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Chocolate Indulgence Stout - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 1,227
Reviews: 692
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 71
Gots: 90 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 09-27-2007)
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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
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
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
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
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
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
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
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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
2.68/5  rDev -29.7%
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.

Photo of hwwty4
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 750 into a 6oz Brandy Snifter. Aroma is of roasted malts, vanilla and toffee. Taste is Chocolate malts (hence the name) with toffee, ending with a roasted grains taste. Mouthfeel was a bit thin, wanted it to be a little thicker. Drinkability is about average.

Photo of warmstorage
2.68/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml corked and crowned bottle, ~$9 at Brown Jug Warehouse, Anchorage, AK. Bottle states 7% ABV. No specific dating evident, but bottles lists it as a 10th anniversary brew, 1997-2007.

Appearance: deep brown, opaque, with medium brown, dense creamy head, significant lacing in rings. Very attractive.

Aroma: roast and chocolate dominate, little else discernible.

Taste: Again it's mostly roast, with a moderate taste of chocolate. Distinct metallic flatness throughout, especially in the finish. Fruity esters, metallic, and chocolate compete in the finish and aftertaste.

Mouth: Moderately thick to full, slightly sweet, tingly finish. A little alcohol warmth noted.

Overall: An interesting, somewhat drinkable beer that would probably be quite good if not for the profound metallic taste, which makes rating it complicated. To try to be fair, I tasted the first pour in a 20 ounce (standard shaped) pint glass that was washed in the dishwasher, and then a second taste in a wide-bowl red wine glass that I carefully washed and completely dried by hand, to make it beeer clean, and got basically the same metallic in both. Ms. Warmstorage got the same thing in both tastings, without prompting from me. The metallic nature is a significant flaw, and I feel like I had to ding the beer in both taste and drinkability for it.

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

Part of a holiday gift pack, poured into my new Ommegang flute glass from the gift pack.

Pours a black, some red showing thru when held to the light. Sports a nice fluffy cocoa head that lasts and last. Lots of sticky lace left down my new glass. Very nice looking brew.

Aroma is very nice malty nice dark fruits blend with the coca powder that make a nice chocolate presence. Some light hints of spice in the nose, hints of vanilla and Belgian yeasts.

Taste is not as nice and rich as the nose but good. Chocolate malts mingled with fruits and spice more evident in the taste. Cocoa powder makes the chocolate malt shine. Finish is spice with clove shinning thru the most, mingled with earthy yeast notes. Some light grassy hops are hinted at, made more evident with the burst of carbonation in the finish.

Mouthfeel is only medium with good peppy carbonation that seems to suite this brew perfectly.

Drinkability is good, wishing they had these in singles at Inari because I would be purchasing more, alas only in the gift packs here in Bristol. I am enjoying this one very much would recommend for all to try.

Photo of MSchae1017
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was pours brown-black with a frothy tan head that holds a nice film and laces well. The smell if full of roated malts with the cocoa powder and hints of belgian yeastiness. The taste echos the smell. The roasted character is up front with bitter cocoa following and finishing with a yeastiness. The mouthfeel is medium-full with a bit of dryness at the end. Overall, a very nice and interesting release. I would certainly drink this again.

Photo of ultralarry2006
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle. Leaves a big crazy foamy 3-plus finger espresso foam colored head, which has excellent retention, and leaves webs of excellent sticky lacing. Body is the deepest possible brown, almost black. This is a beautiful ale, and appearance will be this ale's high point.

Smell - aromas of cloves, horseblanket, and an acrid roasted malt, and there is a faint wiff of chocolate.

Taste - mild flavors of burnt roasted malt and bitter dark chocolate both washed through with horseblanket. Somewhat hearty while being rather acrid, followed by sour.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, somewhat semi-dry from the acridness of the roast.

Drinkability - this is a good ale, but not a great one. I'd go for a 750 ml. bottle every now and then, but not on any kind of regular basis. Also, high abv limits sessionability.

Photo of Floydster
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce goblet from Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach for $5.50

Color was an opaque dark brown, when held up to the light it was a much lighter shade of brown, there was a miniscule light tan head that mellowed almost immedately, not much retention or lacing

Smell was roasted malt and lots of sweet chocolate, there was also some caramel and burnt aromas

Taste was much sweeter than originially anticipated, taste got different each sip, more candy-like as the beer got warmer, started off with dark chocolate and eventually mellowed into milk chocolate, along the way there was some faint coffee and strong caramel flavors, also a little marshmallow, not much of a hop character, malt dominated this beer, overall lots and lots of chocolate which is probably how it gots its name, would like to taste this in another once it has really mellowed out

The body was full, but it could have used more carbonation in my opinion, taste did not last as long as it could have either

Could have drank another glass of this and that would have been about it, very heavy and the sweetness would eventually become very filling, I believe the ABV was around eight percent according to the bartender as well

I believe this one is about a year old, it seems like more age will continue to do justice to this one, not quite sure how this one is called a Belgian dark ale, more of a porter or lighter stout to me, only the second Ommegang beer I have tried but a good one, I recommend it, especially this time of year

Photo of AlexJ
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark black coffee-colored pour with a tight and creamy head of whipped brown froth. Nice retention and lace.

