Chocolate Indulgence Stout
Brewery Ommegang

Chocolate Indulgence StoutChocolate Indulgence Stout
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Belgian Dark Ale
3.84 | pDev: 11.98%
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Chocolate Indulgence StoutChocolate Indulgence Stout
Notes: 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.
Reviews: 710 | Ratings: 1,315
Photo of wspscott
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle in Duvel tulip
can't read the date, been in my fridge for ~9 months

I am reviewing this as a stout vs. a BDA. The bottle says stout, why is this classified as a BDA?

A: Looked light as I poured it, but it is completely black in the glass. Very thick, 1 finger, tan head with a ton of lace.
S: Very light roasted malts along with some chocolate. RElatively muted even as it warms.
T: The chocolate is very apparent, it is obvious that there is real chocolate here vs. chocolate malt. Not sweet at all, more of a dark/bitter chocolate than milk chocolate. The roasted malt is very much in the back, more of an aftertaste with the chocolate out in front. No hops at all.
M: There seems to be a "grittiness" almost like there is cocoa powder still in the beer. Since I poured gently, I assume that even if there was some in the bottle it has settled with the very obvious yeast cake in the bottom of the bottle. Other than that, this seems to be dancing the line between a dry stout and a milk stout, i.e. very dry on the tongue but slightly creamy. This is definitely not into imperial stout territory. Low to medium carbonation make this more of a sipping beer.
O: Very nice beer, very glad I tried it, but I probably won't buy again. It seems to be stuck in the middle, too big for an easy drinking stout and too small to be something I want to truly savor (like a RIS). The chocolate is a nice touch, but I would like a little more malt character. I am starting to think this would have been better as a BDA with chocolate vs. a chocolate stout.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 750mL bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 10/16/11
*From notes

A: She's a beaut. Liquid cocoa in color. A hearty pour yields a big and dense 2.25 finger head and some solid lacing.

S: Baker's chocolate. Not sweet mind you, merely a touch burnt around the edges, showcasing an overly roasty quality.

T: Slightly green. At first it's a bit like wet dirt. As it warms, the yeasty quality comes out on the fore, which eventually matures into a rounded chocolately finish.

M: Rich and thick. I dig the texture here. It really sellls this one as a dessert beer.

O: Ommegang's Chocolate Indulgence Stout wasn't nearly as good out of the bottle as it was on tap. The chocolate feels much more muted and pushed to the back as a role player. In the end, this is an average beer, something I don't feel all too compelled to have again.

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Photo of osusullins
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer. However, I do agree with alot of the other reviews in saying that this is pretty much only a dessert beer.

Pours black with dark, almost red head. Very nice appearance.

The nose is dark fruit and dark and bakers chocolate. Well balanced aroma on this beer.

The taste is extremely sweet and rich, and oh so good. I would compare it to chocolate covered cherries. Delicious. The estery taste comes through immediately as does the chocolate. Subtle notes of candy sugar. Full bodied and heavy. This beer is worthy of the name "indulgence". Very good for dessert.

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Photo of MsRif
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a with a thin tan head. Minimal lacing. Aroma of MILK chocolate...sweet, creamy, cocoa...smells like dessert. Taste reveals loads of chocolate, some dark fruits and sweet malts. Sort of tastes like a chocolate covered cherry to me.

Full-bodied with very little carbonation. This is a THICK brew...very heavy. I would only recommend it as a dessert beer due to the richness of it. Very yummy...I do wish it was a little more complex, but for what it offers, it is very balanced.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was bought completely on a whim; I guess it was the name “Chocolate Indulgence.” Good job, marketing department. Though I just saw this on a “Do-Not-Sit-On List,” I’m still excited.

Brewed for Ommegang’s 10th Anniversary in 2007, approximately 4 years before the date of this tasting. I’m pretty sure there’s a date on it that says “BEST BY 10/2012,” but it’s a little tough to see.

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost black. Quite thick-looking. Excellent lacing and a full tan head, coming to a thick two-fingered foam. Slight film of retention leaves this one looking pretty good so far.

S: What do you know? Chocolate! There’s quite a large amount of bittersweet cocoa aromas up front, coupled with toffee, caramel malts, and a little coffee. There’s a nice showing of Belgian scents coming up, slightly fruity and estery. I’m finding a great deal of hoppy fruitiness in there, too; not strong and bitter in the normal sense (which isn’t surprising because it’s so old), but with a somehow-fresh lightness of fruits.

