Chocolate Indulgence Stout
Brewery Ommegang

Chocolate Indulgence StoutChocolate Indulgence Stout
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Style:
Belgian Dark Ale
ABV:
7%
Score:
86
Avg:
3.84 | pDev: 11.98%
Reviews:
710
Ratings:
1,315
From:
Brewery Ommegang
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  110
Gots
  128
SCORE
86
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 BrownAleMale
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ML bottoe poured into a Ommegang chalice glass.

Appearance- Jet black with 2 fingers of kahki color head that leaves a ton of multi layered sticky lacing. The head stays around for a long time and has a rootbeer float look to it.

Smell- Not surprisingly there is a ton of chocolate. The other big smell that I get in a piney hop. Smells like there will be a very good balance of sweet chocolate malt and piney hop.

Taste- The front of the tounge gets unsweetened chocolate followed by just a pinch of pine that is quickly swept away with a roasty and bittersweet chocolate finish.

Mouthfeel- A little lighter in body then I would like, but being that it is actually a strong Belgian dark rather then a stout this is to be expected.

Overall- Nice beer but I could get better in each aspect of this beer including body, taste and smell/look. Solid beer but nothing to seek out.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Opaque black body with a one finger soapy tan head. Laces nicely.

Aroma: Get the chocolate right away, rich dark cocoa. Almost roasty. Not getting much else.

Taste: Dark malts on the front end and then all dark chocolate through the finish. Surprised there aren't more flavors here considering it's a Belgian. Some dark fruit notes right before the finish but almost missable because of the great chocolate flavor. Not quite as robust as I was expecting but decent for 7% ABV. If someone handed this to me and said I was a light Porter I'd probably believe them.

Mouthfeel: Closer to thin than medium in consistency, which might be partly do to the effervescence. Average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: As a beer it's pretty good but as a Belgian it is a little one-dimentional. Chocolate lovers rejoice. Would I drink it again? Probably not.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into an Ommegang tulip.

Appearance
Black with subtle highlights of red shining through towards the bottom of the glass. 2-3 fingers of tan head. Good retention and some nice thick ringlets of lacing.

Nose
Dark roast coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, caramel and vanilla.

Taste
Follows the nose to a tee. The coffee notes are much more prominent. Dark roast coffee, a touch of espresso, semi-sweet chocolate, caramel and pale candy sugar. Light essences or dark fruit, perhaps figs and dates. Finishes with a hint of vanilla and earth.

Mouthfeel
Light bodied, crisp and clean. Slight bitterness.

Overall
Very easy drinking and tasty. Rather short on the chocolate and more coffee forward. Mouthfeel is a bit thin but I guess that comes with the territory of being a Belgian style Stout.

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Photo of denver10
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours deep brown with a huge mocha head. Aroma is a big dose of chocolate with a little belgian yeast thrown in. Flavor pretty offers chocolate peered with some fruity esters and spice from the yeast. Medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, not a fan of belgian stouts and not a fan of this one.

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice here. Pours dark. Dark tan head. Leaves good lacing. Carbonation looks on the money.

S: Again nice. Chocolate, smokey, a bit tart, some fruitiness. A bit boozy which actually balances it out.

T: Really big taste that is solid but overpowered by the booziness. A great smokiness, chocolate comes through a bunch. And it's actually good chocolate with a sweetness not a bitterness. A bit sharp which I think is the alcohol coming through (although it isn't that high of an ABV). Great tastes but just a bit off balance.

As I got more into the beer the positive flavors seemed to fade being replaced by the sharp acidlike note...

M: Medium body. Carbonation is on the money. A bit dry for the big flavor notes.

Overall the first few sips of this were killer bring a huge smoke and chocolate note. But as I got more into the beer these nice flavors faded into something lighter and more aggressive. Worth a try.

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Photo of gr0g
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black with faint reddish-brown highlights. Head is typically Belgian, meaning it's got great retention and is several fingers high. There's some lacing, though it's sparse. The nose is chocolatey as you'd expect, though a fairly sizable component of ripe plum is also apparent. The Belgian-style yeast also leaves its mark with a bit of phenolic character (powdery aspirin-like note).

Chocolate is not as apparent on the palate as on the nose. As such, it comes across as a Belgian dark ale with a malt profile tipped toward the roasty end of the spectrum. Mouthfeel is not up to stout standards, being kind of thin and "watery," for lack of a better word. Ommegang kind of stumbles a but with this offering; it's still good, but not up to their typical level of excellence.

