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Art Of Darkness - Brewery Ommegang

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very good

528 Ratings
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Ratings: 528
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.65%


Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Edwaka01 on 02-13-2012)
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MadScientist

New York

4.85/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: A very dark brown beer with good clarity. The persistent, tan head is made of compact bubbles and leaves a fine lacing on the glass.

S: An initially wine/grape-like fruitiness that quickly gives way to rich fruity esters, notes of dried dark fruit, some spice and caramel with some cocoa in the background. Moderate malt sweetness and a low floral alcohol aroma.

T: Belgian yeast goodness dominate the flavor with fruit and spice r at a moderate being closely supported by dark malt flavors. There is a moderate sweetness that rounds out the flavor and helps give deep to the layers; it's not a dry beer but it's not cloying like some Dark Strongs can get. There is an almost juiciness to some of the dark fruit flavors ranging from plum to prune with some light orange character. The spice is black pepper and alcohol provide some of the balance against the malt sweetness along with a low hops bitterness but overall the it is a slightly sweet beer. It dries towards the end finish off-dry with an aftertaste of cocoa, pepper and a light hops bitterness.

M: A medium bodied beer with a very strong level of carbonation and a light alcohol warmth.

O: A love this beer, it's fruity, dark and spicy Belgium that goes down a little too smooth. I don't want it with dessert, I want it for dessert; that being said it would go great with a vanilla custard or berry tart.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 00:51:56 | More by MadScientist
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a thick tan head. Lacing covers the glass.

The smell is spicy with anise, candy, chocolate. Robust and inviting!

The taste is spicy and sweet, Earthy/hoppy notes blend with chocolate, anise and espresso. Wonderfully balanced and delicious! It has a taste similar to Duval but dark. Some alcohol is noticeable, but enough to add to the complexity rather than detract. It has a long finish.

It is velvety smooth. Rich and full-bodied with soft carbonation.

This is a great dessert brew. Aptly named, this is truly a work of art!

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 15:44:15 | More by jwc215
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frankiepop

Pennsylvania

4.73/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle that had an attractive black wiring holding the tight cork. Upon popping the cork, smoke hovered in the bottle, but did not dispense out. Poured a cool beer into Ommegang's own classy tulip glass and what a creamy big foam head with good lacing and sustenance. Color was dark dark brown near black, maybe hints of red ruby. As the beer disappears spin that beer around and the head reconstitutes itself a bit. I like that.

The aroma has a nice malty sweetness and some nice fruit scents arise.

Taste buds were hit with a true to Ommegang form of balancing a nice malty sweet flavoring balanced against subtle fruit & a bit of spice. Art of Darkness ups the ante a bit with an upfront blast of like licorice or espresso flavorings that remind you of an American style stout without the thickness. The beer finishes a tasty rich sweet bitterness.

A surprisingly smoooth heavy flavored malted beverage. Ladies who don't like stouts because of the grittiness then you might try Darkness if you are looking for more flavor.

A great beer that I may up my ratings on. So what complements this new monster addition to the Ommegang lineup? Well a perfect addition on a northern winter night in a craftsman home with a fireplace blazing while listening to Cecil Taylor percussive style piano with Jimmy Lyons saxophone player blazing next to him. I recommend the angry recording made in Germany "One More Salty Swift and Not Goodbye."

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 05:16:40 | More by frankiepop
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ATfrisco

Maryland

4.73/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Heavy black color with subtle mahogany undertones.

S-Very satisfying, great bouquet of vanilla, dark fruit, yeasty notes reminiscent to that of a Unibroue.

T- Outstanding. One of the best if not the best Belgian Strong Darks I've had in quite a while.

M- Liquid velvet.

O- Get it while you can, simply a brew not to be missed.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2012 19:40:29 | More by ATfrisco
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FlemingVSKing

Florida

4.68/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is the wine of Beers.

It begins with the smooth feel and rich taste of a good mild stout and then quickly transitions through a light floral hop character before finishing with a brilliant and very drinkable oak flavor from the barrel aging process.

Essentially it morphs from a well crafted smooth stout or porter into a wine right in your mouth, all through an array of complementary yet wildly varried flavors. It's magic!!!

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 15:48:43 | More by FlemingVSKing
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Edwaka01

New York

4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Imperial pint poured draft.

