Chocolate Indulgence Stout | Brewery Ommegang

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Chocolate Indulgence StoutChocolate Indulgence Stout

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of BigDank
5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is definitely all I expected it to be. A little spendy but worth it if you like chocolate stouts. Ommegang does not disappoint. Dark pour with nice head. Not too much carbonation and a great heavy but smooth and somewhat creamy chocolate flavor. Easy to drink and hard to share. I would recommend this beer to anyone who enjoys the type and for any occasion.

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Photo of smurphy77
4.88/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer should win a medal. Poured as a dark chocolate liquid with a modest, long-lasting cocoa colored head. The flavors coming from every sip of this beer were immense. Espresso with cream and a dusting of chocolate first appear on the palate, followed by dark chocolate and then finished with a soft, earthy finish. Everything about this beer is highly pronounced without being overstated.

Both full-bodied and light at the same time, this beer is very drinkable and probably highly addictive. Admittedly, I'm a fan of this style so I do have a slight bias. Not sure what separates a belgian strong dark ale from an imperial stout, but whatever you call it, it's delicious.

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Photo of Lupe
4.85/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a pitch black with no light able to pass through. Massive chocolate milk-colored head, almost 3 fingers thick. Fluffy, creamy, and leaves sticky lace all over the sides of the glass. Head had some staying power before it settles to a thin sheet.

Bold aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, spices, a hint of smoke and a bit of oak. Yeasty Belgian funk is also present. Very appealing.

Rich flavors of dark chocolate, mild coffee, roasted and toasted malt, vanilla, clove and spice. A hint of smoke and oak along with light hops, and a slight presence of alcohol are also present. A well balanced flavor, not overpowering or cloying. Finishes dry with lingering dark chocolate bitterness.

Moderately carbonated and not as thick as other stouts, light-medium in body. Thinner than I expected. Very smooth and silky, with faint spice lingering on the tongue.

So smooth and delicious. Easy to drink, complex but not overpowering. Alcohol barely shows. So enjoyable. Only downfall is the mouthfeel - expected something fuller in body. Kind of like a Rogue Chocolate Stout meeting a Belgian Dark Ale. Excellent.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.8/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Not sure why my review of this was deleted... but here it is again...

2008 vintage opened during Thanksgiving of 2010. Poured at 45°F and shared with my gf.

Poured deep brown with nice ruby hues in the light. Light beige head that lasted an impressive length of time, adorning the oversized wine glass with bands of lacing. The aromas explode Chocolate! Belgian dark chocolate, cocoa, hint of dark toast, and the faintest hint of raisins. The cocoa is more pronounced than the rest. Chocolate is the highlight of the flavors, although it is balanced well by slight caramel, touch of raisins and plums, and cream. A toasty and sweetish finish makes for a great dessert beer. Indeed, this went very well with pumpkin pie, apple pie, and cheesecake! The mouthfeel is thicker than expected, yet not quite in the RIS range. Of course, this is a Belgian style beer. Alcohol is not noticeable at all and before long we were sad that our glasses were empty.

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Photo of Brad007
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally decided to buy a bottle of this beer.

Pours a soot black color with ample brown head and lacing. Aroma is strong and the belgian chocolate shows though in the nose with roastiness and coffee notes. Taste is strong and roasty upfront with the belgian chocolate showing through very well in the aftertaste. A second sip detects more of the chocolate and it sticks more throughout the mouth. Rich, almost decadent and very drinkable.

Funny that it's not classified as a stout. Definitely qualifies kind of like an imperial stout here. The aftertaste is impressive and for the price, I feel it was a good choice. I might buy a second or third bottle to age down the road as this beer can only get better with age.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.73/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into Ommegang tulip glass.

A - Oil black with a generous creamy tan foamy yeasty head and clingy lacing. Gorgeous.

S - Chocolate, nuts, caramel, smokey wood.

T - Rich dark chocolate. Coffee. Roated nuts.

M - Very well balanced. Rich in flavor without being thick or non beer like. Even carbonation. Slight bread-like after taste. Really well done.

D - Fantastic delicious stouty belgian dark. A MUST try for any fan of stouts.

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Photo of Ig0r
4.7/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The head is brown and very tall with small bubbles that have great retention. Only a few large bubles are present in center. During the pour there is a good amount of 'flowing' of the bubbles along the sides of the glass. The color is very dark and completely opaque.

The smell is sweet with hints of fruit and spice; there is a slightly burnt aroma mixed in. On tasting, there is little carbonation but a thick feel. The roasted-coffee is apparent at the start with only a small amount of bitterness for balance.