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

a deep brown/ruby color under light - otherwise black. 2 fingers of tan head leaving behind some great amounts of lacing in the glass. smells of roasted malts, figs, birch, a grape-like sourness. the taste is slightly hoppy up front.. grassy hops. following the hops comes the toasted grain bitterness, flavors of tobacco, rust, dirt.. not getting any chocolate from this one, which is honestly ridiculous considering most stouts are overall pretty chocolatey and this one even has it in the name. medium body on the lighter side, with medium carbonation and a slightly creamy mouthfeel.

i was kind of misled by this one from the name.. don't get me wrong, it's not a bad beer - it just wasn't chocolatey enough.. err at all.

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Photo of PoopChute69
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Jet black... tons of creamy mocha lace.

Chocolate, cream, coffeehouse bits, pretty damn smooth. I wish the Belgian chocolate would show itself.

Boring. Mild cocoa and coffee... some vanilla? Meh.

Don't go out of your way for this.

It's well intended but less than stellar.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured into a snifter to a deep black with a dense light tan head and good retention
S: smells of chocolate, fruity esters and slightly roasty malts
T: roast malt, chocolate, slightly fruity esters, a bit of yeast flavor. swallow is a little bit of coffee and more roasty malt
M: full but not overly heavy with soft but lively carbonation
O: An interesting beer that's kind of an oddball. Definitely the malt bill of a stout but a belgian yeast strain. Good flavors and it meshes pretty well. The fruity esters provide a nice contrast to the dark roast malt and chocolate.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure on the age, couldn't find a bottle or best buy date, but still glad to try.

A-Black in the glass, one finger tan head, yeast accumulates at the bottom.

S-Roasted malt, some smoke, dark chocolate and slight coffee.

T-Dark chocolate, that is almost faint compared to other chocolate stouts, a good deal of roasted malt, slight coffee and smoke and no bitterness.

M-Lighter for a stout, not much carbonation and thin.

O-A decent beer, fresh it might have been better, but being a want, it was great to try it.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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 Bung
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml. Poured a dark brown. Very small amount of tan head. A bit light for a stout.

Aroma, Fragrant cocoa, malt, yeast spice.

Taste, A little bit of coffee, red fruit to complement the cocoa. More tartness than I care for. Belgian yeast in stouts just rarely works for me.

Medium bodies, more carbonation than I like. Really not bad, an enjoyable drink, but not worth the $16.
As a side note, I wish rhey would seperate Belgian stouts out on their own.

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Photo of Dope
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A very dark brown pour with a huge frothing mocha head atop it. Head retention is incredible, it barely fades at all, even after several minutes. Heavy lacing too.

S: Some nice roasted malt and creamy milk chocolate. Belgian yeast comes through with cloves as well. A touch of coffee once it starts to warm.

T: Roasted malt, coffee and a bit of bittersweet chocolate. Lots of cloves from the belgian yeast. Maybe even a touch of banana? Hint of cream in the aftertaste.

M: A touch thin for a stout but honestly it's not very big ABV either so it's understandable.

O: Roasty stout with some belgian yeast. Pretty simple and tasty. Not as much chocolate as the name would imply which was a bit disappointing but otherwise a good beer. Wish there were a category for belgian stouts, this certainly isn't a typical "belgian dark".

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Photo of Kbogac
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with about a 1/2 inch if tan foam. Looks like some light colored yeast floaters settling to the bottom. I get some light Belgium aroma. Maybe banana and a little chocolate. Taste is sort of fruity with a chocolate finish. Chocolate is more intense when colder and gives way to the fruit as it warms. Makes me wonder if it was more chocolatey when younger. Creamy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Overall very nice beer. Not too much chocolate, well balanced.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: entirely black with two thick fingers of frothy tan foam. Nice retention and a very nice lace. Beautiful.

Smell: lightly fruity yeast character with a hint of banana. A little bit of chocolate comes through. Decent, but it is a pretty run-of-the mill dubbel type smell; I was expecting something more chocolatey.

Taste: rich malt with a nice yeast character. More chocolate than in the aroma, with a bit of roasty tartness at the end. Quite satisfying; I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and creaminess. Good.

Overall: an interesting beer. I could do with a more chocolatey and less, well, basic aroma. Overall, though, a tasty beer which makes a good sipper.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice lacing, khaki head. Brown body.

Nose has a bit of leathery funk, but not much else.

This is a bit old... but there's no chocolate here. It's kinda raisiny.

Nice and smooth still.

If this used to be chocolate, it has turned into raisinets. Interesting, but for people looking to try this in its original form, you may already be too late.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Four fingers of creamy dark coffee ice cream head looms over a dark brown, almost black, beer that passes no light. The head turns to sea foam as it gradually recedes, leaving big patches of lace on a tulip glass. Each swirl leaves a film on the glass.

