Chocolate Indulgence Stout - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 1,228
Reviews: 692
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 71
Gots: 91 | 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 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!

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

Since a long time, finally a Stout tasting.
The beer pours a deep almost black color and creates a creamy brownish head which sticks arround for a while.
The smell announces coffee, chocolate , malty sugar,roasted malts,
some vanilla. Somehow there is another smell which I am not able to pinpoint, maybe hops or yeast?
The taste is unexpectedly mild. Nothing really overpowering, a very balanced stout. You certainly have the roasted malts at the end.
The beer is very drinkable and therefore dangerous, because you do not feel the 7% ABV.
Overall a good Stout which I would buy again at any time.

Photo of smakawhat
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a shaker pint glass.

Lots of carbonation on the bottle, giving way to a light brown large three finger head. Some minimal lacing while drinking, but lots of sticky character to the head. Real black bodied with some nice red hues.

Bouquet is a very large chalky sensation at first. Powdered instant chocolate, with a small malt backbone. Kind of not what I am expecting for this. Feels very dry.

Taste though is quite interesting. Spicey feel of clove, and giving to malty Ovaltine breakfast drink. Feels more spicey than sweet and not as much emphasis on chocolate as to be expected.

Overall though I still felt this was alright, interesting take on this beer.

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

Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence Stout has a black colour and a 3 mm tan head that lasts a little while and is replaced by good lacing. The smell is fresh (is that hops?) and roasty malt that has some chocolate character to it. There are lots of hops up front as well as some malty chocolate. The alcohol is fairly noticeable which is strange in a 7% beer. The aftertaste is roasty malt and slightly bitter, reminiscent of dark chocolate. This beer is very foamy and full in its texture. Overall, a nice chocolate stout, but far too hoppy for this style (imho).

Photo of KTCamm
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the champagne bottle into a Duvel glass.

Pours dark with thick creamy light brown foam. Loads of lacing. Dark espresso smell, dark chocolate. Rich roasted. Belgian yeast taste under a dark roasted malt taste. Dark fruit. Full of flavor, bursts forth. Great beer, easy to drink, yet so much happening.

Photo of Spadoof
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Origin: 1 Pint 9.4 FL. OZ. Bottle
Bottled on: ?
Tasted on: 03/29/11
Glassware: Dogfish Head Immort Ale Snifter.
Serving Temperature: Approx 50 F

Appearance: Pours a thick 1 1/2 finger tan head. As the head dissipates, it leaves a lovely lacing on the side of the glass. The body is pure black.

Smell: Rich cocoa, vanilla, malts and oak.

Taste: Dark chocolate up front, slight sourness from the malts come through in the middle and has creamy cocoa finish with a slight amount of heat from the alcohol (Almost undetectable, but present).

Mouthfeel: Thick, rich and creamy.

Concluding thoughts: AMAZING! If you want a chocolate beer, this one will not disappoint. At 7% ABV, its an extremely drinkable beer.

Photo of warnerry
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 bottle consumed 3/19/11

Semi-vigorous pour into a Duvel tulip yields three fingers of creamy head with excellent retention. Pours a very dark opaque brown.

Smell is primarily bittersweet chocolate with some dark ripe fruit notes (raisin and fig?) and roasted malts as well. Smell is not very intense, but is very nice.

Taste is similar to smell, with bitter chocolate up front and cocoa on the finish, with roasted malts and a bit of slight sourness in the middle.

Mouthfeel is medium, not overly heavy.

Overall, the bitter/dry chocolate is very nice, not overbearing. The lack of sweetness improves overall drinkability for me. Not something I would seek out often, but enjoyable.

Photo of otto251068
2.85/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Gouden Carolus goblet. There is a "Best By:" printed on the bottle, but no date printed after it.

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark chocolate brown. Almost black, but not quite, no light getting through this one, not even around the edges. A dense, tightly packed light brown head rises quickly and sticks around for a couple minutes. Once it does fade, it leaves a very densely packed layer of foam.

Smell: Pleasant, soft, chocolate aroma. Cocoa, dark chocolate, and bittersweet baker's chocolate. There is the a touch of sourness lingering. Some roasted malts in there as well.

Taste: Similar to the nose, with the cocoa and bakers chocolate the main flavors. The chocolate flavors are dark, unsweetened, and bitter. The roasted flavors hit at the end, but contribute little to the aftertaste. The bitterness from the chocolate really hangs around after the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Light body, high carbonation. The body is thin and light, and the carbonation level is fairly high. Even with the high carbonation level, the beer is smooth.

Overall: Tasty, although the flavor of unsweetened chocolate in this beer isn't really for me. The bitter aftertaste is a bit overwhelming, and made this beer a little bit of a struggle to finish.

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

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: black with a 1 finger mocha head

smell: bitter, chocolate

taste: mocha, chocolate, bitter

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, full body, thick

drinkability: a rich full body beer. Glad I got to share it with a loved one, who loves chocolate.

cheers,

The CPJ

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

Appearance - This is indeed a chocolately brown in color with a deeply=tanned full frothing head that came up with ease.

Smell - The raw cocoa is the real deal here. It is semi-sweet and mixed well with the lightly-roasted malt. There's a light, dark dough aroma here as well and together this is a symphony.

Taste - The flavors are delicate at the taste. The cocoa is darker than it smelled and the roasted character is more pronounced.

Mouthfeel - This is medium-bodied, a bit thin for the flavors, with some wonderful, tickling carbonation and a cocoa bitterness.

Drinkability - This is a fine ale. It goes down quite easy and I think if it would have had a higher alcohol content it would have floundered.

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

Poured from a 2010 750ml bottle.

Appearance was dark and stout black with a reasonable tan head.

Aroma had a hint of coffee and chocolate

Taste has a bit more coffee and not as much chocolate as I like, but nicely balanced and has hint of roasted malts and spice

nicely carbonated, with smooth mouth feel

Good beer, better Chocolate stouts, but nice on a cold evening.

Photo of 05Harley
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2007

Purchased @ Colonial Spirits, Acton Mass

Price - $11.95/bomber

Apprearance: Pours with a creamy half inch lite tan head. Near black with a moderate amount of legs. Yeast sediment is noticeable towards the end of the bottle but not offensive.

Smell: Powdered chocolate gently touches the nose followed by a good whiff of Belgium yeast.

Taste: Chocolate, roasted malts and some bittering hops. It's not as chocolatey as the name would suggest. I wouldn't consider it a dessert beer by any stretch of the imagination. The fact is the taste isn't that interesting.

Mouthfeel: A decent amount of carbonation. Surprisingly dry with a slite bitter finish.

Drinkability: Lite and smooth. The beer is easy to consume but lacks enough interest for the price. I mean come on, the label makes a point of mentioning it's brewed with Belgian chocolate. One would think you would get an interesting flavor.

Chocolate Indulgence Stout from Brewery Ommegang
86 out of 100 based on 1,228 ratings.