The aftertaste is where the chocolate is noticable. The taste lingers for a while, but it feels like a surprisingly thin coating.

Overall, it has a strong body that is well-balanced. The chocolate is apparent but not as overwhelming as I was expecting.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.66/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is fairly strong and smoky, mainly of roast coffee with hints of chocolate and a whisper of molasses. It pours an opaque sable like dark chocolate with a very thick, fine-bubbled tan head that hangs around for a while. Flavor is just simply superb, smoky and chocolaty with undertones of coffee, caramel and molasses. It is fairly sweet but not cloying, and there is a touch of hop bitterness that balances the sweetness nicely. Texture is smooth and bubbly, and it leaves a slightly sweet mocha aftertaste. Very festive, and a good dessert beer.

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Photo of sirdrinkwell
4.65/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a: poured into my chalice, this is pure chocolate romance as to be expected....dark mahogany with healthy tan head.

s: the nose is tempered caramel chocolate, muted coffee, a hint of yeast (but not so much as to become cumbersome)

t: very nice dry chocolate opening and finish with some almost almond nuttiness inflected...

m: excellent, very smooth and balanced with a terrific refreshing finish. a nice mouthful without being too heavy on the palate...

d: this is another thoroughly drinkable brew from Ommegang which might actually be better served at a slightly higher alcohol %. Might be perfection at say, 8.5-9.5%...but as is, it's pretty close!


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Photo of BeerSox
4.63/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle into 25oz snifter. 10th anniversary on the label ('97 to '07).

Pitch black with absolutely no light getting through, even when held up to the light. A thick and dense light brown head seems to last forever. On the first pour it was about two fingers high, when it settled to one finger, I added a little more beer and it stayed as a dense on finger head that goes nowhere. The retention of this beer is impressive. After a few minutes it settles to a pillow cap with a dense rim along the glass. Solid lacing all the way through.

Smells just like any other stout. Deep roasty malts with a good amount of black coffee. The dark bitter chocolate is very present in the aroma, very welcoming.

Deep bitter and roasty malt flavors. The bitter chocolate complements the malts very well. A little bit of spiciness is in there. I can't detect much of any hoppiness in there, which is fine with me. Full bodied.

I actually had Obamagang (Inauguration Ale) before I had this one, and I feel this one takes a slight edge. The chocolate is a bit stronger and the roasty malts dominate. Very little of the standard Belgian characteristics make it into this one. Smooth and complex, and a very tasty beer. Recommended.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.63/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep brown pour. Impenetrable core of black in the glass. Big lush capping of thickly set tan foam sits all fluffy, creamy, and delightfully frothy. Keeps a steady amount of foam always present and places lacing in a fine coat of sticky patches and dirty snowflakes.

The aroma is a landscape of chocolatey goodness thats quite bold on the nose. Roastyish, yes, toastyish, yes, chocolateyishness, most definately! Notes of graham cracker and cheese cake make for a unique addition of desserts.

Great taster too. Firm, smooth, soft, delicately natured in a fine dust and fluff of chocolate cream pie crust and filling. Maybe its all the holiday food thats making an impression with me here, but damn if this doesn't completely bring to mind what the chocolate silk pie I had would be like in a beer. Yum.

Milky smooth and soft with about a medium body. Great overall easy going texture thats very silky with a nice little dry fluffy nudge of chocolate cake or silk pie.

This stuff rocks! Chocolate silk pie in a bottle! Gonna have to grab more before its gone cuz this stuff is a keeper for sure. Share, hoard, indulge, whatever...I know I'm gonna stick with the namesake and give in to my "Indulgence" of this great beer!

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Photo of beertunes
4.63/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into hefty chalice. Poured gently so as not to create more head than is my preference. Very dark, almost solid, black with a beautiful medium brown head. Head lasts about a minute. Nice lacing as you work through the glass. The roasty aromas blend nicely with scent of chocolate. The chocolate is noticeable but not overpowering. A full, complete and satisfying mouthfeel that stays on the tongue, while not being cloying. Drinkability is very high for a stout, drinking a couple of 22s of this in a row would not be a chore at all. A well done beer that is very worthy of your time.

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Photo of guitarmage
4.61/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very deep brown to black, no light passes through the goblet, even at the edges. Big rocky tan head shows great retention.

Smell: Not especially fragrant. Light cooked grain smells, a light steeliness, faint bitter chocolate notes.

Taste: Chocolate malt is immediately apparent followed by sweet Belgian chocolate that lingers through the finish, an espresso like bitterness comes through at the end and balances the beer.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and fairly creamy, carbonation is light, smooth, and fizzy.

