Chocolate Indulgence Stout - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 1,228
Reviews: 692
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 71
Gots: 92 | FT: 3
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 09-27-2007)
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Photo of DruRho
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of byronic
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

Re-reviewing this one after having a second bottle with just over a year of age.

Nice dark pour with a thin mocha head which persists until the glass is empty. Subtle spice with earthy tones accompanied by a rich chocolate. Some coffee bitterness becomes present as the drink warms and dark fruits also become more noticeable. Medium mouthfeel which coats the mouth a little and is perhaps dry in it's finish.

I believe the year of age has made this bottle even better it was a delight to drink.

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a chalice.

A-Arrived at the table with a frothy, dark tan head, about one finger. Head remained through much of the drink, moderate. Good amount of lacing. Beer was black and opaque.

S-As one would expect, a strong chocolatey/cocoa aroma was the first thing I smelled. On top of that, some sweet and fruity esters.

T-An initial sweetness, followed immediately by hints of roasted coffee and strong, dark chocolate. No hop flavors, but a moderate bitterness countered the sweetness and nicely complimented the chocolatiness. Overall, a very hearty flavored beer.

M-Smooth with low-moderate carbonation. Felt thin overall, with some seeming chewiness. Alcoholic warmth was evident.

D-Good drinkability. With "chocolate" in the name, I expected an overpowering chocolate; I was surprised when the chocolate flavors instead melded well and complimented the rest of the beer's flavors.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Poured into a tulip glass. The color is an opaque black; when held to my lamp, the only light that passed through came at the bottom where the glass is thinnest. Three fingers of thick, tanned head developed and dissipated slowly to leave trails along the inside of the glass and a billowy lacing.

Smell: Dark chocolate and cocoa. It has a roasted quality to it, but it does not have that slight, burnt aroma that usually comes with roasted malts. It does, however, have a somewhat stale smokiness, like a large room you walk into and can immediately tell someone smoked a cigarette 10 minutes before.

Taste: It is astringent at first. My immediate impression was cigarettes. I don't smoke, but I have tried a cigarette or two and that's what the taste reminded me of. Go figure. Mirrors the smell with dark roasted chocolate (and the burnt character through in the taste), but the cocoa powder is elusive. There is some hop bitterness that leaves a nice bitter aftertaste, but beside the cigarette and dark chocolate there really is not much else.

Drinkability: If I wanted to, I could probably name five beers more chocolaty than this. After my first glass, I already have a headache. This is strike one against Chocolate Indulgence, but I would definitely try another bottle for comparison.

Photo of nosavingsaccount
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Syraquse
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of AWB3
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of mattboyer182
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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

I was told this was a "stout", which I suppose it sort of is in a "De Dolle" sort of way, but I guess it wasn't quite what I was expecting. Not in a bad way, but there was a moment of dissonance when I actually tasted it and what I got did not line up with what I was prepared for. I actually like being surprised, so it was a nice way to go.

The beer pours inky black with an absurdly large head. The head was just incredible, a dark coffee-and-creme meringue. Really amazing.

The nose was strangely conflicting, I thought. There was a lot of fruity Belgian esters mixing with chocolate. Prunes and chocolate are a strange sensation.

But the taste pulled the distinct elements together and really made them work. There was a strong, sweet, fruity Belgian character that played off the roasted malts and chocolate to produce something reminiscent of milk chocolate.

That is really how it felt, like drinking a good bar of milk chocolate. A nice creamy texture that mixed with the chocolate taste creating an silky, milky experience.

I thought it was a pretty nice beer. Far from being just another "stout with chocolate", this is a beer that stands on its own and I dig that.

Photo of BeerNinja007
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1pt 9.4oz bottle poured into a chilled pint glass.

A: Dark dark brown, no light passes though. Thick brown head.

S: Loads of dark roasty stout aromas. Dark malts, coffee, chocolate.

T: Huge beer, extremely bitter. Like a bar of 99% cocoa.

M: Thick but dry. Heavy carbonation balances the intense bitterness. Alcohol slightly warming.

D: Heavy, sipping beer. Quite filling.

Overall: Massive beer, good experience, wouldn't drink it regularly.

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

A: 750 ml bottle. Pours a dark, thick, almost syrupy brown with less than one finger of espresso brown head.

S: Slight smoky, leathery aroma with roasted malts and dark molasses.

T: Strangely, doesn't taste as much like chocolate as I had expected, given the name. Although there is a chocolate milk note somewhere in there, the flavor is mostly of smoldering wood, cigarette smoke, molasses, slight caramel and anise, rye bread, and burnt malts.

M: Thick and oily, coats the palate.

D: Great brew by Ommegang, but I wouldn't say that the taste suits the name well.

Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured slowly into a Chimay glass, plenty of yeast particles suspended in a very, very dark brown beer. Mocha-tan head was about a finger at pouring but settled with a cloudy, wispy film atop the glass, solid ring and exemplary lacing. Carbonation did not seem to be much in evidence but a swirl reproduced a healthy head over the surface of the glass. Smell of sweet cocoa, chocolate malt milkshake. Taste was rich and layered with cocoa and semi-sweet chocolate but an unsettling bitter middle and slightly astrigent swallow stopped me in my tracks. Long lasting, lingering choco-malt echoes were alternately pleasing and distracting. As with the taste, the mouthfeel was also a bit schizo with silky smooth and creamy notes contrasted with what seemed to be an unwelcome alcohol presence or a yeasty, malty twitch. I found that this beer had a lot of potential but somehow the whole was lesser than the sum of its parts, there was something that seemed to keep it off-balance somehow, making what could be a truly great beer - as one would expect from the name on the label - into merely a good beer. Would I try this again? Sure, I'd love to, but I'd also like to cellar it for a year and see what happens.

