Chocolate Indulgence Stout - Brewery Ommegang
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3.88/5 rDev +2.1%
A - pours a deep opaque black. Rigorous pour yields a thick milk chocolate foam. Leaves some streaks of lacing on the glass as is slowly dissipates.
S - aroma is soft yet rich. Notes of cacao, carob and slightly roasty malt. Comes through more like multigran toast. Yeast adds notes of raisins and mild white peppercorns.
T - grainy toasty flavors up front. Light touch of sugery sweetness. Deep dark chocolate flavors. Carob and cacao. Even a wisp of coffee creating a mocha note in the center. Some dark dried fruit character on the backend mostly raisin with maybe a hint of dates. Slightly peppery finish with a tinge of alcohol heat which lingers.
M - medium bodied. Slightly watery texture. High carb.
O - they should change the name to dark chocolate indulgence. I love that it is a desert beer but on the drier side. Tons of chocolatey character but not cloyingly sweet. Great stuff.
09-08-2013 02:48:17 | More by Teleweizen2
4.1/5 rDev +7.9%
What was supposed to be a special bottle while on vacation last week had to wait until because I was sick. Now that I can smell and taste again, I'm cracking it open.
APPEARANCE: Pours a deep black into a Duvel tulip. A fine-bubbled light tan head forms at about 2 fingers high and takes absolutely forever to drop. Lacing comes in curtains down the entire height of the glass.
SMELL: A nice balance of roasted coffee, burnt malt, mild dark fruits, and, of course, dark chocolate. The chocolate hardly stands out, instead fitting in nicely with all of the other aromas. No trace of any Belgian phenols or esters comes out at all. If I didn't know better, this smells like it used an American yeast strain.
TASTE: Ah, now that's what I was hoping for. A much more Belgian-style beer for sure. The combination of yeast esters with the traditional stout elements is a strange one for sure, but I find myself enjoying it immensely. Together, they create a rich fruitiness that is quite complex but shows a mild astringency. The chocolate comes out a bit more than in the nose, but it still doesn't jump out at you.
MOUTHFEEL: Silky smooth but only medium bodied. It actually finishes slightly dry (well, dryer than you expect from a stout), but that fits here. Carbonation is medium but spritzy.
DRINKABILITY: Being a Belgian-style beer, it's certainly prone to having a lighter body and thus going down much easier. It still has quite a significance to it though, so this 750mL bottle will be enough for me. Good for style.
A few people I know had set me up for disappointment with this, but instead I was pleasantly surprised. This makes a fantastic dessert beer and would be great for sharing with friends.
07-19-2008 01:44:50 | More by jmalex
4.43/5 rDev +16.6%
22 oz bomber poured into tumblers.
This dark dark chocolate brown brew looks lovely, tan head of soft foam, lots of lace.
Aroma is roasted malty, coffee, cocoa. The flavor is strong with rasted malt, cocoa, chocolate, some espersso notes, but very smooth and balanced. A nicely bitter finish doesn't overwhlem. A wonderful stout...they call it BSDA which doesn't make a lot of sense to me, but for teh fruity notes in the aroma and flavor. This brew is more a Belgian-inflected American stout--whatever it is, a great job.
11-11-2008 04:46:13 | More by kenito799
3.98/5 rDev +4.7%
Poured from a bottle...black with a thin tan head. Minimal lacing. Aroma of MILK chocolate...sweet, creamy, cocoa...smells like dessert. Taste reveals loads of chocolate, some dark fruits and sweet malts. Sort of tastes like a chocolate covered cherry to me.
Full-bodied with very little carbonation. This is a THICK brew...very heavy. I would only recommend it as a dessert beer due to the richness of it. Very yummy...I do wish it was a little more complex, but for what it offers, it is very balanced.
10-29-2011 03:07:00 | More by MsRif
3.25/5 rDev -14.5%
Poured from a corked/caged bottle this selection appears near black with some thin ruby/brown highlights. The thick rocky head holds very well and leaves some solid lace.
The aroma is primarily dim malt and some light roastiness. Minimal chocolate is present, but certainly not pronounced enough for how much the beer was built up.
Some dry and moderately chocolate flavor with a nutty malt character. A hint of dark fruit as well. There is also a distinct metallic flavor that dries up the finish. Not nearly as chocolately and decadent as expected. The Belgian character is there, but the lack of chocolate is mildly disappointing.
Smooth and creamy but drier in the finish. Heavy on the palate overall, but somewhat mild in flavor for the style. I was very intrigued by the prospect of a Belgian chocolate stout. However after tasting, I would certainly question the style. A solid selection, but in my opinion it is a lot of build-up for a mearly decent beer.
