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Chocolate Indulgence Stout - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 1,160
Reviews: 687
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 68
Gots: 77 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of tastybeer

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%

Basically opaque dark brown/black color topped by a whipped, frothy orangy-cocoa looking head. Everywhere on the glass too. Smells mostly...delightful like creamy fruity thick cocoa, bittersweet and dark chocolate. Its chocolaty and Belgian, and those two things go well together. Tastes matches the smell. There's not much to dislike about this beer. Its really enjoyable and mouthfeels awesome. Thick, fluffy and all encompasing. Mouth watering chocolate all throughout the finish. This is actually a lot like a fine chocolate beer cake.

11-10-2007 01:57:40 | More by tastybeer
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

Very black with a nicely controlled frothy cream head. Smells like a dark dessert - rich chocolate over dark, juicy berries and oranges. Dark flavor is more "Belgium" than "chocolate". Vinous fruit, creamy cocoa center, followed by an unexpected blast of dry yeast. I seem to get a different impression of the flavor with each sip I take. Lightish for a stout, but creamy. It gets a bit more chocolaty towards the end of the glass as it warms. Pretty unique, which is always good for a special anniversary beer.

11-10-2007 01:50:46 | More by wedge
Photo of JasonA


3.73/5  rDev -2.1%

A - Looks a bit milk chocolaty compared to a typical stout. More head than expected. Nice lacing

S - Nice. Coffee, chocolate, malt. Some ABV, nothing fierce.

T - Smooth. Nice carbonation for Stout. Some biscuit. Not a lot of depth, but overall good. Coffee, but not as much as the smell. I dont get much of the "chocolate", though cocoa is present and w/o much sugar its not as potent. There is something at the end im having trouble identifying. I might have to edit this later. Something bitter? Hops?

M - Little more carbonated that expected. I think I would have preferred less. Not sure what this is due to.

D - Very nice overall. Stoutish is a bit lacking, not as thick as would like. I could have one of these every so often. Overall not sure worth the price.

* Bottle itself says Stout, ranked here as Dark Ale. Seems much more Dark Ale than Stout.

11-09-2007 01:57:15 | More by JasonA
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.18/5  rDev +9.7%

On-tap in an Ommegang glass.

Solid black, with a roasted tan head, leaving lace...looks good!

Aroma: all cocoa powder with bittersweet espresso on the side. Rich, dark and lovely.

Taste: full-bodied, deep, and decadent. Well-rounded, well-balanced, with chocolate flavor rolling in...very mellow in the mouth, incredibly smooth. Chocolate isn't too big in the flavor, and the flavor isn't too big...it seems just right. Adding the word "indulgence" creates expectation of extremes in flavor, and begs comparison to Young's Luxury Double Chocolate Stout. It falls short by some in that regard, but I don't mind.

the first non-Belgian-style beer from Ommegang, if you don't count the inclusion of Belgian chocolate...a delcious stout, and the 7% abv doesn't get noticed...until now...oh, there you are...

But it's a solid stout, with noticable chocolate...
Happy 10th Anniversary, Ommegang!

11-08-2007 05:12:19 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of sinistrsam


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

This poured a dark brown black with a very small but milkshake-thich tan head and no discernable carbonation.
The smell was reminiscent of a porter, with toasted and burnt caramel, coffee and chocolate.
The taste included chocolate and coffee, but was totally overpowered by a very burnt caramel sugar taste. Not toasted, but blackened-burnt.
The feel was once agian dominated by the bitter burnt taste, and only offest by a little sweetness and the foamy thickness of the beer itself. It was certainly full-bodied but fell short of my expectations.
Many people I know have been singing the praises of this beer, but I was simply disappointed. Maybe it ages well and the stringency dies down a little, but for now, I'd pass on this one.

11-05-2007 17:06:09 | More by sinistrsam
Photo of garbercury


4/5  rDev +5%

I was looking forward to trying this beer from Ommegang, one of the few breweries who is got the balls to make real beer. For guys like me who get sick of another Pale Ale or IPA, Belgian styles are always welcome.

A--Nice deep mahogany. Not too much head on this one but has some lacing on the goblet...

S--you can smell the chocolate in this one.

T--Nice flavor, the choc is coming out in the aftertaste...good.

M--Fine, this category is kinda cheesy.

D--Recommended, nice flavor and worth a try.

