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

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1,304
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706
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
12.34%
 
 
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Photo of WhiteOak
2.71/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence 2007 bottling

A- Opaque black-brown. Medium brown, lively, lacy head. Even with gentle handling, the yeast sediment was dislodged and released chunky white particles through every pour, but I do not consider this a flaw.

S- Roasted hazelnuts, roasted tree nuts and ground nut. Wet cardboard. Funk, yeastiness.

T- Attacks with dark-roast bitter coffee. Mid-palate is of maduro cigar tobacco and weak cocoa. Finishes with a burnt grain, bitter cocoa, and cigar ash notes.

M, D- I expected more creaminess, body and structure here. There is some roundness up front, with a lightweight body in the middle, and a burnt, bitter finish. Drinkable, strightforward, but certainly not an "indulgence".
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Photo of thegreatbeerer
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i could drink this all night.

creamy 2 finger white head.

smells like roasted cocoa beans.

nice roasty, toasty taste, dry dark cocoa up front fades into very subtle hop flavor that surprises the tongue just before it passes.not sweet at all. i love that. dry is good in beer too!

nice creamy body feels good all the way down

very drinkable

thanks to the mill tavern in montoursville, pa for putting this on tap. a nice winter treat.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: First pour the head is really quite large and airy, and takes a while to fade, but all subsequent pours the head is small and fades fast. The head is a dark, dirty-snday beige. The beer is black and opaque, can't see through it at all.

S: Dark Chocolate, coffee bean dominate. No hops at all. Really, it's too roasted. Much too roasted, not sweet enough.

T: More chocolatey, but still a dry, dark, cocoa-y chocolate more so than a bitterseet or milk chocolate. It's still too roasted though. And there isn't much depth to the flavor.

M: Good body, right for a sessionable stout. It's not a meal in a glass but it's not as watery as Guiness. Still, not perfect

D: Drinkable, needs a good pairing though, perhaps something fruity?

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Photo of buschbeer
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured into a pint glass to a marvelous, two finger brown head. It is black in color. As I poured I could smell chocolate. The taste is roasted, unsweetened chocolate. It is pretty bitter, but in a good way. It almost has a coffee taste, but I think that it is more of the roasted malts. This is a very good beer. I have been avoiding this one in my fridge after hearing how mediocre it was on threads. I'm glad I finally dove in. This is one beer that exceeded my expectations.

Cheers!

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Photo of tzieser
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

my 100th review! i know it's not the best beer to celebrate the occasion, but i guess i'll do that at number 1000 ;-)

a: poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Ommegang tulip. great jet black color with a small one finger tan head that has great retention.

s: roasted malts up front, with some dark fruits in the back. this brew has a great aroma. dark chocolate and cofee scents are barely noticeable. belgian yeast is there,and adds a whole other facet of complexity. great.

t: as with the nose, roasted malts come up front. flavors of coffee and dark chocolate are there, but not as killer as you'd expect. the belgian yeast goes great with this and keeps this from being a run of the mill stout. this isn't as chocolate-y as you'd expect (ala milk stouts), but as a regular stout, this brew hits the nail on the head.

m&d: nice and creamy mouthfeel, goes down smooth as silk. drinkability is average, because it's pretty damn expensive and isn't necessarily the greatest stout around.

this is worth a try, but i don't think i'd buy it again. another great brew by ommegang, but should be priced a bit better.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

This pours up super dark brown in color. The head is almost four fingers of dark chocolate brown colored foam. Retention is quite good and the lacing is thick and very sticky.

Roasted malts. Light chocolate notes. Hints of molasses. Mild notes of sweet, dark, fruits. Light hint of booziness.

The big roastiness is matched by a big amount of dark chocolate presence. A decent, but somewhat mild presence of dark roasted coffee. Hints of black strap molasses and a light touch of licorice. A light touch of dark fruit sweetness.

Nicely full-bodied. This has a medium-to-high level of carbonation. It's smooth, but lacks the rich creaminess of the kegged version.

This is a 7.0%abv beer, but it drinks like it's only about 4.0%. Very easy to consume. I'm glad that Ommegang is finally available in Oklahoma, as I think that they produce some damn fine beers. This is certainly one of them.

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Photo of zoso1967
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black and completely opaque. Beautiful pillowy tan head. Smells very roasty with a lot of yeast in there as well. Also some subtle hints of dark chocolate. Mmm, wonderfully roasty and toasty stout taste. Roasted malt and coffee bean flavors dominate, but there are hints of bitter cocoa in the background. Also seems to have a slight mustiness to the flavor that may be the yeast strain. This is a full bodied beer, but the mouthfeel is wonderfully smooth, if a little bit sticky at the end. I find this to be quite drinkable. Granted it is a bit rich, but it has a nice smoothness and hides the alcohol well. A nice surprise that came with my Ommegang gift set, and a beer I may not have tried otherwise.

