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Chocolate Indulgence Stout - Brewery Ommegang

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1,125 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,125
Reviews: 687
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 63
Gots: 70 | FT: 2
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Brewery Ommegang visit their website
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 Rainintheface


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

I missed out last year. Seems easier to find this time around. Well worth the wait.

A: mostly black with brownish accents. a two finger tan, coffee frothy head. attractive lacing and stick

S: dark chocolate, cocoa powder and faint bitter chocolate. just layers of various chocolate aromas. cream

T: roasted malt and slightly bitter chocolate

M: medium body and moderately creamy with a little carb to boot. very mild bitterness.

D: very good. very drinkable

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2008 20:02:22 | More by Rainintheface
Photo of Slynger


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

Pours pitch black with a thick lid of creamy deep tan.

Aromas of deep cocoa and espresso.

Flavors come in full, rich, and balanced. A touch of dark chocolate sweetness along with an unsweetened bitterness which molds with roasted black coffee. A yeasty fruitiness accompanies delivering a touch of fig along with ripe red apples. Full bodied and fluffy creamy.

Chocolate indulgence is good, but I think better can be had for less money than I spent on this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2008 03:23:57 | More by Slynger
Photo of sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

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

poored very dark brown in color with an everlasting pillow of a head, mocha in color itself

tasted of chocolate and a slightly burnt but pleasing taste...

was very easy to drink and was pleasing in all aspects, will definitely search out again for special occasions

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2008 17:55:47 | More by sliverX
Photo of adamette


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

Poured from bottle at the Brewery in Cooperstown about 5 hours ago. I was encouraged to eat small pieces of dark chocolate prior to trying it there and that really set the tone for my tasting.

A Great stout appearance. Deep, dark, indeed black body with a thick, frothy medium brown head. Without careful pouring this head could easily get out of control.

S Deep, dark smell of grainy coffee. No chocolate to the nose thought the employee there at Ommegang reported that they use chocolate (was it powder or extract I cannot now remember) at some point in the process. He also told me that they use the choclate malt but also pils malt since the darker malt would not ferment well enough on its own.

T Deep dark chocolate bitterness. Not a biting bitterness like hoppy beers can be like but the bitterness of a "Special Dark" Hershey chocolate bar can be. This is a GREAT stout taste.

M Full, heavy like any great Stout should be.

D Fair to good like any stout should be. I can probably have a single one of these and enjoy it as an apertif as I assume it is intended.

Notes: Now one of my favorite stouts and another winning beer from Ommegang.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2008 22:33:59 | More by adamette
Photo of erikm25


3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours three thirty three in the morning darkness. Fluffy head was roasted caramel and pecan coloring. The lacing plastered around the glass like chocolate brown curtains in Willy Wonka's living room.

S: Compared to the appearance the nose is subtle and mild. Hints of cocoa and coffee. Balanced between roasted malts and the sweet aroma of saccharine spiced dark fruits.

T: Chocolate and powdered cocoa are in the forefront with slight grapes, figs, and tart cherries in the back. While it tastes fine it does not quite deliver the milky liquid chocolate indulgence I expected. Slight bitterness in the finish. As it warms the muted almond chocolate becomes more sweet and a hops taste becomes present. My friend described the taste as being ashy. I would agree 100%.

M: Medium mouth feel with moderate carbonation. Reminded me of a carbonated beverage when I was hoping for something more dense, like a liquid molasses.

D: I cracked this open after work on Friday afternoon and that reason alone would make it an A+ in a perfect world. Worth a try if you have the chance.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2008 00:22:51 | More by erikm25
Photo of edbeer

Rhode Island

2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm sorry to say that this beer was a little bit of a let down. Everything seemed fine until I tasted pennies in the finish. I know it had something to do with the cocoa used in the brewing but I'm not sure exactly how this happened. A friend also had the same experience. Maybe I'll give this beer a try again if I can find it on tap.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 23:54:23 | More by edbeer
Photo of nrpellegrini


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

I really enjoyed this one, not my favorite chocolate stout but definitely up there.