11-05-2007 00:40:19 | More by garbercury
Photo of brantadid

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -6.8%

Poured very dark, looked a lot like oil, with a great dark tan head. Head lasted for quite some time. No lacing as well.

Smelled of faint cocoa and very little yeast. As the beer warmed the cocoa began to smell more like chocolate.

Initial taste was all cocoa, no chocolate at all. I was a little disappointed by this. But as the beer warmed a chocolate flavor presented in the back palate. Some berry flavor came out also.

Incredibly silky texture and mouthfeel. Low carbonation.

A great dessert beer.

11-04-2007 19:05:03 | More by brantadid
Photo of Brad007


4.78/5  rDev +25.5%

Finally decided to buy a bottle of this beer.

Pours a soot black color with ample brown head and lacing. Aroma is strong and the belgian chocolate shows though in the nose with roastiness and coffee notes. Taste is strong and roasty upfront with the belgian chocolate showing through very well in the aftertaste. A second sip detects more of the chocolate and it sticks more throughout the mouth. Rich, almost decadent and very drinkable.

Funny that it's not classified as a stout. Definitely qualifies kind of like an imperial stout here. The aftertaste is impressive and for the price, I feel it was a good choice. I might buy a second or third bottle to age down the road as this beer can only get better with age.

11-04-2007 01:18:45 | More by Brad007
Photo of Lupe

New York

4.85/5  rDev +27.3%

Pours a pitch black with no light able to pass through. Massive chocolate milk-colored head, almost 3 fingers thick. Fluffy, creamy, and leaves sticky lace all over the sides of the glass. Head had some staying power before it settles to a thin sheet.

Bold aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, spices, a hint of smoke and a bit of oak. Yeasty Belgian funk is also present. Very appealing.

Rich flavors of dark chocolate, mild coffee, roasted and toasted malt, vanilla, clove and spice. A hint of smoke and oak along with light hops, and a slight presence of alcohol are also present. A well balanced flavor, not overpowering or cloying. Finishes dry with lingering dark chocolate bitterness.

Moderately carbonated and not as thick as other stouts, light-medium in body. Thinner than I expected. Very smooth and silky, with faint spice lingering on the tongue.

So smooth and delicious. Easy to drink, complex but not overpowering. Alcohol barely shows. So enjoyable. Only downfall is the mouthfeel - expected something fuller in body. Kind of like a Rogue Chocolate Stout meeting a Belgian Dark Ale. Excellent.

11-03-2007 18:48:58 | More by Lupe
Photo of deanhead


3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

Appearance- Dark and porter like in color, almost completely black in color. Nice toffee colored dense rocky head which lingered long after the glass was empty.

Smell- Not so much chocolate in the aroma here, I get horse blanket, with hints of barnyard, and sweet candy along with some very earthy notes.

Taste-It has a nice clean start, very similar to a roasted porter in some regards. It finishes slightly bitter, and almost solvent like. The chocolate is very subtle.

Mouthfeel-The color of this beer would lead to believe that it would be a full bodied, malt experience. However just the opposite is the case. This beer is very light in body, almost thin. I think the yeast also contributes heavily to a nice dry finish.

Drinkability- This beer is like a cross between a Baltic and roasted porter, combined with some Belgian yeast. Overall decent beer, might pick a bottle up to stash in the cellar, and revisit it in a year.

