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RATINGS: 308   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


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3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
jar72404 (426) - USA - JUN 7, 2012
On tap at Champs. Dark with thin white head with good retention. Aroma is dark fruit, raisin, and yeast. Flavor is the same. Solid but unspectacular.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Syzzer (590) - Oregon, USA - JUL 30, 2014
Poured from bomber with my buddy josh. Very dark brown color, no light passes through. Flavor malty, coffee with vague dates. Tan small bubbles for head..(8.3 bd).

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2224) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2014
very nice and described well here. if made without spice then it would seem to have some magic to it. good beer.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shot (129) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Pours ruby black with a thin head. Fruity, chocolaty aromas--stone fruits and dark chocolate, raisin and caramel. Flavors are dark fruits up front, then chocolate, coffee, black pepper; raisin and bready notes in the finish. Noticeable alcohol warmth. Wow. This is really good! Peppery mouthfeel with a light, dry finish. This is a definite keeper.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Homer321 (1853) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2014
bottleshare thanks to Beechner224. A ton of fruit in the nose, figgy. Taste is a lightly tart fruity flavor. Ok I guess.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrewFace (760) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Dark brown, very thick creamy tan head. Milk chocolately, light roast, sweet aroma. Sweet, chocolatey, ligt roast, mild bitterness, more sweetness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beechner224 (649) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Bottle in fridge. Pours black with white head. Aroma is malty and Belgium yeast. Taste is malty sweet, a bit fruity. A little warming.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1159) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 1, 2014
Dark brown with a huge beige head. Aroma is raisins, honey, anise. Full bodied, slightly sticky mouthfeel, sweet on the palate with a lot of Belgian complexity. Flavour is raisins, dates, prunes, brown sugar, Belgian yeast, anise.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrFecesious (942) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 1, 2014
Hog shack bottle share. Dark brown. Aroma of hay, chocolate, blood, booze, dark fruit. Taste is sweet and bitter. Dry finish from a very effervescent beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MIBRomeo (2555) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Dark pour with a small dense tan head with great lacing. Aroma of chcoloate a hint of molasis a hint of oatmeal and I swear the tiniest touch of bubblegum in there somewhere. Full well coated palate. Flavor is smooth and delicious some clearly belgian yeast notes in a sweet bread lots of rich light almost chcolates that maybe is more of a light toffee... Great malt complexity. A very nice beer.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (890) - - 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.


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