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RATINGS: 296   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 16, 2012
The beer pours nearly black with a moderately full, beige, fluffy head which settles to a thin, pillowy layer and leaves tight, scattered lace. The nose is very clovey, figs and dates, Belgian chocolate, earth and light florals, faint anise and toasted notes; pleasant but pedestrian fro the style. The flavor is similar with more clove, cinnamon, dry chocolate, earthy, figs and dates, and some toasted almond toffee notes. The palate is moderately full, soft to lively, velvety, and slightly chewy. The finish is rich and sweet, earth and chocolate, some figs, and lingering toasted almond notes. This beer was like a prototypical BDSA with the clove and rich malt notes but did have a few interesting complexities as the flavor progressed. Nice beer to drink but seemingly not the experience of some better examples of the style. Ommegang always does nice things and this was no different but just a decent attempt at the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 17, 2012
(750ml bottle) Pours a black body with a medium tan head. Aroma of plum, chocolate, yeast, and raisins. Flavor of vinous, bread, yeast, dates, chocolate, caramel, and raisins.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nickls (1765) - SE DC, Washington DC, USA - APR 18, 2012
Tap. Nice cap of khaki head on a murky dark muddy brown. Ripe plums and some prunes in the aroma as well as candy sugar. Quite sweet and has lots of prune and toffee notes, malty, some chocolate, slightly bittersweet in the finish and some light cakiness as well. Medium to thinner body with lively carbonation and warming. Decent

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kassner (1323) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2012
i really liked this Belgian type, actually because it was smooth and not too alcoholic. Cola color with fruity notes but a good amount of Malt. very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (10359) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 20, 2012
750, c&c, from Beverages 4 Less in Santee, CA. Fred’s ever on top of new releases. New to me anyway. Pours dark brown/black with a creamy/foamy tan head. Aroma is chocolate with some dark fruit and herbs. Maybe anise. Full bodied. Flavor is chocolate, cola, somewhat burnt malt, darker fruits, anise, yeast/spice - there’s a great lot of things in this. Finish starts with banana, ?, and goes on to be a spiced, herbed doppelbock kind of thing. Kudos to Moortgat for enabling Ommegang to make such great ales. Wonderful stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrChopin (2927) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 19, 2012
sepia, thin cream head, wispy top. Light anise and cocoa, bit of grains. Flavor is light toffee, chocolate, green with bubblegum hints, bit of toffee through finish. Thin and inky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (9055) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 20, 2012
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, cola, yeast, fruittiness, light licorice and light vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, cocoa, yeast, fruittiness and light roastiness with a smooth lingering malty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (5358) - McKinney, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2012
On tap at the Big Texas Beer Fest. The beer pours a very dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is has some roasted malt, as well as some dark fruit, chocolate and Belgian yeast notes. The flavor is similar, with the chocolate and dark fruit notes going very well with the yeast and roasted malt notes. Tastes a lot like a Belgian imperial stout. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NikkTwist (1393) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2012
Draft at Monks. Dark brown with a pillowy head that left some lace. Roasted barley on the nose, otherwise muted aroma. Taste is more complex with an interesting mix of dark malt flavors with unroasted bready malt flavors. Body seems clearly backed by flaked oats. Reads quite thick for a strong ale without being sweet and syrupy. Faint notes of dates and white pepper. Still feels oddly fluffy without substance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbill (3274) - Laurel, New York, USA - APR 19, 2012
750ml bottle. Pours black body with a moderate tan head that lasted until mid-glass and left a substantial coating of foam on the glass. Very pleasant aroma of fruity Belgian yeast with plums, raisins, and a bit of chocolate. The flavor is similar with ample fruity Belgian yeast, plums, raisins and a bit of chocolate. Medium-full bodied. Well-rounded mouthfeel. Very good.

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