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.

Added by BeerBeing on 09-27-2007

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Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Cole's at $9 a pint. Mike, you are the best at getting stuff like this in. Deep chocolate, I expected to sip but it went down quicker. Lots of lace and full mouthfeel. Bitter finish and more bitter baking chocolate edge aftertaste, rather than sweet or bittersweet. I must have again..for dessert.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(2011 release)

Pours a dark coffee black with a thick and firm tan/brown head. Good looking.

Nose is chocolate plums with a light raspberry undertone; pleasant but a bit fruitier than anticipated - more fruit character than chocolate or roasted malts. A hint of nailpolish in the undertones of the nose.

Mouthfeel is medium thin although well balanced.

Flavors fall short. All in all, not a bad hoppy ale. Balanced flavors of light roasted malt and light coffee character to a medium bitter coffee finish. There is a decent roasted grain quality with a nice bitter hop character. However, one gets "sold" chocolate and one anticipates (and wants?) chocolate. There are hints of chocolate in the nose but it's minimal. The light (very light) chocolate character one thinks he/she gets in the flavors is actually from the nose - no chocolate in the flavors, which are simple.

I'd like another name for this beer and I'd likely grade it higher. Not a bad ale; just not what's promised on the label or from the complex nose, which is the highlight of this one.

Finish is simple light bitter grapefruit skin. I need not try this one again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tough to call this one a stout, with only a medium body, minimal roasted barley bitterness or earthiness, and all the belgian yeast carbonating it so well and drying it up, but its a cool belgian dark ale with a subtle chocolate twist, nice for valentines or some other winter celebration of lovers or friends. heady frothy pour, hazy cocoa brown liquid bubbles profusely. a nose of belgian yeast, fruity esters, and bakers chocolate. an interesting combination, i dont get a lot of grain in this, and maybe it could use more meat on its bones. delicate flavor with the chocolate not being as prominent as the beers name suggests it might be. soft semisweet chocolate notes mix with fruity yeast, chocolate covered raisins come to mind. finish is light and clean, and 7% abv seems spot on for this. a cool bottle of beer, but i would have liked to see a bit more chocolate in the flavor, more indulgence. it is very well made though, and another example of ommegang doing things expertly well. unique and sensual beer worth a try this season.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was poured from a 750 ml bottle into a pint glass. The first thing I noticed was the dark murkiness of the beer. It was quite dark (black with a little brown showing) and it was very hazy. Had a dark chocolate color to it.

The smell was of chocolate, coffee, and some fruitiness. Good mixture. There was also a touch of acohol in the smell, not much but it did take away from the smell a little. The flavor was more of coffee than of chocolate but it was a nice delicate balance. There were some spicy yeast notes in there, not much, but noticeable. There was a mild bitterness to it, more subdued than many of the stouts that I've tried but nice regradless.

The mouthfeel was fairly dry as many coffee beers are. Smooth flavor and feel. This would go well with desert. Overall pretty drinkable.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While visiting my aunt last summer in Rochester NY we stopped in at a little pub called the Old Toad. They had bottle of this one their menu and after searching for it for a year or more I was very happy to see they had some in stock. I ordered a bottle to go and brought it home with me. Opened it up a few days later and love it's rich black pour. The head was brown a foamy. The smell was roasted and burnt with a nose full of Belgian dark chocolate and some yeast. The taste was chocolatey and had a nice transition from sweet to bitter. The mouthfeel was pretty thick and very smooth. Overall I was very glad to get this and I'm very happy that it was as enjoyable as I expected it to be! A very good beer all around in my opinion.

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Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high tan head that quickly died down into a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of cocoa powder in the nose. Some hints of alcohol become noticeable as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is definitely chocolaty, but lacks sweetness has flavors resembling cocoa powder. There are some notes of bitterness and hints of roasted malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied, smooth, a bit thin and rather dry on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation. The smoothness develops once the beer begins to warm up.
D: This beer is a slow sipper because of the bitterness and dryness; the presence of sweetness and creaminess would have made this a lot more quaffable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just as the bottle instructed, I poured the beer slowly, as not to disturb the yeast sediment but enough to release the aromas. The beer has a slight Belgian twang (phenolics, esters, and a funky wild yeast tartness) that came through in the nose and taste, but the appearance was a dark ruby color and the beer also had a detering metalic / blood taste that I didn't prefer much. After a few pours into the glass, I decided to mix it up a bit. After which, the beer released a huge mix of Stout, Cocoa, Roasted barley, and sweet maltiness that drowned out that metalic taste and made the beer quite wonderful. From there on out, the beer took on big Russian Imperial Stout characteristics. The fruitiness and sherry-like aging wasn't there, but the big boost of cocoa helped to round the beer into a complex, yet simple treat.

