Saturday, July 6, 2013

Brewery Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence Belgian-Style Stout

Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.

Tonight’s featured beer is Brewery Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence Belgian-Style Stout.

From the Brewery Ommegang website: “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.”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours very dark brown, nearly black with a huge dark tan head and nice lacing.
Aroma: Cocoa, roasted malt, dark fruits, Belgian yeast and roasted nuts.
Taste: Roasted malts, dark chocolate, dark fruits, cocoa and light clove, caramel, toffee and Belgian yeast flavors.  Not as chocolaty as I would have imagined it would be, but good nonetheless.
Overall: I’m glad I had a chance to try Brewery Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence Belgian-Style Stout.  Although I was hoping for a super chocolaty beer I found this beer to be nicely balanced, creamy and drinkable.  At 7% ABV the bottle was easy to polish off. Not sure if I’d buy it again, but I would recommend it to those into the style.


Mark Harvey

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