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

A: Pitch black with a dense tan colored head. Good lacing down the glass.

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

T: The taste is roasted malt with a bitter dark chocolate and molasses, anise and clove spice finish.

M: It is creamy and smooth. Good carbonation.

D: Not overbearing. Not as chocolately as I had hoped, but I did like the anise/clove finish.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 25.4oz bottle into Ommegang Tulip

Appearance: Opaque black with a large, foamy brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves lots of lace.

Smell: Sweet throughout- roasted malts, molasses, and chocolate.

Taste: Begins with sweet chocolate, ending with a more bitter coffee-chocolate taste. Hints of tart alcohol in the end.

Mouthfeel: Thick, smooth, creamy body with a sticky finish.

Drinkability: This beer is very interesting. A nice depth of chocolate flavors and a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of kylejohnson03
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into an Ommegang tulip. Has a bottled date of 10/23/09.

Pours a jet black color, with a two finger caramel/mocha head. A swirl of the glass leaves good lacing. Rich roasted malt flavors and bittersweet chocolates. Alcohol is present on the finish, but not unpleasant. Medium body. All-in-all really drinkable for the style. Heavy enough to remind you its a stout, but not so much that the entire glass makes you miserable. Didnt get the belgium twist that i expected from Ommegang, but still a great brew.

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

From a 750 into a large tulip.

Pours a perfectly opaque black with an pale tan head. Lots of sticky lacing, and good retention considering the 7% ABV.

Rich and bitter. Lots of bitter chocolate (big surprise there) and some light coffee. No hops (again, a big surprise...) and no perceptible alcohol. Some fruits, a touch of banana ester and plum.

Delicious. Not a sweet decadent, but a very full chocolaty taste. Bitter chocolate dominates the flavor with not much sweet to be found - which I find very attractive and beer-like. There's tons of malt behind that, and the typical coffee from a "stout" style.

Medium-bodied, no grain from the sediment/yeast (I did pour carefully...) but yeah, it's easily drinkable and not too heavy.

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Into a snifter, it poured a deep mahogany brown with two fingers of beige head that laced very well. Smelled solidly of dark chocolate and molasses. The taste confirmed the aroma, with the alcohol content well-hidden, while the mouthfeel was superb...creamy and velvety. Excellent sipping beer with a creamy dessert, but not exactly a session beer.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into chalice.

Pours deep brown bordering on black, with a nice, creamy 1/8" brown head. Sticks to the walls of the glass rather tenaciously, excellent lacing. All in all, a fine looking stout.

Nose has some cocoa, a bit of an earthy roastiness. Fairly light and not a whole lot going on.

Taste has some more of the earthy roastiness going on, a bit nutty, oats, and with a nice hearty dose of bittersweet chocolate. The earthiness tends more towards over-ripe dark fruit towards the finish, a nod I think towards the Belgian yeast strain.

Smooth and oh so silky. Carbonation slides along the tongue like microscopic massage beads. Medium-full bodied, yet still a bit light. Beautifully crafted mouthfeel.

Drinkability is excellent - flavorful, fantastic mouthfeel, not wearing at all - very nice beer. Not at all a chocolate bomb like ST Choklat, for example, but it doesn't try to be. What it is is a nicely made beer.

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Photo of Lunch
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Victoria Gastro Pub in Columbia, MD (01/11/10). Served in Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence goblet at a slightly colder than desired temperature, but allowed to warm to cellar temp.

A: Pours a deep murky brown to almost black with just a faint collar which just a bit of lacing.

S: I was expecting a big chocolate presence here, but instead I was greeted with some roasted malt with powered cocoa sprinkled throughout.

T: There is a slighter greater chocolate presence in the form again of powdered cocoa, but this is no way lives up to its name. Dominated most by roasted malt with some nice Belgian Strong Dark Ale qualities as well.

M: Medium-bodied and a bit lighter than I was expecting with moderate carbonation and some creaminess.

D: Fairly drinkable, but one was enough for me. the 7% abv. was completely hidden.

Overall this was a bit of a disappointment, but it is by no means a bad beer just the name sets itself up for so much more. Worth a Look.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from a 22oz into a Rochefort chalice.

The beer pours black with a light tan head, not much of a head, leaves a light ring around the rim of the glass.

The aroma is all chocolate, pretty sweet not bitter.

