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Chocolate Indulgence Stout - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 1,172
Reviews: 687
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 69
Gots: 74 | FT: 2
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 09-27-2007)
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Photo of aepb1
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%

A- Dark brown/black body with a velvety brown head

S- Mild (faint) chocolate malts

T- Sweet roasted malts up front, sweet fruits (raisins and sugar), oaky and chocolate bitterness finish

M- Full-bodied, good carbonation and smooth

D- Nice to sip on without knowing the name... the "chocolate" wasn't all that prevalent

aepb1, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of BeerNemesis
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%

Chocolate Indulgence Stout | 750 ml. | 7.0% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Brewery Ommegang
Style: Chocolate stout
Glass: Duvel tulip

Opaque dark brown with a lofty mocha head.

Dark chocolate, stale coffee, leather, lightly roasted grains.

Powdered dark chocolate, odd sour fruits, metal twang.

Medium-bodied and slippery.

This is no indulgence. The weak malt base, loose mouthfeel, and powdery chocolate flavoring come across as anemic compared to expectations.

Would I get it again?:

Bottled: ?
Served: January 17, 2011

Price = $9.99 at Witherspoon Wine

BeerNemesis, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of impending
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%

as the name is precise, this is a stout

750ml into a tulip. Pours a deep dark velvety chocolate brown with caramel highlights. Towering dense coffee ice cream colored head forever slow to subside. Wonderful clumpy froth.

Aroma is yeasty chocolate and coffee, very nice.

Taste is roasted chocolate malts with hints of real chocolate and burnt coffee. Mild sweetness as in a dark chocolate. Finishes just slightly bitter surprisingly after all the burnt coffee flavor. Medium yet rich mouthfeel. Warms well.

The belgian influence on this stout is first in the delightful head which would look appropriate on a spoon or a cappuccino. Secondly, the bitterness is minimal for belgian style balance. But primarily, as with all belgians, the yeast creates a complexity.

impending, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of ujsplace
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Poured into a tulip.

Pours a pitch black brew with a massively dense, beige colored rocky head that leaves equally massive lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smells of sweet roasted dark caramel malts with chocolate, coffee, yeasts and a hint of hops.

Tastes almost exactly as it smells. Nice roasted cramel malts and chocolates. The chocolate is bittersweet and there is a hint of some grains and yeasts as well as some hops.

Medium mouthfeel, good carbonation leaves a bit of a coating.

Another very nice brew from Brewery Ommegang. I had this a while back (this is my first review however) and I have to admit was a bit surprised with this. The flavors seem to be flirting with me. They are all there, but unfortuntely they ae somewhat muted. Don't get me wrong, this is a very good brew, but may be a bit of a misnomer. Definitely worthy, but there are other ways to "Indulge" the senses...

ujsplace, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of Beefeater57
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%

A: Solid black with a muddy brown bottom edge. Clumpy mocha head, decent retention, very sticky lacing

S: Chocolate smell is pretty strong, as expected. Powder cocoa, milk chocolate. Not much else to it besides that - pretty delicious smell.

T: Slight sweetness up front, but not as much as I was expecting. Surprising hop character in the finish, an earthy hop bitterness in the back sides of the tongue. The sense of chocolate is far greater in the smell than in the taste. Gets better as it warms.

M: A tad metallic in the aftertaste. There is an astringency that comes up front right away, but doesn't last long. Carbonated, not as smooth/mellow on the tongue as I would expect.

D: With a name like "Chocolate Indulgence", I was expecting more of a velvety-smooth taste than I got. It is a tad bright for a stout/dark ale. It is a good beer, but not worth the $16 price tag for a 25.4 bottle of it.

Beefeater57, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of axeman9182
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

750mL bottle, allowed to warm some before being poured in my Ommegang flute glass.

