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Chocolate Indulgence Stout - Brewery Ommegang

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Reviews: 695
Hads: 1,262
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 85
Gots: 96 | 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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Photo of mattbk
2.92/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A - Black, seems like a rather light body, nice tan head.
S - Light roast, bitter chocolate, seems like this will be a dry beer. More like a dry stout. Not much Belgian character here - maybe a few esters.
T- Slight chocolate, definitely dry, well carbonated. I actually do not get much of any taste out of this beer, surprisingly. I've let it warm up a while - and now I get something fairly acrid - maybe from dark malts, maybe from chocolate? Some slight bitterness. No real Belgian yeast character that I can easily discern. A disappointment. It will be hard to finish this.
M - Medium light, way too light for a stout.
O - A very bland, slightly bitter, not very chocolate, not very Belgian beer. This is the second dark beer I've had from Ommegang I've been disappointed with (Seduction was the other). Thinking they should stick to traditional Belgian styles. (867 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Finally opened this one up for Super Bowl 47, although somehow my Chiefs weren't playing....

Dark pour, robust head, looks really nice.

Some black strap leather in the nose, but mostly it's dark plum, chocolate, and roasted barley.

While the chocolate isn't as strong as I thought it would be (this is a 2010 beer) it does provide a great backbone. It lingers throughout, with plum and prune coming and going. Semi sweet with some dark cocoa in the end.

Easy drinking BDA, although I didn't get much of that Belgian spice from the yeast. (543 characters)

Photo of GiantMidget
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got as a gift in the variety pack for Christmas.
Finally got to this one tonight.

Had after dinner with some chocolate cupcakes.

Poured into a tulip glass. Immediate foamy head, evenly distributed over the top of the glass, about 2 fingers, remained for quite a while at each pour.

Very dark. I can barely trace the chocolate smell though, I am getting a very Belgian yeast/malt that almost overpowers the chocolate.

It is a strong tasting Belgian dark, full bodied and it does have a good stout-like flavor to it.
However it is indeed lacking in the chocolate aspect as many reviewers have also noted.
Compared to the Rogue Chocolate Stout, the double as well, it's severely lacking in this area.
I almost wish they just stuck with the Belgian dark because based on the description, it's lacking. Maybe more of a bitter, almost bakers chocolate?

But it is a good beer nonetheless. Once I got past the tough smell, the beer is enjoyable. It is a hefty ABV that is quite noticeable as well.

Ommegang does good work, but this one is a bit lower than I would expect.
Again, good, just not great as expected. (1,110 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this as part of the Ommegang Holiday pack and finally had a chance to enjoy this tonight. I never had it before and was looking forward to it since I thought a beer like this would be great for dessert. As others have commented on here, there was a bit of a disappointment here when it came to the "chocolate" aspect of this beer. As a Belgian Dark Ale, this was fine but I thought it would have taken on more of the characteristics of a Stout. The alcohol is here but the body and cocoa notes could have been more strong and pronounced.

The pour to this was certainly dark and thick enough, with a robust head that filled up my pint glass every time I emptied out the bomber into it. After it settled down, very little of it stuck around for the lacing and it turned out to be the best aspect of this beer. The aroma could have been a bit stronger and had just a bit of chocolate, cocoa, and yeast in the smell of it. Then came the taste - it was somewhat full but seemed to have a strong amount of Champagne in it. Yes, that was the aspect of this beer that stuck out the most. Bitter chocolate? Nope. Milk Chocolate? Just a hint. Light pear-like taste from the Perle Hops? Oh yeah! It was there and this had a strong grassy feel to it like a lighter Belgian Ale. No power, alkali, or espresso to be found here. The aftertaste was quite grassy and I wouldn't have guessed what this beer was if I couldn't see the hue of it. Maybe if this was marketed as a *white* chocolate brew would have made this feel a bit less anachronistic.