A - Pours dark, dark brown, bordering on black. 1/2 finger head with decent retention time.

S - Toasted malts, wheat, coffee, and distinct Belgian-style yeastiness.

T - SMOOTH. Wheaty, malty, fairly straight-forward. Very drinkable per 8.9% and it's color. Hints of light cocoa on the finish, and no presence of alcohol whatsoever.

M - Lighter than expected, from the wheat, but not thin in the mouth. Very drinkable.

O - My favorite Ommegang in a while, which says a lot because I dig all the beers they do. Highly recommended, should be releasing to retail very soon.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 13:15:21 | More by Edwaka01
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pkalix

California

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- beautiful thick, black with a tan head and hexagonal lacing down the sides.
S- definite belgium-type aroma; i've not been able to pin that down in a vocabularistic manner.
T- dark fruit flavors, some bitterness, some alcohol; but when it leaves it seems as if it might have been a lighter brew.
M- as someone else pointed out,some carbonation, but "silky".
O- easy to drink at a 8.9 clip. tasty, the bitterness is not too bad at all. someone mentioned he allowed some of the yeasty sediment to pour into the glass and it seemed "smoother". the little bit of yeast i tried with it came out a bit tangy but i dont think it was meant to be poured in as a hefe weizen is. i'm flashing back to the days of the Thomas Hardy Ales . . . . back then, THAT was the WORST of all the beers on the DER BARON's list to finish in Las Vegas... does anybody remember DER BARON's???

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 23:37:53 | More by pkalix
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the corked, caged 750 ml. bottle stamped: Pkg on 02/20/12-Best By 02/2015. Sampled on February 25, 2013.

It is a handsome looking deep dark brown to jet black with a silky, beige head that erupts and settles down to a lasting ring.

The aroma has a lot going on with black licorice sticks leading the way along with dark malts, dark plum/prune fruitiness, yeast, spice, and a hint of hops to balance it off.

The body is medium to full and smooth.

The taste, like the aroma, is complex with dark fruits that are more like cherries, black licorice, and even a little coffee. The alcohol can be spotted but it is generally well-integrated into the beer. The hop bite is muted at the end but it builds and lingers with each passing sip. I guess I liked it better than the previous raters.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 19:11:30 | More by puboflyons
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Bottled on 02/20/12.

Appearance: Pours a very dark blackish brown with a slight hint of ruby at the bottom. Moderate bubbles and a big four finger light tan head which slowly recedes into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Aroma leaps out from the glass with dark fruits and yeast. Belgian yeast with hints of clove and black pepper. Dark roasted malts with hints of burnt toast, biscuit, bitter dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, and coffee.A very lively and big mix of dark fruits including raisin, dark grapes, berries, fig, and prune. Light hints of anise and smoke. Subtle earthy hop presence. The dark grapes really stand out. Pretty nice smell.

Taste: As fruity, spicy, and complex as it smells. Belgian yeast along with a taste of cloves, black pepper, and other spices. Very roasty dark malts with a taste of dark chocolate, toast, biscuit, coffee, burnt caramel, and toffee. Big taste of dark fruits with notes of dark grapes, raisin, fig, prunes, and berries. A little burnt candied sugar and subtle notes of anise and smoke. Some earthy hops add a little drying bitterness towards the finish. A really nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Creamy, spicy, and drying. Alcohol heat is subdued.

Overall: A really good take on a dark Belgian ale. It has the fruit esters and spices of a Dubbel and the roasted characteristics of a Stout. Really nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 08:02:42 | More by MattyG85
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mverity

Florida

4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Proof Bottle Shop. Thick and pitch black with tan head that persisted fairly well. Collar hung until the end. Lots of dark malt, some sour cherry, some coffee, and a touch of grassy funk in the aroma. Taste is nearly identical to the smell, with a bit more of the sour cherry and grassy funk being prominent. Nice thick creamy mouthfeel. Very full bodied. Great after taste and a Guinness like mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 20:31:02 | More by mverity
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jmerloni

Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark brown body with medium tan head. Velvety looking.

S - Dark fruits: plum, grapes, cherries, dates. Mild oakiness.

T - Dark fruits predominate, followed by a dry, oaky and earthy finish. Very well crafted flavor.

