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RATINGS: 308   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
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Let us now acknowledge the dark arts of brewing. Our limited edition Art of Darkness Ale is deep, dark and magical, with champagne-like carbonation and rich matiness from a complex recipe of multiple barley and wheat malts, as well as flaked oats.

Using no spices or flavorings, Art of Darkness gains all its rich aromas, tastes, and apparent spiciness from the malts and Ommegang’s proprietary house yeast.

There are no secret ingredients or magical incantation. There is only Ommegang brewers’ creating the finest quality dark, strong ale of complex and deep character.

Art of Darkness is a fine ale to enjoy immediately, and is excellent to cellar.

Malts: Pils, pale, cara crystal, aroma, Midnight Wheat, Cara Pils, flaked oats. Hops: Spalter Select and Styrian Golding. Yeast: Ommegang house yeast. Spices: None

OG: 19.5 Plato

FG: 4.18 Plato

ABV 8.7%

IBU 24


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Barreras (968) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - MAY 30, 2014
Pours a cola black color with a sweet malt aroma. Taste is of rum raisin mixed with molasses. A biting alcohol flavor at first sip but quickly disappears after the swallow. A good deep sweet flavor left on the palate, easily one of my favorite Belgian Strong Ales.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
edgallow (1992) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 7, 2014
750ml bottle pours black with a tan head. Aroma of sweet malts, yeast and coffee. Taste is raisins, malts, bread and spice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arnold931 (518) - Iowa, USA - APR 6, 2014
Bottle. Nice near black pour. Tan head. Smells of sweetness and molasses. Flavor is molasses and rum raisin. Overall sweet and strong tasting.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dfonorow (1394) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2014
On tap. Pour is near black with an average sized tan head. Aroma is of raisins, anise, coffee, roasted malt, and molasses. Flavor is more subtle than I expected - candi sugar, rum raisin, yeast. Alcohol is well hidden.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (5414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 3, 2014
[5240-20130420] Tap. Mild dog poop and roasted malt aroma. Black body with a medium-lasting creamy light tan head. Tart roasted malt flavour has a boozy base. Full body. Interesting but a little over-bold for me. (7/4/7/3/16) 3.7
(@ Mr. Goodbar, Buffalo, NY)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1148) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - FEB 17, 2014
Quad like. Strong dark fruit notes. Good Belgian yeast. Carbonated. I would drink this again, although there are better. More first tier, middle. But that says more about the competition than this beer itself.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
olr1984 (1058) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 29, 2014
750ml bottle pours a dark brown with a slight tan head. Banana and caramel aroma. Sweet malt and dark fruit taste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndyReynolds (879) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - JAN 22, 2014
Bottle aged at least a year. Damn good beer. The oats are a nice touch. Goes nicely with Chudwick’s (not quite spicy enough) chicken cury. My wife gives in to our daughter way too often, she gets a cookie.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chudwick (2082) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - JAN 22, 2014
750ml bottle shared by the invited AndyReynolds - nose makes me think of a doppelbock. Sipping accentuates the spicy food I had for dinner (homemade chicken curry). Sweet with dark malts. Dark indeed - makes me think of a black IPA with no IPA. Delicious.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Palme (3284) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 14, 2014
As Heart of Darkness @ Blind Tiger House. Yeah, I’d call this as good as black in the glass and the head is totally lacking here. Smells nice, but somewhat a bit low. A little bit of herbs and yeast are the fist thing that hits my nose. A little bit of sweet licorice also here. Like the aroma. It has a above average carbonation level and a light oily mouthfeel. The sweet licorice is really hanging in there in the taste also. Kinda earthy in a way and it has a little bit of some black/blue berries going on as well, notes of soft sweet figs before its leaving a mouthdrying finish in this one. Yeah, I like this! 18.06.2013


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