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Art Of Darkness - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
89
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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5/5  rDev +26.3%

Joshgonzales79, May 13, 2012
Photo of Satchboogie
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Satchboogie, May 13, 2012
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!

Arborescence, May 12, 2012
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

DrunkinYogi, May 12, 2012
Photo of sbricker
3/5  rDev -24.2%

sbricker, May 11, 2012
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.

vette2006c5r, May 11, 2012
Photo of whatname
4/5  rDev +1%

whatname, May 11, 2012
Photo of larbush
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

larbush, May 10, 2012
Photo of deebo
4/5  rDev +1%

deebo, May 08, 2012
Photo of PaBeerLover
4/5  rDev +1%

PaBeerLover, May 07, 2012
Photo of CopeTech
3.23/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty beer,it has nice fine head and delicate lacing. Surprisingly uninspired for an ommegang strong dark. The aroma is faint and slightly sour. Perhaps guinesslike with a belgium yeast.
The taste holds true to a belgium dark, but fades quickly leaving you to wonder where are the monk's subtiltiesand depth.
The color is more of starbucksthan of a quad.
I expect a mature strong beer to take advantage of the full yeast lifecycle not hide from it.

CopeTech, May 07, 2012
Photo of BeerLover99
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep, black/brown body, finger khaki head,

S: fig, raisin, nutty, caramel, mild chocolate, big malt

T: big malt, raisins, cocoa, mild roasted, mild fig/boozy finish

M: med body, mild chewy/smooth mouth

O: Ommegang continues to deliver fine brews.
I would get again + recommend to others.
Pairing: nice piece of beef, lamb, bbq or dessert.

VERY GOOD, WORTH GETTING!

BeerLover99, May 06, 2012
Photo of GTB
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

GTB, May 06, 2012
Photo of axeman9182
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle, allowed to warm some before being poured into my petite Duvel tulip.

Art of Darkness pours a solid black, with three plus fingers of light tan colored foam. Head retention is pretty good, and lacing is on the spotty side. The nose is very nice, with lots of plum, raisin, and fig. There's a little bit of roasty grains and clove-like phenols present in the background. The roast and phenols come way to the foreground in the flavor profile. That combination, present in that intensity, ends up coming off as a bit harsh/astringent. Sweet-ish dark fruits are still present, but somewhat drowned out by the other aspects of the flavor profile. The body has just a touch too much heft, but it's paired with a very active, expressive carbonation. Art of Darkness seemed promising at first, but just missed the mark for being a great take on a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. It's the latest in what's been a string of very "meh" beers for me from Ommegang.

axeman9182, May 06, 2012
Photo of Jaycase
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: deep, dark brown - doesn't seem quite black. thick, creamy light mocha colored head.

s: caramel, molasses. yeast. plums, prunes, raisins. slight bit of booze

t: malts, sweetness at the beginning. yeast flavor settles in midway. dark fruit not as present as in the aroma.

m: light and creamy. med high carbonation.

o: decent offering from Ommegang. one of those which I'm glad I tried but not likely to seek out again. thought the aroma was better than the taste. worth a try.

Jaycase, May 05, 2012
Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours mahogany with 2 fingers of tan head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Dark fruit, plums & raisins, some phenolic notes

T: Plums & figs with phenolic twang & some boozeyness up front, a bit of dark chocolate too. Green apple skin as this warms, a bit of figs & carob, along with black currants as this warms & more dark chocolate. Finishes dry & boozey with more apple skin, figs & carob

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation Booze warmth & dryness throughout this sampling

An alright Belgian Dark, perhaps too young to sample. To me this bottle looks to be a year or 2 from optimum. The last few beers from Ommegang haven't really wowed me. Pretty good, not great

russpowell, May 05, 2012
Photo of david18
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a few twelve ounce drafts of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Overall a good beer and a very good example of the style.

Appearance was very dark with a very dark head that left quite a bit of lacing.

Aroma was all about the dark fruit. A little bit of malt but mostly raisons and prunes.

Flavor as well. Raisins, prunes along with some alcohol heat that complemented the beer well.

Very good beer.

david18, May 03, 2012
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter.

Appearance: The name says it all darkness, pitch black with a darker tan head. Head rises without trying hard it rises to roughly two fingers length.

Smell: Rich yeast, slight hops and light barley. Very potent.

Taste: Like the scent the yeast comes off very strong. The alcohol is pretty evident, honestly taste is somewhere between 4 and a 4.5 but hard to pinpoint.

Mouth: Great texture, and even better after taste..body is medium carbonation coming off full.

Overall: Superb, and a blessing to have the "darkness". Rich beer and worth every penny. Definitely need to treat yourself, Salud!

BlurryVisi0n, May 03, 2012
Photo of Infamous7100
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark mahogany with some orange tints around the edges.
S: dark fruits, mainly plums, figs and raisin. Smells great.
T: very complex. The immense malt is balanced by the dark fruits present in the aroma. Sweet, but balanced by the warming booze toward the back.
M: some high carbonation and full bodied. A nice, boozy sweet hang for the aftertaste.
O: do yourself a favor and pick the up. Very complex, tasty and improves as it warms. All kinds of different nuances come through in time. Well done by Ommegang.

Infamous7100, May 03, 2012
Photo of Shango42
4/5  rDev +1%

Shango42, May 02, 2012
Photo of One2Remeber
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Thick, ultra creamy khaki head. Deep, dark brown body. Looks like a India Black Ale. Head stays around for a short couple minutes but leaves coating the glass with a sticky film.

S: Dark mild fruits (prunes), dry spicy yeast, hints of toffee.

T: Candy (red licorice) with an intense soapy/shampoo finish. Spicy yeast combines with a grainy, heavy malt taste for a crazy taste bud experience.

M: Mild carbonation, fizzes for a bit before leaving a sticky, syrup feel.

O: Does not blow palate away in flavor, yet is quite enjoyable. Going out on a limb and comparing it to a Scottish Ale with Belgian yeast.

One2Remeber, May 01, 2012
Photo of BillyTWilliams
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

BillyTWilliams, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of ummswimmin
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I ran across this great find in a local wine store that doesn't do well in their beer purchases. You get about 25 options (outside of 20 different packages of BMC). I'm not going to complain. I'll just enjoy this very well made Belgian Strong Dark.

The foam on this beer is very fluffy and sticky on the pour. The resulting lacing is really nice on the glass.

I like the smell on this glass. You really breathe in the caramel and rich flavor.

Overall, this was a very well made beer. If you run across a bottle, then I recommend picking this up.

ummswimmin, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of bsimms
4/5  rDev +1%

bsimms, Apr 29, 2012
Art Of Darkness from Brewery Ommegang
89 out of 100 based on 593 ratings.