Chocolate Indulgence Stout
Brewery Ommegang

Chocolate Indulgence StoutChocolate Indulgence Stout
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Style:
Belgian Dark Ale
ABV:
7%
Score:
86
Avg:
3.84 | pDev: 11.98%
Reviews:
710
Ratings:
1,315
From:
Brewery Ommegang
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  110
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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Reviews by cuy50:
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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Photo of Lunch
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Victoria Gastro Pub in Columbia, MD (01/11/10). Served in Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence goblet at a slightly colder than desired temperature, but allowed to warm to cellar temp.

A: Pours a deep murky brown to almost black with just a faint collar which just a bit of lacing.

S: I was expecting a big chocolate presence here, but instead I was greeted with some roasted malt with powered cocoa sprinkled throughout.

T: There is a slighter greater chocolate presence in the form again of powdered cocoa, but this is no way lives up to its name. Dominated most by roasted malt with some nice Belgian Strong Dark Ale qualities as well.

M: Medium-bodied and a bit lighter than I was expecting with moderate carbonation and some creaminess.

D: Fairly drinkable, but one was enough for me. the 7% abv. was completely hidden.

Overall this was a bit of a disappointment, but it is by no means a bad beer just the name sets itself up for so much more. Worth a Look.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Dark brown, nearly black pour. Thin tan head. Not a lot of lacing down the glass.

An unsurprising amount of chocolate aroma wafting out of this brew along with some earthy, woody elements as well. If you're in the mood for chocolate, try this one!

Rich chocolate and earth notes fill the mouth. It's rich and decadent--an incredible dessert stout, though somewhat simple and one-note.

Medium to thick bodied. A sipper, even without the slightest bit of alcohol heat.

This beer is quite the chocolate treat. For a chocolate lover, this one's a great pick!

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Photo of rlee1390
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure on the age, couldn't find a bottle or best buy date, but still glad to try.

A-Black in the glass, one finger tan head, yeast accumulates at the bottom.

S-Roasted malt, some smoke, dark chocolate and slight coffee.

T-Dark chocolate, that is almost faint compared to other chocolate stouts, a good deal of roasted malt, slight coffee and smoke and no bitterness.

M-Lighter for a stout, not much carbonation and thin.

O-A decent beer, fresh it might have been better, but being a want, it was great to try it.

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Photo of TigerOwl
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of jdhilt
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two finger thick brown head that fades slowly and leaves a good lace. Black as midnight. Good carbonation and heavy bodied. Chocolate nose. Flavor is a rich unsweetened chocolate with a bakers chocolate finish. Nice beefy stout. $11.49 for a 750ml bottle from Yankee Spirits South Attleboro, Ma.

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Photo of NCSUdo
2.59/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from a 750 mL bottle

A: Pours a pitch black under a fingers worth of brown head. Good lace, good retention.

S: Smells of sweet chocolate and roasted malt. Alcohol shows itself as well, a little surprising for 7%. Much like the taste, some nutty hints seem to show up as drinking continues. Slight offness in the odor as well (phenol? ester?) that just doesn't quite balance out.

T: Tastes of a slightly bitter chocolate and roasted malt. Some fruity notes that don't exactly explode onto the scene, but are there nonetheless. Slightly bitter finish that seems more tied into the chocolate than any hop character. Some nutty character as well. Overall finish is slightly on the bitter chocolate side. After the first couple of sips, it seems that the chocolate character has really been relagated to the finish, with the nutty character dominating. Slight warming from alcohol as well. Slight sourness emerges as well. The more I drink, the worse it seems to get.

M/D: A good, creamy mouthfeel, carbonation is a little high, full bodied. Drinkablility is all right on this one. Overall, I have to say I'm a little underwhelmed, maybe my expectations were too high. Expected much more chocolate in this one. Almost comes off closer to a brown ale in taste, with a stout body, but even the brown ale, almost porter-like character, is too off. I've got 1 more bottle that I will hold onto for a while and see what happens, but I'm not expecting much.

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Photo of TonyT
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml poured into Ommegang Chalice
(Bottle was in the convenient 3 pack holiday gift sampler - very nice Ommegang)

Poured Dark brown with off-white/ light tan head. Could not pour this quickly, only giving less than an inch of head. But the lace retention was very good.

The smell offered roasted malts with light chocolate hints. Nothing crazy with this, just a steady smell.
The taste pulls through more of what the smell offers. Dryness in the front end with a thin light carbonated mouthfeel. This beer is more front and back end. Not alot in the middle, which is not a bad thing. The roast of the malts lingers, along with a slight yeasty flavor.

Can you have more than one pint, definitely.
This is a very pleasant beer that does not go over the top but is right down the middle.

