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Art Of Darkness - Brewery Ommegang

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89
very good

606 Ratings
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Ratings: 606
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 34
Gots: 96 | FT: 3
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Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Edwaka01 on 02-13-2012)
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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!

Photo of GTB
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

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.

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

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.

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!

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.

Photo of Shango42
4/5  rDev +1%

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.

Photo of BillyTWilliams
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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.

Photo of bsimms
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Chugs13
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

Photo of CommonRider
4/5  rDev +1%

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.

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +1%

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+

Photo of Elfastball7
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

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.

Photo of jcarbaugh
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Tumble
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

Art Of Darkness from Brewery Ommegang
89 out of 100 based on 606 ratings.