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Chocolate Indulgence Stout - Brewery Ommegang

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Chocolate Indulgence StoutChocolate Indulgence Stout

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696 Reviews
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Reviews: 696
Hads: 1,267
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 16.8%
Wants: 89
Gots: 100 | FT: 3
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerBeing on 09-27-2007

Chocolate Indulgence offers a thick tan head of foam resting atop of the rich onyx-hued liquid. The aroma immediately speaks of dark chocolate and dark malts. The gentle herbal notes of perle hops compliments the darker aroma notes, making the beer fully savory to all the senses.
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Reviews: 696 | Hads: 1,267
Photo of BeerEngineer
3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

General: Got this as a big bottle with a cork from a local beer store. Poured this into a chalice glass with a friend for the tasting.

Appearance: light brown or dark tan head that has a combo of big and little bubbles. Color of the beer is dark dark black, very nice color. The appearance is spot on for a stout.

Aroma: Nice chocolate note to this but not as pronounced as I would think. There are a lot of strange fruit notes coming through on this from the yeast that was used. Some alcoholic phenol aroma involved also but it is very mild.

Mouthfeel: This is acceptable to style, a little on the thinner side of moderate but still OK. There is a slight astringency, not too bad but still noticeable.

Taste: There is a nice hit of chocolate in the aftertaste but in the beginning there isn't that much involved. There is also a very nice roastiness to this. Not the big chocolate hit that I would expect from this, kind of disappointing.

Overall: This is OK, I don't think that I will go after it again. It is a touch thin for my taste in a stout. Also with the name chocolate indulgence I expect a lot more chocolate flavor and aroma. I don't think that I'm going to be buying this one again.

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Photo of Uanof
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Serve on an Ommegang tulip glass.

A: dark as the night with a bi fluffy head that slowly dissipates into a ring around the glass leaving a decent amount of lacing as it goes down.

S: getting some toffee notes, dark chocolate and dark malts.

T: chocolate is about it with some hidden bitterness kicking the back of your palate, i'd say too bland, was expecting a bit more chocolate to come forth since that's all there is to the beer.

M: very well balanced in the mouth though. Nice rich creamy thickness, carrying the chocolate nicely down your throat. Doesn't lingers much afterwards.

O: Ommegang knows what they're doing, and this beer is spot on with their description, but for the price it left me wanting to have a bigger flavor explosion in my mouth. I wouldn't go as far as to call it Chocolate Indulgence, maybe just Chocolate would do just fine.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Huge four finger tan head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A rich, sweet, and roasty dark malt forward aroma with big hints of chocolate, coffee, and toasty biscuit. Dark roasted malts with upfront hints of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, biscuit, grains, toast, cream, caramel, toffee, nuts, and some Belgian yeast. Sweet scent of brown sugar. Dark fruit hints of cherry, raisin, fig, plum, and dates. Subtle hints of earthy hops in the background. A pretty solid roasty aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a roasty and sweet dark malt driven taste with good toasty notes of chocolate, coffee, and biscuit. Dark roasted barley malts with a good taste of cocoa, dark chocolate, coffee, biscuit, grains, toasted bread, caramel, toffee, cream, and nuts. Notes of Belgian yeast and a sweet taste of brown sugar. Solid presence of dark fruit with notes of raisin, fig, dark cherry, dates, and plum. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and nicely smooth with a somewhat drying finish.

Overall: A pretty solid twist on a Belgian style dark ale. Good chocolate and coffee notes with a balanced sweetness and Belgian yeast presence.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a cork and cage into a snifter, the beer is a dark black coloring with a tall, frothy, chunky, light tan head. Huge bubbling, with a very decent lacing left behind along the glass. Nose of not much, really, with subtle cocoa and yeast funk. Disappointing. Flavors are subtle cocoa forward, with funky Belgian yeast tang and floral highlights. Subtle sourness atop a building bitter backbone. The body is rich and smooth, with a sweet, rich, slightly roasted aftertaste. The finish is smooth, with a bittersweet linger. I have to admit, I had very high expectations of this.

