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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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Photo of fx20736
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

fx20736, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of mcaulifww
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

mcaulifww, Dec 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

DaleB50, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of Uncertainty
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Uncertainty, Dec 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

Scamboogery, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of Torabayama
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Torabayama, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of Obsidian
4/5  rDev +1%

Obsidian, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

sendbeer, Dec 09, 2012
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5/5  rDev +26.3%

archero, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of NickyDee21
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

NickyDee21, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of GennyCreamAle
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

GennyCreamAle, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of jucifer1818
5/5  rDev +26.3%

jucifer1818, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of Ryan011235
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Orval chalice on 11/19/12

Medium, ruddy sort of brown that settles much darker. The head is fizzy, reaching 1/3rd of an inch before settling down to a fraction of that. Some lace.

The aroma has an interesting culmination of goings-on: rum soaked raisins, figs, black licorice, clove, toasted grain and overtones of Dr. Pepper and RC Cola.

The flavor has a lot of dark fruit - raisins, plum, maybe even some prune. Dark grains and spice, too. It has a slight cola bent, as suggested by the nose. Yeast tones throughout. The finish is dry and quite bitter with notes of earthy hops, unsweetened cocoa and perhaps a touch of coffee.

Art of Darkness has a smooth, rolling medium body with granular undercurrents. Carbonation tapers off over time, leaving a pillowy, plush feel. Very nice.

I worked on Art of Darkness for over two hours and I enjoyed it more with each sip. One to let warm. An easy recommendation.

Ryan011235, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of Kahlerbock
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Kahlerbock, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of Brant
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BLUF: A very well balanced dark ale, great for dessert or cold winter nights. A subtle and tasty mix of dark fruits and sweet malty alcohol.

A - Right out of the bottle it's a nice chocolaty brown with a hint of deep amber. In the glass it looks black. Nice head that fades a little too fast.

S - Sweet, hints of raisins and figs, mildly alcoholic scent.

T - Incredibly well-balanced. No one flavor stands out, but there's chocolate, raisins or figs, malt, and a slight alcohol tang (that by no means detracts from the experience!). Very nice.

M - Medium bodied, creamy but not overly so. Was not as heavy or syrupy as I expected it to be.

O - I bought two bottles of this because they both stated "Limited Addition" on the label. Glad I did! I'll drink one myself and save the other to share with my family over Christmas, and will certainly grab more if I see it. It has a very well balanced taste, nothing overwhelming, everything working in concert to yield a fantastic, warming ale.

Brant, Nov 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

JeffZano, Nov 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

shick1, Nov 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

cosmic-ray, Nov 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

swgwilt, Nov 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

lisahope27, Nov 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

jplopez21, Nov 16, 2012
4/5  rDev +1%

IL_PLAY_RAGS, Nov 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

lvoutlawjlh, Nov 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

andthevolcano, Nov 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

EyePeeAyBryan, Oct 31, 2012
Art Of Darkness from Brewery Ommegang
89 out of 100 based on 593 ratings.