Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

Chocolate Indulgence Stout | Brewery Ommegang

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
very good
703 Reviews
no score
Send samples
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

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 703 | Ratings: 1,297
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a. Poured into a chalice from a 750 ml bottle. Hazy brown with a small off white head and litte to no lace.

s. Smell is of caramel malts and a hint of sweetness.

t. Some belgian yeast flavor comes through that is met by bitter hops and unsweetened chocolate. Finished semi-dry and lingering bitterness.

m. Medium bodied and well carbonated with a semi-dry finish.

d. Moderate. A good overall beer who's charm is in it's subtleties. Not very impressive for the price, however.

 480 characters

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a frothy, initially three-finger thick, brown tinged, tan colored head that leaves a tight lacing pattern on the sides of the glass and forms a modestly rocky surface as it slowly subsides. The beer is almost black in color, but has a touch of brown to it; if held up directly to the light I can just make out a ruby hue to this mostly opaque brew. The aroma smells of sweet chocolate extract as I am pouring the brew, but under direct observation this notes seems to take a back seat to the roast character. At other times though the chocolate note plays a more prominent role. Aromas of amply toasted grain, lightly roasted coffee, browned bread crust, sweet chocolate extract and chocolate liquor all mix together here in the nose.

The beer is fairly dry, lightly tart, but does have a touch of malt sweetness to it. This has a medium fullness to it and the beer finishes with a distinct, yet not overwhelming, roast grain bitterness. The long finish even has a touch of lingering, espresso-like acidity to it. Flavors of chocolate find there expression in the middle of this brew at it lingers on into the near finish; this corresponds to where the malt sweetness is found in this brew. This brew has a really nice, soft, creamy mouthfeel to it, especially as the initial full carbonation dies down a bit. The chocolate character & sweetness increases and the roast notes decrease as this brew warms up and loses carbonation too. It is actually much better after sitting around for 20+ minutes. At times notes of alcohol in the finish provide just a hint of warming and evoke thoughts of chocolate liquor.

With a name like Chocolate Indulgence I would expect this to be a little more decadent; perhaps a touch more residual malt sweetness would be just the thing. This does need a chance to breath, lose some carbonation and warm up a bit before it really comes into its own. Just out of the bottle it is a touch dimensionless and has a bit too much roast character (both roast notes and burnt acidity).

 2,020 characters

Photo of biegaman
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black marble with a flurry of brown specs of yeast. When the bottle warns you to pour extra slowly so as not to disturb the sediment you best listen or the bottom of your glass will look like a breeding ground of maggots. Fortunately, this beer's appearance, on the whole, is nowhere near that disgusting. It's dark, heavy roasted colour and ebony stained head are far from repulsive; they actually look quite tantalizing.

For something named "Chocolate Indulgence" this doesn't smell all that decadent. I expected notes of dark cocoa, gooey fudge syrup, fresh pulled shots of espresso or even chocolate chip cookies but this doesn't smell like any of that. It's an ashy, astringently roasted smell with an almost tobacco smoke-like quality. This is no better than average for even the most bland of stouts. There is little rousing, sumptuous, or alluring about it.

The only sense of chocolate in the smell seemed to be of a very raw, unrefined cocoa powder - and not a deliciously rich chocolate flavoured dessert as hoped. The same kind of characteristic comes through in taste as well. It's an odd flavour - not milky chocolate nor dark chocolate, but rather a kind of instant coffee, Maltesers candy or powdered protein drink variety. Warming seems to help some but doesn't make up for much.

Where are all the hints of caramel, vanilla, or rich dark chocolates? What about any resemblance to tiramisu, black forest cake or creme brulee? I know this has chocolate in the name but it has very little of it (or any kind of treat containing it, paired along side it, etc) in the flavour or aroma. It tastes alright but it doesn't have the same elegance, richness, or decadence of other beers that market the same concept.

"Chocolate Indulgence Stout" may sound good on a dessert menu but this isn't something I'd feel confident pairing with my richest after dinner treats. Strong flavoured coffees, rich pastries, any kind of decadent chocolate truffle or dessert would overpower this. The good people at Ommegang may be great at brewing beer but their grasp of English diction could clearly use some work. That's my biggest complaint with this beer: its name.