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Photo of buckyp
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of madelf66
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of garymuchow
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chocolate in the aroma. Cocoa mostly and not excessive almost powdery. Nice. Slight roast in background.
Poured with dark head of some height that eventually settled to smooth cap with elevated edges leaving a sticky drippy lacing. Dark chocolaty looking drink.
Flavor is more complex than aroma with chocolate and roast in similar form as aroma, but a nice hop bitterness kicking in as it warms adding a favorable complexity and length to the drink that really rounds it out nicely. Alcohol is noticeable, especially when colder as it blends better when warm.
Nice moderate feel with carbonation that enhances without distracting.
Overall a good drink. Richness is high so there may be limits on it, but it went well with my strawberry birthday pie.

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Photo of Jmamay22
2.71/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark nearly black opaque brown with a small tan colored head. The head eventually reduces to a three hundred and sixty degree collar with random spots on top.

Smell is nearly nonexistent. All I'm really picking up on are faint hints of bitter cocoa and perhaps some dark fruit. This is leading me to believe this will be a disappointing beer.

Very subtle hints of cocoa and metal. Not sweet, really just a bittering cocoa finish. Lacks any degree of complexity. In my opinion it barely has a single dimension let alone any depth. Maybe raisins? But I feel I'm grasping in the dark for something that just isn't there. I can't say enough about how this is not bad, but rather the absence of good or bad. It just is and isn't much. I tried it at varying temperatures and I couldn't find much to indulge in.

Mouthfeel is on the good side of medium and has a slightly creamy consistency. Very drinkable, but mostly because the alcohol is hidden and there's nothing much going on. Very little taste. I'm vastly disappointed. Did I get an off bottle? Am I just missing something? I expect much better from Ommegang. Overpriced and underdone.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 25.4oz bottle into Ommegang Tulip

Appearance: Opaque black with a large, foamy brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves lots of lace.

Smell: Sweet throughout- roasted malts, molasses, and chocolate.

Taste: Begins with sweet chocolate, ending with a more bitter coffee-chocolate taste. Hints of tart alcohol in the end.

Mouthfeel: Thick, smooth, creamy body with a sticky finish.

Drinkability: This beer is very interesting. A nice depth of chocolate flavors and a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of impending
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

as the name is precise, this is a stout

750ml into a tulip. Pours a deep dark velvety chocolate brown with caramel highlights. Towering dense coffee ice cream colored head forever slow to subside. Wonderful clumpy froth.

Aroma is yeasty chocolate and coffee, very nice.

Taste is roasted chocolate malts with hints of real chocolate and burnt coffee. Mild sweetness as in a dark chocolate. Finishes just slightly bitter surprisingly after all the burnt coffee flavor. Medium yet rich mouthfeel. Warms well.

The belgian influence on this stout is first in the delightful head which would look appropriate on a spoon or a cappuccino. Secondly, the bitterness is minimal for belgian style balance. But primarily, as with all belgians, the yeast creates a complexity.
cheers
jd

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of Bighuge
2.48/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pitch black. Medium sized crop of brown froth sits on top. It laces quite nicely as I drink. Smells of chocolate some roast notes and bready yeastiness. Palate doesn't match the aroma as nicely as I'd like. It's a little watery with light notes of chocolate spattered about. This is really pretty thin in flavor. Not a lot going on besides the light cocoa and slight belgian yeastiness and some metallic notes as well. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Sparsely carbonated. This beer does very little for me.

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Photo of walshclimb
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich black body with thick tan head consisting of tiny bubbles. Great retention with continuous lace. Really nice! Smell is mild with chocolate and a light sourness. Taste is warm roasted malt and chocolate with moderate sourness and a bit of citrus that transitions to a chocolate and increasingly sour finish with just a little bitterness. Full bodied with a creamy texture an a smooth, slightly dry finish. Very nice overall with an amazing appearance, unreal head retention, great flavor and very pleasant mouthfeel. Try it if you like rich stouts.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Bierman9
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This gift from Artie2 was enjoyed outside on a brilliant Mothers Day....

Poured some of the 750ml bottle into a small tulip. It's a drense, opaque , dark brown; can't see a thing within. Head was initially about 1" but ebbed rapidly to a fine layer of mocha-hued foam. Lacing is quite attractive, sticking all over. Aroma is of cocoa powder and some roastyness. It is fairly smooth, but the body is no more than medium; was hoping for something a bit more chewy.

Flavor gives up a nice blend of some choco, cocoa and mocha. This all gives a pleasant, light level of sweetness to this offering. Delving in a bit further, I get a bit of a funky, Belgian character. Bringing things to a close, there's some floral hop action in the very dry finish. Overall, not bad though I was expecting btter from Ommegang. Prosit!

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nose is ripe with creamy malt, sweet fruit (banana notably), and a splash of hop.

Pours pitch black with a moderate brown head with mild retention.

Creamy smooth and Stoutishly malty. A dry bittersweetness hits the tongue, spurred on by heavily roasted malt - it almost feels like I'm nibbling some dark brown malt. Hops add just enough tartness and citric/floral suggestions for a good balance. Beyond the hop tartness it is a little sour, funky sour, just a little Belgian twang I suppose.

A soft, full-bodied stout with a Belgian twist, Chocolate Indulgence is ripe with delicate subtleties in a complex weaving.

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Chocolate Indulgence Stout from Brewery Ommegang
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