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Chocolate Indulgence Stout - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,176 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,176
Reviews: 687
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 69
Gots: 74 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 09-27-2007)
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Photo of weeare138
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a near black with dark brown edges. The tan head slowly fades into a a small cap that never goes away. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass. It's certainly a lovely looking beer.
Smell is of Belgian yeast esters with figs, ripe plums, and prunes with the obvious nod to chocolate malt, along with cracked grain, rich Belgian chocolate, dusty Topps bubble gum, caramel, and vanilla.
Taste echoes the aroma with bitter cocoa, dark fruit, and black grapes standing out with the yeasty profile.
Mouthfeel is super creamy and smooth with semi-sweetness up front and bitter cocoa and light hops clinging on till the finish.
This is a pretty nice brew. It's about as good as it could get for a Belgian Stout with cocoa. I can't really think of how to make this one much better, which is a good sign.

weeare138, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark and opaque brown-black, with a thick and rocky cocoa-brown head. Lacing is wonderful, and the head retains like anything. Looks absolutely dark and delicious.

Wonderful mocha-chocolate notes on the nose. Deep bittersweet cocoa, coffee, and black roasted notes, intermingle with notes of woodsmoke, peat, coconut and rye bread. So much dark complexity - all the notes which keep surfacing are unique, but all are delicious. Very pleasant indeed.

Very roasted palate, quite thick, with a lingering chocolate character. The chocolate is very much from the high-cocoa, low-sugar end of the spectrum, and it blends with the bittersweet carbonised malts to create a dark, heavy and intesne beer. This is no sweetly seductive chocolate stout, this is one to slam a pound of concrete chocolate in your face. For all that, it stays remarkably smooth - the characters might be robust and assertive, but the slickness on the palate and the manner in which the flavours are integrated leaves it very approachable.

A very pleasant, drinkable, complex and robust beer. As much as those adjectives are probably often conflicting, this paradox of a beer manages to be at once confronting and comforting. It pulls you away with the right, and draws you in with the left. Very good.

lacqueredmouse, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

tempest, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark brown with good carbonation and a dirty, tannish head. Nose is chocolate and coffee. Taste is very good with hints of bakers chcocolate and milk cocoa.Very smooth and creamy. Mouthfeel was good and drinkability the same. This is a fine chocolate stout that I could drink over and over.

barleywinefiend, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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).

dbrauneis, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of stakem
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

stakem, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
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

Billolick, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Georgiabeer, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of akorsak
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750 mL corked and caged bottle that was part of the 2007 Christmas pack.

A: Black as night with cola brown notes at the edge of the glass, the stout has a two finger tan head that laces nicely.

S: The nose has a lactic sourness with bakers chocolate bitterness. A sweeter cocoa butter chocolate emerges when you linger on the scent.

T: The stout is quite complex. The roasted chocolate stout base is robust, cereal-like with a lightly smoked element. A lactic sourness adds a touch of sweet 'n sour bite. A touch of spices fills the space between the initial roasted flavor and follow-up chocolate. That spiciness is Belgian yeast with dark alefruits. Lighter apricot flavors emerge near the end of the sip.

M: The mouthfeel is full, with decadent chocolate and Belgian yeast. As the ale warms, the flavor profile nicely evolves to showcase that yeast.

D: A worthy Anniversary offering and another step in the right direction for Belgian stouts.

akorsak, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer pours a jet black body with a thick chocolaty tan head that last and last. There is a fast carbonation of bubbles racing up to the surface.

S- This beer has a light coffee roasted black malt note with a sweet yeasty note that turns a bit plastic as the beer warms.

T- The light bitterness of black grain gives way to a rich dark chocolate malt silky taste with some coffee notes to it. The smooth roasted chicory finish has a bitterness to it that becomes more like bakers chocolate as the beer warms. There is even a light charred quality to it as it warms.

M- This beer has a medium light mouthfeel with a silky texture and no alcohol heat.

D- I'm not sure if I would really think of this beer as chocolaty if the bottle didn't have it written all over the label, and the taste and aroma are a bit thin with only the bitterness really coming through the flavor.

rhoadsrage, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of Zorro
3.95/5  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.

Zorro, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two finger thick brown head that fades slowly and leaves a good lace. Black as midnight. Good carbonation and heavy bodied. Chocolate nose. Flavor is a rich unsweetened chocolate with a bakers chocolate finish. Nice beefy stout. $11.49 for a 750ml bottle from Yankee Spirits South Attleboro, Ma.

jdhilt, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of afsdan
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

afsdan, May 22, 2014
Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 10/29/2010. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of cocoa, dark chocolate, roasted malt, light char, raisin, prune, toast, toffee, earth, floral, clove, and yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with great balance, strength, and complexity of chocolate, dark malt, and fruity ester notes. Taste of cocoa, dark chocolate, roasted malt, raisin, prune, caramel, toast, toffee, earth, light clove, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of cocoa, dark chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit, caramel, toast, toffee, earth, light clove, and yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of chocolate, roasted malt, and yeast ester flavors; with nice robustness; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian style stout! Great balance and complexity of chocolate, roasted, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to JoeyBeerBelly for this one.

750ml Bottle
Caged/Corked

Poured into a tulip a very nice dark brown color, very nice carbonation, awesome two-finger creamy light tan head, lots and lots of nice thick sticky lacing follows through out. The nose is malty, some yeast notes, slight figs, raisins, plums, slight vanilla, with some nice tones of chocolate. The taste is very nice, slightly sweet, malty, nice notes of dark fruit, some chocolate tones. Full-Medium body, the alcohol is hidden very well, some chewyness, smooth. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty brew, just like all the Ommegang brews. Thanks Joe.

Wasatch, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Huhzubendah, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Stinkypuss, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of ppoitras
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle from BeerTruth via trade. Thanks for the opportunity. Corked and caged.

Poured into a heavy glass chalice, formed a 1/2" tan head above the opaque dark brown brew. Thick frothy head is like a rock, with thick sticky lace. Aroma is roasty malt and chocolate. Taste is sweet upfront, chocolatey with light tartness in the middle, and closes with some chalkiness and almost acrid bitterness. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, and drinkability is quite nice. Nice Belgian spin on the stout and chocolate.

ppoitras, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Mebuzzard, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev +5.3%

BillRoth, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

brandoman63, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of biegaman
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

biegaman, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of smakawhat
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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.

smakawhat, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of John_M
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Max's the other night.

The beer pours a dark, rich black color with very good head retention and lacing. This beer looks very impressive. Given the way this beer looks, I was expecting a bit more on the nose. There is some coffee and dark chocolate aroma, with a hint of bitterness. On the palate this beer is pretty nice, with some soft flavors of milk chocolate and coffee. The finish is a bit weak, frankly. It's light and almost watery. The mouthfeel is OK, with the beer coming across as a bit light for a stout like this. The beer is pretty drinkable, and I'd be curious to learn what the abv. is. I'd guess it's around 8%, perhaps even a bit less then that. Still a big beer, but by the same token this isn't going to make me forget Breakfast Stout, Speedway or the Abyss, just to name a few.

A good beer, but I guess I was just expecting a bit more out of it. The build-up and hype I'm afraid had me expecting something otherworldly/sublime. It's not that, but certainly a good beer for all that.

Hmmm.... Max's beer list indicates the abv. is 7%. That's pretty much what it tastes like.

John_M, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +5.3%

rab53, Dec 02, 2011
Chocolate Indulgence Stout from Brewery Ommegang
86 out of 100 based on 1,176 ratings.