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Chocolate Indulgence Stout - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,250 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,250
Reviews: 697
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 81
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
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4/5  rDev +5%

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 afsdan
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of ShanePB
3/5  rDev -21.3%

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.

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.

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev +5%

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.

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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Chocolate Indulgence Stout from Brewery Ommegang
86 out of 100 based on 1,250 ratings.