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RATINGS: 317   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


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 16, 2012
The beer pours nearly black with a moderately full, beige, fluffy head which settles to a thin, pillowy layer and leaves tight, scattered lace. The nose is very clovey, figs and dates, Belgian chocolate, earth and light florals, faint anise and toasted notes; pleasant but pedestrian fro the style. The flavor is similar with more clove, cinnamon, dry chocolate, earthy, figs and dates, and some toasted almond toffee notes. The palate is moderately full, soft to lively, velvety, and slightly chewy. The finish is rich and sweet, earth and chocolate, some figs, and lingering toasted almond notes. This beer was like a prototypical BDSA with the clove and rich malt notes but did have a few interesting complexities as the flavor progressed. Nice beer to drink but seemingly not the experience of some better examples of the style. Ommegang always does nice things and this was no different but just a decent attempt at the style.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3374) - Panama City, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2012
Happy Hour draft at Chappys thanks to Hannah. Pretty potent overall. It leads with the wild, chanpagne notes that I assume are from the house yeast and finishes with some bitterness from the roasted malts. Good and unique.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (9273) - San Diego County, California, USA - APR 15, 2012
750mL c&c. Clear amber with tan head. Nose is sweet cherry and sweet chocolate. Taste is tangy, thinner, mild chocolate, decently sweet. Palate is richer. Minerally. Effervescent. Not bad. Nose has some root vegetables. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2012
750ml bottle: Pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with a stringy-lacing off-white head. Has a sweet toasty dark caramel malty nose with some biscuity malts. Starts with good fullness and chewy dark malty sweetness along with some mild cocoa and raisins before a drier biscuity warming finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sonnycheeba (4197) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2012
Bottle. Pours deep, dark brown with thin, fizzy beige head; shirt retention and spare lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, earthy hops, dark fruit, and light oak. Flavor is malt dominate with light supporting hops and dark fruit; dry finish. Medium body, carbonation, and warmth.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (10713) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 15, 2012
Bottle. Pours clear black with with a small, fizzy tan head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is dates, prunes, and figs, chocolate and nutty malt, woody hops, oak, light licorice notes and earthy notes. Flavor is malt dominant, light hops and bitterness, dark fruity esters and a dry finish. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (8032) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 15, 2012
On tap at Bangers and Lace. Pours a clear dark reddish brown with a light brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a bit of sour red fruit and some dark grains and earty yeast. Flavor has a good amount of sour red fruits with dark toasted grains.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadRobin (2343) - Silver Spring, USA - APR 15, 2012
On tap 5 oz. sample at Sublime Ale House in San Marcos, CA. Opaque black with good lacing Aroma sweet, yeasty, roasted malt, banana and cherry. Taste of sweet dark fruit figs, roasted malt, caramel and cherry. Body on the light side of medium with average carbonation. Unredeemed sweetness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
PorterPounder (6145) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2012
Tallahassee, Fl - Market Square Liquors - 750 ml cage-corked bottle. Pours a tar-black with a sticky mocha colored head that leaves a nice web of lacing. Sweet, fragrant aroma with some brief chocolate notes, some bourbon, a hint of vanilla. Full-bodied flavor with some dates, raisins, chocolate, cognac, a hint of vanilla and some brief roasted notes. Velvety smooth mouthfeel. Excellent - Ommegang hit the bullseye on this one.

3.7
   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.


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