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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

phillybass' rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
phillybass (80) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Not my kind of beer but definitely well crafted and could easily be someone else's favorite. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (5780) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2015
[Batch 1] Opaque black with a medium- sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, cocoa, dark fruits, sherry and some burnt wood. Taste of roast, dark fruits, cocoa, light alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
chinchill (3588) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2015
{From notes}. Pours a dark, murky brown color with a tan head. S: nicely balanced array of roasted grain, dark fruits, baked bread, vague spices and caramel. T: Plenty of dark fruit mid-taste and in the aftertaste, with a kick of dark chocolate in the finish. A trace of light smoke. M: superb -- full body and very creamy. O: exceptionally enjoyable and better than expected, even from a premier American producer of Belgian style beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sirmixsomewhat (168) - Paoli, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2015
There is a sweetness to this beer that I didn’t expect upon pouring it, as it pours very dark and smells like a wintry ale. It’s powerful but not overpowering, and is a great winter beer to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Panzuriel (1626) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2015
Art of Darkness Pours a dark red black with a tan head that nice lacing. Nose is dark fruits and caramelized malts. The taste is a bit dry with some figs, raisins, chocolate and some lingering Belgian yeast byproducts. The body is medium to thin, but with some texture. Finish is slightly sweet. Very nice Belgian Dark.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigtaster (874) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2015
From bottle into snifter. Black semi clear, tan head around edges. Huge molasses, dark fruit, anise, pepper. Sweet, light bitterness, oily body, some bitterness. Herbal bitterness, long anise, very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jamesewelch (241) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 24, 2015
From 750ml, corked, from a 3-pack bought at Costco around Dec (3+ months), poured into an Ommegang branded Belgian tulip glass

Aroma: Cherries, fruit, maltiness

Appearance: black, frothy tan head

Taste: Medium sweet, light bitter

Palate: Medium bodied, creamy texture, bitter/dry almost a dark chocolate bitter-like finish

Overall: Really surprised there’s no fruit or spices in this. The yeast must be incredible. Lots of cherries on initial aroma which fades a bit to more maltiness. Incredible body and nice Belgian dry finish with some dark chocolate overtones on the finish. Easy to drink, hard to find anything to complain about.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mep3222 (1043) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - FEB 17, 2015
Very nice roasted Caramelized malt aroma with banana nutty Belgian yeasty in there and maybe slight cocoa. Taste is a very smooth Belgian dubbel with a bit more body and maltiness than some others. Really smooth and very tasty. Slight sweet finish, but not sugary. Nice spiciness from the Belgian yeast. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhatB420 (792) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2015
Super bomber into a 16.9 Belgian. Pours a robust dark ruby black, midnight cherry haze. Full head, 2 inch at peak, light brown in color. Sizes down to cover the glass with lack ng everywhere. Aroma of booze, toasted figs, dates, rasin, bread, cherry, caramel malts, grass. Taste of sweet cherry, rasin, chewy yeast, thick malts, amber is signifigance, plum, dark grapes, red wine, hoppy after bite within malt presence. Solid Belgian dub here, prominent booze fixture, ample dark fruit presence, lovely malt backbone, just nice. Awesome

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheCaptMatey (199) - Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2014
Poured a dark brown to black colour with a tan head that left thin lacing. Aroma is dark fruits and spiced yeast with hints of malt and alcohol. Flavor is dark fruits, spices, yeast, and roasted malt notes. Full bodied brew with good carbonation ending in a dry finish. Alcohol is well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 22, 2014
In short: A fruity and roasted Belgian dark ale that is a bit too sweet. Just ok.
How: Bottle 750ml, consumed relatively fresh not long after purchase.
The look: Near black body topped by a persistent tan head.
In long: Nose is roasted, dried dark fruits of all kinds along with a certain spiciness. Body is full, a very lively carbonation, spot-on sumptuous big Belgian ale mouthfeel which is not surprising coming from Ommegang. Taste is more fruity than expected. Lots of raisins, dried fruits, fresh juicy fruits and with the fruity flavors that are not limited only to dark fruits. A lots of chewy malts that feel cake-like. A strong roast presence reminiscent of burnt toasts. Light notes of roasty coffee with a mocha coffee character. Not really any chocolate here. More spiciness than I expect from a beer that is not spiced. An unexpected light woody sensation. A high sweetness sensation (wiith molasses flavor) that is unexpected and even awkward considering the roasted level. This could have been a somewhat enjoyable beer but its high sweetness really brings down the score for me, the first glass was ok but drinking a full 750ml was not an easy task. I don’t think this is a bad beer at all, nor do I think this is a good beer, and if you ask me how important I think it is to have strong convictions I will tell you with hesitation that it might possibly be of some importance.

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