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Chocolate Indulgence Stout - Brewery Ommegang

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86
very good

1,249 Ratings
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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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Brewery Ommegang visit their website
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 jstilwell
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my bro for bringing this one to a family event.

A: Dark Black pour with an off white seriously frothy head. This has the appearance of a Belgian Quad, but looks slightly thicker, sitting there in the glass with the creamy foamy head. It looks marvelous!

S: There is not too much of a strong scent here, just some mild cocoa and yeast. ***Disclaimer** we sampled the Southern Tier Chokolat earlier in the session, perhaps we were still shellshocked.

T: A Yeasty beginning and finish. The cocoa is definitely there but not overhwelming. Its a malty creamy sipper, very enjoyable taste.

M: Velvety and Creamy a winner here on the mouthfeel.

D: Yes, this is drinkable for the style. A nice after dinner drink for sure but not only for such an occasion.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.54/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short light brown head that fades very slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but estery and a little metallic with some chocolate, Belgian yeast and roasted malts.

T: The taste is malty up front and has a metallic bite to it in the beginning, even after I let it sit for a while once it was poured. There are flavors of dark chocolate and Belgian yeast. The hops presence is mild and brings a little balance. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, for all the hype Ommegang gets and for this beer in particular, I don't think it was well-deserved. I was definitely not impressed with this beer at all.

Photo of SBALDWIN
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Dark brown with a light brown head almost like cocoa

smell- Slight to no chocolate aroma

Taste- Not as chocoaltey as I thought it would be. I thought it would have a heavier flavor of chocolate than it did. I was kind of dissappointed.

Mouthfeel- Bubbly, carbonated

Drinkability- Hard to finish the whole one to myself..

Photo of Domingo
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a fan of what Ommegang has done, and a chocolate Belgian-style stout sounds great!
Pours a really dark brown that's nearly black. There are some deep brown highlights and a small to medium white head the form on a normal pour.
Smells like baker's chocolate, rich roasted coffee, and spicy yeast.
Not sure why there are so many reviews that claim they aren't getting the chocolate. It's definitely there, and I don't just mean baker's cocoa. It's definitely a dark chocolate, but it's pretty obvious. With the roasted flavors, it's like a mocha. Unlike some other Belgian stouts, this one keeps the yeast in check...which is good in my opinion. It isn't always something that blends well. In this case it's peppery, but in the distant background. Hops there there and you can pick them up, but luckily their earthy flavor blends more with the chocolate and doesn't really seem overdone. There's no alcohol heat or potency at all. Great tasting stuff for sure!
I split a bottle of this with dinner, and with the moderate alcohol I'd have no issue with having a bottle myself. The price point of $10 is steeper than most of Ommegang's offerings, but it's not the end of the world. Still, it's worth mentioning.
Anyway, I really enjoyed this and would get it again if it were available. Don't necessarily back off thinking that the reviewers aren't getting any chocolate. I found it to be the prominent flavor.

Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Poured dark brown, with a two-finger tan head made up of tiny, tiny bubbles. The head subsided fairly quickly, but left a thin layer for most of the glass. Left a nice blanket of lacing on the sides of the glass. Looked like melted chocolate coming out of the bottle.

Smell: Roasted malts, and some milk chocolate in the background. Hints of vanilla seep through. Some dark fruits as well. It's Belgian character is also noticeable.

Taste: Bitter roasted malts up front, mixed with some coffee. Surprisingly bitter. Alcohol is hidden very well. There's not much of an aftertaste, nor much of depth of flavor. There is the initial bitterness, and not much else. Belgian yeast flavor is also present, but doesn't seem to mesh with the other flavors. I barely detected any chocolate flavor at all.

Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy, but thinned out a bit as it warmed. A little too highly carbonated, which gives this a little more bite then I was expecting.

Drinkability: I'm really not sure how to rate this one. I was definitely disappointed by this beer - it wasn't bad per se, but not at all what I was expecting. It was very one-dimensional, and there wasn't much depth of flavor. I kept hoping it would get better as it warmed, but it just didn't. It smelled and looked great, but the taste just didn't live up to it.

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

The mere idea of a Belgian stout is instantly enticing and when I first saw this last year I remember being sorely tempted but always picking up something else instead. Then my brother picked me up a bottle in 3 pack from Ommegang (that came with the sweet goblet I poured this into) for Christmas this year. Rock it.