To be sure, the booze was here and the somewhat liberal carbonation in this helped to hide it a bit, until I polished this off. I commend Ommegang for brewing beers that are good enough to make one think that they're imported but they missed the mark a bit on this one. It's fine beer for the Winter but this was just a bit too strong and light in mouthfeel for the style it was placed in. Go ahead and grab a good milk chocolate bar to have with this, just to even things out a bit. (2,023 characters)

Photo of DenverLogan
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big corked bottle. Served in Silly tulip glass.
Modest pop on the cork.
Pours a big amber head or assorted size bubbles, fun mix that slowly changes and leaves lace.
Aroma of chocolate, mint, raisins and alcohol esters.
Mouthfeel is full, big malts, some carbonation, sweet and funky sensations on the mouth.
Flavors of chocolate malt balls, bitter hops, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, subtle black pepper, melon rind, and bitter chocolate.
40 minutes later...
Gave a big fresh pour in a St Feuillien Grand Cru long stem glass. Big lasting head, dark brown characteristics remain. Melon and slight sweet malt, cocoa.
50 minutes later...in the glass 10 minutes...
Ahh...now it's mellowed out on the biting elements. Tasty, smooth, malty, chocolaty, slight hops, minerals, cocoa...still has a significant small bubble dark amber head with lace. Slight touch of espresso in the finish...letting the beast open up gives greater depth, which this brew has! (954 characters)

Photo of GotWad629
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours an opaque black with a thick mocha head

S - Smells of dark roasted malts, coffee, chocolate sweetness. I was expecting a bit more chocolate.

T- The roasted malts/espresso flavors really come through on this one. Some slight chocolate but nothing too intense.

M - The mouthfeel is extremely creamy with a pretty light body for a stout.

Overall its a great stout and another solid beer from Ommegang. It's not too heavy which is really refreshing. The only thing that is disappointing is the lack of chocolate. With a beer named "Chocolate indulgence" there should be more chocolate but that's just me. (618 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

There is a nice fluffy light tan head on top of the pour. The head sticks around quite nicely and leaves some lacing on the glass. I'm getting some chocolate in the smell, but it's not aggressive. I'm also getting mild yeast spice and some dark fruit in the nose. The flavor is chocolatey, but I would say it's more delicate than indulgent. The chocolate carries through the whole sip, but the bitterness from the roasted malt builds in the finish. That bitterness is the only thing that sticks with me after the sip. I would have liked the chocolate to stick around a bit longer. The carbonation is creamy but the body of the beer doesn't quite live up to that. This is a solid beer, but doesn't quite live up to the name. (762 characters)

Photo of obywan59
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is pitch black with a thick chunky tan head that recedes rather quickly leaving some awesome thick lacing.

Smell from the bottle is of over ripe citrus, but from the glass is awesome milk chocolate with a bit of roast malt and alcohol punching through.

Tatse is more dark chocolate then milk chocolate (sometimes more coffee-like), more tart than sweet, and plenty of roasted malt and boozy alcohol.

Feel is a bit thin for a stout, but then, it's a "Belgian stout" like it says on the bottle, or perhaps more acurately, a Belgian dark ale. Some light pepper, but overall it's rather smooth with a decent burn of alcohol in the throat.

Overall this is a very good beer. Easy to drink and somewhat warming for a cool winter night. (743 characters)

Photo of Ellbert
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice and dark with an off-white head that has great lacing.

Smell: Hops and dark roasted malt are mainly found in the smell. Some chocolate is present.

Taste: Hops are very prevalent with hints of chocolate. A well balanced flavor with a great aftertaste. NIce and roasty.

Mouthfeel: Creamy yet sharp with bubbles. A full mouthfeel.

Overall this is a great beer. It is full of flavor with some good hops and subtle chocolate flavor. Great beer. (460 characters)

Photo of CJS
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A Dark brown pour. Quick and thinnish. About a 4 finger ring length head. With a lace that lingered until the last drop.

S Like fresh baked bread and pastries. Slight milk chocolate.

T Thin and not too stoutish. More chocolate porter. Dry bread and biscuit. Nutty and sweet.

M Very light and drinkable. Could very well follow a light meal unlike most big stouts without a full feeling. Nice light hop character on the finish.

O Not as big on the chocolate flavor as I would have thought. Just more of a Milk chocolate tasting porter. Given the name I expected more depth. Still a nice light beer, just a bit misleading. (623 characters)

Photo of BrownAleMale
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ML bottoe poured into a Ommegang chalice glass.

Appearance- Jet black with 2 fingers of kahki color head that leaves a ton of multi layered sticky lacing. The head stays around for a long time and has a rootbeer float look to it.

Smell- Not surprisingly there is a ton of chocolate. The other big smell that I get in a piney hop. Smells like there will be a very good balance of sweet chocolate malt and piney hop.

Taste- The front of the tounge gets unsweetened chocolate followed by just a pinch of pine that is quickly swept away with a roasty and bittersweet chocolate finish.

Mouthfeel- A little lighter in body then I would like, but being that it is actually a strong Belgian dark rather then a stout this is to be expected.