Pours a thick black color with a nice off white head. Smells of sweet sugary malts and some roasted malts. A very smooth beer, goes down so easy with a great mouthfeel. Awesome malts with a nice chocolate flavor in the background. Clean and easy to drink.

If you liked this try the Brooklyn Chocolate Stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 05:19:38 | More by nrpellegrini
Photo of ThreeWiseMen


3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought by wiseman Jorge at Sandy's of SLO. Poured into a couple of tulips.

Appearance: "Looks like the glass is black," according to wiseman Jorge. Head looks like shaken-up hot cocoa; extremely fluffy and tan, with beautiful pillow-like lacing. Nearly 5-worthy.

Smell: Cocoa powder and alcohol. Pretty weak actually. Maybe some salty peanuts as well.

Taste: Cocoa powder. Definitely lacking depth and flavor.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation and medium-heavy body. Rich and creamy.

Drinkability: Overall, flavor is pretty mild (nothing special). Goes down smooth and low ABV makes it even easier to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 00:58:47 | More by ThreeWiseMen
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


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

Nose is ripe with creamy malt, sweet fruit (banana notably), and a splash of hop.

Pours pitch black with a moderate brown head with mild retention.

Creamy smooth and Stoutishly malty. A dry bittersweetness hits the tongue, spurred on by heavily roasted malt - it almost feels like I'm nibbling some dark brown malt. Hops add just enough tartness and citric/floral suggestions for a good balance. Beyond the hop tartness it is a little sour, funky sour, just a little Belgian twang I suppose.

A soft, full-bodied stout with a Belgian twist, Chocolate Indulgence is ripe with delicate subtleties in a complex weaving.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 00:26:01 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of dnichols


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

It was poured from a corked and caged 750 ml bottle into a full-sized tulip.

A: It poured a black body with a one finger big bubbled head that fell rapidly. There was modest lacing that lingered down the side of the glass.

S: There was a distinct chocolate malt aromas with whiffs of alcohol.

T: It was rich in chocolate and dark roasted malts. It had undercurrents of dark fruits (figs, plums) and hints of bitter hops and dark spices.

M: It was full bodied with very modest carbonation. IT was smooth and rich on the tongue and finished wet and sweet with lingering sweetness in the aftertaste.

D: This is a nice desert brew that would go well with bitter chocolate. It requires sipping so it would be a poor choice for a session brew. It is a decent substitute for a hot chocolate on a damp cool fall night.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 12:27:08 | More by dnichols
Photo of JRed

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque color with large off-brown head that clings to the sides. Not too pleasant aroma of strong alcohol and dark chocolate. Tastes of pure dark chocolate, alcohol, malt, and chewiness. Heavy bodied beer with mild carbonation creates a thick potion feel. A dark dessert of a beer that would make Godiva dirty their pants. Elegant and beautiful but not a defining beer of the stout genre. Definitely worth of enjoying with some ice cream though.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 02:42:10 | More by JRed
Photo of stumac


4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours straight black in color with a big beautiful frothy tan head. great lacing on the glass. the nose is a wonderful blend of roasted malts and big dark chocolate. a very pleasant aroma. the taste is very dry, dark chocolate, bitter, roasted malts, subtle sweet malts. full bodied, low carbo, dry finish.

I paired this brew up with Lindt Lindor Extra Dark Chocolate from Switzerland. the chocolate was a little too sweet to completely compliment this beer. maybe a less sweet and more bitter Belgian chocolate would go better with it....