The taste is very sweet and smooth with a bitter chocolate finish.

The feel is medium, drinkability is nice.

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Photo of ljbrisson
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark viscous black into a Chimay glass with a little less than a single-finger sandy brown head which a sheet of lacing through the duration of the drink. Aroma is roasted grain, chocolate, a bit of caramel sweetness, burnt toast, some dark fruits emerge as it warms in my glass. Mouthfeel is nice and slick on the tounge without being too heavy, though I was surprised by the amount of carbonation. Taste is caramel sweetness in the front with toast, toffee, a bit of char, then a suggestion of dark chocolate which does not overpower. Drinkability will get a high score despite the 750 ml serving size - if I ever found this on tap I wouldn't be able to stay away from it. Overall this is a great brew that doesn't hit me over the head with chocolate; I plan on trying it again sometime.

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Photo of turamarth
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Delierium tremens glass.

Appearance: Bottle says a Belgian Style Chocolate Stout, but yet this is classified as a Dark ale? Either way, this looks dark, and like a stout. Like a lot of 750ml bottle, this beer give a pretty liberal head. A creme colored head with some copper highlights, with about a 2 finger thickness. Laces a little bit to the glass and recedes fairly quickly to about a cm of head. Has a very rich looking body, dark as the darkest dark chocolate that I've seen. Letting in no light, not even around the edges. Looks like its going to be rather....indulgent.

Smell: Not what I was expecting from this. I was bracing my self for an overwhelming blast of sweet chocolate into my olfactory. But, this is very well restrained in the nose. Up from there is a stand-out chocolate aroma that is well blended into the rest of the nose. In fact, it seems there are a few different type of chocolate scents floating around in this glass. At first there is a hit of spicy dark chocolate, which then fades into the sweeter malts, for a Hersheys milk chocolate odor. Upon further nasal delving, there are other nice dark malt flavors such as coffee, and some pinches of caramel. The hops are there in the nose, adding the spice and earthy balance to this nose.

Taste: Compared to the aroma of this ale, the taste is not as complex. Disappointing. Not bad, I just expected more in the mouth. Here also, I can taste why it is classified as Strong Dark as opposed to the Stout on the label. Far more Belgian subtleties than the typical malt bomb. Despite it not being a typical stout, it does have a good portion of the chocolate and coffee layers that a stout should have. Again this isn't as chocolaty as the name would suggest. More balance of chocolate and traditional Belgian nuances. The yeast strain that Ommegang uses adds a very nice fruity/esteriness to the taste here, also adds a touch of spice that I think plays very well with the chocolate nature of this ale. This is good, stuck in the middle of being a Strong Dark and a big ol' stout. Though I do wish the taste had the chocolate edge the nose had.

Mouthfeel: Again another place where I think the Strong Dark is accurate. This is not nearly thick enough to be a big chocolate stout, or even a small chocolate stout. It tried, coating the mouth a little bit, but it's not like drinking a glass of chocolate milk like some other big stouts can be like. Has a nice bright carbonation. Still hanging in the void of a psuedo-stout.

Drink: Though it does sit between to styles, this beer is pretty damn tasty, and a nice treat. Goes down easier than I thought it would (going by the name). Its not a chocolate bar in a bottle, but a drinkable homage to chocolate in Belgian tradition.

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Photo of mutterfudder
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay chalice.

A - Dark brown/black pour with a tan, quick dissipating yet foamy head.

S - Toffee and Bitter chocolate notes. A bit of a hop character? Not sure. Something tart and spicy.

T - Full roasted flavor. Middle brings notes of that chocolate that finish heavy. Aftertaste brings a nice dark chocolate flavor to it. None of this is overpowering or out of place tasting, which is saying something.

M - Creamy. Just feels right for what the beer is.

D - Perfect on a cold, windy night like tonight. I could drink another if I had it!

Really enjoyed this, a well-balanced beer with a nice dark chocolate flavor that is integrated nicely.

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Photo of cfleisher
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with light carbonation. Unexpected, given the bottle conditioning. Quite dark, with some ruby highlights, and plenty of sticky lacing.
Aroma is chocolate, some slight astringency, but clean overall.

Taste is well balanced, though a bit on the dry side. Some nice bitter dark chocolate notes (I'd hope so, if they're going to call it Chocolate Indulgence).

Mouthfeel is just right. Not too chewy. Me likes.

Overall, a well-crafted beer. I'd expect a bit more chocolate umph, given the name. But I think this is right in line with Ommegang's portfolio of well-crafted, one-off brews.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence poured near-black with a thick two-finger milk chocolate-colored head. Lace was left thrughout the glass.