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Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Looks more like a Belgian than a stout (as I would expect from Ommegang) with an espresso brown color and a rich, foamy head that leaves plenty of lacing

Smell: Dark chocolate dominates, but it is a bit chalky as well

Taste: Dark chocolate, at the outset, with a growing sense of chalk and hops that add a grainy bitterness by mid-palate; adds a coffee element as well, just before the swallow, but the finish is rather chocolatey and light, though there is some lingering hoppy bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with typically Belgian robust carbonation

Drinkability: Misunderstood by some around here who seem to be expecting a Southern Tier style stout, this is a very drinkable beer though it lacks a little complexity in the final analysis

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Photo of largadeer
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown, the color of dark chocolate (appropriately enough). The tan-colored head has fair retention.

Smell: Very sweet; dark chocolate with a bit of espresso and milk.

Taste: Nice balance of sweet and bitter flavors. Sweet milk chocolate and bitter roasted malt are at the forefront, with a bit of lactose and vanilla in the background. Has the subtlest hint of tart citrus fruit, which is the only Belgian element I can find in this beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied; moderate carbonation. Easy on the palate.

Notes: More of an American stout than a Belgian dark ale, in my opinion. Regardless, this is good.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Kryptic: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma is totally dominated by loads of chocolate malt notes with some subtle sweetness. Taste is a mix between some huge chocolate notes with some light sweet notes. Body is slightly thin for the style with a nice creamy texture thought and some good carbonation. Alcohol was not apparent. Overall, a very interesting experiment by this fine brewery but lacking some character and maybe some lactose to be truly inspiring.

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Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark brown, almost black color with a foamy, light brown, two-finger head. It left some lacing.

S - It smelled of chocolate, molasses, caramel and some floral notes.

T - It tasted of sweet chocolate, coffee beans, vanilla and caramel. It even had a slight smoky taste.

M - It was soft and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - I expected more chocolate flavor because of the name. Still a good Belgian ale.

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Photo of oline73
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

There is a nice fluffy light tan head on top of the pour. The head sticks around quite nicely and leaves some lacing on the glass. I'm getting some chocolate in the smell, but it's not aggressive. I'm also getting mild yeast spice and some dark fruit in the nose. The flavor is chocolatey, but I would say it's more delicate than indulgent. The chocolate carries through the whole sip, but the bitterness from the roasted malt builds in the finish. That bitterness is the only thing that sticks with me after the sip. I would have liked the chocolate to stick around a bit longer. The carbonation is creamy but the body of the beer doesn't quite live up to that. This is a solid beer, but doesn't quite live up to the name.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Galaxy Hut last weekend. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a dark, dark brown with a thin tan head. The nose brings forward some dark fruits paired decently enough with a strong dose of dark chocolate. Some roasted malt there as well. The flavor falls along the same lines--there is some brown sugar, dark fruits, and chocolate, though nothing is terribly interesting. Mouthfeel is medium with a dryness in the finish. A pretty good beer, but I wouldn't go out of my way to have this again.

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Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I was stoked to try this beer and well for good reason,poured into an imperial pint glass a deep but not opaque black a little ruby tint when held up to the light,a big two finger frothy head atop leaving gobs of lace as it settled very slowly.The Belgian malts impart spiced bread aroma that intertwines with some bitter chocolate and roasted grain,just silky smooth it glides down effortlessly just full and rich.Wow the chocolate imparted in this brew really shines but it is not over done or to sweet bittersweet chocolate mixed with dark roast coffee with just a hint of orange peel that shows through in a lingering finish wich just added to the beers complexity.Although Iam not the biggest Belgian beer fan in the world this American "big" stout really brings the the best of Belgium with the malts and premium chocolate together to make a great great beer in my mind.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 10/29/2010. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of cocoa, dark chocolate, roasted malt, light char, raisin, prune, toast, toffee, earth, floral, clove, and yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with great balance, strength, and complexity of chocolate, dark malt, and fruity ester notes. Taste of cocoa, dark chocolate, roasted malt, raisin, prune, caramel, toast, toffee, earth, light clove, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of cocoa, dark chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit, caramel, toast, toffee, earth, light clove, and yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of chocolate, roasted malt, and yeast ester flavors; with nice robustness; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian style stout! Great balance and complexity of chocolate, roasted, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of chinchill
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle served in a pint glass.
Pours very dark; opaque; very good, and rather large, light brown head.

Aroma: excellent but surprisingly hoppy. Not surprising: a load of dark and chocolate malts.

Flavor: rich and moderately complex, with dark malts, earthy/herbal hops, and a touch of yeast. Not quite up to the aroma. Starts very sweet but the bittering hops follow quickly.

