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RATINGS: 296   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


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ghousenNorth (4) - Vermont, USA - MAY 1, 2012 does not count
Tried this beer over dinner with a bunch of friends, gotta say that for using no spices for the flavor or aroma the guys at Omegang did a fantastic job on this beer. Best on a cold night :)

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
wlajwl (3557) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 29, 2012
The aroma is very malty and mildly nutty, can tell the oat influence in it. The flavor is bananas, chocolate, fruit a very thick, smooth malty finish. Not easy to categorize, much like Ommegang’s other ales and similar too in its greatness.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
brenn79 (1430) - Idaho, USA - OCT 6, 2012
750 ml. corked n’ caged bottle- Pours pitch black with a huge tan head that is slowly reducing. Aroma is tart up front, with yeasty and oats added, kind of subdued, but nice. The taste is more roastiness, chocolate with an earthy and mineral quality similar to a Sam Smith Oat Stout, only with that tartness added, very good, complex, and I would almost say a masterpiece. Body is full but light if that makes any sense, carbonation is moderately high. Overall I already said it, this is close to perfection, so good, one of the best beers I have had in a long time.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SPDickerman (881) - Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2012
Pours almost pitch black with a large light tan head. Smells a bit of light fruits coupled with dark fruits and some mild chocolate. Taste is fruity, chocolate, mild coffee bitterness, and a bit like bread, perhaps raisin bread. Medium-to-full bodied with a smooth texture and average mouth-carbonation, Ommegang Art of Darkness finishes with a hint of bitterness and then some mild fruit flavors.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerscout (298) - New Windsor, New York, USA - JUL 11, 2012
Bottle. Pours a deep dark brown color. Dark tan head, foamy, and long lasting. Fruity nose, with cherry, blackberry, chocolate, and caramel. Malty character, with dark fruits of cherry, plum, and raisin, along with some bitterness in the finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2012
This has everything I want in a beer: malty wheat content with a funky belgian yeast and some hoppiness to balance it out. Sweet dark fruits and a finish that lingers. Dry in the back. Not much of a head but the body seems full enough. Yeast gives it a sour twang like with the BPA but this works better because of the malt content. Not that I don’t like funk.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
eeblah (104) - Arizona, USA - SEP 24, 2012
Tasty Belgium dark with nice balance of roasty, malty and bitterness. Strong brew but fairly easy to drink. Nice dark black color. Good for cooler days. A bit too pricey though

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
medfordmh (22) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUL 17, 2013
Poured from a bottle. A: fig, slight roast coffe, slight dark Carmel, very slight banana A: dark as f, black opaque color but clear and brite if you can see through it, off cloudy white head that fell fast for a Belgium. T: nice and rich, full of flavor, bitter chocolate, fig, molasses, minerals, spicy hop note, banana, smoke, slight coffe, caramel. P: good carbonation, relatively dry with a slight mouth coating of sweet and bitter. O: pretty darn good, the flaked barley is done great. Every sip is a joy of dark flavors

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
swesson (133) - 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

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fireyforce (9) - - APR 6, 2012 does not count
From bottle: pours a dark brown color. The head starts small, but will grow so be careful. Head is thick and sweet. Aroma holds notes of chocolate and spice. There is also a bit of a yeast sent that is pleasant. The appearance is a deep brown black color with champagne-esque carbonation. There is a sweet taste to this beer from the spices I think, but it is very complex. It has a full body, creamy texture and a long finish. My best description would be a heavy version of the Abbey Ale.


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