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RATINGS: 337   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
There is one who foretells what is coming. How the future grows darker each day. That an ancient voice soon will be calling, and good folks will be caught in its sway.

For the soothsayer brews a magnificent ale, deep and black, through the blackest of arts. He predicts its pure notes, without secrets or spice, will tempt tongues, will turn heads, will steal hearts.

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 16/20
emacgee (4567) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 24, 2012
Draught at Milltown. Pours the color of charred wood with two fingers of creamy coffee tan head. Nose shows some dark fruit and a light acidity, semis-sweet chocolate and grain husks. Has an almost íextractí character to it. ... Flavor has the extract thing going on too. Dark fruits and cacao with a lightly spicy phenolic quality and warming alcohol. Medium in body and dry on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (5397) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2012
Location: 750 ml bottle from Colonial Wine and Spirits, 5/22/12

Aroma: The nose has early alcohol notes, leading to spice, dark fruits (raisin, plum), yeast, and chocolate.
Appearance: This one pours a dark brown color with just a hint of orange shinning through, a mid-sized, foamy, long lasting, beige head, and what would be some decently heavy lacing (if the head ever faded).
Flavor: The taste is mid sweet, but not quite as sweet as the nose would have suggested to me that it would be The components are quite similar to the nose. It ends with a mildly bitter and a light acidity as well.
Palate: Itís medium-plus (but not quite full) bodied, with a lively carbonation, and light-mid alcohol warmth.
Overall Impression: Even though I am usually just a few hours (and one state) away from Ommegang, when I saw this beer in the stores down in Arkansas I couldnít resist picking one up. Iím glad I did. This one turned out to be rather interesting, and rather complex. While it wasnít perfect, this was another nice one from Ommegang.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerenberger (1591) - Fischer, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2012
From the bottle, this beer pours a deep dark black color with a tan head. Lacing noted. The fragrance is malty with just a hint of cherries. The taste is a sweetish malt, and again with a very slight red fruit taste and chocolate notes. The body is full and smooth with a nice balance of carbonation. Very enjoyable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maley1 (1036) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 22, 2012
Dark brown pour with large light tan head. Aroma of malt, caramel, ripe fruit and yeast. Taste of malt, cocoa, caramel, molasses, and a hint of citrus and licorice. Creamy mouthfeel despite having a higher carbonation. Very good beer. Delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kdm1984 (814) - Missouri, USA - MAY 21, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2012 Pour slowly because the head is biiiiiiiiiiiiig! Deep, dark brown color. One of the best-smelling beers Iíve ever sniffed - euphoria-inducing blend of plum, cocoa, malt, and yeast. I inhaled this over and over for about five minutes before finally tasting it! Taste is plum, mandarin oranges, coffee, breads, and a big ABV punch. Only complaint is flavor tends toward a little more acidic than Iíd like. Other than that, holy bajeemers! Gave this to my wine aficionado dad, and he actually wanted to throw his wine out and cry over this beerís amazingness. Well worth the high $14 bomber price! AUGUST RE-RATE: Aroma is still great, but itís not "perfect" - giving it a 9 instead here. Appearance, while also outstanding, isnít "perfect," so down to a 4. Flavor down to an 8 - excellent for sure, but Iíve had better in similar profiles now, and as mentioned before, the acid does stand out more than Iíd like. Not downrating the palate - 4 still seems appropriate. Overall - down to 18, with total score of 4.3 sounding fair.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TreborWhip (393) - Reading, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2012
Bottle pours dark brown with frothy tan head. Aroma of dry red wine. Flavor dominated by slightly sour grapes, quite boozy, and reminds me more of a dry, red wine than an ale. I expected more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - MAY 19, 2012
typical belgian aroma banana, yeast slight alcohol aroma. pours dark with lasting tan head and good lace. taste belgian twang to it,malts, fruity, slight alcohol. carbonated medium body, slight bitter, dry finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbastard (841) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 16, 2012
The nose has some of the house yeast along with the fruitiness. All of the flavors blend so well that nothing stands out. A little licorice in the background. Its moderately sweet, balanced with some bitter black malts. The finish has a dry texture. Mainly malts dominate. Very likeable, but too pricey. ($$).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
reggiedunlop (3632) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2012
Pours dark brown with a medium tan head. Aroma has roasty malts...very faint smoky note...a touch of molasses. Flavor is very malty with notes of fig, molasses, dark fruit, wheat, anise and the faintest bit of smoke...light spicy hop notes. Mouthfeel is medium/full and silky with a fruity/roasty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Doghair (312) - Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2012
Dark mahogany with light colored thick foam. Aroma is a bit subdued with banana, clove and dried fruit. Taste is malty dried fruit. A bit sweeter with more molasses as it warms. More beer please...

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