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

It pours a light-sucking, lacquered Steinway black. Two fingers of light brown creamy mousse head settle in a gradual deflation. Random paisley lacing mods the inside of the glass.

The aroma delivers dark roasted malt, earthy and mildly sweet, with a drip of black coffee and a mild marble of cocoa and dark chocolate. Minty esters and fig wrap a tickle of alcohol.

Upon sipping, an initial surge of dark malt sweetness, with figs, dates, and raisins, is redirected by an espresso bitterness. An underlying creamy cocoa note is diverted by a high-percentage dark chocolate tingle. Esters briefly vent a crisp air before alcohol seeps in. A burnt biscuit yeastiness carries a building bitterness that evens out and lingers in a lightly charred finish. It's nice, but the chocolate aspect is oversold and underplayed.

Close to full bodied, it has a thick, creamy presence that flows stickily across the palate.

The name had me expecting something from a chocolatier as much as from a brewer. What I got was a stout with really just a touch more cocoa character than most specimens. Judging it in that context, it's pleasant, but not especially memorable. Still, it does drink well enough, the credible ABV notwithstanding. So even though it supposedly killed the cat, I was curious about this, and now I know, it's just a stout with a chocolatey name. But hey, at least the cat didn't die.

Photo of seaoflament
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mad extra received in a trade from the generous Initiative, thanks buddy!

Very attractive looking stout. A nice dark color with almost an inch of milk chocolate colored foam. The foam settles to a thin layer in about a minute, but sustains well.

Love the smell of cocoa, very clear and easily noticed. Chocolate malts follow close by followed by a bit of malted milk, some subtle notes of vanilla, and a bit of earthy aromas from either the yeast or the hops. It smells like a box of Belgian chocolates! There are some roasted malts in there but not as big as other stouts, this one focuses more on the chocolate. I also pick up a few notes of nutmeg and macadamias. It reminds me a bit of chocolate shavings on a cake.

The taste is a bit thin but rather pleasant. Again, cocoa and chocolate malts upfront followed by a bit of yeast. The aftertaste has some burnt chocolate taste and a little bitterness.

As I said earlier, the mouthfeel seems a little thin for a stout but it is well carbonated and that picks up the palate a bit. I feel that this beer tries to be more of a little chocolate treat, like treating yourself to a little square of a fine Belgian chocolate, rather than other big stouts which seem like you’re tackling a huge chocolate cake by yourself.

A pretty decent stout, and a nice change from the heavy, filling stouts. Seems like a perfect choice for those times you want a chocolaty stout but not a big, chewy one.

Photo of armock
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured a very dark brown basically black color with a brown head that leaves lacing

S - Roasted malt and lots of chocolate scents

T - Much like the smell roasted malt and lots of chocolate

M - There was more carbonation than I expected but still smooth

D - Drinkability is ok for this brew is pretty rich and chocolaty this beer is a dessert in itself worth having at least once

Photo of Gehrig
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Coincidentally, this is the 100th beer review I've done here on BA. I had this in the cellar for a few weeks, and served it at about 45-50 F. Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate! The appearance is gorgeous, three fingers of dark tan froth atop a nearly black body, lots of dense lacing--incredible. The taste and smell were good, but somewhat of a letdown. I love the smooth chocolate smell and taste, but other aromas and tastes are overwhelmed in the process, unfortunately. I certainly get caramel and a hint of coffee in the taste, and the finish is nice, but I was hoping for a bit more complexity. It's extremely drinkable, especially at 7% ABV. The smooth, chocolaty texture are very impressive; the smell and taste need a little more detail.

On the whole, rather good.

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

750ml corked and caged bottle allowed to warm up to 55 degrees and served in a New Belgium Snifter

A - Poured a very deep dark black completely opaque with no light shining through at all. A very large three finger head of tan colored foam rose up from the depths and created a very nice looking pillow of fluff across the top the seemed to stay around forever. Eventually it settled down but very reluctantly and even once it did it was just replaced by a ton of side glass lace. The thick gooey lace surrounding it was so big that the next day the glass was still coated and could barely be seen through. A very full looking stout indeed.

S - The aroma was very rich and sweet with the initial smell of chocolate being very strong and very dark. Rich dark chocolate just dominated this one and really sent it down a wonderful path. Mixed in were hints of vanilla, lactose, and some nice dark fruits coming off of the yeast. I picked up a whiff of raisins as well as prunes and a touch of somefigs in there. A slight hoppiness could be found as well but this was mostly buried underneath wavesof everything.

