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 Treyliff
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Review from notes, Oct 2013, 750ml bottle poured into tulip

A- pours a dark brown color with a little bit of light shining through, creamy off-white head retains nicely

S- picking up more dark fruit than chocolate up front, some spicy Belgian yeast, caramel and fresh bread

T- dark fig/raisin flavors mix with light chocolaty malt, hints of toffee and coffee, spicy yeast on the finish

M- medium body with medium carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a dryish finish

O- certainly not a stout, with more dark fruit than chocolate, still enjoyable though

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Photo of VashonGuy
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Undated bomber given me in December 2013 and aged one year.

This is a chocolate ale for those who like their chocolate dark and not very sweet. None of the Hershey's milk chocolate effect here! The chocolate is one element in a mix of roasty flavors, but the chocolate doesn't overwhelm the stout. The beer is just a little tart, and has a bit of bitterness (like coffee bitterness, not the effect of hops). This beer is not sweet at all. Very tasty.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured an oily jet black, formed a nice finger of consistent, medium-tan head. Nice solid lacing.
S - Malts, dark chocolate and a little bit of sourness, most likely due to it being Belgian style.
T - Initial sour bite of carbonation develops into rich toasty malt. Dark bittersweet chocolate is present, but unfortunately only at the very end aftertaste and on the exhale. Drinks more like a very malty Belgian than a Belgian-style stout in my opinion.
O - It's an alright stout, nothing to write home about. Personally I'd change the name to Chocolate Belgian Dark Ale because that's more what it drinks like.
V - 22oz bomber, medium value.

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Photo of timontheroad
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 09/2103. Poured into a tulip glass. Pours a very dark brown, almost black, opaque, with a nice three finger fluffy tan head. Great lacing. Aroma is chocolate up front, with some raisin, molasses, fig, and dark roasted malt notes. The taste was nearly identical to the smell, with great chocolate flavor and some nice almost sour yeast taste. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, very smooth, with a somewhat dry finish. Overall, this was quite a nice beer, next time I'd like to try one fresh to see how the aging treated this beer.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A one finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Spicy yeast, dark fruits, chocolate, caramel, toffee, earthy, and bready.

Taste: You pick up more flavors as it warmed up and some roasty and bitterness in there too.

Mouthfeel: Silky, creamy, smooth, medium to full bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Not sure if this is a dark ale or stout, but I'm happy either way. Got better as it warmed.

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Photo of nasty15108
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2007 Vintage Bottle poured into a stemmed Ommegang glass.

L - Poured chocolate brown with a tan head that quickly dispersed into a thin bubbly lacing.

S - Chocolate dominates in a big way followed by ripe fruit and raisin. Delicious!

T - Chocolate with a slight bitter coffee taste. Hints of ripe fruits. finishes with a slight metalic taste. Very tasty.

F - Light mouth feel, but but viscous enough to leave a slightly sticky mouth feel.

Not a stout as the name would dictate, but a very tasty Belgian Dark Ale.

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Photo of HopBomb515
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark body that is about one shade under full black with a big tan head the builds and hangs around lacing the glass nice. Really gorgeous beer. Subdued smell with cocoa, dark malt, coffee and herbal notes. Taste starts off sweet, some chat notes from the malt and some sweet dark fruit notes come through. Chocolate makes a big appearance mid palate starting sweet and ending bitter with some herbal hop flavor and coffee. Mouthfeel is medium body and medium carbonation which starts active on the palate and goes fully creamy with some slight dryness. Overall I wasn't sure what to expect but this was an enjoyable beer that brought chocolate flavors with a good balance of sweet and bitter.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Undated bottle at 50 degrees into snifter
Aroma of chocolate
Head large (7 cm), light brown, creamy, slowly diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing good – reticulum covering most of glass, bubbles varying in size
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor begins with chocolate and slight alcohol flavor; no hops, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

This is an excellent chocolate stout, of which I usually keep a couple bottles around. The appearance is very appealing – large, creamy head and good lacing atop a deliciously dark brew, topped by the alluring aroma of chocolate. The flavor is chocolaty and delicious, with only the slight taste of alcohol detracting from the pleasure. Overall, a very exquisite brew.

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Photo of ninjembro
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked this up on the way home one day as I was just looking for something new to try, and have been in a stout mood lately. I'm not overly fond of Ommegang offerings usually, but decided I'd give this one a try. Overall, it did not disappoint.

A: Pitch black with a small tan head.