11-01-2007 21:03:09 | More by letsgopens
3.43/5 rDev -9.7%
The beer pours a dark, chocolate brown, which is exactly the color it should be. The beer forms a head that sits a half-of-a-finger’s-width above the beer with medium sized, pebble-like bubbles that are a dark khaki color. On the nose, the beer smells distinctly of Ommegang’s house yeast. Fruity esters with a touch of spice whirl across the nose suggesting peach, pepper, hay, and just a ghost of milk chocolate. This smells a bit like a saison, if I’m being honest. If I were smelling this beer blindfolded, I would not have known it was a stout. The nose is disappointingly weak for a stout. On the tongue, the beer tastes softly sweet with a light bitter roast, a distinct fruity/spicy yeast funk with touch of acidity in the cheeks. This beer tastes like a saison, though. In flavor, the beer begins as fruity esters blending with peach, spicy pepper, touches of creamy banana, and some clove. This moves to lightly bitter grass and herbs that slowly blend with soft coco and milk chocolate that are very subtle. The finish returns lots of spicy esters and banana phenols and leaves me wanting more chocolate. The yeast gives off great funky flavors that are delightfully Belgian and fruity, but the beer is called “Chocolate Indulgence” and I want way more chocolate in the flavor. In the mouth, the beer feels medium in body with a higher carbonation that provides a nice fluff to the tongue with a light bite. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, and suggests “stout” the most to me. There is a slickness in the mouth as the beer leaves, and a scrim of sticky saliva is left on the tongue. Overall, I’m disappointed with Chocolate Indulgence because it does not have enough chocolate. I’ve seen Ommegang’s house yeast before, and think it would do well if it were subtly added to a stout, but as is the yeast character is domineering the beer and leaving me wanting variety. This beer is interesting, but fails in its promise. If it weren’t called “Chocolate Indulgence” I would have had to stretch to note the chocolate flavors hidden in the beer. I want more chocolate!
01-27-2014 00:57:26 | More by Maxwell
4.15/5 rDev +9.2%
Pours black as night, light is absorbed by the darkness when held against it; a nice cap of beige head arose upon pouring and lasted throughout.
The smell is coacoa, roasted malt, and a sweet molases.
The taste is a nice sweet coffee and chocolate, toasted and roasted malts. It's liquid chocolate, a nice thick but smooth mouthfeel with no unpleasant aftertaste. It kept my mouth wanting for more... I wish I'd grabbed two bottles instead of just the one.
03-21-2010 03:35:11 | More by donteatpoop
4.33/5 rDev +13.9%
Poured in a snifter at Churchkey in Washington DC, this complex elixir is a pitch black liquid with a razor thin head of beige. There is little lacing. Think of a flat Pepsi. The nose is overwhelmed with intense molasses effluvia and the palate is blanketed with warm dark chocolate that finishes with malty subtleness. There is a very creamy body to it, balanced with a slight aura of burnt toast.
Wonderful quaff and a decent sipping beer for any post meal session.
04-18-2010 23:06:57 | More by jjboesen
3.68/5 rDev -3.2%
Appearance: A black body that allows hardly any light to pass through, much darker than I had anticipated. Up top, over two fingers of creamy tan-tinged head that endures well and leaves good lacing.
Aroma: Something metallic and some vaguely Belgian yeast on top of dark-roasted malt that features a few faint milk chocolate notes.
Flavor: Sweet roasty malt, some remnants of the metallic tones from the nose, and a medium lactose presence. Chocolate is present throughout, but it's a relatively subtle presence for a beer named after the stuff. The alcohol is masked well, leaving no traces in the flavor. Toasted malt and a little black coffee in the finish.
Mouthfeel: A somewhat creamy medium body with smooth medium-light carbonation. Dries nicely in the finish.
Drinkability: This drinks like your standard American Stout, so keep an eye out for the medium-high alcohol content.
Verdict: A little bit of a disappointment, Chocolate Indulgence is not the rich and chocolaty Belgian-tinged treat I was hoping for. Instead, this is essentially a Milk Stout with a well-hidden alcohol boost.
03-06-2010 23:50:58 | More by BeanBone
4.2/5 rDev +10.5%
Purchased a bomber at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.
A: This beer has serious legs. Dark chocolate brown hue topped with a dark tan head.
S: Malty sweet with cocoa powder/chocolate aromas. Quite boozy - perfumy alcohol aroma. Lots of dark fruit esters. Some coffee. This is a great smelling brew.
T: This tastes more like a stout than it smells. Dry roasty and bitter. Chocolaty and malty. Dark fruits come through but not really strong. Booze taste is perfumy and strong.
MF: Stout like and strong dark Belgian like all in one. This is quite good and I found it quite drinkable.
06-30-2008 17:05:36 | More by Nipitato
3.2/5 rDev -15.8%
A. Pours black with a creamy thin tan head.
S. Bitter chocolate and bitter roasted malt/coffee.
T. Coffee and mild milk chocolate.
M. Thin to medium bodied with a high level of small bubble carbonation.
D. Slightly sweet and mildly bitter. A solid (if not terribly impressive) stout.
09-07-2010 02:28:31 | More by BeerAndBourbon
Chocolate Indulgence Stout from Brewery Ommegang
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