T - The flavor was exquisite. A very full flavored belgian stout, I swear this is becoming one of my new favorite styles. It started out with a nice grabbing hold full of dark chocolate which seemed to alternate between getting bitter and sweeter as it rolled along. There was a nice amount of sugar added in and every once in an while I would catch a glimpse of something running around behind it with hints of vanilla. Some fruity yeast evident in the flavors started to peek around giving me that little hint of raisin and fig again before diving back into the shadows underneath a clock of earthy grains. The finish was strong and drawn out with a deep bitter dry chocolate filled taste that seemed to linger on forever and never really gave up any ground. Very nice flavor and completly differnet from other Belgian stouts that I have had.

M - Very full bodied and creamy smooth this was definitly a very big beer. Had that slightly thick shake like conisitency but was not as heavy as some of the RIS that you have. There was a certain lightness to it, not really lightness just not as much of a filling feling after drinking this as you seem to get from the bigger RIS counterparts.

D - A very very nice sipper. This was something that was meant to be enjoyed over the course of the evening which is what I intended to do. But it is only 7%ABV and thee was really no hint of alcohol in this one what so ever, so you tend to start taking a bit bigger sips a it draws out. I had no issue at all in polishing off the entire bottle over about an hour and a half. It was just rich and smooth with a subtle sweetness that was just perfect for sipping on late at night.

Overall I was not dissapointed with this one at all. It was extremly drinkable and rich and delicous. I was not sure if this was going to go over the top or come in a little flat, but was very happy to find that it fit right smack in the middle coming across just thick enough, just sweet enough, just bitter enough to make a fine mix. I would definitly remonned this one any day and will probably go out and get me another one.

Photo of Bighuge
2.48/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pitch black. Medium sized crop of brown froth sits on top. It laces quite nicely as I drink. Smells of chocolate some roast notes and bready yeastiness. Palate doesn't match the aroma as nicely as I'd like. It's a little watery with light notes of chocolate spattered about. This is really pretty thin in flavor. Not a lot going on besides the light cocoa and slight belgian yeastiness and some metallic notes as well. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Sparsely carbonated. This beer does very little for me.

Photo of atrus138
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap in a snifter. Opaque black with touches of ruby. What little head there was quickly vanished, though there was still some good lacing that remained caked on the glass. Great complex smell! Chocolate, coffee, caramel, toffee, and bourbon. Very well done. Taste is good, but didn't deliver the complexity I had expected from the aromas. Dry chocolate and coffee. Burnt notes. Left a tasty aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit on the light side, though still very smooth. Quite drinkable considering the lower ABV (7%) and its sipping nature. A nice treat.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with a large head that dissipates quickly. Smell is of chocolate, some coffee, and a fruity smell from the yeast. Taste is more of the chocolate and coffee with a funk in the finish that I found unpleasant. I think it was fruity esters from the yeast and while I might enjoy that in another beer, it seemed out of place here. Mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side, carbonation on the high side. I had high hopes for this one, but I didn't really enjoy this it.

Photo of bluejacket74
2.63/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750 ml corked bottle. Served in an Ommegang chalice, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. It smells like roasted malt and milk chocolate. Taste isn't nearly as good as the aroma. There's a strong metallic taste which overpowers the chocolate and whatever other flavors are supposed to be in there. The metallic taste also lingers around in the finish. It only gets worse as the beer warms. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy but also thin and a bit watery as well. If not for the strong metallic taste it wouldn't be hard to drink at all, but it's a chore to drink this. This brew is a major disappointment, I expected better.

Photo of NCSUdo
2.59/5  rDev -32%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from a 750 mL bottle

A: Pours a pitch black under a fingers worth of brown head. Good lace, good retention.

S: Smells of sweet chocolate and roasted malt. Alcohol shows itself as well, a little surprising for 7%. Much like the taste, some nutty hints seem to show up as drinking continues. Slight offness in the odor as well (phenol? ester?) that just doesn't quite balance out.

T: Tastes of a slightly bitter chocolate and roasted malt. Some fruity notes that don't exactly explode onto the scene, but are there nonetheless. Slightly bitter finish that seems more tied into the chocolate than any hop character. Some nutty character as well. Overall finish is slightly on the bitter chocolate side. After the first couple of sips, it seems that the chocolate character has really been relagated to the finish, with the nutty character dominating. Slight warming from alcohol as well. Slight sourness emerges as well. The more I drink, the worse it seems to get.

M/D: A good, creamy mouthfeel, carbonation is a little high, full bodied. Drinkablility is all right on this one. Overall, I have to say I'm a little underwhelmed, maybe my expectations were too high. Expected much more chocolate in this one. Almost comes off closer to a brown ale in taste, with a stout body, but even the brown ale, almost porter-like character, is too off. I've got 1 more bottle that I will hold onto for a while and see what happens, but I'm not expecting much.