11-03-2007 13:42:20 | More by deanhead
Photo of beerphilosopher


4.33/5  rDev +13.6%

This indulgent creation pours a pitch back color with just the slightest hint of reddish highlights playing in the light. A voluminous head of frothy, cocoa colored whipped cream filles the top of the large goblet I've poured this beer into, threatening to spill over the edge. I quickly whisk the overflow from the rim of the glass with my finger and bring it to my mouth - a small hint of what is to come. Intricate patterns of lacing line the inner rim of the goblet as the head settles back slightly from the edge. A gorgeous pour. The nose made itself apparent immediately after opening the caged and corked 750ml bottle. The aroma of liquid baker's chocolate and a note of Belgian yeast wafted through the air and beckoned me to inhale deeper. In the nose, this beer is definitely a chocolate indulgence i every respect. Along with the heady chocolate aroma, however, I detect hints of dry oak, dark tree fruits and the tell-tale Belgian yeast strain. A complex nose, dominated but not overrun with chocolate goodness. The palate gives me a sensuous dose of slightly bitter baker's chocolate mingled with dark fruit, yeast and a rather strong flowery hop presence. Accompanying this array of flavors is a slightly sour undertone, putting the "Belgian" stamp on this unusual stout. Incredibly complex, yet very well balanced. This is nothing like a sweet stout, or milk stout. This Belgian-inspired creation has much more in common with a dry Irish stout, in my estimation, although this isn't a fair or complete comparison either. The Belgian yeast lends a very unique charater to this stout - not to mention the chocolate additions. The mouth feel is one of the best aspects of this beer, for me. Absolutely silky smooth and creamy without being thick or sticky. I love the fact that this stout isn't excessively heavy, allowing the flavors to assert themselves and then leave the mouth cleanly. The alcohol is extremely well hidden as well - only lending a slightly warming feel in the back of the mouth, accentuating the silky nature of this black treat. A very drinkable experience that lands somewhere between a dry stout and a Belgian strong dark ale. A brilliant contrast. If you're a chocolate lover, this is liquid bliss. If you're also a Belgian ale lover, this is probably pretty close to heaven in a bottle. Another truly excellent creation from Brewery Ommegang.

11-03-2007 03:02:53 | More by beerphilosopher
Photo of asabreed

New York

4.45/5  rDev +16.8%

$12 for the corked and caged bottle, so I have to assume that this may be one of the only ones I ever try. Still, I love Ommegang, and here's to a happy 10th Anniversary as into the snifter it goes.

Appearance: Rich and insanely dark, as I'd hoped, and as I'd expected. Billowing coffee-colored head lasts and lasts, leaving froth and lace behind, unwilling to leave.

Smell: I'm not really a connoisseur when it comes to Belgian chocolate, but the aroma's sure there of some cocoa, maple, sweet chocolate malt (and not the feigned syrupy version either), faint black licorice, bread crust. Complex for sure, and getting even more complex as it warms, of course.

Taste: Certainly a stout, but without being extremely thick or cloying, and almost feeling lighter-bodied. Perhaps so the nuanced chocolate flavors can come out? And in there, extremely rich chocolate malts, cocoa, light coffee, vanilla and sweet spice, though I can't put my finger on them. Finish is all chocolate with the most mild bitterness from the hops, where the more smoky and burnt flavors come in, along with some toasted husk and dark grain flavors. The visceral nature of the beer is at the end, but it's certainly beneficial to the flavors.

Mouthfeel: Extremely complex without, as I said before, being too sticky, too cloying, too over the top. Feels thick as first but becomes lighter, somehow, after the swallow, with pretty much perfect carbonation.

Drinkability: A real treat. I wish I hadn't been the only one drinking this, as it was fairly easy to finish, though it is a lot of complex brew to handle in one sitting, no matter how slowly you drink it. But a great 10th anniversary brew, done extremely well, and perfect for the weather here in Richmond as the leaves fall, the wind starts to blow, and the nights get shorter. Though the label says, via Dickens, something about friends with chocolate, friends bringing this, and sharing it with you, or the other way around, would certainly also be a great thing.

11-03-2007 00:54:46 | More by asabreed
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

Poured into my ommegang chalice. Review from notes.

A: Jet black with a off white head. Nice head retention.

S: Cocoa pops out at you then i got quite a bit of roasted malt.

T: This is supposed to be a chocolate beer. Young's double chocolate has more of a chocolate taste. At times it tasted like hot cocoa powder. It wasn't bad per se just not as chocolaty as the name would lead you to believe.

M: Nice and thick as you would expect. Minimal carbonation. Nice sipper.

D: Obviously a sipper. Had this for desert after dinner and it really hit the spot. The chocolate flavor is very subtle right now. This would probably taste a lot better in a few months. I am going to go back and grab another bottle to do just that.

11-03-2007 00:34:50 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of iceball585

New York

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%

A- Very dark brown/black color, non-transparent, thin tan head that held for most of the way through the pint

S- Roasted dark malts, cocoa, creamy

T- Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, coffee, yeast, creamy, hint of nuts

M- Medium/heavy body, medium carbonation, very smooth

D- Very drinkable for any stout lover

This is another great beer from Ommegang. Good flavors from start to finish.