If you're going to call something "chocolate indulgence" then it better be indulgently chocolaty. This wasn't bad but a word of advice to anyone looking for true chocolate indulgence: try Southern Tier Choklat, Rogue Chocolate Stout, or Young's Double Chocolate. Those are some extravagant, gratifying chocolaty treats! For making both such good chocolates and beer, the Belgians have inspired a pretty mediocre chocolate stout.

 2,598 characters

Photo of Halcyondays
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ, finally getting a chance to try this,

A: Pours a dark brown, chocolate coloured to be exact, with a full off-white/tan head, great lacing, with good retention.

S: Dark chocolate, as opposed to the direct milk chocolate of Young's, first response was Chocolate Malt Instant Breakfast that my dad always used to drink in the '90s.

T: Delicious full chocolate taste, it literally tastes like a milkshake, if you want to taste chocolate in a beer, try this, there's really not much more to say, just tasty as hell.

M: Lighter than I expected, but still has a good body, has a rocky/chalky character too, as well, which is interesting.

D: A delicious beer, much more of a Milk Stout than a BSDA, no real ester, dark fruit character here, but just a tasty stout, yum.

 795 characters

Photo of Zorro
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My bottle says 7% Alcohol By Volume.

Gorgeous in the glass. Lightproof brown with a very nice brown head. I can't think of anything that can be improved in the looks department.

The smell is a little sweet with a strong chocolate aroma. Lots of patent malt scent here. Strong malt roast aroma with lots of coffee and a stronger than expected malt roast aroma. Slight tartness in the aroma but I can't tell if it is from yeast or patent malt.

The taste starts out sweet with a decent malt roast flavor and a slight tartness. Sweeter than I would have expected but the chocolate flavor is quite understated. Quite close to a milk stout in taste with a few Belgian elements. Tasty the best description of this would be chocolate cake with sour cream frosting with its sweet but little bit tart flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Quite drinkable but not really all that superior to Hennepin, just different. Best of the "Belgian Stouts" that I have tasted so far that counts for something. Not so sure I will buy a second bottle now that I have tried this.

 1,049 characters

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

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: entirely black with two thick fingers of frothy tan foam. Nice retention and a very nice lace. Beautiful.

Smell: lightly fruity yeast character with a hint of banana. A little bit of chocolate comes through. Decent, but it is a pretty run-of-the mill dubbel type smell; I was expecting something more chocolatey.

Taste: rich malt with a nice yeast character. More chocolate than in the aroma, with a bit of roasty tartness at the end. Quite satisfying; I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and creaminess. Good.

Overall: an interesting beer. I could do with a more chocolatey and less, well, basic aroma. Overall, though, a tasty beer which makes a good sipper.

 738 characters

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

Had this on tap at Max's the other night.

The beer pours a dark, rich black color with very good head retention and lacing. This beer looks very impressive. Given the way this beer looks, I was expecting a bit more on the nose. There is some coffee and dark chocolate aroma, with a hint of bitterness. On the palate this beer is pretty nice, with some soft flavors of milk chocolate and coffee. The finish is a bit weak, frankly. It's light and almost watery. The mouthfeel is OK, with the beer coming across as a bit light for a stout like this. The beer is pretty drinkable, and I'd be curious to learn what the abv. is. I'd guess it's around 8%, perhaps even a bit less then that. Still a big beer, but by the same token this isn't going to make me forget Breakfast Stout, Speedway or the Abyss, just to name a few.

A good beer, but I guess I was just expecting a bit more out of it. The build-up and hype I'm afraid had me expecting something otherworldly/sublime. It's not that, but certainly a good beer for all that.

Hmmm.... Max's beer list indicates the abv. is 7%. That's pretty much what it tastes like.

 1,117 characters

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I see that this has been classified as a Belgian strong dark. If we had a Belgian Stout category, this would be where it belongs- yet another argument for a designation of the style on BA. Pours black with a tan head that fades somewhat to athin cap but leaves some quite nice lacing as well. Smell is of milk chocolate with an underpinning of a slight Belgian sourness- somewhat winey.A dusty cocoa on the finish. The taste is nicely balanced between cocoa and some slight Belgian twang from the yeast. Quite chocolatey but smooth and somewhat light as well. Clean and delicious. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth.Quite drinkable.I hadthis after a Czar imperial stout from Avery and was thankful for the relative lack of sweetness in this one.