It was cold out of the fridge so I've been letting it warm and observing the changes. The body is a lifeless black with a medium tan head that has nice bubbles and caps in a few minutes. The nose is thick with bitter chocolate and cocoa and underlying dark fruits, grape skin, and yeast.

Initially plenty of carbonation somewhat hinders what turns out to be an inventive taste, marked by baking chocolate bitterness and a series of smoked and toasted notes. The underlying dark fruits and a touch of alcohol line the aftertaste. The texture recovers from the initial bubbles to be velvety smooth at the end.

More Belgian than stout, this certainly has agreeable characteristics from each. I'd be curious if that carbonation could be mellowed by aging it. Lots of possibilities here, good stuff.

Photo of CHickman
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

very good desert beer and overall a good brew; chocolaty and malty taste and smell that accents the chocolate, but then leaves a bitter aftertaste. A lot of sediment in the beer adds complex flavors and pours an impressive head, but the malty ending takes away from the chocolate that starts the beer off so well.

Photo of Gyle41386
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased the Ommegang 10 year anniversary pack. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into my Ommegang chalice.

An aggressive pour yields a rich black with a thick, soapy mocha head that leaves sticky chocolatey lacing all over the inside of the glass.

Smell is sweet and yeasty at first. After agitation, smells mostly of roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate and coffee.

First taste is all roast. Very smoky and not sweet at all like I expected. It's not at all overwhelming or bad, just not what I had in mind. I really don't taste the Belgian yeast that was apparent in the nose at all. Where does it go?

Mouthfeel is very light...perhaps too light for a Chocolate Indulgence Stout. I assumed it would be rich and thick.

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

a - dark brown, with a nice creamy head.

s - first smell , i thought it was a guiness. it smelled close to a 3 minute fresh stout, then it took it's our characteristic of slightly cocoa.

t - excellent dark cocoa stout taste. very fresh tasing, a little sweet, but not alcoholic.

m - not much carbonation, just like a stout.

d - one bottle is enough for the evening. but very enjoyable to drink.

Photo of tburkhart
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I think I may have drooled a bit in the beer store when I saw this bottle. The name "Chocolate Indulgence" got me hook, line, and sinker. Unfortunately I was disappointed.

Pours black with very nice caramel head.

The smell and taste both reminded me of cigerette smoke. I'm not sure why, but it was NOT a good smell.

The mouthfeel is decent.

After reading a few of the other reviews, I should have found something to go with this beer instead of drinking it by himself.

Photo of pandashaver
2.43/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A - Bottle was 750 mL corked. Elegant metal cover on the cork and pretty lettering for 10th anniversary bottle. Sadly, he best part of this beer by far. Poured into a snifter, had black body with nice 1.5 finger mocha head. Head faded way too quickly for a stout of this nature.

S - Roasted malt, bready/yeast, and a slight hint of cocoa powder. Not overwhelming.

T - When it tastes better cold, you know it's a bad sign. The foamy head helped, but once it faded this was waaay too bitter from the cocoa power yet not nearly chocolately or sweet enough to live up to indulgence title.

M - Oily and not too thick for a stout, a bit watery also. very unimpressive.

D - Cannot simply be enjoyed on its own. Too bitter from cocoa powder to be tolerated without some strong cheese on crackers. Will not purchase again.

Photo of mgmvh
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: as dark as it gets, though i'd actually prefer a bit more head.

smell: burnt, roasted chocolate. i can't say i've smelled anything like this beer before. which makes it tempting.

taste: its smokey and not sweet at all like you'd expect buying this type of beer without knowing anything about it. i can't say i'm dissappointed though, but with a name like chocolate indulgance there should be more chocolate prevelent. i like the usual roasted malt and coffee characteristics of the this stout and that it's reserved with it's chocolate flavors doesnt really upset me, just leaves me wanting more.

Photo of RunDWP
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm a big fan of Ommegang, a big fan of chocolate, and like to indulge myself once in a while. That said, I found this brew good, but a bit under whelming. The main problem here is that this Belgian style doesn't really lend itself to chocolate in my opinion, and while I wouldn't say the flavors clash, the whole seems to equal the sum of the flavor parts.

