Chocolate Indulgence Stout | Brewery Ommegang

Chocolate Indulgence StoutChocolate Indulgence Stout
1,305 Ratings
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 rfgetz
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich dark near-black with minimal ring of brownish head. Smell is of dark roasted grains with faint hints of bitter dark chocolate and belgian yeasts. Taste follows scent, which is disapointing because the namce says chocolate, mostly roasted malts on this one. The belgian yeasts add an interesting taste along with the burnt malts. Body is medium, dry and chalky. Not impressed, almost a weak version of Brooklyn Black Chocolate.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A rather nice stout but not the chocolate indulgence that it tries to suggest to be.

Presentation: 750 ml corked bottle. Classic typography design on a brown background with white and gold text. Side displays serving notes, brewery references, and a brief brew description. Shows packaging date (10/19/09) and best by date (10/1202). Notes Alc. by Vol. (7%) Poured into a snifter.

A - Black pour with a very rich mocha head, nice retention and fine lacing.

S - Very subtle, almost absent... Roasted malt notes emerge weakly. After some warming, and beyond what the brew recommends, a faint range of chocolate shows up. Nice but a touch below for the style, let alone a braggy chocolate stout.

T - The taste offers a richer range of roasted malts, a touch of coffee, and a soft chocolate finish. Again, it´s pleasing and adequate but not remarkable. Taste really takes a touch of improvement with warmth, and also disobeying the recommendations and mixing the bottom yeast in the final pour. At least here there is a richer sense of chocolate and malt.

M - Medium to medium-full body, good carbonation, and a smooth overall feel.

D - It´s a nice drink and goes well as an average quality stout, which is a compliment. But extraordinary anniversary celebration bottle...

Notes: It´s nice to see Ommegang trying these brews, and it´s quality as always. Although the Belgium obsession may be hurting them a bit here: a "true Belgium stout" says the label. And sure enough there is a yeasty and chocolaty Belgium hint, but being able to brew stuff of this quality the ale does not need any justification and this one feels like it lingers on its own compromises.

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Photo of pwoody11
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pitch black with a light brown 3 finger head. A little lacing is left behind. Paid $25 for this beer and it totally wasn't worth it. Maybe had I not had Southern Tier Choklat two days ago, my review would be different, but this just isn't on that level. While I enjoyed the beer, all I could think about was "I wish this was a Choklat instead" A little dark chocolate and mostly roasted malts complete the taste. I'd try again if given to me, but def wouldn't spend another 25 beans on it.

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

Pours a pitch black with a creamy brown head. Smells of dark chocolates and a hint of sourness. Taste is estery and light up front, a hint of chocolate in the middle and a dry finish with a hint of alcohol. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy low carbonation. Drinkability is good I would get this again.

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Photo of BeanBone
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A black body that allows hardly any light to pass through, much darker than I had anticipated. Up top, over two fingers of creamy tan-tinged head that endures well and leaves good lacing.

Aroma: Something metallic and some vaguely Belgian yeast on top of dark-roasted malt that features a few faint milk chocolate notes.

Flavor: Sweet roasty malt, some remnants of the metallic tones from the nose, and a medium lactose presence. Chocolate is present throughout, but it's a relatively subtle presence for a beer named after the stuff. The alcohol is masked well, leaving no traces in the flavor. Toasted malt and a little black coffee in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A somewhat creamy medium body with smooth medium-light carbonation. Dries nicely in the finish.

Drinkability: This drinks like your standard American Stout, so keep an eye out for the medium-high alcohol content.

Verdict: A little bit of a disappointment, Chocolate Indulgence is not the rich and chocolaty Belgian-tinged treat I was hoping for. Instead, this is essentially a Milk Stout with a well-hidden alcohol boost.

