I solicited some feedback from some of my friends on a few beer social networks. I asked what the best beers they've had lately were. Wow, what a response, and it makes me super-duper jealous what I don't have here in Florida. You know that Biblical lesson about not coveting, the one David didn't learn too well when he slept with Bathsheba? Well, screw that, I covet all the beers I can't get here.
For my review today, I was chilling in my front yard in the cool 65 degree Florida afternoon, watching my sons play. Covet that, bitches! (Or at least most of you snowed-in people).
Today I'm drinking Chocolate Indulgence, a "True Belgian-Style Chocolate Stout" brewed by Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, New York. This is a wine-sized bottle, cork and all, brewed with real Belgian Chocolate. The label is also touting their 10th anniversary in 1997 and says "cellared at the brewery" so maybe this guy is two years old? I don't know. Finally, since I have to serve this at 50 degrees, a Dickens quote on the bottle. "There's nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with chocolate." Needless to say, I have very high expectations!
The aroma is full of rich chocolate, not really like a Hershey bar, not milky, but quality European chocolate that costs an arm and a leg. Might explain the $11 price tag for this guy. There are also dark fruit and alcohol scents in the background. Flavors start out with lots of roasted chocolate and coffee, slightly sweet in the beginning. Surprisingly, the 7% alcohol shows up right in the beginning, nicely highlighting some orange rind and other spicy flavors. There is also a very noticeable burnt flavor that persists throughout the entire experience. A light amount of hops and bitterness keep the other flavors in check and balanced. Carbonation is medium with some fine bubbles and the body is medium as well, not a heavy stout.
With a name like Chocolate Indulgence, I was expecting a buttery smooth and silky texture which never arrived. I mean, well, it was OK but not worthy of the name. The alcohol was a little more prominent than I expected or desired as well. I must admit that I was a little disappointed with this beer. It's good, perhaps bordering or great, but not all I was hoping for. Check it out if you desire. I have another bottle I'll trade you!
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