Art Of Darkness - Brewery Ommegang
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3.2/5 rDev -19.2%
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.
04-26-2012 06:09:45 | More by kojevergas
3.88/5 rDev -2%
@ Greenland Cafe, Salem MA
Dark brown with a Georgia clay colored head. Quick to skim and swirl like a spit wad floating in my beer.
Faint, but smells distinctly like when I mix chocolate whey protein powder with coffee. And gingerbread cookies. Aroma is slightly smokey like smoked salmon without the salmon.
Tastes like mocha ice cream with a ginger snap in back. Has that Belgian stout there but not there flavor that I find typical of the style. Oaty, silky mouthfeel.
Better in the bottle than draft. Really needed to breathe before I appreciated it fully.
04-25-2012 22:40:49 | More by donkeyrunner
4.03/5 rDev +1.8%
A: A very dark brown pour, borderline black. Huge fluffy light brown head adorns it. Head retention is primo - it doesn't seem to be moving at all even after a few minutes. Once it mostly fades away (finally), it leaves nice thick tufts everywhere. 1/4" of head seems to remain at all times.
S: Wonderful belgian yeast with lots of bread and banana. Nice spice to it as well. A bit of roasted malt but mostly dark fruits instead. Cherries, figs, raisins mostly. Sweet molasses with a touch of caramel. Maybe even chocolate? Get something different each time.
T: Loaded with thick, sweet dark fruits. Again, lots of cherry with raisin, figs and banana. Bready with cloves and some other strong spices that I can't identify. Some anise. Some earthy bitterness on the back end. Hints of chocolate in the aftertaste.
M: Fairly high carbonation, makes this one feel lighter than it really is - quite airy. Astringent and drying in the aftertaste.
O: I thought this would be a belgian stout but there is only just a hint of roasted malt in this one. Very fruity and sharp with spice. Well balanced. Carbonation a touch high but not unusually so.
04-24-2012 03:27:10 | More by Dope
3.68/5 rDev -7.1%
First had: on tap at Prohibition Pig, Waterbury, VT
Served in a mini-snifter, a dark brown nearly black beer, with a small cap of eggshell head; not much retention, but it did leave some nice soapy lacing while it lasted. Roasty malt aroma, dark sugars, a bit of dark fruit, bready. Taste is woody, malty, pumpernickel, caramel, with notes of figs, prunes, and licorice. Mouthfeel was about medium, would've been thin for a porter, but about right for a strong ale. Pretty nice overall, but nothing that I'd go out of my way for.
04-22-2012 20:02:31 | More by Rifugium
4.1/5 rDev +3.5%
On tap at Mahaffey's the other day.
The beer pours a fairly dark brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is very attrative, as I get rootbeer, cherry, chocolate, a hint of brownn sugar and considerable underlying spice. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this fairly sweet beer, with dark fruits and prunes seeming to dominate otherwise. There is some licorice as well, but it's not excessive, and seemed to blend in well to the flavor profile. The finish is really well done in this beer, and there was sort of sweet, creamy aspect that I liked. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, which I think works well for this beer. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile.... it could have been anything from 7% up to 12% and I wouldn't have been any the wiser.
I thought this was a pretty nice beer from the folks at Ommegang.
04-22-2012 18:39:01 | More by John_M
4.13/5 rDev +4.3%
A: two finger thick tan head with nice lacing on a dark brown with little light getting through body.
S: lots of dark fruit, mostly cherry, plum and raisin.
T: a lot more malty than others in the genre. The fruitiness is mild. Caramel and mild toffee notes to the finish.
M: medium body and moderate carbonation. Dry finish.
Overall: malt heavy beer for the genre. Glad I tried this one, nice and unique
04-20-2012 23:36:03 | More by kylehay2004
4/5 rDev +1%
On tap at the Big Texas Beer Fest.
The beer pours a very dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is has some roasted malt, as well as some dark fruit, chocolate and Belgian yeast notes. The flavor is similar, with the chocolate and dark fruit notes going very well with the yeast and roasted malt notes. Tastes a lot like a Belgian imperial stout. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
04-20-2012 02:57:57 | More by Mora2000
3.98/5 rDev +0.5%
Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer pours an extremely dark brown into black coloring with a light, frothy, half an inch of foamy head on the pour that settles into a sparse filmy coating. Aromas are effervescent and very well blended, with a roasted grain backbone, earthy notes, some smokey highlights, and a light sweetness throughout. Flavors are equally dynamic, with a smoked and roasted sugary caramel backbone, hints of blackstrap molasses throughout, bitter coffee characteristics, and a dry hopping at the end that cleans the palate. Very well layered and blended flavor profile. The more you drink, the more reveals itself to you, with highlights of cocoa nib, fig, date, and more as you go. Tasty beer. The aftertaste is minimal thanks to the hops presence, with a touch of tangy caramel and booze. The finish is clean and quick. This is a beer that is heavy on flavor while light in mouth. Good brew.
04-19-2012 18:32:26 | More by GarthDanielson
4.08/5 rDev +3%
Appearance: Arrives pitch black, with a nice head that leaves a boatload of lacing behind
Smell: Roasty, with black bread and fruit elements; licorice, too
Taste: Black cherry, red wine grape and fig along with a roasty character, up front; some chocolate, licorice and pie spices arrive at mid-palate, along with a tart cherry aspect; after the swallow, the fruity elements dominate though there is a slight tartness on the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation
Overall: Interesting fruit flavors with a touch of tartness; a beer with a difference
04-15-2012 01:43:27 | More by brentk56
3.95/5 rDev -0.3%
Poured into my Ommegang tulip with a decent fizzy 1 finger darker mocha colored head that wants to fade quickly but doesn't, fades fairly slowly with some marks of lacing, over very dark molasses brown colored beer with hints of murky ruby light sneaking through.
Nose has some dark malts, dark crystal malts with some caramel and light molasses aromas, plenty of biscuity malts, a bit of flaked oats, a nutty malt that also seems to bring a hint of earthiness, and hint of a root beer like cola aroma. A bit of booze comes through there as well, with hints yeast spice and touch earthy hop.
Taste starts fluffy with plenty of carbonation coming through making the mouth foamy. Dark malts course through, with some earthy nutty malts, light root beer like earthiness again, as well as some biscuity light toasty malts, more darker brown malts, hint of caramel molasses like sugars. Light flaked oats bring a hint of creaminess and fluffy feel, and I think the wheat adds a light textured flavor. The yeast brings more of the earthy spicy flavors, as well as some light earthy hops and a hint of grassy hops, with a light bitterness that almost seems more to come from the yeast than the hops. A bit of booze finds its way through, but still seems to drink fairly well. The finish dries a bit but not a lot, plenty of lingering earthy nutty malts and root spices with the yeast, light syrupy flavors, and even a hint of cocoa.
Mouth is a bit fuller bodied, textured and smooth at the same time, with tons of carbonation.
overall an interesting beer, not sure if I would pay that much for it again, but at least a nice one to try. Decent malts, hops are a bit too far away on teh back end though, booze is about right, nice carbonation and body, decent all around beer.
04-12-2012 21:20:05 | More by jlindros
Art Of Darkness from Brewery Ommegang
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