Chocolate Indulgence Stout | Brewery Ommegang

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
ommegang.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,304
Reviews:
706
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
12.34%
 
 
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107
Gots:
128
For Trade:
2
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Photo of wspscott
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
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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Chocolate Indulgence Stout from Brewery Ommegang
3.81 out of 5 based on 1,304 ratings.
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