Feel: medium-full body. Excellent, soft carbonation.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.54/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short light brown head that fades very slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but estery and a little metallic with some chocolate, Belgian yeast and roasted malts.

T: The taste is malty up front and has a metallic bite to it in the beginning, even after I let it sit for a while once it was poured. There are flavors of dark chocolate and Belgian yeast. The hops presence is mild and brings a little balance. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, for all the hype Ommegang gets and for this beer in particular, I don't think it was well-deserved. I was definitely not impressed with this beer at all.

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: bottle at Monk's, Philly, PA

Not many chocolate beers I've had are as pronounced as this one. Thick and flavorful, and the chocolate really comes out. Borders right between a heavy dark ale and a stout.

Pours opaque black with some noticeable sediment. A fine, thick, tan head stays alive right to the end. Chocolate and rich dark malts in the nose, with some dark fruits. Big chocolate taste, with roasty malts, cherries and raisins; earthy and bready. Full-bodied, smooth, and quite drinkable.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.93/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours an opaque black body with a dense, lingering, beige head.

Smell: Aroma of cocoa powder with a noticeable sourish leaning. Light notes of roasted grains and a few snippets of licorice

Taste: Cocoa powder with a middling sweetness that's thin on chocolate flavor (especially when one considers the name), and makes up for it in sourness. Hint of licorice, roast. Slight bitterness. Dry, chalky finish with a peculiar aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Smooth mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Sorry, but no, I just didn't care for this beer that was about as much fun as peeling potatoes.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 Vintage

A: Pours an opaque extremely dark brown to black in color with some very slight hints of amber when held up to the light. The beer has a quarter finger tall dark beige head that quickly reduces to a thin film covering about 80% of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of carbonation.

S: Aromas of cocoa along with some milk chocolate. As the beer warms up, there is a light presence of alcohol. Additionally there is a light presence of dark fruit sweetness (mostly plum like).

T: There is a lot of chocolate in the flavor of this beer, both the presence of a milk chocolate along with the dry cocoa powder. Additionally there is some light dark fruit (plum) sweetness and a light presence of alcohol as the beer warms. Very light amounts of bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth, slightly thin, and dry in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable but there is just a little too much alcohol presence in this beer after it warms up to room temperature to be an easy drinker. The dryness in the mouthfeel combined with the light sweetness make this a sipping beer. The bitterness of the beer definitely mellowed with age (I had this fresh and remember it being considerably more bitter).

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark chocolate fudge with glimmers of pumpkin and gold along the edges. The head looks like a chocolate frappe. It's whipped creamy, has plenty of character, melts in appealing fashion, and is a lace monster. I hope the beer smells and tastes as good as it looks.

The aroma isn't as lusciously chocolate-like as Rogue Chocolate Stout (and a few others), but it's pretty close. Given what else is going on (all of it good), I'm not surprised that the Belgian yeast isn't appreciated.

I'll give Brewery Ommegang the benefit of the doubt in assuming that they weren't trying to overwhelm us with the beer equivalent of melted chocolate. Perhaps they were aiming for something more delicate and more refined. Is CIS delicate? Maybe. Is it refined? No. This offering comes across as a chocolate stout that didn't realize its full potential.

Most of the blame falls squarely on a lack of malt. There simply isn't enough of it to allow the flavor to explode and to resonate like it should. In addition, the beer is more tangy (sour fruity, actually) than most milk stouts. Things still might have been okay if it wasn't for the metallic clang that intrudes on the finish of each mouthful. And there is still no Belgian yeastiness.

If a brewery is going to name a beer Chocolate Indulgence Stout, the least they could do is add enough malt and enough chocolate to make it semi-rich. No richness here. This isn't bad beer by any means, it's just that it tastes only partially finished. Although more isn't always better, it would be in this case.

For a 7.0% stout (since reclassified as a Belgian dark ale), the mouthfeel is too light and too poorly bubbled. Lightly creamy and delicate would have been great. Full, chewy and plush would have been good too. Light and insufficiently carbonated doesn't get it done.

Kudos to Brewery Ommegang for a decade's worth of excellent craft beer. Unfortunately, where Chocolate Indulgence Stout is concerned, the contents of the bottle are not equal to the name and the packaging. It wasn't a waste of $9.99, but I have no desire to buy another.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle allowed to warm up to 55 degrees and served in a New Belgium Snifter

A - Poured a very deep dark black completely opaque with no light shining through at all. A very large three finger head of tan colored foam rose up from the depths and created a very nice looking pillow of fluff across the top the seemed to stay around forever. Eventually it settled down but very reluctantly and even once it did it was just replaced by a ton of side glass lace. The thick gooey lace surrounding it was so big that the next day the glass was still coated and could barely be seen through. A very full looking stout indeed.

