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Chocolate Indulgence Stout - Brewery Ommegang

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696 Reviews
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Reviews: 696
Hads: 1,267
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 16.8%
Wants: 90
Gots: 100 | 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 WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears with a pitch black body, tan foamin head billowing thick with chunky sporadic lacing coating my Unibroue La Fin du Monde chalice. Aroma has dark chocolate, herbal hops with not much else going on. The chocolate doesn't seem real creamy more of a dark powdered chocolate. Flavor has a sharp acidity from the dark roasted malts and dark chocolate additions, some nice balance from the herbal hops in the background. Definitely not a dessert beer, I was picturing sweet super chocolate decadence. However it was a nice quaffable dark Belgian style dry dark chocolate infused ale. Mouthfeel is medium bodied somewhat astringent with bitterness off the dark chocolate/dark roasted malts. Carbonation is nice lively somewhat effervescent, mouthfeel was smooth. Drinkability was decent nothing too sweet or candy bar milk chocolate about it. More like dark organic cocoa powder, my wife was a bit disappointed that it wasn't a chick dessert beer.

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Photo of chinchill
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle served in a pint glass.
Pours very dark; opaque; very good, and rather large, light brown head.

Aroma: excellent but surprisingly hoppy. Not surprising: a load of dark and chocolate malts.

Flavor: rich and moderately complex, with dark malts, earthy/herbal hops, and a touch of yeast. Not quite up to the aroma. Starts very sweet but the bittering hops follow quickly.

Feel: medium-full body. Excellent, soft carbonation.

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Photo of smcolw
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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

On-tap in an Ommegang glass.

Solid black, with a roasted tan head, leaving lace...looks good!

Aroma: all cocoa powder with bittersweet espresso on the side. Rich, dark and lovely.

Taste: full-bodied, deep, and decadent. Well-rounded, well-balanced, with chocolate flavor rolling in...very mellow in the mouth, incredibly smooth. Chocolate isn't too big in the flavor, and the flavor isn't too big...it seems just right. Adding the word "indulgence" creates expectation of extremes in flavor, and begs comparison to Young's Luxury Double Chocolate Stout. It falls short by some in that regard, but I don't mind.

the first non-Belgian-style beer from Ommegang, if you don't count the inclusion of Belgian chocolate...a delcious stout, and the 7% abv doesn't get noticed...until now...oh, there you are...

But it's a solid stout, with noticable chocolate...
Happy 10th Anniversary, Ommegang!

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Photo of jwc215
2.66/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a glass chalice:

Pours very dark brown with a thin creamy tan head that slowly becomes patchy, leaving some lacing on the glass.

The smell is of faint chocolate dipped in some alcohol. Not as chocolatey as I had hoped.

The taste is of cocoa powder. The spicy yeast seems a bit out-of-whack here. The cocoa itself isn't bad, but was hoping it would be richer, as great chocolate comes out of Belgium. Metallic and sour notes come to dominate, esp. the metallic.

Medium-bodied with medium carbonation, not quite as lush and rich in body as I hoped, but not bad.

This is a disappointment overall. Not as rich as I hoped and the yeast strain doesn't seem to work so well here. The metallic notes are too strong, to boot.

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

2010 Vintage

A: Pours an opaque extremely dark brown to black in color with some very slight hints of amber when held up to the light. The beer has a quarter finger tall dark beige head that quickly reduces to a thin film covering about 80% of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of carbonation.

S: Aromas of cocoa along with some milk chocolate. As the beer warms up, there is a light presence of alcohol. Additionally there is a light presence of dark fruit sweetness (mostly plum like).

T: There is a lot of chocolate in the flavor of this beer, both the presence of a milk chocolate along with the dry cocoa powder. Additionally there is some light dark fruit (plum) sweetness and a light presence of alcohol as the beer warms. Very light amounts of bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth, slightly thin, and dry in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable but there is just a little too much alcohol presence in this beer after it warms up to room temperature to be an easy drinker. The dryness in the mouthfeel combined with the light sweetness make this a sipping beer. The bitterness of the beer definitely mellowed with age (I had this fresh and remember it being considerably more bitter).