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Photo of Maxwell
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

The beer pours a dark, chocolate brown, which is exactly the color it should be. The beer forms a head that sits a half-of-a-finger’s-width above the beer with medium sized, pebble-like bubbles that are a dark khaki color. On the nose, the beer smells distinctly of Ommegang’s house yeast. Fruity esters with a touch of spice whirl across the nose suggesting peach, pepper, hay, and just a ghost of milk chocolate. This smells a bit like a saison, if I’m being honest. If I were smelling this beer blindfolded, I would not have known it was a stout. The nose is disappointingly weak for a stout. On the tongue, the beer tastes softly sweet with a light bitter roast, a distinct fruity/spicy yeast funk with touch of acidity in the cheeks. This beer tastes like a saison, though. In flavor, the beer begins as fruity esters blending with peach, spicy pepper, touches of creamy banana, and some clove. This moves to lightly bitter grass and herbs that slowly blend with soft coco and milk chocolate that are very subtle. The finish returns lots of spicy esters and banana phenols and leaves me wanting more chocolate. The yeast gives off great funky flavors that are delightfully Belgian and fruity, but the beer is called “Chocolate Indulgence” and I want way more chocolate in the flavor. In the mouth, the beer feels medium in body with a higher carbonation that provides a nice fluff to the tongue with a light bite. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, and suggests “stout” the most to me. There is a slickness in the mouth as the beer leaves, and a scrim of sticky saliva is left on the tongue. Overall, I’m disappointed with Chocolate Indulgence because it does not have enough chocolate. I’ve seen Ommegang’s house yeast before, and think it would do well if it were subtly added to a stout, but as is the yeast character is domineering the beer and leaving me wanting variety. This beer is interesting, but fails in its promise. If it weren’t called “Chocolate Indulgence” I would have had to stretch to note the chocolate flavors hidden in the beer. I want more chocolate!

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: just about pitch black; dark mocha foam fat as a few fingers leaves some lace behind

S: dark roasted malts, some hints of darker, moldy fruit; bitter herbs and earthy aromas

T: bittersweet dark roasted malts, chocolate char; muted, buried fruit; spikes of bright yeast and spice - bittersweet cocoa notes are frontal, but have an herbal, almost astringent character

M: thin and quick; medium-light body, bittering; moderately smooth, slightly sticky/coating

O: not overly impressed, but the caveat here is that I prefer a dark beer such as this to have more body and richness; for a beer with "Indulgence" in its name, I expect a more luxurious experience. Still appropriate for fans of chocolate stouts and porters, and dark Belgian ales.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Gorgeous pour of thick foam atop a deeply dark brown. The nose is peppery, spicy, clovey and completely absent of chocolate. The flavors are nice with a peppery spice, clove, anise and peppercorns but no supportive flavors to provide a backbone. The feel is moderately carbonated with a lightness, despite its dark color. I seemed to miss the boat here as the name is misleading and it doesn't seem to fulfill the style.

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Photo of ZachKelly
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter from a 750 ml bottle.

Pours a deep stout black with tints of brown in good light. A consistent carbonation maintains a small white brown head. The initial head from the pour did not linger long and there is very little resonance on the glass.

Very little aroma with this beer which was surprising and underwhelming given the name. The chocolate smell comes through more as it warms, though the malt and expected Belgian yeast aroma dominates.

Again, the chocolate flavor is subtle and not as present as anticipated. A hint of coffee comes through, but it does not hide the traditional Belgian flavors. Easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is a little thin for darker beer, not much of an aftertaste.

Good beer, a little underwhelming but not in a bad way. The name sets you up for a chocolate explosion, which thankfully it does not deliver.

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Photo of CochonKing
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with a thick 2 inch lasting head that has the color of espresso with excellent lacing. Aromas of malt, chocolate and coffee. Nice notes of espresso roll of the nose as well if allowed to warm and open up for a second. Tastes of chocolate and coffee but falls flat beyond that. Long finish, that is unbalanced and overly bitter without much flavor. The taste improves with exposure though, opposite of taste secession. Seriously take a few big gulps and you get chocolate all over the palate. Mouthfeel is great. Creamy and smooth with low carbonation. Overall a good beer.

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Photo of Natainos
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark, nice carbonation, thick head even at the slow pour to not disturb the yeast sediment.
S: At first open you get a misty smell of chocolate, fades fast and gets overwhelmed with the bready yeast smell.
T: first sip was yeasty Belgian breads, not much coco flavors but you eventually get the dark roasted malts. More dark coffee and chocolate flavors start to take over.
M: creamy, fizzy, hoppy.
O: very enjoyable although I wish I got more chocolate upfront, but the more you sip the more the delight.

