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Art Of Darkness - Brewery Ommegang

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89
very good

561 Ratings
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Ratings: 561
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 33
Gots: 87 | FT: 3
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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Liberatiscioli

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -74.7%

12-21-2013 17:53:09 | More by Liberatiscioli
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CLanda

Florida

1/5  rDev -74.7%

06-12-2013 00:00:37 | More by CLanda
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soxandbeer

Massachusetts

1/5  rDev -74.7%

04-12-2013 03:08:45 | More by soxandbeer
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Lare453

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

02-22-2013 04:06:06 | More by Lare453
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DownrightBrewed

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

03-18-2013 12:37:53 | More by DownrightBrewed
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seeswo

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

05-18-2012 22:09:29 | More by seeswo
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

01-26-2013 03:43:33 | More by Sludgeman
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

2.88/5  rDev -27.1%

Poured into a goblet.

4.0 A: Black color. Almost two fingers of frothy tan colored head. Retention is good and a short ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Lots of roastiness in this. Molasses, light ashiness, and dark caramel. Even the fruitiness comes off with a bit of extra darkness, like stir-fried or grilled plums, dates, black currants and figs. Clove-y phenols from the yeast.

2.5 T: Taste is a bit of the let down. The roasty flavors in the nose dominate the taste and it doesn't work. From first taste to finish, this is overly charred and has an almost tannic finish. It's not a horrible taste, but it's bad enough to put this below average. Much of the fruitiness gets lost to the roast, but the fig and dates are still pretty apparent. Less clove-y than it smells.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good spritzy carbonation with a very faint creaminess. Normally I'd rank this higher, but the burnt aftertaste prevents that.

2.5 D: This is more of a Belgian stout than a BSDA, but whatever. It's overly roasty and unbalanced and that's no good. I expect more from Ommegang.

05-13-2012 02:12:28 | More by DavoleBomb
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MADPolo

Alabama

3/5  rDev -24.1%

07-03-2013 14:55:21 | More by MADPolo
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -24.1%

08-30-2013 13:19:42 | More by ShanePB
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3SH33TS

California

3/5  rDev -24.1%

04-08-2013 00:23:24 | More by 3SH33TS
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jeff1973

California

3/5  rDev -24.1%

03-03-2013 05:32:47 | More by jeff1973
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Myst

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -24.1%

10-30-2012 06:42:52 | More by Myst
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Eindacor_DS

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -24.1%

01-15-2014 15:11:37 | More by Eindacor_DS
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chippo33

Vermont

3/5  rDev -24.1%

09-20-2013 18:28:54 | More by chippo33
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -24.1%

03-21-2013 02:33:29 | More by brez8791
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Barbie

Maryland

3/5  rDev -24.1%

04-20-2013 23:25:21 | More by Barbie
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2neardead

California

3/5  rDev -24.1%

12-26-2012 09:00:06 | More by 2neardead
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tastymug

Washington

3/5  rDev -24.1%

01-05-2013 23:07:38 | More by tastymug
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sbricker

Illinois

3/5  rDev -24.1%

05-11-2012 22:06:48 | More by sbricker
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jbertsch

Massachusetts

3.03/5  rDev -23.3%

Bottle aged 1 year.

Pitch black appearance, even when held up to light. 1 finger of beige head.

Aroma is not significant. Most notable is the belgian-like yeast. Faint cocao and a hint of cherry.

Rather than distinct flavors, this is really a blend of flavors that are hard to pin down. Some christmas spices sit over dark grains, with a hint of chococlate, leather, and tobacco, and brown sugar... But you really have to search hard for those flavors.

Medium body. Not as belgian-like in the mouthfeel. Almost more brown ale-like.

Overall a decent beer, but it's a bit too non descript, without much character. I've come to expect more from Ommegang.

02-02-2013 02:45:03 | More by jbertsch
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kojevergas

Texas

3.2/5  rDev -19%

750ml brown glass bottle with hood-and-wire cap over a cork served into me Guinness goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery - with which I've been fairly impressed so far.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured slowly per the label's instructions.

A: Pours a 2 finger head of slight tan hue, good cream, good thickness, and great retention for the high ABV. Colour is a predictable solid black. No yeast particles are visible, likely due to its nontransparency. No bubble show. Opaque. A healthy appearance that encourages me to try it.

Sm: Dark malts, pleasant biscuity yeast, cream, slight roasted barley, and oats (when I look for them). A pleasant aroma that suits the style. Mild in strength.

T: Slight cream on the open gives way to the dark malt body with smooth rolled oats, out-of-place wheat, light chocolate malt, and vague slight hints of roasted barley - though nowhere near enough. Interestingly built. The wheat in particular sticks out, negatively impacting the balance. Except for that, the balance is nice. The beer isn't as complex as I'd expect from Ommegang, but I'd hardly call it simple. Some subtlety is apparent, but it's not impressive. Some layering is going on. I don't detect any hops. The yeast is also surprisingly restrained, but I'll keep tabs on it as I approach the bottom of the bottle.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but surprisingly sparse in terms of cream. It could use far more; the creamy quality that is there is nice. Good thickness and carbonation. Suits the flavours nicely.

Dr: Drinkable but not Ommegang's best beer. I have nothing against it, but for the price it's something of a disappointment. It's not yeast enough for the style, and wheat malt was just a poor addition outright. I do like it, but I wouldn't have it again or recommend it to friends. Probably best only for hardcore Ommegang fanatics. To its credit, it hides its ABV quite well. I don't know that I really look forward to consuming the whole bottle meself, but c'est la vie.

High C+

04-26-2012 06:09:45 | More by kojevergas
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CopeTech

California

3.23/5  rDev -18.2%

This is a pretty beer,it has nice fine head and delicate lacing. Surprisingly uninspired for an ommegang strong dark. The aroma is faint and slightly sour. Perhaps guinesslike with a belgium yeast.
The taste holds true to a belgium dark, but fades quickly leaving you to wonder where are the monk's subtiltiesand depth.
The color is more of starbucksthan of a quad.
I expect a mature strong beer to take advantage of the full yeast lifecycle not hide from it.

05-07-2012 01:31:23 | More by CopeTech
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MiamiRedSkins13

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

03-07-2013 02:10:02 | More by MiamiRedSkins13
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Kayaker

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

04-10-2013 00:32:12 | More by Kayaker
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Art Of Darkness from Brewery Ommegang
89 out of 100 based on 561 ratings.