Chocolate Indulgence pours a lighter shade of black. The appropriately cocoa colored head rises to about three fingers in height and shows both impressive lacing and retention. All things considered a very nice looking beer. There's some milk chocolate to the nose, but I was expecting a bit more. Even more than that, a general roastiness dominates in terms of aromas. There's a bit more to CI's flavor, but it still winds up disappointing somewhat. Again, any chocolate is largely drowned out by the taste of roasted grains up front. There's a subtle kick of spice from the yeast, before a pleasant mellow coffee swirl closes things out. The body is a bit on the dry side for a beer that's supposedly "indulgent", but not too much. This minor fault is somewhat masked by a slightly lower than expected carbonation. All in all the mouthfeel ends up feeling a bit small for the beer. This is the first beer from Ommegang that's really failed to meet my expectations, though it's still not a bad beer. One could say it's poorly brewed or just poorly named, but either way, it falls short of being chocolate indulgence.

axeman9182, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of JK4Stout
2.73/5  rDev -28.2%

Poured into a specialty pint glass. I mean would you want it any other way?

A: This beer isn't as dark as some stouts, but really looks...well...chocolaty. Like someone mixed black patent malt in your cocoa. Light head, but a good looking beer.

S: No real WOW moments here. the chocolate notes are very subtle and the maltiness is somewhat down played.

T: What a let down! I was really excited about this beer, but so much for that. This isn't even a great stout, plus the price of the bottle makes me regret the purchase in the first place. Has a little bitterness on the end, but nothing of note. And there is a strange flavor that I assume goes to the yeast strain. not too great.

M: Meh...it's kinda like the Obama adminstration...could be worse, but could be better too.

D: I know what I wont be getting another bottle of! I love Ommegang brew, but honestly I haven't been this dissapointed in a LONG time. If you wanna share it with some beer loving friends go ahead, but you've been warned.

JK4Stout, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of stimulus
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

Bottled 10/19/2009, best by October 2012.

Poured into a Chimay glass.

A: Pours a jet black with a foamy one finger tan head.
S: Chocolate and coffee, but both are quite subtle.
T: Cocoa and complementary dark fruits, perhaps plums.
M: Good carbonation, full body, smooth finish.
D: One glass and I'm done with this one. Think of a cold beer adaption of hot cocoa, but this is very filling and one glass is enough in a sitting.

stimulus, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of vette2006c5r
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%

This beer pours a dark black color, with a large creamy hazle brown colored head. The smell was a bit weak, and the aroma was moslty of chocholate. The inital taste was of a typical dry stout, and as more of the beer was consumed the stonger chochlate flavors mixing in with the stout like flavors made itselt present. A nice beer to sip, but not hard to drink. Overall, I find chocolate beers trickey, but this one was very good.

vette2006c5r, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of hreb
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

Cold 750mL bottle served in pint glass. Beer is perfectly black with a foamy mocha colored head. Aroma of chocolate candy, but with less sweetness. Maybe a truffle topped with cocoa powder. Slightly roasty aroma as well. Big body, dark chocolate flavors, but not like a chocolate stout.

There is a bitter edge to the beer which clearly comes from hops, not chocolate, unlike e.g. Stone bitter chocolate oatmeal stout. Wheres that beer excels by using chocolate in place of standard beer process and ingredients, this beer excels by using chocolate to perfectly complement ale. And in contrast to, say, Young's double chocolate stout -- which I enjoy -- it really, really works. This beer is to chocolate what Peak Organic Espresso Amber Ale is to coffee.

There isn't much to indicate this beer's "Belgian" heritage except a hint of funk/tang about 3/4 of the way in. Any more and I don't think it would work. Very good, but I'll have to see if I could finish one myself.

hreb, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

thanks to koufax21 for bringing this out, didn't evne know such beer existed, was shocked to see it had over 500 reviews. Brown, deep brown appearance. Tan head, great lacing and retention. Chocolate aroma, a little bit of citrus twinge to it.

Reminiscient of the Rogue Chocolate Stout, but the chocolate is less strong here, but no less good. Its a comfortable easy going stout, mixed in with some nice smooth not over the top chocolate accompaniment. I enjoyed it, it wasn't heavy on any particular aspect, but I couldn't really detect anything particularly "belgian" tasting about the yeast, only the sweetness and the dark fruit thing ever so nuanaced.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of Bierguy5
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

750 ml, 7% abv. Pours nearly pitch black. Great looking mocha head that holds together very well for quite some time. As it falls, it stays at a nice thin layer, and leaves some good spots of lace.

