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 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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Photo of Tilley4
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I've seen this one around everywhere but never tried it so I figured it was about time to give it a go....

Well, this certainly looks the part of a stout... Its dark black with a creamy head... Its a little thin but other than that, it looks pretty good...

I'm definitely getting the chocolate in the nose here.. That and a little Belgian yeast that has my interest piqued.. I think I can smell some vanilla as well but its mostly cocoa and yeast...

Well, this is a bit of a letdown... The chocolate isn't nearly as prevalent as I hoped it would be... Its basically an ale with a little bit of chocolate to it... I can detect the Belgian yeast as well..

Not nearly as good as I was hoping here...

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black color with a nicely laced dark tan head. Decent retention. It is darker than I thought it would be considering the lower ABV, but I dont even get any highlighting on the edges.

Nose is of cocoa and dark chocolate with a surprising amount of dark fruitiness...raisins, figs and red grapes...but that makes a bit more sense as I read the label proclaiming it as a Belgian stout.

Light bodied, roasty cocoa flavor. So roasty that it is almost bittersweet chocolaty, approaching coffee-esque. I am enjoying this one better than the fresh bottle I had, it seems the 10 months in the cellar were beneficial. The dark plum-like fruitiness is almost too prevalent and takes away a bit from the chocolate. There are some nice bready yeast characteristics here that work nicely and there is just a touch of grassy hops to add to the complex mix of flavors. This beer gets better with warming, nearly right up to room temperature. I like it, it is not what you think of upon just the title of the beer though, the chocolate is really just a team player here as many other components are just as noticeable.

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Photo of MrMonkey
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black with three fingers of thick and creamy tan head that fades extremely slowly leaving lots of thick lacing as it recedes.

Smells like Belgian chocolate and yeast, with lots of red fruits like cherries and raspberries, and vanilla.

Taste begins sweet with chocolate covered cherries and vanilla, before giving way to roasted coffee beans, some spicy yeast and bitter dark chocolate flavors.

Full-bodied mouthfeel, but not as creamy as I would have thought, given the appearance.

Very drinkable. I was expecting a sipper, but this one went down almost too easily. A lot of chocolate beers taste artificial to me, but this was the real deal. Very enjoyable!

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Photo of Genghis22
3.07/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

No Bottle Date to be found

A - Pours a deep dark black, with a luxurious coffee colored head. Small champaigne like carbonation is visible near the head. Nice lacing.

S - Roasted chocolately malts. Hints of toffee, smoke, wood and alcohol.

T - Very subtle. The flavors appear to be muted. The aroma is fantastic, but the taste does not deliver. A slight hint of chocolate on the first taste, that imediately gives way to the hops. There is bitterness and drying. The aftertaste is sweet with the roasted malt, but not very chocolately.

M - Slightly thin. Ommegang calls this a stout, and it does not quite feel like a stout to me. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

D - Ehhh. This was a bit of a let down for me. I was thinking big chocolately monster of a beer. Instead I got a thin, wispy hint of chocolate on an otherwise ordinary ale. Not very stout-like except for the color. Overall, I was left feeling underwhelmed. I wouldn't refuse this beer if someone gave it to, but it wouldn't be my first choice either.

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Photo of Dewey0603
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black with a large tan frothy head. Lots of lacing,makes this a real nice looking beer. The smell is pungent with roasted malt,dark fruits,and chocolate. The taste is very complicated,with a full mixture of flavors. Roasted malt,cocoa,dark fruits,and alcohol make this a very nice brew. The m/f is medium with all the flavors mixing well. A very good beer that should not be passed up.

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Photo of katan
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mil into a goblet

A - A very opaque black color - only the lightest hints of color around the beer. Head formation is relatively light, showing a film of mocha colored film. Unable to detect hazing or yeast suspension.

S - Belgian yeast notes, such as spicy and sour notes lead the way. Secondarily, roasted barley scents are next, giving it a harsh nose that only seems to let the lightest amount of chocolate through.

T - Starts off with a light malty and roasted flavor, with only the lightest hint of chocolate. Builds a little bit of bitterness, but no hops whatsoever. A flash of phenolic bite. Finishes with an interesting combination of belgian yeast and bittersweet chocolate. The yeast sour peals away leaving only a nice cocoa powder aftertaste.