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Photo of Glennlawless
2.68/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a Tulip glass.

A - poured a very dark brown with a light brown milk chocolate three finger head. very frothy and creamy looking. unfiltered as well...you can see floaters haha.

S - smelling dark fruit.raisins, cherries, plum, licorice...all of those are dominant and barley any chocolate ...and a tinge of alcohol. cinnamon pops through a little bit as well.

T - very well carbonated. But for a beer called chocolate indulgence it should be more chocolatey in my opinion....getting a lot of dark sweet fruits and only a hint of chocolate....if that....alcohol is apparent in the nose but well hidden after swallowing. After having founders breakfast stout this year, i dont think any "chocolatey" beer is going to top that..Im not liking this that much.

M - Creamy and well carbonated. fairly drinkable.

Overall...its a good looking beer but the taste wasnt there for me....dont get me wrong its a good stout. but with a name like that...the taste has to live up to it.

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Photo of chinchill
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle served in a pint glass.
Pours very dark; opaque; very good, and rather large, light brown head.

Aroma: excellent but surprisingly hoppy. Not surprising: a load of dark and chocolate malts.

Flavor: rich and moderately complex, with dark malts, earthy/herbal hops, and a touch of yeast. Not quite up to the aroma. Starts very sweet but the bittering hops follow quickly.

Feel: medium-full body. Excellent, soft carbonation.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

A - pours a deep opaque black. Rigorous pour yields a thick milk chocolate foam. Leaves some streaks of lacing on the glass as is slowly dissipates.

S - aroma is soft yet rich. Notes of cacao, carob and slightly roasty malt. Comes through more like multigran toast. Yeast adds notes of raisins and mild white peppercorns.

T - grainy toasty flavors up front. Light touch of sugery sweetness. Deep dark chocolate flavors. Carob and cacao. Even a wisp of coffee creating a mocha note in the center. Some dark dried fruit character on the backend mostly raisin with maybe a hint of dates. Slightly peppery finish with a tinge of alcohol heat which lingers.

M - medium bodied. Slightly watery texture. High carb.

O - they should change the name to dark chocolate indulgence. I love that it is a desert beer but on the drier side. Tons of chocolatey character but not cloyingly sweet. Great stuff.

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Photo of jokemon
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle 2013.

dark pour, lots of bubblies.

Thick mocha colored head.

Smell is chocolate. chocolate chocolate chocolate, they were no kidding with this whole chocolate indulgence thing.

Taste is... SUPRISE CHOCOLATE! It's really delicious though, there is a lot of carbonation that mixes with he chocolate flavor and typical belgian yeastyness, great flavor all around if you are in the mood for a "indulgence" type of beer. The chocolate isn't completely overpowering, I think it is balanced well.

Overall, this is a great beer, barrel age this sucker and see how it turns out maybe??!?

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Photo of lsummers
4.41/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a fantastic black as oil. Really nice frothy head that would be something I'd see on a fresh brewed cup of hot chocolate.

Smell is very nicely balanced with the creamy milk chocolate and subtle raisin. Slight almond vanilla note comes through. Smell leads into taste perfectly. Dark chocolates and burnt brown sugar notes. Very creamy malty sweetness and some nice bitter notes coming from the dark chocolate. Sweet but not overpowering, and nicely malty. There may be some slight bitter hop notes but they only help bring out the dark chocolate. Again nothing is overpowered or overly out there. Nicely drinkable for a Belgian stout. Moderate amount of carbonation helps the creaminess feel lighter.

Overall, an instant favorite of mine. I don't usually drink chocolate inspired beers, but when I do, I drink Chocolate Indulgence.

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Photo of cvm4
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours pretty black, doesn't seem "motor oil" thick though, with a tan head and has light lacing on the glass.

S - Cocoa powder, light roasted malts with a big of dark fruits. Not much indulging here.

T - Mainly a milk chocolate and roasted malts flavor. Not a chocolate bomb by any means.

M - Thin mouthfeel for an american stout and medium carbonation.

O - I was hoping for a dark chocolatey beer but this is a thin mouthed milk chocolate tasting stout.

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Photo of CardiacNP
4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tonight's after diner beer for American Craft Beer Week. Ommegang brewery in Cooperstown New York. A Belgium Style Stout with dark roasted malt and actual Belgian Chocolate added to it. A very smooth a creamy beer with a slight bitter coffee/chocolate finish.

