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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TURDFERGUSON (3969) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 1, 2012
Tap @ Milltown. Dark reddish brown with a small light tan head. Nose is faint at first--warms up a bit--dark fruits, roast, cherry. Flavor is a muddled malty, cherry, dark fruits.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ghousenNorth (4) - Vermont, USA - MAY 1, 2012 does not count
Tried this beer over dinner with a bunch of friends, gotta say that for using no spices for the flavor or aroma the guys at Omegang did a fantastic job on this beer. Best on a cold night :)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmac (4204) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 1, 2012
Draft at Maloney’s. Poured a deep dark burgundy/brown with a large foamy light beige head. Aroma of yeast, wet burnt toast, dark berries, light chocolate, tropical fruits and a slight hint of butter. The body is very full with fizzy carbonation and a slick mouthfeel. Flavor of yeast, char, dark toast, burnt strawberries and some tropical fruits. Meh, not bad but the body needs to be toned down some and maybe a touch more chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
SSSteve (3825) - - APR 29, 2012
bottle. deep brown with a large, lively, whipped, tan head. nose of dark fruits and a whole spectrum of barley ranging from pale to roasted. reminds me of many unibroue beers. lively carbonation gives the sensation of the beer growing in the mouth. foamy. flavors of bitter roasted malts and the crystal malt. missing the candy like sweetness of..say..trois pistoles. leaves something to be desired. not the full flavored belgian strong i was hoping for.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (6417) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 28, 2012
Pour on tap at Falling Rock, dark brownish black pour with thin tan head, aroma brought notes of slightly sour fruits, dark raisin, black cherry, hints of vanilla, some nice roast and chocolate, hints of a yeasty spice as well. Taste is nice with some sweet fruits including raisin, plum, hints of cherry, touch of sour apple notes, hints of caramel, roasted malt, some chocolate as well in there, some spice rounding it out. This was a bit all over the place, but enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ron (2681) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 28, 2012
On tap at Macgregor’s. Poured a dark brown color with a small tan head. Aroma is a bit fruity with some yeast. Also chocolate and some nuts. Taste is quite malty with lots of different flavors. Some nuts, raisins, and a touch of vanilla. Pretty sweet overall. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6772) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 27, 2012
On tap at Beer Revolution. Pours pitch black with a massive tan head and a treacle aroma. There is a dark molasses and anise flavor with a slightly sour finish. Complex and tasty,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ericnixon (740) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 27, 2012
Thanks to Volgon who got me a bottle of this a few weeks ago. It poured a dark dark dark with a very lengthy, lingering full tanish head. Thick earthy, spicy aroma which hovered slightly over an undercurrent of bitter alcoholishness. The mouthfeel was, oddly, both mildly prickly with its tiny sharp effervescence hanging up at the roof of the mouth, while balanced atop a smooth and mild velvetyness that skimmed across the tongue. Licorce, nutty pine, and dark shadows pervaded the taste. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (3497) - Georgia, USA - APR 27, 2012
Pours a deep, opaque, brownish sable with a very thick and somewhat persistent light tan head. The sample I got fizzed quite a bit, so I recommend having a towel handy when you crack open a bottle. Aroma has notes of caramel and molasses plus hints of licorice and pear. Superb flavor has a malty core and fruity, caramel and molasses tones, hints of horehound, licorice and honey. Smooth, firm-bodied texture does not have a lot of fizz, but it still pleases. Let this "dark side" seduce you while you have the opportunity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
eruizgarcia (223) - - APR 26, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2012 How great it is to find truly unique beers. This looks like a stout but is lighter bodied and very carbonated. Strong aroma of malts and oats, and a very sweet finish. Great beer!

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