Chocolate Indulgence Stout | Brewery Ommegang

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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 oakbluff
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
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 +13.4%
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 -7.3%
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 +1.8%
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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Photo of sisuspeed
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark brown in color with a foamy light brown head. This bottle made quite a pop when pulling the cork out. Nice lacing down the sides of the glass as well. Served at cellar temp.

The aroma is most definitely chocolate. Not much else there, but the chocolate smells rich and sweet. Very satisfying. Makes me want to dive in.

The flavor has many rich chocolate notes. You can taste the chocolate malts coming through at first, but then the addition of real Belgian chocolate floods your mouth and any bitterness from the darker malts is washed away by sweet creamy chocolate.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. The body is just about perfect. This leads into the drinkability factor, which is quite high. I think the only thing that would stop me from drinking this all night is the sweetness of the chocolate.

Overall, I think Ommegang has done a fantastic job with this beer. If you are looking for a chocolate stout and can still find this one, then I would highly recommend picking it up.

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Photo of abuliarose
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

07 vintage with a reassuring pop. Poured into a wide-bodied snifter glass to reveal black body and thick, creamy tan head. Beautiful lacing. Smells sweet with serious chocolate and roasted malt, ever-present alcohol. The smells are good, but at this temperature I would wish for more smell in general.

Tastes sweet and roasty with a base of raw chocolate and lots of alcohol presence. There is an aftertaste of over-roasted walnut or something equally as funky that I can't place, otherwise it tastes great. Carbonation is even and rounded. Hardly any bitterness besides the roasted kind. The only thing keeping this brew from being more drinkable to me is the alcohol presence. Otherwise it's deliciously easy. Almost heavy-bodied. Smooth mouthfeel, not too dry.

As far as strong darks go, this one has some of the character I can identify in others of its category, but for sure with more chocolate presence: a personal favorite, but also an upstanding member of its kind.

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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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Chocolate Indulgence Stout from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 1,309 ratings
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