Monday, June 10, 2013

Brewery Ommegang's Chocolate Indulgence Belgian-Style Stout

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh muh-gang.

Ommegang Brewery has been around since 1997 and is located just south of Cooperstown, New Yawk. It used to be a hop farm has has been growing like wildfire. It distributes to 45 of the continental United States AND Hawaii and Alaska, that's pretty impressive. So fast, in fact, some of the founders sold their shares to Duvel and they helped brew Ommegang for about three years in the early 00's.

They have 6 regular beers in their arsenal and come out with about 6 seasonals a year (some repeating, some not). This girl debuted in 2007 and has been going pretty strong since.

It's got a real sweet aroma, with hints of bitter chocolate. It's a thick, brown consistency and darker than Bill Belichick's soul. It's a heavy, bitter taste.  The bittersweet flavor nips the sides of your tongue and goes down  as hard Sidney Crosby after taking a puck to the mouth and is just as pleasurable. It's smooth and malty and makes for a nice heavy dessert after a tough day in the coal mine. It's got some serious, tan foam action and leaves a pretty serious build-up on your glass.

I'll say a few things about this beer. First of all, these guys seem to really get dudes. I mean it looks pretty badass, like your a total "player". Like babes would totally get with you if you ripped this mother out of a paper bag. They'd be like "well, hello mister man". So your already a smooth operator if you have this AND it's 7.0% ABV so you can totally get wasted drunk after a few of these. I wish my wine bottles looked this smooth.

The one thing I do not like about this beer is that it's as bossy as a prom date.  It says "serve at 50 degree Fahrenheit". Uh, I'm pretty sure I'm gotta serve this at the same temperature as my fridgerator. Or the cooler at the local 7-11 (if I'm in a hurry). I guess bossiness is what you gotta deal with if you wanna be classy.

This baby ran me $10.99 as the local part store for a 750 mL bottle. Quick math with tell you that about a 4 pack of Amstel and about fifty beers worth a flavor. It's a pretty great beer to share with your buddy as you have stogies on the front steps or if you really wanna look cool in front of a babe or dude. For a Belgian Style Stout, you don't really get too much of the tart, Belgian style hullabaloo and you just get a tasty, rich beer. But don't scale any tall fences or run from the cops, or you're out of luck, Chuck.

Drinkability: 5/10
Taste: 9/10
Value: 6/10
Curb Appeal: 8/10

Overall: 7.0/10

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