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Chocolate Indulgence Stout - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 1,239
Reviews: 695
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 76
Gots: 90 | FT: 3
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Brewery Ommegang visit their website
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 shanem
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Jet black, no hints of light anywhere with a surprisingly small dark brown head

S: Smokey/roasted aroma with a hint of bittersweet and VERY small amount of chocolate

T: A lot of chocolate malt but not so much chocolate bar flavor, has a little bitterness, no alcohol taste

M: low carbonation and a bit thin for what I was expecting

Very drinkable and a good beer but don't know if I would go for the chocolate indulgence name. After seeing it and reading the bottle I was almost expecting a chocolate milkshake, and did not get one. If that's what you're going for look for ST choklat, youngs or Stones bittersweet

Photo of PhxHorn
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a dark brown with a lumpy tan head. Smells of chocolate and smoke. Tastes of charred malt, smoke, and chocolate, in that order. A little out of whack, since chocolate is not the most predominant flavor except on the label. Mouthfeel is quite thin for anything with the word 'stout' on the label, more like a porter. A pleasant and drinkable beer, but doesn't live up to the name or the style.

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

A - Pours thick and black. Thick foamy head with decent retention. Great lacing. Looks like a cappuccino in a pint glass.

S - Big dark chocolate roasty aromas.

T - It lives up to the chocolate indulgence name. Light bitterness. Definite coffee hints

M - Feels very smooth, with moderate carbonation.

D - VERY drinkable. I don't see myself getting tired of this one.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Creamy light brown head compliments an almost opaque chocolate red/brown color. Lacing down the whole glass.

S - Chocolately, hoppy, bittersweet smell. A lot going on here.

T - Rich chocolate and roasted malts with small coffee notes greet you right off the bat followed by a bittersweet finish. Nice rich flavor which isn't overwhelming.

M - Rich and velvety smooth going down.

D - For a richer stout, it's extremely drinkable. The 750 ml bottle was split but I could take one out myself. MmmMmm good!

Photo of grayburn
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

She pours a midnight black with a tannish head on top. Decent lacing and retention
The smell is alcohol and chocolate, with a bit of malt, no discernable hop presence in the nose.
The taste is a mix of some estery alcohol and bakers chocolate, with some sweetness coming in from the other malts.
The mouthfeel is nice, big and creamy, a touch of bitterness from the chocolate and hops to balance the minimal carbonation and sweetness.
Pretty easy drinking, but certainly not something to be drinking as a session ale.

Photo of becktone
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 1-13-09

Eye: This beer is like to an obsidian mirror, I can see my own reflection in it as I try to peer through it, try to hold it up to the light to get any type of highlights....none. I don't think that it can get any blacker than this. At first head retention is nice, but it falls to a pretty poor spotty film cratered by bubbles of different sizes.Lacing left by the receded head is spotty.

Nose: Once the cork is popped chocolate aromas enter my nose...chocolate is evident. Once brought to the nose the chocolate is even more present, however; here, close to the glass, the chocolate aroma is chocolate malt whereas upon first opening it the chocolate aroma was more like candy chocolate. Roasted malt/black patent is also present. Sweet aroma overall, it supports the name. Not much going on with the yeast here, nor hops for that matter. This one is all about the chocolate. Getting hints at lactose, the creamy and velvet-like aroma that is common to milk stouts...it mixes in there so well with the chocolate.

Tongue: Roasted and bitterness from dark grains (black patent) is here, some burt flavor too. Theres also a plethera of chocolate flavor. Again, from the chocolate malt flavor to the actual cocoa chocolate flavor and then there's also that flavor of lactose in the background. Chocolate flavor is pretty lasting, once it starts to die out the roasted grain bitterness and burnt flavors keep the aftertaste alive for quite a while. I think that this brew is perfectly described by its name, and I think that this is just what they were going for. Just not starting to get some fruity tones in here, dark cherry, very faint but there all the same and very nice...just there waiting, sitting on the front of the tongue...it counters and pairs with the chocolate that is felt and tasted on the back of the tongue just as its swallowed. Kudos to Ommegang. This is just what I was looking for on this cold evening, though I didn't want to buy anything, was thinking of a RIS or a American Double Stout....remembered I had this in my fridge and it ended up being perfect.

edit: after a while the taste buds become accustomed to the flavor of this, desensitized, and it becomes much less magnificent and much less enjoyable, perhaps a smaller bottle would be better.