 741 characters

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

From the corked 25 ml. bottle packaged on 10/22/10 and best by: 10/2012. Sampled on April 25, 2011. It pours black as night with a delicate tan head that lingers up top. Dark chocolate is just the beginning of the wide array of aromas which include sweet malts, yeast, and a red grape, wine-like sensation. The smooth but bold body tickles my tongue with a cornucorpia of chocolates, malts, pepper, and yeast which yields a slight but noted dry finale. I guess I liked it better than a majority of the previous reviewers.

 521 characters

Photo of Derek
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a creamy, tan head. Good retention & lacing.

S: Belgian dark meets chocolate stout... even more Belgian with the yeast sediment. Great stuff.

T: Chocolate (though not overly chocolately, nothing like a rogue), molasses, spice, dark fruit, slightly roasty, moderate bitterness, alcohol is well-hidden.

M: Moderate to full body has a dry finish with a slight roasted acidity.

D: Quite drinkable for its strength.

 428 characters

Photo of weeare138
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a near black with dark brown edges. The tan head slowly fades into a a small cap that never goes away. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass. It's certainly a lovely looking beer.
Smell is of Belgian yeast esters with figs, ripe plums, and prunes with the obvious nod to chocolate malt, along with cracked grain, rich Belgian chocolate, dusty Topps bubble gum, caramel, and vanilla.
Taste echoes the aroma with bitter cocoa, dark fruit, and black grapes standing out with the yeasty profile.
Mouthfeel is super creamy and smooth with semi-sweetness up front and bitter cocoa and light hops clinging on till the finish.
This is a pretty nice brew. It's about as good as it could get for a Belgian Stout with cocoa. I can't really think of how to make this one much better, which is a good sign.

 817 characters

Photo of jdhilt
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two finger thick brown head that fades slowly and leaves a good lace. Black as midnight. Good carbonation and heavy bodied. Chocolate nose. Flavor is a rich unsweetened chocolate with a bakers chocolate finish. Nice beefy stout. $11.49 for a 750ml bottle from Yankee Spirits South Attleboro, Ma.

 303 characters

Photo of rudzud
2.62/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle at Julio's against my better judgement. Im not entirely sure what to review with this. Bottle says its a Chocolate stout, yet this says a BDA. I will base my judgement comparing this to what Ommegang appears to be going for, a stout.

A - Poured into a Duvel tulip. A great, great dark dark brown almost black pour. Big, fluffy two finger light tan head that faded nice and slow leaving thick globs atop the brew and nice side lacing. Gorgeous in the glass.

S - Getting some nice roasted malts as well as some dark fruits. A nice combination of a belgian and a stout, however, I'm not getting ANY chocolate on the nose. Considering this is called "chocolate indulgence" I consider this a huge flaw.

T - This is just a shame. It has some good aspects of a belgian dark ale but really not melded nicly with stout aspects. Not getting any nice roasty malts, just some dark fruits and maybe even a little funk. Hooray, still no chocolate. I'm not expecting this to taste like chocolate syrup but come on, either the chocolate simply isnt there, or its so subtle its being overwhelmed by the belgian qualities of this brew.

M - Nice creamy mouthfeel with the low carbonation I expect from a stout.

D - Its weird. Not assertive enough to be a good dark ale, but way lacking almost all the good aspects of a stout. Yeah, the appearance is great but it pretty much ends there. Taste falls incredibly flat. Wheres the big chocolate notes? Not in this beer thats for sure. And if you, like me, buy this looking for the chocolate you will more likely than not be sorely dissappointed.

 1,596 characters

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.

 1,287 characters

Photo of corby112
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: 750 ml. bottle.

Pours a deep dark brown with huge tan foamy head. Beautiful roasted chocolate malt aroma with hints of coffee, alcohol and fruit. Roasted chocolate maltiness with hints of coffee, toffee and a well balanced alcohol pesence. Very tasty.

 266 characters

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

 408 characters

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 750mL bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 10/16/11
*From notes

A: She's a beaut. Liquid cocoa in color. A hearty pour yields a big and dense 2.25 finger head and some solid lacing.

S: Baker's chocolate. Not sweet mind you, merely a touch burnt around the edges, showcasing an overly roasty quality.

T: Slightly green. At first it's a bit like wet dirt. As it warms, the yeasty quality comes out on the fore, which eventually matures into a rounded chocolately finish.