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 18:13:44 | More by stumac
Photo of thekevlarkid


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

Got a chance, as per usual, because I'm famously lucky, to sample this rather expensive bottle at a beer tasting for free- Score! The beer poured out a dark brown color with two fingers of creamy, tan head. The head retained well and it left lots of sticky lacing. It looked like Coca-Cola! The aroma was dry, cocoa powder and toasted coffee beans. The flavors were very big, liquid smoke, bittersweet chocolate, some hints of milk chocolate, rich roasted malt and a very long espresso finish. It did strike me as more bitter than I was expecting and for a beer named "Chocolate Indulgence" I felt the chocolate flavors were understated and lacking sweetness. The mouthfeel was smooth and the carbonation just right but it was a little light. Dare I say it? Watery. Ouch. For the price I really just couldn't convince myself to buy one. I love this brewery but I was both surprised and a little disappointed by this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2008 03:17:39 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of itcomesnpints

New York

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black pour with thick tan head. Great globby lacing. Aroma is of light chocolaty malt over fruity esters, a little medicinal. Smells like how a chocolate triple would smell. Taste is light bittersweet chocolate, light roasted malt. Mouthfeel is on the thin side. Overall this beer is good but it would benefit greatly from more malt and much more chocolate character to back its name. A fine brew from Ommegang, just not as fine as the others.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2008 15:38:22 | More by itcomesnpints
Photo of dstc


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

Pours midnight dark with a big, brown, full head that falls very slow, very nice lace.

It smells of roasted malts and bitter chocolate with hints of coffee.

Taste is of the roasted malt and bitter dark chocolate. Tangy too.

Full and smooth in the mouth with low carbonation.

Nice, I'll give it a try again sometime.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2008 12:43:00 | More by dstc
Photo of allengarvin


3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just arrived in the Dallas area. I poured it into a Val Dieu wide-mouthed chalice. The color is opaque--quite dark--with a large dark-tan head on top that fades but never dies away. The nose is somewhat restrained--there's a roasted dark cocoa edge, but it's not all that strong. The flavor is exactly as expected: dark chocolate, bitter and roasted, but fortunately not overwhelmingly chocolate nor at all sweet. Maybe a little one-dimensional but a well-crafted beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2008 02:50:57 | More by allengarvin
Photo of champ103


4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This pours a beautiful opaque brown. A large tan head forms in my tulip glass with great retention. Tons of sticky lace is left in rings. I don't think a beer could look any better.
S: Roasted malt up front. Some dry cocoa powder and dark chocolate. A hint of coffee and some hop bitterness. Lots is going on in the nose.
T: Bitter dark chocolate. A good roasted malt character again. Though an odd metallic flavor that I find in many Ommegang beers for some reason.
M/D: A medium to full body that has a good creamy coat of the tongue. Well carbonated for my tastes. Very easy to drink. Something I could sip on all day.

This might be my favorite of the Ommegang brews. A very well put together Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2008 19:03:31 | More by champ103
Photo of smcolw


4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thick, frothy beige head that leaves decent ring lace on the glass. The color is closer to a dark stout--no light penetrates the liquid and it appears black.

Strong semi-sweet chocolate with the lightest of Belgian yeast aroma.

Relatively thin liquor for what I was expecting. The flavor has a lot of dark chocolate with some cream. This is a wonderful mix of Belgian flavors and a dark English porter.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 21:15:44 | More by smcolw
Photo of popery


4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After being thoroughly disappointed by their Abbey Ale, Ommegang pleasantly surprised me with this beer. My only real complaint with the overall experience is that I was expecting a bit more chocolate. The name/label really promise so much chocolate that I was expecting to be able to pour it over an ice cream sundae, and while the chocolate is definitely present and, in fact, predominant among the other flavors, it still doesn't hit that chocolate note with as much strength or complexity as I was hoping. It's a really good beer, but they don't need to push the chocolate so hard.

The beer pours dark with a frothy, creamy head. I docked points for smell because it just doesn't come through strong enough for a Strong Dark Ale. The taste was mostly chocolaty malt, but there was some disappointment in that the malt is just about as malty as it is chocolaty, if that's even the slightest bit comprehensible to anyone besides me. The mouthfeel was good; carbonation and aftertaste were both enjoyable. The beer really added up to more than the sum of its parts, so I upped the drinkability rating. I don't really know if that's appropriate, but I moved through a large bottle more quickly than expected and barely shared it at that.