Feel and Drinkability: Right up front there is a bit of spritz, really quite nice. After that the beer becomes seemingly less carbonated, though its really just a deception. All in all the carbonation is just right for this one. Body is medium-heavy and leaves a slick feeling on the palate. I really can't fault this one for anything. I could be a bit heavier, making it more of a sipper, but hey, nobody's perfect. The only complaint is that it goes down to easy, to quick. It makes it to easy to drink fast giving way to less enjoyment. This is one I'd definitely buy again, however, the only way I can get this one in my waters is in a gift set with glass, Hennepin, and Three Philosophers...Hey it might be worth the $19 to get all three bottles and a glass each time I want this beer.

Photo of bheilman
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark beer with a nice light brown head. Definitely has a strong chocolate smell. Some beers mingle with chocolate, but this is the most chocolate like smell I've had. The taste is good, but not great. Nothing stand out too much. It reminds me of a lighter stout with a wisp of chocolate flavor. I feel like all stouts have some chocolate hints but this one is a bit bolder. The mouthfell is pretty good. The flavor does develop a little in the aftertaste. This is a drinkable beer. It's got a bold flavor, so I would mix it up with some other styles, but I could down a few in a sitting.

Photo of bsend
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured this 750 ml into a long stemmed tulip.

This beer poured a deep dark black color. It provided no light to go through, and had a decent looking mocha colored head. At the end of the beer it really poured a lot of thick chew tobacco sediment.

The beer had a bland smell. I received heavy amounts of burned malt and chocolate. Overall not bad, but I wasn't very impressed by this anniversary beer.

The taste was average. I experienced some excellent chocolate notes, but that led to bitter burned malts and very little other flavor. Not a terrible brew but nothing to stand out from this amazing brewery.

It had a really good mouthfeel. This beer was rich and viscous. It did allow the beer to play around the mouth very nice. The flavors that were there did keep a wonderful residence.

The drinkability was alright, however after 750ml I was all set. Between the flavor, excess sediment, and lack of composition I didn't want anymore than what I had.

Final Thoughts - I was glad I got to try this beer. I love the Ommegang brewery and hold it in high regard. I was excited to get this bottle for $7 instead of $15, but this anniversary release was not my favorite. This was a good attempt by Ommegang but overall the beer didn't stand out like Ommegang usually does. Give it a try if you like the brewery, but there are definitely better chocolate stouts to be had.

Photo of UnionMade
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery.
Opaque and very dark brown, with a thick topping of beige head. Great lacing, with great head retention.
Smells mostly of cocoa, with belgian fruitiness. Dark roast malt dominates. Definitely a lot of sugar in this one, I wish it were a bit deeper and complex, but it's nice.
The flavor opens with cocoa maltiness, which dominates throughout. Cocoa is the main flavor, peppered with some dark belgian fruitiness. Raisins and black cherry. Unusual in the way that it finishes sweeter than it starts. The cocoa flavor does
much to contribute to that. Mild bodied, with effervescent carbonation. Finishes dry, with a cocoa powder flavor.

Photo of HeyItsChili
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a corked & caged bottle into a snifter. Pours Coca Cola brown with a dark brown head.

S - Bitter dark chocolate, coffee, toasted malt.

T - Similar to the aroma, but with more hops.

M - Thinbodied, good carbonation.

Notes - I've had more indulgent chocolate beers, but this one isn't bad.

Photo of tim9887
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 750ml bottle.

Appearance: Black in color, completely transparent. Two fingers of milky light brown head that subside to about a 1/4" of foam leaving some sticky lacing.

Aroma: Cocoa, nutty/earthy aroma. Slightly boozy as well.

Taste: Bitter dark chocolate, heavy on the malts. The bitterness comes from the cocoa/chocolatiness, not much in the way of hops here. Notes of espresso are present as well. Very rich.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, almost creamy. Not very carbonated.

Great stuff. Very drinkable, and I liked this compared to other chocolate stouts as it's not very sweet compared to some other interpretations of this style. Very well-done.

Photo of naterock
3.14/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured into a pint glass. Dark brown and nearly black if not held to a light. a thick head that laces moderately on the glass.

All I smell is malt

Taste is quite bitter and malty all at the same time. I don't get any hop bitterness, but the malt is so heavily bitter. I get some chocolate but it's very bitter chocolate. I don't really care for it as a chocolate beer especially one called "Chocolate Indulgence"

mouth is thick and bitter with nothing else to really speak of. I think this will be the only one I buy but it's good enough to consider.

