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Chocolate Indulgence Stout - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 1,249
Reviews: 697
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 79
Gots: 91 | 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:
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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Photo of bort11
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received from sirk0rebreg as part of the Brews-n-Tunes BIF 3.

750 ml corked bottle poured into 10th Anniversary Ommegang Tulip, also courtesy of sirk0rebreg. Fluffy tan head stands a good two fingers width. Slow to recede and laves an intricate lacing on the glass. Color is a velvety black.

Smell is smooth sweet cocoa with a hint of coffee bitterness. Taste is also a smooth and creamy chocolate, a hint of raisins and coffee.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and has a creamy texture. Very mild carbonation. This is a very tasty beer, but I would argue with the Belgian Strong Dark Ale label. The label on the bottle says it's a stout. It borders on being an RIS, but could easily qualify as a sweet stout.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.93/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours an opaque black body with a dense, lingering, beige head.

Smell: Aroma of cocoa powder with a noticeable sourish leaning. Light notes of roasted grains and a few snippets of licorice

Taste: Cocoa powder with a middling sweetness that's thin on chocolate flavor (especially when one considers the name), and makes up for it in sourness. Hint of licorice, roast. Slight bitterness. Dry, chalky finish with a peculiar aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Smooth mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Sorry, but no, I just didn't care for this beer that was about as much fun as peeling potatoes.

Photo of Kendo
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a pint glass, the body is black in color with a foamy, 1-finger tan head that retains well. Good foamy lacing on the way down.

S: As you'd expect -- chocolatey with some roasted malt.

T: First impression is that there's a slightly metallic taste. Dark chocolate, roasted malt and coffee bitterness with a hint of cocoa powder. I describe the bitterness at the end as a "copper penny finish."

M: Didn't think it had the "Belgian" feel I'm used to. It was kind of creamy in feel and medium bodied, though in some ways I thought it was a bit thin for the style. I just think of Belgian-styled beers (at least the better ones) to have a more . . . dry or spritzy mouthfeel to them.

D: Not bad.

Notes: I may have appreciated this beer more had I not had the Southern Tier Choklat recently. Despite the name, Chocolate Indulgence is nothing of the sort compared to its neighbor from Western NY. It wasn't bad, but it didn't live up to expectations -- and at $10 for the bottle (a 750 ml, I believe) -- it wasn't cheap.

Photo of bashiba
2.24/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured a nice dark brown with a thick and creamy light tan head, had some nice lacing with good retention.

Smell is light and metallic with a hint of chocolate.

Flavor is suprisingly thin with just a touch of chocolate and dark malt finishing with a strong metallic tinny flavor.

Mouthfeel is light and dry.

Overall a big letdown, glad I didn't buy two.

Photo of jhu1995
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark with a thick, fluffy, tan head that lingers. Lots of lacing. Smell is chocolatey, but not overpowering with some hints of roasted malts. Some nuttiness and bittersweet aromas. Taste is bittersweet chocolate but not overpowering with some mild roasted flavors. Very creamy and full-bodied and easy to drink. An interesting beer and worth trying.

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

Chocolate Indulgence pours a deep black-roasted espresso color capped by a lovely coco-tan head. The beer maintains a good rention time, leaving pleasant lacing arond the rim of my chalice as it slowly settles. Looks chocolatley enough
Aromas of bitter chocolate, caramel malts, hazelnut-peanut like nut undertones. If you think about it, smells quite alot like a Snickers Bar. This beer is living up to its name qite sucessfully thusfar.
Falvor falls a bit short of expectations. Roasted bitter cocoa tones, slight coffee,malts, a slight twang of vanilla. Finish is somewhat watery, but mouthfeel gradually improves as it reaches a full serving temp. Drinkability is high due to its good flavor and lighter mouthfeel; but I must mark off on taste simply dur to it's name. To call a beer a chocolate "indulgence",I was expecting something..well..a little more chocolatley and indulgent. I wanted a rich, heavy stout-like beer, but rather, discovered a easy-drinking BSDA.Quite enjoyable nonetheless.

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

I tried a sample of this beer during a brewery tour during a recent trip to Cooperstown. I ended up buying a bottle. The beer is intensely dark, basically black, with a dense, tightly woven, tan head. The lace is thick and long lasting. The aroma is notably inviting. The first sensation is of roasted barley, mixed with a little highly modified malt...it's a nice dark-roast coffee aroma. Next, quickly following the first sniff, comes a baking chocolate aroma...dry, bitter, and very enticing. Sometimes a chocolate beer is overdone with sweet aromas, but that's not the case here. The taste is a lot more delicate than I expected. Moderately sweet, with a nice tug-of-war between the bitter roastedness and malt sweetness. This one is well balanced. Creamy, complex, and enjoyable. Hops are present, but bitterness and flavor are at a low level. The mouthfeel is creamy and satisfying. This is probably the least carbonated Ommegang beer that I've ever had (age?). This is a well-done, beautifully conceived, very satisfying brew.

Photo of CHADMC3
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ommmegang Chocolate Indulgence Stout

Beautiful presentation on the bomber does not mislead as the smooth dark pour develops a sufficient tan head, which quickly subsides to leave faint lacing throughout the beer.

As one may guess, the primary aromas are that of chocolate and malt. There are also some sweet aromas and perhaps bready or grain as well.

The flavor is very enjoyable. Great chocolate malt; also a little toasty with a faint smokey aspect on the back of the palate.

This indulgence is lighter than I would have expected, medium carbonation, smooth on the palate, but a little bite in the aftertaste.

This is a good beer, not the best I've had in its style, but a keeper. A bomber will do it for me. There is plenty to enjoy , and as I find with Ommegang brews, the story behind the beer is pleasing as well.

Photo of Squaretooth
4.57/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence Stout

A - Very very dark. Pours with hardly any head and as close to zero lacing as you can get and still have lacing. This leaves a fine oily film all the way down your glass while drinking. Reminds me of an Imperial Stout in appearance

S - Wonderful chocolaty smell with just a hint of coffee

M - Lightly tingles the tongue with a light aftertaste. Very pleasant.

T - Dark fruit with hints of chocolate and coffee. A wonderful balance that is oh so reminiscent of an Imperial stout.

D - I could sip this all night, or have it with a nice steak. Hey, I think I will!

This one is a winner in every respect and comes highly recommended.

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

Normal Ommegang 750ml bottle, corked and caged. Wow, this is one dark beer. I am holding it up to the light and still can not see through. The head is a lovely light brown and seems to stay.

The smell is wonderful to say the least. Reminds me of an Impy Stout. Tons of chocolate and malt with a good measure of coffee mixed in. Some slight chalk as well.

Taste is well, not up the standards of the smell. Some odd metallic flavor seems present in the aftertaste. Before that, it seems smooth and inviting. Mouthfeel seems all over the place. There is good substance, it just doesn't want to come together. Back to the taste, bitter chocolate and some slight hoppy notes.

A unique beer to say the least and it pretty much delivers exactly what it says. In the end, I guess that is all you can ask for. Personally, I would split this among three to four people and pair it with either a strong cheese or a flourless cake.

Photo of DIM
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
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
4.52/5  rDev +18.6%
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
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
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
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
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
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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
3.81/5  rDev 0%
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
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
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
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
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
3.62/5  rDev -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
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Chocolate Indulgence Stout from Brewery Ommegang
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