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RATINGS: 338   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
There is one who foretells what is coming. How the future grows darker each day. That an ancient voice soon will be calling, and good folks will be caught in its sway.

For the soothsayer brews a magnificent ale, deep and black, through the blackest of arts. He predicts its pure notes, without secrets or spice, will tempt tongues, will turn heads, will steal hearts.

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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (5888) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 20, 2012
750 ml bottle. 2012 vintage. Used a snifter. Fruity nose, with cherry, blackberry, chocolate, and warm Coca Cola aromaís. Flavor is very malty with notes of fig, molasses, dark fruit, wheat, anise and the some licorice in the background. (Iím not a fan of licorice) Hides the ABV well. Medium to thick mouthfeel and average carbonation. Texture is effervescent. Medium body. Dry texture. Average carbonation. Iím convinced that Ommegang does NOT make anything bad but this one isnít something I would revisit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rbfishstick (141) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Had on tap at Sugar Maple in Bayview on Friday night. Pours brown-black with a medium cream head. Smells like wet lettuce and ripe cheese. Tastes like whiskey mixed with diluted coffee. Bitter hops on the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - AUG 15, 2012
Very dark (black) with a light tan head. Tons of carbonation with a unique tang mixed with chocolate and coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9550) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 8, 2012
Bottle at an Ommegang tasting at Half Time, notes misplaced for quite a while. Thought I had rated this, and somehow never put in a rating. Anyhow, pours a deep dark black with a medium sized tan head. Aroma is incredible especially given that everything here is coming solely from the grain bill. Rich dark chocolate, cocoa and malt, even some wood and vanilla tones. Medium bodied, rich chocolate with a light malty sweetness, cocoa. Finishes with more roast and cocoa. Would certainly like to drink this again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyCraft (5360) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2012
On tap at Good Night Irenes in the wood. First time here, pretty impressive tap lineup for the shore. Pours a dark black with light beige head, thick streaks of lacing. Aromas of plum, candy sugar, smooth malts, oats. Taste is belgian yeast, delicious dark pitted fruits, cherrys, wheat, apples. This beer was awesome, one of the best belgian styles I have had from america.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2012
On draft at Coffee District. Iím not to keen on Ommegang beers but I decided to give this one a shot. Yeasty and perhaps a little fruity, but overall somewhat blah, but thatís just me

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrob21 (3369) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 3, 2012
On tap at cypress street. Smooth roasty malt flavor with a bunch of caramel. Bit of a cocoa texture. Pours deep brown with a tan head. Creaminess and full bodiesouth feel. Touch of spice clove. Nicer for the Cooler months but still very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - AUG 3, 2012
On tap. Dull brown pour with some creamy, tan head. Nose of dark, pitted fruits, banana, and grains. Flavor is slightly sweet with some fruitiness and roast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUL 31, 2012
Bottle:   Deep cola, moderate frothy light beige head, fairly nice lacing.   Bright yet musty nose, of dark pitted fruit, hearty bread, and general yeastiness.   Similar tongue, smooth albeit a bit bubbley, warming.   Very much bready, but not heavy, the airy aspect keeps it from going there.   Bright dark pitted fruit, and general musty funk.   Despite its smoothness, it washes out pretty quick.   Very minor heat on the exit.   Lingering dark pitted fruit and breadiness.   Enjoyable!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matthewjk (1046) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 30, 2012
Poured from expensive bomber - This sort of poured like a beautiful imperial stout, it certainly has enough malt for it! If not for the Belgian-type yeast strain, this very well could have ended up an imperial stout; but, there is no mistaking the influence brought on by the yeast. Overall, an excellent and complex ale.

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