Photo of tigg924
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: huge creamy head, black in color

Smell: a small whiff of chocolate and a big malty smell

Taste: the taste is complex. smoked wood, expresso, dark bitter chocolate, and malt are all there...I also get a tad bit of the earthliness of cigar

Mouthfeel: predominately strong, bitter, and dry...touches of sweetness in there too

Drinkability: Not bad...nothing like I was expecting..way more of a belgian strong than a choclate experience like Young's or Southern tier's Chocolat...Not bad, but also not worth the big price

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

Pours black with a lacey, tawny head. Cocoa powder on the nose. Taste follows nose, with a bit of yeast tang. Some hops tightness at the end. Light bodied.

Nice but not special. Young's or Rogue's do better for chocolate. Don't see the Belgian influence here; not up to the reputation of this brewer. Goes down easy, but is it worth the price ($10!) or effort?

Photo of natasharai
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured with 1 inch creamy tan head dissipated to thin layer after 4 minutes leaving nice lacing. The beer is black and does not let any light through.

Smell: Roasty malts, molasses, small chocolate and small amount of hops, very little alcohol bite.

Taste: Roasted smokey malts, dark bitter chocolate, sweet fruity molasses and small amount of hops at the end

Mouthfeel: Pretty thick bodied, small tingle, some alcohol sting low amount of carbonation

Overall: not as chocolaty as expected, pretty easy to drink, alcohol is present in smell and taste

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.16/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beers with corks float my boat. Black with a large, bubbly, mud brown head. Great retention and multiple layers of sea foam lacing. Smells like cocoa powder and sugar.

Tastes of rich Nestle Quick with mild roasty bitterness in back. Not much else, maybe some alcoholic dark fruityness. Mouthfeel is airy, sweet and super smooth--almost too smooth. Underwhelming actually.

All in all a creamy, desert-like chocolate stout, but kinda boring and bland for a big bottle, cork and all.

Photo of peabody
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours out really dark with very little brown suds.
Smell is belgian yeast and malt sugars.
Taste is sugar and malt. Some chocolate is here but it is really dark. No coffee in this one.
Mouthfeel is a bit heavy and kind of sour but the aftertaste makes up for that. Only the slight hint of alcohol here.
Drinkability is only so-so here. Not enough punch for Judy.IYAMD

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

Poured from 750 mL bottle into Ommegang chalice.
A: Pours a nice opaque black with 2 inch thick dark tan head that recedes slowly leaving decent lacing on the glass.
S: Nice cocoa, baker's chocolate, and roasted malt notes. Fresh aroma.
T: Chocolate and roasted malt, maybe a hint of coffee. Good, but honestly a tad watery. It's hard for me to put my finger on it, but something is throwing this brew off balance.
M: Smooth and surprisingly light in body. Again, a bit of a watery feel to it.
D: This would be excellent if they could tweak it a bit to add more heft to it. Very nice appearance and smell, then it tails off. Still quite drinkable and certainly worth a try. Nice to see Ommegang putting out some new offerings.

Photo of Fatduck
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had a tasting last night with a friend, two of the offerings were from Ommegang, Chocolate Indulgence was one.

Pours a deep black with a lively tan head. Lots of lace and some impressive settling, could that be chocolate?

Smells heavy like roasted malt and big chocolate in the nose. I expected lots of chocolaty-ness, but this thing is over the top.

You can really really taste the real chocolate.

Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured slowly into a Chimay glass, plenty of yeast particles suspended in a very, very dark brown beer. Mocha-tan head was about a finger at pouring but settled with a cloudy, wispy film atop the glass, solid ring and exemplary lacing. Carbonation did not seem to be much in evidence but a swirl reproduced a healthy head over the surface of the glass. Smell of sweet cocoa, chocolate malt milkshake. Taste was rich and layered with cocoa and semi-sweet chocolate but an unsettling bitter middle and slightly astrigent swallow stopped me in my tracks. Long lasting, lingering choco-malt echoes were alternately pleasing and distracting. As with the taste, the mouthfeel was also a bit schizo with silky smooth and creamy notes contrasted with what seemed to be an unwelcome alcohol presence or a yeasty, malty twitch. I found that this beer had a lot of potential but somehow the whole was lesser than the sum of its parts, there was something that seemed to keep it off-balance somehow, making what could be a truly great beer - as one would expect from the name on the label - into merely a good beer. Would I try this again? Sure, I'd love to, but I'd also like to cellar it for a year and see what happens.

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

Black marble with a flurry of brown specs of yeast. When the bottle warns you to pour extra slowly so as not to disturb the sediment you best listen or the bottom of your glass will look like a breeding ground of maggots. Fortunately, this beer's appearance, on the whole, is nowhere near that disgusting. It's dark, heavy roasted colour and ebony stained head are far from repulsive; they actually look quite tantalizing.

