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Chocolate Indulgence Stout - Brewery Ommegang

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very good

1,140 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,140
Reviews: 687
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 66
Gots: 73 | FT: 2
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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:
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(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 09-27-2007)
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gotbeer

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a truly interesting beer. It poured a dark brown with a light head that laced the glass quite nicely. Great presentation all around.

The smell was of cocoa powder, coffee, and a hint of toffee.

The taste is of chocolate with creme. Very smooth like a good dessert. There was some of the earthy, yeasty notes Belgian yeasts are known for. While the flavor was excellent I wondered if less chocolate and more Belgian funk could have come through. The taste is great, but just something I wondered about.

The mouthfeel is satisfying enough.

I could have more than one of these. Drinkability is above average.

A great beer. I wish more brewers would try interesting projects like this that don't fit style guidelines. It inspires the homebrewer in me.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2007 00:33:15 | More by gotbeer
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Golden2wenty1

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Picked up a corked and caged 750 at Riley's here in Madison last week. Popping it tonight while watching Game 1 of the World Series and finally relaxing after a dumb week of midterms.

Pour: more or less opaque, dark brown/black with some garnet shining through the edges of my Duvel tulip. An inch of cocoa-tinged foam stays for a minute and fades to a splotchy coating, leaving wispy lacing as it goes.

Nose: after a few swirls, whiffs of dark cocoa powder, Belgian yeast, slightly sour oaky/woody notes and some dark fruits for good measure. A hint of booze peeks through with a more vigorous sniff. Reminding me a lot of Bell's Hell Hath no Fury! - another BSDA/Stouty/Portery gender-bender.

Taste: again, reminiscent of Bell's HHNF, albeit with a more bitter, roasted malt/baker's cocoa/coffee edge. Belgian yeast and funk, with dark fruits you'd expect from a BSDA. Some dry hops even peek through.

Mouthfeel: very appealing here, light yet creamy, velvety smooth, and airy, with a Belgian-esque effervescence.

Drinkability/Overall: Chocolate Indulgence? Not sure I'd go quite that far. The chocolate plays a supporting role here, but one that is well-nuanced. Certainly more BSDA than stout, which I would expect coming from Ommegang. Overall, another exquisitely-made, well-conceived beer from Ommegang. Perhaps not completely as-advertised, but a fine beer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2007 02:51:44 | More by Golden2wenty1
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edskirk3

Pennsylvania

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

From notes written last night:

Big corker. Brandy glass.

Pop! and into the glass we go. Opaquely dark with a thick, creamy, fluffy mocha-shaded head.

Aroma smacks of cocoa powder, coffee, yeast and some woody tones.

This so-called stout creamily dances across my palate. Definitely a powdery chocolate as indicated on the label. There's a yeasty profile in there, too. Belgian, of course. Bitter coffee, but very soft as well. Black cherries? And wood. Most likely oak. Could be the cork, who knows....

I took my time consuming this, and it was time well spent. "Indulgence" was the right word to use. A very luxurious beer, whether it's really a stout or not.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2007 02:13:48 | More by edskirk3
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RocPorterFanatic

Ohio

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

A - Black as night, no light could pass through this beer. Looks like carbonated coffee with a beautiful thick head. No lacing.

S - Coffee and Spices, slight hints of chocolate and just a tiny bit of oak.

T - Amazing. First taste is coffee, but the chocolate, subtly follows. The oaky taste comes back as you hold it in your mouth.

M - Very carbonated, not as thick as many other stouts. As I swallowed, my mouth yearned for more.

D - Very drinkable. Every sip makes you desire another.

I have been anxiously waiting this beer. I was not disappointed. The beer is phenomenal. I bought 4 bottles sight unseen, gave 1 to a fellow dark beer fan, then went out and replaced the 1 I gave away. This will stay a staple in my collection.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2007 21:12:36 | More by RocPorterFanatic
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John_M

Oregon

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

Had this on tap at Max's the other night.

The beer pours a dark, rich black color with very good head retention and lacing. This beer looks very impressive. Given the way this beer looks, I was expecting a bit more on the nose. There is some coffee and dark chocolate aroma, with a hint of bitterness. On the palate this beer is pretty nice, with some soft flavors of milk chocolate and coffee. The finish is a bit weak, frankly. It's light and almost watery. The mouthfeel is OK, with the beer coming across as a bit light for a stout like this. The beer is pretty drinkable, and I'd be curious to learn what the abv. is. I'd guess it's around 8%, perhaps even a bit less then that. Still a big beer, but by the same token this isn't going to make me forget Breakfast Stout, Speedway or the Abyss, just to name a few.

A good beer, but I guess I was just expecting a bit more out of it. The build-up and hype I'm afraid had me expecting something otherworldly/sublime. It's not that, but certainly a good beer for all that.

