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 Jeffo
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
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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Photo of bump8628
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into an Ommegang flute.

Dark brown to black in appearance with a rich and rocky brown head that clings to the sides of the glass.

Chocolate definitely jumps out in the aroma with a backdrop of roast, herbs, and light fruit and spice.

Again, chocolate is apparent in the taste (in a very authentic, not artificial way) with a complex backing of roasted malt bitterness. Belgian yeast characteristics are suprisingly subdued, but do come through in the way of spicy, medicinal phenolics. Some herbal and earthy hop bitterness is somewhat apparent and lingers on into the finish.

A lower level of carbonation than is typical of this brewery allows for a smooth and almost creamy mouthfeel which plays well with chocolate.

Overall, an excellent chocolate beer. If you're expecting something really rich and chocolatey like Young's Double Chocolate Stout then this doesn't really fit the bill, but its dry, dark chocolate character crossed with Belgian-style stout really hits the spot for me.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown body with a tan head that leaves minor lacing. A roasted and cocoa malt aroma dominates the nose; very little other malts coming through. Smooth, medium bodied beer that has a good amount of roasted and bitter chocolate taste that leaves it syrupy/sticky at times. Definite sipper, this is a sweet beer that isn't overly sweet but balanced and warms the tongue up even with a clean finish.

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Photo of MrDanno96
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark dark brown with a HUGE tan head. Several fingers of head stick around throughout the entire experience. Tons of sticky lacing.

S: Strong dark chocolate and a little coffee. The sweet dark fruits of a typical Strong Dark Ale are also in the background.

T: Dark chocolate and burnt coffee. Tastes and feels like a stout, not a Belgian Dark Ale. Regardless, taste is pretty good, but nothing extraordinary.

M: Medium to full body and very smooth. Just the right amount of carbonation.

D: A decent brew. Tastes like you would expect a typical chocolate stout to taste. Another respectable effort by Ommegang.

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Photo of sirdrinkwell
4.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a: poured into my chalice, this is pure chocolate romance as to be expected....dark mahogany with healthy tan head.

s: the nose is tempered caramel chocolate, muted coffee, a hint of yeast (but not so much as to become cumbersome)

t: very nice dry chocolate opening and finish with some almost almond nuttiness inflected...

m: excellent, very smooth and balanced with a terrific refreshing finish. a nice mouthful without being too heavy on the palate...

d: this is another thoroughly drinkable brew from Ommegang which might actually be better served at a slightly higher alcohol %. Might be perfection at say, 8.5-9.5%...but as is, it's pretty close!


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Photo of cosmicevan
4.73/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into Ommegang tulip glass.

A - Oil black with a generous creamy tan foamy yeasty head and clingy lacing. Gorgeous.

S - Chocolate, nuts, caramel, smokey wood.

T - Rich dark chocolate. Coffee. Roated nuts.

M - Very well balanced. Rich in flavor without being thick or non beer like. Even carbonation. Slight bread-like after taste. Really well done.

D - Fantastic delicious stouty belgian dark. A MUST try for any fan of stouts.

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Photo of pzrhsau
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Great stout, dark brown color with a coffee colored head.
Smell: Nice aroma of roasted malt and a very dark chocolate.
Taste: Great combination of roasted malt blended with a bitter cocoa flavor. It almost gets a hint of coffee at the end.
Drinkability and Mouthfeel: Great light carbonation makes this almost too easy to drink. Its a well balanced stout that doesnt overdo anything.

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Photo of kzoobrew
3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Verbatim from notes 12/24/08

Pours deep brown. Less than opaque, light shines through when held to light. Slight head, decent retention with some sticky lacing.

Fruit and yeast aromas dominate. Slight malt and chocolate smell but rather weak.

Too heavy on the fruity flavor, limited stout qualities. Roasted malt is subdued, slightly bitter. Raw Cocoa powder flavor not pleasant in this brew. Very underwhelming.

Very thin mouthfeel. Crisp carbonation.

Drinkability is decent at best. Very disappointing.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my Ommegang snifter.Pours opague back well maybe some lighter areas around the bottom. Has a great looking,creamy light brown heading.

Smell is mainly of roasted malt some bittersweet chocolatiness to this beer but not overwhelming. Some hoppy notes do peak through.

Taste is a little off for a stout. Not enough malt period. A kind of ashy chocolate taste that just leave the tongue with an odd taste. As stated in the aroma there is a bit of a bitterness to this maybe from the hops.

Mouthfeel is a little flat. No big maltiness,no super smooth velvety texture just a slightly ashy chocolatiness left in the mouth in which leaves an odd taste.

Drink for me wasn't all the great but decent. I wouldn't go searching for this as there are other better options.

All and all left me wanting more,not as thick,rich,or chocolatey as you'd want from a good stout.