Poured a jet black into my tulip. I haven't quite got the hang of a vigorous pour of these Belgian brews without kicking up the yeast in the bottom, so I wasn't able to achieve much of a head with this one. Lots of sheeting action on the glass, so I assume a skilled pourer would generate one. Not much in the aroma department, with a little chocolate on the nose. The taste is two main components, a spicy, clove-like yeast with a good semi-sweet chocolate. As it warms, the chocolate flavor intensifies, so I recommend letting this one warm up a bit before indulging. There's really not a blend or a balance to this one, it's almost like drinking two beers at the same time.

Pretty good, smooth, mouthfeel, and very drinkable. Could not detect any alcohol. It's a good brew, that's for sure, but falls a little short in the "indulgence" category.

Photo of saccro
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance -- dark, dark brown. Nice 1/2 inch of foam lingers with excellent lace

Smell -- nice chocolate banana aroma. Not so sweet though. A bit sharp

Taste -- Banana flavor up front, followed by hop flavor and definite roastiness. Maybe a bit too bitter -- could use a tad more sweetness. Alcohol and bitterness linger. Kinda harsh, but it is a stout. Chocolate flavor dominated by roastiness and belgian phenolics

Mouthfeel -- sharp bubbles, medium body.

Drinkability -- pretty good stout. I would think a belgian stout would have more sweetness. It does have that Belgian yeast flavor. Chocolate is a little too low to be indulgent.

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

A- Dark brown almost black. The head was active, yet it subsided quickly leaving chunky lacing on the glass.

S- Smells of a great milk chocolate, which traditionally has a slight bitter smell which is present here as well. The abv is quite present in the smell, and I would have liked that to be more hidden.

T- Light smooth chocolate, vanilla, and caramel. The bitterness is there which is a nice balance for the sweetness the chocolate portrays. Good tasting, very much like a chocolate stout, but with a Belgian twist.

M- Very easy going on the mouth, great balance of thickness and carbination.

D- Easy to drink, nice and smooth, not too sweet yet gives just the right amount of sweetness.

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

Poured nicely with a rich dark black. Had a nice tan head which reduced down to about 1/8". Smelled mildly of chocolate, not near as much as I thought it might, slightly smokey scent, had a wheat scent with a touch of something spicy...allspice perhaps.

Tasted of chocolate, that was expected, coffee, and lots of roasted malts, and roasted hazelnuts. Wasn't near as chocolately as I had expected, the chocolate was very mild, subtle. Had a nice mouthfeel. Was a nice bodied stout with the mildest bit of carbonation.

Overall it was a rather nice beer, wasn't out of the park but very good. Quite enjoyable and easy to drink.

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

A: Poured into a goblet a near black body with a hint of brown and a dark tan head with great lacing.
S: Cocoa and milk chocolate. Also some spices and brown sugar.
T: Dark and milk chocolate. Finishes slightly bitter with a cocoa-coffee flavor. Not as sweet and chocolaty as I was expecting, but still pretty dang good.
M: Thick, sticky, and creamy.
D: Was hoping for more chocolate but still delicious and drinkable. Definitely would get again.

Photo of TMB0424
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from notes. 750 ML bottle poured into tulip

Poured a rich, fudge colored (nearly black) body with a roasted nut brown head. Thick, frothy - nice looking. Leaves a good amount of lace with good retention. Not much carbonation rising to meet the head.

Aroma is basically what you would expect - a chocolate stout with a Belgian twist to it. A slightly funky yeast is there, along with some light fruits. The chocolate aroma is not as strong as I expected, however. It's more of a cocoa powder rather than a melted chocolate bar or such. Either way, it's nice and is very interesting.

The taste is of rich, milk chocolate blended very well with roasted malts, grains, and a pang of wheat. Burnt plums and other dark fruits come through as well as a slight hint of vanilla, which took me by surprise. The dry finish is complemented by a little bit of oak as well - nicely done.

Smooth mouthfeel, very dry - especially as it warmed up even more. It is not necessary creamy, however. It's medium-heavy bodied, leaning more towards the medium side. It's a good sipper, you need to enjoy it slowly to catch all of the different aspects and flavors of this beer. It's kind of hard to classify this beer as it has aspects of a Belgian dark, Stout, and even a porter. But overall, a solid brew throughout and definitely worth picking up.