S: The weakest property of this beer. Has a very bitter chocolaty scent, but not in a good way.

T: Does not follow the nose. The chocolate is very subtle, and the beer is very smooth.

M: Very light. Isn't overbearing, and sits very well.

O: Not what I expected at all, but still an enjoyable beer. At the pricepoint, not sure if I'd get it again, but I'm not disappointed with the purchase.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer is dark ruby brown, with decent edge head, with minimal lacing. I really don't get much from the smell, there is a light chocolate hint over a raisiny backbone. The chocolate becomes more prevalent as it warms.

The taste is stronger, following the nose on the fruit end, but with more power behind it. Raisin and plum, with a light Belgian-banana hint. The chocolate is mostly missing, in my opinion. I get it in some tastes near the end, in others I miss it completely. Maybe I'm off tonight.

Overall, my first tastes of this beer cold from fridge were good. As it came to temp, the nose improved, but the taste actually started to weaken in my mind. This is a decent beer, but nothing great. I definitely wouldn't grab it if looking for a sweeter, dessert beer. But for a darker, Belgian style ale, it's worth a taste.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours an almost pitch black color with a one finger of tan colored head. The head has a fantastic level of retention, slowly fading to leave a good level of lacy islands on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a cola aroma with a good showing of molasses and caramel. A dark chocolate aroma is there, but is overall rather light being complemented by some aromas of cream aroma. Some other darker malt smells and a little bit of a dark fruit smell of fig and prune round out the overall smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter dark roasted malt flavor with the sweet being mostly of a dark fruit consisting of plum and fig along with a big chocolate flavor. As the taste advances the fruit flavors fade all while a milk chocolate flavor, with hints of vanilla and cream, take its place. Some molasses flavors also join the tongue as the taste advances to the end, bringing an even higher level of sweetness to the brew. While the sweetness increases, the roastedness increases as well with, more roasted malt and a tiny bit of char coming to the tongue. In the end, with a little bit of earth that comes to the tongue, one is left with a quite sweet and smooth chocolate flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side with a carbonation level that was a bit on the higher side. The body could have likely been a bit thicker with a carbonation level that would be better slightly on the lower side. After the beer sat and the carbonation dwindled some the feel was better, but overall it needed a bit more thickness.

Overall – The taste and look were quite nice –big and dark with a nice chocolate flavor, but the aroma and feel were just OK. Overall a nice beer to try, but not really worth the big bottle price of over $10.

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Photo of utfiero
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color- dark onyx. Head is thick and huge tinted mocha.

Aroma- deep roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and hints of smoked meat.

Taste- The name is not accurate. Starts deeply roasted with clean charcoal notes in the middle finishing with lingering burnt coffee and 90% dark chocolate notes. Not a chocolate indulgence by any stretch of the imagination. Just an average Belgian style stout.

Poured from 750 ml corked bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted on 2/2/2014.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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 byronic
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

Re-reviewing this one after having a second bottle with just over a year of age.

Nice dark pour with a thin mocha head which persists until the glass is empty. Subtle spice with earthy tones accompanied by a rich chocolate. Some coffee bitterness becomes present as the drink warms and dark fruits also become more noticeable. Medium mouthfeel which coats the mouth a little and is perhaps dry in it's finish.

I believe the year of age has made this bottle even better it was a delight to drink.

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Photo of Samuel906
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark mahogany with reddish tinge that can be seen with light. Thin khaki head is present briefly before diminishing to soapy lacing. Dark, but noticeably lighter and less opaque than a stout. Smell has milk chocolate, prunes, almond, and light malts; a bit underwhelming. Taste is mildly hoppy up front followed by some dry baking chocolate, as well as tobacco, and belgian yeast. Feel is a little too thin for my preference, moderate carbonation.

Overall, decent beer, but a misleading one. When I read "Chocolate Indulgence", I was expecting something on the lines of Samuel Smith's "Organic Chocolate Stout" or Rouge XS Imperial Chocolate stout, which are both absolutely loaded with intense chocolate flavor. Ommegang's simply hints at chocolate, and myself and seemingly many others wanted a bit more.

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Photo of Apatschinn
4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

App. - Dark. Very dark pour with an extremely thick head (3/4 fingers). Much lacing present.

Smell - Not much here. Chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate.

Taste - Holy Hershey bar batman! Seriously, lots of chocolate. Milky flavor as well.

Mouth. - Smoooth. Very palatable and easy to keep drinking.

