aracauna (3088) - Georgia, USA - DEC 2, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was really hoping for more richness here. This is relatively dry and thereís not a lot of heft in the flavor or body. Very dark, nice head. Good roastiness, but I was hoping for a little more richness. I was hoping for a little more from this. That being said, this isnít bad by any means. Itís like solid stout with a slight Belgian flare. I just have to admit I fell for the marketing a little bit and had my hopes up. This one really improves as it warms.
JoeMcPhee (8497) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark black beer with a thick sticky tan head that fades to a rocky, sticky lace. Aroma is loaded with dark Belgian chocolate, heavy cocoa and some soft licorice and heavily charred malts. As it warms a kiss of cherry comes through as well as some light cinnamon and clove spiciness. Flavour is also great showing rich heavy cocoa, chocolate and a soft vineousness. It starts out heavily carbonated, but as it sits open, this fades letting the soft velvety texture shine. Rich and chocolatey with a hint of plum and cherry. Silky and luxurious. Completely unique and very tasty. An excellent brew that I look forward to sampling again with about a year on it.
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 2, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2008 Corked bomber. Beautiful pitch black color with a very attractive, thick head. I was expecting this to be half beer, half chocolate syrup in a bottle, and I was completely wrong. Instead, itís a delicious stout with some strong chocolate notes, but more along the lines of a good, roasty sweet stout. Thereís even a bit of that Belgian spiciness and doughy undertones. This wasnít what I was expecting, not quite as unusual, but really well made and extremely tasty.
chronictonic (473) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours black with a tan head. Mild roasted aroma with some piney hops, along with wet cardboard. Very rocky head that stayed wtih the beer - and the glass. Thin body, champagne like fine carbonation bubbles ticket the tongue. Flavor is roasted malt, some chocolate bitterness, but unfortunately, also a slight metallic flavor and a generous flavor of wet paper. Tastes like homebrew that someone would have at a homebrew club meeting. Possibly slightly oxidised.
skaughty (644) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 1, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Didnít really pull the roasted malt that would classify the style out of the aroma, Flavor or palate. This strikes me more like a Belgian Winter, w/o the spices. Looks spectacular in a specially-crafted Chocolate Indulgence goblet. The head retention is great, and the lacing remains for a while. While the palate is a little thin, the lingering Belgian yeast tickles the tongue. The wildcard in the taste is that the bitterness can actually be attributed to the chocolate, as they start and end in harmony - not like a heavy Imperial Stout.
Ibrew2or3 (6926) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The Indulgence is courtesy of Degarth. Thanks. Pours deep dark darkness with solid mocha head and nice lacing. The aroma is burnt, roasty and chocolate malts. The aroma is so inviting it overcomes the imbiberís will, forcing an almost hurried quaff. The taste is much like the aroma with rich roasted malts, burnt malts and some velvety chocolate malts, YUMMM. Rich and creamy, an indulgence really. Midway I get a mild metallic note that seems out of place and mildly distracting. The taste ends pretty rich, creamy and rewarding with mild chocolate, dark chocolate and coffee.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 1, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle purchased at Sam the Beer Man in Binghamton, NY. Pours Black brown, light tan head. Aroma is coffee, pine, vanilla, chocolate, molasses. Flavor is the same with anise, metal, burnt coffee. This bottle was over-priced at $9.99. It was more expensive than the other Ommegang brews. Disappointing.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - NOV 30, 2007
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Nose of spicy cherry cordials, chocolate brownies fresh from the oven, and all kinds of floral notes here as well. Pours black. The wicked cascade resolves into a towering, uber stiff & rocky tan head that is fully lasting and leaves excellent lace. Goes down waaaay too smooth. This is guinness to the 100th power. Holy shit! Flavor is sweet and roasted chocolate malt, mild alcohol warmth and sweetness as not to upset the masterful balance. Light acidity adds to the cornucopia of tasting pleasure. The chocolate in the finish is just as the label claims "indulgence". The full body is creamy and chewy, lively; and feels dry at the finish. Fuck this is good!! Should definitely be allowed to breathe and warm if you have the willpower. The mark of a great brew is the measure of how easily one could make themselves sick...for me with this one, it would be all too easy. Wa-we-woo-wah...very nice...I like...high five!!
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2010 Draft. Black body with a medium sized, creamy tan head - lasting, nice lace. The nose is moderately sweet with chocolate, molasses and light banana. The flavor is lightly sweet with milk chocolate, brown sugar and banana. Medium/full body is soft with gentle carbonation.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Solid black, with a roasted tan head, leaving lace...looks good!
Aroma: all cocoa powder with bittersweet espresso on the side. Rich, dark and lovely.
Taste: full-bodied, deep, and decadent. Well-rounded, well-balanced, with chocolate flavor rolling in...very mellow in the mouth, incredibly smooth. Chocolate isnít too big in the flavor, and the flavor isnít too big...it seems just right. Adding the word "indulgence" creates expectation of extremes in flavor, and begs comparison to Youngís Luxury Double Chocolate Stout. It falls short by some in that regard, but I donít mind.
the first non-Belgian-style beer from Ommegang, if you donít count the inclusion of Belgian chocolate...a delcious stout, and the 7% abv doesnít get noticed...until now...oh, there you are...
But itís a solid stout, with noticable chocolate...
Happy 10th Anniversary, Ommegang!