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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dan269605 (209) - Rocky Hill, Connecticut, USA - OCT 10, 2013
Deep brown with a ruby hue. The aroma is of coffee and burnt caramel, as it warms the dark fruits come out (cherry, fig, plum). Taste is malty like a Belgian style stout when cool, but as it warms, the fruity esters come through with more of the dark fruits. It drinks almost too easily for the ABV. The thing that makes this shine is the fact their is no other additives. This is among my favorites from Ommegang.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
htnicholas (49) - California, USA - OCT 2, 2013
Out of a 750 ml bottle. Pours deep ruby brown with a short lived light sandy brown head. Very little lacing and the head which quickly dissipates down to a thin ring. Aroma is of raisins, prunes and yeast. Very little detectible funk. The taste follows the aroma with the addition of flavors of tart cherries and candied figs and sugars. There is a surprising amount of alcohol heat for the 8.9% ABV. Belgian yeast and malt richness are big contributors to the flavor. Mouthfeel is slightly thick and a little sticky. Finish is sweet with just a hint of hop bitterness and a little dark fruit tartness to balance it out. A very good rendition of a Belgian dark ale. Initially I thought it was too sweet but it grew on me as I finished my first glass and I loved it by halfway through the second. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cstuartj (925) - Washington, USA - SEP 17, 2013
On tap, pours a dark burnt brown with a thin head that laces well. Nose is very nice, spices, malt, burnt sugar. taste is belgian mixed with sour, a hint of alcohol. finish is slow and very belgian. not my thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boxofrane (1872) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2013
Bottle from craft ale house. Pours reddish brown with a small tan head. The aroma is roasty and pretty direct. The taste has a bit of a funky sweetness, maybe some wood, some tart lemon and cherry. Not bad..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flyingzambonie (42) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2013
Chocolate with a bit of dryness - definitely dark chocolate. Bitterness also comes from coffee flavors. Slightly fruity. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cs2501x (12) - - AUG 31, 2013
Raisin notes start powerfully strong with this dark ale by Ommegang. The beer pours quickly and with little room, lots of tannin-like qualities-a slight pinch at the base of the jaw upon draw. Recommended though for drinkers of quads and sweet, dark Belgian style ales-it's similar to t'anker classic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kwoeltje (2212) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - AUG 28, 2013
(bottle) black with tan head. Aroma of yeast, figs. Flavor is yeast, dark fruits, alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
devman171 (717) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - AUG 25, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2013 Bottle 1 year cellar, pours black with nice tan head. Nice rich dark fruits and roast, great beer as I smashed a 300yd drive

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mtdewa1 (211) - rome, New York, USA - JUL 24, 2013
Dark gold pour. Mild carbonation, thin 2 finger head. Smooth well masked alcohol flavor. Raisin and spice. Medium bodied. Good beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
medfordmh (22) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUL 17, 2013
Poured from a bottle. A: fig, slight roast coffe, slight dark Carmel, very slight banana A: dark as f, black opaque color but clear and brite if you can see through it, off cloudy white head that fell fast for a Belgium. T: nice and rich, full of flavor, bitter chocolate, fig, molasses, minerals, spicy hop note, banana, smoke, slight coffe, caramel. P: good carbonation, relatively dry with a slight mouth coating of sweet and bitter. O: pretty darn good, the flaked barley is done great. Every sip is a joy of dark flavors

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