Overall- Nice beer but I could get better in each aspect of this beer including body, taste and smell/look. Solid beer but nothing to seek out. (883 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Opaque black body with a one finger soapy tan head. Laces nicely.

Aroma: Get the chocolate right away, rich dark cocoa. Almost roasty. Not getting much else.

Taste: Dark malts on the front end and then all dark chocolate through the finish. Surprised there aren't more flavors here considering it's a Belgian. Some dark fruit notes right before the finish but almost missable because of the great chocolate flavor. Not quite as robust as I was expecting but decent for 7% ABV. If someone handed this to me and said I was a light Porter I'd probably believe them.

Mouthfeel: Closer to thin than medium in consistency, which might be partly do to the effervescence. Average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: As a beer it's pretty good but as a Belgian it is a little one-dimentional. Chocolate lovers rejoice. Would I drink it again? Probably not. (857 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into an Ommegang tulip.

Appearance
Black with subtle highlights of red shining through towards the bottom of the glass. 2-3 fingers of tan head. Good retention and some nice thick ringlets of lacing.

Nose
Dark roast coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, caramel and vanilla.

Taste
Follows the nose to a tee. The coffee notes are much more prominent. Dark roast coffee, a touch of espresso, semi-sweet chocolate, caramel and pale candy sugar. Light essences or dark fruit, perhaps figs and dates. Finishes with a hint of vanilla and earth.

Mouthfeel
Light bodied, crisp and clean. Slight bitterness.

Overall
Very easy drinking and tasty. Rather short on the chocolate and more coffee forward. Mouthfeel is a bit thin but I guess that comes with the territory of being a Belgian style Stout. (806 characters)

Photo of denver10
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours deep brown with a huge mocha head. Aroma is a big dose of chocolate with a little belgian yeast thrown in. Flavor pretty offers chocolate peered with some fruity esters and spice from the yeast. Medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, not a fan of belgian stouts and not a fan of this one. (289 characters)

Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice here. Pours dark. Dark tan head. Leaves good lacing. Carbonation looks on the money.

S: Again nice. Chocolate, smokey, a bit tart, some fruitiness. A bit boozy which actually balances it out.

T: Really big taste that is solid but overpowered by the booziness. A great smokiness, chocolate comes through a bunch. And it's actually good chocolate with a sweetness not a bitterness. A bit sharp which I think is the alcohol coming through (although it isn't that high of an ABV). Great tastes but just a bit off balance.

As I got more into the beer the positive flavors seemed to fade being replaced by the sharp acidlike note...

M: Medium body. Carbonation is on the money. A bit dry for the big flavor notes.

Overall the first few sips of this were killer bring a huge smoke and chocolate note. But as I got more into the beer these nice flavors faded into something lighter and more aggressive. Worth a try. (923 characters)

Photo of gr0g
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black with faint reddish-brown highlights. Head is typically Belgian, meaning it's got great retention and is several fingers high. There's some lacing, though it's sparse. The nose is chocolatey as you'd expect, though a fairly sizable component of ripe plum is also apparent. The Belgian-style yeast also leaves its mark with a bit of phenolic character (powdery aspirin-like note).

Chocolate is not as apparent on the palate as on the nose. As such, it comes across as a Belgian dark ale with a malt profile tipped toward the roasty end of the spectrum. Mouthfeel is not up to stout standards, being kind of thin and "watery," for lack of a better word. Ommegang kind of stumbles a but with this offering; it's still good, but not up to their typical level of excellence. (775 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a deep brown/ruby color under light - otherwise black. 2 fingers of tan head leaving behind some great amounts of lacing in the glass. smells of roasted malts, figs, birch, a grape-like sourness. the taste is slightly hoppy up front.. grassy hops. following the hops comes the toasted grain bitterness, flavors of tobacco, rust, dirt.. not getting any chocolate from this one, which is honestly ridiculous considering most stouts are overall pretty chocolatey and this one even has it in the name. medium body on the lighter side, with medium carbonation and a slightly creamy mouthfeel.

i was kind of misled by this one from the name.. don't get me wrong, it's not a bad beer - it just wasn't chocolatey enough.. err at all. (726 characters)

Photo of PoopChute69
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Jet black... tons of creamy mocha lace.

Chocolate, cream, coffeehouse bits, pretty damn smooth. I wish the Belgian chocolate would show itself.

Boring. Mild cocoa and coffee... some vanilla? Meh.

