GarrettB (1434) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
December 18th, 2012 - I like a good chocolate based beer in December. It not only fits with the season and atmosphere (which, near the foothills of Colorado, is mostly cold, but never bitterly so) and the holidays, which fill us to bursting with sweets and sugars like an overindulgent grandmother. For these reasons I plucked the Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence off of my storage shelf to enjoy on a cold and relaxing evening, spending a lot of time before I tasted it enjoying the rich Dubbel-like smell, with the extra lacing of strawberry, cotton candy and raspberry. The theme in the aroma seems to be tart and tangy sweets, and it’s a lovely blend, showing off with fruits that lend themselves well to a coating of chocolate. Which reminds me, I don’t sense much chocolate in the aroma. At last I check the flavor to see if that’s where it’s been hiding, and here there’s a shade of a blend: raspberry chocolate, like the coffee drink, but it’s faint. The body is lighter than expected, with a mixture of sugars and savories that again reminds me of dubbels, and a long aftertaste that exhibits tart fruits. But the chocolate is faded, and sometimes invisible. That doesn’t diminish the enjoyability of the beer, but it’s not what I expected, either.
maxwelldeux (4343) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - JUL 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a moderate tan head on there. Nose is roasty with some bread in there and just a little bit of chocolate coming through. Taste is slightly sweet without having much chocolate to it, and has the characteristic Belgian yeast to it. OK, but nothing great, and a slight misnomer, in my book.
DrewFace (967) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from 2007. Dark brown pour, big light brown head. Chocolate cocoa power, roasty, and more chocolate aroma. Chocolate, roasty flavor, oxidized from age.
Homer321 (4177) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to mcbackus. Nose is like a chocolate covered cherry, as an oxidized kinda way. Taste is watery and not much else, kind of light cocoa. Ok.
Darkmagus82 (2254) - - JUN 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle into a snifter
Appearance – The beer pours an almost pitch black color with a one finger of tan colored head. The head has a fantastic level of retention, slowly fading to leave a good level of lacy islands on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a cola aroma with a good showing of molasses and caramel. A dark chocolate aroma is there, but is overall rather light being complemented by some aromas of cream aroma. Some other darker malt smells and a little bit of a dark fruit smell of fig and prune round out the overall smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter dark roasted malt flavor with the sweet being mostly of a dark fruit consisting of plum and fig along with a big chocolate flavor. As the taste advances the fruit flavors fade all while a milk chocolate flavor, with hints of vanilla and cream, take its place. Some molasses flavors also join the tongue as the taste advances to the end, bringing an even higher level of sweetness to the brew. While the sweetness increases, the roastedness increases as well with, more roasted malt and a tiny bit of char coming to the tongue. In the end, with a little bit of earth that comes to the tongue, one is left with a quite sweet and smooth chocolate flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side with a carbonation level that was a bit on the higher side. The body could have likely been a bit thicker with a carbonation level that would be better slightly on the lower side. After the beer sat and the carbonation dwindled some the feel was better, but overall it needed a bit more thickness.
Overall – The taste and look were quite nice –big and dark with a nice chocolate flavor, but the aroma and feel were just OK. Overall a nice beer to try, but not really worth the big bottle price of over $10.
Jamesthebrit (416) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma is light. Oaky. metallic. A little roasty.
Appearance is alright. Looks thin on the pour. Head is coarse. No lacing.
Taste is light... much like a porter. Really no chocolate. Oaky. Boring. Not getting the belgian wine like notes I’ve seen in other belgian style stouts.
Palate is a little coarse.
Overall a super average beer. Drinks like a ho hum porter but at a white whale price. No chocolate note at all. Just a aggressive porter like palate. Definitely pass especially for the price.
generallee08 (772) - New York, USA - MAY 30, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chocolate Indulgence has a dark brown almost black colored murky body that’s very opaque. The head is thick and frothy with rocky peaks and a tan color. The aroma is malty, toasted and has only a very faint hint of cocoa powder. There are dark toasted and roasted malt flavors with hints of bittersweet chocolate dust and some espresso coffee notes as well. There is a modest hop flavor that adds some bitterness to the finish, which also has a slight metallic touch to it. The texture is smooth and a little bit thin on the palate with a good carbonation and a medium body.
chucklemation (1402) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a jet black with a foamy off-white head. Has a sweet belgian yeast aroma. Flavor is sweet belgian yeast up front, bu the main body is a bittersweet chocolate and malts. Has a nicely balanced flavor that doesn’t come off as too sweet or too subtle. Very interesting.
kirkport (2) - - MAY 24, 2014 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
An extremely smooth beer, the title tells it all! A very nice chocolate flavor, leaving wanting for more!
kathouse (1608) - Nevada, USA - MAY 21, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A rich, thick foam and black body is nice to look at, but this beer is not decadent. Belgian yeast has a resounding spice aroma. Smooth with prominent cocoa, but not sweet. A good beer and enjoyable to drink. Just not a rich beer.