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

Review from notes taken 2/6/10.

Bottle date of 10/19/09 with a best by date of 10/2012. Pours a dark brown color with more than 2 fingers of a mocha colored head. Aroma is mostly chocolate powder. Serious amount of lace clings to the glass in a solid layer like a curtain from the slow head recession. Chocolate completely dominates the nose with a faint hint of citrus hops in the background. Taste is chocolatey with a slight bitterness upfront and finishes with some alcohol character. Thin body with low carb. Lingering taste of chocolate is left in the mouth.

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Photo of tdm168
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - black with see-through edges; soft cap of brown head that has good retention

S - very faint nose; some chocolate and roasted malts

T - milk chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruit, some cola

M - medium to full bodied, a bit crisp

This is an interesting beer. The milk chocolate is delicious, but the cola aftertaste is off putting. On the whole it's a nice twist to a Belgian Dark Ale. Any fan of the style should check this one out.

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

Bottle shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff!

A: The beer appears black with a half inch of beige head. The head displays good retention and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. The appearance, unfortunately, is the best aspect of this beer.

S: The aroma is of chocolate, as one would surmise, and light roast.

T: The flavor is of bitter coffee, with a much more subdued chocolate presence than I would have imagined, especially given the name on the label. My preconceived notions aside, I am not terribly impressed with the overall flavor of this beer. There is an odd, old coffee astringency that deters me from reaching for my glass more often.

M: The beer is lighter in body than I would have predicted, with adequate carbonation.

D: A mediocre beer and a disappointment from an otherwise solid brewery.

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Photo of WesWes
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet chocolate scent along with a stiff roasted malt aroma. The taste is decent. It has a dry, bittersweet chocolate flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and toastey. There is a slight Belgian yeast presence in the finish. The taste is not as rich as I expected. The taste is there, but it's not as pronounced as I had hoped. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine stout. I was expecting better, but it's still a quality offering.

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Photo of billab914
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Bruery tulip. It poured black in color with a pretty big, tan and frothy head to it. The head settled to a thin lacing after a minute or so, but left some very nice lacing on the glass as it did.

The aroma not surprisingly shows a good dose of chocolate to it. I get a lot of cocoa with a bit of a slightly sweeter, milky chocolate coming through as well. it has a pretty big roasty component as well with some coffee and slightly burnt, smoke like flavors.

The taste has a good amount of the cocoa coming through as well. It starts with some bitter-sweet baking chocolate flavors, but turns into more of a dry, cocoa like flavor in the finish. As the aroma suggested it had a pretty big roasty side to it too. I get coffee coming through throughout the flavor, as well as just a hint of the burnt and smoke flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it had some very nice flavors to it. I found it pretty well balanced between the chocolate and the bitter, roasty flavors, which helped the drinkability for me. Pretty solid beer overall.

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Photo of GClarkage
2.71/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12/23/07- Purchased at Healthy Spirits in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle. 2007 10th Anniversary release. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deep brown colored pour. Somewhat creamy looking one inch slightly off white head. Decent lace marking left over.

Smell- Smells like a BBQ pit with old dried up meat on it. Smoky and rauch-like, but with scorched animal flesh. Definite chocolte though, which saves the scents ass.

Taste- From sip one I'm getting a mouthfull of metal....plus it never goes away. It lessens a bit, but not to the point where I can enjoy this beer. Chocolate is present, dark chocolate that is, but not to the point that it came out in the nose. Belgian dark fruits (plums and dates), are covered up by both the roasted and burnt malt and the metal notes.

Mouthfeel- Carbonation is mid range, but the metal and light hoppy aftertaste doesn't do it for me.

Drinkability- Would like to try this beer again (minus the metal). Would be better, but still thinking I wouldn't be as impressed as I should.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hudsonphotog for sharing this bottle.

