1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Art Of Darkness - Brewery Ommegang

Not Rated.
Art Of DarknessArt Of Darkness

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
89
very good

609 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 609
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 34
Gots: 96 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Edwaka01 on 02-13-2012)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 609 | Reviews: 125 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of falconxman
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of dugly2ugly
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Darkness incarnate in color, with crimson highlights shining through the bottom, under a lush, creamy cocoa-toned head. Lookin' good.

Aroma: soft, with notes of cocoa and cream, balanced and understated.

Taste: on the tongue, rich, full, dark and smooth. Lightly spicy, just enough wicked deliciousness from the yeast. A little bit of peppery heat. Lots of lush dark malts, but nothing too big, too sweet, too anything. This is Goldilocks' favorite beer, just right.
Some dark fruits, some fig and date, but completely utterly even, balanced, and dry. The nearly 9% alcohol doesn't stand out in the least.

Tasty stuff, this, but I so wish the yeast would contribute a bit more to the character. I want to really taste it.
But this one really does come close to impersonating a great Belgian strong dark ale. Kudos, Ommegang!

Photo of justintcoons
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A: Transparent black with red highlights. 3 fingers of fluffy tan head that dissipates slowly leaving behind big clouds of lacing.

N: Belgian funk, lightly roasted malts, concord grape, cherry and a dash of chocolate.

T: Concord grape, molasses and an earthy Belgian funk are upfront. This is followed by cherry, cocoa nib, chestnuts and hints of apricot mid-palate. The earthy funk comes in full swing in the finish along with dry hay, dark roast coffee beans and fig.

M: Light bodied, silky, smooth and slightly sticky.

O: A refined and delicate Belgian Dark Strong Ale filled with dark fruits and a generous heaping of funk. Very easy drinking at 8.9%.

Photo of carrollmel7
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of theminutemen
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of seeswo
2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of rudy0908
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of kaelingirl
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of wedge
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

@ Raleigh Times

Served in a small tulip, appears to be a very dark, opaque brown color with a fluffy tan head that leaves plenty of lovely lace. Dark fruit, roast, and Belgian yeast featured predominantly in the aroma...raisin, fig, dark bread, and spice. Stronger phenolics and dark fruity esters in the flavor. Cherry, bitter chocolate roast, and light licorice. Medium bodied, but the carbonation leaves it feeling lighter than it is. A little warming.

Pretty good. I've had a lot better from this brewery and this is nowhere near the finest examples of the style...but pretty good. I wish it was tamer with the phenolics and little more cohesive with all its tasty little elements.

Photo of let8it8grow
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of dgeebs07
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of martyl1000
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm scoring this on the low side just to remind myself this wasn't my favorite from Ommegang and if I have the choice, I will take Three Philosophers or Abbey Ale or Rare Vos any day before this one.

But it wasn't bad in any way. On tap at Cooper's Tavern, tail end of Madison Craft Beer Week. Was great to get to try all these Ommegang beers on tap.

This one poured an opaque black, w/ a thin-ish white head that stuck around a long time. Roasty aroma and flavor of a really thick porter. The mouth feel of a chewy stout. Rather disappointingly low in sweetness and fairly one-dimensional. Easy to drink, that's for sure. But I was expecting more.

Photo of SweJon
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of SaneMan
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.88/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Joshgonzales79
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of Satchboogie
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Arborescence
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pitch black, one finger dense head.

Aroma: Belgian style malt and yeast, quite fresh.

Taste: Herbs and malt with a Belgian style body. Alcohol reasonably masked but resent. Lingering aftertaste with medicinal characteristics. Rather pleasant and warming.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, a little bit of carbonation.

Overall: Not as balanced as it could be, but very tasty. I like the medicinal characteristics in particular. Somewhat different than other Ommegang beers, but not in a bad way!

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of sbricker
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Art of Darkness pours a black color, with a a large creamy head, that stubbornly wont go away. The smell is enticing, its sweet, with Belgian candies, but has a dark undertone, smokey, malty, bitter and boozy. The taste starts sweet, lots of belgian candy flavors, then a strong hit from the alcohol kicks in, and finishes with a malty finish. Nice strong taste, can sip on this one, and enjoy it. Overall a fantastic beer, complex and very enjoyable.

Photo of whatname
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of larbush
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of deebo
4/5  rDev +1%

Art Of Darkness from Brewery Ommegang
89 out of 100 based on 609 ratings.