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Chocolate Indulgence Stout - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 1,239
Reviews: 695
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 DIM
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This is absolutely black, no highlights. It pours with a medium sized mocha colored head.

s: Mild roasty cocoa aromas and dark chocoalte, I think I can smell both. Some faint cherries show up as well.

t: This isn't the biggest chocolate flavor I've tasted, but it does seem to me to be the most genuine. It tastes very much like a good dry, dark Belgian chocolate. Mild smokey grains and touch of alcohol round things out. I didn't taste anything "Belgian" about the yeast the way I did with Allagash's Black. Not a let-down, just a surprise.

m: Excellent foamy carbonation and great viscosity for the lower abv.

d: I'm a big fan of this one. It is mellow and very approachable in its subtlety. This was a Christmas gift from my future brother-in-law. Since I liked this one, you are good enough to marry my sister.

Photo of Pencible
4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A unique Belgian stout, this poured pitch black with decent tan head. It smelled lighter than actual chocolate, more like cocoa powder, mixed with some mild hops. It tasted like a perfect blend of milk chocolate (sweeter than typical chocolate flavoring in beer) and copper hops, with some hazelnut flavored malt for balance. It was fairly thick with no carbonation with a smooth, bitter, and dry aftertaste. Overall this was a very tasty and impressive beer!

Photo of tapman
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

*Query: The label on the bottle calls it a stout, but BA has it as a strong Belgium ale. Can a strong belgium ale also be a stout? Are there such things as Belgium stouts and if so, why don't we ever hear that name?

Black with a sierra head. The head was large and foamy, good for the style. Lacing is thin, but moderately present. Looks like an evil Belgium ale.

Aroma is bakery chocolate, buttery chocolate malts, a hazelnut nuttiness, with pale malts in the background. All smells are kind of small and nothing really stands out. No hop aroma detected.

Nutty chocolate, with pale malts and a Belgium malt/hop balance in the middleground. Not particularly amazing, but very tasty. A unique belgium ale.

Thin. A little thicker than a Belgium ale. Refreshing. Not what you would expect from the look of it.

It's really pretty good, but baker's chocolate isso bland when not mixed with something like latose/lactase or a thickening malt (like oatmeal). However, it is a very unique Belgium Ale that deserves a try. I wonder if it will change at all since a B.O. brewmasster is heading over to New Glarus in Wisconsin? Will any of their specialty beers change as a result?

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

Overall a very good beer. not as amazing as i had hoped, but a very good beer. $18 worth at a bar??? Cheaper than a bottle of wine, and twice as nice.

Appearance - Dark and lovely. Picked it up at a local and split with a buddy. Great container. Worth of the "wine" package.

Smell - Not too strong here. A little light on the malt, but definitely alcoholic with a tinge of cocoa.

Taste - Not too amazing, but very good. For what the hype was, I guess I had my hopes up. Very good, but not great.

Mouthfeel - Alcoholic, a little chocolate, and a little light for the type.

Drinkability - I could see having a bottle of that with friends as an aperitiff. Nice finish and nice atmosphere.

Photo of prototypic
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It pours a very dark brown color with a very large two and a half finger mocha colored head. Retention was excellent and a very nice coat of lace remained.

Smell: A little weak here. Very nice cocoa/chocolate malt aroma is sweet up front. Blends pretty well with roasted malts, toasted nut, and light dark fruit aromas. Slight smoked smell emerges late. Pretty straight forward. Solid smelling beer, but it doesn't have much range.

Taste: Initially sweet cocoa/chocolate malt flavor is nicely done. Any other flavors are clearly secondary. There some light toasted nut and roasted malt flavors that emerge and add a little depth. But, ultimately it tastes like it fails to develop much beyond the sweet chocolate flavor. Slightly disappointing.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light to medium bodied. Carbonation is good. It goes down relatively easy. Drinkability is pretty good, but I'd definitely limit myself to the one 750. Frankly, I'd suggest splitting it with someone. Overall, it's a pretty good beer. But, a bit disappointing. I had high expectations and hopes for this one.

