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RATINGS: 308   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8382) - 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 (5998) - 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 (271) - 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 (2168) - 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 (5539) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbfobes (2271) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 22, 2012
On tap at the Malt House in Madison, pours black with a tan head and tons of lacing in the glass, the aroma has a very strong chocolate amount with some spices, the spices really come through on the front of this brew with some dark fruit in the finish, I would drink again.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VeeDubber (21) - Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2012
Aroma- Dark fruits, figs, raisins, slight alcohol aromas Appearance- Dark brown with a three finger tan head. Small bubbles that linger. Taste- Big dark fruit flavors dominate the front of the palate, slight spiciness, and as the beer warms up, the alcohol notes become more noticeable. Overall- An easy drinking beer that is intense in dark fruit flavors, and intensifies as the temperature increases.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (5643) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 20, 2012
Draft at blue monk, darker cola colored pour. Surprised that here is no spice added, allspice notes are here. A little Christmas cake notes. Black licorice. Fruity yeast. Sweet but not overly. Pretty good at letting ingredients speak for themselves

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluemooner (599) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2012
Pours a deep brown with some ruby and a small brown head. Aroma is rich and sweet with hints of licoricem dark fruits, and roasted malt. Flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, smokey, woody notes, dark fruits, raisins, anise, and other spices. Medium body with medium carbonation. Very complex brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DialSquare (2522) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2012
750ml bottle from market square. Black-brown pour. Aroma of roasty malt and dark fruit. Tastes are sweet malts, raisin, chocolate, cola, yeast, light licorice. Creamy medium palate. Good.


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