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Photo of bobsy
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aged bottle from henrici. Thanks for dropping this off in T.O.! This is a Belgian Stout, but that category doesn't exist yet on BA, so its uncomfortably nestled in amongst Belgian Dark Ales.

Pours a nice dark black, with only the slightest hint of brown at the edges when held up to the light, A huge light mocha head crowns the beer, and lays down sheets of lace as it drops to a more modest cap. Excellent appearance. Good quality cocoa powder shines through in the aroma, which is backed by espresso beans and subtle dark fruit. Definitely like opening a can of cocoa powder and taking a deep whiff (I did this to see).

Calling a beer 'Chocolate Indulgence' implies that this is going to be a delectable treat, but instead of going for a big brash chocolate beer like Rogue or Young's, Ommegang have gone for something far more subtle, and I think better integrated. Milk chocolate is eschewed for dusty, bittersweet dark cocoa powder. No sweet and artificial milk chocolate tastes here - this is decidedly Belgian, and after a recent visit I can tell you the finesse in this beer is commensurate with their philosophy. These wonderful cocoa notes are ably complimented by a big coffee roast base, that occasionally gives through to some dark fruit and spice underneath, which again reminds you that this is a Belgian take on the style. The mouthfeel is decent - medium with a medium carbonation - and while I like the light powderiness of it, I do feel that something heavier may have been a better fit.

This is my kind of stout, and my kind of chocolate beer. I've found that some examples can come across as artificial or heavy handed, but that's not the case here, and a wonderful balance has been struck. Good stuff!

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Photo of drpimento
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on daft a while back and it was a lot better. this time it was poured with a very nice light tan head and plenty of lace. Color is opaque dark brown. Aroma was faintly bittersweet and of cocoa. Flavor is less than the aroma would have you think. Shallow. Body is ok. There's not a whole lot here. Body is ok and carbonation is decent. Strange, because the draft version I had a while back was so rich. Finish is fairly short and forgettable. Maybe it was an off bottle or batch.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A= Pours a dark black color with a nice three finger head. The retention is amazing. The lacing is awesome. Really quite nice looking. Reminds me of a great imperial stout that has the head of a regular stout. Looks nice.

S= biscuity chocolaty goodness. Really really nice deep chocolate smell to it. Reminds me of milk chocolate more than a dark chocolate that you find in most chocolate stouts.

T= Really deep chocolate and coffee tastes. Delicious milk chocolaty taste to it. Smooth and a little bit of vanilla like it was barrel aged but I don't think that is was. Deliciously chocolaty.

M= Smooth and coating. Really creamy. Almost nitro creamy. Low carbonation and smooth.

D= Really delicious but nothing amazing. I prolly wont buy this again but that doesn't mean its bad. I can find better chocolate beers than this like Youngs chocolate stout is an example of something better. Not bad at all though.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Corsedonk Christmas sniffer. Mild chocolate aroma, malty, roated espresso. Very nice thick frothy tanish brown head that leaves a thick lace.
Very little carbonation, which is good. Creamy, dark chocolates and espresso, roasted malts. Pretty solid. Not too thick in the mouth, so easy not bad for drinkability. Leaves a little bitterness on the back of the tongue which is expected from a stout, but not harsh at all.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Big old fluffy head that stands out above the rim of my Unibroue tulip. It leaves sticky lacing plastered all over the glass. The beer is pitch black. This is totally a stout like Ommegang says, I dont know why its on here as a BSDA.

S- Chocolate, as to be expected. Nuttiness and some alcohol. Not too complex but still nice.

T- Bitter roasted cocoa beans a powdery cocoa taste on the finish. Some hops are hiding in the back end if you look for them.

M- On the thin side for a beer like this IMO. Hardly any carbonation. It goes down smooth with a powdery drying finish.

D- Pretty drinkable. Not at all hot and not too heavy. A bit cloying at times, however.

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Photo of BierFan
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Good layer of tan creamy head. The body is black.

Smell: Bitter cocoa. The rest just smells like a run of the mill sweet stout.

Taste: Roasted coffee and cocoa. The cocoa powder is very noticeable and overpowering, but in a good way. Aftertaste kind of reminds me of toasted marshmallows.

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

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax, poured into a 3 philosophers glass. Pinky of beige head slowly fades away leaving pleasant soapy lacing on the glass. Aroma is of coffee, chocolate and caramel, a very delicious aroma. Taste is roasty, toasty, malty and delicious. A very smooth stout, perfect for any cold weather situation. Paired amazingly well with some sort of hazelnut crumb cake with vanilla icing and coconut shavings. I'm now ready for Christmas.

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

Haven't been into stouts/porters for quite some time but got this as part of a gift pack.

a-Very dark brown with a long lasting mocha head. Nice lacing on the glass.

s-Nutty roasted notes followed by a hint of chocolate.

t-goes down smooth-heavy roasted taste rounded out by chocolate. Very decadent tasting without over doing it.

m-heavier as one would expect with a stout...def in keeping with a 7% abv beer

d-while it is decadent it isn't over powering. The only thing hindering the drinkability would be the 7% abv.

