Chocolate Indulgence Stout - Brewery Ommegang

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Reviews: 696
Hads: 1,265
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 16.8%
Wants: 86
Gots: 96 | 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 flagmantho
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: entirely black with two thick fingers of frothy tan foam. Nice retention and a very nice lace. Beautiful.

Smell: lightly fruity yeast character with a hint of banana. A little bit of chocolate comes through. Decent, but it is a pretty run-of-the mill dubbel type smell; I was expecting something more chocolatey.

Taste: rich malt with a nice yeast character. More chocolate than in the aroma, with a bit of roasty tartness at the end. Quite satisfying; I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and creaminess. Good.

Overall: an interesting beer. I could do with a more chocolatey and less, well, basic aroma. Overall, though, a tasty beer which makes a good sipper.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice lacing, khaki head. Brown body.

Nose has a bit of leathery funk, but not much else.

This is a bit old... but there's no chocolate here. It's kinda raisiny.

Nice and smooth still.

If this used to be chocolate, it has turned into raisinets. Interesting, but for people looking to try this in its original form, you may already be too late.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Four fingers of creamy dark coffee ice cream head looms over a dark brown, almost black, beer that passes no light. The head turns to sea foam as it gradually recedes, leaving big patches of lace on a tulip glass. Each swirl leaves a film on the glass.

Rich roasted malts with roasted coffee and cocoa powder dominate while some background notes of ash are detectible.

The flavor is anticipated from the nose with sharp roasted bitterness. Chocolate is in the background with an almost burnt note of espresso. Pumpernickel bread comes out with warmth as does baker’s chocolate. The lingering finish has a hint of sweetness.

Ommegang’s offering is smooth with a full body, almost syrupy with soft carbonation and light alcohol.

This is a no-brainer with dinner and would easily add to a sirloin steak.

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Photo of RuckusDu
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours almost like chocolate. Deep brown body. Head is quite large and and nice khaki/tan/brown in color. The head falls slowly and becomes rocky. As it does, strong lacing remains.

S - Again chocolate/cocoa very strong on the nose. There are some dark fruits on the back end like dates. It is sweet.

T - Way more bitter chocolate in taste than the cocoa in the aroma. Some milkiness on the finish though. It is good, but I was expecting more sweetness based on what I smelled, so a little disappointed.

M - A little weak in body and carbonation is just ok. Could use a little more to hold up the flavors.

O - Good chocolate beer. I would say it has a few highlights, but otherwise pretty standard.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown in color with a small off-white head. Decent chocolate with sweet malt and dark fruits. A little bit of oxidation, too. Sort of a bland aroma overall. There’s a good chocolate flavor and a bit of caramel and toasted bread. The flavor is also a bit of oxidation. Overall just kind of sweet and chocolatey. I guess that's the point. Medium body and carbonation.

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

Poured from a bomber into a Shiner pint and the brew is sooo dark that no light enters nor exits and it has a massive 2 finger dark tan frothy head that reminds me of a root beer float. The head hangs around for quite some time and leaves mounds of head upon the brew. The lacing is heavy and literally covers every inch of the glass.

The aroma is sweet chocolate and dark malts.

The flavor follows the nose with very forward semi sweet chocolate and dark malted grains. There is no bitterness to speak of and the mouthfeel is slightly above medium. There is just a smidge of alcohol in the throat but I think it helps balance out the sweetness to an extent.

Since the style description seems to be a catch all so to speak, there is no sat in stone parameters. This easily fits within the loose definition, the sweet and malty. My first brew of this style, me likes. For a Belgium, I like (no Belgium candied sugar flavor detected). A nice sipper, I'd do this again with no hessitation.

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Photo of iBeer16
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed out of a pint glass from a growler

A: Pours a mahogany brown color that' has about an inch of head of a cream color. Lingers for a a few minutes and the. Leaves no lacing

S: chocolate is obviously the most potent scent, but there is a undertone scent of coffee, also overall a slight roasty scent.

T: great taste, chocolate malts, similar to a milk stout without the intense creaminess

M: carbonation is not too intense so it is very smooth sensation while drinking. Coats the palate very evenly making it very refreshing to drink.

Overall, a really well done chocolate stout, it is just a shame that it is more than likely the last time I will ever have it.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served unto a flute (Ommegang signature glass). Bottle labeled 10th Anniversary (2007). Poured Christmas night 2011.

Appearance: A Superior dark ale, comes a opaque black with a dark tan bubbly head. Head comes off 2 fingers but after a sip or 2 you're good to go.

Smell: Obviously chocolate, a smell of wine that is hovering my nostrils like smoke at a barbeque.

Taste: Bitter chocolate, the feel of molasses, and raisins. Beer doesn't come off bitter but perfectly offset balance bitter chocolate.

Mouth: Light Medium carbonation which looks heavier than what it really is. Looks Heavy carbonation but feels very easy to drink.

