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RATINGS: 317   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


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jjgmd (1623) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2012
Pours a deep rich dark chocolate with a magnificent head. Nose is yeasty and malty. Taste is yeasty with hints of chocolate and malt with the alcohol breaking through. Finish with the same flavors with a moderate duration. Nice BSA.......Quaff Score 8 / 10... nice sipping beer over dessert.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zgaier (1549) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2012
Pours black with a brown head and aroma of fruits, spices, and chocolate. Taste is of chocolate, yeast, spices, fruit, and alcohol, complex throughout, with a warming, lingering alcohol finish. Great brew, complex flavors and unique.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RB1 (118) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUL 9, 2012
750ml. bottle, purchased at Tops Liquors, Tempe, AZ. Pour is dark, almost black, with a moderate tan head, that diminishes rapidly if not swirled. Aroma is malty and yeasty, with some dark fruits and just a hint of licorice. Taste is thick, complex and well balanced. Sweet and malty up front, then a bit of tartness, bitterness and again the fleeting notes of licorice. Finish is slightly tart, and bitter, with some lingering heat. Pretty nice ale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
volbeerman (21) - Madison, Tennessee, USA - JUL 8, 2012
Initial scent upon pouring is strong and complex. This scent filters itself through a thick creamy tan head. A very interesting Belgian style for the drinker provided by a strong, thick deep and tangy and chocolatey flavor. An overall enjoyable brew, not among my favorite Belgians but still an enjoyable experience. In my opinion, not quite worth the money you will pay for it, however.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 7, 2012
Draft. Poured an opaque dark brown color with a tan head. Clove, hay, and brown sugar in the nose. Medium bodied and dryish with mild bitterness, a warming alcohol effect, and moderate to high carbonation. Clove, fig, hay, and vodka flavors.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SPDickerman (1018) - Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2012
Pours almost pitch black with a large light tan head. Smells a bit of light fruits coupled with dark fruits and some mild chocolate. Taste is fruity, chocolate, mild coffee bitterness, and a bit like bread, perhaps raisin bread. Medium-to-full bodied with a smooth texture and average mouth-carbonation, Ommegang Art of Darkness finishes with a hint of bitterness and then some mild fruit flavors.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5220) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2012
Sampled on draft at 3R6P this beer poured a black color with a medium sized foamy tan head that left good lacing. The aroma was cocoa, vanilla, cola and faint notes of wood and anise. The flavor was malty and toasty with notes of vanilla, cola, cherry and hints of anise and pepper. The finish was long and malty with lingering vanilla, cola and spice. Medium body. Interesting.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2012
Corked bottle.
Pours a solid black with a nose of chocolate oatmeal flakes, barley, and Grape Nuts. Flavor is chocolate pudding, oatmeal, light barley flakes, granola, and fudge. Nice mouthfeel. Good, but not spectacular.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italianjohn (2435) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2012
Deep brown pour amber hue creamy thick beige head light sticky lacing .... aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruity yeast and candi sugar .... taste of caramel, roasted malts, dark fruity yeast, chocolate and candi sugar ... has oatmeal stout qualities and dubbel as well with a light bitter hop bite ... abv hidden ... finishes dry and roasted .... very drinkable

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9256) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2012
Soapy head on thick dark brown body, with a lace sheet. yeasty aroma, I like their yeast. Smooth drinker, above average mouthfeel. Sweetish, not that complex.


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