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RATINGS: 322   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
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

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (7021) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluemooner (657) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DialSquare (3786) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jow (3033) - New York, USA - JUN 15, 2012
Tap at the Stags Head. Pours ruby with nice nose of cocoa and dark fruits. tastes of rich chocolate, figs, malt, rock candy, plums, and belgian yeast. nice indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bp (847) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 14, 2012
Bottle: dark brown, thin head, malty and sweet aroma, taste is malty, chocolate, mildly bitter, medium bodied

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maverick34 (2787) - New York, USA - JUN 13, 2012
Draught via stags head. Blaclk pour white head. Aroma is dark fruits and malts. Rummy malty taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (5123) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 11, 2012
Pours deep mahogany into a Trappist glass. Mocha head with good retention recedes leaving scant sheets. Dark caramel, roasted nuts and sweet malt aromas. Crisp with dark chocolate covered caramel and pit fruit upfront turning to bitter espresso in the lasting raisin finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
jar72404 (426) - USA - JUN 7, 2012
On tap at Champs. Dark with thin white head with good retention. Aroma is dark fruit, raisin, and yeast. Flavor is the same. Solid but unspectacular.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4195) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 5, 2012
Bottle... Poured opaque, near black with a thick, long lasting, frothy, tan head. Such a dark beer for such a mellow, estery palate. Vinous with plums, grapes, prunes and other dark fruits like cherry skins. Fermented malt and yeast tones. A fruit juice sweetness with loads of yeast spices and fruit esters. Highly drinkable with low hop flavor and bitterness.

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