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RATINGS: 306   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


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TreborWhip (392) - Reading, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2012
Bottle pours dark brown with frothy tan head. Aroma of dry red wine. Flavor dominated by slightly sour grapes, quite boozy, and reminds me more of a dry, red wine than an ale. I expected more.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - MAY 19, 2012
typical belgian aroma banana, yeast slight alcohol aroma. pours dark with lasting tan head and good lace. taste belgian twang to it,malts, fruity, slight alcohol. carbonated medium body, slight bitter, dry finish

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbastard (669) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 16, 2012
The nose has some of the house yeast along with the fruitiness. All of the flavors blend so well that nothing stands out. A little licorice in the background. Its moderately sweet, balanced with some bitter black malts. The finish has a dry texture. Mainly malts dominate. Very likeable, but too pricey. ($$).

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ReggieDunlap (3005) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2012
Pours dark brown with a medium tan head. Aroma has roasty malts...very faint smoky note...a touch of molasses. Flavor is very malty with notes of fig, molasses, dark fruit, wheat, anise and the faintest bit of smoke...light spicy hop notes. Mouthfeel is medium/full and silky with a fruity/roasty finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Doghair (255) - Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2012
Dark mahogany with light colored thick foam. Aroma is a bit subdued with banana, clove and dried fruit. Taste is malty dried fruit. A bit sweeter with more molasses as it warms. More beer please...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Errl (1462) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2012
Pour is dark black, with a tan cream head..Nose is banama, malts, barley, hops, spice, cinnamon, vanilla...Taste is banana, spice, bready, malts,caramel..Palate is fruity, malty and sweet

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
IdealBrew (12) - New York, USA - MAY 12, 2012
Draft at Taproom No. 307 NYC. Pours a deep brown with lasting head. Rich aroma, complex malt, fruity notes. Flavor is savory with complete malt backbone. At 8.4% ABV the warming alcohol mouthfeel is present. Finishes sweet and rich. ---IdealBrew "Good People Good Beer"

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (6715) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 11, 2012
Draft. Dark mahogony beer with a dark cream head. Dark fruit and light yeast aroma. Dark fruit and yeasty flavor with light earthiness. Medium bodied. dark fruit and yeast lingers with light earth and light malt.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (5826) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2012
Draft. Pours brown with a beige head. Fruity dark Belgian yeasty aroma with caramel and raisin. The flavor has raisins, toffee, toasted malts, dark fruits and a light lingering sweetness. Good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
obguthr (3634) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAY 9, 2012
Candied plum and currant nose. Mahogany, thick tan head, no lace. Charcoal and currant initially, but candied plums burst in suddenly. Faint maraschino cherries also present toward the end. Finishes far too warm for my taste. Medium body.. I had expected more body, but I thought this was an imperial stout, which clearly it is not. Reminiscent of St. Bernardus’ Christmas Ale. It isn’t quite as good, but it’s a more than suitable surrogate.


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