Chocolate Indulgence Stout | Brewery Ommegang

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Chocolate Indulgence offers a thick tan head of foam resting atop of the rich onyx-hued liquid. The aroma immediately speaks of dark chocolate and dark malts. The gentle herbal notes of perle hops compliments the darker aroma notes, making the beer fully savory to all the senses.

Added by BeerBeing on 09-27-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,303
Reviews:
706
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
12.07%
 
 
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109
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128
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Photo of gunnerman
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice pours a pitch black with a tannish head, not much lace on the glass. Smell is chocolate not overwhelming but subtle and to the point. Taste is a bit thin, I can taste chocolate but not strong enough like I was hoping for. I was expecting strong malt and choclate combo but was dissapointed in this offering, which was lacking for such a strong brewery.

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

Appearance- Deep black, creamy tan head and sheets of sticky lacing

Smell- Faintly chocolate and sweet

Taste- Just like aroma, lightly sweet, bitter and creamy chocolate. Base malts are light and add just a hint of crispness.

Mouthfeel- Mucho body and velvety mouthfeel, mild carbonation as is appropriate for style.

Drinkability- Smooth, chunky and delicious.

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Photo of bminor7
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml from Westmere Beverage in Albany, NY.

A - heady foam, dark brown, an unusual shade. looks like the crema from a good coffee. sticky lacing. beer is a dark brown, opaque.

S - chocolate, alcohol, candi sugar - very Ommegang-like.

T - immediately after poured, taste is a rich dark roasted malty boozy chocolatey coffee. the chocolate flavor is not nearly as predominant as in Southern Tier's Mokah, but the coffee stands out more in my opinion. my bottle's cork had slipped out a bit sometime in the past, allowing some of the liquid to dry at the edge of the cork and bottle lip. I don't know if this affected the taste, but I do get a distinct, rather unpleasant bitter note in the aftertaste as the beer sits.

M - syrupy, but not too much. just right.

D - low. not very sweet. the sugars and alcohol go right at the teeth, reminiscent of Aventinus.

I like Ommegang, and am glad to support them, but do not think this is one of their better offerings. Perhaps my bottle has seen it's prime already, as it is a 10-Year Anniversary Edition (1997 - 2007).

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed last night. I was really surprised by how much I liked it, as previous experiences left me wanting more from this beer.

Black with brown highlights, thin brown head with good retention and mild lacing. Quite attractive. Nose is moderate with a little dry, unsweetened choc. Pretty yeasty adn fruity with a little apricot and peach. Mildly roasty. Good, surprisingly so!
On the palate, it opens with a mild chocolate note, with cocoa, some roasted malt, Mildly sweet, with sugar and a little molasses. Finishes medium dry with a licorice like bitterness. A touch of metallic character is present. Medium in body, moderate carbonation, and decent finish. Surprisingly good, would drink again.

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Photo of DwnTwnBwn
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sleek looking bottle.
A- Poured a very dark black and opaque liquid. Has a fluffy tan head that stays till then end lacing the glass well.

S- This is a good smelling stout, But its lacking much if any chocolate aromas. There is a good smooth roasted barley smell with hints of coffee.

T- There is a good breadie stout flavor in here but much like the smell its lacking a chocolate taste. Lots of roasted malts with a touch of dark coffee, maybe a slight hint of chocolate towards the end, but nothing on the magnitude of indulgence.

M- Medium Body, a touch too much carbonation.

O- I'm a bit let down by its name, This was a very good stout but its missing the chocolate indulgence.

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Photo of supercolter
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ok so very decent beer, but I thought the chocolate was a bit overdone. Appearance good, nice and dark with a slight tan head with no real lacing. Smell is good, smell like dark chocolate and that is pretty much it. I pick up a bit of coffee and very slight hops. Taste is decent but an odd bitter that I cant make up my mind on. Mouthfeel was very good, medium to heavy with perfect carbonation. Drinkability was good.

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

Drank this at Home from a 22oz bottle poured into a goblet.

Poured very dark with minimal tan to light brown head very persistant but minutes later had died to just patches. Lacing occured mainly at the top.

The first inkling of aroma was vinegar to me like olives then some cocoa,

The taste was mainly malty cocoa with slight bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel was warm and thick

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Photo of glid02
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours one shade away from black with a one-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of unsweetened chocolate with hints of dark fruits - dates and raisins mostly. Every so often a hint of coffee will make its way out.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Unsweetened chocolate flavors meld right off the bat with lightly roasted malts. Midway through the sip the fruit flavors come into things and stick around until a bitter ending that has more coffee flavor than anything else.