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Photo of socon67
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split bottle with a buddy after hauling a freaking huge patio umbrella home.

A - Black pour with a brown fizzy foam. Lacing is in thin rings on the glass.

S - Scents of plums, chocolate and licorice.

T - Flavor ranges from sweet chocolate, to tangy berries and yeast, and some mocha notes.

M - Very drinkable. Some carbonation. For a Belgian dark it is very sessionable.

O - Impressed. I got this as part of a gift pack and I'd grab this again.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an Ommegang flute glass. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black in the glass. Has a two finger fine tan head with great retention and pillowy lacing. Aroma dominated by chocolate with slight hints of toasted malt. Flavor of dark toasted malt, chocolate with light hints of dark fruit. Finishes with dry toasted malt and chocolate. Medium bodied. Fairly two dimensional malt and chocolate, but these two flavors are great together and I greatly enjoyed drinking this. Better flavor than expected at the ABV.

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

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 10/29/2010. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of cocoa, dark chocolate, roasted malt, light char, raisin, prune, toast, toffee, earth, floral, clove, and yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with great balance, strength, and complexity of chocolate, dark malt, and fruity ester notes. Taste of cocoa, dark chocolate, roasted malt, raisin, prune, caramel, toast, toffee, earth, light clove, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of cocoa, dark chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit, caramel, toast, toffee, earth, light clove, and yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of chocolate, roasted malt, and yeast ester flavors; with nice robustness; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian style stout! Great balance and complexity of chocolate, roasted, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours brown-black, with a light mocha cap. Looks excellent in its appropriate glassware.

Breadiness, almond, chocolate, prune, and yeastiness. Mild, and with some complexity. Not as big as I'd like.

More chocolate almond flavors with a chalky yeastiness and dark fruit essences. Piquancy from the booze is snappy and reminiscent of a light chili spice. As it warms a pomegranate/tart cherry note comes through in the opening.

A little oily. Medium-bodied. Sloshy carbed feel excites the palate.

An decent BDA. I think the chocolate used to be more upfront, really setting this one apart from the rest.

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Photo of olfolxholme
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into a Deschutes tulip snifter

A - Great head formation - multi-colored and fluffy. Beautiful. Good head retention. Beautiful lacing. Beer is a deep dark brown.

S - Yeasty. Some roasted malt. Faint chocolate in the background.

T - I'm getting mostly the roasted malt characteristic. Not very chocolatey.

M - A little thin for a "stout" - but not too far off for a Belgian Dark Ale. A bit of roasted astringency. Still, has some presence.

O - Pretty underwhelmed. I bought this in a gift pack at Costco and almost wonder if it wasn't ket well. However, it doesn't taste old or damaged. If they called this "a hint of belgian chocolate" then I'd think, OK, that's about right. But "Chocolate Indulgence Stout" really fell short for me. This might appeal to fans of "restrained" flavors, but is not for fans of strong beer. It was ok, but I won't buy it for myself.


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Photo of garuda
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Black body, dark tan head that retains and laces well.

S/T - Yeah there's chocolate, but certainly not an indulgence of it. Leave that for Choklat. It's more like a dry cocoa powder with some baker's chocolate in the finish with a touch of plum.

M - Full body, medium carb, finishes a bit sweet, but that's expected.

O - "Indulgence" is a little misleading, but it's still the primary source of flavor. Tasty beer, but one I most likely wouldn't get again.

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Photo of tdm168
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - black with see-through edges; soft cap of brown head that has good retention

S - very faint nose; some chocolate and roasted malts

T - milk chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruit, some cola

M - medium to full bodied, a bit crisp

This is an interesting beer. The milk chocolate is delicious, but the cola aftertaste is off putting. On the whole it's a nice twist to a Belgian Dark Ale. Any fan of the style should check this one out.

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Photo of BigH75
3.14/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Got this in a 3pack of 750s along with Hennepin and Three Philosophers which I have had before and know to be great.

Poured into a 16oz founders brewery tulip glass.

Appearance is of a Irish stout. Big rich looking head.

Smells like burnt coffee with slight chocolate overtone.

Taste was underwhelming. Much less exciting than I expected or hoped. Much lighter mouthfeel than I expected.

Overall a mediocre beer and big disappointment. Not one of omegagangs best efforts.

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Chocolate Indulgence Stout from Brewery Ommegang
86 out of 100 based on 696 ratings.