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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
johnnysmokes (18) - - MAY 6, 2012
A dark Belgian beer that sacrifices nothing of its heritage to be full flavored an dark. Hints of spice and fruit. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (5734) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2012
(draught) clearish medium brown with thick tan head. Nose of dark fruits, fairly sweet, but funky, banana. Taste of ripe banana, raisin, toasty and funky. Kind of weird. Maybe fermented too warm as its quite estery and better when cold. Nice palate though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (5268) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2012
On tap at Petrol Station. Pours a dark brown with a small beige head that quickly diminishes. The aroma is a fruity malt and raisin. Medium mouthfeel with a sour fruit and yeast. Easy to drink a good Belgian strong ale from Ommegang.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2012
Draught at TJ’s: Aroma of malt, chocolate, plums, raisins, and some dark ripe fruit. Poured extremely dark brown/black in color with a small, creamy, dense, brown head that diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer. Opaque. Slightly sparkling. Flavor is medium to heavily sweet. Tastes of malt, vanilla, coconut, dark ripe fruit, slight cocoa, plums, and raisins. Medium body. Dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, vanilla, coconut, dark ripe fruit, raisin finish is lightly dry. 8.9%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TURDFERGUSON (4009) - 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 (4538) - 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 (3915) - - 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 (8461) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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 (2904) - 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.

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