S - The aroma was very rich and sweet with the initial smell of chocolate being very strong and very dark. Rich dark chocolate just dominated this one and really sent it down a wonderful path. Mixed in were hints of vanilla, lactose, and some nice dark fruits coming off of the yeast. I picked up a whiff of raisins as well as prunes and a touch of somefigs in there. A slight hoppiness could be found as well but this was mostly buried underneath wavesof everything.

T - The flavor was exquisite. A very full flavored belgian stout, I swear this is becoming one of my new favorite styles. It started out with a nice grabbing hold full of dark chocolate which seemed to alternate between getting bitter and sweeter as it rolled along. There was a nice amount of sugar added in and every once in an while I would catch a glimpse of something running around behind it with hints of vanilla. Some fruity yeast evident in the flavors started to peek around giving me that little hint of raisin and fig again before diving back into the shadows underneath a clock of earthy grains. The finish was strong and drawn out with a deep bitter dry chocolate filled taste that seemed to linger on forever and never really gave up any ground. Very nice flavor and completly differnet from other Belgian stouts that I have had.

M - Very full bodied and creamy smooth this was definitly a very big beer. Had that slightly thick shake like conisitency but was not as heavy as some of the RIS that you have. There was a certain lightness to it, not really lightness just not as much of a filling feling after drinking this as you seem to get from the bigger RIS counterparts.

D - A very very nice sipper. This was something that was meant to be enjoyed over the course of the evening which is what I intended to do. But it is only 7%ABV and thee was really no hint of alcohol in this one what so ever, so you tend to start taking a bit bigger sips a it draws out. I had no issue at all in polishing off the entire bottle over about an hour and a half. It was just rich and smooth with a subtle sweetness that was just perfect for sipping on late at night.

Overall I was not dissapointed with this one at all. It was extremly drinkable and rich and delicous. I was not sure if this was going to go over the top or come in a little flat, but was very happy to find that it fit right smack in the middle coming across just thick enough, just sweet enough, just bitter enough to make a fine mix. I would definitly remonned this one any day and will probably go out and get me another one.

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Photo of russpowell
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours mahogany with a finger of tan head into my Ommegang chalice, (Cheers Ding for the glassware)! Very good head retention & lacing

S: Chocolate & a bit of oak

T: Chocolate & roasted grain, plus a bit of dirt & mocha up front. Roasted grain & a bit of licorice, plus dryness as this warms, plus some vanilla & a tad of toasted coconut. Finishes with cocoa, a bit of lactic sourness, & oaky dryness

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation, some oilyness

Drinks pretty easy, only the dryness is holding me back, not seeing a lot of Belgian signature, drinks more like an English or American stout, I enjoyed this

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Photo of Slatetank
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I received this as part of a gift pack from my bro tenderbranson69. Poured from the 750ml into the accompanying glassware.

A - An opaque deep walnut brown which appears black, like high cocoa content chocolate bar w/ 2 fingers of creamy microfoam like cappuccino. It leaves sheets of thick lace as it settles

S - Like wood, cedar to be specific. Just has a strange yeast aroma in the nose w/ vinous, cherry and plum notes

M - Rich creamy, full of carbonation and silky w/ a medium full feel. The overall texture ends slightly dry

T - Starts smooth and roasty, begins to seem a tad port-like with wood and dark currant flavors w/ a slight metallic tinge. There is a hint of bittersweet cocoa w/ herbal green hop flavor w/ a meaty almost peppery yeast flavor. There is sweet and vegetal elements like a roasted red pepper w/ a finish like dark cocoa.

D - Not the best example by far. Drinkable, but lacks a certain chocolate feel and is very dry for a stout to me, must be the belgian yeast, but just my taste. I think Allagash black taste more like chocolate than this. I wouldn't go out of my way to try it again.

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Photo of billab914
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Bruery tulip. It poured black in color with a pretty big, tan and frothy head to it. The head settled to a thin lacing after a minute or so, but left some very nice lacing on the glass as it did.

The aroma not surprisingly shows a good dose of chocolate to it. I get a lot of cocoa with a bit of a slightly sweeter, milky chocolate coming through as well. it has a pretty big roasty component as well with some coffee and slightly burnt, smoke like flavors.

The taste has a good amount of the cocoa coming through as well. It starts with some bitter-sweet baking chocolate flavors, but turns into more of a dry, cocoa like flavor in the finish. As the aroma suggested it had a pretty big roasty side to it too. I get coffee coming through throughout the flavor, as well as just a hint of the burnt and smoke flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it had some very nice flavors to it. I found it pretty well balanced between the chocolate and the bitter, roasty flavors, which helped the drinkability for me. Pretty solid beer overall.

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Chocolate Indulgence Stout from Brewery Ommegang
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