I would probably have given the beer even higher marks, particularly in smell, if the beer had a higher abv. Now, I write that with some trepidation because the alcoholic flavor of the 1.5% higher Abbey Ale was a primary motivation for me in panning it. So, as long as Ommegang raised the abv without making it taste like they dropped a few shots of vodka in the bottle, the beer would benefit from the change.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2008 03:33:48 | More by popery
Photo of ProudBeerSnob

New York

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

Had this beer before and found it very much lacking (VERY rare for Ommegang) Brought a bottle from the cellar (approx 8 months) to try it again. Here goes...

Poured from 750ml into Ommegang chalice. Inky black with thick tan head. Beautiful.

Belgian yeast in the nose, chocolate shortbread too.

As other reviews have stated, mouthfeel is a bit thin, but doesn't really take away from the beer.

Chocolate flavors are more prevalent after aging than the first one I had awhile back. The big negative from the last time was a very off almost metallic flavor. It's still there, but only in the aftertaste, whereas before it was throughout the beer.

Again, a bit of a disappointment for Ommegang. I wish I had let it sit for awhile longer.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 23:58:07 | More by ProudBeerSnob
Photo of AChamberlain


3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stellar looking. Poured pretty much black, light chocolate brown head, not as "thick" as I was expecting. Nutty, chocolate aromas. The two words coming to my head are: dirty chocolate, for the smell. Not bad. Almost chocolate cordial, cherry included, flavor. A bit of that typical belgian tartness, sourness. Interesting, but I was looking more "indulgent." By the name and look of the bottle, I was imagining and hoping for a smooth, luscious chocolate flavor, more reminiscent of Young's Double Chocolate. Yet, it is a nice flavor. A bit thin on the mouthfeel. I know this is a belgian stout, but I was still looking for stouter body. All in all, quite good and quite drinkable. This is not available (I think) in Texas right now. The other Ommegangs are and they are far superior I think, so in the end I am happy.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 01:53:38 | More by AChamberlain
Photo of TurdFurgison


4/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Taco Mac in Atlanta. The beer looked really appetizing, dark brown color with a thick chunky milk chocolate colored that lasted forever. The smell was chocolate and roasted malts, about what I expected given the name. The taste is OK, solid I guess, but less chocolaty than the name "Indulgence" would lead you to believe. It had a good malt character, more roasted than burnt which I appreciate. The body was lighter than I expected but made for easier drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2008 11:11:16 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of Deus1138


4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750mL bottle. Pours a dark brown with a medium brown head. Smell is mostly of dark chocolate, no surprise there. Taste is of nice dark cocoa and roasted malt sweetness. Finish leaves you thinking you just drank some hot cocoa. Mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat creamy. Drinkability is high. This is enjoyable year round, but I'm thinking of picking up a few bottles for the winter holidays.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 21:37:56 | More by Deus1138
Photo of Radar


3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

30 oz. bottle.

Black and opaque with a good stout head. Smell is strongly of milky chocolate. There's a surprising bit of hop up front, before developing into rich and smooth chocolate. Good flavor, but not very complex. The beer is failed by its thin and bubbly mouthfeel, though. For Belgian stouts, I've only the Allagash Black to compare it to, but it's not in the same league.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 23:37:02 | More by Radar
Photo of Nowhereman529


4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a beautiful black from a caged corked bottle. Really is a good looking beer with little lace around the top.

Smells like good, dark chocolate and alcohol. The smell is a little on the light side while cold, but opens up nicely as the beer warms to room temperature.

Taste is decent, malty, dark chocolate bordering on cocoa. I'm pretty sure there's a bit of roasted coffee in the background.

Mouthfeel is just like a cream stout. Sort of a thick, chewy, not overly carbonated kind of thing going on.

Overall this is a highly drinkable beer. Seriously reminds me of a stout. Would recommend to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 03:34:30 | More by Nowhereman529
Chocolate Indulgence Stout from Brewery Ommegang
86 out of 100 based on 1,125 ratings.