M: Rich and thick. I dig the texture here. It really sellls this one as a dessert beer.

O: Ommegang's Chocolate Indulgence Stout wasn't nearly as good out of the bottle as it was on tap. The chocolate feels much more muted and pushed to the back as a role player. In the end, this is an average beer, something I don't feel all too compelled to have again.

 831 characters

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

Belgian strong dark ale.

A: Pours a dark chocolate color with a big creamy cherry tan head.

S: Huge dark roasted aroma, some black coffee, dark toffee and dry chocolate notes dominates the palate.

T: Very dark and rich in nature with the dark bitterning malts and earthy hoppiness complimenting each other nicely. Theres just enough of the belgian yeast sneaking though to be apprciated behind the massive chocolate backing. A nice bitter chocolate finish with a great roasted quality

M: The mouthful and texture is quite smooth and silky, with a warming chocolate flavor dominating the tongue.

D: A easy drinking and very enjoyable strong dark ale with stout character.

 678 characters

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

Poured a dark brown with good carbonation and a dirty, tannish head. Nose is chocolate and coffee. Taste is very good with hints of bakers chcocolate and milk cocoa.Very smooth and creamy. Mouthfeel was good and drinkability the same. This is a fine chocolate stout that I could drink over and over.

 299 characters

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.

 904 characters

Photo of beertunes
4.63/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into hefty chalice. Poured gently so as not to create more head than is my preference. Very dark, almost solid, black with a beautiful medium brown head. Head lasts about a minute. Nice lacing as you work through the glass. The roasty aromas blend nicely with scent of chocolate. The chocolate is noticeable but not overpowering. A full, complete and satisfying mouthfeel that stays on the tongue, while not being cloying. Drinkability is very high for a stout, drinking a couple of 22s of this in a row would not be a chore at all. A well done beer that is very worthy of your time.

 590 characters

Photo of akorsak
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750 mL corked and caged bottle that was part of the 2007 Christmas pack.

A: Black as night with cola brown notes at the edge of the glass, the stout has a two finger tan head that laces nicely.

S: The nose has a lactic sourness with bakers chocolate bitterness. A sweeter cocoa butter chocolate emerges when you linger on the scent.

T: The stout is quite complex. The roasted chocolate stout base is robust, cereal-like with a lightly smoked element. A lactic sourness adds a touch of sweet 'n sour bite. A touch of spices fills the space between the initial roasted flavor and follow-up chocolate. That spiciness is Belgian yeast with dark alefruits. Lighter apricot flavors emerge near the end of the sip.

M: The mouthfeel is full, with decadent chocolate and Belgian yeast. As the ale warms, the flavor profile nicely evolves to showcase that yeast.

D: A worthy Anniversary offering and another step in the right direction for Belgian stouts.

 952 characters

Photo of cjgator3
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Corked and caged 750ml bottle poured into a large Duvel tulip glass. Pours a pitch black color with a tan head. The aroma is dark roasted malts, slightly sweet dark chocolate and yeast. The taste much like the aroma is dark and roasty with a rather dry finish. Overall, this is a very nice chocolate stout with a unique Belgian spin. Recommended.

 346 characters

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

A: Dark, opaque brown. Poured almost a 3 finger chocolate brown head with good retention. Broken lacing.

S: Chocolate, molasses, caramel and roasted malts. Light floral aromas far in the background.

T: A nice combination of sweet chocolate and lightly bitter coffee beans. Also vanilla and caramel. A warming, slightly smokey alcohol taste as it warmed.

M: Medium to full body. Very smooth.

D: Delightfully complex flavors; not over-chocolaty.

 447 characters

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

750ml bottle from BeerTruth via trade. Thanks for the opportunity. Corked and caged.

Poured into a heavy glass chalice, formed a 1/2" tan head above the opaque dark brown brew. Thick frothy head is like a rock, with thick sticky lace. Aroma is roasty malt and chocolate. Taste is sweet upfront, chocolatey with light tartness in the middle, and closes with some chalkiness and almost acrid bitterness. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, and drinkability is quite nice. Nice Belgian spin on the stout and chocolate.

 509 characters

Chocolate Indulgence Stout from Brewery Ommegang
3.81 out of 5 based on 1,297 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • 10 Years of BeerAdvocate Magazine

    We're celebrating 10 years of BA mag with $10 print subscriptions for US residents!