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Chocolate Indulgence Stout - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 1,249
Reviews: 697
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 79
Gots: 91 | FT: 3
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerBeing on 09-27-2007

Chocolate Indulgence offers a thick tan head of foam resting atop of the rich onyx-hued liquid. The aroma immediately speaks of dark chocolate and dark malts. The gentle herbal notes of perle hops compliments the darker aroma notes, making the beer fully savory to all the senses.
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Photo of jayhawk73
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown w/ a one finger chocolate head. Decent carbonation and lacing on this brew. Smell is that of cocoa powder, chocolate, malt, hops, and very faint fruit. Smell is not balanced, and a little of a disappointment. Taste is a little better, but still not enough balance (or malt) to make this beer really top notch. Feel is fairly smooth, w/ a little hop bite in the background. Overall, this beer has been hit of miss for me. The recent beers I've had have not measured up to the ones I've had several years ago. Not sure whether the brew has changed or not... Please add more malt!

Photo of draheim
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle (bottled 10/22/10) poured into a chalice.

Black color with some glimmers of mahogany around the edges - almost no head, just some scanty patches of thin tan foam on the surface.

Aroma is faint cocoa. That's it. I tried to let it warm up a bit, but that's all I'm getting.

Taste is chocolate and some hints of dark fruit. Pretty nice mouthfeel, thanks to the Belgian yeast. This one is pretty simple, really. Kind of boring, actually.

Only one question remains: Is this a Belgian dark ale or a Belgian stout?

Photo of Thickfreakness
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A full two fingers of thick and creamy kahki/tan head float a top a deep dark cocoa brown brew. No hint of light shining thru except maybe a touch on the edges. Thick and sticky lacing hang onto the glass and never let go.

S- Deep dark and rich chocolate roasted malts. Nice cocoa over and undertones. A little bit of dried figs and cranberries. A subtle touch of Belgian yeast and hops. Chocolate just dominates the nose... and it is delicious!

T- BIG mouthful of rich chocolate covered cherry's!!! Deep and dark cocoa without being overly sweet. More like a good 85% dark choclate than a milk chocolate. Nice tart dried fruit flavor that pairs well with the roasted chocolate malts. A bit of yeast and sour fruit on the tongue, and then the cocoa just envelopes the tongue.

M- Medium to semi-thick for a stout. Not to sticky but nowhere near as thin as some stouts. Decent carbonation, nice and creamy and thick like a beer milkshake.

O- I've had this brew about a dozen times... and it never fails me. I love it just as I do everything that Ommegang does. Not a sweet or milk stout so its not gonna take care of that sweet tooth... but the chocolate just lends a beautiful harmony that mixes with the Belgian flavors that this brewery is so well known for.

Photo of jondeelee
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chocolate Indulgence has a nose that nicely matches up with the title, being full of chocolate aromas, both milk and dark, and smelling much like an expensive cup of hot cocoa. Added to this are notes of freshly-baked spent grain bread and caramel.

On the tongue, the first notes are not those of chocolate, but thick, dark malts, with heavy overtones of ash, tobacco, anise, and coffee grounds, and these flavors remain throughout the mouthful. Dark fruit esters--raisin, some fig--circle overhead, joined by molasses. Surprisingly (considering the nose), chocolate is third or even fourth on the list of flavors, and mostly makes itself known toward the end of the mouthful, after a few of the sugars have worn off, as well as bringing a slight cocoa tinge to the aftertaste--i.e. for those expecting a chocolate blast a la Southern Tier's Choklat, you will be disappointed. I do suspect, however, that the chocolate is helping--rather surreptitiously, perhaps--temper what seems to be a beautifully over-healthy portion of chocolate and/or black malts. The aftertaste is mainly charred grains, as well as the aforementioned subtle hint of dark chocolate, and fades slowly. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium-high.

Overall, while I was surprised at how little chocolate flavor was in a beer named Chocolate Indulgence, I do think the beer is quite good, and worth a try. But again, if you buy a bottle, start off thinking not "chocolate," but "black stout," and you'll be on a better track towards a favorable first impression.