Overall: Incredibly finished and not hard to "indulge" in, you don't need to be a heavy beer drinker or some crazy connoisseur to love this beer. Cheers to all and Merry Christmas!

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

I poured this into a snifter, and then I saw on the label that I should have used a goblet. Then I poured into a goblet... which yielded three fingers of foam. The coloring stayed consistent (duh!).

This beer smells very good. I like the mix of coffee roast and chocolate in the smell. This transfers well into each sip as well. I think this is a very good example of a chocolate beer.

Overall, this is a good stout. In the chocolate category, I would put this at the top.

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Photo of jifigz
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a jet black with a huge off-white head that refused to disappear. The beer and head left quite a bit of lacing.

S: The beer smells chocolaty and almost like a milk shake.

T: The beer is slightly bitter and the chocolate is quite evident in the flavor. The malt bill kind of fades away under the bitterness of the chocolate.

M: The MF is smooth and creamy and the low carbonation feels very good on my mouth.

O: I think this is a very solid beer. I love the chocolate flavor and smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a perfectly clear mahogany brown with a finger of creamy head that lingers for a bit, leaves no lacing
S: sweet chocolate scent with a bit of milk to it
T: great taste, chocolate malts, similar to a milk stout without the intense creaminess
M: real gentle carbonation, smooth, refreshing, not heavy
O: a great brew, really hits the spot and is unique for the style

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Photo of wspscott
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle in Duvel tulip
can't read the date, been in my fridge for ~9 months

I am reviewing this as a stout vs. a BDA. The bottle says stout, why is this classified as a BDA?

A: Looked light as I poured it, but it is completely black in the glass. Very thick, 1 finger, tan head with a ton of lace.
S: Very light roasted malts along with some chocolate. RElatively muted even as it warms.
T: The chocolate is very apparent, it is obvious that there is real chocolate here vs. chocolate malt. Not sweet at all, more of a dark/bitter chocolate than milk chocolate. The roasted malt is very much in the back, more of an aftertaste with the chocolate out in front. No hops at all.
M: There seems to be a "grittiness" almost like there is cocoa powder still in the beer. Since I poured gently, I assume that even if there was some in the bottle it has settled with the very obvious yeast cake in the bottom of the bottle. Other than that, this seems to be dancing the line between a dry stout and a milk stout, i.e. very dry on the tongue but slightly creamy. This is definitely not into imperial stout territory. Low to medium carbonation make this more of a sipping beer.
O: Very nice beer, very glad I tried it, but I probably won't buy again. It seems to be stuck in the middle, too big for an easy drinking stout and too small to be something I want to truly savor (like a RIS). The chocolate is a nice touch, but I would like a little more malt character. I am starting to think this would have been better as a BDA with chocolate vs. a chocolate stout.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 750mL bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 10/16/11
*From notes

A: She's a beaut. Liquid cocoa in color. A hearty pour yields a big and dense 2.25 finger head and some solid lacing.

S: Baker's chocolate. Not sweet mind you, merely a touch burnt around the edges, showcasing an overly roasty quality.

T: Slightly green. At first it's a bit like wet dirt. As it warms, the yeasty quality comes out on the fore, which eventually matures into a rounded chocolately finish.

M: Rich and thick. I dig the texture here. It really sellls this one as a dessert beer.

O: Ommegang's Chocolate Indulgence Stout wasn't nearly as good out of the bottle as it was on tap. The chocolate feels much more muted and pushed to the back as a role player. In the end, this is an average beer, something I don't feel all too compelled to have again.

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Photo of osusullins
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer. However, I do agree with alot of the other reviews in saying that this is pretty much only a dessert beer.

Pours black with dark, almost red head. Very nice appearance.

The nose is dark fruit and dark and bakers chocolate. Well balanced aroma on this beer.

The taste is extremely sweet and rich, and oh so good. I would compare it to chocolate covered cherries. Delicious. The estery taste comes through immediately as does the chocolate. Subtle notes of candy sugar. Full bodied and heavy. This beer is worthy of the name "indulgence". Very good for dessert.

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

Poured from a with a thin tan head. Minimal lacing. Aroma of MILK chocolate...sweet, creamy, cocoa...smells like dessert. Taste reveals loads of chocolate, some dark fruits and sweet malts. Sort of tastes like a chocolate covered cherry to me.

Full-bodied with very little carbonation. This is a THICK brew...very heavy. I would only recommend it as a dessert beer due to the richness of it. Very yummy...I do wish it was a little more complex, but for what it offers, it is very balanced.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was bought completely on a whim; I guess it was the name “Chocolate Indulgence.” Good job, marketing department. Though I just saw this on a “Do-Not-Sit-On List,” I’m still excited.

Brewed for Ommegang’s 10th Anniversary in 2007, approximately 4 years before the date of this tasting. I’m pretty sure there’s a date on it that says “BEST BY 10/2012,” but it’s a little tough to see.