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Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Looks more like a Belgian than a stout (as I would expect from Ommegang) with an espresso brown color and a rich, foamy head that leaves plenty of lacing

Smell: Dark chocolate dominates, but it is a bit chalky as well

Taste: Dark chocolate, at the outset, with a growing sense of chalk and hops that add a grainy bitterness by mid-palate; adds a coffee element as well, just before the swallow, but the finish is rather chocolatey and light, though there is some lingering hoppy bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with typically Belgian robust carbonation

Drinkability: Misunderstood by some around here who seem to be expecting a Southern Tier style stout, this is a very drinkable beer though it lacks a little complexity in the final analysis

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark brown with good carbonation and a dirty, tannish head. Nose is chocolate and coffee. Taste is very good with hints of bakers chcocolate and milk cocoa.Very smooth and creamy. Mouthfeel was good and drinkability the same. This is a fine chocolate stout that I could drink over and over.

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Photo of Jesstyr
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a small red wine glass at American Craft in Brookline.

My initial perception of this was the name is right on - dark chocolate appearance, with brownish head. This looks like a glass of coffee. The scent is overwhelmingly chocolate, like a great cup of hot chocolate, without the heat.

Taste was exceptionally dry, malty and far more coffee than chocolate - this was a little disappointing. Nothing really dynamic or balanced. Mouthfeel was medium/heavy, dry and malty. Don't think you can drink too much of this, but its still enjoyable.

This is a beer all its own, dont know that a particular style suits it, but it definitely has its place.

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Photo of SamN
2.24/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

22 oz. bomber spotted at local liquor store. Been wanting to try this for a while, jumped at the chance to drink it on a cold sleet filled afternoon. Poured into a large glass goblet at just below room temperature.

Hmmm..label says stout, BA says belgian dark. I'm assuming that makes this a belgian (chocolate) stout? Ommegang has this way of making all their beers look mouthwatering.

A- Wow. Perfect pouring beer. Thick black ale blocks nearly all light, and it looks fantastic in thick glass. A frothy desert tan head, which is leaving lacing before even being tasted. Mouthwatering appearance.

S- Hops and malt seem to be in good balance. Sharper hops follow mellow roasted mash, bittersweet chocolate scents. Seems like I have to dig to get any real smell out of this beer, constant swirling in the hopes of coaxing more intense aromas out of this. Why such faint smells?

T- Taste is weak in spite of my anticipation of a thicker stout. It seems watered down. More aggressive hops presence, any chocolate or malt characteristics seem lost underneath the messy watered down hoppiness. I just can't taste the chocolate, I don't sense the indulgence. This is not very rich, it's thin tasting and the aftertaste is a sticky burnt bitterness that is strong and not very pleasant. I don't know, I just don't like this beer. I finished a glass, but I don't know if I can down the last half of the bomber.

M- This does have a fairly nice feel to it-- nice tensile feel, as it sits and warms, it loses it's initial obtrusive carbonation. It smooths out and becomes a little thicker feeling. Great beer to swirl around and break it up. Still, the lingering bitterness and remaining carbonation becomes a sticky, sickly bittersweet mess on the throat and tongue.

D- Poor. Misleading beer, not very stout-ish, and too much hops for me, even if it was a real stout. Didn't sense any real chocolate (and certainly nothing close to "indulgence") in it's watery taste. What a disappointment this was.

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Photo of brobeerbot
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice two finger mocha colored head. Almost jet black with not a bit of light coming through.

S- Hints of coffee and chocolate. I do notice the alcohol smell in this one.

T- This is a very smooth stout. Tastes of coffee, Caramel malt and of course dark bakers chocolate.

M- Very smooth and slightly thick. Has some great substance like a good stout should.

D- This goes down very easy and I could see myself having a couple of these over the course of a couple of hours.

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Photo of BorntoLate86
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 25.4oz bottle poured into Ommegang Chalice.

Appearance: Dark, rich, deeply colored brown, just shy of being black. Light head,only 1/4-1/8inch and settled quickly. Foamy, very caramel colored with good lacing left behind following each drink.