M - Has a fairly prickly mouthfeel from a biting carbonation. In line for other Ommegang beers. A creamy finish comes through when the alcohol notes plus belgian yeast are most noticeable.

D - Moderate drinkability - not sure I would find this beer any more useful than as an after dinner drink. ABV is manageable, but also quite noticeable. Moderate to high stomach filling, so burps are common.

Glad I tried it - certainly interesting. Sensational? Maybe, hard to say by the almost unclassifiable style.

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Photo of Kallessin
4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with an enormous foamy tan head, which hung around quite a while.

Smells of chocolate, roasted malt with a little hoppiness mixed in.

Has sweet chocolate taste with plenty of roasted malt and some nuttiness. A little expresso. There's a fair amount of bitterness. A little fruitiness in the background.

Very smooth velvety texture. It's a little thinner than expected, but it works. Slightly sticky, dry aftertaste.

A great desert/after dinner beer. You'll want to savor this one.

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

pours black with a large thick foamy chocolate mousse head, and excellent lacing.

smell of chocolate, some coffee, roasted nuts, and some vanilla.

taste is creamy, dark chocolate, some coffee, touch of vanilla, touch of licorice, and oats in the back, ends dry and a little bitter.

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Photo of OnThenIn
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A dark black beautiful color. It has an a huge two fingers of head with some massive lacing. The head is tan colored.

Smell: Some massive chocolate and sweet malt smell. There is a bit of coffee in there too, which might be partially be from the roasted smell. There is some booze in the smell too.

Taste: Some coffee hints for sure with the bulk of the flavor coming from a chocolate taste. There is some bitterness which blends perfectly with the chocolate taste to make it seem like a lighter piece of dark chocolate. Contrary to the smell the booze is incredibly well hidden in this beer.

Mouthfeel: I expected this beer to be massive and that was a let down. It is between light and medium bodied. It was lower in carbonation. There is some velvet smoothness to this beer that is awesome.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable beer due to how well it hides the alcohol and its smaller body. I would definitely buy this beer again. I mean wow this is an enjoyable drink.

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Photo of SykDoc
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. It pours a moderate brown forming a 1 inch beige head that reduces to a healthy lacing. Almost opaque when held to the light.

I thought the aroma was excellent with primarily a dark chocolatey, almost semi-sweet, malt up front. Mild coffee in the background.

The taste was a little less stiff than I would have liked. The chocolate seems a bit more milky and the is definitely more roasted flavors than in the aroma. Some roasted components. There was a slight metallic taste as well.

The mouthfeel was also decent and started out creamy with a thick foamy feel. This was followed by a more bitterness and finishes off with a pleasant bitter dryness primarily on the upper palate.

Overall, this is a fairly good beer and it is enjoyable. I do with the taste would have been stiffer because the chocolate flavors could be even more highlighted. Either way, still quite drinkable and good.

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

S: Bright, malty, and faintly sweet. The malt aroma is actually really similar to coco-powder - which seems to be the predominant chocolate element here. Not as deep or rich as I would have thought...

T: A mellow combination of roasted malt and more bitter than sweet chocolate (much like the aroma). At the end there's a dry, lingering bittersweetness like dark chocolate that stays long after you've swallowed. Really, not as much flavor or sweetness as I would have expected.

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Photo of philbe311
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Muted black... A slight bit of light penetrates... Fizzy tan head... Intriguing and delicate lacing... Clings to glass well...

S - Lovely aroma... Rich malts... Sweet milk chocolate... Fudge... Hint of coffee...

T - The flavor doesn't live up to expectations of the appearance and scent... Roasted Malt... Sugar... Faint hints of chocolate cake... Not nearly as sweet or decadent as expected...

M - Lots of carbonation bordering on overly fizzy... Slightly burnt and smokey texture... Medium bodied... Doesn't fill mouth... Taste comes and goes quickly with no discernible aftertaste...

D - A respectable offering that builds up your expectations with stellar appearance and scent, but fails to deliver in all other categories...

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Photo of mobyfann
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $18.99 for the three-pack gift set...

Pours a black chocolate base, medium caramel head, excellent head retention, very nice lacing on the glass. The aroma is very similar to an American porter; robust/smokey malts, dark Belgian chocolate, espresso beans of fine quality.. it isn't overpowering but fine quality aroma nonetheless.

