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Chocolate Indulgence Stout - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 1,250
Reviews: 697
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 82
Gots: 92 | 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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Ratings: 1,250 | Reviews: 697
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.

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a rich opaque black with a creamy chocolate-colored head.

Nice aroma of dark chocolate, malt, coffee, and raisins.

The taste opens with a dark and fruit fruity coffee flavor and ends with a nice, slightly bitter coupling of cocoa and black coffee.

Medium bodied, smooth and creamy, with a moderate carbonation.

I really enjoyed this beer and it's enjoyability. Belgian chocolate and Belgian ale go great together. Go figure.

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

Really Enjoyed this brew. Picked it out at my local liquor store in Warsaw, Indiana. This brew is dark with a nice bubbly foam head. Leaves a nice spider web on the glass. Aromas of roasted and chocolate malts. Tastes of dark chocolate and roasted malts. Not to thick on the mouth and with that dark chocolate sweetness. Drinkable for a good dessert brew or specialty. Goes great with brownies or fudge!!

Photo of Dotcubed
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Lingering fine bubble foam. Dark chocolate appearance. Warming it in my Magic Chouffe glass as it was chilling in my fridgerator.

Smells dry and earthy, maybe old black truffle. Very light.

Light and as advertised chocolaty. Dark and somewhat bitter. Medium to light body.
Not sweet. Has a length that approaches real solid chocolate but finishes with a clean bitterness. A lighter flavor than a coco nib with some chalkiness.

I really like the lace, it's so fine. Could be the finest I've seen. One step from Guinness foam.

This makes the best end to so many possible meals. I'm having it with Reed's Ginger Ice Cream following my home made black pepper & basil gnocchi. Sip and enjoy.

It's only 7% so I don't know how it would age but I might be willing to find out what 2 more years adds.

Photo of dacrza1
4.57/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Warning: unavoidable joy to rate this beer... impenatrable black body filling out a Victory HopDevil nonick glass... substantial brown head laces as close to perfection as my pencil will allow.... thick, dense chocolate aroma reaches out from the table in front of me... fresh malts are also present.... soft milky toastedness settles the nostrils--I could SMELL this beer all night.... intense heat at the throat retreats, allowing a medium-bodied, slightly effervescent body to present comfortably... chocolate taste indeed--with subtle dairy and toasted flavors--some light esthers lift the weight... these Ommegang brewers do little wrong--I've ordered enough glassware from them to prove my appreciation!--and the Chocolate Indulgence is what it promises... for 7.0% ABV, unbelievably drinkable and character-laden...

Photo of spointon
3.11/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured this one from a 750ml corked and caged brown bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

A= This ale poured a very muddy dark brown color with a 1/2" chocolate colored head. The head dropped in a few minutes and left just a bit of spotty lace on my glass.

S= This is a very muted beer. The aroma was mainly an awkward mix of chocolate malt, some mild earthy and floral hops, and a tiny bit of yeast. Too mild and muted IMO.

T= Like many have said, this was a boring flavor profile. Nothing tasted bad or "off" it just wasn't all that good. The chocolate was very muted and mildly sweet. There was hardly any stout roastiness, and the hops seemed to not fit the rest of the flavors very well. The yeast was mildly Belgian-funky, but not enough so as to give this any flair.

MF= This had a thin side of medium body and a watery mouthfeel.

D= Not a bad beer because of bad flavors, its more of a mediocre beer due to a lack of flavor. If you are goiing to call a beer Chocolate Indulgence, it needs to be decadent, or at least interestingly flavorful. This was a big disappointment.

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

taste - roasted malts, slightly sweet mid-palate

color - deep chestnut brown

clarity - clear

smell - roasted malt, chocolate, bacon

body - medium, smooth mouthfeel

appearance - nice active carbonation once agitated, off-white head, lean

overall impression - was let down, looking for more complexity and structure, chocolate didn't come through for me given its name, i like my stouts darker, oilier, richer, and more complex

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

Reviewing this after finishing the bomber - fair warning.

a - dark stout with a caramel head

s - chocolate syrup

t - tasty. Nice chunky stout with some slight chocolate hits. Less chocolate than Southern Tier and more than the bitter-coffee non-chocolate in Rogue.

m - very nice medium feel. Good overall carbonation.

d - certainly up there and I'm not your usual stout drinker. Smooth up front right through the swallow with a deepening bitter aftertaste. My mouth feels like black coffee but that only prods me to take another sip.

Another quality brew from Ommegang. Even though I'm more prone to their belgian offerings I've yet to try one from them that I didn't like. 3 for 3 so far.

Of the three "chocolate" stouts I've tried lately, I'd rank them Southern Tier, Ommegang, and Rogue in that order.

Photo of sweetbrew82
2.96/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

750 ML into a snifter/ no freshness date

P: Inky black from the bottle, and sits opaque in the glass. Huge, healthy head is dark brown, thick & whipped, and frothy like hot cocoa foam with retention that just won't quit! Sticky lace left behind.

A: Creamy dark chocolate, caramel, a little Belgian yeast, and alcohol. Not nearly as pronounced I would have liked.

