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RATINGS: 310   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


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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 28, 2012
This is a nice and malty beer. Aroma is full of malt, chocolate, dark fruits, and a Belgian yeast smell. Now what I loved about this beer when it came to taste is the amount of sweetness it gave off. It wasn’t to sweet but it was sweet enough. The sweetness lasts from start to finish and is mixed in with a small bit of tartness, coffee, chocolate, and dark fruit. It’s just wonderful and I finished my glass wanting more.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
fluffy (1666) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2014
sampled at a bottle share. aroma was nice, flavor was kinda meh though, like a lot had dissipated.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (4726) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 25, 2014
Bottle: Poured a clear black color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of candi sugar with light dry fruit notes is quite sublime. Taste is also a great mix of candi sugars with some dried fruits and a solid Belgian malt backbone. Body is full enough for style with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Some spices can also bed detected. Very solid offering and this is a beer I could have more regularly.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Syzzer (590) - Oregon, USA - JUL 30, 2014
Poured from bomber with my buddy josh. Very dark brown color, no light passes through. Flavor malty, coffee with vague dates. Tan small bubbles for head..(8.3 bd).

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2234) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2014
very nice and described well here. if made without spice then it would seem to have some magic to it. good beer.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shot (141) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Pours ruby black with a thin head. Fruity, chocolaty aromas--stone fruits and dark chocolate, raisin and caramel. Flavors are dark fruits up front, then chocolate, coffee, black pepper; raisin and bready notes in the finish. Noticeable alcohol warmth. Wow. This is really good! Peppery mouthfeel with a light, dry finish. This is a definite keeper.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Homer321 (1887) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2014
bottleshare thanks to Beechner224. A ton of fruit in the nose, figgy. Taste is a lightly tart fruity flavor. Ok I guess.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrewFace (783) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Dark brown, very thick creamy tan head. Milk chocolately, light roast, sweet aroma. Sweet, chocolatey, ligt roast, mild bitterness, more sweetness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beechner224 (669) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Bottle in fridge. Pours black with white head. Aroma is malty and Belgium yeast. Taste is malty sweet, a bit fruity. A little warming.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1201) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 1, 2014
Dark brown with a huge beige head. Aroma is raisins, honey, anise. Full bodied, slightly sticky mouthfeel, sweet on the palate with a lot of Belgian complexity. Flavour is raisins, dates, prunes, brown sugar, Belgian yeast, anise.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrFecesious (959) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 1, 2014
Hog shack bottle share. Dark brown. Aroma of hay, chocolate, blood, booze, dark fruit. Taste is sweet and bitter. Dry finish from a very effervescent beer.


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