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RATINGS: 296   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


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmagnus87 (2219) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2013
Draft. Pours black with minimal head. Aroma of burnt malt, oak and dark fruits. Taste is light bitter and light tart. Malty. Oak and dark fruits. Full bodied with a thick texture. Lively carbonation and a long warming finish. Overall, very good. Boozy with a bit of Belgian sugar.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beergeek23322 (2024) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - DEC 11, 2013
4/21/2012. 750 ml. corked and caged bottle. Dark brown with a tan head. Roasted malt aromas with spices, oak and fresh hops. Flavors are burnt caramel, brown sugar with light hops on the finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mjpeterson812 (59) - Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Poured from bottle into shaker glass. Dark brown/black with small tan head. Faded to thin layer that stayed all the way down and left lots of lace. Aroma of malt, bread, coffee, barnyard, cheese, vanilla. Complex tastes. Lots of malt, yeast, bread. Sweet but nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is pretty thin and watery, probably my least favorite element of this beer. I’m not sure I would say the carbonation is "champagne-like" but quite lively. Finish is long and yeasty. A very nice beer overall.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maarten1993 (193) - - NOV 30, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2013 Light caramel smell. Looks good and dark. Small amount of foam. Good sweet taste. No downsides at first. However the aftertaste is watery. Thus, a Good beer, but it lacks Some body.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jesterdeal (1640) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Bottle shared at the sausage party. Aroma of dark fruits, brown sugar, and candied chocolate. Pours deep brown with a small healthy head. Taste is super sweet with candied chocolate, dark fruits, and slight brandy. Great sticky mouthfeel and just a hint of roast. Good dark beglian stuff.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mverity (249) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2013
Bottle from Proof Bottle Shop. Thick and pitch black with tan head that persisted fairly well. Collar hung until the end. Lots of dark malt, some sour cherry, some coffee, and a touch of grassy funk in the aroma. Taste is nearly identical to the smell, with a bit more of the sour cherry and grassy funk being prominent. Nice thick creamy mouthfeel. Very full bodied. Great after taste and a Guinness like mouthfeel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Haslinger (853) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2013
bought a growler of this at Ommegang brewery and took it to a ski weekend in the Catskills, wow this one got drank fast, the ABV is very hidden. very good bready. coffee, chocolate taste. this is the kind of beer you want to drink early in the morning before a long hard day at the office, pair it with some coffee crumb cake and you are in business. Very good beer!!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaroonOrange (124) - - NOV 27, 2013
Bottle. Very dark with a nice head. Black cherries, cola, Belgian candy sugar, and prunes. Moderate carbonation but a slightly light mouthfeel.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (799) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - NOV 26, 2013
Deep chestnut with medium-to-thin tan head, moderate rate of decay. Bread crust, cocoa, strawberry, pear, graham cracker. Flavor of bread crust, brown sugar, modest espresso bean. Body: medium-light and velvety. less delicate than the seduction, but a bold, yummy flavor that grows on you. superior aroma and body.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
swesson (133) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2013
An almost perfect dark belgian ale. Pours like midnight with a new moon. Tastes of dark malty rich goodness. Enormous thick head. Incredible lacing. A bit lighter on taste than the color would suggest, but supreme nonetheless! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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