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

this beer pours a dark chocolate color with a caramel head that fades to lacing leaving a nice trail on the glass. the fails to really leap out at you, but there is a nice amount of chocolate roasted malt aroma. the real belgian chocolate isn't overwhelming at all, maybe it's well balanced with the malt bill, but I could stand a bit more. the dry finish with the belgian yeast esters leads nicely into the full body with the low carbonation. a very quaffable beverage...

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

A..Reminded me a bit of a Guinness draft with much less head retention. Dark brown-black that was inviting.

S..I was hoping for a stronger chocolate scent based on the name. A good stout smell, just weak on the chocolate.

T..Still missing the strong chocolate I was hoping for in this beer. A very good stout, but with the name of "Chocolate Indulgence", I really expected more chocolate flavors. Some nice malt and yeast notes present.

M..A stout all the way. A strong medium body beer.

D..As a stout, above good. As "Chocolate Indulgence", average. I wouldn't have a lot of this simply because I would be expecting more chocolate than was delivered.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a. Poured into a chalice from a 750 ml bottle. Hazy brown with a small off white head and litte to no lace.

s. Smell is of caramel malts and a hint of sweetness.

t. Some belgian yeast flavor comes through that is met by bitter hops and unsweetened chocolate. Finished semi-dry and lingering bitterness.

m. Medium bodied and well carbonated with a semi-dry finish.

d. Moderate. A good overall beer who's charm is in it's subtleties. Not very impressive for the price, however.

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

This beer poured in to my pint glass a dark opaque brown. It was almost black there were brown bubbles that filled the body at first to would form a thin layer of head over the beer's body. The lace was actually pretty nice considering the lack of head. Its aroma was fruity and candy like. You could smell the chocolate but it was more of a fruit candy aroma. The mouthfeel is sort of sticky and thick but honestly it goes down smooth. It has bitter dark chocolate taste with a bit of a burnt mild fruity flavor. It is an alright after dinner beer.

Photo of TexIndy
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle (no dating info) into my DT snifter. It was black in color with some carb and lacing at first but some as it warmed. It had a small dark brown head. I poured slowly as the label indicated so not to disturb the yeast. It quickly settled into a thin collar. I think I poured this one too cold and that impacted the initial lacing and small head.

The aroma was mainly cocoa powder and dark roasted malt. It was more subtle than I expected especially with Indulgence in the name. Not bad just weak. The same with the flavor. Heavy cocoa powder but not much else. Cocoa Indulgence instead of Chocolate Indulgence would be more appropriate. Mouthfeel was good but a little watery.

Overall, a good but not great beer from a great brewery. Happy 10th! I'll stick to and enjoy the regulars from them. This is a one and done for me. It's not one of my favorite styles so I'll leave it up to you on worth trying or not.

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

I received this as part of a gift pack from my bro tenderbranson69. Poured from the 750ml into the accompanying glassware.

A - An opaque deep walnut brown which appears black, like high cocoa content chocolate bar w/ 2 fingers of creamy microfoam like cappuccino. It leaves sheets of thick lace as it settles

S - Like wood, cedar to be specific. Just has a strange yeast aroma in the nose w/ vinous, cherry and plum notes

M - Rich creamy, full of carbonation and silky w/ a medium full feel. The overall texture ends slightly dry

T - Starts smooth and roasty, begins to seem a tad port-like with wood and dark currant flavors w/ a slight metallic tinge. There is a hint of bittersweet cocoa w/ herbal green hop flavor w/ a meaty almost peppery yeast flavor. There is sweet and vegetal elements like a roasted red pepper w/ a finish like dark cocoa.

D - Not the best example by far. Drinkable, but lacks a certain chocolate feel and is very dry for a stout to me, must be the belgian yeast, but just my taste. I think Allagash black taste more like chocolate than this. I wouldn't go out of my way to try it again.

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

Got a pint of this from the Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours a black body with about a two finger, tan head with pretty good retention and lacing until the finish of the beer.

S: Smells like a chocolate tootsie pop with some slightly alcoholic undertones.

T: A roasted, dark chocolate and a slight coffee taste. There was a slightly roasted aftertaste that did well to complement the taste.

M: A slightly thin mouthfeel, but was pretty good for the style. Overall, nice on the palette.

D: A nice combination of mouthfeel and taste made this beer pretty good. A pretty solid, stout-like brew by a brewery who has traditionally brewed solely Belgian ales.

Chocolate Indulgence Stout from Brewery Ommegang
86 out of 100 based on 1,249 ratings.