that began to develop.
M: Quite bitter and sharp right out of the beer fridge. As it came up to proper temp it thickened up considerably and took on a velvet-y mouthfeel.
D: Excellent! What a nice way to celebrate 10 years.
12-08-2007 13:28:02 | More by GbVDave
3.48/5 rDev -8.7%
Pours an almost effervescent dark brown with a slight creamy looking beige head. Smell is some chocolate and a bit of yeasty alcohol - definately more belgian than stout. This carries over into the taste as well. yes, there is some chocolate in there, but none of the roastiness or bitterness I asscociate with a stout. not picking up any coffee notes, and there is an off taste which is not agreeing with me - possibly faint anise. Mouthfeel was far too thin. Drinks high on the tongue. Drinkability is just OK for me. Alcohol is not an issue, but the off taste combined with the mouthfeel does not make this a very enjoyable drink for me. Interesting, but not a repeat purchase.
12-07-2007 14:35:19 | More by Onibubba
3.68/5 rDev -3.4%
750ml bottle, split with some friends during the bears game
appearance: poured into these massive snifters that seemed like they could hold the full 750ml somehow (probably an exaggeration)...dark mahogan body, huge chocolate beige foam head and great retention
smell: aroma is a tad flat, faint and distinctly belgian, cocoa powder tones present but not overpowering
taste: i kind of knew going in that this wasnt really as chocolatey as it advertised....its not really a stout obvious either, at least by my definition...lots of dark fruit, yeast, light cocoa notes. its an expensive bottle that proved to be a dissapointment for me
mouthfeel: lively yeast, lighter side of medium body
drinkability: fairly good
12-07-2007 05:27:47 | More by dirtylou
3.5/5 rDev -8.1%
7% ABV listed on bottle
A - Pours black with brown highlights and a thin brown head that leaves a few spots of foam.
S - Chocolate, roasted malts and a light touch of coffee with a faint aroma of dark fruits in the background.
T - Chocolate covered dark cherries are the dominant flavor with a bit of the belgian yeast spice. Plums and figs are in the background along with a bit of sourness.
M - On the lighter side, smooth and slightly fizzy. A touch of alcohol lingers on the tongue.
D - Worth a try but I didn't find the flavors blended especially well.
12-07-2007 02:14:49 | More by brewcrew76
3.95/5 rDev +3.7%
This was poured from a 750 ml bottle into a pint glass. The first thing I noticed was the dark murkiness of the beer. It was quite dark (black with a little brown showing) and it was very hazy. Had a dark chocolate color to it.
The smell was of chocolate, coffee, and some fruitiness. Good mixture. There was also a touch of acohol in the smell, not much but it did take away from the smell a little. The flavor was more of coffee than of chocolate but it was a nice delicate balance. There were some spicy yeast notes in there, not much, but noticeable. There was a mild bitterness to it, more subdued than many of the stouts that I've tried but nice regradless.
The mouthfeel was fairly dry as many coffee beers are. Smooth flavor and feel. This would go well with desert. Overall pretty drinkable.
12-06-2007 23:48:27 | More by t0rin0
3.88/5 rDev +1.8%
Appearance: black in color with a 1/2" caramel colored head falls quickly to a spoty surface foam. Some spots of lace develop.
Smell: chocolate and alcohol are the dominate flavors picked up by the nose.
Taste: chocolates, roasted malts, and alcohol are up front and bold. Some plums, figs, and a soft burnt tone come around late in the taste. Bitterness levels are mild and some belgian yeast spiciness is very soft.
Mouthfeel: smooth and dry throughout. A touch thinner than expected. Long aftertaste as the chocolate and alcohol stick on th tastebuds for a minute or two. Medium bodied.
Drinkability: a slow sipper here, and one bottle will suffice per session. Worth giving this one a try at least once.
12-05-2007 12:59:11 | More by Gavage
3.38/5 rDev -11.3%
Part of the 10th Anniversary set.
Pours a stout like black with a large mocha like head that has good retention and leaves large amounts of sticky lacing.
The aroma is chocolate malt with some dark fruit hints. I would also say I could detect some alchohol.
The taste is a battle between the dark malt and the yeast fruityness. Can't quit figure out what they were going for with this beer. It is not a chocolate covered cherry like taste but there is definately a fruit twang on the tongue as it leaves the tongue. That also combines with the 7% alcohol to exasperate the effect. In the end it is not my thing. It has a lighter body with abundant carbonation that finishes clean. It does not have the characteristics of a "standard" stout.
12-05-2007 00:11:38 | More by morimech
3.75/5 rDev -1.6%
A - dark stout-esque black with a rocky tan head with some persistence but does slowly fade
S - roasted chocolate malts dominate the aroma, with the dark chocolate/cocoa aromas subtly filling out the aroma, a well rounded bouquet
T - the chocolate and malt flavors dominate the taste and are big flavors, but not as powerful as expected, there are no other tastes to balance or dilute the taste, the bittersweet of the chocolate and the sweet malts give all the balance one would need
M&D - smooth and slightly fizzy, an easy down beer with a unique flavor that is a great session sweet beer
12-04-2007 17:32:24 | More by sinstaineddemon
3.83/5 rDev +0.5%
Poured from 750ml corked bottle into the glass coming from the holiday pack- second tasting of this beer, 1st with thanksgiving dessert which was good.
A: Dark, almost pitch dark brown. Thick circled head with a mocha color. Pillow at the top with a ton of lacing that is sticky.
S: Coffee and malty. Some type of fruit overtones in the background I think - seems like it could be cherry but not as strong as go through the beer. Definiite chocolate.
T: Definitely cherry here with a thin chocolate taste. The spiciness of the cherry is good and has a mealy flavoring. I like the softer chocolate taste that doesnt show overkill. Although very unusual for the chocolate, I am guessing that the spices in this one come from the Belgian style. Some reminder of chicory here.
M: Very creamy, some carbonation and just a pillowy feel to the mouth and tongue.
D: More drinkable than I expected, thought it would be overly thck. Dont sense any alcohol really but it does get a little sticky. Not too chocolatey which I am a fan of.
12-02-2007 23:58:01 | More by marcpal
3.7/5 rDev -2.9%
750ml bottle from BeerTruth via trade. Thanks for the opportunity. Corked and caged.
Poured into a heavy glass chalice, formed a 1/2" tan head above the opaque dark brown brew. Thick frothy head is like a rock, with thick sticky lace. Aroma is roasty malt and chocolate. Taste is sweet upfront, chocolatey with light tartness in the middle, and closes with some chalkiness and almost acrid bitterness. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, and drinkability is quite nice. Nice Belgian spin on the stout and chocolate.
12-01-2007 01:11:06 | More by ppoitras
Chocolate Indulgence Stout from Brewery Ommegang
86 out of 100 based on 1,161 ratings.