For something named "Chocolate Indulgence" this doesn't smell all that decadent. I expected notes of dark cocoa, gooey fudge syrup, fresh pulled shots of espresso or even chocolate chip cookies but this doesn't smell like any of that. It's an ashy, astringently roasted smell with an almost tobacco smoke-like quality. This is no better than average for even the most bland of stouts. There is little rousing, sumptuous, or alluring about it.

The only sense of chocolate in the smell seemed to be of a very raw, unrefined cocoa powder - and not a deliciously rich chocolate flavoured dessert as hoped. The same kind of characteristic comes through in taste as well. It's an odd flavour - not milky chocolate nor dark chocolate, but rather a kind of instant coffee, Maltesers candy or powdered protein drink variety. Warming seems to help some but doesn't make up for much.

Where are all the hints of caramel, vanilla, or rich dark chocolates? What about any resemblance to tiramisu, black forest cake or creme brulee? I know this has chocolate in the name but it has very little of it (or any kind of treat containing it, paired along side it, etc) in the flavour or aroma. It tastes alright but it doesn't have the same elegance, richness, or decadence of other beers that market the same concept.

"Chocolate Indulgence Stout" may sound good on a dessert menu but this isn't something I'd feel confident pairing with my richest after dinner treats. Strong flavoured coffees, rich pastries, any kind of decadent chocolate truffle or dessert would overpower this. The good people at Ommegang may be great at brewing beer but their grasp of English diction could clearly use some work. That's my biggest complaint with this beer: its name.

If you're going to call something "chocolate indulgence" then it better be indulgently chocolaty. This wasn't bad but a word of advice to anyone looking for true chocolate indulgence: try Southern Tier Choklat, Rogue Chocolate Stout, or Young's Double Chocolate. Those are some extravagant, gratifying chocolaty treats! For making both such good chocolates and beer, the Belgians have inspired a pretty mediocre chocolate stout.

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

Poured from the 750ml caged and corked bottle into a Ommegang flute, the beer is near jet black with 3 fingers of tan head. The beer leaves an impressive sheet of lacing but is otherwise still in the glass.

The nose has hints of dark choclate, coffee, chicory, and liquorice.

The taste actually hits with bitterness up front. It's not hoppy, but a rather burnt, roasty chicory filled coffee bitterness. Strong black coffee and dark bitter chocolate throughout. Not nearly as smooth or sweet as I would have imagined.

Medium body and carbonation.

This one was enjoyable, but not quite as expected. Far more roasted and almost coarse. Not nearly as smooth or balanced as anticipated. Drinkable indeed - I had no problem finishing the bottle - but left a little something to be dessired.

Photo of cvfish
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - This beer poured a cloudy brown color that produced a huge fluffy tan head that had good retention and left a moderate amount of lace along the side of the glass

S - The aromas produced by this beer had some chocolate, but the yeast was the favored smell

T - The taste of this beer is followed by the question, "Where is the chocolate?" Sure there is a little present, but not half as much as I would have expected from a "Chocolate Indulgence" beer, little malt profile, and no yeast taste

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a light to medium body that had a moderate amount of carbonation

D - I was really unimpressed with this beer, if you want to call the beer Chocolate Indulgence do not make me go on a treasure hunt for the chocolate taste

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

Picked up a 750 ml single from Wilburs in Ft. Collins. Around $14.

A: poured a rich brown, slightly opaque. Huge dense tan/cream colored head. Extremely rocky. Excellent sticky lacing.

S: big time chocolate, chocolate syrup, a faint fruit hint. A slight bit of booze. A few hints of coffee as well.

T: Coffee is much more present than the nose, slightly bitter up front, dark fruits and burnt malts. Chocolate doesn't hit until the end, but it is very present. Really more on the cocoa side of the spectrum. Smoky.
M: Thick and creamy. Not a whole lot else. Slightly dry.

D: I can't say that it isn't undrinkable, but this is very rich and heavy. And sweet. One 750 is more than enough. Good beer to share though.

Photo of joshsbeerblog
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

great name... i don't have much of a sweet tooth but it still sounded good enough to make me buy it!

dark body and big tan head, but what an aroma! cocoa, candy, and dark fruit (with some alcohol emerging as it warms). flavor is more cocoa than chocolate, roasty bordering on burnt, with an unsweetened bitterness. smooth, creaminess you would expect.

i supremely enjoyed this. worth the money, for sure.

Chocolate Indulgence Stout from Brewery Ommegang
86 out of 100 based on 1,239 ratings.