Photo of seangibbs60
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of HuntDaddy540
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks great, but this beer was disappointing. A decent enough stout, but the cocoa wasn't very noticeable. Or the cocoa easily blended in with the chocolate malt. Hard to say. Also, from Ommegang, it would have been nice to have a stout with a more Belgian character. Something akin to New Belgium's black ale is what I have in mind.

Alas, this was not it. I would just pass and buy a regular stout. Not a bad beer though if you want to give it a shot.

Personally, I hope they take another crack at this beer.

Found this on-tap at Capone's in Norristown, PA.

Photo of tonistruth
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap @ San Diego Brewing Company

A- deep brown with lingering tan foam

S- chocolate and roasted malts, some alcohol

T- roasted malts with an even more roasted aftertaste, chocolate with some alcohol at finish, pretty mellow overall

M- smooth, easy flowing

D- subtle & smooth, very enjoyable roasted flavors, though i didn't enjoy the alcohol much, definitely worth a try

Photo of hpthebull
4.52/5  rDev +18.6%

Photo of Atlas1
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Thanksgiving this year. Not so much an "indulgence" per se as just a damn fine beer.

Poured from the .750ml a dark black color with a misty brown/grey, maybe tan, head. Very little light shines through this beer. The nose is nice, possessed of a light cocoa powder scent, with coffee bean, nuts, and some faint dark fruit. But, on the whole, the aroma was a bit muted. The taste, however, delivered in spades. Well balanced malt and hops; not too chocolately. A solid stout flavor overall. The mouthfeel was at times sharp, but was still easy-drinking.

This is a tasty stout. Not as sweet as you might think, based on the name "chocolate indulgence." It bears more stout quality than chocolate, which I find to be a good thing. And it's almost too easy to drink a .750ml of this by myself (which I did). It goes great with pumpkin pie. Just in time for the holidays!

Photo of RandyKemka
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of EStreet20
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been off the Belgian bandwagon for a while. Still, this one intrigued me. 750, corked and caged. Chimay Chalice.

A - Ample tan head sits atop an opaque, nearly black dark brown brew. Head lasts well and laces the glass up nicely.

S - Yeasty smell leads the way as with most Belgian darks. Missing that big chocolate aroma I was hoping for.

T - Funky Belgian yeasts gives way to some fruit. Tiny hint of chocolate then a spicy, yeasty finish. Some cocoa in the aftertaste.

M - A nice coating feel with good carbonation and smoothness.

D - A fan of Belgians may be really into this. I think it's missing the mark as a stout. Not bad, fairly drinkable Belgian dark.

Photo of cvfish
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - This beer poured a cloudy brown color that produced a huge fluffy tan head that had good retention and left a moderate amount of lace along the side of the glass

S - The aromas produced by this beer had some chocolate, but the yeast was the favored smell

T - The taste of this beer is followed by the question, "Where is the chocolate?" Sure there is a little present, but not half as much as I would have expected from a "Chocolate Indulgence" beer, little malt profile, and no yeast taste

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a light to medium body that had a moderate amount of carbonation

D - I was really unimpressed with this beer, if you want to call the beer Chocolate Indulgence do not make me go on a treasure hunt for the chocolate taste

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

Cold 750mL bottle served in pint glass. Beer is perfectly black with a foamy mocha colored head. Aroma of chocolate candy, but with less sweetness. Maybe a truffle topped with cocoa powder. Slightly roasty aroma as well. Big body, dark chocolate flavors, but not like a chocolate stout.

There is a bitter edge to the beer which clearly comes from hops, not chocolate, unlike e.g. Stone bitter chocolate oatmeal stout. Wheres that beer excels by using chocolate in place of standard beer process and ingredients, this beer excels by using chocolate to perfectly complement ale. And in contrast to, say, Young's double chocolate stout -- which I enjoy -- it really, really works. This beer is to chocolate what Peak Organic Espresso Amber Ale is to coffee.

There isn't much to indicate this beer's "Belgian" heritage except a hint of funk/tang about 3/4 of the way in. Any more and I don't think it would work. Very good, but I'll have to see if I could finish one myself.

Photo of dgallina
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml brown bottle marked for the 2007 10-year anniversary of the brewery.

Pours opaque dark brown with an inch of chunky brown head that dissolves down to a thick blanket of foam and lace. Smells like cocoa, dark fruit, alcohol, and white pepper. The flavor does not impress; flat-tasting powdered cocoa, light alcohol esters, and white pepper lack cohesion and development. Finishes with unpleasant oxidized metal notes. Body is somewhat lifeless and watery. The most disappointing Ommegang offering I've encountered.

Photo of leprakhan
5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of nyrblue2
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Chocolate Indulgence Stout from Brewery Ommegang
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