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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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (8031) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 27, 2012
Arbitrary score 4/5 for Appearance, as nighttime conditions prevented correct assessment. Sourish-woody-yeasty nose, the last giving fruitish impressions as from peach or pineapple. Fruity in the taste, but much drier than the nose suggested, notes of peach and pear, but less outspoken estery than the nose; liquorice retronasal. Warming up, I get some unlikely off-flavours with a hint at diacetyl. Light for its ABV, hint at alcoholwarming. One to drink cold - warming up it gets sticky to cloying. Many thanks to ChrisA!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2012
Poured into a goblet. 4.0 A: Black color. Almost two fingers of frothy tan colored head. Retention is good and a short ring of lacing is left. 3.5 S: Lots of roastiness in this. Molasses, light ashiness, and dark caramel. Even the fruitiness comes off with a bit of extra darkness, like stir-fried or grilled plums, dates, black currants and figs. Clove-y phenols from the yeast. 2.5 T: Taste is a bit of the let down. The roasty flavors in the nose dominate the taste and it doesn’t work. From first taste to finish, this is overly charred and has an almost tannic finish. It’s not a horrible taste, but it’s bad enough to put this below average. Much of the fruitiness gets lost to the roast, but the fig and dates are still pretty apparent. Less clove-y than it smells. 3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good spritzy carbonation with a very faint creaminess. Normally I’d rank this higher, but the burnt aftertaste prevents that. 2.5 D: This is more of a Belgian stout than a BSDA, but whatever. It’s overly roasty and unbalanced and that’s no good. I expect more from Ommegang. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 05-13-2012 02:12:28

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4136) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 24, 2012
Draught at Milltown. Pours the color of charred wood with two fingers of creamy coffee tan head. Nose shows some dark fruit and a light acidity, semis-sweet chocolate and grain husks. Has an almost ’extract’ character to it. ... Flavor has the extract thing going on too. Dark fruits and cacao with a lightly spicy phenolic quality and warming alcohol. Medium in body and dry on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (4092) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2012
Location: 750 ml bottle from Colonial Wine and Spirits, 5/22/12

Aroma: The nose has early alcohol notes, leading to spice, dark fruits (raisin, plum), yeast, and chocolate.
Appearance: This one pours a dark brown color with just a hint of orange shinning through, a mid-sized, foamy, long lasting, beige head, and what would be some decently heavy lacing (if the head ever faded).
Flavor: The taste is mid sweet, but not quite as sweet as the nose would have suggested to me that it would be The components are quite similar to the nose. It ends with a mildly bitter and a light acidity as well.
Palate: It’s medium-plus (but not quite full) bodied, with a lively carbonation, and light-mid alcohol warmth.
Overall Impression: Even though I am usually just a few hours (and one state) away from Ommegang, when I saw this beer in the stores down in Arkansas I couldn’t resist picking one up. I’m glad I did. This one turned out to be rather interesting, and rather complex. While it wasn’t perfect, this was another nice one from Ommegang.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerenberger (1538) - Fischer, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2012
From the bottle, this beer pours a deep dark black color with a tan head. Lacing noted. The fragrance is malty with just a hint of cherries. The taste is a sweetish malt, and again with a very slight red fruit taste and chocolate notes. The body is full and smooth with a nice balance of carbonation. Very enjoyable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maley1 (806) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 22, 2012
Dark brown pour with large light tan head. Aroma of malt, caramel, ripe fruit and yeast. Taste of malt, cocoa, caramel, molasses, and a hint of citrus and licorice. Creamy mouthfeel despite having a higher carbonation. Very good beer. Delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kdm1984 (707) - Missouri, USA - MAY 21, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2012 Pour slowly because the head is biiiiiiiiiiiiig! Deep, dark brown color. One of the best-smelling beers I’ve ever sniffed - euphoria-inducing blend of plum, cocoa, malt, and yeast. I inhaled this over and over for about five minutes before finally tasting it! Taste is plum, mandarin oranges, coffee, breads, and a big ABV punch. Only complaint is flavor tends toward a little more acidic than I’d like. Other than that, holy bajeemers! Gave this to my wine aficionado dad, and he actually wanted to throw his wine out and cry over this beer’s amazingness. Well worth the high $14 bomber price! AUGUST RE-RATE: Aroma is still great, but it’s not "perfect" - giving it a 9 instead here. Appearance, while also outstanding, isn’t "perfect," so down to a 4. Flavor down to an 8 - excellent for sure, but I’ve had better in similar profiles now, and as mentioned before, the acid does stand out more than I’d like. Not downrating the palate - 4 still seems appropriate. Overall - down to 18, with total score of 4.3 sounding fair.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TreborWhip (393) - 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.

   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbastard (726) - 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. ($$).

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