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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Doghair (312) - 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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Errl (2401) - 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

   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"

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (7915) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (7618) - San Diego, California, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
obguthr (5095) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2012
Deep deep amber brown with minimal head that leaves minimal lacing... fair amount of dark fruits up front thins out a touch some light licorice and spice modest carbonation.. flavorful though the aroma is less some belgian yeast notes some light choc and roast... medium to medium full bodied...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marheb (3897) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 9, 2012
En fut au DeCicco’s: Totalement noir avec un magnifique collet, minuscules bulles. Les arômes sont sauvage, poivrés et torrefié. En bouche c’est plutôt mince à moyen, je m’attendais à plus massif.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5098) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 8, 2012
Deep brown/black with a khaki head. Nose is heavy brown sugar, alcohol, spices, ginger, and yeast. Very nice on the palate, heavy on the spices, nutmeg, light yeast, no sign of alcohol at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (12640) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 8, 2012
Draft. Small beige head, cola black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, maple, some milk chocolate, alcohol, light raisin. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some bittersweet chocolate, raisin, maple syrup. Sticky medium-full body, low carbonation.

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