Smell: Typical stout smell, not overwhelming in chocolate essence, very bready, yeast aromas. As it warmed more chocolate could be smelled and it seemed less ordinary.

Taste: Excellent. Sweet up front, followed with a smooth, mild chocolate middle ending with a touch of bitterness. Again, with a rise in temperature more chocolate notes became apparent. Different from other chocolate stouts such as Rogue Chocolate or Southern Tier Choklat, the flavor didn't remind me of high cacao, dark chocolates but more of a semi-sweet or milk chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Viscosity was not as thick as expected with a big stout. Cocoa powder was evident but not extreme, beer acted similarly coating the tongue and leaving a bit of a dry, chocolate flavor that was subtle and sweet.

Drinkability: Few stouts are session beers and this fits that same profile. Although the ABV was not extremely high, the heaviness, rich flavors, and large amounts of malt create a beer that is a 1-2 drink maximum for me. The 25.4oz bottle was a good amount.

All around this beer is another Ommegang product that doesn't disappoint. Great flavor, well-rounded, a non-typical Belgian inspired craft beer. Will Drink Again.

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Photo of fairdinkum2
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a few duds recently in the way of dark ales, so it was nice to come back to another very good Ommegang effort.

Lovely pour. Inky black, framed by a light chocolatey head with ample lacing.

Distinctive nose of cocoa and malt. Tastey ale. Coffee and a pleasant cocoa bitterness. Lightly carbonated, so despite the richness of this ale, very drinkable.

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Photo of brownbeer
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a frothy brown head that remains a thin layer throughout.

Earthy chocolate nose with a hint of toast and cocoa powder.

Flavors are a mixture of dark chocolate, coffee, a touch of licorice as it warms, alcohol isn't absent but doesn't overpower, just enough for a warm finish. It doesn't exactly beam with complexity. The body is soft and full with the carbonation being a bit too high.

Overall, a nice brew, falls short of amazing. Pairs well with berries.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1pt 9.4oz bottle poured into a chilled pint glass.

A: Dark dark brown, no light passes though. Thick brown head.

S: Loads of dark roasty stout aromas. Dark malts, coffee, chocolate.

T: Huge beer, extremely bitter. Like a bar of 99% cocoa.

M: Thick but dry. Heavy carbonation balances the intense bitterness. Alcohol slightly warming.

D: Heavy, sipping beer. Quite filling.

Overall: Massive beer, good experience, wouldn't drink it regularly.

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Photo of weatherdog
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

75cl bottle poured into a Ommegang flute

It pours a rich, thick looking dark brown with a nice milk chocolate colored head that lingers throughout and gives a medium amount of lacing on the sides.

The nose is a strong chocolate scent without all the roastiness i usually associate with chocolate beers. Behind that are some nice Belgiany dark fruit, raisin type notes.

The taste is a little disappointing compared to the smell as that strong chocolate is not nearly as strong. The Belgian character really shines about halfway through the drink with some spiciness. The restrained chocolate compliments the raisin and fig type flavors but with a beer named 'Chocolate Indulgence' I was really hoping for a stronger flavor.

I think the beer would be complimented by a little more creaminess and less carbonation but it is decent as it is. It fairly drinkable and the rich flavors didn't wear me out and i had no problem quickly finishing the whole bottle.

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Photo of goldbot
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque black in color. Some tan head which dissipates quickly but leaves a nice film on the beer surface. Good lacing on the glass as well.

Smells of chocolate up front with some cherry and raisin sweetness as well. A bit of hoppy plantiness in there too which brightens the smell a little.

Some chocolate again at first, but the flavor goes much deeper than the aroma did. Dark chocolate with some bitterness and some coffee as well. There is also a smoky, woody complexity backing it up. Dry and somewhat bitter with a bit of raisin and cherry flavor. Finishes with some hop presence and bitterness.