Mouthfeel is very good. It has a great thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this had a bit more fruit than I remembered from the bottle version and I think that added a new level to things. It's still not quite as good as some of Ommegang's other offerings but it's worth a shot.

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Photo of BigDank
5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is definitely all I expected it to be. A little spendy but worth it if you like chocolate stouts. Ommegang does not disappoint. Dark pour with nice head. Not too much carbonation and a great heavy but smooth and somewhat creamy chocolate flavor. Easy to drink and hard to share. I would recommend this beer to anyone who enjoys the type and for any occasion.

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

Pours a deep, dark and opaque brown-black, with a thick and rocky cocoa-brown head. Lacing is wonderful, and the head retains like anything. Looks absolutely dark and delicious.

Wonderful mocha-chocolate notes on the nose. Deep bittersweet cocoa, coffee, and black roasted notes, intermingle with notes of woodsmoke, peat, coconut and rye bread. So much dark complexity - all the notes which keep surfacing are unique, but all are delicious. Very pleasant indeed.

Very roasted palate, quite thick, with a lingering chocolate character. The chocolate is very much from the high-cocoa, low-sugar end of the spectrum, and it blends with the bittersweet carbonised malts to create a dark, heavy and intesne beer. This is no sweetly seductive chocolate stout, this is one to slam a pound of concrete chocolate in your face. For all that, it stays remarkably smooth - the characters might be robust and assertive, but the slickness on the palate and the manner in which the flavours are integrated leaves it very approachable.

A very pleasant, drinkable, complex and robust beer. As much as those adjectives are probably often conflicting, this paradox of a beer manages to be at once confronting and comforting. It pulls you away with the right, and draws you in with the left. Very good.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very opaque black, the tiniest touch of brown from the edge, seems to have some decent floaty chunks in the bottom of it (which of course makes them sinkies). Head is deliciously huge, ochre-coloured, sinking steadily and consistently but leaves some pretty shit-hot beige lace sheets behind. Yeah, it's a stunner.

Nose is rich and burnt, but not overly bitter or ashy, just very roasty and toasty, with hints of nutmeg, cocoa and a fair residual sugar, like baked fruit syrup runoff. This makes it smell lighter and sweeter. Very pleasant, but could have used a bit more complexity, or even just a bit more fragrance.

Taste is a bit of a letdown, in that it again doesn't have a great deal of complexity or flavour. Has a fair roasted character but this presses lightly, with a slight espresso bitterness that never really overwhelms. A bit of a charred meat character on the back, with a barbecue sauce sweetness, and slight herbal hints as well, aspects of mint and rosemary.

Mouthfeel is as full as you'd expect, fairly slick but strikes me as a bit lacking in texture.

Actually I think this is a bit lacking overall. Just from the look I expected a big, bold bastard of a stout - instead I'm getting stout characters that seems to be hiding in the background and never leaping forward with their dark, evil flavour potential. Oddly enough this feels heavy without actually tasting so. There's flavour potential that it never lives up to.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love these big Ommegang bottles. This one was $12 from Peace St Market in Raleigh.

Appearance: Black, opaque. The head does look very Belgian with lots of little bubbles forming a fluffy, almost rocky head. The head has pretty good retention, and leaves good lacing on my wine glass.

Smell: Smells like a stout. I was really expecting to be wowed and overpowered with chocolate, but was not. It does smell chocolatey, but not really all that much more so than a run of the mill big stout. It does smell like both sweet and bittersweet chocolate, and lots of roasty malts. There's no hint of anything Belgian until you swirl it, then there's definitely Belgian yeast in there-- I wish this was more prominent.

Taste: Tastes like a chocolatey stout. Again, not overpowering, not "indulgent" like the label says. Its really tasty though. Nice roasty malt flavor with lots of bittersweet chocolate taste. Its got bready yeast in there too. Finishes with lots of bittersweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Its fine for a Belgian dark, but not right for a stout at all. Too bubbly and thin for a stout. I wanted this to be thick, rich, and creamy almost like an RIS. A name like Chocolate Indulgence leads me to expect that. If you, like me, want that from this beer, you will be somewhat disappointed.

Drinkability: Its a great tasting stout with Belgian leanings. Way more stout character, and just hints of the Belgian-ness. I really enjoyed it, and continue to assert that at some time, my favorite beer will be a strong stout made with Belgian yeast. This is not quite there. I certainly liked it, and would drink it again, but not for $12.

