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Chocolate Indulgence Stout | Brewery Ommegang

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Chocolate Indulgence StoutChocolate Indulgence Stout

Brewed by:
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 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 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 TheManiacalOne
2.54/5  rDev -33.5%
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 oberon
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
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 Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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 nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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 vfgccp
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A – Black with a dark khaki head. Nice retention and ok lace.

S – Booze, hint of blueberry, dark chocolate, cinnamon, dried figs, pecan.

T – Bready, dark roasted malt is the dominant favor. The breadiness is laced with light booze, and supported with a firm, dry dark cocoa.

M – Medium body with a nice lingering semisweet finish.

O – Not overly complex, the flavors could benefit from some age to help them integrate, but otherwise a solid brew.

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Photo of billab914
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Photo of smithj4
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gkruszewski
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smcolw
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thick, frothy beige head that leaves decent ring lace on the glass. The color is closer to a dark stout--no light penetrates the liquid and it appears black.

Strong semi-sweet chocolate with the lightest of Belgian yeast aroma.

Relatively thin liquor for what I was expecting. The flavor has a lot of dark chocolate with some cream. This is a wonderful mix of Belgian flavors and a dark English porter.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of russpowell
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
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 ZEB89
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.93/5  rDev -23.3%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
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%
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 Slatetank
3.4/5  rDev -11%
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 atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of womencantsail
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown in color with a small off-white head. Decent chocolate with sweet malt and dark fruits. A little bit of oxidation, too. Sort of a bland aroma overall. There’s a good chocolate flavor and a bit of caramel and toasted bread. The flavor is also a bit of oxidation. Overall just kind of sweet and chocolatey. I guess that's the point. Medium body and carbonation.

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Chocolate Indulgence Stout from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 1,305 ratings
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