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost black. Quite thick-looking. Excellent lacing and a full tan head, coming to a thick two-fingered foam. Slight film of retention leaves this one looking pretty good so far.

S: What do you know? Chocolate! There’s quite a large amount of bittersweet cocoa aromas up front, coupled with toffee, caramel malts, and a little coffee. There’s a nice showing of Belgian scents coming up, slightly fruity and estery. I’m finding a great deal of hoppy fruitiness in there, too; not strong and bitter in the normal sense (which isn’t surprising because it’s so old), but with a somehow-fresh lightness of fruits.

T: Fruity, acidic, and estery on the front; very Belgian. Lemony, with a strange minty hint. Good amount of roasts, as well, combining with a taste a char and (wait for it) chocolate. The chocolate is, like cocoa powder, very chalky and unappealing by itself. There’s a bit of breads on the end, but the aftertaste is actually rather dry, lightly hopped and alcoholic. I’m not sure how to put it; it’s just not very…good.

M: Creamy, though a little thin. It has a bit of warmth to it, but comes off as lifeless overall.

O: I’ve got a feeling I know why this beer isn’t a regular release; it’s a little hard to love. Underneath, it’s a lovely Belgian, something I know Ommegang can do well; however, it’s overshadowed by a ham-handed attempt at “chocolate indulgence.” Too bad – a chocolate Belgian stout seems like a decent idea.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a jet black with a thin khaki mousse. Looks like a decent enough dark ale to me.

S: I did not pick up much here aside from a ton of milk chocolate. Closer inspection reveals even more chocolate.

T: Chocolate Indulgence enters with heavy notes of chocolate, apples, figs, pears, fudge, and herbal hops. The finish is long, sweet, and mellow with flavors of apple, chocolate, and warming, soothing alcohol.

M: Dry, firm, and full-bodied. The heft of the body coupled with the chocolate aroma and flavor provides a feeling of decadence.

O: Very nice. I could see myself drinking this as a winter warmer or having it with a particularly rich dessert. I like it.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Chimay goblet. No visible best before date. The date envokes the 10th Anniversary (2007), but I feel that is not the case.

A: Dark, opaque brown. Faint head fades quickly, but there is some decent lacing.

S: Dark chocolate and alcohol. Pleasant.

T: Excellent! A porterish beer with a noticeable cocoa bent. Sweet, but highly carbonated with a bitter endtaste. I really enjoy it! Drying chocolate; light-bodied and playful. Yum.

M: Spritely and light. Allegedly a Belgian-style stout, I can see the fruity influences of Belgian yeast.

O: Fantastic and criminally under-rated. Highly recommended, I will search out this bitter-sweet jewel wherever I can find it. Hurrah for Ommegang!

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black body, with a decent size beige head that has great head retention and lacing.

S: Nose is faint, but the characteristics are spot on. Bitter dark chocolate malts with a notes of sweet vanilla, earthy hops, cocoa nibs, dark fruits become more noticeable as it warms, and a hint of spicy Belgian yeast.

T: The name describes it perfectly as this is a chocolately motherload. Upfront flavors are bitter chocolate malts, some coffee notes, dark fruits, and very little Belgian yeast. Not too complex, but a great beer nonetheless. Finishes with an herbal/earthy hop bitterness and slightly warm from the ABV.

M: Medium-full body; creamy texture; low carbonation.

O: Great Belgian dark ale and perfect for any chocolate lover or for dessert. To me, this is more like a stout then anything because of the yeast is very faint. The first time I had it, it was slightly sour, but the second time was much much better.

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Photo of remhaze
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - black, dark chocolate

S - faint dark cocoa malts, with a hint of dried figs.

T - dark malt chocolate with a hint of dark cherries. just the right hint of sweetness. A bit of yeast and sour on the aftertaste.

M - not as thick as I thought it would be and not as sticky or thin as some stouts. Semi-medium for a stout.

Overall, this is a decent stout especially for people who doesn't like sweet chocolate flavor.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle split into two pint glasses

Pours dark with a big brown head. It's opaque. There's no active carbonation visible through the glass. Smell is chocolate malty. Wheaty and yeasty.

Taste is very chocolatey, dark roasty bitter. Fair amount of coffee bitterness, too.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly airy, I'd actually call it fluffy. This is a pretty solid beer, it's not overly heavy, it's not overly chocolatey.

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

A – Black with a dark khaki head. Nice retention and ok lace.

S – Booze, hint of blueberry, dark chocolate, cinnamon, dried figs, pecan.

T – Bready, dark roasted malt is the dominant favor. The breadiness is laced with light booze, and supported with a firm, dry dark cocoa.

M – Medium body with a nice lingering semisweet finish.

O – Not overly complex, the flavors could benefit from some age to help them integrate, but otherwise a solid brew.

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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!

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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?

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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.

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