Pours black with an off-white head. The aroma is not as chocolatey as I expected, but you do get some sweetness. The flavor is pretty hoppy, possibly some Pacific Northwest hops. Not as much chocolate as I expected in the flavor either. I drank the second half of the beer when eating some Ghiradelli chocolates and that really made the hops stand out. Thinner mouthfeel than expected. A pretty good beer, but the name is a little misleading since this is not much of a chocolate beer.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a shaker pint glass.

Lots of carbonation on the bottle, giving way to a light brown large three finger head. Some minimal lacing while drinking, but lots of sticky character to the head. Real black bodied with some nice red hues.

Bouquet is a very large chalky sensation at first. Powdered instant chocolate, with a small malt backbone. Kind of not what I am expecting for this. Feels very dry.

Taste though is quite interesting. Spicey feel of clove, and giving to malty Ovaltine breakfast drink. Feels more spicey than sweet and not as much emphasis on chocolate as to be expected.

Overall though I still felt this was alright, interesting take on this beer.

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Photo of Billolick
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a growler purchased at WFM in the Lower East side of good ole' NYC last night. The growler fill dude had just hooked up a new keg, this is some pretty fresh and clean stuff. Pours the expected almost coal black, moderate carbonation, loose, minor head and not much in the way of lacing. Nose is pure silky luxorious chocolate, with a hint of some dark smoky grains. Tasty, subtle, chocolatey brew, dark, smokey and easy on the tongue. Notes of medium chocolate, light brandy, raisiny. Stout like, with moderate Belgian, yeasty feel. I need to try the bottled version as well as enjoy this with a dessert of some sort. Quality creation, fine sipper. Nice to see Omme roll out some quality new offerings

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

Appearance: black in color with a 1/2" caramel colored head falls quickly to a spoty surface foam. Some spots of lace develop.

Smell: chocolate and alcohol are the dominate flavors picked up by the nose.

Taste: chocolates, roasted malts, and alcohol are up front and bold. Some plums, figs, and a soft burnt tone come around late in the taste. Bitterness levels are mild and some belgian yeast spiciness is very soft.

Mouthfeel: smooth and dry throughout. A touch thinner than expected. Long aftertaste as the chocolate and alcohol stick on th tastebuds for a minute or two. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: a slow sipper here, and one bottle will suffice per session. Worth giving this one a try at least once.

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

Pours with a frothy, initially three-finger thick, brown tinged, tan colored head that leaves a tight lacing pattern on the sides of the glass and forms a modestly rocky surface as it slowly subsides. The beer is almost black in color, but has a touch of brown to it; if held up directly to the light I can just make out a ruby hue to this mostly opaque brew. The aroma smells of sweet chocolate extract as I am pouring the brew, but under direct observation this notes seems to take a back seat to the roast character. At other times though the chocolate note plays a more prominent role. Aromas of amply toasted grain, lightly roasted coffee, browned bread crust, sweet chocolate extract and chocolate liquor all mix together here in the nose.

The beer is fairly dry, lightly tart, but does have a touch of malt sweetness to it. This has a medium fullness to it and the beer finishes with a distinct, yet not overwhelming, roast grain bitterness. The long finish even has a touch of lingering, espresso-like acidity to it. Flavors of chocolate find there expression in the middle of this brew at it lingers on into the near finish; this corresponds to where the malt sweetness is found in this brew. This brew has a really nice, soft, creamy mouthfeel to it, especially as the initial full carbonation dies down a bit. The chocolate character & sweetness increases and the roast notes decrease as this brew warms up and loses carbonation too. It is actually much better after sitting around for 20+ minutes. At times notes of alcohol in the finish provide just a hint of warming and evoke thoughts of chocolate liquor.

With a name like Chocolate Indulgence I would expect this to be a little more decadent; perhaps a touch more residual malt sweetness would be just the thing. This does need a chance to breath, lose some carbonation and warm up a bit before it really comes into its own. Just out of the bottle it is a touch dimensionless and has a bit too much roast character (both roast notes and burnt acidity).

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Finally opened this one up for Super Bowl 47, although somehow my Chiefs weren't playing....

Dark pour, robust head, looks really nice.

Some black strap leather in the nose, but mostly it's dark plum, chocolate, and roasted barley.

