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RATINGS: 317   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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
obguthr (4233) - 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.

3.9
   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...

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marheb (2648) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4971) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11823) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (7267) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 7, 2012
Tap at Fire House in Eau Claire. Dark cola pour with a foamy white head. Yeast, banana, and dark fruit. Very good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9858) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2012
Draft… Pitch black ale with a large, rocky, khaki head that hangs around a long while and then leaves lingerie-like lace behind. The bouquet is roasty and spicy with a slight banana ester. Smells like a stout with farmhouse yeast – trendy. Full-bodied and oily with fizzy carbonation. Flavor-wise, burnt bitterness tempers malty sweetness, phenolic spiciness and yeasty fruitiness. Finishes crisp, roasty, spicy and mildly acidic. This is sort of a dunkelweizen meets a stout story. They meet, go out a few times, fall in love, buy a house, get pregnant, attend Lamaze class together and finally give birth to this; their offspring.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2197) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 6, 2012
shared 750ml bottle. pours black with a 2+ finger off white / tan head which settles to a 1/4" throughout. rich nose with dark fruits, citrus and apple - really nice yeast esters. medium body with sweet malts, sugar, dark fruits, bread notes and banana. sweet finish with raisins, dates and candi sugar with lingering banana and citrus.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (7694) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2012
On tap. Clear dark brown body with a red hue. Nice, foamy tan head. Good lace. Really interesting and unique aroma is difficult to describe. It’s rich and sweet. Kind of like a soaked cake. Bigger body. Drier texture. Light carbonation. Some spice notes like cinnamon, but something more subtle -- it works well with the complex aroma. Some chocolate. Dates. Great brew, very tasty. Definitely a work of art.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Holdwine (1097) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 6, 2012
Spooky good. Malts come to the forefront in quite an earthy presentation. Oats? Used quite well. Hops take a back seat combining with the yast to have a smattering of spiciness. Hides the 8.9 with ease. Full bodied and flavored.


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