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

Just as the bottle instructed, I poured the beer slowly, as not to disturb the yeast sediment but enough to release the aromas. The beer has a slight Belgian twang (phenolics, esters, and a funky wild yeast tartness) that came through in the nose and taste, but the appearance was a dark ruby color and the beer also had a detering metalic / blood taste that I didn't prefer much. After a few pours into the glass, I decided to mix it up a bit. After which, the beer released a huge mix of Stout, Cocoa, Roasted barley, and sweet maltiness that drowned out that metalic taste and made the beer quite wonderful. From there on out, the beer took on big Russian Imperial Stout characteristics. The fruitiness and sherry-like aging wasn't there, but the big boost of cocoa helped to round the beer into a complex, yet simple treat.

Photo of ralree
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Wonderful deep brown, completely opaque. Head is almost too foamy, 2-fingers, hazelnut tan.

S: A really sweet milk chocolate smell, unlike most chocolate beers I've tried. Caramel malt is very strong as well. Hops undetectable.

T: Almost a soda-like carbonated flavor with undertones of bitter chocolate. The lead flavor isn't caramel malt, but a sweet chocolate malt. It tastes too much like cola/stout for me, and though it has the backings of dark chocolate, it is definitely missing something, and I don't enjoy the flavor as much as many of the other chocolate themed beers, such as Young's Double Chocolate Stout. The chocolate bitterness is a bit of a turnoff when it hangs around in your mouth for 5 minutes. This would be a lot better if it was a little cleaner and well-balanced.

M: A little watery for this style. Medium-light bodied, decent carbonation. Slight astringency.

D: I'm not really liking this - I don't think I will be buying it again.

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

Pours opaque with a tan head that doesn't really stick around long. Nose is firm chocolate tones. Not much else going on besides that cocoa powder character. Flavor is a very rich chocolate. Complex? No. A chocolate stout with a Belgian flair? Yes. Feel is smooth on the liquid and has a nice level of carbonation to it. The verdict? This is not a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. This is a Belgian Stout. I think it's time for a new beer style here folks. Even indeed. Try it if you have the chance.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an opaque black color. The head is one inch in height, rocky, and light tan in color. The aroma is of chocolate, cream, graham crackers, and roasted malt. The taste leans more toward roasted malt and cream, but there is still a noticeable chocolate character. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a mild carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a nice beer, but I wouldn't pay fifteen dollars for another bottle of it.

Photo of sabrills70
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle with no freshness date other than 10th anniversary - so it was bottled in 2007. Pours a jet black with a 2 finger brown head, nice longevity and beautiful lace. Lots of coffee and chocolate aromas mixed with earthy and bready smells too. Lots of nice flavors here. Some initial brown sugar, dried fruits followed by the coffee and slight chocolate with a nice roasted malt aftertaste. This stuff is wonderfully complex and smooth. Everything is balanced superbly. An awesome beer.

Photo of dgallina
3.21/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml brown bottle marked for the 2007 10-year anniversary of the brewery.

Pours opaque dark brown with an inch of chunky brown head that dissolves down to a thick blanket of foam and lace. Smells like cocoa, dark fruit, alcohol, and white pepper. The flavor does not impress; flat-tasting powdered cocoa, light alcohol esters, and white pepper lack cohesion and development. Finishes with unpleasant oxidized metal notes. Body is somewhat lifeless and watery. The most disappointing Ommegang offering I've encountered.

Photo of wiseguy142
3.16/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours black with a chocolate milk colored head. Slight alcohol aroma and a hint of fresh hops. Taste is a bit lacking in my opinion; I can't get the strong alcohol/chocolate taste in a straightforward gulp. The chocolate sneaks up after the initial taste, like you just had some chocolate milk, which is enhanced by the very smooth and nonthreatening feel of the beer. Overall I can just say I wish both the alcohol punch and the taste were a lot stronger, like a Russian Imperial Stout, but I don't know how this more mellow feel fits with the style.

Photo of taez555
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes, tasted 12/01/07

This beer poured a coca-cola colored black body with a thick off-white head.

Nose was a mix of chicory, strong semi-sweet chocolate and unsweetened chocolate, and espresso beans.

This beer was medium bodied with a very metallic dark roasted malt flavor. Strong dark chocolate taste, old stale cheap coffee and chicory. Touches of wheat, some mild Belgian phenolic tastes as well. There's a strong bitterness from start to finish.

Nice chocolate brew. Hints of a Belgian, strong burnt malt and loads of bitter chocolate. Decent beer.