Aroma is milder than expected, creamy milk chocolate, chocolate malts, and faint dark fruit.

Flavor starts with roasty chocolate and mildly scorched dark malt noted that lead to very light creamed coffee and dark caramel. There are hints of dry, cracked leather and old wood. No real Belgian character to it, or at least not as much as I was expecting.

Body is medium, very fluffy and smooth on the palate, and quite drinkable. Overall I was expecting more for the large price tag. This reminds me of Chambly Noir, only kicked up a notch.

We mixed the last few glasses with a sweet Kriek Lambic and it was sensational.

Photo of YankChef
2.95/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750 ml bottle poured into a chimay goblet

Appearance: Pitch black with a tan head, bubbles hang around center mostly, lacing is not so strong

Smell: Aroma is actually quite mild with roasted barley and the scent of semi sweet chocolate coming through most strongly. (could be the glass)

Taste: Very smooth on the front with a taste of bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt. The claims of metallic are certainly true tho which dominates the after taste. It feels like there is a penny on the tip of your tounge. The glass isnt worth it folks

Overall: Wouldnt buy this again, i got it in the 3 pack and must say the the 3 philosophers and hennipin are better, and im really not a fan of saisons.

Photo of Nutleybeer
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a nice, mildly foamy head. Fine lacing hangs around, clinging to the sides of the glass. Deep brown in color, like a cup of rich coffee. The scent is unmistakably Belgian like, with the hints of yeastiness.

An interesting taste. More Belgian-like than a typical stout. Smooth flavor, a tad creamy.

Good, not incredible, but good. I prefer Brooklyn's chocolate stout better...richer, but this is pretty good...and a little different as well. Worth a try for a unique tasting experience.

Photo of Jwale73
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into my DFH Chalice. Presented with an incredibly luscious foamy mocha-colored head and generous belgian lacing (unfortunately, this was the best part) throughout the tasting. Black and opaque with scents of chocolate and malt. Flavors similar to nose; however, a strange metallic taste as well, kind of like pennies. Decent mouthfeel, not too thin and not too chewy with just the right amount of carbonation. Drinkability is pretty much destroyed by the metallic flavoring that lingers at the finish, although it did seem to dissipate as the brew warmed up a little. I was so stoked to finally track this brew down; what a disappointment. What happened Ommegang? Planning on trying it on draft this weekend and I'm hoping the metallic taste will be less intense.

Photo of jjayjaye
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Once again enlightened about Beer Styles. I didn't realize that the envelope of acceptable interpretations was so wide. I imagine that would drive a consumer of wine into a tizzy. I also figure that I was recently more critical than need be of some very enjoyable ales. This years favorites have been more along the effervescent dark fruity variety. (Would this rate higher if it was categorized as a Stout??) Anyway, the label on this one clearly indicates 7% ABV. Pours an opaque darkness with a full finger foamy dark tan head that resists fading. A nice amount lacing in a spotty pattern. The smell is a wonderful creamy milk chocolate stout. Adequately carbonated, the foamy head lends a wonderful creaminess to the full bodied mouth feel. The marque chocolate flavor does not disappoint...yes AB, "a well crafted chocolaty stout has it hands down over 'fizzy yellow fluid'. A lightly toasted milk chocolate flavor that finishes a little chalky, like the bottom of a glass of aggressively portioned Nestles. Much less of a lingering quality than a roasty character tends to be. The 7% is well hidden. I hesitate to draw comparisons, but i get the same "Top Shelf" stout experience from my local Dragonslayer (at 1/3 the price!). However, I've gotta say that this one was "totally" worth sampling and if you're going to do a one-of to celebrate 10 Years...then 'you go girls!!' You've gotta love it when a brewery thinks enough about their work to produce something that lets you celebrate that milestone with them! CHEERS!

Photo of atsprings
4.63/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Tyler's in Durham, served an almost opaque black with a decent head that leaves great lacing on the glass. The aroma was a little disappointing, some resemblance to a standard Hershey bar, but not much else. The taste totally makes up for the aroma! A wonderful bitter chocolate fills your mouth and leaves the Belgian yeast far in the background. The finish leaves a lingering taste of a Hershey's special dark in your mouth. The beer is medium bodied with low carbonation and warming alcohol. This is a truly enjoyable beer, just a little pricey.

Chocolate Indulgence Stout from Brewery Ommegang
86 out of 100 based on 1,227 ratings.