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RATINGS: 309   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


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaroonOrange (129) - - NOV 27, 2013
Bottle. Very dark with a nice head. Black cherries, cola, Belgian candy sugar, and prunes. Moderate carbonation but a slightly light mouthfeel.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (808) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - NOV 26, 2013
Deep chestnut with medium-to-thin tan head, moderate rate of decay. Bread crust, cocoa, strawberry, pear, graham cracker. Flavor of bread crust, brown sugar, modest espresso bean. Body: medium-light and velvety. less delicate than the seduction, but a bold, yummy flavor that grows on you. superior aroma and body.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
swesson (216) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2013
An almost perfect dark belgian ale. Pours like midnight with a new moon. Tastes of dark malty rich goodness. Enormous thick head. Incredible lacing. A bit lighter on taste than the color would suggest, but supreme nonetheless! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merc7186 (2051) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2013
A: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes No Light, Brown Head Ring, Some Lacing S: Bananas, Apples, Plums T: Strong Bananas, Plums, Sweet Bread M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Semi Sweet Overall, a very fruity belgian dark, doesnt have that typical ommegang yeast flavor.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pilgrimoutlaw (766) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2013
2 yr old bottle. Pours dark reddish black with thin oily head. Soy sauce, plums, chocolate, vanilla, alcohol, cereal. Moderately bitter, lightly sweet. Medium, crisp body.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernesto987 (3687) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 9, 2013
A dark rich caramelly Belgian ale, good spices and tasty yeast flavors, it’s alright but a little common

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (3016) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - NOV 9, 2013
Bottle. Murky brown pour with a ring of white head. Aroma of spicy belgian yeast, earthy notes, light peat (very earthy, smoky). Malty flavor, sweet, raisins, with a light herbal finish. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DCLawyer (1423) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Draft->taster at BBB Fest-Nashville. Dark brown with small offwhite head. Dark fruit, molasses, caramel, cherries. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Headbanger (3300) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2013
750ml bottle 11/3/13 (Binny’s Glen Ellyn)-46° in Trappist Glass-Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, and slight anise. Taste of the same with spices and more anise on the back end. This medium bodied brew is not too shabby and is easy drinking.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Butters (3747) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2013
Really nice near black pour with good tan head and chestnut highlights. Smells of sweet malt, crystal malt, with hints of lilac and molasses. Flavor is more like grains of paradise, anise, molasses, and rum raisin. Still a little boozy, but that should fade off with age. Very high effervescence makes for a creamy mouthfeel. Nice.


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