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Photo of kegger22
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured dark brown with a generous, light brown head that reduced to a thin covering. Great chocolate aroma. The taste, true to scent, is rich chocolate. I have to revert back to my childhood chocoholic days for the proper word to describe: Yummy. Feel is a little lighter than I had expected with reasonable carbonation. Drinkability: This one is to rich to be anything but a sipper. I am usually not a huge fan of Belgian strong ales, but the chocolate made the difference.

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

Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence is an opaque brown-black ale with a huge, fluffy, lumpy light brown head. The retention and lacing are outstanding. It smells like roasted chocolate with a touch of green, leafy, grassy hops. It's pretty full bodied, smooth and minerally with a slightly astringent finish. It tastes lightly sweet and lightly bitter. It's well balanced. There is a dry, bitter chocolate flavor with a touch of fruity sweetness, kind of like eating dark chocolate. It's very good, but it doesn't seem too polished.

[Sampled at the 2009 Flower City Brewers' Fest at Frontier Field, Rochester, NY]

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Photo of sweemzander
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle popped and poured into a tulip glass. No bottled date found.

(A)- Pours a pitch black with a huge light brown head that will not dissipate. Some decent lacing sticking to the sides of the glass. Foam is still present with the last sip in the glass!

(S)- Big roasted malts with a raisin component. Ridiculously layered cocoa and dark chocolate. Some bready nuances within.

(T)- Initial flavors of roasted malts with molasses and raisin with light coffee, followed by a rich, decadent overflowing of chocolate, cocoa, and dark chocolate.

(M)- Great layered complexities of chocolate flavors. Rich and silky. Great carbonation level. Only got better as it warmed up.

(D)- Rich and delicious with some serious chocolate flavors. A great tasting beer that could replace dessert any day of the week. Almost too rich to drink the whole 750mL on your own though; share with a friend or two.

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

Poured into a chalice.

A Belgian style beer with a strong cocoa flavor? Seems odd, right? Don't be scared. This beer is quite good. There is definitely some Belgian influence here - a slight sugary sweetness is present in the front, but the finish is big, bitter cocoa. Strong chocolate flavor should be expected given the dark color and the luscious tan head. A nice treat - not something to drink all of the time, but a nice change of pace. Recommended.

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Oily ebony brownish black, opaque for all intents and purposes, with a thick coffee-stained cap of fine foam that doesn't last as long as you might hope of a Belgian ale. Gorgeous aromas of coconut, chocolate, and vanilla come pouring out of the glass, with pecan, honey, cola, and coffee notes in tow. A surprising edge of woody oak rims the edge of the nose. Rich and thick on the palate, full of chocolate and vanilla with a bitterness of espresso and burnt caramel. There is also an herbal quality to it, reminiscent of licorice or root beer. Rolling carbonation keeps this smooth and lush, and although this is very thick and creamy, the finish is quite dry and clean, with a lingering tang of bittersweet cocoa. Lovely and flavorful, not as chocolatey as some chocolate stouts, but easy to overindulge in.

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Photo of blackearth
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased from Otto's Wine Cask in Brown Deer, WI. Pours a deep black body with a light tan head. Aroma of sweet chocolate. Full bodied and kind of creamy with medium carbonation, this beer has a roasted dark chocolate flavor. A bit more roasted flavor than I'd like, this beer seemed to get tiresome towards the end of the glass.

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Photo of oldpinecone
4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter.

First off this beer was amazing. It seems to get alot of beef on this site and I dont know why.

It was deep deep brown with almost 2 finger cream head. Picture perfect. It smelled of a roasted toffee chocolate with light fruit notes. The taste wasnt what I expected but was delicious. It was of a sweet cream and almost roasted nutty flavor. I was amazed. Delicious. The mouthfeel was a bit thin and carbonated for my liking esepccialy for a stout but the flavor made up for it. Very drinkable, especially as an after dinner drink or right before bed.

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Photo of davexisxrabid
4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a 2007 of this brew into my Chimay goblet... a nice one inch thick tan head on top of a dark brown body. There was a little bit of visible carbonation zooming up to the surface. Good head retention and nice lacing on the glass during the drinking period.

Aroma of dark chocolate and earthy, pungent hops.

Flavor of dark, bitter chocolate, a roasted/burnt flavor followed by an alcohol warmth and slight residual sweetness.

Thick mouthfeel, just the right amount of carbonation to thin it out a bit so as to not be chewy. You can taste the bittersweet roasted flavors on your palate for quite some time after each sip (or chug depending on how much you like this).

All in all, excellent drinkability. Not too strong, well balanced flavors, good strong chocolate backbone. Glad I could share this brew with my girlfriend and looking forward to trying this one out again sometime soon.

