Saturday, November 30, 2013

Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence (2013 re-review)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chad9976 (1013) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2013

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 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. 
Grade: 5/10

NOTE: read (and watch) my 2009 original review here:

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