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RATINGS: 336   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
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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.



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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (21657) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 7, 2013
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel aroma. Fruity malty woody spicy caramel flavor with hints of dark fruit. has a fruity malty spicy woody caramel finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (14671) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 20, 2012
Getting an early rate in on this one. Bottle from Total Wine. The body is very dark brown and the head is thin and light brown. The aroma starts with alcohol and stewed prunes before revealing raisiny, slightly chocolatey depths. The aroma is heady, but fairly complex and inviting. The body is full, though the alcoholic dryness in the finish is actually a bit incongruous - this tastes like it should finish sweeter. There is even a slight acidity to the finish, not much, and more than I would like. The flavour is raisiny and plummy, though not all that sweet for this type of beer. Again, there is decent complexity here, perhaps just undermined a bit by too much alcoholic dryness in the finish. Would have loved a hint of dark brown sugar to pull this together. Good solid beer, even though I feel it could be improved.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (13516) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 12, 2016
750 c&c from The Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours very dark brown with a huge, creamy tan head. Aroma of plummy dark fruits and treacle. Full bodied or nearly. Flavor is plummy dark fruits, maybe some dates, medium dark malt. It’s not particularly hoppy, and certainly not dry. Very tasty tho. Almost as tasty as a plummy quad. Seems to have some spicy notes after awhile. Gets a bit earthy as well.
Earlier Rating: 4/20/2012 Total Score: 4.2
750, c&c, from Beverages 4 Less in Santee, CA. Fred’s ever on top of new releases. New to me anyway. Pours dark brown/black with a creamy/foamy tan head. Aroma is chocolate with some dark fruit and herbs. Maybe anise. Full bodied. Flavor is chocolate, cola, somewhat burnt malt, darker fruits, anise, yeast/spice - there’s a great lot of things in this. Finish starts with banana, ?, and goes on to be a spiced, herbed doppelbock kind of thing. Kudos to Moortgat for enabling Ommegang to make such great ales. Wonderful stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (12994) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2012
Draft. Poured black color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate toasted cereal malt, yeast and floral aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy complex dark bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where exceeded.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (12845) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Nose/taste of flaked oats, banana, wheat malt, roasted chestnuts and yeast. Finishes with lots of banana and wheat malts with hints of clove. Some spicy hops throughout. Medium body.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (12804) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 8, 2012
Draft. Small beige head, cola black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, maple, some milk chocolate, alcohol, light raisin. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some bittersweet chocolate, raisin, maple syrup. Sticky medium-full body, low carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (12556) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 20, 2012
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, cola, yeast, fruittiness, light licorice and light vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, cocoa, yeast, fruittiness and light roastiness with a smooth lingering malty finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12517) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 17, 2012
(750ml bottle) Pours a black body with a medium tan head. Aroma of plum, chocolate, yeast, and raisins. Flavor of vinous, bread, yeast, dates, chocolate, caramel, and raisins.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (12284) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2012
A deep dark ale with a thin lacing mocha head. In aroma, a sweet dark fruit with alcohol warmth, plums, light molasses. In mouth, chocolate, molasses, woody plums and curacao, with nice warming alcohol, licorice roots, nice. On tap at Prohibition Pig, April 6 2012.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (11880) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 26, 2012
750mL bottle, pours a near-black with a medium beige head. Aroma of candied sugar, metallic notes, licorice and slight Belgian spices. Flavour of licorice, Belgian spices, burnt candied sugar and burnt caramel, with these latter two dominating the aftertaste. Medium complexity with champagne-like carbonation. Very well-made.


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