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RATINGS: 313   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 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 (989) - 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 (5077) - 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 (2372) - 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 (8912) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (7074) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 26, 2012
750mL bottle, pours a near-black with a medium beige head. Aroma of candied sugar, metallic notes, licorice and slight Belgian spices. Flavour of licorice, Belgian spices, burnt candied sugar and burnt caramel, with these latter two dominating the aftertaste. Medium complexity with champagne-like carbonation. Very well-made.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mnoud (286) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - JUN 25, 2012
2012.06.25 - 750ml bottle in goblet. Pours opaque and quite dark. Aggressive carbonated foamy one finger head fades quick and leaves little cover. Aroma is mild yeast mild spicey. Taste is interesting. Dark ale, very mild alcohol, a spicey taste presumably from the yeast and maybe a bit from the oats. Sort of like (maybe) the base ale of Three Philosophers without the cherries.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (2293) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 23, 2012
My friends all say this tastes better than what I say. But, I’m the one reviewing. I wish that I could agree with them. However, this beer poured at a good temperature with a large foamy, light tan head that soon subsided to a light cover and no lace. Aroma is wine, malt, cocoa, roast, yeast, solvent. Flavor is like nose, fairly dry, good balance betwixt sweet, bitter, tart. Body and carbonation are good. Finish is like flavor, longish, and boozy.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5537) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Bottle. Black with a big fluffy tan head. Aroma and taste of apple, dates, and chocolate with a light bitterness throughout. Not bad.


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