Nose full of roasty malt, dark chocolate and dark ripe fruit. Some raisin notes. Earthy and yeasty notes round things out.

Roasty with dark chocolate. Dark fruit and raisin, just as in the nose. Some yeasty flavors. Bitterness is not overwhelming.

Lighter body, due to the higher carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden. Very tasty.

Bierguy5, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%

impressive looking 750ml bottle with cork and cage.

A-black with white frothy head. looks like a nice beer.

S-bitter chocolate and chocolate powder.

T-chocolate no surprise here with a name like Chocolate Indulgence. i guess i am a bit disappointed, except more chocolate flavor and complexity. Very straight forward in flavor, but still nice taste, average anyways.

M-thinner than expected, similiar to samuel smiths oatmeal stout.

D-very drinkable, if you like this style of beer your could probably drink the whole 750ml yourself and at 7%abv you could almost session it!

Overall, average beer did not live up to its name of Chocolate Indulgence. I would drink it again if opportunity presented itself, but probably wont buy another bottle.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of Durge
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

A solid black-brown color, opaque and topped with a massive light brown colored head and good lacing. The aroma offers a thick chocolate malt and bacon. Wow, delicious smelling! The flavor follows with chocolate pumpernickel and grapey highlights. It's medium bodied with mild carbonation. Somewhat silky in feel I pick up a bit of coffee bitterness. Plenty drinkable for a heavier brew and very tastey. Nice.

Durge, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of SkunkWorks
2.98/5  rDev -21.6%

750ml bottle poured out into a tulip glass.

Look: dark, almost jet black with a deep brown highlight at the bottom of the glass if I hold my glass directly to the light. The head is thin but deep brown. There is a great deal of retention and a lot of lace left behind. Good looking brew.

Smell: surprisingly, kind of mild. There's a bit of dark chocolate and a hint of roasted grain but that's almost all there is. The chocolate is very mild, especially given the name "Chocolate Indulgence." My girlfriend even quipped to me that this beer might have no smell at all, and if I hadn't been determined to find the characters of this aroma, I might've missed them.

Taste: again, where's the Chocolate Indulgence? Subtle chocolate notes, some roasted malt, a bit of bitterness, but not much else. It almost tastes like a Russian Imperial Stout that stopped trying somewhere along the way and ended up somewhere between a stout and an Russian Imperial. If I really look for it, I can find some Belgian yeast qualities, a little licorice and some dark fruit.

Feel: on the thin side of medium bodied, not silky or creamy, not that rich but at least it is smooth. The alcohol is hidden. Not the best mouthfeel in the world, especially considering this is a chocolate stout.

Drink: kind of a fast sipper. I wouldn't have this all night but you could if it is your thing.

Overall, kind of disappointed in this beer. My girlfriend and I were selecting beer to drink while watching some Christmas movies and she wanted a Belgian, I wanted a stout, we compromised with a Belgian stout, and we were both disappointed. Our disappointment was more profound because we've recently tried the Hennepin and Three Philosophers and found both to be quite delicious.

Now, I reviewed this assuming it really should be filed under some mythical category called "Belgian Stout," but it is equally weak when compared to Belgian Dark Ales. There's just not much flavor and its lacking qualities you would know and love about Belgian beer.

I am not going to say this beer is bad, or that it is poorly crafted, because it isn't. It is decent. When you break it down into each category though, each one comes up short except the way it looks.

Ommegang can do much better than this. If you're going to name something "Chocolate Indulgence," at least make it supremely chocolatey. Hell, even Sam Adams's Chocolate Bock has a more in-your-face chocolate character than this. I wouldn't go out of my way to avoid this, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get this either. If it falls into your lap, pop it and enjoy it but don't expect very much. If you have to make any kind of trade to get this or you are spending money on it, I wouldn't get it.


SkunkWorks, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%

Served in a snifter at The Barley House.

