DedicatedToFun (3013) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JAN 29, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amazing chocolate stout, on tap at the Commons Ale House in Santa Monica, yum
Beerenberger (1538) - Fischer, Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma of spice, hops, and chocolate along with some woody notes. Pours an opaque black with a robust, mostly lasting, dark tan head and abundant lacing. The taste is cola, vanilla, spice, chocolate notes, with hints of sweetness and a sourness. Medium body and medium carbonation. Overall, I was disappointed in the lack of a robust chocolate flavor and the less than full body.
MaroonOrange (136) - - JAN 28, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark, not overly viscous pour. Chocolate, wood, resin, and grain. Highly carbonated. Cacao bitterness at the end.
smcolw (530) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 27, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick, frothy beige head that leaves decent ring lace on the glass. The color is closer to a dark stout--no light penetrates the liquid and it appears black.
Strong semi-sweet chocolate with the lightest of Belgian yeast aroma.
Relatively thin liquor for what I was expecting. The flavor has a lot of dark chocolate with some cream. This is a wonderful mix of Belgian flavors and a dark English porter.
htnicholas (49) - California, USA - JAN 27, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a 750ml bottle. Pours a dark brown with moderately high carbonation. Aroma of the Belgian yeasts with mild chocolate notes. Very Belgian be and of course the yeasts are strong in the flavor giving it a very spicy character with notes of cinnamon and coriander. Chocolate is almost undetectable initially only showing up very slightly in the aftertaste. This beer is quite a dissapointment. Given the name, one would expect something rich, indulgent, and having strong chocolate character. Unfortunately, this is a disappointment as a stout and such a beer should have never been attempted using belgian yeast or belgian brewing methods. This beer could be interesting when mixed with a very strong, sweet, and rich stout such as Black Tuesday or any of the Cigar City Hunapuu's variants. Standing alone it fails as a stout or even as a uniquely flavored belgian dubble or quad.
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msnelling09 (154) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 26, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
The beer pours a dark, chocolate brown, which is exactly the color it should be. The beer forms a head that sits a half-of-a-finger’s-width above the beer with medium sized, pebble-like bubbles that are a dark khaki color. On the nose, the beer smells distinctly of Ommegang’s house yeast. Fruity esters with a touch of spice whirl across the nose suggesting peach, pepper, hay, and just a ghost of milk chocolate. This smells a bit like a saison, if I’m being honest. If I were smelling this beer blindfolded, I would not have known it was a stout. The nose is disappointingly weak for a stout. On the tongue, the beer tastes softly sweet with a light bitter roast, a distinct fruity/spicy yeast funk with touch of acidity in the cheeks. This beer tastes like a saison, though. In flavor, the beer begins as fruity esters blending with peach, spicy pepper, touches of creamy banana, and some clove. This moves to lightly bitter grass and herbs that slowly blend with soft coco and milk chocolate that are very subtle. The finish returns lots of spicy esters and banana phenols and leaves me wanting more chocolate. The yeast gives off great funky flavors that are delightfully Belgian and fruity, but the beer is called “Chocolate Indulgence” and I want way more chocolate in the flavor. In the mouth, the beer feels medium in body with a higher carbonation that provides a nice fluff to the tongue with a light bite. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, and suggests “stout” the most to me. There is a slickness in the mouth as the beer leaves, and a scrim of sticky saliva is left on the tongue. Overall, I’m disappointed with Chocolate Indulgence because it does not have enough chocolate. I’ve seen Ommegang’s house yeast before, and think it would do well if it were subtly added to a stout, but as is the yeast character is domineering the beer and leaving me wanting variety. This beer is interesting, but fails in its promise. If it weren’t called “Chocolate Indulgence” I would have had to stretch to note the chocolate flavors hidden in the beer. I want more chocolate!
obxdude10 (2077) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ommegang’s Chocolate Indulgence begins with a mostly black pour with a dark purple hue. There isn’t much head, but what there is appears dark brown and sticks to the side of the glass. The nose is full of cocoa, milk chocolate and cream. The body reminds me of a port wine, but slightly carbonated and extremely smooth. The flavors are complex and well-rounded, with notes of cocoa, cream, chocolate, slightly bitter hops, toffee, marshmallow and lightly roasted coffee. The finish is fairly sweet, with some notes of whiskey, wood, milk chocolate and grassy hops.
obxsgrl98 (20) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2014
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
On a chocolate beer kick and this will not appease the desire. I guess I am not a fan of Belgian yeast.
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Danyel (1073) - Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate, chilies, cinnamon, roasty. Has a very fruity/ Belgian base. Touch of tobacco on the back. Really good.
jflopsu (644) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark black with thick tan head. Has a sweet malt and chocolate aroma with some citrus which is surprising given the color. Taste is very unique with a mix of sweet malt, chocolate, coffee, and some grains.