htnicholas (50) - California, USA - OCT 2, 2013shigadeyo (3730) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2017
Out of a 750 ml bottle. Pours deep ruby brown with a short lived light sandy brown head. Very little lacing and the head which quickly dissipates down to a thin ring. Aroma is of raisins, prunes and yeast. Very little detectible funk. The taste follows the aroma with the addition of flavors of tart cherries and candied figs and sugars. There is a surprising amount of alcohol heat for the 8.9% ABV. Belgian yeast and malt richness are big contributors to the flavor. Mouthfeel is slightly thick and a little sticky. Finish is sweet with just a hint of hop bitterness and a little dark fruit tartness to balance it out. A very good rendition of a Belgian dark ale. Initially I thought it was too sweet but it grew on me as I finished my first glass and I loved it by halfway through the second.
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3/15/2017 (shared by yudp): Itís been awhile since Iíve had anything from Ommegang and Iím not sure why since their stuff is always so good, this beer included! Brown-purple color with a large and lasting head; alcohol, dark and dried fruits quickly waft from the glass; so many flavors working together harmoniously to present a really fun dicotomy of flavors, such as: plum and prune, grape and raisin, chocolate and red wine; some caramelized sugar, cherry, earthy and spicy hops, some bread crust/yeastiness, and plenty of warming alcohol; ample carbonation to keep this beer from feeling too heavy on the palatte. Damn good and definitely packs a punch. mjmoen (519) - - MAR 4, 2017
C-. Pours a black color with khaki head. Surprisingly light body, kinda weird after taste arn8897 (389) - Trenton, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2017
Pours a deep brown to black with a tight khaki head. Aromas bitter chocolate and alcohol. Taste the same with a tiny bit of sweetness. Some plum or other dark fruit maybe raisins. Nice complex flavor. Lingering bitterness at the finish. JStax (6349) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2017
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured into a wide mouth wine glass. The beer is a near black with a khaki head of velvety foam. Great head retention. The aroma has big chocolate and roasty notes and some bitter orange peel. Roasty and somewhat bitter taste. Kind of like a bitter dark chocolate. Big body and moderate carbonation. Velvety mouthfeel. tapefuzz (470) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 11, 2016
On tap at brewery. Pours nearly black with a medium tan head. Aroma is yeast, oats, plum, and chocolate. Taste is roasted malt, yeast, figs, plums, bread, and bittersweet chocolate. Alcohol in finish. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Thick, stick, rich mouthfeel.
ABUSEDGOAT (2729) - 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. ctipping (1914) - 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. alexsdad06 (10268) - Cincinnati, 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. J_man (996) - 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. 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.