Drinkability: This is a delicious beer, comparable if not better than Rogue's chocolate, but they're different. Awesome after dinner beer, BBQ pork ribs and cole slaw. The beer kept it sweet, but cleaned it up the palette.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was part of the 10th anniversary 3-pack, 3 1PT 9.4 fl. oz. bottles and a fancy glass for $20.99 Not bad. Bottle>Postel chalice

This is a "True belgian-style chocolate stout" with real Belgian chocolate and cocoa powder added. Let this one warm up to at least 50 degrees. Infact, let it get closer to room remp.

This thing poured out slowly because this brew is pretty thick. Darkest brown color, almost black, but not totally opaque with a beautiful and massive brownish-tan head that is very smooth, with a few bubbles, but it's mostly thick and creamy and very sticky, the lacing is just glued to the edges. This looks Sooo good.

The aroma is a big-time chocolate roastie malt, earthy, herbal hop notes further down and hint of heat. Vanilla, nutmeg, and sweet-malt aroma's are very inviting. If I was doing this blind I would swear it was a big-fat RIS.

THe flavor is a complex dark-chocolate, no, make that burnt chocolate and roastie oats malt flavor that is very bold. There are wondeful currents of sweet-chocolate and vanilla, peanut butter and almonds. The flavor becomes sweeter as it warms up to room temp. Underneath the big malt complexity is an acorn-like bitter hop with mild heat that becomes herbal and mildly spicey. I'm blown away by how enjoyable this Stout is.

This one is full-bodied, but with that light champagne-like feel but much smoother. A wonderful feel overall with sticky lips.

This is simply a beautiful brew, big flavor, ultra-smooth feel...a true bad-ass Stout and very drinkable at 7 %. I couldn't put this one down. Wow.

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Photo of charlesw
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well... Yeah. Right now it's listed as belgian strong dark. Works for me and I'll review it as such.

First off, it's a bummer that it's nearly twice the cost of an "ordinary" Ommegang beer! Dang! But, hey, looks like they had a lot of it around and I'd buy it again, you know?

I love the tiny bubbles... The tiny Belgian bubbles... Enough of them to actually give a small head. Whoa. It's still not long lived, but it's there. And the tiny bubbles... It smells chocolaty. And then you taste it. So, bear with me... But my first taste came like eating dry cocoa powder. Bitter cocoa, if you think there's a difference, eh? As in, it's pretty dry. I was surprised at the dryness. By the end of the first snifter (a whopping 4 oz) I was very used to the dryness and even relished it - when knowing what to expect, I couldn't wait for the next taste! Good stuff. I wish it didn't cost so much...

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ, finally getting a chance to try this,

A: Pours a dark brown, chocolate coloured to be exact, with a full off-white/tan head, great lacing, with good retention.

S: Dark chocolate, as opposed to the direct milk chocolate of Young's, first response was Chocolate Malt Instant Breakfast that my dad always used to drink in the '90s.

T: Delicious full chocolate taste, it literally tastes like a milkshake, if you want to taste chocolate in a beer, try this, there's really not much more to say, just tasty as hell.

M: Lighter than I expected, but still has a good body, has a rocky/chalky character too, as well, which is interesting.

D: A delicious beer, much more of a Milk Stout than a BSDA, no real ester, dark fruit character here, but just a tasty stout, yum.

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Photo of atsprings
4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Tyler's in Durham, served an almost opaque black with a decent head that leaves great lacing on the glass. The aroma was a little disappointing, some resemblance to a standard Hershey bar, but not much else. The taste totally makes up for the aroma! A wonderful bitter chocolate fills your mouth and leaves the Belgian yeast far in the background. The finish leaves a lingering taste of a Hershey's special dark in your mouth. The beer is medium bodied with low carbonation and warming alcohol. This is a truly enjoyable beer, just a little pricey.

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Photo of pittvkyle7
4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at Delainey's, New haven listed as a stout.

a- As far as I could tell it was straight black. dark brown head that was almost purple. No visible carbonation, lacing on the glass.

s- not the stroong point of this brew. sweet coco, and burnt malts.

t- dark malts, burnt, coco, chocolate is not as intense as the name might sound. What makes this interseting is the fruity flavor given by the Belgian yeasts, hard to pin point the exact fruit they resemble but tasty none the less. brfore the finish there is some hop bitterness coming from the (Perle) Hallertauer hops. The finish is dry and cocoish

m- creamy, chewy full body, almost no carbonation (I love that)

d- this is drinkable, no one knows the ABV, but it seems to be around 7%. the dry finish makes you want more.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.57/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Warning: unavoidable joy to rate this beer... impenatrable black body filling out a Victory HopDevil nonick glass... substantial brown head laces as close to perfection as my pencil will allow.... thick, dense chocolate aroma reaches out from the table in front of me... fresh malts are also present.... soft milky toastedness settles the nostrils--I could SMELL this beer all night.... intense heat at the throat retreats, allowing a medium-bodied, slightly effervescent body to present comfortably... chocolate taste indeed--with subtle dairy and toasted flavors--some light esthers lift the weight... these Ommegang brewers do little wrong--I've ordered enough glassware from them to prove my appreciation!--and the Chocolate Indulgence is what it promises... for 7.0% ABV, unbelievably drinkable and character-laden...

