Style: Belgian-style Stout brewed with real Belgian chocolate
From: Cooperstown, NY
Brewer’s Note: “On October 13, 2007, at our Brewery Tenth Anniversary Party (Waffles and Puppets) we introduced Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence Stout to the world. Chocolate Indulgence comes with a thick tan head of foam resting on top of the rich onyx-colored liquid. The aroma immediately speaks of dark chocolate and dark malts. The gentle herbal nose of Perle hops compliments the darker notes, making the beer savory to the senses./ The taste continues with the intense Belgian dark chocolate gliding across the tongue; starting sweet up front but giving way to rich cocoa flavors at the back. Through it all, a subtle fruitiness from our special Belgian yeast gives the beer brightness otherwise foreign to a beer style normally associated with gray foggy skies./ Lingering chocolate entices the drinker to taste more. Go ahead. Dessert is good for the soul.”
The beer’s label is full of class and intrigue. I love the graphic of the heart swirling out of the glass, and the chocolate and gold color scheme works perfectly with the beer. That being said, there is quite a lot of text floating around, and well it is well laid out and interesting to read, it causes a bit of clutter on the label. This label is certainly worthy of scrapbooking and its classiness could certainly elevate it into shelf space.
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!
P.S. I had another bottle of this at a tasting and received far more chocolate flavoring from it. It seems my bottle had some major variation from what the beer normally tastes like… Be forewarned that bottles have variation, but if you do get a good bottle, the rating is closer to a 4/5