Photo of ehammond1
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Dark brown, nearly black pour. Thin tan head. Not a lot of lacing down the glass.

An unsurprising amount of chocolate aroma wafting out of this brew along with some earthy, woody elements as well. If you're in the mood for chocolate, try this one!

Rich chocolate and earth notes fill the mouth. It's rich and decadent--an incredible dessert stout, though somewhat simple and one-note.

Medium to thick bodied. A sipper, even without the slightest bit of alcohol heat.

This beer is quite the chocolate treat. For a chocolate lover, this one's a great pick!

Photo of jmvecchio1
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Indulgence pours black as night and boasts a thick, creamy chocolate colored head. The head slowly dissipates into thick lacing that sticks around to the last sip. Dark chocolate and roasted malts greet you on the smell and faint hints of coffee are mixed within. As the beer warms, hints of alcohol become noticeable on the nose as well. When you take a sip you notice that this beer is definitely chocolate-y, but not all that sweet. Some bitter notes come through and make you think of a decadent dark chocolate. Roasted malts and touches of coffee are also present and help round this beer out.

Photo of argock
2.63/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-tap in a white wine glass at Horse & Hound (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Very dark chestnut brown with 1/2-finger of beige, large-bubbled lace with decent retention and some lace forms down the glass.

S: Bitter, muddy dark chocolate with earthy hoppiness. The dark malts don't really come through other than as some burned raisin.

T: A very dull bitterness with dark chocolate that has little life. There is not much to recommend it in the dark malt department, and the small amount of roast that is present is misplaced and slightly acrid, way off-base for a dessert beer. Earthy hoppiness fits but can't rescue the dull, uninspired bitter flavor. A little residual sweetness would have helped this beer a lot.

M: Thin for the style and too heavily carbonated.

O: This is just a big miss in my book. Ommegang's worst beer by a long way. I had tried an aged bottle before and though my dislike was due to that fact, but this fresh on-tap experience was no better.

Photo of Lldeegan
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown to black color with a large head of sudsy khaki foam.

Gives off great coffee/espresso and dark chocolate aromas. Notes of dry cocoa powder. This one smells delicious!

Lively carbonation right from the start. The taste begins as dry cocoa powder, with a transition to bitter coffee, then a fruit and nutty back end with ester and slightly bitter coffee finish that is pretty drying, not a cloying sweetness one would expect from a chocolate beer. This is the result of the bottle refermentation, which leads to heightened carbonation and a dry finish.

This is a really great dessert beer and a good sipper for chilly nights. Can’t wait to have one for those few days of winter here in New Orleans!

Photo of pmarlowe
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tulip glass.

Pours black with a huge three fingers of dark sand colored foam, very solid retention and nice sheeting of lacing. Smells is a big, bright roasted malt, chocolate, and nuttiness. Taste is crisp, dry, with dark chocolate, chocolate malt, earthiness, and some burnt smokiness in the background. Medium carbonation on a medium-light body; goes down pretty easy. Overall, I was expecting more of a chocolate bomb given the name, but this was still a pretty solid, standard stout. Even though I was expecting this to substitute for dessert, I actually think the dryness would complement something sweet quite well.

Photo of RedSpecial1
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My wife and I had this on tap in Ommegang's tasting room/restaurant.

A: Dark black/brown velvet appearance; thin, tan head leaving a slightly bubbly surface.

S: Sweet toffee, pretty straightforward

T: Burst of coffee, chocolate flavor appears as sweetness in the finish rather than a distinct chocolate taste. Grain flavors linger on in finish as well.

M: Full, creamy, explosive, and big. Definitely fits the profile of a dessert beer.

O: A very interesting and tasty beer; not a cloying dessert beer. Sweet, but still refreshing.

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
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
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
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
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
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
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
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
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
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
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
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
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
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
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
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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
2.03/5  rDev -46.7%
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
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
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
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Chocolate Indulgence Stout from Brewery Ommegang
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