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RATINGS: 342   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
There is one who foretells what is coming. How the future grows darker each day. That an ancient voice soon will be calling, and good folks will be caught in its sway.

For the soothsayer brews a magnificent ale, deep and black, through the blackest of arts. He predicts its pure notes, without secrets or spice, will tempt tongues, will turn heads, will steal hearts.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drjay44 (3440) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2013
750 ml. bottle. Pours a thick, tiny bubbled, well retained, light beige head, with extensive lacing, over a black (SRM 40) body.....nose is dried fruits, including, plum, raisin, hints of cherry, floral tones....taste is slightly sweet, with dried plum, raisin, dried pear, cherry, light hints of cola (vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg), bits of citrus, finishing medium dry with light lingering spice bitterness.....mouth feel light of medium, slightly sticky, alcohol adds slight warmth, carbonation adds light tingle on the tongue. The mouth feel is surprisingly light, leading this beer into the Trappist end of the spectrum. The balance within the malt aromas and flavors is wonderful and this hits the style quite brilliantly. BJCP 8/3/16/4/8

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2607) - California, USA - SEP 19, 2016
Black colored with an attractive tan head, nice retention. Aroma is plum with yeast, oat, raisin. Medium bodied, moderate sweetness, light alcohol. Nicely done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ctipping (1425) - Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2016
On tap at the House of Brews. Deep Reddish brown, almost black. Smells of banana, lots of yeast, licorice and dark fruits. Strong roasty aroma. Tastes like lots of bananas. Licorice behind it. Then a heavy roasted malt. The licorice and sweetness comes back in the finish. Medium body. Well carbonated. I expect a lot of Ommegang dark Belgians. This one didnít quite hit the heights of their others.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (9148) - Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2016
Bottle at home with the wife. Pours a dark brown color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma and flavor have dark fruits, cocoa, Belgian yeast, cherry, raisins, some earthy notes, good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
J_man (936) - Tustin, California, USA - JUL 21, 2016
Wow, apparently this beer has changed names since I bought it! This is a rating for the original Art of Darkness version. Apparently I followed the advice to age it which I think was a great idea! Initially I was worried about this beer from the aroma which seemed very sweet and strong which usually means heavy and overly alcoholic (Iím thinking along the lines of The Beast from Avery). However, the first sip dispelled this fear as it was sweet but relatively light in body and truly in the Belgian dark ale style. Dark is right as this is nearly opaque but shows a nice ruby color under strong light. Belgian candy sugar is the most prominent flavor here but thereís also a light bittersweet chocolate note that comes through. The alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming in any way. Finishes sweet and slightly spicy with cinnamon notes. Excellent beer for the style and Iíll have to try the new version to see if it measures up to the original.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
generallee08 (772) - New York, USA - JUN 10, 2016
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2016 Presentation: it was poured from a 1 pint 9 .4 fluid ounce bottle into and Ommegang tulip glass. The label has a nice description of the beer and it lists the alcohol at 8.9% abv.Appearance: the body has a dark brown almost black color with a thick Light tan head on top. The head hangs on well and leaves some slick leasing behind as I drink.Aroma: aroma is fairly light overall but brings mellow dark-roasted malts along with subtle hints of dark fruit. The nearly 9% ABV adds to the nose as well.Taste/Palate: Up front I get light almond and mellow roasted malt notes. Sweet dark fruit notes of figs, plums and raisins move in with caramel like sweetness as well as some sweet boozy alcohol notes. Hop bitterness comes in late and adds mild herbal bitterness to the finish. The palate is full and somewhat sticky yet well carbonated as I would expect from a big Dark Belgian Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2016
Pours a nice dark reddish amber color. Aromas of fruit, and some other hints, maybe some spices, maybe caramel. Flavor is a bittersweet, malty, and a hint of hops with a nice bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BierMeHoos (576) - Maryland, USA - APR 11, 2016
Where: Old Line Fine Wine Spirits & Bistro. How: 750 ml bottle. Appearance: Pours nearly pitch black, not much light getting through, huge tan head. Aroma: Lot of dark fruit, some yeast, toffee and caramel, brown sugar. Taste: Bread crust, dark roasted malt with some chocolate, dark fruit, finishes with moderate bitterness of bitter chocolate and cloves. Palate: Medium body, velvety carbonation. Overall: Very nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chadski (77) - California, USA - APR 9, 2016
Aroma lacks a forward alcohol presence which is nice. Great foamy pour that took forever to dissipate. Chocolate notes that aren't too overbearing in the taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alobar (3561) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2016
Pours cola brown with minimal head. Aroma of cherry, fig, and raisin with cherry, raisin flavor with some chocolate and some caramel. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
closey22 (1686) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2016
Black with thick foamy lasting brown head; aroma is mild herbal and hints of chocolate; flava is herbal hop and fruit prunes; feels light not watery fizzy zing; finishes bitter some tangy roastiness

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