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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4/5  rDev +5%

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

Mad extra received in a trade from the generous Initiative, thanks buddy!

Very attractive looking stout. A nice dark color with almost an inch of milk chocolate colored foam. The foam settles to a thin layer in about a minute, but sustains well.

Love the smell of cocoa, very clear and easily noticed. Chocolate malts follow close by followed by a bit of malted milk, some subtle notes of vanilla, and a bit of earthy aromas from either the yeast or the hops. It smells like a box of Belgian chocolates! There are some roasted malts in there but not as big as other stouts, this one focuses more on the chocolate. I also pick up a few notes of nutmeg and macadamias. It reminds me a bit of chocolate shavings on a cake.

The taste is a bit thin but rather pleasant. Again, cocoa and chocolate malts upfront followed by a bit of yeast. The aftertaste has some burnt chocolate taste and a little bitterness.

As I said earlier, the mouthfeel seems a little thin for a stout but it is well carbonated and that picks up the palate a bit. I feel that this beer tries to be more of a little chocolate treat, like treating yourself to a little square of a fine Belgian chocolate, rather than other big stouts which seem like youÂ’re tackling a huge chocolate cake by yourself.

A pretty decent stout, and a nice change from the heavy, filling stouts. Seems like a perfect choice for those times you want a chocolaty stout but not a big, chewy one.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Risser09
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a snifter - 2007 bottling - Cellar temp

Appearance: Alhough it didn't look very dark coming from the bottle, this beer settles in an opaque black with a generous 1.5" head for the snifter it was poured in. Retention is nice and the lacing clings on with its tiny bubbles.

Smell: Metallic, raw cacao, some milk chocolate. Not very much going on here.

Taste: Peat moss, dark chocolate, scotch, caramel and bitter. This thing could and should be much more chocolatey. The aftertaste does provide a big burst of chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth, this beer does have a bit of activity and goes does easy. The beer is medium bodied with a bitter cocoa finish. Alcohol is undermined by a burnt flavor.

Drinkability: This is a good beer, but not a great one. It could be enhanced by a more lustrius nose and more chocolate in the flavor. Maybe I didn't get a good bottle, because I expect only the best from Ommegang. For $6.99 a bottle I'll turn my head and cough out $5.00 for a bottle of Hennepin. Worth a try, I guess.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours with a nice head a beautiful dark chocolate brown. Seems light and airy although a deep hue it has.

It has hints of chocolate smell, cocoa soap smell.

Tastes of some chocolate, carbonated like a belgian, but not overly carbonated. Some good lingering burnt coffee taste on the mouth.

Decent mouthfeel, leaves you with a sweet bakers chocolate aftertaste.

Overall an ok beer. I would not buy it again.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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

Appearance: Opaque black body with a one finger soapy tan head. Laces nicely.

Aroma: Get the chocolate right away, rich dark cocoa. Almost roasty. Not getting much else.

Taste: Dark malts on the front end and then all dark chocolate through the finish. Surprised there aren't more flavors here considering it's a Belgian. Some dark fruit notes right before the finish but almost missable because of the great chocolate flavor. Not quite as robust as I was expecting but decent for 7% ABV. If someone handed this to me and said I was a light Porter I'd probably believe them.

Mouthfeel: Closer to thin than medium in consistency, which might be partly do to the effervescence. Average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: As a beer it's pretty good but as a Belgian it is a little one-dimentional. Chocolate lovers rejoice. Would I drink it again? Probably not.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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

As black as black can be with a nice frothy tan head. Good lace is left behind. This smells mostly of cocoa powder. Rich dark belgian chocolate flavor with a hint of coffee. The malt punch is strong at first with chocolate flavor coming in strong in the aftertaste. The feel is very smooth. Not quite as chocolately as i would have expected and probably the least impressive ommegang release to date but its still solid. Very rich and full bodied. Incredibly drinkable.

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Photo of Backer2004
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to my buddy Josh for sharing this with me last night. He brought it to congratulate me on earning my BJCP credentials.

To the beer . . . pours a nice tan head that cover the dark chocolate liquid. Smells of the expensive cocoa, not something from Hershey's. The alcohol is never noticeable and quite easy to consume, though it preferable to share this with some rich dessert, perhaps cheesecake. Notice the Belgian fruity esters and yeast, but not too much.

Nice after dinner beer to indulge.

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Photo of aubuc1
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured in to a goblet.

pours black. Nice thick tan head.

Bitter chocolate smell with roasted malt in the back.

Taste is first rosted chocolate, then some yeast, then more chocolate. Not milky.

Full mouthfeel and very drinkable. What is to be expected from Ommegang.

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Photo of everetends
2.96/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle I got out of a Ommegang mix pack. Served up in a thin Ommegang goblet/chalice.

A: Pours a really nice dark black that lets barely any light in at all. Got a good finger of head from a careful pour, so the head is very vigourous. The head is dark mocha in color and has some serious staying power. It only recedes a touch and the head remains for the entire beverage experience. Lacing is spotty, leaving just a touch of soapy bubble goodness on the glass. Not a bad looking beer.

S: Smell is weak. Disappointing for sure. This one smells of some lightly roasted malt, a touch of coffee and just a bit of chocolate. Given the name, you would expect a stupid amount of chocolate assaulting the senses. Too bad because this is mild and not too great. Its not bad, but not what is expected at all.

T: Taste is a bit better. Once again, very nice roasted malt character coming through. Then you get a light cream and sugar coffee flavor. Then there is the chocolate. I was expecting a lot of varied chocolate flavor, but you only really get some smooth milk chocolate presence. Its not bad at all. It would get higher marks if it had a little more diversity in flavors.

M: This is the light side of medium. Its actually got decent carbonation that makes this go down very easily. ABV is not experienced on the palate at all. No aftertaste to mention, finishes pretty clean. Once again, needs tweaking because this could definately be thicker.

D: This is not a bad beer. Its got some decent flavors and very good to have with a tasting IMO, but I think it would be a better example of a chocolate stout that was very basic. This brew is basic but quick drinkable and accessible. Not bad at all, but absolutely has room for improvement.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of kzoobrew
3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Verbatim from notes 12/24/08

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

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

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

Very thin mouthfeel. Crisp carbonation.

Drinkability is decent at best. Very disappointing.

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

Pours black with a frothy brown head that remains a thin layer throughout.

Earthy chocolate nose with a hint of toast and cocoa powder.

Flavors are a mixture of dark chocolate, coffee, a touch of licorice as it warms, alcohol isn't absent but doesn't overpower, just enough for a warm finish. It doesn't exactly beam with complexity. The body is soft and full with the carbonation being a bit too high.

Overall, a nice brew, falls short of amazing. Pairs well with berries.

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Rons35
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Chocolate Indulgence Stout from Brewery Ommegang
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