Chocolate Indulgence Stout - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 1,229
Reviews: 692
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 71
Gots: 93 | FT: 3
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 09-27-2007)
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Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: deep mahogany with a chocolate milk head, nice lacing and carbonation, some light permeates at the edges

S: bouquet of cocoa and sweetness, some maple syrup finish to it and a mild coffee smell.

T: Get ready for the obvious, chocolate malt predominates with some great dryness. It feels like confectioners chocolate with that crisp cocoa taste and slick finish without huge maltiness or sticky sweetness.

M: It is similar to a porter in coating light body with smokiness that isn't too overstated. The sweetness reminds me of a skim chocolate milk but with more dryness.

D: very drinkable in all occasions given its light body. I was expecting a milder imperial stout but instead it came off as a kind of a chocolate porter of sorts. I enjoyed the hybrid presentation and if this were regularly available I would have some handy for those sweet tooth gourmands who think beer is for the cretins. You know, the old willy wonkites who want everything to be all Dogfish sugary sweet to the max. Those guys.

Narrative: Johnathon Chiu had never been allowed sweets as a boy. In fact, his father specifically noted that the sweet enzymes in eggplant skins had more than enough c6h1206 for any growing boy. He longed for the sweet succor of candy but was systematically denied all of his life. But that was then, and this is the Freshman Year at VASSAR. The first 3 days he kept a cool demeanor around the buffet and ate according to tradition. On the third night, the revelation ensued. The local 7-11 attendant witnessed the raiding of what appeared to be a diabetic madman. Johnathon clutched the paper bag and almost sprinted home and locked the door. Scarcely had he pulled the shades when he dug straight into rolos and sixlets, cascading waves of joy and endorphins, snoballs and watchamacallits. The whole experience just hit his bloodstream like pure heroin. His roomate walked in abruptly and found Johnathon hunched over the chocolate gooey mess, “THIS ISN’T WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE!” “B- Johnathon, where are your PANTS?”

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours black with a light brown head and a thick, syrupy consistency.

S: It does have a sweet, chocolate aroma that lingers in the notstrils, but doesn’t quite follow in taste...

T/M: Medium amount of carbonation and some walnuts. It’s slightly bitter and finishes with a twinge of alcohol. There is a little bit of chocolate there, but it’s incredibly subtle.

It’s possible Ommegang used unsweetened chocolate, to which I say, why bother? Unsweetened chocolate is like flat beer, it’s just not good.

Photo of AAxsom
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with Jeed2316

2010 bomber, poured into a New Belgium glass.

The aroma is very much dark cocoa and oak. The first taste is fairly bitter, as the cocoa is a bit overwhelming. As it warms, the beer smooths out and the chocolate taste is much more appealing. There is a strong chocolate aftertaste as well. Overall, it is a good, but not amazing beer.

I've also had this on draught at the Gingerman in Ft. Worth in early 2011. I remember the chocolate flavor being masked a bit more by the fact that it came out of a keg.

Photo of Knapp85
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While visiting my aunt last summer in Rochester NY we stopped in at a little pub called the Old Toad. They had bottle of this one their menu and after searching for it for a year or more I was very happy to see they had some in stock. I ordered a bottle to go and brought it home with me. Opened it up a few days later and love it's rich black pour. The head was brown a foamy. The smell was roasted and burnt with a nose full of Belgian dark chocolate and some yeast. The taste was chocolatey and had a nice transition from sweet to bitter. The mouthfeel was pretty thick and very smooth. Overall I was very glad to get this and I'm very happy that it was as enjoyable as I expected it to be! A very good beer all around in my opinion.

Photo of drowninginhops
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From notes
A: Very dark almost black. Head looks like a chocolate moose, so thick and creamy. Gobs of lacing.

S: Not fantastic but it does not disappoint. Coco nibs and sweet malts make this a great drink to smell.

T: Not like drinking chocolate milk in the slightest but it is very well made. Chocolate is the most dominate (DUH) sweet malts and more that my untrained palate cant tell yet.

M: On the thinner side of what i like for this style but well balanced with the carbonation.

D: Oh yea. More please, possibly with aging it could be better.

Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark espresso color with a dusting of light brown bubbles. Aroma of roasted malt, alcohol esters and cocoa.

Nicely balanced - not too sweet, not too bitter, with just the right touch of chocolate. This is less a chocolate indulgence and more a well-balanced, extremely drinkable "Belgian-style stout."

The finish is dry and slightly burnt-tasting with very little cloying sweetness or slickness in it.

It's not what I expected, but it's pretty good.

Photo of jar2574
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge, huge tan-colored head over completely black beer. Excellent lacing, and the head dissipates slowly. Great looking beer.

