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Art Of Darkness - Brewery Ommegang

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very good

593 Ratings
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Ratings: 593
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 33
Gots: 94 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Edwaka01 on 02-13-2012)
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Ratings: 593 | Reviews: 124 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

RazorX67, Dec 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

dertyd, Dec 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

Pens1967, Dec 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

BGsWo22, Dec 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

Whiskeydeez, Dec 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

DustinSWB, Nov 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

Brabander, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of mverity
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

mverity, Nov 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

tkdchampxi, Nov 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

jborg, Nov 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

RRC03, Nov 20, 2013
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3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tasting glass at Buzz in LA. From notes. Reviewed 23 February 2013.

A: Ruby-dark and clear. Light head.

S: Dark sweet with spicy yeast and some artificial spices. Straightforward BSDA.

T: Sweetish, harshly spiced, and generally medicinal. Not to my liking.

M: M is for mediocre.

O: Meh. I wouldn't have another, but if you like BSDA (and I generally do) definitely try it.

AgentMunky, Nov 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

st9647v3, Nov 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

sgttibbs, Nov 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

MalKen, Nov 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

Durge, Nov 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

zestar, Nov 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Jmitchell3, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of DaveBlack
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Finger's width of foamy, tan head tops this deeply dark beer. The head has infinitely long retention, and a decent amount of lacing.

S: The initial wave of aroma is fruity, with raisins and cherries, and slightly sour. Roasted malts, bready yeast, and alcoholic phenols are also present. I was expecting a little more from the nose, but the smell is actually quite subtle.

T: Brings a lot more flavor than i would have thought from the nose. Quite malty and roasty at the outset. There is still the sour presence of cherry, but also a hefty amount of yeast. The alcohol is also a dominant feature. The end brings a malt bitterness, and a lingering funk.

M: Moderately heavy body, slightly oily, and a moderate amount of carbonation.

O: I was expecting a little more Belgian in this "Belgian-style Dark Ale." It's a little more of a sour than I was expecting, with the fruit forward-ness and funk. The beer is good, but not exceptional.

DaveBlack, Nov 06, 2013
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3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a nearly solid black color with just a thin of light tan head hat had low retention and mild lacing.

The aroma had a fair bit going on, malt, yeast, spice, and some fruitiness. The flavors were pretty similar, just a bit more clarified. The body was thinner than I expected, and had semi=sweet finish that lingered a bit.

Drinkability was good, but not great, I split the bottle with a friend, and that was plenty. Overall, a pretty nice brew, and one I'm glad I tried. I probably won't grab another bottle, but if I see it on tap I'll certainly have another.

beertunes, Nov 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

AnalogErik, Oct 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

ajcormier, Oct 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

Soto, Oct 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

sd123, Oct 27, 2013
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3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle, packaged on 10/30/12, best by 10/2015. Served in a tulip, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch tan head. Head retention is good, and there's a small amount of lacing. The brew smells like dark fruit, molasses, peppery spice, and some coffee and chocolate. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some tart cherries and candi sugar noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and has moderate carbonation. I think it's a good brew and definitely worth trying. But it's also a bit pricey at $13.99 a bottle.

bluejacket74, Oct 25, 2013
Art Of Darkness from Brewery Ommegang
89 out of 100 based on 593 ratings.