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RATINGS: 322   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
olr1984 (1500) - 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 (2614) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Palme (3604) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 14, 2014
As Heart of Darkness @ Blind Tiger House. Yeah, I’d call this as good as black in the glass and the head is totally lacking here. Smells nice, but somewhat a bit low. A little bit of herbs and yeast are the fist thing that hits my nose. A little bit of sweet licorice also here. Like the aroma. It has a above average carbonation level and a light oily mouthfeel. The sweet licorice is really hanging in there in the taste also. Kinda earthy in a way and it has a little bit of some black/blue berries going on as well, notes of soft sweet figs before its leaving a mouthdrying finish in this one. Yeah, I like this! 18.06.2013

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hfmejias (1197) - Marshall, Minnesota, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Bottle, Poured dark brown with a nice tan head. Aroma is mostly malts, wood and some dark fruits. Taste coffee and chocolate, nicely balanced and the booze is hidden well. Very nice beer, easy to drink and highly enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leafs93 (1990) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Pours deep dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is roast, dark chocolate, earthy and dark fruit. Taste is sweet with some roasty bitterness. Medium bodied with a slick and oily texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2013
Draft. Pours black with minimal head. Aroma of burnt malt, oak and dark fruits. Taste is light bitter and light tart. Malty. Oak and dark fruits. Full bodied with a thick texture. Lively carbonation and a long warming finish. Overall, very good. Boozy with a bit of Belgian sugar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - DEC 11, 2013
4/21/2012. 750 ml. corked and caged bottle. Dark brown with a tan head. Roasted malt aromas with spices, oak and fresh hops. Flavors are burnt caramel, brown sugar with light hops on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mjpeterson812 (61) - Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Poured from bottle into shaker glass. Dark brown/black with small tan head. Faded to thin layer that stayed all the way down and left lots of lace. Aroma of malt, bread, coffee, barnyard, cheese, vanilla. Complex tastes. Lots of malt, yeast, bread. Sweet but nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is pretty thin and watery, probably my least favorite element of this beer. I’m not sure I would say the carbonation is "champagne-like" but quite lively. Finish is long and yeasty. A very nice beer overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maarten1993 (693) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 30, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2013 Light caramel smell. Looks good and dark. Small amount of foam. Good sweet taste. No downsides at first. However the aftertaste is watery. Thus, a Good beer, but it lacks Some body.

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