Smell is dominated by roasted malts, maybe a hint of chocolate but not much.

Taste is roasted malts, then smooth dark chocolate, resulting in a good blend of bitterness and chocolate flavors.

It's a very drinkable stout, not overly complex, but enjoyable.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- Pours a rich dark brown-black color with a big two fingers of frothy tan-brown head. The head hangs around for quite a while before fading down to a thick layer leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is full of deep toasted caramel malts and sweet chocolate. There is also a bit of coffee and some dark fruit sweetness in the beer as well.

T - Starts off with lots of sweet caramel and chocolate flavors. Through the middle some stronger toasted and coffee flavors come through alongside the sweet dark fruits. The finish is a mix of dark chocolate and toasted caramel malts that linger nicely.

M - Medium bodied with moderate-low carbonation. The beer feels nice a smooth and a bit creamy. The lingering dark chocolate flavor is really nice.

D - Very drinkable. The addition of the sweet dark fruit flavor is excellent. The beer also does a great job of having rich and bold flavors without being too heavy or filling.

Photo of Tone
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/2 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, roasted malt, dry hop, slight earthy malt, slight alcohol, and slight spice. Fits the style of a Belgian Dark Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, roasted malt, sweet malt, slight citrus hops, dry hops, and a tangy-chocolate flavor. Overall, good appearance, aroma, complexity, and body.

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

First had: bottle at Monk's, Philly, PA

Not many chocolate beers I've had are as pronounced as this one. Thick and flavorful, and the chocolate really comes out. Borders right between a heavy dark ale and a stout.

Pours opaque black with some noticeable sediment. A fine, thick, tan head stays alive right to the end. Chocolate and rich dark malts in the nose, with some dark fruits. Big chocolate taste, with roasty malts, cherries and raisins; earthy and bready. Full-bodied, smooth, and quite drinkable.

Photo of Ynot2
1.98/5  rDev -48%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pored into a tulip glass.

Really thin looking brown with minimal head.

Smells like a no name chocolate candy from Halloween several yeas ago. A sour smell kind of wafts up too mix with the weak chocolate.

Really thin mouth with vinegary malt taste. Really disappointing taste and mouth.

Would not buy or suggest this beer to anyone.

Photo of RickS95
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks exactly like I want in the glass. It pours a solid black, resembling chocolate syrup in its thickness. On top is a thick fluffy brown head that looks like what you get on top of a root beer. Great retention and amazing lacing.

The nose picks up both chocolate and coffee, wit a bit of smoke as well.

It's more of a bittersweet chocolate than a sweet chocolate. Gentle coffee notes are present.

There are lots of different going on in the mouth. It's a bit creamy, and that's always good. The creaminess quickly gives way to the bitter part of the bittersweet. In the finish, it gets even more bitter before you pick up a hoppy bitterness and even a touch of heat deep in the swallow.

There is obviously some chocolate in this beer, but it's really no different than a stout or even a slightly bitter porter. The name doesn't really fit. Despite that, it's a nice change of pace for your every day beer.

Photo of wcintula
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very interesting beer, seemingly tough to categorize. I'd have guessed a stout, but here I see it's listed as Belgian Dark. Pours black with a nice chocolate brown head, well retained, lacing the glass well. The smell is strong chocolate and hoppy. The taste is something very different. You get a lot of dark chocolate. This beer is much more bitter than it's name and appearance would lead one to expect. Very hoppy and roasty, light chocolate sweetness to balance it a bit. Very interesting beer and well worth a try.

Photo of WillCarrera
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours pitch black, a careful pour to avoid sediment produces about a finger of thick, dark tan head.

S- Some light chocolate, roasted malts, some alcohol and dark fruits, especially as the beer warms up cherries and figs become more prominent.

T- Bitter dark chocolate competes with dark fruits and roasted malts, tastes a lot like a lot of other Belgian darks with the usual yeast but with some chocolate added. Finishes with dark chocolate and lots of chalky yeast.

M- Medium to full bodied. Creamy with good carbonation.

O- Drinkability is good, it's a pretty good beer in general but I'm not sure how much the chocolate adds to an otherwise solid Begian style beer.

