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Chocolate Indulgence by Brewery Ommegang
Belgian Strong Dark Ale
7.00 % ABV

Review by duhast500 on 04/21/14  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 2 9 17 4 7 2014
Poured from a 750ml bottle into a stemmed glass.

The color is a dark black with a finger of tan head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is dark malts here, there, and everywhere. The nose does open up once your past the dominant malty aroma and lets out some of that cocoa aroma I had been looking for. A touch of candy sugar sweetens the nose up a bit and gets me motivated to take the first taste.

The taste has a nice roast malt flavor that has a hint of dark chocolate and a slight coffee bean flavor. There is a Belgian yeast character that is reminiscent of double that is mixed with a stout.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied but behaves like a bigger beer. It will not hurt you but it try's to scare you that it might be too much handle. It does have a reasonable drink-ability but does tend to challenge you at times. Overall, a great flavorful beer with great character.

Served In: Flute Glass

Review by everetends on 05/29/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
62 3 7 13 2 6 2010
Old Review
750ml 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.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 11-28-2008 04:59:15

Served In: Goblet

Review by joe1510 on 05/12/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
68 3 7 13 4 7 2010

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.

Reviewed: 7/17/09

Served In: Snifter

Review by seaoflament on 03/22/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 11 16 4 8 2009
*Uploading my old reviews, this one has a review date of: 1-07-08. If I can acquire the beer again I will re-review it*

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 you’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.

Served In: Tulip

Review by Steve Tasker on 03/11/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 17 5 8 2009
A - Dark, opaque pour. No light shines through. Tan head with an almost pink hue. Foam lasts for a long time...the way it should be

S - Good, but a little disappointing after I recently had a Long Trail Coffee Stout. Definite chocolate scent, as expected, as well as a roast feeling. Maybe my sense of smell isn't that great, because I don't really sense much else that's notable

T - Much better than your average, but it should be, given the price. Good combination of sweet and tart, trending towards sweet. Not overpowering, sickening sweet, but definitely a sweeter beer. Not really much of a chocolate flavor though, surprisingly.

M - very creamy....if I didn't know it was beer, the mouthfeel wouldn't give it away...barely any bubbles in this one

Overall: A good beer, definitely something I would try again. Falls in the middle range of the similar brews I've had lately...not too disgustingly sweet, but a great balance of sweet and tart. I'd recommend it, although it's not my favorite.

Notes: first time drinking this beer

(Note 2: My first review on this site)

Served In: Mug

Review by Kegergator on 12/21/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 3 8 15 3 7 2008
A- Very dark pour yields a dark tan head that fades into a ring around the glass and a few islands of head floating around the brew.

S- Roasted barley trumps the cocoa powder here.. You can tell it's a Belgian style brew.

T- Very interesting upfront. not much noticeable chocolate. Very prickly at first taste, some bitterness and a lingering light tartness. There is some good flavor here, but nothing that is dominate and exceptional.

M- A little too fizzy

O- A decent brew, but not for the price. Too much Belgian style for this Chocolate Stout style brew, IMO.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 07/23/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 10 18 5 10 2008
Deep brown pour. Impenetrable core of black in the glass. Big lush capping of thickly set tan foam sits all fluffy, creamy, and delightfully frothy. Keeps a steady amount of foam always present and places lacing in a fine coat of sticky patches and dirty snowflakes.

The aroma is a landscape of chocolatey goodness thats quite bold on the nose. Roastyish, yes, toastyish, yes, chocolateyishness, most definately! Notes of graham cracker and cheese cake make for a unique addition of desserts.

Great taster too. Firm, smooth, soft, delicately natured in a fine dust and fluff of chocolate cream pie crust and filling. Maybe its all the holiday food thats making an impression with me here, but damn if this doesn't completely bring to mind what the chocolate silk pie I had would be like in a beer. Yum.

Milky smooth and soft with about a medium body. Great overall easy going texture thats very silky with a nice little dry fluffy nudge of chocolate cake or silk pie.

This stuff rocks! Chocolate silk pie in a bottle! Gonna have to grab more before its gone cuz this stuff is a keeper for sure. Share, hoard, indulge, whatever...I know I'm gonna stick with the namesake and give in to my "Indulgence" of this great beer!

Served In: Goblet

Review by Westside Threat on 02/28/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
68 3 8 12 5 6 2008
A: Beer came shooting out of the glass…that was close! But the head that was poured is simply stunning, full and creamy flax color. Body is deep and dark brown allowing some small bubbles to be seen moving to the surface.

S: Almost smell some smokiness in there. Some dusty malts, cheap American chocolate and milk can also be found.

T: Starts out like a bitter chocolate shake…with out any of the strong chocolate flavors. As a matter of fact, there is hardly ANY chocolate flavor in this beer. A lot of metallic essences rolling around in here which are doing weird things to my tongue. Almost black peppery, but I think that might have something to do with the roasted barley. After the swallow, I get a sense of cinnamon and more mineralistic and metallic flavors. Finishes mildly roasted around the bake sides of the tongue.

M: Full bodied and creamy.

D: If they didn’t pimp the chocolate in this beer, I’m not sure I would have had as much of a problem with it. But it doesn’t have that much chocolate flavor and that’s the facts. And that metallic flavor running through it didn’t impress me either.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 01/01/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 8 16 4 8 0
A - Pours a very rich dark brown body that barely lets any light through. Generous cocoa colored head made up of very tight bubbles. Frothy at the top. Great retention and super sticky lacing covering the sides of the glass.

S - Dark roasted malts. Cereal. Grain. Light coffee tones. Very light smell overall. Little bit of cocoa.

T - Chocolate starts right off with some milk chocolate playing on the tongue. Works to a bit of dry cocoa, actually tasting powdered. Lactose is present, softening the flavors a bit. This beer is more balanced and delicate than many of the other chocolate beers on the market. If you are looking for a beer like Rogue Chocolate Stout or Young's Double Chocolate, don't expect too many similarities here.

M - Medium bodied, delicate and creamy. Soft.

D - Very drinkable beer. This 750 will be gone quicker than expected. I gotta say that I like that this isn't quite so sweet. I like the big chocolatey stout, but this one gives me a different option.

Served In: Pint Glass

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