The taste starts off like a Ghirardelli Espresso Escape chocolate bar; sweet, bitter, and rich and of fine quality! Thereafter it's like a creamy chocolate milkshake the way down, smooth for the most part, moderate-to-heavy carbonation, almost bubbly, hurts it's score. Chewy and fairly smooth in the mouth and at it's a great beer to have the 25oz. bottle, but too much may be a bit excessive.

Final Thought: This was just short of 4.5's across the board and it had everything to do with carbonation... so close to a classic!

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer pours a jet black body with a thick chocolaty tan head that last and last. There is a fast carbonation of bubbles racing up to the surface.

S- This beer has a light coffee roasted black malt note with a sweet yeasty note that turns a bit plastic as the beer warms.

T- The light bitterness of black grain gives way to a rich dark chocolate malt silky taste with some coffee notes to it. The smooth roasted chicory finish has a bitterness to it that becomes more like bakers chocolate as the beer warms. There is even a light charred quality to it as it warms.

M- This beer has a medium light mouthfeel with a silky texture and no alcohol heat.

D- I'm not sure if I would really think of this beer as chocolaty if the bottle didn't have it written all over the label, and the taste and aroma are a bit thin with only the bitterness really coming through the flavor.

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Photo of shanem
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Jet black, no hints of light anywhere with a surprisingly small dark brown head

S: Smokey/roasted aroma with a hint of bittersweet and VERY small amount of chocolate

T: A lot of chocolate malt but not so much chocolate bar flavor, has a little bitterness, no alcohol taste

M: low carbonation and a bit thin for what I was expecting

Very drinkable and a good beer but don't know if I would go for the chocolate indulgence name. After seeing it and reading the bottle I was almost expecting a chocolate milkshake, and did not get one. If that's what you're going for look for ST choklat, youngs or Stones bittersweet

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Photo of PhxHorn
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a dark brown with a lumpy tan head. Smells of chocolate and smoke. Tastes of charred malt, smoke, and chocolate, in that order. A little out of whack, since chocolate is not the most predominant flavor except on the label. Mouthfeel is quite thin for anything with the word 'stout' on the label, more like a porter. A pleasant and drinkable beer, but doesn't live up to the name or the style.

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Photo of NickMunford
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours thick and black. Thick foamy head with decent retention. Great lacing. Looks like a cappuccino in a pint glass.

S - Big dark chocolate roasty aromas.

T - It lives up to the chocolate indulgence name. Light bitterness. Definite coffee hints

M - Feels very smooth, with moderate carbonation.

D - VERY drinkable. I don't see myself getting tired of this one.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Creamy light brown head compliments an almost opaque chocolate red/brown color. Lacing down the whole glass.

S - Chocolately, hoppy, bittersweet smell. A lot going on here.

T - Rich chocolate and roasted malts with small coffee notes greet you right off the bat followed by a bittersweet finish. Nice rich flavor which isn't overwhelming.

M - Rich and velvety smooth going down.

D - For a richer stout, it's extremely drinkable. The 750 ml bottle was split but I could take one out myself. MmmMmm good!

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

She pours a midnight black with a tannish head on top. Decent lacing and retention
The smell is alcohol and chocolate, with a bit of malt, no discernable hop presence in the nose.
The taste is a mix of some estery alcohol and bakers chocolate, with some sweetness coming in from the other malts.
The mouthfeel is nice, big and creamy, a touch of bitterness from the chocolate and hops to balance the minimal carbonation and sweetness.
Pretty easy drinking, but certainly not something to be drinking as a session ale.

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Photo of becktone
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 1-13-09

Eye: This beer is like to an obsidian mirror, I can see my own reflection in it as I try to peer through it, try to hold it up to the light to get any type of highlights....none. I don't think that it can get any blacker than this. At first head retention is nice, but it falls to a pretty poor spotty film cratered by bubbles of different sizes.Lacing left by the receded head is spotty.

Nose: Once the cork is popped chocolate aromas enter my nose...chocolate is evident. Once brought to the nose the chocolate is even more present, however; here, close to the glass, the chocolate aroma is chocolate malt whereas upon first opening it the chocolate aroma was more like candy chocolate. Roasted malt/black patent is also present. Sweet aroma overall, it supports the name. Not much going on with the yeast here, nor hops for that matter. This one is all about the chocolate. Getting hints at lactose, the creamy and velvet-like aroma that is common to milk mixes in there so well with the chocolate.