Don't go out of your way for this.

It's well intended but less than stellar. (276 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured into a snifter to a deep black with a dense light tan head and good retention
S: smells of chocolate, fruity esters and slightly roasty malts
T: roast malt, chocolate, slightly fruity esters, a bit of yeast flavor. swallow is a little bit of coffee and more roasty malt
M: full but not overly heavy with soft but lively carbonation
O: An interesting beer that's kind of an oddball. Definitely the malt bill of a stout but a belgian yeast strain. Good flavors and it meshes pretty well. The fruity esters provide a nice contrast to the dark roast malt and chocolate. (575 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure on the age, couldn't find a bottle or best buy date, but still glad to try.

A-Black in the glass, one finger tan head, yeast accumulates at the bottom.

S-Roasted malt, some smoke, dark chocolate and slight coffee.

T-Dark chocolate, that is almost faint compared to other chocolate stouts, a good deal of roasted malt, slight coffee and smoke and no bitterness.

M-Lighter for a stout, not much carbonation and thin.

O-A decent beer, fresh it might have been better, but being a want, it was great to try it. (520 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 Vintage

A: Pours an opaque extremely dark brown to black in color with some very slight hints of amber when held up to the light. The beer has a quarter finger tall dark beige head that quickly reduces to a thin film covering about 80% of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of carbonation.

S: Aromas of cocoa along with some milk chocolate. As the beer warms up, there is a light presence of alcohol. Additionally there is a light presence of dark fruit sweetness (mostly plum like).

T: There is a lot of chocolate in the flavor of this beer, both the presence of a milk chocolate along with the dry cocoa powder. Additionally there is some light dark fruit (plum) sweetness and a light presence of alcohol as the beer warms. Very light amounts of bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth, slightly thin, and dry in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable but there is just a little too much alcohol presence in this beer after it warms up to room temperature to be an easy drinker. The dryness in the mouthfeel combined with the light sweetness make this a sipping beer. The bitterness of the beer definitely mellowed with age (I had this fresh and remember it being considerably more bitter). (1,294 characters)

Photo of Bung
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml. Poured a dark brown. Very small amount of tan head. A bit light for a stout.

Aroma, Fragrant cocoa, malt, yeast spice.

Taste, A little bit of coffee, red fruit to complement the cocoa. More tartness than I care for. Belgian yeast in stouts just rarely works for me.

Medium bodies, more carbonation than I like. Really not bad, an enjoyable drink, but not worth the $16.
As a side note, I wish rhey would seperate Belgian stouts out on their own. (460 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A very dark brown pour with a huge frothing mocha head atop it. Head retention is incredible, it barely fades at all, even after several minutes. Heavy lacing too.

S: Some nice roasted malt and creamy milk chocolate. Belgian yeast comes through with cloves as well. A touch of coffee once it starts to warm.

T: Roasted malt, coffee and a bit of bittersweet chocolate. Lots of cloves from the belgian yeast. Maybe even a touch of banana? Hint of cream in the aftertaste.

M: A touch thin for a stout but honestly it's not very big ABV either so it's understandable.

O: Roasty stout with some belgian yeast. Pretty simple and tasty. Not as much chocolate as the name would imply which was a bit disappointing but otherwise a good beer. Wish there were a category for belgian stouts, this certainly isn't a typical "belgian dark". (835 characters)

Photo of Kbogac
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with about a 1/2 inch if tan foam. Looks like some light colored yeast floaters settling to the bottom. I get some light Belgium aroma. Maybe banana and a little chocolate. Taste is sort of fruity with a chocolate finish. Chocolate is more intense when colder and gives way to the fruit as it warms. Makes me wonder if it was more chocolatey when younger. Creamy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Overall very nice beer. Not too much chocolate, well balanced. (479 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: entirely black with two thick fingers of frothy tan foam. Nice retention and a very nice lace. Beautiful.

Smell: lightly fruity yeast character with a hint of banana. A little bit of chocolate comes through. Decent, but it is a pretty run-of-the mill dubbel type smell; I was expecting something more chocolatey.

Taste: rich malt with a nice yeast character. More chocolate than in the aroma, with a bit of roasty tartness at the end. Quite satisfying; I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and creaminess. Good.

Overall: an interesting beer. I could do with a more chocolatey and less, well, basic aroma. Overall, though, a tasty beer which makes a good sipper. (738 characters)

Chocolate Indulgence Stout from Brewery Ommegang
86 out of 100 based on 695 ratings.