bigguns22 (770) - Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
To drink a black beer that is so bubbly and champagne like is a new one for me. Malt,spice,yeast and a touch sweet.
alexsdad06 (8719) - Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
J_man (914) - Tustin, California, USA - JUL 21, 2016
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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 (I’m 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 there’s 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 I’ll have to try the new version to see if it measures up to the original.
generallee08 (772) - New York, USA - JUN 10, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
oldrtybastrd (4951) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
BierMeHoos (546) - Maryland, USA - APR 11, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
chadski (52) - California, USA - APR 9, 2016
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
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alobar (3457) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
closey22 (1555) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2016
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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
LadySusan (760) - Ste-Therese, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 12, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml.bottle shared with Quevillon.The color is a dark brown with a beige head. The aroma is of barley,sweet oats and alcohol. The taste also of barley,oats wheat and malt with a sweet finish and the alchol very present.
bbbeer (706) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 7, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Dark brown with medium tan head. Aroma yeast, purple fruits, brown sugar. Full body, some carbonation, a touch of alcohol warmth, creamy mouthfeel. Flavor is sweet, raisiny, malty, pretty good, maybe a little too sweet and sticky.