Hmmm.... Max's beer list indicates the abv. is 7%. That's pretty much what it tastes like.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2007 22:57:55 | More by John_M
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ruleof72

Georgia

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

Pours a deep, dark chocolate color with a thinnish light brown head that is fairly dense. There is good lacing. The smell is a combination of chocolate and coffee. The chocolate reminds me of a semi sweet. There is also a very slight almond nuttiness to it as well. The taste disappointed a little bit compared to the smell. There was a definite chocolate flavor that was a bit bitter but there was a slight sweetness when the beer first hits your mouth. Mouthfeel was good and drinkability the same. This is a fine chocolate stout that I could drink again and again

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2007 23:59:44 | More by ruleof72
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Douglas14

California

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

I got pretty excited when I saw this beer hooked up at the Bowery Whole Foods beer room. It pours very dark and black...like 99% black. It has a great, thick, frothy, tan colored head with amazing retention. The head leaves lace the whole way down while keeping a thin layer protecting the beer. It has strong smells of burnt coffee and chocolate roasts, very nutty (hazelnuts especially), definitely some alcohol and maybe even dark berries (or cherries). The tastes are very similar...chocolate, coffee, even a little doughy. The mouthfeel of this beer is hands down the best aspect...its so silky and smooth; unlike any other beer I have had (or at least up there with some of the silkiest). It goes down great and the drinkability is top-notch. Well done Ommegang.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2007 22:48:35 | More by Douglas14
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oberon

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I was stoked to try this beer and well for good reason,poured into an imperial pint glass a deep but not opaque black a little ruby tint when held up to the light,a big two finger frothy head atop leaving gobs of lace as it settled very slowly.The Belgian malts impart spiced bread aroma that intertwines with some bitter chocolate and roasted grain,just silky smooth it glides down effortlessly just full and rich.Wow the chocolate imparted in this brew really shines but it is not over done or to sweet bittersweet chocolate mixed with dark roast coffee with just a hint of orange peel that shows through in a lingering finish wich just added to the beers complexity.Although Iam not the biggest Belgian beer fan in the world this American "big" stout really brings the the best of Belgium with the malts and premium chocolate together to make a great great beer in my mind.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2007 22:14:21 | More by oberon
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Billolick

New York

4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a growler purchased at WFM in the Lower East side of good ole' NYC last night. The growler fill dude had just hooked up a new keg, this is some pretty fresh and clean stuff. Pours the expected almost coal black, moderate carbonation, loose, minor head and not much in the way of lacing. Nose is pure silky luxorious chocolate, with a hint of some dark smoky grains. Tasty, subtle, chocolatey brew, dark, smokey and easy on the tongue. Notes of medium chocolate, light brandy, raisiny. Stout like, with moderate Belgian, yeasty feel. I need to try the bottled version as well as enjoy this with a dessert of some sort. Quality creation, fine sipper. Nice to see Omme roll out some quality new offerings

Serving type: growler

10-21-2007 13:51:21 | More by Billolick
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rajendra82

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer came in a classy looking 750 ml bomber with a wire cage and a cork. The cork popped up on its own while being unscrewed, and the pour revealed a highly carbonated dark brown stout. The head looked like whipped cream on a hot chocolate. The smell of this beer was sweet and full of chocolate. The real chocolate present in the beer showed up very well in the smell. And unlike most other beers of this type, there was not a hint of roastiness. The taste felt the same way, and reminded me of the occasions when I had paired dark chocolate with a stout, except this time everything was already in the glass. Very well blended taste as the dark malt and chocolate played off each other's strengths. The taste started off like a dark chocolate, and finished with a sweet flair. If was to pick a bone with something, it would be the sort of thin body. Everything else about this beer was indulgent and luscious as promised on the label. Dessert in a bottle with a second helping to spare.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2007 04:33:47 | More by rajendra82
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RixBeer

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark almost black in color, creamy brown head, Smells of cocoa rather than chocolate. The head leaves some nice lacing and there's a lot of sticking to the sides as you drink this beer. You can taste some bitter sweet and semi sweet chocolate along with a large amount of cocoa. This beer is very smooth and has next to no bitterness except a tiny bit at the end. Tiny bit of roasted coffee in the after taste. Overall a great brew I had it out of the bottle and on tap at the brewery on it's release day. I don't know after the first I had another bottle with a friend. At 7%ABV I think this could use a little mellowing from cellering to smooth it out a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2007 20:35:24 | More by RixBeer
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Gmann

New York

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle that came with a nice Ommegang goblet. The color is very near black, the only brown I could see was when I held it straight against a light source and then it was only on the outer most edges. The tan head is thick and leaves some nice lacing. The smell is of semi-sweet chocolate, perhaps a touch of smoke. The taste is of powdery cocoa, bitter chocolate, carob, light roasted coffee and a metallic twang. I pick up a very slight fruitiness every now and again. The feel is silky smooth and well bodies; the metallic aftertaste is a bit undesirable. Great brew, great chocolate flavors mixing well with the roasted malt. Definitely a sipper, hard to finish off the 750 ml.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2007 05:08:12 | More by Gmann
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TheMuffinMan

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

shared a bottle at union jacks pub glenside with fellow staffer and 2 patrons. chocolate isnt over the top .... great stout with nice mouthfeel. perfect abv. good balance for this type of brew.i usually cant take a 250z. of imperial stout to the head until 'round xmas time.. but this was quite easy (with friends).will try it on draft next.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2007 03:12:01 | More by TheMuffinMan
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Cole's at $9 a pint. Mike, you are the best at getting stuff like this in. Deep chocolate, I expected to sip but it went down quicker. Lots of lace and full mouthfeel. Bitter finish and more bitter baking chocolate edge aftertaste, rather than sweet or bittersweet. I must have again..for dessert.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2007 04:42:36 | More by Sammy
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, served in a goblet.

A - black as night with a foamy tan head that thinned out some, leaving lots of lacing on the glass.

S - cocoa aroma is strongest, faint aromas of malt and yeast are also there.

T - good tasting brew, chocolate is there, but not overpowering. Sweet tastes of roasted malt and cocoa. Some yeastiness is evident on the swallow.

M - full bodied and mildly carbonated.

D - a dessert beer, for sure. Enjoyable brew at 7%abv, but too heavy to have more than 1 or 2 glasses of.

Final Note: Happy 10th Anniversary Ommegang, keep up the good work!

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 23:40:47 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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