Chocolate Indulgence Stout
Brewery Ommegang

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From:
Brewery Ommegang
 
New York, United States
Style:
Brown Ale - Belgian Dark
ABV:
7%
Score:
86
Avg:
3.82 | pDev: 12.04%
Ratings:
1,317
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Dec 31, 2020
Added:
Sep 27, 2007
Wants:
  108
Gots:
  128
SCORE
86
Very Good
Chocolate Indulgence StoutChocolate Indulgence Stout
Notes: 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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3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by rand from California

750 mL corked bottle, into an Allagash goblet

A: Dark brown brew, lightly carbonated, little head or lacing to speak of.

S. Nose of unsweetened cocoa, oak, cherry-like phenols. A little floral at the at the edge of the bouquet.

T/M: More chocolatey on the palate...sweeter here. Some banana-cherry esters play off oaky aspects. Thin, watery for the style.

Brew has held up well over time, but expected more chocolate. This tastes more like an English stout.

Dec 31, 2020
 
4.03 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Dec 16, 2019
 
4.46 by notjaredlouche from New Jersey on Jul 20, 2019
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Pegasus from Texas

Appearance: Clear, dark reddish brown in color, with a prominent off-white head, which retains well. Scattered, fine-beaded lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Chocolate dipped dark fruit dominates, with notes of solvent alcohol. Bitter cocoa, cold coffee, and dark berries are present, as well.

Taste: Dark chocolate, and dark fruit dominate from start to finish, as with the aroma. Strong notes of spicy, sweet alcohol underlie the taste throughout; the alcohol is quite warming. Cold coffee comes through late in the taste, as do notes of wood, vanilla, and subtle figs. The finish is quite dry.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, soft, and pleasant, quite full.

Drinkabilty/notes: With its chocolate notes, it seems more than appropriate for Easter.

Presentation: Packaged in a 500ml Belgian-style brown glass bomber bottle, sealed with a cork and cage, served in a South American-style Pilsener glass.

Apr 21, 2019
 
3.71 by Mikexw from New York on Aug 20, 2018
 
4.16 by bobstockwell from Massachusetts on Mar 27, 2018
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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

From the bottle of indeterminate age, it pours a dark brown with a modest light tan head that slowly dissipates and leaves lacing. Scent includes chocolate, dark malt and alcohol. Taste follows nose, deliciously.

Mar 02, 2018
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3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by jkblr from Indiana

750mL corked bottle bb July 2017 (6 months ago) poured into a Ommegang signature glass at fridge temp 7% ABV. The beer pours dense dark brown with no highlights and brown head. The aroma is rather strong with dark chocolate and roast malt. The taste is more dark chocolate and some fairly bitter dark malts. This could have to do with age. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and somewhat dry in the finish. There is a weird battle between the sweetness and bitterness in this beer. Again, not going to be over critical due to age. Overall, ok. Bought this is a gift set with two other bottles and a glass at about half price.

Feb 07, 2018
 
4.21 by ak010101 from New York on Feb 03, 2018
 
3.5 by deereless from Colorado on Jan 14, 2018
 
3.58 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on Jan 06, 2018
 
4.07 by ninaturner from Florida on Dec 31, 2017
 
3.5 by EdmundBlackadder from Ohio on Dec 09, 2017
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4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by mrl2112 from Pennsylvania

Stout biased.. but this is a fantastic chocolate stout. No artificial flavors. Veru smooth, easy drinking.

Aug 19, 2017
 
4.23 by chadbweiner from Pennsylvania on Jul 14, 2017
 
3.42 by emerge077 from Illinois on May 21, 2017
 
3.99 by Dharmelink from Wisconsin on Apr 17, 2017
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3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by EMH73 from New York

Pours a very dark brown with a half inch tan head that dissipated quickly and left little lacing. Smells and tastes of dark chocolate and roasted malts with a hind of coffee. Light bodied for a stout, really more like a porter, smooth mouth feel, creamy, minimal carbonation.

Mar 26, 2017
 
4 by jordanian2 from Maryland on Mar 11, 2017
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3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by brewandbbq from New Hampshire

750ml bottle from 2007.

Pours almost opaque dark brown with barely a race of carbonation. A whisp on the surface for the duration with no real lacing to speak of. Aromatics are chocolate-forward with shades of fudge and Hershey's syrup. On the thicker side of medium bodied with a syrupy, slick mouthfeel. Bakers chocolate with roasted malts on the palate. The chocolate is still fairly pronounced with the stout character fairly meek. Finishes with lingering sweet chocolate.

This beer has held up very well. That being said the stout base is pretty light-duty and more Porter-esque.

Jan 14, 2017
 
3.25 by Nat1975 from Indiana on Dec 27, 2016
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3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by OompaMentor from Georgia

Draft poured into pint glass; little to no head. Modest hint of chocolate and malts. Low carbonation/ the beer taste flat (had them check pressure/regulator- it was up to par). Malts gently coat the palate- dark chocolate is subtle. Can't say my experience is consistent with others who have rated this beer.

Dec 11, 2016
 
4.03 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania on Sep 02, 2016
 
4.12 by ikidunot from Canada (ON) on Aug 23, 2016
 
3.83 by DCrimdog66 from Connecticut on Aug 14, 2016
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3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Vixie from Florida

A very dark beer, not quite black, but close. Very thick and creamy head that stays around for some time, leaving a lot of lacing as it takes its time dissipating.