Over. - There's just so much chocolate and cream. It's a great brew that I wasn't expecting much from.

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Photo of DKRowden
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a short tulip glass. The smell was faint of dark chocolate and hint of cream. The head was a thick cream colored 1 finger that holds for a short while. The taste isn't as chocolate as the name would lead you to believe. It was tasty with a mocha light dark chocolate hint.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a stemmed glass.

The color is a dark black with a finger of tan head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is dark malts here, there, and everywhere. The nose does open up once your past the dominant malty aroma and lets out some of that cocoa aroma I had been looking for. A touch of candy sugar sweetens the nose up a bit and gets me motivated to take the first taste.

The taste has a nice roast malt flavor that has a hint of dark chocolate and a slight coffee bean flavor. There is a Belgian yeast character that is reminiscent of double that is mixed with a stout.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied but behaves like a bigger beer. It will not hurt you but it try's to scare you that it might be too much handle. It does have a reasonable drink-ability but does tend to challenge you at times. Overall, a great flavorful beer with great character.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

In review is a 2010 vintage.

A - Pours engine oil black with a very rich, creamy toffee head that's incredibly sticky.

S - Dark chocolate aroma, light alcohol, and cream.

T - Dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasty cream, and a mild lingering dark chocolate bitterness.

M - Thin body and smooth texture, very sticky on the lips.

O - Decent but not memorable - could be due to the age, but where this beer falls short is the overly thin body.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: deep dark brown-red. Nice plush tan head on the pour.
Smell: bright Belgian characteristics are up front. Darker chocolate notes in the background. Maybe that will change as it warms.
Taste: much like the nose, though the chocolate and Belgian notes are more evenly balanced.
Overall: good beer, not great.

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Photo of RayVen
1.9/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Stout? It is not a stout. Does not appear to be a stout. Does not smell like a stout. Feels okay enough to be a stout. Something is missing though... Oh right. The chocolate and stout part of the Chocolate Indulgence Stout. Only indulging in really okay non-stout

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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 JuicesFlowing
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a balloon glass.

The beer is a nice dark chocolatey black color with a dark cream colored head that recedes to a wisp with chunks of bubbles. Very light patches of lacing cling to the glass initially. On the 2nd and 3rd pour, the film is thicker and there is much more foamy lacing.

The aroma is a subtle blend of banana notes, soft sweet malts, subtle dried fruits, then a very delicate chocolate finish.

The palate is much like the aroma. Everything is subtle and works together in harmony. The typical Belgian banana peel comes out the most while all of the notes in the aroma dance around the palate, trying to not draw too much attention to themselves. The finish is where the chocolate hides, but is a great last reminder that it is there.

The mouthfeel is silky smooth, and goes down with ease.

Overall, this probably isn't as chocolatey as some would hope or expect, but I think it's excellent. The ABV is hidden quite well.

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Photo of timmy2b
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On draft.

Very dark, minimal head which lingered around the edges of the glass nicely.

Chocolate in the nose, slight amount of Malt in the scent.

Chocolate was up front in every sip, but the Belgian style malt was very prevalent in the aftertaste of each sip.

A little heavy with each sip and dip not seem to improve as the beer warmed up which is normal with this style beer

Decent beer, wish I would have split it with the girlie instead of trying to drink it all on my own.

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Photo of BeerEngineer
3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

General: Got this as a big bottle with a cork from a local beer store. Poured this into a chalice glass with a friend for the tasting.

Appearance: light brown or dark tan head that has a combo of big and little bubbles. Color of the beer is dark dark black, very nice color. The appearance is spot on for a stout.

Aroma: Nice chocolate note to this but not as pronounced as I would think. There are a lot of strange fruit notes coming through on this from the yeast that was used. Some alcoholic phenol aroma involved also but it is very mild.

Mouthfeel: This is acceptable to style, a little on the thinner side of moderate but still OK. There is a slight astringency, not too bad but still noticeable.

Taste: There is a nice hit of chocolate in the aftertaste but in the beginning there isn't that much involved. There is also a very nice roastiness to this. Not the big chocolate hit that I would expect from this, kind of disappointing.

Overall: This is OK, I don't think that I will go after it again. It is a touch thin for my taste in a stout. Also with the name chocolate indulgence I expect a lot more chocolate flavor and aroma. I don't think that I'm going to be buying this one again.

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Chocolate Indulgence Stout from Brewery Ommegang
3.81 out of 5 based on 1,300 ratings.
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