Photo of animal69
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

well, i've been sitting on this one for awhile ; pours a deep garnet-black w/ a creamy light brown head which leaves a thick lacing most of the way down my big 'ol mug ; not a very strong smell, a sweet, slightly burnt toast and a warm, nut-like aroma up front followed by vinous dark fruit and faint cocoa detected in the end ; a good "bite" initially, more from black malts than hops, a rich, tart, dark roasted grain almost "espresso-like" flavor blends well w/ a delicate chocolate and raison(?)-ish taste turning into hot alcohol at the end, faintly metallic in the finish as well, with a hint of oak possibly ; dry, med. bodied and creamy, the co2 makes this beer drink a bit thicker than you'd think ; an awesome brew, a must try for anyone serious about beer, i can't wait to get my hands on another one...

Photo of Kemmerlin
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Thick and creamy head good lacing, looks like chocolate syrup in color and texture.

S: Bitter chocolate with alcohol smell in the back and a smokey smell as well.

T: Mild chocolate with a smokey finish actually nothing special which is a little disappointing.

M/D: Smooth and very drinkable, quick to go down which works because it wasn't the most savory beer.

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks great, but this beer was disappointing. A decent enough stout, but the cocoa wasn't very noticeable. Or the cocoa easily blended in with the chocolate malt. Hard to say. Also, from Ommegang, it would have been nice to have a stout with a more Belgian character. Something akin to New Belgium's black ale is what I have in mind.

Alas, this was not it. I would just pass and buy a regular stout. Not a bad beer though if you want to give it a shot.

Personally, I hope they take another crack at this beer.

Found this on-tap at Capone's in Norristown, PA.

Photo of Patrick999
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The cork popped violently, resulting in black gold splashing all over my kitchen and a little gush. In the commotion, I almost broke my Ommegang chalice. Wow....wasn't expecting that from this beer.

A - Good head, solid lacing. This beer is pretty black.

S - Aroma is a little muted for all the chocolate that's in here. Still some chocolate yogurt goodness and not too much else.

T - Whoa, I don't understand some of the so-so reviews here concerning lack of chocolate taste....this baby is loaded with bitter Belgian chocolate, and the aftertaste is long. Excellent. Manifests itself as a chocolate stout, then you get a little Belgian yeast fruit-and-spiciness and some mild hop.

F - Typically stout-like, but with a little of that nice Belgian softness.

D - Even though a little gushed out, I may have trouble finishing this 750. It's very good, but it does seem rich. I'll take one for the team, though. It would be better to share with someone. Choco-stouts aren't my favorite, but I am happy to have had the opportunity to try this.

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

After warming up with a Guinness or three, I felt that this thick stout from Ommegang came out in a sensory explosion of taste and flavor. A pleasant dark aroma entered the air on the pour, and swirling the stout released a bitter but pleasing aroma, about two parts Belgian chocolate to one part dark roasted coffee, with a slightly astringent alcohol smell coupled with sweet fruity esters.

I lifted the glass to the light, and admired its color, about two shades lighter than jet black. The legs from my swirl stuck to the sides of the glass like sandbars in a sea of crystal.

I expected a very bitter experience, given the Belgian chocolate powder used in generous quantities, but instead received something a little more creamy and smooth than I expected. Yes, the chocolate and dark malt flavors were at the forefront, but there were subtle hints of cherry and vanilla dancing to and fro, thanks to Ommegang's use of a Belgian yeast. The beer stuck to my teeth and had a good solid depth.

The Chocolate Indulgence's higher-than-average alcohol content is masked by a rich flavor and good mouthfeel. From the pop of the cork to the last drop, Ommegang comes through with another fine Belgian-style brew.

Photo of Backer2004
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to my buddy Josh for sharing this with me last night. He brought it to congratulate me on earning my BJCP credentials.

To the beer . . . pours a nice tan head that cover the dark chocolate liquid. Smells of the expensive cocoa, not something from Hershey's. The alcohol is never noticeable and quite easy to consume, though it preferable to share this with some rich dessert, perhaps cheesecake. Notice the Belgian fruity esters and yeast, but not too much.

