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Chocolate Indulgence Stout - Brewery Ommegang

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Chocolate Indulgence StoutChocolate Indulgence Stout

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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 weeare138
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.21/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to a brandy snifter.

A - Poured a light bodied dark brown with very little head and some minor lacing.

S - Smells of a Belgian ale - some cloves and dark fruit. No discernible chocolate or roasted malts, which I expected from a chocolate stout. The nose was definitely not what I expected.

T - Taste mirrors the nose. A Belgian ale with dark fruit and cloves. Picked up almost no chocolate and the faint bits of chocolate that I did pick up were only because I was looking for it. No roasted malts either. This is a good Belgian ale but it is a far cry from a stout. What is more disappointing is that a beer that is called "chocolate indulgence" has no discernible chocolate whatsoever. I expected chocolate and I wanted chocolate.

M - Medium body, lightly carbonated.

D - A very good Belgian Ale. A terrible chocolate flavoured ale.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to JoeyBeerBelly for this one.

750ml Bottle

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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of John_M
3.71/5  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.

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

A – Black with a dark khaki head. Nice retention and ok lace.

S – Booze, hint of blueberry, dark chocolate, cinnamon, dried figs, pecan.

T – Bready, dark roasted malt is the dominant favor. The breadiness is laced with light booze, and supported with a firm, dry dark cocoa.

M – Medium body with a nice lingering semisweet finish.

O – Not overly complex, the flavors could benefit from some age to help them integrate, but otherwise a solid brew.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.21/5  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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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

Poured into an Ommegang flute glass. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black in the glass. Has a two finger fine tan head with great retention and pillowy lacing. Aroma dominated by chocolate with slight hints of toasted malt. Flavor of dark toasted malt, chocolate with light hints of dark fruit. Finishes with dry toasted malt and chocolate. Medium bodied. Fairly two dimensional malt and chocolate, but these two flavors are great together and I greatly enjoyed drinking this. Better flavor than expected at the ABV.

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Photo of akorsak
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of Tone
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/2 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, roasted malt, dry hop, slight earthy malt, slight alcohol, and slight spice. Fits the style of a Belgian Dark Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, roasted malt, sweet malt, slight citrus hops, dry hops, and a tangy-chocolate flavor. Overall, good appearance, aroma, complexity, and body.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: entirely black with two thick fingers of frothy tan foam. Nice retention and a very nice lace. Beautiful.

Smell: lightly fruity yeast character with a hint of banana. A little bit of chocolate comes through. Decent, but it is a pretty run-of-the mill dubbel type smell; I was expecting something more chocolatey.

Taste: rich malt with a nice yeast character. More chocolate than in the aroma, with a bit of roasty tartness at the end. Quite satisfying; I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and creaminess. Good.

Overall: an interesting beer. I could do with a more chocolatey and less, well, basic aroma. Overall, though, a tasty beer which makes a good sipper.

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

From 750mL bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 10/16/11
*From notes

A: She's a beaut. Liquid cocoa in color. A hearty pour yields a big and dense 2.25 finger head and some solid lacing.

S: Baker's chocolate. Not sweet mind you, merely a touch burnt around the edges, showcasing an overly roasty quality.

T: Slightly green. At first it's a bit like wet dirt. As it warms, the yeasty quality comes out on the fore, which eventually matures into a rounded chocolately finish.

M: Rich and thick. I dig the texture here. It really sellls this one as a dessert beer.

O: Ommegang's Chocolate Indulgence Stout wasn't nearly as good out of the bottle as it was on tap. The chocolate feels much more muted and pushed to the back as a role player. In the end, this is an average beer, something I don't feel all too compelled to have again.

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Photo of corby112
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: 750 ml. bottle.

Pours a deep dark brown with huge tan foamy head. Beautiful roasted chocolate malt aroma with hints of coffee, alcohol and fruit. Roasted chocolate maltiness with hints of coffee, toffee and a well balanced alcohol pesence. Very tasty.

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

Belgian strong dark ale.

A: Pours a dark chocolate color with a big creamy cherry tan head.

S: Huge dark roasted aroma, some black coffee, dark toffee and dry chocolate notes dominates the palate.

T: Very dark and rich in nature with the dark bitterning malts and earthy hoppiness complimenting each other nicely. Theres just enough of the belgian yeast sneaking though to be apprciated behind the massive chocolate backing. A nice bitter chocolate finish with a great roasted quality

M: The mouthful and texture is quite smooth and silky, with a warming chocolate flavor dominating the tongue.

