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Chocolate Indulgence Stout - Brewery Ommegang

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86
very good

1,195 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,195
Reviews: 687
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 70
Gots: 78 | FT: 2
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 09-27-2007)
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Photo of Onibubba
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Onibubba, Dec 07, 2007
Photo of dirtylou
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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

dirtylou, Dec 07, 2007
Photo of brewcrew76
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

brewcrew76, Dec 07, 2007
Photo of t0rin0
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

t0rin0, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of Gavage
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Gavage, Dec 05, 2007
Photo of morimech
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

morimech, Dec 05, 2007
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

sinstaineddemon, Dec 04, 2007
Photo of marcpal
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

marcpal, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of ppoitras
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

ppoitras, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of mortarit
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After having a Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery, this is a treat.

I like the subtle presence of the smooth chocolate balanced between the alcohol.

Plenty of head that lingers all the way down the glass. I see the layers of drinks like a time line.

For notes I wouldn't classify this as a Belgian Strong Dark Ale because I don't feel the strong like others in this style. Very smooth in my opinion.

Recommended

mortarit, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of Freshie
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark as a night without a moon.

Lace is white, and frothy.

Smell is bittersweet. Definite chocolate roast, and smokey Belgian hops.

The taste is over all thick and rich. Bittersweet chocolate flavors blend well with yeasty Belgian flavors. Warms the palate.

Somewhat of a coffee after-taste.

A nice one to, how do you say,...indulge in, every once and awhile.

Freshie, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of largadeer
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown, the color of dark chocolate (appropriately enough). The tan-colored head has fair retention.

Smell: Very sweet; dark chocolate with a bit of espresso and milk.

Taste: Nice balance of sweet and bitter flavors. Sweet milk chocolate and bitter roasted malt are at the forefront, with a bit of lactose and vanilla in the background. Has the subtlest hint of tart citrus fruit, which is the only Belgian element I can find in this beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied; moderate carbonation. Easy on the palate.

Notes: More of an American stout than a Belgian dark ale, in my opinion. Regardless, this is good.

largadeer, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

750 bottle out of the gift back, into the Ommegang goblet...

A - Nice sized head with good lacing and a dark, dark body.

S - Nice sweet chocolate aroma, not much to think about, but pleasing.

T - Interesting, sweet and bitter chocolate notes, with nice, balanced fruit and cream. This is interesting, and dangerously drinkable.

SammyDavisJrJrJr, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of Atlas1
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Thanksgiving this year. Not so much an "indulgence" per se as just a damn fine beer.

Poured from the .750ml a dark black color with a misty brown/grey, maybe tan, head. Very little light shines through this beer. The nose is nice, possessed of a light cocoa powder scent, with coffee bean, nuts, and some faint dark fruit. But, on the whole, the aroma was a bit muted. The taste, however, delivered in spades. Well balanced malt and hops; not too chocolately. A solid stout flavor overall. The mouthfeel was at times sharp, but was still easy-drinking.

This is a tasty stout. Not as sweet as you might think, based on the name "chocolate indulgence." It bears more stout quality than chocolate, which I find to be a good thing. And it's almost too easy to drink a .750ml of this by myself (which I did). It goes great with pumpkin pie. Just in time for the holidays!

Atlas1, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of DaggerEyes
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had a 12 oz pour on tap at Spuyten Duyvil in Brooklyn.

Poured an absolutely picture perfect deep and dark black with a dark tan head that was one finger high in height. The head settled a bit but never quite broke away, there was also some decent lacing.

Dark chocolate, a little smokey and some earthy mushroom notes on the nose

Well there is not much more to say about the taste but chocolate chocolate chocolate. Some of the earthy notes were there as was some smokiness and coffee flavors but tons of chocolate

Medium bodied silky very smooth with moderate amount of carbonation

What a fantastic "stout" I can tell already this will be a favorite choice for the winter months. Hopefully I can find it with out too much trouble

DaggerEyes, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of WesWes
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet chocolate scent along with a stiff roasted malt aroma. The taste is decent. It has a dry, bittersweet chocolate flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and toastey. There is a slight Belgian yeast presence in the finish. The taste is not as rich as I expected. The taste is there, but it's not as pronounced as I had hoped. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine stout. I was expecting better, but it's still a quality offering.

WesWes, Nov 25, 2007
Photo of merlin48
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle pours a dark chestnut body with a tall khaki head that has excellent retention. Tons of sticky lace adhere to the Ommegang tulip glass that came with the three bottle anniversary sampler.

Aroma is somewhat muted. Cocoa and espresso are noted, along with some faint floral hops.

Mouthfeel is medium with low medium carbonation. Some powdery cocoa adds a dustiness.

Cocoa powder and espresso dominate the taste, as well. Definitely some Belgian yeasty fruitiness here. Floral hops and a lactic note add a nice complexity. Finishes with a roasty coffee bitterness.

A very interesting brew here. Nicely drinkable, but the chocolate could be more prominent. Seems like a combo of a Belgian dark ale and a foreign stout.

merlin48, Nov 25, 2007
Photo of jwc215
2.6/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a glass chalice:

Pours very dark brown with a thin creamy tan head that slowly becomes patchy, leaving some lacing on the glass.

The smell is of faint chocolate dipped in some alcohol. Not as chocolatey as I had hoped.

The taste is of cocoa powder. The spicy yeast seems a bit out-of-whack here. The cocoa itself isn't bad, but was hoping it would be richer, as great chocolate comes out of Belgium. Metallic and sour notes come to dominate, esp. the metallic.

Medium-bodied with medium carbonation, not quite as lush and rich in body as I hoped, but not bad.