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Photo of Squaretooth
4.57/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence Stout

A - Very very dark. Pours with hardly any head and as close to zero lacing as you can get and still have lacing. This leaves a fine oily film all the way down your glass while drinking. Reminds me of an Imperial Stout in appearance

S - Wonderful chocolaty smell with just a hint of coffee

M - Lightly tingles the tongue with a light aftertaste. Very pleasant.

T - Dark fruit with hints of chocolate and coffee. A wonderful balance that is oh so reminiscent of an Imperial stout.

D - I could sip this all night, or have it with a nice steak. Hey, I think I will!

This one is a winner in every respect and comes highly recommended.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.56/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - light gets through the thinner part of the pint glass, near the base, showing some dark burgundy hues. Two+ fingers of thick mocha lace. A few columns sink down quickly while the rest of the cap stays thick and full. Lots of irregularity to the lacing - streaks, spots, dot, and clumps.

Aroma - roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate. Plenty of length and persistence though the volume does drop off some.

Taste - milk chocolate, coffee, and unfortunately an annoying presence of metal. This is a damn fine tasting beer except for that, at least at the beginning. The swallow has some nice roast and heavenly chocolate flavor. One of the best chocolate/coffee flavor combos I've had in recent memory. The metal fades after a bit but I still detect some of it. The aftertaste and finish has a prickly feel to it, while dark chocolate and roasted coffee lingers.

Mouthfeel - a good magnetic smoothness that somehow helps itself into the mouth. I find I'm taking rather large mouthfuls of this, the way you drink a big pull of chocolate milk. Tamed carbonation, just enough to support the taste. Perfect.

Drinkability - awesome flavor in a mighty drinkable package. I need a case of these...

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Photo of BurnsTau
4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black color with nice white/tan head. Smells distinctly like dark roasted coffee, slight chocolaty aromas coming through. Taste up front is dark coffee with chocolate and slight fruity belgian style flavors coming through. Quite a bit more than the average stout going on here. Mouthfeel is good, medium to heavily carbonated but very pleasant.

Overall this is a very pleasant beer, all the great flavors you would expect in a stout but with a bit more depth to it making it stand out. Definitely worth a try and very tasty.

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Photo of davexisxrabid
4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a 2007 of this brew into my Chimay goblet... a nice one inch thick tan head on top of a dark brown body. There was a little bit of visible carbonation zooming up to the surface. Good head retention and nice lacing on the glass during the drinking period.

Aroma of dark chocolate and earthy, pungent hops.

Flavor of dark, bitter chocolate, a roasted/burnt flavor followed by an alcohol warmth and slight residual sweetness.

Thick mouthfeel, just the right amount of carbonation to thin it out a bit so as to not be chewy. You can taste the bittersweet roasted flavors on your palate for quite some time after each sip (or chug depending on how much you like this).

All in all, excellent drinkability. Not too strong, well balanced flavors, good strong chocolate backbone. Glad I could share this brew with my girlfriend and looking forward to trying this one out again sometime soon.

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Photo of omnigrits
4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml into a tulip.

I'm not seeing any light through this dark brew, not even around the edges. Huge tan head that takes a while to subside, leaving masses of lace.

The chocolate is definitely present along with some coffee and dark fruits, Belgian yeastiness and maybe some caramel-ish butter?

The taste follows on the from the nose with a deliciously dry finish. Mouthfeel could be a bit better but I'm not complaining too much about that. This would be a wonderful beer to pair with a powerful curry, I think. Very nice indeed.

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Photo of oldpinecone
4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter.

First off this beer was amazing. It seems to get alot of beef on this site and I dont know why.

It was deep deep brown with almost 2 finger cream head. Picture perfect. It smelled of a roasted toffee chocolate with light fruit notes. The taste wasnt what I expected but was delicious. It was of a sweet cream and almost roasted nutty flavor. I was amazed. Delicious. The mouthfeel was a bit thin and carbonated for my liking esepccialy for a stout but the flavor made up for it. Very drinkable, especially as an after dinner drink or right before bed.

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