T: Fruity, acidic, and estery on the front; very Belgian. Lemony, with a strange minty hint. Good amount of roasts, as well, combining with a taste a char and (wait for it) chocolate. The chocolate is, like cocoa powder, very chalky and unappealing by itself. There’s a bit of breads on the end, but the aftertaste is actually rather dry, lightly hopped and alcoholic. I’m not sure how to put it; it’s just not very…good.

M: Creamy, though a little thin. It has a bit of warmth to it, but comes off as lifeless overall.

O: I’ve got a feeling I know why this beer isn’t a regular release; it’s a little hard to love. Underneath, it’s a lovely Belgian, something I know Ommegang can do well; however, it’s overshadowed by a ham-handed attempt at “chocolate indulgence.” Too bad – a chocolate Belgian stout seems like a decent idea.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a jet black with a thin khaki mousse. Looks like a decent enough dark ale to me.

S: I did not pick up much here aside from a ton of milk chocolate. Closer inspection reveals even more chocolate.

T: Chocolate Indulgence enters with heavy notes of chocolate, apples, figs, pears, fudge, and herbal hops. The finish is long, sweet, and mellow with flavors of apple, chocolate, and warming, soothing alcohol.

M: Dry, firm, and full-bodied. The heft of the body coupled with the chocolate aroma and flavor provides a feeling of decadence.

O: Very nice. I could see myself drinking this as a winter warmer or having it with a particularly rich dessert. I like it.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Chimay goblet. No visible best before date. The date envokes the 10th Anniversary (2007), but I feel that is not the case.

A: Dark, opaque brown. Faint head fades quickly, but there is some decent lacing.

S: Dark chocolate and alcohol. Pleasant.

T: Excellent! A porterish beer with a noticeable cocoa bent. Sweet, but highly carbonated with a bitter endtaste. I really enjoy it! Drying chocolate; light-bodied and playful. Yum.

M: Spritely and light. Allegedly a Belgian-style stout, I can see the fruity influences of Belgian yeast.

O: Fantastic and criminally under-rated. Highly recommended, I will search out this bitter-sweet jewel wherever I can find it. Hurrah for Ommegang!

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black body, with a decent size beige head that has great head retention and lacing.

S: Nose is faint, but the characteristics are spot on. Bitter dark chocolate malts with a notes of sweet vanilla, earthy hops, cocoa nibs, dark fruits become more noticeable as it warms, and a hint of spicy Belgian yeast.

T: The name describes it perfectly as this is a chocolately motherload. Upfront flavors are bitter chocolate malts, some coffee notes, dark fruits, and very little Belgian yeast. Not too complex, but a great beer nonetheless. Finishes with an herbal/earthy hop bitterness and slightly warm from the ABV.

M: Medium-full body; creamy texture; low carbonation.

O: Great Belgian dark ale and perfect for any chocolate lover or for dessert. To me, this is more like a stout then anything because of the yeast is very faint. The first time I had it, it was slightly sour, but the second time was much much better.

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Photo of remhaze
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - black, dark chocolate

S - faint dark cocoa malts, with a hint of dried figs.

T - dark malt chocolate with a hint of dark cherries. just the right hint of sweetness. A bit of yeast and sour on the aftertaste.

M - not as thick as I thought it would be and not as sticky or thin as some stouts. Semi-medium for a stout.

Overall, this is a decent stout especially for people who doesn't like sweet chocolate flavor.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle split into two pint glasses

Pours dark with a big brown head. It's opaque. There's no active carbonation visible through the glass. Smell is chocolate malty. Wheaty and yeasty.

Taste is very chocolatey, dark roasty bitter. Fair amount of coffee bitterness, too.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly airy, I'd actually call it fluffy. This is a pretty solid beer, it's not overly heavy, it's not overly chocolatey.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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 jayhawk73
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown w/ a one finger chocolate head. Decent carbonation and lacing on this brew. Smell is that of cocoa powder, chocolate, malt, hops, and very faint fruit. Smell is not balanced, and a little of a disappointment. Taste is a little better, but still not enough balance (or malt) to make this beer really top notch. Feel is fairly smooth, w/ a little hop bite in the background. Overall, this beer has been hit of miss for me. The recent beers I've had have not measured up to the ones I've had several years ago. Not sure whether the brew has changed or not... Please add more malt!

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Photo of draheim
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle (bottled 10/22/10) poured into a chalice.

Black color with some glimmers of mahogany around the edges - almost no head, just some scanty patches of thin tan foam on the surface.

Aroma is faint cocoa. That's it. I tried to let it warm up a bit, but that's all I'm getting.

Taste is chocolate and some hints of dark fruit. Pretty nice mouthfeel, thanks to the Belgian yeast. This one is pretty simple, really. Kind of boring, actually.