M - Moderately carbonated, medium-bodied.

D - A very solid beer. As usual from Ommegang. I don't think they're capable of putting out anything sub-birdie.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 03:23:09 | More by jmerloni
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RickS95

Indiana

4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle

The color is really dark. Mostly black with some lighter brown shades mixed in. The head is a finger thick of offwhite bubbles that eventually forms a light brown film around the perimeter of the beer. A gentle swirl shows spotty lacing.

The bottle mentions flaked oats and it comes across as an oatmeal stout in the nose. Caramel malts are the only thing that comes to mind. If you really stick your nose in there, notes of alcohol come wafting up.

The taste is impressive, borderline spectacular. They've nailed the Belgian style, doing it better than a lot of brewers from across the pond. The caramel malts combine with the house yeast for a toffee taste with a backdrop of cola. It's really impressive.

The mouthfeel is pretty spot on as well. With the carbonation, it gives off a peppery feel. There is alcohol that provides a bit of bite as well. A subtle sweetness starts the sip and the alcohol and carbonation provide a bit of heat in the swallow. It's full bodied, but has a crisp, tangy finish that really coats the tongue.

If I didn't know better, I'd guess this to be a Trappist beer. It's really that good and the taste and feel are world class. Despite the high alcohol, it's an easy beer to drink. It's so good it begs you to take another swig. Really happy with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 01:45:26 | More by RickS95
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, opaque, brownish sable with a very thick and somewhat persistent light tan head. The sample I got fizzed quite a bit, so I recommend having a towel handy when you crack open a bottle. Aroma has notes of caramel and molasses plus hints of licorice and pear. Superb flavor has a malty core and fruity, caramel and molasses tones, hints of horehound, licorice and honey. Smooth, firm-bodied texture does not have a lot of fizz, but it still pleases. Let this "dark side" seduce you while you have the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 18:51:45 | More by Cyberkedi
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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Art of Darkness pours a black color, with a a large creamy head, that stubbornly wont go away. The smell is enticing, its sweet, with Belgian candies, but has a dark undertone, smokey, malty, bitter and boozy. The taste starts sweet, lots of belgian candy flavors, then a strong hit from the alcohol kicks in, and finishes with a malty finish. Nice strong taste, can sip on this one, and enjoy it. Overall a fantastic beer, complex and very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 02:25:43 | More by vette2006c5r
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fx20736

New York

4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml wired and corked bottle into a chalice, served at cellar temp.

Onyx black which permits no light to pass through. Thick, souffle like sandy colored head that leaves spectral lacing.

aroma of dark fruit and molasses

slippery mouthfeel

Dark prunes and raisins with a treacle like bittersweetness riding atop a tidal wave of malt.

Notes: outstanding, tasty, yummy.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 00:53:21 | More by fx20736
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ckollias

Maryland

4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this brew from a growler in a Belgian Tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark blackish hue with some ruby highlights and an off-white head frothy head that slowly dissipates down the side of the glass leaving a great trail and solid lace.

S: Strong alcoholic malty syrup aroma with hints of caramel and dark fruits.

T: Smooth malty flavor with a big alcoholic syrup kick up front followed by some sweet and slightly tart caramel notes and finishes dry and strong.

M: Pretty boozy – full body and medium carbonation.

O: Excellent brew – complex flavors and aromas and enough alcohol to make it interesting.

Serving type: growler

07-20-2013 13:00:29 | More by ckollias
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ngeunit1

California

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark brown-black color with a finger of frothy chocolate head atop. The head fades fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate and dark fruits, with some wheat, and some Belgian yeasts.

T - Starts off some roasted dark chocolate and sweet dark fruits with a bit of wheat. Through the middle, some oats come through with the Belgian yeast flavor getting stronger as well. The finish is a mix of chocolate, a bit of dark fruit, some wheat, and and Belgian yeast funkiness.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nicely balanced with a good depth of balance. Really nice blend of chocolate and dark fruit with the yeast character.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 06:47:56 | More by ngeunit1
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep pitch black body this is the Art of Darkness, okay we get it, there's also a light tan head forming thick, with Belgian inspired lacing. Aromatics offer up with dark cocoa, spicy aromatics inspired by the yeasts fermentation process. Dark malts give off a solid roasted malt aspect that I can relate to anyday, also a dark toasted nut quality coming out with the bier I'm sippin' on. Floral spicy yeast base, with dark roasted malts slightly creamy acidity almost yogurt like. Especially tasty dark beer, hybrid Belgian American dark ale, with even flowing carbonation and a medium bodied ale that I really enjoy. Overall impressive offering, that is tasty and satisfying for the beer drinker's palate.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 06:23:27 | More by WVbeergeek
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chinchill

South Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, murky brown color with a tan head.