Photo of Abita45
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass, this beer had a thick, foamy head and excellent lacing. A full chocolate and malt aroma is prominent. Very smooth with an semi-sweet chocolate and roasted malt flavor. This beer has a slight twinge of astringency, but that actually plays well with the chocolate and maltiness of the beer. Full bodied without being too heavy, I really enjoy the consistency and drinkability of this beer. It seems to have excellent balance and a great stout over all.

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

Deep brown pour. Impenetrable core of black in the glass. Big lush capping of thickly set tan foam sits all fluffy, creamy, and delightfully frothy. Keeps a steady amount of foam always present and places lacing in a fine coat of sticky patches and dirty snowflakes.

The aroma is a landscape of chocolatey goodness thats quite bold on the nose. Roastyish, yes, toastyish, yes, chocolateyishness, most definately! Notes of graham cracker and cheese cake make for a unique addition of desserts.

Great taster too. Firm, smooth, soft, delicately natured in a fine dust and fluff of chocolate cream pie crust and filling. Maybe its all the holiday food thats making an impression with me here, but damn if this doesn't completely bring to mind what the chocolate silk pie I had would be like in a beer. Yum.

Milky smooth and soft with about a medium body. Great overall easy going texture thats very silky with a nice little dry fluffy nudge of chocolate cake or silk pie.

This stuff rocks! Chocolate silk pie in a bottle! Gonna have to grab more before its gone cuz this stuff is a keeper for sure. Share, hoard, indulge, whatever...I know I'm gonna stick with the namesake and give in to my "Indulgence" of this great beer!

Photo of quasimoto
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Strong notes of roasted barley, slight espresso, and some dark chocolate start off the nose. As it warms there are slight aromas of green bananas, The taste has the same tones to it and is really rather mellow, for a strong dark ale. As it leave the tongue it turns rather alcohol-ish and phenolic. The mouth feel is medium bodied and is rather creamy but at the same time, dry and sharp on the front of the tongue. Overall a very nice beer. Great with coffee cake or holiday deserts.

Photo of kelticblood
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amazing appearance! Solid black color with a beige head that reduced quick. Left generous amounts of lacing, but lacked the head retention to make it a 5. Very smooth finish with a moderate to strong bitterness which might be due to the use of cocoa. Although, I don't really taste cocoa it does have hints of coffee,roasted malts,molasses,with a hint of vanilla. Has strong phenol notes with a bitterness that lingers. each sip left a new circle of lacing. At 7 % ABV it's not overpowering, but is definately warming. Reminds me of the bitterness of a 90% cocoa chocolate bar. For it's strength it is very drinkable and goes down smooth. The mouthfeel seems a touch on the watery side. Extremely well-crafted and worth a try. Opened on Xmas day 2007.

3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 750 bottle into a Belgian beer chalice. Gave it a medium strength pour which produced a slight head of a tannish/brown color, about 1 finger which subsided after about 45 seconds. Thick lacing and a very dark color beer. I smell roasted hops, dark bitter chocolate, a hint of alcohol, and some residual sugars. The taste is chocolatey, a little much sugar, dark roasted flavors, a little bitter, some oak, and a hint of alcohol. The roast and the sugar are not as balanced as I would like, but still pretty palatable. The mouthfeel is ok, there's a little too much carbonation I think for this style of beer. By itself this beer is a good treat, especially as a winter warmer but I could only have a few of them before I would feel a sugar overload.

Photo of daaldridge
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a big dark chocolate/coffee taste on the front. Some alcohol taste and a hint of burnt malt on the finish. I'd like a bit more raisiny flavor in the middle and finish. It also has a surprisingly light body. I like it and would recommend it but think it does not have the complexity of the Brooklyn chocolate stout, for example. It's another very good beer from Ommegang but they still have not quite matched the Belgian level IMHO.

Photo of GClarkage
2.71/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12/23/07- Purchased at Healthy Spirits in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle. 2007 10th Anniversary release. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deep brown colored pour. Somewhat creamy looking one inch slightly off white head. Decent lace marking left over.

Smell- Smells like a BBQ pit with old dried up meat on it. Smoky and rauch-like, but with scorched animal flesh. Definite chocolte though, which saves the scents ass.

Taste- From sip one I'm getting a mouthfull of metal....plus it never goes away. It lessens a bit, but not to the point where I can enjoy this beer. Chocolate is present, dark chocolate that is, but not to the point that it came out in the nose. Belgian dark fruits (plums and dates), are covered up by both the roasted and burnt malt and the metal notes.

Mouthfeel- Carbonation is mid range, but the metal and light hoppy aftertaste doesn't do it for me.

Drinkability- Would like to try this beer again (minus the metal). Would be better, but still thinking I wouldn't be as impressed as I should.

Chocolate Indulgence Stout from Brewery Ommegang
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