Only one question remains: Is this a Belgian dark ale or a Belgian stout?

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A full two fingers of thick and creamy kahki/tan head float a top a deep dark cocoa brown brew. No hint of light shining thru except maybe a touch on the edges. Thick and sticky lacing hang onto the glass and never let go.

S- Deep dark and rich chocolate roasted malts. Nice cocoa over and undertones. A little bit of dried figs and cranberries. A subtle touch of Belgian yeast and hops. Chocolate just dominates the nose... and it is delicious!

T- BIG mouthful of rich chocolate covered cherry's!!! Deep and dark cocoa without being overly sweet. More like a good 85% dark choclate than a milk chocolate. Nice tart dried fruit flavor that pairs well with the roasted chocolate malts. A bit of yeast and sour fruit on the tongue, and then the cocoa just envelopes the tongue.

M- Medium to semi-thick for a stout. Not to sticky but nowhere near as thin as some stouts. Decent carbonation, nice and creamy and thick like a beer milkshake.

O- I've had this brew about a dozen times... and it never fails me. I love it just as I do everything that Ommegang does. Not a sweet or milk stout so its not gonna take care of that sweet tooth... but the chocolate just lends a beautiful harmony that mixes with the Belgian flavors that this brewery is so well known for.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chocolate Indulgence has a nose that nicely matches up with the title, being full of chocolate aromas, both milk and dark, and smelling much like an expensive cup of hot cocoa. Added to this are notes of freshly-baked spent grain bread and caramel.

On the tongue, the first notes are not those of chocolate, but thick, dark malts, with heavy overtones of ash, tobacco, anise, and coffee grounds, and these flavors remain throughout the mouthful. Dark fruit esters--raisin, some fig--circle overhead, joined by molasses. Surprisingly (considering the nose), chocolate is third or even fourth on the list of flavors, and mostly makes itself known toward the end of the mouthful, after a few of the sugars have worn off, as well as bringing a slight cocoa tinge to the aftertaste--i.e. for those expecting a chocolate blast a la Southern Tier's Choklat, you will be disappointed. I do suspect, however, that the chocolate is helping--rather surreptitiously, perhaps--temper what seems to be a beautifully over-healthy portion of chocolate and/or black malts. The aftertaste is mainly charred grains, as well as the aforementioned subtle hint of dark chocolate, and fades slowly. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium-high.

Overall, while I was surprised at how little chocolate flavor was in a beer named Chocolate Indulgence, I do think the beer is quite good, and worth a try. But again, if you buy a bottle, start off thinking not "chocolate," but "black stout," and you'll be on a better track towards a favorable first impression.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Dark brown, nearly black pour. Thin tan head. Not a lot of lacing down the glass.

An unsurprising amount of chocolate aroma wafting out of this brew along with some earthy, woody elements as well. If you're in the mood for chocolate, try this one!

Rich chocolate and earth notes fill the mouth. It's rich and decadent--an incredible dessert stout, though somewhat simple and one-note.

Medium to thick bodied. A sipper, even without the slightest bit of alcohol heat.

This beer is quite the chocolate treat. For a chocolate lover, this one's a great pick!

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Photo of jmvecchio1
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Indulgence pours black as night and boasts a thick, creamy chocolate colored head. The head slowly dissipates into thick lacing that sticks around to the last sip. Dark chocolate and roasted malts greet you on the smell and faint hints of coffee are mixed within. As the beer warms, hints of alcohol become noticeable on the nose as well. When you take a sip you notice that this beer is definitely chocolate-y, but not all that sweet. Some bitter notes come through and make you think of a decadent dark chocolate. Roasted malts and touches of coffee are also present and help round this beer out.

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Photo of argock
2.63/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-tap in a white wine glass at Horse & Hound (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Very dark chestnut brown with 1/2-finger of beige, large-bubbled lace with decent retention and some lace forms down the glass.

S: Bitter, muddy dark chocolate with earthy hoppiness. The dark malts don't really come through other than as some burned raisin.

T: A very dull bitterness with dark chocolate that has little life. There is not much to recommend it in the dark malt department, and the small amount of roast that is present is misplaced and slightly acrid, way off-base for a dessert beer. Earthy hoppiness fits but can't rescue the dull, uninspired bitter flavor. A little residual sweetness would have helped this beer a lot.

M: Thin for the style and too heavily carbonated.

O: This is just a big miss in my book. Ommegang's worst beer by a long way. I had tried an aged bottle before and though my dislike was due to that fact, but this fresh on-tap experience was no better.

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Photo of Lldeegan
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown to black color with a large head of sudsy khaki foam.

