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Art Of Darkness - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
89
very good

598 Ratings
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Ratings: 598
Reviews: 125
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 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
Photo of Chugs13
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Chugs13, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of kencarman
3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is an unimpressive beer from a VERY impressive brewery. Dark as Hell, tons of head that doesn't want to stop: off white. Plenty of malt with some sweetness and a hint of sour, and Brett. No hops except bitter as warms. Malt indistinguishable, but no Brown, no Patent. All pils? But where did the dark come from? Nothing all that interesting, IMO. Mouthfeel heavy with malt. Aroma really tough to get much at all. Hops: after warms bitter asserts a tad, but nothing to get excited about.

Ommegang can, and get, done better. Buy Ommegang, the breweries namesake beer, if you want anything like this.

kencarman, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of CommonRider
4/5  rDev +1%

CommonRider, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, opaque, brownish sable with a very thick and somewhat persistent light tan head. The sample I got fizzed quite a bit, so I recommend having a towel handy when you crack open a bottle. Aroma has notes of caramel and molasses plus hints of licorice and pear. Superb flavor has a malty core and fruity, caramel and molasses tones, hints of horehound, licorice and honey. Smooth, firm-bodied texture does not have a lot of fizz, but it still pleases. Let this "dark side" seduce you while you have the opportunity.

Cyberkedi, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +1%

Texasfan549, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +1%

kjkinsey, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
3.2/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

High C+

kojevergas, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of Elfastball7
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Elfastball7, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

@ 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.

donkeyrunner, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of jcarbaugh
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

jcarbaugh, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of Tumble
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Tumble, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of Dope
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Dope, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of Snellgg5
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Snellgg5, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Rifugium, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

John_M, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of jlove5
4/5  rDev +1%

jlove5, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of DaveONan
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

DaveONan, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

JAHMUR, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

kylehay2004, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Mora2000, Apr 20, 2012
Art Of Darkness from Brewery Ommegang
89 out of 100 based on 598 ratings.