S: nicely balanced array of roasted grain, dark fruits, baked bread, vague spices and caramel.

T: Plenty of dark fruit mid-taste and in the aftertaste, with a kick of dark chocolate in the finish. A trace of light smoke.

M: superb -- full body and very creamy.

O: exceptionally enjoyable and better than expected, even from a premier American producer of Belgian style beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 23:35:55 | More by chinchill
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roblowther

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big bottle, corked, dark, Belgian style. Life is good.. It looks more like a porter than anything Belgian, black with a dense tan head. Smells of carob, raisins, hay, and lemons. I think my mom made that as a soup once. The taste is very nice, leather, bread, a graininess, and then a dry finish. The mouthfeel is substantial, slick, and lightly carbonated. Overall, this is really a nice beer. It is dry, maybe a bit too much so but that just makes you want to drink some more, so good on ya!

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 20:23:27 | More by roblowther
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BierJager89

California

4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Black with a mocha head.

S: Malt, orange, citrus peels, plum and raisin in the nose.

T: Lemon, orange, lime, kiwi, grapefruit but not super hoppy. Some fig, plum, malt and raisin are stronger than the citrus and kiwi.

M: Full bodied and smoothish.

O: A great example of the style. I'd recommend it at least once.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 05:57:15 | More by BierJager89
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KYGunner

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice shades of brown in the glass the head was stout and firm.

The taste was nicely diverse with sweet malts, prune, date, dried grape/raisin, and a sugary candy mix.

The taste is in line with scent as raisin and sweet dried fruits dominate. There is a black licorice note at the end and a sugary sweetness. Very easy on the palate with pleasant sweetness. This Belgian Strong is a very good example of the sort.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 00:25:21 | More by KYGunner
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Greywulfken

New York

4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: looks like a stout but not quite pitch black, huge head which persisted throughout the drink; left lots of lace

S: mild aroma of light roasted malts and vague hops and yeast

T: initially slightly bitter, burnt roasted malt and brighter notes of hops and yeast; distant anise and espresso, sweetness on the back end... as it warmed, licorice flavors became much stronger, and it also sweetened

M: lighter on the tongue than it looks; carbonation adds crispness; tiny bit of astringency on the roof of my mouth

O: balanced and complex - somewhere between an imperial stout, a strong Belgian ale, and a black ale; I imagine this beer will acquire more mellowness and sweetness with age

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 00:31:29 | More by Greywulfken
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ckk527

South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Last 32 ounces of a keg into growler of same volume. Served in a chalice.

Appearance: Deep brown, almost black. Thin head just forming a brief film. Spotty lacing.

Aroma: Initial hint of a well fermented Christmas pudding. Dark fruits soaked in alcohol, with a subtle sweetness softened by a malty quality. Subtle cinnamon or allspice notes add interest and warmth. Very appealing.

Taste: Supported by the aroma; no surprises here. Reminiscent of a raisiny bread pudding or figgie pudding - but without the Devonshire cream weighing everything down. Pleasant, balanced. Raisins, plums, hint of molasses cookie and alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium, really. Surprisingly silky, followed by alcohol warmth. Quite lovely.

Overall: An interesting and very good example of the style. Pleased to have picked this up. Another quality statement from BO.

Serving type: growler

01-13-2013 02:18:09 | More by ckk527
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carlton012

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love Ommegang almost anything, and will try every brew of theirs, this was a great brew. I love it because it had those same flavors of my Ommegang brew (abbey ale), but those flavors were very mild; the rest of the beer is big and bold. I love the appearance because it looks like a slightly watered down cup of black coffee with a lot of head on it. Plus, who doesn't like a liberal beer? Bravo!

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 03:13:43 | More by carlton012
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Art Of Darkness from Brewery Ommegang
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