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Art Of Darkness - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
89
very good

566 Ratings
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Ratings: 566
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 33
Gots: 89 | 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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Photo of liamt07
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottles shared by Steve. Packaged February 7, 2012, best before February 2015.

Dark brown, mahogany highlights. Tan head, mild retention and some lace. Nose has dark fruits and grapes are dominant. Mildly sweet, almost floral in quality. Vanilla and cookie dough as well. Dark malt flavours, oats are evident, yeasty and dried fruits. Medium body, high effervescence. A really nice BSDA.

liamt07, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of Lantern
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Lantern, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of confer
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this after a few friends tried it in Cooperstown. We split a case several ways still came to 15 a bottle.
Pours dark brown and almost completely opaque. Nice tan 1/2 finger head hangs around for a short time.
Smell is on the boozy side.
No booziness in the taste. Slight bitterness with a sweet finish.
Overall another interesting beer from Ommegang. Due to the price I'm glad it was a one time offer.

confer, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Soapy head on thick dark brown body, with a lace sheet. yeasty aroma, I like their yeast. Smooth drinker, above average mouthfeel. Sweetish,and yet a little earthy, some malted milk, chocolate malt,touch of anise, not that complex still nicely drinkable.

Sammy, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of uturn
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

How served: 750ml corked and caged poured into a Ommegang glass.

A: This beer poured an extremely dark brown/black with an impressive 3 finger light brown head which dissipated slowly and left a very nice thick lacing on my glass.

N: The nose was light but full of dark fruits like plum and raisin with hints of dark chocolate and of the Belgian yeast.

T: The taste of this brew starts off on the sweet side with dark fruit flavors like prunes, raisins and dates and a nice hint of candi sugar and dark chocolate. By mid palate the sweetness mellows out and you get some warmth from the alcohol and it ends more on a nice dry note.

B: The body was light to medium with a creamy feel with a lively carbonation level which tickles the tongue.

D: The drinkability was very good especially since the body was light to medium.

O: Overall this brew could have benefited from a little more body, otherwise it is very good.

uturn, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of brendaniel
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

brendaniel, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of TheBishopco
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

TheBishopco, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of BeerOps
4/5  rDev +1%

BeerOps, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of vonnegut21
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

vonnegut21, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Art Of Darkness
Brewery Ommegang
Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
ABV: 8.90 %

LOOK: Dark brown, with a deep amber hint. Off white mocha head forms and leaves plenty of lace down the glass.

SMELL: Dark fruits of raisin, fig, plum and date are all upfront with mocha undertones. Belgian yeast spiciness and a subtle sweet smell. Nice.

TASTE: Dark chocolates and coffee, notice how all three descriptions I have given all start with the word DARK. More fig and raisin flavor with a nice robust roasted malt profile. Little bitterness but an even balance. Well disguised alcohol, and everything is screaming belgian strong dark mixed with stout.

FEEL/IMPRESSION: Medium to full bodied, smooth, creamy and well carbonated. Overall I thought this was yet another very good offering from brewery Ommegang. Aging this in whiskey barrels is the next logical step.

Stinkypuss, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +1%

THECPJ, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of wvsabbath
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 22oz caged and corked bottle.

Appearance - Dark brown/black, killer creamy 3+ inch head and tons of lacing.

Smell - Dark candy fruits, malts, yeast, lots of cherry, lemon, some chocolate and brown sugars, some wheat aroma and a little spice kick at the end.

Taste - Huge sour fruit bite at first sip. Plum, rasin, grapefruit, grapes and dark roasted chocolate malts hit you. Yeasty sweetness, belgian spicey notes, lots of spices and sugars. The finish has some coffee and nut flavor. Alcohol is there but not as present as a near 9% beer would expect.

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness and pretty strong presence of flavors. Tougne gets the fruits and yeast, were the palate gets more malts and spices. Finish is a bit sour and dry.

Overall - Pretty tasty and enjoyable. Kind of like a strong ale mixed with a porter. It takes a few drinks to get into this one for sure. Not something to drink weekly but for sure another quailty beer from ommegang. Price is steap but its worth a try.

wvsabbath, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

WVbeergeek, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of rkarimi
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%

rkarimi, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a snifter

Appearance – The beer was dark brown nearly black with a one finger off white/tan head. The head had a moderate retention but eventually faded to give a good level of lacing.

Smell – The aromas were quite nice. A nose of dark chocolate and dark fruits of cherry, fig and raisin were the strongest. There was a good yeasty and roasted aroma which created a very nice balance to the sweeter fruit aromas.

Taste – The taste was very much of what was sensed in the nose. It began with a roasted malt, brown bread and more cocoa taste. Quickly however the fruit notes that were detected in the smell worked their way into the taste with them being largely of fig and raisin. A very light yeast taste was also present, but was largely overshadowed by the cocoa, roasty, and sweet fruit base. These flavors took the taste to the end where the fruit tastes lightened up a bit and where a lighter alcohol flavor came to the picture; the mix leaving a warming tingle and a roasty chocolate dark fruit bread flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – While the more mild carbonation level was very fitting for the beer, the body of the beer was disappointingly thin. It was quite watery ad really never allowed all those darker flavors to penetrate the tongue.

Overall - Other than the weak body this was a rather tasty beer. Good flavor profiles and transitions created a very nice taste experience.

Darkmagus82, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of msarver16
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

msarver16, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of Yabev15
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Yabev15, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of WynnO
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

WynnO, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of rkcrozier
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

rkcrozier, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of ngeunit1
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

ngeunit1, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of drop6301
4/5  rDev +1%

drop6301, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of wesley14
4/5  rDev +1%

wesley14, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of polishkaz
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

polishkaz, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of gbrill
4/5  rDev +1%

gbrill, May 31, 2012
Art Of Darkness from Brewery Ommegang
89 out of 100 based on 566 ratings.