Photo of TheBrewo
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was served to us in a tulip at the Old Toad in Rochester, NY, and arrived a motor oil black. It supported a dark mocha-colored head half a finger tall. This receded at a medium pace, leaving thick lacing and a film overlaying the liquid. No sediment was noted, and little carbonation was visible. The aroma contained the darkest roasted malts, which were clean, with little bitterness. Sweet and chalky milk chocolate accompanied this nicely, with a side of freshness from thick coffee creamer. The sweetness was enhanced further with dark fruits, notably sweet figs, and some sarsaparilla root. The final heavy component was that of Belgian style yeast, deep on the back of the nose. As we sipped, the front of the taste was occupied by dark and roasty malts, with pure cocoa, and faint booziness wafting off the top. Dark chocolate flavoring moved us through to the middle, where the fruitiness reared its head in the form of dark red cherries. Chocolate covered cherries, we thought. This was cut by thickness of brewer’s yeast, with a lemony citrus to cut the sweetness. Despite this, the very last flavors to depart were deep roasted malts, and a mix of milk and dark chocolates. The aftertaste breathed of milk chocolate, cold cream, and clean malts. The body was quite full, and the carbonation was medium. The feel to this was silky smooth, with a beautiful creaminess and froth, affording high sipability. While the tongue is left dry, the overall feel to the palate and cheeks is wet satiation. The abv is standard, and this beer is dangerously drinkable.

Overall, what we found to be the strongest point of this beer was the mouthfeel. It was outrageously smooth and slick, easily gliding around the mouth. On an interesting note, it was unexpected to have such a strong yeast characteristic, even more so that it was so “Belgian” seeming. It was certainly a nice aspect to keep this beer unique. This is chocolate milk for grown-ups, with a huge chocolate profile, showing us what true indulgence really is.

Photo of biglite351
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - some red around the edges. Tall creamy tan head.

S - bitter yeasts with chocolate and some malts.

T - milk chocolate and bitter dark chocolate. Malts through the finish.

M - medium coating with just a touch of tingle on the tongue.

O - quite drinkable but not good enough to be a top pick.

Photo of puboflyons
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the corked 25 ml. bottle packaged on 10/22/10 and best by: 10/2012. Sampled on April 25, 2011. It pours black as night with a delicate tan head that lingers up top. Dark chocolate is just the beginning of the wide array of aromas which include sweet malts, yeast, and a red grape, wine-like sensation. The smooth but bold body tickles my tongue with a cornucorpia of chocolates, malts, pepper, and yeast which yields a slight but noted dry finale. I guess I liked it better than a majority of the previous reviewers.

Photo of Shrews629
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Very, very dark brown. No highlights coming through. A creamy, smooth, tight, khaki colored head. Good retention and nice lacing. Settled to a nice film on top.

Smell - A nice, balanced chocolate. Sweet. Milky smelling. Some minor hints of smoke. Some toasty Belgian grain. Light cocoa powder. Smells a tad chalky.

Taste - Savory chocolate with touches of bitterness. A few hints of roasted coffee bean. Again a slight, dry chalkiness. Prevalent roasted grain. The chcolate is not a crazy chocolate bomb, but rather a mild, very pleasant chocolate.

Mouthfeel - A nice medium mouthfeel. Dry, smooth. Not as creamy as the Rogue Chocolate Stout, but still pleasant and enjoyable. Covers the palate fine. Only a small, small touch of warmth.

A super easy drink. Easily an "all nighter." Easy going, tasty, beautiful and well put together. No doubt, one that I will pick up again. I love these chocolate beers.

Photo of Mario61Aler
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 10-29-2010 best by 10-29-2012

A- Poured very dark Brown to almost black, nice 2" head of dark tan that took its time disapating to a nice lace that stayed on the glass until the very end.

S- Chocolate and MORE chocolate some alcohol smell.

T- Tasted of chocolate malt, light carmel undertones, alcohol but it leaves quickly and just a hint of hops.

M- Soft and chewy, med. thick.

O- It lived up to its "chocolate" and cocao on the label. This is a stand alone ale unless you wanted to do a Black and Tan with a fruity Lambic (as suggested by the young man that sold it to me). I was thinking this is a dessert. A 25 oz bottle could go well with 4 friends sharing it after a nice light supper of seafood.

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

A-black with a thin dark tan head

S-has a good milk chocolate maltiness. medium strength with some alcohol. if i were to guess the style, i'd say imperial stout.

T-okay, now the Belgian aspects start to show. comes in with a dark roasted chocolate flavor and it transforms in to the flavor of dark roasted Belgian malts. it ends with a taste of bitter cocoa beans with just a touch of spicy Belgian malts. its a very chalky and malty experience.

M-dry medium carbonation with a dry finish

D-its difficult to figure out exactly what this is supposed to be, a stout or a Belgian Dark Ale. it definitely fits well between the two, but i'd consider this as a foreign export stout more than anything. ommegang really tricked me with the yummy sounding name, but the beer didn't live up to the price tag. the more i drink it, the more i'm starting to enjoy it, and appreciate its uniqueness value though.

