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RATINGS: 322   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (8913) - Plymouth, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10427) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (9517) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Holdwine (1135) - 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.

   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 (5914) - 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 (7251) - 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 (4959) - 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 (4030) - 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.

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