D: A easy drinking and very enjoyable strong dark ale with stout character.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
4.63/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into hefty chalice. Poured gently so as not to create more head than is my preference. Very dark, almost solid, black with a beautiful medium brown head. Head lasts about a minute. Nice lacing as you work through the glass. The roasty aromas blend nicely with scent of chocolate. The chocolate is noticeable but not overpowering. A full, complete and satisfying mouthfeel that stays on the tongue, while not being cloying. Drinkability is very high for a stout, drinking a couple of 22s of this in a row would not be a chore at all. A well done beer that is very worthy of your time.

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

A: Black with a creamy, tan head. Good retention & lacing.

S: Belgian dark meets chocolate stout... even more Belgian with the yeast sediment. Great stuff.

T: Chocolate (though not overly chocolately, nothing like a rogue), molasses, spice, dark fruit, slightly roasty, moderate bitterness, alcohol is well-hidden.

M: Moderate to full body has a dry finish with a slight roasted acidity.

D: Quite drinkable for its strength.

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

Very dark brown, nearly black, with a pillowy tan cap the left chunky lace clinging to the glass. The aroma was bready and roast, some coffee and a little yeast character, plus some chocolate and malt notes. Low bitterness with plenty of malt, dry cocoa, roasty coffee, bready yeast, and a bit of alcohol. Maybe a hint of smoke too. Light tartness of sour cherries and lingering bittersweet chocolate. Medium bodied with generous carbonation, quite creamy. I thought the flavours held together quite well. Highly enjoyable and easily drinkable.

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

From the corked 25 ml. bottle packaged on 10/22/10 and best by: 10/2012. Sampled on April 25, 2011. It pours black as night with a delicate tan head that lingers up top. Dark chocolate is just the beginning of the wide array of aromas which include sweet malts, yeast, and a red grape, wine-like sensation. The smooth but bold body tickles my tongue with a cornucorpia of chocolates, malts, pepper, and yeast which yields a slight but noted dry finale. I guess I liked it better than a majority of the previous reviewers.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Corked and caged 750ml bottle poured into a large Duvel tulip glass. Pours a pitch black color with a tan head. The aroma is dark roasted malts, slightly sweet dark chocolate and yeast. The taste much like the aroma is dark and roasty with a rather dry finish. Overall, this is a very nice chocolate stout with a unique Belgian spin. Recommended.

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

A: Dark, opaque brown. Poured almost a 3 finger chocolate brown head with good retention. Broken lacing.

S: Chocolate, molasses, caramel and roasted malts. Light floral aromas far in the background.

T: A nice combination of sweet chocolate and lightly bitter coffee beans. Also vanilla and caramel. A warming, slightly smokey alcohol taste as it warmed.

M: Medium to full body. Very smooth.

D: Delightfully complex flavors; not over-chocolaty.

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Photo of rudzud
2.62/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle at Julio's against my better judgement. Im not entirely sure what to review with this. Bottle says its a Chocolate stout, yet this says a BDA. I will base my judgement comparing this to what Ommegang appears to be going for, a stout.

A - Poured into a Duvel tulip. A great, great dark dark brown almost black pour. Big, fluffy two finger light tan head that faded nice and slow leaving thick globs atop the brew and nice side lacing. Gorgeous in the glass.

S - Getting some nice roasted malts as well as some dark fruits. A nice combination of a belgian and a stout, however, I'm not getting ANY chocolate on the nose. Considering this is called "chocolate indulgence" I consider this a huge flaw.

T - This is just a shame. It has some good aspects of a belgian dark ale but really not melded nicly with stout aspects. Not getting any nice roasty malts, just some dark fruits and maybe even a little funk. Hooray, still no chocolate. I'm not expecting this to taste like chocolate syrup but come on, either the chocolate simply isnt there, or its so subtle its being overwhelmed by the belgian qualities of this brew.

M - Nice creamy mouthfeel with the low carbonation I expect from a stout.

D - Its weird. Not assertive enough to be a good dark ale, but way lacking almost all the good aspects of a stout. Yeah, the appearance is great but it pretty much ends there. Taste falls incredibly flat. Wheres the big chocolate notes? Not in this beer thats for sure. And if you, like me, buy this looking for the chocolate you will more likely than not be sorely dissappointed.

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