Photo of elgiacomo
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, winter ’09 vintage. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours dark brown to black with a large 3 finger rocky light brown head that leaves plenty of lacing and holds a foamy cap.

Aroma is cocoa and bakers chocolate, belgian yeast, toast, bread, some caramel, nuts, a bit of dark fruit. Good strength but a bit subdued.

Flavor is nice cocoa and chocolate, roasted malt, underlying dark fruits such as cherries, caramel and bread, some yeast, fair sweetness, very smooth finish. Minimal to no noticeable alcohol. As it warms the dark fruit component comes forth even more giving a kind of raisinettes or chocolate-covered cherries flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, very velvety and creamy, low carbonation.

I had this in the past and wasn’t blown away but maybe some age did this brew some good as I’m much more impressed this time around. The chocolate comes through very well and makes for a nice dessert beer. Good stuff!

Photo of KajII
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Best served in an English pint]

Poured a rich very dark brown almost black with a large medium brown creamy head that diminished slightly but had the longevity to last throughout thus producing excellent lacing.

The aroma was quite intense with a multitude of scents starting with roasted chocolate malts and a sweet earthy yeast with notes of dark roasted coffee, molasses and of course dark chocolate.

It tasted smooth, mildly sweet and moderatley bitter in the beginning and then became a little more robust with the dark chocolate becoming more dominant. The flavor layed on the palate for a nice long while letting the taste buds fully enjoy a malty chocolate coffee experience.

Mouthfeel was nice and creamy in texture and very full in body with an ever so soft carbonation.

Overall an incredibly superb tasting stout. Definitely work having another!

Photo of bobhits
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown mahogany color, rather light colored for a stout, but about on for the Belgium examples. Pours a strong head with retention even in a chimey glass which is rather hard to do.

Roasted chocolate and dark fruits blending together with the chocolate slightly winning out here. Coffee comes out as well. The bottle makes reference to Belgium chocolate and separately cocoa powder. I’m not sure if that’s one in the same or not, but I’m definitely picking up cocoa powder here.

Much like the smell, strong chocolate flavors, roasted coffee, with a fruity sweetness to finish the beer. The Belgium yeast here is rather well over powered with the bitter roasted malt which is a very nice surprise given the Belgium beer’s propensity towards being absurdly too sweet. The problem is this beer doesn’t really do anything well. It’s certainly not worthy of the name. It has chocolate flavors in here, but there are a dozen stouts that do it better. It isn’t bitter enough for my tastes if it were just a normal stout. It falls in an odd middle ground where it’s ok at everything and great at nothing. Sufficient to say I had higher hopes.

Given the 7% the body is pretty creamy, the head is milky thick and works well. It doesn’t have the thickness than some of the better cream stouts or big imperials do, but it also doesn’t have any alcohol presence either.

The price doesn’t match the beer. I know the cage and cork just make people open their wallets, but sorry at around 13 bucks I want a hell of a lot more from a 7% abv beer especially. This seems like a pretty simple stout. An odd example of a beer that is not as good as the sum of its' parts.

Photo of Sam21
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage, bottled on 10/29/10 and best by October 2012 poured into a chalice.

Appearance - This beer pours with a very dark brown body. Appears black to the naked eye. Lighter brown highlights are noticeable. As I have come to expect from all Ommegang brews, this beer has a great fluffy head and leaves picture perfect lacing.

Smell - Soft chocolgate aromas float atop layers of juicy dark fruit and licorice.

Taste - The curtains open with subtle suggestions of bitter chocolate nestled deeply in blankets of dark fruit, black licorice and spice. Then everything turns sweet and the chocolate comes to the forefront for a lengthy smooth finish with herbs rounding out the sweetness. Hints of spice, herbs, and chocolate malts linger. This brew really warms the stomach and soul.

Mouthfeel - Medium-full body. Lively and creamy carbonation. Great mouthfeel has become a standard for all Ommegang beers.

Drinkability - There is a lot to love about this beer.A complexities and drinkability. A glass of Chocolate Indulgence would be a great accompaniment to the holidays or a dessert.

Photo of gopens44
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown with a very nice thick foam head

S - Mainly a dark hot chocolate smell followed by a strong malty backbone

T - Pretty much just as advertised - chocolate. The taste reminds me of some type of candy. Toblerone chocolate maybe? Has nearly the exact same chocolate signature of that candy bar. The malty smell comes through quite well behind the chocolate, giving this a nice well balanced flavor.

M - Creamy, rich, smooth. Very enjoyable with almost no aftertaste at all.

O - Despite being a particularly pricey item, this is pretty darn drinkable!

Chocolate Indulgence Stout from Brewery Ommegang
86 out of 100 based on 1,229 ratings.