11-02-2007 21:34:50 | More by iceball585
Photo of smurphy77


4.9/5  rDev +28.6%

This beer should win a medal. Poured as a dark chocolate liquid with a modest, long-lasting cocoa colored head. The flavors coming from every sip of this beer were immense. Espresso with cream and a dusting of chocolate first appear on the palate, followed by dark chocolate and then finished with a soft, earthy finish. Everything about this beer is highly pronounced without being overstated.

Both full-bodied and light at the same time, this beer is very drinkable and probably highly addictive. Admittedly, I'm a fan of this style so I do have a slight bias. Not sure what separates a belgian strong dark ale from an imperial stout, but whatever you call it, it's delicious.

11-02-2007 12:44:12 | More by smurphy77
Photo of letsgopens


3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Poured from a corked/caged bottle this selection appears near black with some thin ruby/brown highlights. The thick rocky head holds very well and leaves some solid lace.

The aroma is primarily dim malt and some light roastiness. Minimal chocolate is present, but certainly not pronounced enough for how much the beer was built up.

Some dry and moderately chocolate flavor with a nutty malt character. A hint of dark fruit as well. There is also a distinct metallic flavor that dries up the finish. Not nearly as chocolately and decadent as expected. The Belgian character is there, but the lack of chocolate is mildly disappointing.

Smooth and creamy but drier in the finish. Heavy on the palate overall, but somewhat mild in flavor for the style. I was very intrigued by the prospect of a Belgian chocolate stout. However after tasting, I would certainly question the style. A solid selection, but in my opinion it is a lot of build-up for a mearly decent beer.

11-01-2007 21:03:09 | More by letsgopens
Photo of LittleBreeze

New York

4.2/5  rDev +10.2%


Dark. Oily with a nice tan head. The aroma isn't as intoxicating as I expected, but it is nice with a strong enough hint of chocolate coming through.

Taste keeps getting better with the passage of time. This bottle is more mellow...smoother than when I tried it in Sept and Oct.
Rich beer. I served 4 oz servings with cheesecake and the crowd was pleased.

Drinkable. The alcohol is there but the blend of the chocolate and other flavors masks it well. Drinking this one at the correct temp makes a difference. Let it warm before serving.

11-01-2007 13:04:37 | More by LittleBreeze
Photo of orfeu

New Mexico

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%

Purchased at the brewery on its release day (Waffles and Puppets). Dark chocolate in color with faint chestnut highlights and a clumpy and sticky dark khaki foam cap. Soft cocoa, earthy vegetal notes, and slight yeast funk in the aroma. Large yeasty character in the flavor, with mild chocolate and a more assertive roastiness coming through midway. Cherry and prune. Earthy, slightly acrid mineral finish. Yeast funkiness lingers on the palate and blossoms in the aftertaste. Medium in body, although it feels fairly light, lending to an increased drinkability. Peppery twinge at the finish of a smooth, but light mouthfeel. Has the chocolate and roast aspects of an English stout, but clearly the Belgian house yeast Ommegang uses has taken this one over and made it its own. The result is that not much chocolate is detectable. Truly a unique beer.

10-29-2007 03:40:00 | More by orfeu
Photo of jdubjacket


3.78/5  rDev -0.8%

Poured out of a 750 mL bottle into a pint glass. Looks delicious. Almost like drinkable motor oil. A very strong head that hangs around for a while. Very good looking beer. I was expecting more chocolate in the smell, but it's dominated by the alcohol. I got traces of chocolate but it was mostly alcohol. The taste is very interesting. The mixture of chocolate and the sweetness of the alcohol blend to form a very interesting brew. Very rich, fairly drinkable beer. I'm definitely going to have to try this one again.

10-28-2007 02:38:43 | More by jdubjacket
Photo of cjgator3


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

Corked and caged 750ml bottle poured into a large Duvel tulip glass. Pours a pitch black color with a tan head. The aroma is dark roasted malts, slightly sweet dark chocolate and yeast. The taste much like the aroma is dark and roasty with a rather dry finish. Overall, this is a very nice chocolate stout with a unique Belgian spin. Recommended.

10-27-2007 03:18:20 | More by cjgator3
Photo of gotbeer


4.08/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

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


4.13/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

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


4.18/5  rDev +9.7%

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.

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


4.53/5  rDev +18.9%

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.

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


3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

10-22-2007 22:57:55 | More by John_M
Chocolate Indulgence Stout from Brewery Ommegang
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