Rich roasted malts with roasted coffee and cocoa powder dominate while some background notes of ash are detectible.

The flavor is anticipated from the nose with sharp roasted bitterness. Chocolate is in the background with an almost burnt note of espresso. Pumpernickel bread comes out with warmth as does baker’s chocolate. The lingering finish has a hint of sweetness.

Ommegang’s offering is smooth with a full body, almost syrupy with soft carbonation and light alcohol.

This is a no-brainer with dinner and would easily add to a sirloin steak.

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Photo of RuckusDu
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours almost like chocolate. Deep brown body. Head is quite large and and nice khaki/tan/brown in color. The head falls slowly and becomes rocky. As it does, strong lacing remains.

S - Again chocolate/cocoa very strong on the nose. There are some dark fruits on the back end like dates. It is sweet.

T - Way more bitter chocolate in taste than the cocoa in the aroma. Some milkiness on the finish though. It is good, but I was expecting more sweetness based on what I smelled, so a little disappointed.

M - A little weak in body and carbonation is just ok. Could use a little more to hold up the flavors.

O - Good chocolate beer. I would say it has a few highlights, but otherwise pretty standard.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
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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Photo of RedneckBeerz
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Shiner pint and the brew is sooo dark that no light enters nor exits and it has a massive 2 finger dark tan frothy head that reminds me of a root beer float. The head hangs around for quite some time and leaves mounds of head upon the brew. The lacing is heavy and literally covers every inch of the glass.

The aroma is sweet chocolate and dark malts.

The flavor follows the nose with very forward semi sweet chocolate and dark malted grains. There is no bitterness to speak of and the mouthfeel is slightly above medium. There is just a smidge of alcohol in the throat but I think it helps balance out the sweetness to an extent.

Since the style description seems to be a catch all so to speak, there is no sat in stone parameters. This easily fits within the loose definition, the sweet and malty. My first brew of this style, me likes. For a Belgium, I like (no Belgium candied sugar flavor detected). A nice sipper, I'd do this again with no hessitation.

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Photo of iBeer16
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed out of a pint glass from a growler

A: Pours a mahogany brown color that' has about an inch of head of a cream color. Lingers for a a few minutes and the. Leaves no lacing

S: chocolate is obviously the most potent scent, but there is a undertone scent of coffee, also overall a slight roasty scent.

T: great taste, chocolate malts, similar to a milk stout without the intense creaminess

M: carbonation is not too intense so it is very smooth sensation while drinking. Coats the palate very evenly making it very refreshing to drink.

Overall, a really well done chocolate stout, it is just a shame that it is more than likely the last time I will ever have it.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served unto a flute (Ommegang signature glass). Bottle labeled 10th Anniversary (2007). Poured Christmas night 2011.

Appearance: A Superior dark ale, comes a opaque black with a dark tan bubbly head. Head comes off 2 fingers but after a sip or 2 you're good to go.

Smell: Obviously chocolate, a smell of wine that is hovering my nostrils like smoke at a barbeque.

Taste: Bitter chocolate, the feel of molasses, and raisins. Beer doesn't come off bitter but perfectly offset balance bitter chocolate.

Mouth: Light Medium carbonation which looks heavier than what it really is. Looks Heavy carbonation but feels very easy to drink.

Overall: Incredibly finished and not hard to "indulge" in, you don't need to be a heavy beer drinker or some crazy connoisseur to love this beer. Cheers to all and Merry Christmas!

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into a snifter, and then I saw on the label that I should have used a goblet. Then I poured into a goblet... which yielded three fingers of foam. The coloring stayed consistent (duh!).

This beer smells very good. I like the mix of coffee roast and chocolate in the smell. This transfers well into each sip as well. I think this is a very good example of a chocolate beer.

Overall, this is a good stout. In the chocolate category, I would put this at the top.

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

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a jet black with a huge off-white head that refused to disappear. The beer and head left quite a bit of lacing.

S: The beer smells chocolaty and almost like a milk shake.

T: The beer is slightly bitter and the chocolate is quite evident in the flavor. The malt bill kind of fades away under the bitterness of the chocolate.

M: The MF is smooth and creamy and the low carbonation feels very good on my mouth.

O: I think this is a very solid beer. I love the chocolate flavor and smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a perfectly clear mahogany brown with a finger of creamy head that lingers for a bit, leaves no lacing
S: sweet chocolate scent with a bit of milk to it
T: great taste, chocolate malts, similar to a milk stout without the intense creaminess
M: real gentle carbonation, smooth, refreshing, not heavy
O: a great brew, really hits the spot and is unique for the style

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Chocolate Indulgence Stout from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 1315 ratings