Gives off great coffee/espresso and dark chocolate aromas. Notes of dry cocoa powder. This one smells delicious!

Lively carbonation right from the start. The taste begins as dry cocoa powder, with a transition to bitter coffee, then a fruit and nutty back end with ester and slightly bitter coffee finish that is pretty drying, not a cloying sweetness one would expect from a chocolate beer. This is the result of the bottle refermentation, which leads to heightened carbonation and a dry finish.

This is a really great dessert beer and a good sipper for chilly nights. Can’t wait to have one for those few days of winter here in New Orleans!

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tulip glass.

Pours black with a huge three fingers of dark sand colored foam, very solid retention and nice sheeting of lacing. Smells is a big, bright roasted malt, chocolate, and nuttiness. Taste is crisp, dry, with dark chocolate, chocolate malt, earthiness, and some burnt smokiness in the background. Medium carbonation on a medium-light body; goes down pretty easy. Overall, I was expecting more of a chocolate bomb given the name, but this was still a pretty solid, standard stout. Even though I was expecting this to substitute for dessert, I actually think the dryness would complement something sweet quite well.

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Photo of RedSpecial1
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My wife and I had this on tap in Ommegang's tasting room/restaurant.

A: Dark black/brown velvet appearance; thin, tan head leaving a slightly bubbly surface.

S: Sweet toffee, pretty straightforward

T: Burst of coffee, chocolate flavor appears as sweetness in the finish rather than a distinct chocolate taste. Grain flavors linger on in finish as well.

M: Full, creamy, explosive, and big. Definitely fits the profile of a dessert beer.

O: A very interesting and tasty beer; not a cloying dessert beer. Sweet, but still refreshing.

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Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: deep mahogany with a chocolate milk head, nice lacing and carbonation, some light permeates at the edges

S: bouquet of cocoa and sweetness, some maple syrup finish to it and a mild coffee smell.

T: Get ready for the obvious, chocolate malt predominates with some great dryness. It feels like confectioners chocolate with that crisp cocoa taste and slick finish without huge maltiness or sticky sweetness.

M: It is similar to a porter in coating light body with smokiness that isn't too overstated. The sweetness reminds me of a skim chocolate milk but with more dryness.

D: very drinkable in all occasions given its light body. I was expecting a milder imperial stout but instead it came off as a kind of a chocolate porter of sorts. I enjoyed the hybrid presentation and if this were regularly available I would have some handy for those sweet tooth gourmands who think beer is for the cretins. You know, the old willy wonkites who want everything to be all Dogfish sugary sweet to the max. Those guys.

Narrative: Johnathon Chiu had never been allowed sweets as a boy. In fact, his father specifically noted that the sweet enzymes in eggplant skins had more than enough c6h1206 for any growing boy. He longed for the sweet succor of candy but was systematically denied all of his life. But that was then, and this is the Freshman Year at VASSAR. The first 3 days he kept a cool demeanor around the buffet and ate according to tradition. On the third night, the revelation ensued. The local 7-11 attendant witnessed the raiding of what appeared to be a diabetic madman. Johnathon clutched the paper bag and almost sprinted home and locked the door. Scarcely had he pulled the shades when he dug straight into rolos and sixlets, cascading waves of joy and endorphins, snoballs and watchamacallits. The whole experience just hit his bloodstream like pure heroin. His roomate walked in abruptly and found Johnathon hunched over the chocolate gooey mess, “THIS ISN’T WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE!” “B- Johnathon, where are your PANTS?”

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours black with a light brown head and a thick, syrupy consistency.

S: It does have a sweet, chocolate aroma that lingers in the notstrils, but doesn’t quite follow in taste...

T/M: Medium amount of carbonation and some walnuts. It’s slightly bitter and finishes with a twinge of alcohol. There is a little bit of chocolate there, but it’s incredibly subtle.

It’s possible Ommegang used unsweetened chocolate, to which I say, why bother? Unsweetened chocolate is like flat beer, it’s just not good.

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Photo of AAxsom
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with Jeed2316

2010 bomber, poured into a New Belgium glass.

The aroma is very much dark cocoa and oak. The first taste is fairly bitter, as the cocoa is a bit overwhelming. As it warms, the beer smooths out and the chocolate taste is much more appealing. There is a strong chocolate aftertaste as well. Overall, it is a good, but not amazing beer.

I've also had this on draught at the Gingerman in Ft. Worth in early 2011. I remember the chocolate flavor being masked a bit more by the fact that it came out of a keg.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
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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Chocolate Indulgence Stout from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 1315 ratings