I'm not in love with stouts like I used to be but I would drink this again for sure.

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

Presentation: Poured into a "Brewery Ommegang" glass from a 1 pint/9.4 oz bottle with "bottled 08-2009 and best by 08-2012" stamped on the neck.

A: Dark brown/black with a dark tan head and moderate to heavy lacing.

S: Mild chocolate and roasted scents, with a malt sweet and mild hop aroma.

T&M: First sip, just okay. Mostly roasted flavors. Stirred up sediment(against instructions) and poured more with heavier head. The subsequent sips were much more flavorful. Mild dark chocolate and mild malty sweetness with a nice balance of hops and malt. Finishes with a dark chocolate type residue that is very subtle. Medium bodied.

Very good. Not as much chocolate as the name would indicate. Definitely stir up the sediment more than the directions indicate for full flavor.

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Photo of goethean
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Perfect carbonation level (and I'm a stickler). Not very chocolatey. Some nice roasted malt. Assertive Chimay-style Belgian esters of brown sugar? Some alcohol. Essentially, a Belgian Trappist-style robust porter. I could make a better chocolate beer than this.

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Photo of advill88
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black, with a creamy and tan one inch head.

Smell is of chocolate malt with a hints of cocoa and dark chocolate.

Taste is a blast of roasted malt with some bitterness balanced out near the end by a touch of cocoa sweetness.

Mouthfeel is heavy and creamy with low carbonation.

This beer is definitely a lot less sweet than you would think with a name like "Chocolate Indulgence," but it doesn't matter because it's still really good. It's very smooth and creamy, and the chocolate malt is a highlight. Addictive brew.

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Photo of craytonic
2.86/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Wow, nice mocha colored head, it seems to have two layers (almost light and dark chocolate).

Smell: Definite chocolate and some coffee, but not nearly as much chocolate as I expected.

Taste: I am not one for a "chocolate" beer but in this case I had been sitting on this bottle for a while and even had a slice of chocolate cake sitting by me when I popped it open. What can I say, the mood struck. Definitely not the level of chocolate I wanted, I was ready to go "all in" as one might say. Even looked around the house some for a different chocolate beer. That should tell you enough right there. Also a weird metallic / aluminum element (which makes me think AB).

Mouthfeel: Much lighter than I expected.

Drinkability: No richness. You could drink it but I have no interest in doing so; at least the chocolate cake slice was excellent. Such a fancy bottle too. Average it was and average score it gets.

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Photo of oakbluff
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2007 vintage- pours a very dark brown with a foamy chocolate milk like head. Nose- medium roast and dark chocolate. Taste- sweet dark fruits, candi sugar, bitter roast. Was expecting more chocolate- its noticable, but not in forefront. Getting somewhat oxidized. Finish has a somewhat sour/tart character and a bit chalky.

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Photo of gloobygloob
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - head was medium to thin fluffy creamy cappuccino color with above average retention. Poured a a little thick but not too heavy. Dark deep brown to red when held to light.

S - Very aromatic sweet chocolate and coffee roasted scent. hints of fruit and sugary sweetness.

T -post pour tastes are rich, dark roasted, and boozy chocolate malt. Well balanced and not too bitter, and the alcohol was not nearly as predominant as I expected. It really gets better as it flattens and warms. The alcohol becomes more noticeable but the roasted flavors still shine through.

M - Feels thick and syrupy but smooth and not too fizzy.

D - Not nearly as filling as most stouts and but still heavy in nature.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample at the Most Honorable SuperHappyFun Stout Tasting. Pours opaque black with a medium tan head that recedes steadily. Thin rings of lacing on the glass. The aroma is chocolate and dark malts. Medium-bodied and smooth with flavors of chocolate, roasted malt and anise. Smooth finish with lingering chocolate malt aftertaste. Overall this beer definitely suffered a bit by being sampled after Choklit Indulgence. Decent, but not really something I would seek out again.

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Photo of 86sportster883
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ommegang's 10th Anniversary Stout seemed like a good choice to celebrate my 100th beer review. Black with a big tan head that leaves a thick lace as it retreats to a thin tan cover. Aroma of cocoa, roasted malt and at times yeast and/or licorice. The mouthfeel starts medium light with moderate carbonation, becoming more creamy as the CO2 falls off. The taste has a fleeting malt sweetness up front that dries out nicely, almost chalky, with a slightly tart and sometimes metalic aftertaste. It was a nice sipping beer that lasted me throughout most of Game 2 of World Series 09. The final pour of my 750 ml seemed much smoother, but with a slightly bitter finish. Of course, it was warmest at that point too. A nice beer, but not exactly what you might expect from the lable.

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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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