The smell and taste had a slight hint of chocolate; however they were dominated by sweet dark fruit. The feel was thick and creamy with a good amount of bitterness in the finish. I left the bottle out of the fridge after the first pour, and by the time I finished the bottle, the higher temperature brought out much stronger and complex flavors. This was remarkable as it warmed.

I had this ale on New Years Day and it was perfect for the cold weather and special occasion. As I started this review, I was impressed that Chocolate Indulgence is categorized as a Strong Dark Ale despite being labeled as a Stout, because I thought it had more of the fruitiness and bitterness of a dark ale. It was oe of the best I've ever had, because it toned down the malty sweetness of typical Belgian Ales.

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Photo of JoKo
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a Christmas set and and cracking it open now that it's New Years Eve. Poured into large tulip glass.

Appearance: Jet black with brown head and high carbonation. The appearance is very good, it looks like it's going to be a wicked good stout.

Smell: Very malty, some chocolate notes up front.

Taste: Hoppy bitterness with solid malty chocolate backbone. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and rich.

Drinkability: Overall, very drinkable and worth trying, it was just as expected, no disappointments.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hudsonphotog for sharing this bottle.

Pours black with an off-white head. The aroma is not as chocolatey as I expected, but you do get some sweetness. The flavor is pretty hoppy, possibly some Pacific Northwest hops. Not as much chocolate as I expected in the flavor either. I drank the second half of the beer when eating some Ghiradelli chocolates and that really made the hops stand out. Thinner mouthfeel than expected. A pretty good beer, but the name is a little misleading since this is not much of a chocolate beer.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got the Ommegang gift set for Christmas, and I decided to pop this bottle on Christmas night. Reviewed in between my turns of the impossibly hard Trivial Pursuit.

Poured into the wide flute Ommegang glass, it's black in color with some red/brown at the bottom when held up to the light. The head on the first pour had a whipped, baking mix texture and light brown color. The second pour was more thick and frothy. Great lacing.

When cold, the aroma shows more of the chocolate characters. As it warms, it starts to blend into some Belgian yeast character. It has strong fruity yeast character typical of Belgians, and a chocolate milk/ ice cream character from the chocolate. They found an interesting and successful blend here.

Taste is sweet, with some nesquick chocolate powder flavor. The finish is really rich and creamy. There are some slight stout characters but as it warms, the real chocolate additions come through more. The fruitiness from the Belgian yeast doesn't really mend with the chocolate, instead it adds a new, Belgian character to the stout.

The creamy finish is complemented with a moderatley high carbonation, and only a slightly sweet body. Very easy to drink, it's an easy 750 to put back by yourself for a special occasion.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found a bottle of this at my local Carnivores in Oakmont. At 7.00 a bottle it's a great price and I didn't even have to pick up the holiday pack!

A - Pour's black and light with a sleek amount of head. The cork top is a great touch since you get that pop of air for fresh beer!
S - Chocolate malt and Belgium chocolate. nice.
T - Not too heavy of chocolate yet not overdoing it. I could pick up the coco power aspect that everyone talks about too.
M - Creamy but sort of dry. I enjoyed it.
D - One full 750ml for me and I had enough. I might get it again for next Christmas.

Overall a great chocolate beer from Ommegang. The flavor was exceptional and at a good price. Loved it.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Found this at the Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam.

From a 750ml bottle into a snifter.

Note: This should be listed as a Stout. The brewer himself even calls it a Stout.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger thick tight bubbly dark tan head with very good retention. Jet black body with minimal carbonation. Head slowly fades to a good foam cap and leaves some nice lacing right away. A thin film remains until the end leaving some good looking lacing down the sides. A nice beer to look at.

SMELL: Mild nose of roasted malts and a good dose of dark chocolate. Mostly bitter pure chocolate. Nice, though not as bold as I'd hoped.

TASTE: Roasted malts again, with some nice smoky notes. Lots of pure chocolate as well and finishes with a good dose of hop bitterness. Mild but long lasting aftertaste of sweet milk chocolate and bitter pure chocolate together. A powdery finish with hints of cocoa powder as well. Nice job here.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Smooth going down, no bite, and finishes powdery with an appropriate amount of dryness on the palate. Could be a little heavier for the style.

OVERALL: A nice chocolate stout for sure, but not necessarily better than any of the other top chocolate stouts I've had. One worth having once, and the pretty bottle is worth keeping, but given the heavy price tag, I don't think I'll be looking for this one again.

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Chocolate Indulgence Stout from Brewery Ommegang
3.81 out of 5 based on 1,304 ratings.
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