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Photo of joe1510
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml

Cellared 21-22 months

This first bottled batch popped so loud it woke the neighbors and now I hear police sirens...not cool. Pours with a perfectly thick black body and active enough carbonation to prompt the chocolate milk head to raise two fingers high. The head has some impressive staying power and leaves some thin sheet lacing behind. Beer in the glass looks quality to me. Dark and brooding, if you will.

The nose is loaded with dusty cocoa powder. As a matter of fact there's a good deal of this cocoa I speak of. A touch of coffee follows close behind and a roastiness that's both roasted malts and espresso. When it warms some dark chocolate comes forward but there's also a hint of some tarnished copper that I'm not too crazy about. That dark chocolate shifts between rich dark chocolate and bitter baker's chocolate. It puts me right on the fence and I hate fences.

Each drink of this stout is different. The first drink I get a mouthful of cocoa, dark chocolate, and semi-sweet baker's chocolate. That along with the mild coffee notes and some interesting roastiness. The next drink I'm blasted with tarnished copper and the aforementioned chocolates. The copper throws me off...a lot. Luckily it's only in every few drinks. I don't understand why this beer shifts from good to not so much. Weird.

The body is moderate and has a Belgian type of carbonation which makes this beer seem lighter than it should be. That metallic flavor rolls into the mouthfeel with the feel of licking a penny. It's weird how I know what that would be like.

A glass would be plenty for me. It has some definite potential. I do get a good amount of chocolate out of this brew but the metallic flavors screw it all up and make drop the drinkability factor.

This beer has been sitting for a long while in my basement. The carbonation is on like it should be. There's just too much of the metallics to make this beer worth another buy. I have a soft spot for Ommegang and love most of their beer but this one seemed to be a miss. I wouldn't turn it down but I wouldn't buy more either.

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Photo of CHL
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

There's definately chocolate in the beverage--not just some chocolate notes in the malt (so I disagree with some of the reviews), but it's not so obvious to be a "chocolate indulgence." It's opaque dark brown with persistent foam lacing clinging to the glass, which smells decidedly chocolaty. That's a start.

To me, the chocolate flavor buries much of the dark complexity without making the brew into a chocolate beverage itself. I get hints of dark fruit and roasted grain, but it tends to wash out in the bittersweet aftertaste.

It's got a rich mouthfeel, but the 750 ml bottle must be shared--I could never finish it myself.

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

Presentation: Brown 750, corked and caged with beautiful label...typical Ommegang

Apperance: Ultra drak brown/black beer, opaque, with dark tan large bubbled head with pretty good retention

Smell: Big dark sweet roasty grains, a bit of burnt/bittersweet chocolate in the background

Taste: Roasty grains, perhaps a bit of puckering juicy dark fruit, cocoa powder on the finish...nice, but not too complex

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy, smooth

Drinkability: Pretty decent

Conclusion: I've tried this two different years now...it's not bad at alll, but just a bit plain...it's not up to the standards (the very high standards) of Ommegang's other beers, and while it makes for a pretty tasty stout or export stout, it's not chocolatey indulgence good like the label suggests...the chocolate is actually quite hard to find...I've had chocolate stouts which use ONLY chocolate malts and no chocolate with a bigger chocolate character than there is here...that all said, it's not a bad beer.

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Photo of WolfmanK
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Outstanding smell and appearance very dark brown with a creamy brown head that hangs around forever. Smells of roasted coffee and chocolate.

A great stout full of dark chocolate flavors , very smooth, easy to drink.

The chocolate makes the stout different but not better. If you like dark chocolate or are looking for something different in a stout then give this a try.

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Photo of Mayhem976
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Black, very thick. Has an amazing dark brown head, this head stuck around forever, good lacing to boot.

S- I pick up hops, chocolate, malt, lactose, coffee, and I do pick up a slight bit of cloves or possibly even ginger.

T- The hops hit you first, then you get the heavy robust coffee malt flavor in the middle, finally you get the extra dark bitter chocolate towards the end. You can really taste the chocolate but it's not sweet, unsweetened bitter chocolate is the only way I can describe it. You really get a strong Belgium feel when you sip this stout.

M- Medium body, slightly carbonated, has a bit of creaminess to it.

D- Great chocolate flavor but definitely not sweet, I wish it hard a higher alcohol percentage and slightly sweeter. The overall flavor is pretty darn good, but it's still an occasional beer for me, not to mention it's kinda pricey.

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Chocolate Indulgence Stout from Brewery Ommegang
3.81 out of 5 based on 1,303 ratings.
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