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RATINGS: 308   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KlextonGaze (60) - Franklinville, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2012
Thinly laced veil over dark brown pour, trademark yeasty banana and oats come to the fore. Spicy, chocolate and fruit laden aromas take over on the lively carbonate palate. Some heat but not oppressive. Very tasty and complex brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (9790) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2012
A deep dark ale with a thin lacing mocha head. In aroma, a sweet dark fruit with alcohol warmth, plums, light molasses. In mouth, chocolate, molasses, woody plums and curacao, with nice warming alcohol, licorice roots, nice. On tap at Prohibition Pig, April 6 2012.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Smeade (80) - Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2012
S: light tan head, dark, dark brown color, with some light shining thru, thin lacing, collar dissipates quickly A: mild, alcohol, yeasty, malty T: not sure, slight metallic(had to check to make sure glass was rinsed), rich, but light, finishes quick O: interesting, not awesome, good, not great ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2012
Draught pours dep brown with no head. Aromas of banana and chocolate. Tastes of banana, fruit and some light cocoa. Body is medium with lots of carbonation. Overall a decent dark Belgian.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keepersj12 (2664) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2012
Pours dark brown with large foamy head. The aroma has fruit and caramel, along with some roasted malt. The flavor has the fruits and malt, balanced nicely by the bitter hops. Light and refreshing despite the high alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (8044) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Nose/taste of flaked oats, banana, wheat malt, roasted chestnuts and yeast. Finishes with lots of banana and wheat malts with hints of clove. Some spicy hops throughout. Medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - APR 7, 2012
Bottle pours a dark brown with very nice fluffy head. Smells and tastes of chocolate roasty spices and bit of tartness. Looks very nice has nice head. Nice carb. Over all very good beer could do with a tad less spice it kind of left you scratching your head thinking hmm what’s going on here that’s just slightly off

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - APR 7, 2012
750ml corked and caged bottle served in a Tank 7 tulip. Poured a dark brown with some reddish hints. Big tan head, lots of carbonation in this one. Yeast spice in the aroma with a little dark malt. Belgian yeast spice predominated in the flavor. Some chocolate malt and a little dark fruit. Medium bodied. The spice was a little to over the top for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RSRIZZO (1852) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 6, 2012
750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a Trappist glass at 38°. Color is a dark cola brown with good carbonation and a soft, tight light brown head. Aroma is slightly sweet scent of chocolate and a hint of banana. It has a medium body with a fizzy soft mouth feel. Flavor is a lot like the aroma with mild chocolate, some spice and a fruity Belgian yeast giving it a nice banana note. In the after taste the spice turns to a nice bitterness with some of the fruit flavors hanging on. Overall this is a very good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fireyforce (9) - - APR 6, 2012 does not count
From bottle: pours a dark brown color. The head starts small, but will grow so be careful. Head is thick and sweet. Aroma holds notes of chocolate and spice. There is also a bit of a yeast sent that is pleasant. The appearance is a deep brown black color with champagne-esque carbonation. There is a sweet taste to this beer from the spices I think, but it is very complex. It has a full body, creamy texture and a long finish. My best description would be a heavy version of the Abbey Ale.

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