Nice to see something like this on-tap 'round here. It pours a straight onyx topped by a finger of light brown foam. The nose comprises a heapin' helpin' o' dark chocolate, along with some roasted malts, light coffee, molasses, and caramelized brown sugar. The taste is pretty similar, with notes of chocolate powder, a good amount of coffee, some brown sugar, cinnamon, black pepper, and roasted malts. The body is a somewhat light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry-ish finish. Overall, a very good brew, though a bit light for my tastes. Were it a tad heavier and thicker, it would be nearly perfect.

TMoney2591, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of Vdubb86
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%

Served in a snifter at The Barley House in Algonquin, IL

This beer pours a darkness covered in a light beige. The smell is of chocolate and raisins...sweet Raisinettes! The taste has the same chocolate raisin taste to it, but there are a couple of guests that show up to this party. Bourbon and oak make this beer really pleasant on the tongue. There is a general velvety texture to it that is out of this world. Even with the booze there I would have no problem having this beer again. It is a wonderful pleasant tasting beer.

Vdubb86, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of nhindian
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%

Taken from notes from 9/28/10

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into an Ommegang flute.

After opening the neat cage and cork opening, we were greeted with a nice carbonation and smell right out of the bottle. My roommate got first pour and he was greeted with half foam, half beer. I took it a bit more carefully and got a very nice head. The consistency is very heavy; as it was pouring it seemed more like melted chocolate than beer. It looked delicious though.

This beer has a nice bouquet, but is a bit similar to other chocolate stouts I've had (Young's Double Chocolate immediately comes to mind). Initial fragrances consist of light chocolate, and then a rush of coffee and malts. As a big coffee fan, this beer had my mouth watering.

The head on this baby last forever as well. My first couple sips I had about a quarter head in each gulp. Of course, this only made it taste better. The beer feels soft in the mouth, but as mentioned before a bit heavy. Taste consists highly of coffee and bitter chocolate. These two flavors mixed with a slight alcohol bite at the end makes for a great tasting beer, but one that I could only have a few of before moving on to something else. It is a delicious beer, but too heavy for my taste for only 7% alcohol. I realize it's a stout / heavy ale, but still.

This would make a beautiful dessert beer and looks great. The presentation in the pour, head retention, smell, and lacing makes it stand it in awe. The beer is still lacing from where I first built the end even after being finished with my glass.

Overall, it's a great beer, but probably my least favorite of my Ommegang samples so far. I'm not saying that's a bad beer, but for a beer of this price and reputation, I was expecting it to differentiate itself a little more.

nhindian, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured from a 10th Anniversary, 750 ml cage-corked bottle into a tulip-shaped Duvel glass.

A: Poured a very dark, cola brown, near black color with a three-finger head of dense, bubbly carbonation which held a foamy cap for a lengthy period. Lacing was good and webby while the head settled slowly to a thin veil.

S: Roasted malts, zesty yeast with some funky wheat aromas and a tobacco leaf and cocoa nib combination to round out the nose.

T: Complex, roasted fruity and bittersweet malt up front. Candied, dark fruits and burnt brown sugar combine with flavors of raisin and plum to give the brew a deep, sugary sweetness. Roasted barley and Belgian yeast strains give way to more mellow oak and tobacco flavors with a subtle hint of chocolate. Finishes bitter and sticky sweet.

M: Full-bodied, a bit sticky, yet mellow and well-balanced. A nice evening sipper.

D: It was a pleasure to split the bottle with my dad, as it's meant to be shared with others. The 7% ABV is tame, yet adds a warming quality and fullness to the brew. A tad sticky sweet, this brew might be best served with mellow cheeses, tart fruits, or simply on its own. Very nice.

Gambrinus1184, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of claspada
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%

Aromas are of a typical stout, but slightly tempered. Not overwhelming in chocolate essence, very bready, yeast aromas. As it warmed more chocolate could be detected.

The tastes begin sweet up front, with a smooth, mild chocolate middle ending with a touch of bitterness. Again, with a rise in temperature more chocolate notes became apparent. Different from other chocolate stouts such as the malt is not the star; the yeast tempers the malts and makes it much more balanced. The flavors didn't remind me of high cacao/dark chocolates but more of a semi-sweet or milk chocolate. The mouthfeel was not as thick as expected with a big stout. Cocoa powder was evident but not extreme; left a bit of a dry, chocolate flavor that was subtle and sweet.

