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
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 haven’t had in many
years. I first reviewed it March of 2009 and thought it was pretty good.
I’ve 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. It’s 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 there’s a standard Belgian flavor as well as a standard dark ale
taste. It’s not roasted malt per se, it’s simply Belgian yeast esters.
There’s 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. It’s entirely too mild and too short lived.
Additional bitterness in the aftertaste, along with slight perfume-like
character as well. It’s not that it tastes bad, just that it doesn’t
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 doesn’t 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. I’m not a
huge fan of the aftertaste, but it’s easily tolerable.