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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Ratings: 1,313 |  Reviews: 708
Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | 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, but a definite brownie batter quality. 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.

edit: this does great with a little age on it! some of the residual sugar falls off leaving the dense chocolate a little more exposed. lay one down for about a year and it really does transform quite well!

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of GRG1313
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
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 Knapp85
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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 t0rin0
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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 BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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 oline73
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
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 WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emerge077
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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 zeff80
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | 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 brentk56
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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 chinchill
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
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 largadeer
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Chocolate Indulgence Stout from Brewery Ommegang
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