Sunday, March 1, 2009

Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence (2009 original review)


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chad9976 (569) - Albany, USA - JAN 20, 2010
When you pay $12 for one bottle of beer you tend to have high expectations. Can a beer that is just plain good at that price really warrant a positive review and recommendation? While I definitely enjoyed Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence, I’m not sure the value was there. But a good beer is good beer nevertheless.
2013 bottle pictured.

POUR, COLOR AND AROMA

This beer poured very rough due to its oversized bottle (which is topped with a cork rather than a cap, which was quite fanciful). It formed a huge layer of dark tan, foamy head which lasted throughout the life of the beer and left generous amount of lacing on the glass. The body, not surprisingly, was opaque black and looked quite thick. The aroma was actually quite faint with hints of dark chocolate, malts and a slight bitterness.

TASTE

When a beer has the word “chocolate” in its name that’s obviously going to be the first ingredient you’re likely to look for. However, upon my first tasting of Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence I was surprised chocolate took a backseat to a rather generic, robust stout flavor.

This beer does have a noticeable roasted taste with chocolate, coffee, and a slight almond flavor all accounting for the bulk of the palate. Otherwise, Chocolate Indulgence was rather mild tasting, but finishes dry and bitter - not rich and sweet as I would have preferred.

FINISH

Despite the dry, bitter end of the palate, Chocolate Indulgence is indeed a smooth, easy-to-drink beer with a velvety mouthful. If drank at the correct temperature it can be very comforting.

BODY

I don’t think this would be considered an “imperial” stout at 7% ABV, but it’s certainly heavier than most beers of the type. What’s great about Chocolate Indulgence is that it does not seem to have nearly the hefty body you might expect. I drank this as an after-dinner dessert and I did not feel overwhelmed in any capacity.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Although I would say Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence is a solid performer all around, I’m not sure it can sustain its hefty price tag. As if often the case in expensive, gimmicky beers like this I’d say it was definitely worth the experience of drinking it.

Grade: 8/10