A full body with an aggressive, somewhat crisp mouthfeel. Not quite smooth enough to be creamy. I thought they nailed the chocolate addition in this beer. I expected a sweet chocolate bomb but was surprised when I got a dry, somewhat bitter dark chocolate flavor like an imperial stout would have. I felt this beer combines the smooth and mellow characteristics of an aged stout with the more aggressive hops and mouthfeel of a fresher one.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Pours a thick and hearty dark chocolate brown with a dark tan thick head. This beer produces I'd say average lacing to it. Smell is very nice, very sweet, perfect to pair with dessert or even have for dessert. Smell of chocolate, but not overly chocolaty. It almost smells like a chocolate flavored liquorish if that makes any sense at all. Coffee aroma hints, maybe even more of an espresso scent. It's extremely well balanced aroma. Taste is also very nice. Tastes of blended dark, rich chocolate and nuances of coffee/espresso. It's very rich and sweet, almost like it should be a cake, I guess it could be the yeast playing that role. There is also an aftertaste of a little bit of hop, it burps up a little. All in all it's a very well balanced flavor. The mouthfeel is very nice. Full bodied smooth and rich with a perfect carbonation level. This is a very drinkable beer, perfect sipper.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my snifter.

A: Pours a deep rich black with hues of brown around the edges. Dark creamy head bubbles up after the pour is complete and rises to a depth of about 1 inch thick. Lacing isn't what I had expected, but is very nice. Spotty gobs of foam and thin vertical legs characterize the lacing.

S: A slightly muted aroma of Ommegang's Belgian yeast strain mixes with roasted malts and some bittersweet chocolate. Based on the name, expected more chocolate flavor in this beer.

T: Bittersweet chocolate is evident in both the front of the flavor profile and the finish. Belgian yeast spiciness is nicely balanced in the middle, and the spice and chocolate seem to blend nicely. There is a slight boozy warmth in the finish. I was impressed with the delicate balance that Ommegang was able to create between the chocolate and the spice, which I was a bit worried about going in. However, I expected a stronger chocolate character, as it didn't quite live up to its name.

M/D: Middle of the road carbonation nicely places itself between a traditional Blegian and a traditional stout. Silky finish with some malty dryness that may be augmented by the cocoa. Slightly heavy and a bit warm, this was a very enjoyable beer. As stated before, the spice and chocolate work nicely together. Despite the lower level of chocolate that expected, I would definitely buy this again.

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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber to pint glass.

Pours a dark brown with a big brown head with decent retention, but nothing amazing. Smells of chocolate malt, cocoa, and some common Belgian spiciness. Taste is not as strong as I had heard. It's like a laid-back young's double chocolate with some clove and cinnamon-like spice. Mouthfeel is this and bubbly. Pretty drinkable, the taste wasn't amazing, but a 750 is fine for one person.

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Photo of rwf08
2.44/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pour into a St. Bernardus goblet.

Appearance: Thin off white to tan head. Held up to light; ruby color at the top and dark opaque blackish brown.

Smell: fruity esters, burnt roastiness, and burnt ashiness like cigarettes.

Taste: dark chocolate, the same aromas as above but now on the palate.

Mouthfeel: good carbonation, medium to full body, a slight dryness on the finish.

Drinkability: I wouldn't have more than one in a day or a month really.

Overall this beer did not give me what I expected. I was hoping for a more chocolate flavor and not such burntness. I was expecting a chocolate covered raisins or prunes but just tastes like kissing a smoker. I won't pick this one up again.

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Photo of thekanna
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 750 ml bottle. Pours a dark, thick, almost syrupy brown with less than one finger of espresso brown head.

S: Slight smoky, leathery aroma with roasted malts and dark molasses.

T: Strangely, doesn't taste as much like chocolate as I had expected, given the name. Although there is a chocolate milk note somewhere in there, the flavor is mostly of smoldering wood, cigarette smoke, molasses, slight caramel and anise, rye bread, and burnt malts.