Nice after dinner beer to indulge.

Photo of caminiti
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

For 11 bucks a bottle, this is a ridiculously overpriced beer, but since Ommegang generally does such a great job, I had to buy one for now and one for later, and I hope and expect the one for later is better.
Poured almost black with a nice, small, orange head, about a finger. Smelled of malt and chocolate, and tasted the same, though a bit thin.
Felt a bit thin, as well, more drinkable (i.e. chuggable) than I expect from this style, and seemed to leave a bit of a metalic aftertaste.
Overall a beer worth trying, but seems to be a bit overhyped, even by the fine folks at Ommegang, who promise it wont be seasonal, but available year round

Photo of tmitch75
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opaque black color with toasty head that drops quick and leaves lots of lace.

Subtle roasty smell with a little chocolate. A little subdued considering the name.

Tastes very chocolatey with a little roasted malt character. Bittersweet at the finish.

Creamy and smooth. Medium bodied.

Tasty and unique, but this beer suffers from too high expectations. Indulgence is a bit of an overstatement.

Tasted on 2/1/08

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

Served on tap at Union Jack's (near Douglesville / Reading, PA.)

When served, it was a beautiful dark brown and ruby with a lovely, rich chocolate aroma of chocolate and fruit (I prusume from the yeast) coming from a foamy tan head.

The flavor was not disappointing, but it was not as strong in chocolate flavor as it was in aroma. It is made with Belgian dark chocolate, but did not have a terribly bitter, biting heaviness to it. I believe it was made with lactose which may lend to an overall balance.

Photo of Risser09
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a snifter - 2007 bottling - Cellar temp

Appearance: Alhough it didn't look very dark coming from the bottle, this beer settles in an opaque black with a generous 1.5" head for the snifter it was poured in. Retention is nice and the lacing clings on with its tiny bubbles.

Smell: Metallic, raw cacao, some milk chocolate. Not very much going on here.

Taste: Peat moss, dark chocolate, scotch, caramel and bitter. This thing could and should be much more chocolatey. The aftertaste does provide a big burst of chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth, this beer does have a bit of activity and goes does easy. The beer is medium bodied with a bitter cocoa finish. Alcohol is undermined by a burnt flavor.

Drinkability: This is a good beer, but not a great one. It could be enhanced by a more lustrius nose and more chocolate in the flavor. Maybe I didn't get a good bottle, because I expect only the best from Ommegang. For $6.99 a bottle I'll turn my head and cough out $5.00 for a bottle of Hennepin. Worth a try, I guess.

Photo of illidurit
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Ommegang 10th anniversary glass. Color is about as close to black as it gets while still being brown. Fluffy tan head leaves blotchy lacing all over the glass.

Smell is chocolaty and biscuity, maybe similar to those chocolate graham crackers.

Flavor is closer to cocoa than the dark chocolate of most stouts. There's also an oat note, and a faint metallic note. Finish is dry and mildly bitter. A bit faint though, overall.

As you'd expect for a beer fermented with Belgian yeast, this beer is exquisitely smooth and well-attenuated. Bone dry on the tongue. Body is a bit too light for a stout, but that just makes this beer more similar to mousse than fudge. Drinkability is great.

Photo of davidt
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with a thick tan head. It certainly looks like chocolate! The aroma of dark bitter chocolate is very strong and to me it was almost off-putting. Besides the chocolate (dark cocoa, not milk) I noted some dark fruit backed by a faint tartness. The flavor was full of cocoa bitterness, along with some roasted malt that lingers in the end. The beer is only 7% ABV but a bit of alcohol warmth comes through in the finish. The mouthfeel was moderately carbonated and not as thick as I had expected. Not horrible, but not the best chocolate beer I've tried.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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...

Photo of medic25
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of erosier
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.63/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of scott
1.98/5  rDev -48%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1


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...

Chocolate Indulgence Stout from Brewery Ommegang
86 out of 100 based on 1,239 ratings.