Tongue: Roasted and bitterness from dark grains (black patent) is here, some burt flavor too. Theres also a plethera of chocolate flavor. Again, from the chocolate malt flavor to the actual cocoa chocolate flavor and then there's also that flavor of lactose in the background. Chocolate flavor is pretty lasting, once it starts to die out the roasted grain bitterness and burnt flavors keep the aftertaste alive for quite a while. I think that this brew is perfectly described by its name, and I think that this is just what they were going for. Just not starting to get some fruity tones in here, dark cherry, very faint but there all the same and very nice...just there waiting, sitting on the front of the counters and pairs with the chocolate that is felt and tasted on the back of the tongue just as its swallowed. Kudos to Ommegang. This is just what I was looking for on this cold evening, though I didn't want to buy anything, was thinking of a RIS or a American Double Stout....remembered I had this in my fridge and it ended up being perfect.

edit: after a while the taste buds become accustomed to the flavor of this, desensitized, and it becomes much less magnificent and much less enjoyable, perhaps a smaller bottle would be better.

Feel and Drinkability: Right up front there is a bit of spritz, really quite nice. After that the beer becomes seemingly less carbonated, though its really just a deception. All in all the carbonation is just right for this one. Body is medium-heavy and leaves a slick feeling on the palate. I really can't fault this one for anything. I could be a bit heavier, making it more of a sipper, but hey, nobody's perfect. The only complaint is that it goes down to easy, to quick. It makes it to easy to drink fast giving way to less enjoyment. This is one I'd definitely buy again, however, the only way I can get this one in my waters is in a gift set with glass, Hennepin, and Three Philosophers...Hey it might be worth the $19 to get all three bottles and a glass each time I want this beer.

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Photo of bheilman
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark beer with a nice light brown head. Definitely has a strong chocolate smell. Some beers mingle with chocolate, but this is the most chocolate like smell I've had. The taste is good, but not great. Nothing stand out too much. It reminds me of a lighter stout with a wisp of chocolate flavor. I feel like all stouts have some chocolate hints but this one is a bit bolder. The mouthfell is pretty good. The flavor does develop a little in the aftertaste. This is a drinkable beer. It's got a bold flavor, so I would mix it up with some other styles, but I could down a few in a sitting.

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Photo of bsend
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured this 750 ml into a long stemmed tulip.

This beer poured a deep dark black color. It provided no light to go through, and had a decent looking mocha colored head. At the end of the beer it really poured a lot of thick chew tobacco sediment.

The beer had a bland smell. I received heavy amounts of burned malt and chocolate. Overall not bad, but I wasn't very impressed by this anniversary beer.

The taste was average. I experienced some excellent chocolate notes, but that led to bitter burned malts and very little other flavor. Not a terrible brew but nothing to stand out from this amazing brewery.

It had a really good mouthfeel. This beer was rich and viscous. It did allow the beer to play around the mouth very nice. The flavors that were there did keep a wonderful residence.

The drinkability was alright, however after 750ml I was all set. Between the flavor, excess sediment, and lack of composition I didn't want anymore than what I had.

Final Thoughts - I was glad I got to try this beer. I love the Ommegang brewery and hold it in high regard. I was excited to get this bottle for $7 instead of $15, but this anniversary release was not my favorite. This was a good attempt by Ommegang but overall the beer didn't stand out like Ommegang usually does. Give it a try if you like the brewery, but there are definitely better chocolate stouts to be had.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery.
Opaque and very dark brown, with a thick topping of beige head. Great lacing, with great head retention.
Smells mostly of cocoa, with belgian fruitiness. Dark roast malt dominates. Definitely a lot of sugar in this one, I wish it were a bit deeper and complex, but it's nice.
The flavor opens with cocoa maltiness, which dominates throughout. Cocoa is the main flavor, peppered with some dark belgian fruitiness. Raisins and black cherry. Unusual in the way that it finishes sweeter than it starts. The cocoa flavor does
much to contribute to that. Mild bodied, with effervescent carbonation. Finishes dry, with a cocoa powder flavor.

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

A - Poured from a corked & caged bottle into a snifter. Pours Coca Cola brown with a dark brown head.

S - Bitter dark chocolate, coffee, toasted malt.

T - Similar to the aroma, but with more hops.

M - Thinbodied, good carbonation.

Notes - I've had more indulgent chocolate beers, but this one isn't bad.

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