This is a disappointment overall. Not as rich as I hoped and the yeast strain doesn't seem to work so well here. The metallic notes are too strong, to boot.

jwc215, Nov 23, 2007
Photo of auxiliary
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Nice lace stuck on this glass. Color is a dark brown color, wow real bif frothy head on this one.

smell - I smelled some cocoa here, but sorry I was sick so the nose was not working that good.

taste - I expected more here. I am a chocolate nut so I thought this was going to be like a candy bar. Like Sam Adams Chocolate Bock, that chocolate. This was more dark powdered cocoa. I tasted more the lines of cocoa here.

mouthfeel - Medium bodied

drinkability - This was the starter for thanksgiving. Split the bottle between 3 people. It was a nice beer, but I thought it was going to more. I was taste it again, but i won't buy it again, its not that hyped up.

FYI, I poured slow but it does note it on the bottle to pour it slow. I read after I poured it.

auxiliary, Nov 23, 2007
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ommegang- Chocolate Indulgance

A- Hazy Brown with a big creamy head.
S- Powder cocoa and dried fruits (raisin and fig)
T- Sweet dried fruits; raisin, fig, prune with a huge scoop of chocolate powder (ovaltine)
M- Sweet and dry.

Overall- Just ok. The chocloate was very subdued.

NJpadreFan, Nov 23, 2007
Photo of ewright
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a corked, caged 750 mL bottle into my Chimay chalice. A moderate pour yields a scant finger of tan head with little retention, but some nice lacing. The beer itself is completely black and opaque.

The aroma smells faintly of cocoa but also of caramel and ... steaks on the grille? Or is that my overactive imagination?

The taste is a bit thin, with only a hint of cocoa in the aftertaste. The aftertaste actually reminds me of hot chocolate made with Hershey's cocoa powder and a touch of cayenne pepper (if you've never tried this, you should!).

The mouthfeel is somewhat of a letdown. From a name like chocolate indulgence, I expect a silky smooth coating of deliciousness on my palate. Instead, there is a sharp bite (surely not the moderate 7% ABV) and a thinness that is out of place.

This is a moderately drinkable beer... I'll have to treat the rest of it like a higher ABV ale, as I'm more inclined to sip this slowly. The most interesting thing to me is that this tastes very similar to a chipotle chocolate ale I made about a year ago... maybe I'll dust the last little bit with some chipotle powder and find out!

ewright, Nov 22, 2007
Photo of EStreet20
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been off the Belgian bandwagon for a while. Still, this one intrigued me. 750, corked and caged. Chimay Chalice.

A - Ample tan head sits atop an opaque, nearly black dark brown brew. Head lasts well and laces the glass up nicely.

S - Yeasty smell leads the way as with most Belgian darks. Missing that big chocolate aroma I was hoping for.

T - Funky Belgian yeasts gives way to some fruit. Tiny hint of chocolate then a spicy, yeasty finish. Some cocoa in the aftertaste.

M - A nice coating feel with good carbonation and smoothness.

D - A fan of Belgians may be really into this. I think it's missing the mark as a stout. Not bad, fairly drinkable Belgian dark.

EStreet20, Nov 22, 2007
Photo of Jmamay22
2.68/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark nearly black opaque brown with a small tan colored head. The head eventually reduces to a three hundred and sixty degree collar with random spots on top.

Smell is nearly nonexistent. All I'm really picking up on are faint hints of bitter cocoa and perhaps some dark fruit. This is leading me to believe this will be a disappointing beer.

Very subtle hints of cocoa and metal. Not sweet, really just a bittering cocoa finish. Lacks any degree of complexity. In my opinion it barely has a single dimension let alone any depth. Maybe raisins? But I feel I'm grasping in the dark for something that just isn't there. I can't say enough about how this is not bad, but rather the absence of good or bad. It just is and isn't much. I tried it at varying temperatures and I couldn't find much to indulge in.

Mouthfeel is on the good side of medium and has a slightly creamy consistency. Very drinkable, but mostly because the alcohol is hidden and there's nothing much going on. Very little taste. I'm vastly disappointed. Did I get an off bottle? Am I just missing something? I expect much better from Ommegang. Overpriced and underdone.

Jmamay22, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of lackenhauser
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rich, deep brown color with a cocoa tan head on top. Rather bland aroma-somewhat chocolatey and yeasty but faint. Ok flavor-a lot less chocolate then I expected. Sharp, metallic flavor. Some bitterness against the mild chocolate flavor. Needs to be faintly sweeter for my liking. Average mouthfeel. Pretty average overall. I was expecting much more from this beer. Ommegang tends to put out top notch stuff-they missed their mark here. Too expensive for what is inside

lackenhauser, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of dreadnatty08
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with slight ruby tones, not quite opaque. A fair amount of dirty brown head forms but dissipates to a tracing. Esters battle it out with the chocolate in the aroma, with lots of dark fruits, slight high notes and some sweet cacao in the end. I would call this more a Belgian than a chocolate beer. On the palate, the chocolate becomes more pronounced. It blends fairly well with the fruit like yeast tones, never becoming cloying. The finish is very similar to one in a good dark chocolate bar, one like Valrhona where there are lots of fruity characters. The lack of sweetness detracts from the chocolate flavor, I feel, whereas a chocolate stout from Rogue balances nicely with some lactose added. Overall, it's an interesting concept, one I would drink again if only it wasn't so expensive.

dreadnatty08, Nov 17, 2007
Chocolate Indulgence Stout from Brewery Ommegang
86 out of 100 based on 1,195 ratings.