While the chocolate isn't as strong as I thought it would be (this is a 2010 beer) it does provide a great backbone. It lingers throughout, with plum and prune coming and going. Semi sweet with some dark cocoa in the end.

Easy drinking BDA, although I didn't get much of that Belgian spice from the yeast.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with a large head that dissipates quickly. Smell is of chocolate, some coffee, and a fruity smell from the yeast. Taste is more of the chocolate and coffee with a funk in the finish that I found unpleasant. I think it was fruity esters from the yeast and while I might enjoy that in another beer, it seemed out of place here. Mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side, carbonation on the high side. I had high hopes for this one, but I didn't really enjoy this it.

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

Overall, this beer is really good, but too subtle at times. It'd be one thing is I was drinking a bitter, but a strong dark ale needs to be strong.

That said, there are some wonderful chocolate aromas and flavors going on. Sweet like fine Belgian chocolate on one hand, matched with darker, dry cocoa. There's a mild Belgian spice, nothing too fruity, and then a bit of dark bready grains.

The feel and drinkability of this beer are great. Super smooth with well hidden alcohol make for a great dessert beer that isn't too thick.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ, finally getting a chance to try this,

A: Pours a dark brown, chocolate coloured to be exact, with a full off-white/tan head, great lacing, with good retention.

S: Dark chocolate, as opposed to the direct milk chocolate of Young's, first response was Chocolate Malt Instant Breakfast that my dad always used to drink in the '90s.

T: Delicious full chocolate taste, it literally tastes like a milkshake, if you want to taste chocolate in a beer, try this, there's really not much more to say, just tasty as hell.

M: Lighter than I expected, but still has a good body, has a rocky/chalky character too, as well, which is interesting.

D: A delicious beer, much more of a Milk Stout than a BSDA, no real ester, dark fruit character here, but just a tasty stout, yum.

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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.

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

Poured from a cork and cage into a snifter, the beer is a dark black coloring with a tall, frothy, chunky, light tan head. Huge bubbling, with a very decent lacing left behind along the glass. Nose of not much, really, with subtle cocoa and yeast funk. Disappointing. Flavors are subtle cocoa forward, with funky Belgian yeast tang and floral highlights. Subtle sourness atop a building bitter backbone. The body is rich and smooth, with a sweet, rich, slightly roasted aftertaste. The finish is smooth, with a bittersweet linger. I have to admit, I had very high expectations of this.

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

I see that this has been classified as a Belgian strong dark. If we had a Belgian Stout category, this would be where it belongs- yet another argument for a designation of the style on BA. Pours black with a tan head that fades somewhat to athin cap but leaves some quite nice lacing as well. Smell is of milk chocolate with an underpinning of a slight Belgian sourness- somewhat winey.A dusty cocoa on the finish. The taste is nicely balanced between cocoa and some slight Belgian twang from the yeast. Quite chocolatey but smooth and somewhat light as well. Clean and delicious. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth.Quite drinkable.I hadthis after a Czar imperial stout from Avery and was thankful for the relative lack of sweetness in this one.

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Photo of Zorro
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My bottle says 7% Alcohol By Volume.

Gorgeous in the glass. Lightproof brown with a very nice brown head. I can't think of anything that can be improved in the looks department.

The smell is a little sweet with a strong chocolate aroma. Lots of patent malt scent here. Strong malt roast aroma with lots of coffee and a stronger than expected malt roast aroma. Slight tartness in the aroma but I can't tell if it is from yeast or patent malt.

The taste starts out sweet with a decent malt roast flavor and a slight tartness. Sweeter than I would have expected but the chocolate flavor is quite understated. Quite close to a milk stout in taste with a few Belgian elements. Tasty the best description of this would be chocolate cake with sour cream frosting with its sweet but little bit tart flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Quite drinkable but not really all that superior to Hennepin, just different. Best of the "Belgian Stouts" that I have tasted so far that counts for something. Not so sure I will buy a second bottle now that I have tried this.

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Chocolate Indulgence Stout from Brewery Ommegang
86 out of 100 based on 696 ratings.