M: Thick and oily, coats the palate.

D: Great brew by Ommegang, but I wouldn't say that the taste suits the name well.

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Photo of DaveJanssen
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split a 750 split 2 ways poured into snifter. Reviewed 6/19/2009.

Ar: Dark chocolate, raisins, smooth chocolate in coffee, alcohol, dark fruit (plum/prune, date), heavy chocolate, earthy oak hints, deep and heavy powder, dry perfume hints, dry baking chocolate

Ap: solid black, dark tan head, smooth and creamy, good retention, smooth lace hints

F: burn and chocolate, dry toasty/burnt bread, very dark chocolate, chocolate and espresso, long complicated taste, earthy, dark fruit hints, very dry end, dark coffee, minimal hop presence, dry and burn balance, unsweetened baking chocolate, more burnt than roast/coffee, very clean burn, very light licorice, drier than molasses

M: full mouthfeel, mid carbonation, smooth with minimal alcohol

O: full, complex, dark with burn but balanced, fantastic smooth stout, darker than my taste but a very good belgian stout

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Photo of Moonraker7
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark, almost black with a tan colored head. Held up to light, it appears to be a dark brown color.

S: There are roasted malt, yeast, molasses, licorice and alcohol aromas with a slight wood or cork aroma.

T: Dark, roasted malts and dark unsweetened chocolate. Finishes with a bitter sweet molasses taste. The roasted and chocolate tastes dominate, along with some mild hops.

M: Smooth, with a creamy finish and medium carbonation.

D: This beer is not as sweet as I anticipated, and the chocolate is very subtle. It pairs very well with dark chocolate and chocolate dessert, but alone, it's alittle disappointing. Given the high price of this, it's hard to justify buying more than one a season, though it's still a fantastic beer.

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

This is a good beer, it's not brilliant, and it does have some flaws, but it is tasty and a nice change up from this brewery. This is a beer that needs to aerate a bit and let settle. It pours a nice mattish brown with a nice creamy tan head, some lacing, pretty good retention. The nose is chocolate, dark crystal malts, some phenols, some sweetish malts as well. The nose is good.

The taste is a bit complex with lots going on. The key is to let the beer settle in a bit. The beer is definitely creamy and some of the sharper metallic yeastiness that other reviewers commented on seems to fade a bit as things settle in. The dark malts, the chocolate, the creaminess, and the tangy yeastiness define this beer. There is a slight booziness lurking underneath, there is some leafy hop popping through that dries this beer out in parts. There is some metallic and tinny flavors that do detract somewhat. There is a raw yeastiness to the beer that detracts as well. The chocolate and bittering dark malts are quite nice, blend nicely with the thick creaminess of the beer. The mouthfeel is quite pronounced. It is a bit oily, a bit prickly, drying, and biting a bit. The aftertaste is about right, enough to let you know you've had a substantial stout, not too lingering though. There is a touch of the boozy imperial type stout in this beer, and I'm less enamored with that part of the beer. Overall, it is a nice beer, not brilliant, but quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Minotaur
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml into an Ommegang glass.

Nearly Opaque brownie-colored brown with a thick milk and coffee colored head. Head is retained as a light foam over the beer.

The aroma is a dense cocoa and coffee with a little bit of aromatic hops that lend a slightly sour odor.

The taste is luxurious like a starbucks mocha coffee. It is not syrupy chocolate or over the top bitter. It is extremely well balanced but does seem like a delicious bitter chocolate cake. The beer is surprisingly dry with a predominant roasted taste. The belgian yeast and punchy hops lend a slightly bready and tangy aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is bubbly but sufficiently chewy to capture and hold the flavor and aroma with every sip. There is an alcoholic warmth that makes this a perfect winter beer.

It is highly drinkable for both sweeter beer lovers, and those liking more robust coffee like flavors.

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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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