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Chocolate Indulgence Stout - Brewery Ommegang

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1,176 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,176
Reviews: 687
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 69
Gots: 74 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 09-27-2007)
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Photo of orfeu
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the brewery on its release day (Waffles and Puppets). Dark chocolate in color with faint chestnut highlights and a clumpy and sticky dark khaki foam cap. Soft cocoa, earthy vegetal notes, and slight yeast funk in the aroma. Large yeasty character in the flavor, with mild chocolate and a more assertive roastiness coming through midway. Cherry and prune. Earthy, slightly acrid mineral finish. Yeast funkiness lingers on the palate and blossoms in the aftertaste. Medium in body, although it feels fairly light, lending to an increased drinkability. Peppery twinge at the finish of a smooth, but light mouthfeel. Has the chocolate and roast aspects of an English stout, but clearly the Belgian house yeast Ommegang uses has taken this one over and made it its own. The result is that not much chocolate is detectable. Truly a unique beer.

orfeu, Oct 29, 2007
Photo of hreb
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

hreb, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of sabrills70
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle with no freshness date other than 10th anniversary - so it was bottled in 2007. Pours a jet black with a 2 finger brown head, nice longevity and beautiful lace. Lots of coffee and chocolate aromas mixed with earthy and bready smells too. Lots of nice flavors here. Some initial brown sugar, dried fruits followed by the coffee and slight chocolate with a nice roasted malt aftertaste. This stuff is wonderfully complex and smooth. Everything is balanced superbly. An awesome beer.

sabrills70, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of lsummers
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a fantastic black as oil. Really nice frothy head that would be something I'd see on a fresh brewed cup of hot chocolate.

Smell is very nicely balanced with the creamy milk chocolate and subtle raisin. Slight almond vanilla note comes through. Smell leads into taste perfectly. Dark chocolates and burnt brown sugar notes. Very creamy malty sweetness and some nice bitter notes coming from the dark chocolate. Sweet but not overpowering, and nicely malty. There may be some slight bitter hop notes but they only help bring out the dark chocolate. Again nothing is overpowered or overly out there. Nicely drinkable for a Belgian stout. Moderate amount of carbonation helps the creaminess feel lighter.

Overall, an instant favorite of mine. I don't usually drink chocolate inspired beers, but when I do, I drink Chocolate Indulgence.

lsummers, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of mattboyer182
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

mattboyer182, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of raffy313
4/5  rDev +5.3%

raffy313, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of oakbluff
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2007 vintage- pours a very dark brown with a foamy chocolate milk like head. Nose- medium roast and dark chocolate. Taste- sweet dark fruits, candi sugar, bitter roast. Was expecting more chocolate- its noticable, but not in forefront. Getting somewhat oxidized. Finish has a somewhat sour/tart character and a bit chalky.

oakbluff, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of MSchae1017
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was pours brown-black with a frothy tan head that holds a nice film and laces well. The smell if full of roated malts with the cocoa powder and hints of belgian yeastiness. The taste echos the smell. The roasted character is up front with bitter cocoa following and finishing with a yeastiness. The mouthfeel is medium-full with a bit of dryness at the end. Overall, a very nice and interesting release. I would certainly drink this again.

MSchae1017, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of innuendobrewskiman63
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

innuendobrewskiman63, Apr 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

King_KongDCO93, Nov 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

HuntDaddy540, Jul 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

CB_Crowe, Jul 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

WuBByG999, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of huysmans
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

huysmans, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of Teleweizen2
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Teleweizen2, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of VaporDome
3/5  rDev -21.1%

VaporDome, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of DeFaz
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

DeFaz, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of jmalex
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

jmalex, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of kenito799
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

kenito799, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of MsRif
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

MsRif, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of jjboesen
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jjboesen, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of letsgopens
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

letsgopens, Nov 01, 2007
Photo of Maxwell
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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!

Maxwell, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of MaximumYuks
3/5  rDev -21.1%

MaximumYuks, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of donteatpoop
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

donteatpoop, Mar 21, 2010
Chocolate Indulgence Stout from Brewery Ommegang
86 out of 100 based on 1,176 ratings.