Overall, few stouts are session beers and although the ABV will prohibit mass consumption, I could down this a lot faster than other Belgian Dark Ales/Stouts. Great flavor, well-rounded, a non-typical Belgian inspired brew.

claspada, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of mariposafan
2.15/5  rDev -43.4%

Pours dark, chocolaty brown - completely opaque - with tons of creamy, mocha head. Just gorgeous. It's all downhill from there.

The smell is hops. Purely citrus hops. I actually double checked the bottle to make sure I had the right thing. If there's anything else to smell the hops have drowned it out.

The taste is bitter, but it seems to be roasty bitterness rather than seriously hoppy bitterness. Some chocolate on the first sip but it's all drowned out by hops again. This tastes more like New Glarus' Moon Man - a pale ale - than it does a Belgian Dark Ale. Some alcohol is evident.

Lightish to medium mouthfeel but great creamy carbonation.

Not very drinkable, really, and particularly not when I was hoping for a Belgian style.

mariposafan, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%

Saw this beer and knew that it must be mine. However, I knew that only a special occasion would bring this corked bottle with imported glass from France out from hiding: mole day (although technically the day after).

Dark, impenetrable to photons of light. Much more of a head forms, most likely due to bottle conditioning. You could easily give yourself a stout-bubble mustache. I always love a bottle with a cork in it knowing that whatever is inside will suit my desires. Slightly warmed and the bubbles are in full effect.

Light and subtle stout. There isn't heavy black coffee or hops coming through, but a recognizable cocoa does make an appearance. However, i would say that coffee and cream/creamer does come through much more heavily in the smell than its follow-through in taste.

A well made stout, I enjoy the subtleties this beer has to offer. There is presence of chocolate, caramel stoutiness as well as other dark aromatics that make this beer wonderful. I have only been disappointed once with Ommegang, but this is no exception to a standard of well made ales. No off flavors or funkiness is detected, just balanced smoothness. Very rich and hearty, typical stout attributes.

Smooth flavor with chocolaty richness. They made a bold stout and I am indulging myself accordingly. Reminds me of tasty black coffee with room for cream and cream added until light brown dilution achieved. I like the excess carbonation; it's not typical to the style, but gives it extra creaminess.

I enjoyed drinking this beer for the most part. It does stain white bed covers well, but that's only when you stop aiming for your mouth...
First impressions were good and it finished strong. There is cocoa at the end of every gulp and I appreciate the added complexity the chocolate gives.

ThePorterSorter, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of lovetranquillity
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%

Dark brown, tall thick fluffy head, looks good.

Smells of coco powder, yeast, malt, tiny bit of coffee.

Chocolate, cocoa powder, very chocolaty but not too sweet. Malt and some yeast in taste.

Medium bodied, fluffy with medium carbonation and slight coarseness from cocoa.

Pretty easy drinking. Not very alcoholic, good dessert beer.

I would like to drink again but price is a little bit high. Overall, good belgian style chocolate stout.

lovetranquillity, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of wknight167
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%

Apearance - Pours a dark brown with a one finger light brown head that has decent staying power and strong lacing.

Nose- ummm, chocolate? also coffee, licorice and enough roastiness that it begins to hint at smokiness.

Palate- The huge roast carries over to the flavor and works well with the very dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied with smooth, medium carbonation.

Drinkability- Not too shabby.

wknight167, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of russwbeck
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Served from a 1 PT, 9.4 FL OZ Bottle into an Ommegang snifter.

A: Pours black with an almost brown head with amazing retention, but little lacing

S: Coffee and chocolate, some alcohol. Smell leads into the taste pretty well.

T: Like chocolate and alcohol.

MF: Dark and heavy. Carbonation is not a problem for me.

D: Very low. It's heavy in every way. The single bottle was too much for me.

russwbeck, Oct 04, 2010
Chocolate Indulgence Stout from Brewery Ommegang
86 out of 100 based on 1,172 ratings.