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RATINGS: 306   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ericnixon (737) - 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 (3196) - 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 (186) - - 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10408) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2012
Draft. Poured black color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate toasted cereal malt, yeast and floral aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy complex dark bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where exceeded.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jhamp9 (1012) - Corinth, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2012
Pours a dark brown with long lasting pinkish off white head. Massive amounts of lacing. Aroma is banana, clove, figs, and yeasty. Taste is dark fruits, clove, yeast, and some molasses. Carbonation makes it light on the palate. Dry finish. Fantastic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2012
On tap at Milltown, ordered before I realized it was $8.50 for 12 oz. Fuck me. Pours a rich dark brown, nearly black, with a one-finger tan head. Nose reminds me a bit of the fruits that show in Pannepot... raisins and prunes, and maybe a hint of figs. Dark Belgian sugars. Yeast profile is a bit toward the Unibroue end--slightly floral and spicy--but not nearly as strong. Notes of cocoa and definitely some anise on the finish, and pleasantly dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RickTStiles (696) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 23, 2012
pours dark brown with a lasting white head and lots of lacing. aroma is strong and rich with notes of grape, vanilla and lavender. taste is sweet with grape, currants and dark malt. finish is yeasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kidmartinek (3507) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2012
Cocoa, citrus and yeasty aroma. The flavor is like a medium brown ale with Belgian yeast. The drinkability is superb and the enjoyment second to none. Perfectly for a Texas spring day when you want more flavor but a lighter body. Just watch the 8.7% because it shows itself nowhere.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewBoxer (1871) - New York, New York, USA - APR 22, 2012
Draft. Deep dark color. Almost like a stout. Very easy drinking. Not as booze as I thought. Almost like a imperial nut brown ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thegreenrooster (3157) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - APR 21, 2012
Pour is a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is a nice roasted malt with a touch of dark fruit and sugar. Flavor is a dark plum with some chocolate malt and a fruity Belgian yeast. I guess this can be considered a Belgian stout. Lots of dark malt and fruit with a nice Belgian yeastyness.

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