T: Hmm...this isn't very interesting, and is a bit awkward. There is a nice dark chocolate presence here, but nothing like I expected. I take it they were going for a delicate approach, but it's just so subdued & restrained. I mean, it is called "Chocolate Indulgence" for pete's sake! As it is, the flavors just don't satisfy my chocolate craving, and the rest of the flavors fail to mesh. Anyways, there is some roasty malt and caramel flavors here in the start. Then, some coffee and dark fruitiness join in. Seems to shift more toward the bitter side with more of a powdery cocoa taste towards the tail-end, with hardly even a hint of Belgian yeast. Floral hops stay buried underneath.

M & D: The mouthfeel of this one really fails for me. It's too light-bodied and carbonated, and feels more like a Pale Ale than a Stout. I think if it were more thick and creamy, it would have done the chocolate right. Drinkability suffers from this, as finishing this felt like a chore.

Notes: This is a Stout? Sure in the hell doesn't feel like it. There's decent chocolate flavors here, but just not enough of it. Maybe a bigger, more robust malt character, and a fuller, more creamy body would have done it justice. They're going for delicate subtlety here, and while there is some good potential, it just completely fails as far as I'm concerned. I'm very disappointed with this one.

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

A: Very black with a fluffy tan head.

S: Somewhat funky but chocolaty. Fruitiness seems to be yeasty in nature, even a bit cheesy. Is that possible?

T: Belgian style yeast compliments the bitter dark chocolate character very well. Still a bit strange, but I think I like it. As it warms, the roasted barley flavors come forward. I still get a hard white cheese notes in the taste, but whatever that is works well too. A small bit of dark fruit notes in the aftertaste.

MF: Mouthfeel is more like a stout than a typical Belgian style beer. I am not sure if the spritzyness of the typical Belgian would work well anyhow.

D: Wonderful idea. The Belgian style yeast makes this much more drinkable than many a regular stout.

Photo of Goliath
3.04/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with amber hued edges. A two inch light brown head forms on the pour and lingers with good retention leaving some nice lacing behind.

The aroma is ok but kind of boring. Slightly floral and hoppy with a bit of chocolate and booze.

The taste is ok, but again it's boring. It's pretty weak, but notes of chocolate and bitter roasted malt come through. A bit of a floral hop and a touch of banana also show up.

Mouthfeel is thin and moderately carbonated.

Drinkability is moderate. The flavor profile is kind of boring, but the beer isn't unpallateable. For me, there's not enough chocolate, and not enough stout. I understand that Ommegang does Belgian style beers, but as a chocolate stout this beer fell flat on it's face. If I rate it as a Belgian strong dark, it also doesn't even come close to others in the category. This one needs work.

Photo of BeerSox
4.63/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle into 25oz snifter. 10th anniversary on the label ('97 to '07).

Pitch black with absolutely no light getting through, even when held up to the light. A thick and dense light brown head seems to last forever. On the first pour it was about two fingers high, when it settled to one finger, I added a little more beer and it stayed as a dense on finger head that goes nowhere. The retention of this beer is impressive. After a few minutes it settles to a pillow cap with a dense rim along the glass. Solid lacing all the way through.

Smells just like any other stout. Deep roasty malts with a good amount of black coffee. The dark bitter chocolate is very present in the aroma, very welcoming.

Deep bitter and roasty malt flavors. The bitter chocolate complements the malts very well. A little bit of spiciness is in there. I can't detect much of any hoppiness in there, which is fine with me. Full bodied.

I actually had Obamagang (Inauguration Ale) before I had this one, and I feel this one takes a slight edge. The chocolate is a bit stronger and the roasty malts dominate. Very little of the standard Belgian characteristics make it into this one. Smooth and complex, and a very tasty beer. Recommended.

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

Blackish color in the barlight, served with an attractive two finger head with a brown-gray tint. Nicely craggy and attractive. Tons of lace.

The nose is pleasingly chocolatey, although I wouldn't particularly mind if this sweetly roasted character were more prominent. A certain yeasty dryness.

Flavors of bittersweet chocolate, herbal hops, a little sweet but also sour in the middle. The finish is full but a little metallic.

Too thin by half: I would appreciate a more significant malt profile. I don't remember exactly how I felt about it in the bottle, but on tap I thought it was carbonated well enough and imparted a pleasant richness to the palate. Not a bad stout, but it seems insubstantial somehow.

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

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into pint glass.

A = Nice uniform dark color. Slow soft pour left about a 2 finger head. More aggressive pour into another glass left about 3.5 finger head. Wonderful thick lacing down glass.

S = decent. Definitely smell chocolate and light hops.

T = not bad. Didn't quite hold up to what I was expecting, but not something to pass on again in the future. It won't be something I'll search out often, though. Chocolate was decently balanced, and maybe even a little thin. Beer had the body to hold it up, though.

M = just fine. Nothing fancy. No letdown.

D = Something I would have no problem drinking again, but would preferably have a port wine instead.

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

picked this one up in a 750ml belgian style bottle and have been waiting a little bit to drink it, not sure why. it pours almost completely black with a nice tan colored head. the smell is malt and dry cooking chocolate up front with some bannana and clove from the belgian yeast and a little bit of coffee at the end. minimal carbonation, perfect for the style. mouthfeel is medium bodied with some alchol present as the beer warms. not much of a halflife to speak of.
this is a good stout from a good brewery. if your looking for chocolate, its really not full of it, but there definately has somewhat of a chocolate taste. however the belgian yeast really buts a nice twist on the taste as well as the aroma. exceptional beer.
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Chocolate Indulgence Stout from Brewery Ommegang
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