Smell is mainly chocolate, reminds me f the smell of chocolate cake batter.

Sweeter chocolate up front, then the bitterness kicks in, making it more like the taste of dark chocolate. The bitterness does help keep the sweetness in check, the effect is a lot like a liquid version of a dark chocolate bar.

Very smooth and creamy feel, like a very rich hot chocolate.

I would definitely classify this one as a dessert beer. The only thing keeping me from rating this higher is I feel it is a bit too bitter, Belgian styles usually tone that down a bit more. A nice beer from one of my favorite breweries, and while not among my favorites from them, still worth trying.

Jul 03, 2016
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4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by BradtheGreat7 from Ohio

Ommegang style bomber, corked and caged with a beautiful label. Pour produces a rich dark brown with loads of funk floating around and an excellent tan to mocha brown head. Poured into my Ommegang Goblet.

Aroma Is rich with dark chocolate and roasted malt. Some earthy herbal character as the yeast takes on a dark fruitiness that pairs well with the toasted chocolate.

Dark cocoa up front produces some lovely dark chocolate bitterness. Somewhat earthy notes with milk chocolate sweetness deep in the belly of all those bittersweet dark chocolate notes. A hint of Belgian spice and a slosh of dark fruit from the delicious yeast. Finish has a touch of sweetness and a note of roasted walnut.

Terrific body texture and the thickness is as expected from the size. Ommegang really delivers it's bittersweet chocolate flavors while keeping the sweetness in check making it very drinkable. Like toasted dark chocolate mixed with butter. This drinks like a Belgian stout and it's quality shines through as usual from Ommegang. Finish leaves a trail of chocolate pie notes lingering in the back.

Chocolate Indulgence is not your classic Ommegang offering done in traditional Belgian style, but is a nice twist on the so called Belgian stout style. For me this style is different than the actual Belgian dark ales as it has some roast to the malt. The chocolate is there as is the dark malt, but is balanced in such a stunning way with light sweetness and dark fruits that make this more than just a dessert brew. As good as this is, I'd have to imagine a Bourbon barrel aged version would be well worth the search. I'm not huge into chocolate forward ales, but Indulgence definitely brings a different aspect of chocolate in an ale.

May 07, 2016
 
4 by Beginner2 from Illinois on Apr 24, 2016
 
4.63 by npendres from Wisconsin on Apr 23, 2016
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3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Comes in deep brown with a beige head forming at the 1/2" mark. Lace and retention were superb. Aroma was like those chocolate orange candies.

Has a decent amount of chocolate, not as much as Rogue or Southern Tier offerings, but still good, easy banger. A very American adjunct Belgian Dark Ale, the yeast doesn't punch through the chocolate. Kept the dark fruit bitterness at bay.

A good beer, I enjoyed it. Format would keep me from another purchase, but hey, it was good at least.

Apr 21, 2016
 
3.66 by Allurex from Kansas on Apr 08, 2016
 
4 by Gkruszewski from New York on Apr 02, 2016
 
3.81 by BYOFB from Wisconsin on Apr 02, 2016
 
3.75 by sposter4 from Pennsylvania on Mar 30, 2016
 
4.44 by ta_hagen from Minnesota on Mar 28, 2016
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4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by BrewsingBuffalo from New York

L: Dark brown with a creamy light brown head. Head retention is very strong, and lacing is abundant. A pleasure to look at.

S: Roasted grain, chocolate, fruity and slightly spicy yeast character, earthy/herbal hops

T: Fruity yeast is very apparent- apple, pear, and to a lesser extent, plum. A subdued coffee flavor rides shotgun to dark chocolate and its accompanying bitterness that lingers, intertwining with the herbal hops on the back-end

F: Excellent. Medium carbonation, medium bodied. exceptionally smooth and silky mouthfeel, with a dry, almost chalky finish. After well into the glass, it gets a bit sticky a s well

O: I think the name is a bit of a misnomer, as the chocolate is not exceptionally dominant. But I'm not interested in that. I'm interested in what is in the glass, and this beer is very finely constructed. Simply a pleasure to look at and drink. I would recommend this, but don't expect a chocolate bomb.

Mar 14, 2016
 
4 by eldoctorador from Chile on Feb 28, 2016
 
4.08 by daem3384 from California on Feb 21, 2016
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2.84/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
by NatoMasochism from Tennessee

On tap at Flying Saucer downtown Nashville. Poured into a snifter.
The name "Chocolate Indulgence" and the consequent expectations are honestly what killed this beer for me. Good name for a lactose stout, not so much for a Belgian dark ale.

L - Thin pour with half finger head. Very dark with red tints.
S - Fruit forward nose with minimal chocolate

Taste and mouthfeel are on par with the aroma. Decent dark ale but almost no chocolate.
I probably would have enjoyed this much more had I not been asking "where's the chocolate indulgence?" the whole time. If given an obscure (non-flavorprofile) name, those subtle chocolate notes would have been a bonus rather than a hindrance.

Feb 17, 2016
 
4 by rdoggg from Pennsylvania on Feb 14, 2016
Chocolate Indulgence Stout from Brewery Ommegang
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