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RATINGS: 319   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (2088) - - JUN 19, 2014
Transfer from BA review from 6-9-12- Served on tap in a snifter Appearance – The beer was dark brown nearly black with a one finger off white/tan head. The head had a moderate retention but eventually faded to give a good level of lacing. Smell – The aromas were quite nice. A nose of dark chocolate and dark fruits of cherry, fig and raisin were the strongest. There was a good yeasty and roasted aroma which created a very nice balance to the sweeter fruit aromas. Taste – The taste was very much of what was sensed in the nose. It began with a roasted malt, brown bread and more cocoa taste. Quickly however the fruit notes that were detected in the smell worked their way into the taste with them being largely of fig and raisin. A very light yeast taste was also present, but was largely overshadowed by the cocoa, roasty, and sweet fruit base. These flavors took the taste to the end where the fruit tastes lightened up a bit and where a lighter alcohol flavor came to the picture; the mix leaving a warming tingle and a roasty chocolate dark fruit bread flavor on the tongue. Mouthfeel – While the more mild carbonation level was very fitting for the beer, the body of the beer was disappointingly thin. It was quite watery ad really never allowed all those darker flavors to penetrate the tongue. Overall - Other than the weak body this was a rather tasty beer. Good flavor profiles and transitions created a very nice taste experience.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Barreras (1361) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - MAY 30, 2014
Pours a cola black color with a sweet malt aroma. Taste is of rum raisin mixed with molasses. A biting alcohol flavor at first sip but quickly disappears after the swallow. A good deep sweet flavor left on the palate, easily one of my favorite Belgian Strong Ales.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
edgallow (3075) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 7, 2014
750ml bottle pours black with a tan head. Aroma of sweet malts, yeast and coffee. Taste is raisins, malts, bread and spice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arnold931 (1004) - Iowa, USA - APR 6, 2014
Bottle. Nice near black pour. Tan head. Smells of sweetness and molasses. Flavor is molasses and rum raisin. Overall sweet and strong tasting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dfonorow (1741) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2014
On tap. Pour is near black with an average sized tan head. Aroma is of raisins, anise, coffee, roasted malt, and molasses. Flavor is more subtle than I expected - candi sugar, rum raisin, yeast. Alcohol is well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (7712) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 3, 2014
[5240-20130420] Tap. Mild dog poop and roasted malt aroma. Black body with a medium-lasting creamy light tan head. Tart roasted malt flavour has a boozy base. Full body. Interesting but a little over-bold for me. (7/4/7/3/16) 3.7
(@ Mr. Goodbar, Buffalo, NY)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - FEB 17, 2014
Quad like. Strong dark fruit notes. Good Belgian yeast. Carbonated. I would drink this again, although there are better. More first tier, middle. But that says more about the competition than this beer itself.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
olr1984 (1383) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 29, 2014
750ml bottle pours a dark brown with a slight tan head. Banana and caramel aroma. Sweet malt and dark fruit taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndyReynolds (1079) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2014
Bottle aged at least a year. Damn good beer. The oats are a nice touch. Goes nicely with Chudwick’s (not quite spicy enough) chicken cury. My wife gives in to our daughter way too often, she gets a cookie.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chudwick (2528) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - JAN 22, 2014
750ml bottle shared by the invited AndyReynolds - nose makes me think of a doppelbock. Sipping accentuates the spicy food I had for dinner (homemade chicken curry). Sweet with dark malts. Dark indeed - makes me think of a black IPA with no IPA. Delicious.

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