Chocolate Indulgence Stout
Brewery Ommegang

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Brown Ale - Belgian Dark
3.84 | pDev: 11.98%
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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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rand from California

3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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
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Pegasus from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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jkblr from Indiana

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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EMH73 from New York

3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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OompaMentor from Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
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Vixie from Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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BradtheGreat7 from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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
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BrewsingBuffalo from New York

4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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
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NatoMasochism from Tennessee

2.84/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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
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IchLiebeBier from Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: very dark, almost black body; thick frothy tan head, long lasting, great lacing

Smell: chocolate malts; light hints of coffee; good aroma, but nothing really jumps out at you

Taste: very bitter roasted grains, almost like black coffee on the start; starts to get a little sweeter in the mid, but finishes pretty bitter; not bad, but not as balanced as I expected; I would prefer just a little bit more malt to balance it out.

Mouthfeel: feels creamy at the start, but then turns out to be a bit thin on the end; pretty smooth overall

Remarks: not a bad beer overall, but I was expecting something with more of a dessert feel to it, although I don't know why I thought that.

Feb 11, 2016
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a speiglau stout glass.

Look is pitch black with a thick frothy head.

Lots of roasted chocolate malt on the nose. A little astringent but not much.

An intense roasted malt on the nose with a thick milk chocolaty feel to the body and after taste.

A decent chocolate stout.

Jan 19, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

2.93/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Didn't really find this to be indulgent or big like I expected, it has some cocoa notes but also a little cola and some nutty porter notes. They managed to keep the yeastiness down here.

Dec 26, 2015
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justinp444 from Michigan

3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter it is black with a slight beige 3 inch thick head. Smell of dark chocolate, roasted yet bread-y malt, cocoa powder, earth, and some dried fruit. Taste is chocolate, some sour metallic, dried fruit, plum, raisin, slight coffee, small notes of caramel, and smooth but with a good amount of carbonation. Mouth feel is moderate and body is light to moderate. Not at all a stout as I was expecting, it truly does taste more like a Belgian dark ale and the chocolate is nice but the body and mouth feel is too weak and doesn't match up.

Sep 02, 2015
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Review from notes, Oct 2013, 750ml bottle poured into tulip

A- pours a dark brown color with a little bit of light shining through, creamy off-white head retains nicely

S- picking up more dark fruit than chocolate up front, some spicy Belgian yeast, caramel and fresh bread

T- dark fig/raisin flavors mix with light chocolaty malt, hints of toffee and coffee, spicy yeast on the finish

M- medium body with medium carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a dryish finish

O- certainly not a stout, with more dark fruit than chocolate, still enjoyable though

Feb 10, 2015
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VashonGuy from Washington

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Undated bomber given me in December 2013 and aged one year.

This is a chocolate ale for those who like their chocolate dark and not very sweet. None of the Hershey's milk chocolate effect here! The chocolate is one element in a mix of roasty flavors, but the chocolate doesn't overwhelm the stout. The beer is just a little tart, and has a bit of bitterness (like coffee bitterness, not the effect of hops). This beer is not sweet at all. Very tasty.

Jan 28, 2015
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Beer-Revelry from Texas

3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured an oily jet black, formed a nice finger of consistent, medium-tan head. Nice solid lacing.
S - Malts, dark chocolate and a little bit of sourness, most likely due to it being Belgian style.
T - Initial sour bite of carbonation develops into rich toasty malt. Dark bittersweet chocolate is present, but unfortunately only at the very end aftertaste and on the exhale. Drinks more like a very malty Belgian than a Belgian-style stout in my opinion.
O - It's an alright stout, nothing to write home about. Personally I'd change the name to Chocolate Belgian Dark Ale because that's more what it drinks like.
V - 22oz bomber, medium value.

Jan 11, 2015
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timontheroad from Colorado

3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 09/2103. Poured into a tulip glass. Pours a very dark brown, almost black, opaque, with a nice three finger fluffy tan head. Great lacing. Aroma is chocolate up front, with some raisin, molasses, fig, and dark roasted malt notes. The taste was nearly identical to the smell, with great chocolate flavor and some nice almost sour yeast taste. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, very smooth, with a somewhat dry finish. Overall, this was quite a nice beer, next time I'd like to try one fresh to see how the aging treated this beer.

Jan 03, 2015
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Flounder57 from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A one finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Spicy yeast, dark fruits, chocolate, caramel, toffee, earthy, and bready.

Taste: You pick up more flavors as it warmed up and some roasty and bitterness in there too.

Mouthfeel: Silky, creamy, smooth, medium to full bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Not sure if this is a dark ale or stout, but I'm happy either way. Got better as it warmed.

Nov 12, 2014
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nasty15108 from New York

4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2007 Vintage Bottle poured into a stemmed Ommegang glass.

L - Poured chocolate brown with a tan head that quickly dispersed into a thin bubbly lacing.

S - Chocolate dominates in a big way followed by ripe fruit and raisin. Delicious!

T - Chocolate with a slight bitter coffee taste. Hints of ripe fruits. finishes with a slight metalic taste. Very tasty.

F - Light mouth feel, but but viscous enough to leave a slightly sticky mouth feel.

Not a stout as the name would dictate, but a very tasty Belgian Dark Ale.

Nov 08, 2014
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HopBomb515 from New Jersey

3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark body that is about one shade under full black with a big tan head the builds and hangs around lacing the glass nice. Really gorgeous beer. Subdued smell with cocoa, dark malt, coffee and herbal notes. Taste starts off sweet, some chat notes from the malt and some sweet dark fruit notes come through. Chocolate makes a big appearance mid palate starting sweet and ending bitter with some herbal hop flavor and coffee. Mouthfeel is medium body and medium carbonation which starts active on the palate and goes fully creamy with some slight dryness. Overall I wasn't sure what to expect but this was an enjoyable beer that brought chocolate flavors with a good balance of sweet and bitter.

Nov 08, 2014
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Undated bottle at 50 degrees into snifter
Aroma of chocolate
Head large (7 cm), light brown, creamy, slowly diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing good – reticulum covering most of glass, bubbles varying in size
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor begins with chocolate and slight alcohol flavor; no hops, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

This is an excellent chocolate stout, of which I usually keep a couple bottles around. The appearance is very appealing – large, creamy head and good lacing atop a deliciously dark brew, topped by the alluring aroma of chocolate. The flavor is chocolaty and delicious, with only the slight taste of alcohol detracting from the pleasure. Overall, a very exquisite brew.

Jun 27, 2014
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ninjembro from Maryland

3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked this up on the way home one day as I was just looking for something new to try, and have been in a stout mood lately. I'm not overly fond of Ommegang offerings usually, but decided I'd give this one a try. Overall, it did not disappoint.

A: Pitch black with a small tan head.

S: The weakest property of this beer. Has a very bitter chocolaty scent, but not in a good way.

T: Does not follow the nose. The chocolate is very subtle, and the beer is very smooth.

M: Very light. Isn't overbearing, and sits very well.

O: Not what I expected at all, but still an enjoyable beer. At the pricepoint, not sure if I'd get it again, but I'm not disappointed with the purchase.

Jun 17, 2014
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