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Chocolate Indulgence Stout | Brewery Ommegang

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Chocolate Indulgence StoutChocolate Indulgence Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States | website

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerBeing on 09-27-2007

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Reviews: 702 | Ratings: 1,293
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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Photo of DMXLOX22
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single of this directly at the brewery while visiting Copperstown for their annual winter festival. Let's see how this one stacks up.

Appearance: Pours a dark, hazy, and foam enriched pour. Received about 2 inches of head that was a mixture of tan and white and stuck around for about halfway through my actual experience. Impressed, but not entirely, especially considering this has a stout influence.

Smell: Dark, roasted malts constrain the majority of this rich brew, but a sweet-like dark chocolate aroma that really balance the overall texture of coffee. Makes itself very inviting to pretty much anyone who can appreciate it, or wish to indulge. I accepted it's invitation.

Taste: Spicy yeast was the first noticeable trait I picked up on in this beer. Backing this up was a toffee-like flavor and of course the roasted malts complimented the remaining. It has a delicate texture of chocolate that really puts this at the head of the pack. Quite delicious if I can say so.

Mouthfeel: Had a somewhat light carbonation and overall was quite good. Some fruitiness remains once the spice and malts have settled. Not bad at all.

Overall: Once I saw this beer sitting on the shelf, I knew I was in for a real treat. It was extremely drinkable and had a somewhat rich overall tone, though I can see some room for improvement could be used if a more rich, chocolate and malt body is desired. I could see myself drinking this again and would recommend to a friend. Hell, I would even share one with a friend. Cheers!

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Photo of mattbk
2.92/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of GiantMidget
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of DenverLogan
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
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!

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Photo of GotWad629
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of oline73
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of obywan59
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of Ellbert
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of CJS
3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

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Photo of BrownAleMale
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of denver10
3/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of gr0g
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of PoopChute69
3.43/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Chocolate Indulgence Stout from Brewery Ommegang
86 out of 100 based on 702 ratings.