BigMilly8 (383) - Wesley Chapel, Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From bottle : Pours a dark brown color, with a light brown half finger of head. Nice lacing around the glass. Aroma of sweet malts, chocolate, and a little alcohol. Taste is mainly chocolate and cocoa, with some malt toward the end, and also a little bit of bitterness on the finish. A pretty full body, and smooth feel going down. A nice chocolatey treat.
Chad9976 (1017) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I poured a 750ml bottle into an official Ommegang snifter. It was bottled on 10/18/13 and cost $12.99 ($0.51 per ounce).
Appearance: Opaque black body with some carbonation visible at the edges. Pours to a large, dark tan, foamy head which laces and retains well.
Smell: Surprisingly muted nose of generic Belgian yeast esters with notes of soap and perfume. No chocolate scent.
Taste: Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence is a beer I havenít had in many years. I first reviewed it March of 2009 and thought it was pretty good. Iíve only had it once since then (in 2011) and decided to give it a re-review since I can appreciate Belgian beers a lot more now than I could back then. Though I have to say I am not just surprised, but genuinely shocked by this beer. Itís overtly lacking chocolate as well as stout character, though the Belgian component is strong and rather interesting. I feel this beer is mislabeled.
It seems like the first sip of any stout tends to be great, so I genuinely surprised when the first sip of this one was only average. Up front thereís a standard Belgian flavor as well as a standard dark ale taste. Itís not roasted malt per se, itís simply Belgian yeast esters. Thereís almost a smokiness as the beer continues downward with a zesty, almost soapy sensation. A faint hint of dark chocolate appears right as the beer finishes. Itís entirely too mild and too short lived. Additional bitterness in the aftertaste, along with slight perfume-like character as well. Itís not that it tastes bad, just that it doesnít taste like a stout or chocolate. Disappointing.
Drinkability: Though technically a big beer at 7% ABV, Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence drinks like something much lighter. It doesnít have the thick, heavy, dense body of an imperial stout, but rather the character and delivery of a standard Belgian ale. Plenty of carbonation and spiciness across the tongue, but it does go down smoothly. Iím not a huge fan of the aftertaste, but itís easily tolerable.
Ernesto987 (3010) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Matt saids Iím a cheater but he got me this beer, it was chocolately and rich, really awesome some good Belgian flavira
chinchill (1012) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 19, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Large bottle served in a pint glass.
Pours very dark; opaque; very good light brown head.
Aroma: excellent but surprisingly hoppy. Not surprising: a load of dark and chocolate malts.
Flavor: rich and moderately complex, with dark malts, earthy/herbal hops, and a touch of yeast. Not quite up to the aroma. Starts very sweet but the bittering hops follow quickly.
eelbasher (189) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample. Pours deep brown/black with a light brown head. Huge chocolate, roast, some spice, and coffee to the nose. Smells somewhat like a hot chocolate. This thing is smooth as all hell. Chocolate brownie, light roast, coffee, and some vanilla are all packed in here. Very rich brew but damn fine
DoublEE (784) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Spicy yeast was the first noticeable trait I picked up on in this beer. Backing this up was a toffee-like flavor and of course the roasted malts complimented the remaining. It has a delicate texture of chocolate that really puts this at the head of the pack.
BillWyce (615) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From notes: Poured opaque black with a 2-finger tan head. Malty sweet aroma, mixed with chocolate and a light touch of citrus. Body is medium-to-full, with a soft mouthfeel and a long, mild finish. Flavor of chocolate mixed with nutty malt. There is a slight note of citrus that lightens the chocolate and blends nicely with it in the finish.
gEUS (785) - Linden, BELGIUM - AUG 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle - shared by Dennoman - thx! Pours deep brown with a creamy off-white head. Nose is thick maple syrup and roasted malts, some coffee and much dark chocolate. Medium body, taste is dark dark chocolate with heather honey. OK Stout-je
bmerz (588) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with a huge tan dense head fully lasting with excellent lace. Aroma is fairly light but fresh dark bread, toasted, with hints of chocolate, and maybe cherries. Flavor is a much stronger mix roast, malt, bitter chocolate, a little tang, and a bitter slightly metallic finish. The feel fresh, lively carbonation, mouthwatering but also dry. Itís a very good stout that veers more American than a typical Belgian stout would be...no surprise.
Scrapersnbeer (1246) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 4, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Obvious chocolate aroma - specifically hot (okay, cold) cocoa, and some dark malt and fruit background. Dark brown with dark tan head. Sweet chocolatey flavor, less complex than expected. Thick and oily body, a palate jammer. Could stand to be more bitter...and where do those Belgians get their chocolate?
magsinva (826) - Virginia, USA - MAY 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Wegmans Sterling - pours pitch with a milk chocolate head. Aroma has the bitterness of dark chocolate with the sweetness of milk chocolate with a nice malty thickness. Very nice!