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Art Of Darkness - Brewery Ommegang

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578 Ratings
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Ratings: 578
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 33
Gots: 91 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Edwaka01 on 02-13-2012)
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4/5  rDev +1%

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

DaveONan, Apr 22, 2012
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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
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

GarthDanielson, Apr 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

neckbracesub, Apr 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

FeastCoast, Apr 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Orbfan, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of Danobold
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Danobold, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

brentk56, Apr 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

BugTownPub, Apr 14, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

RebornStussy, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

jlindros, Apr 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

Goobastic, Apr 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

MrJolly, Apr 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

AApparel, Apr 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

bluetrevian, Apr 10, 2012
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3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at Max's, served in a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark brown/mahogany with a layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Fruity malt with some hints of cherry and dark fruit. There is a mild herbal not as well, but the malt is the thing that's standing out.

Taste: Definitely malt forward, which is to be expected. There is a sweetness, but it is delicate. Mild fruit notes are there, but less than the smell. I'm getting some warm alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

OVerall: I think they did a good job of what they set out to do. I would have another, but I don't think I'd spend the money on a whole bottle.

oline73, Apr 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

ChadC12, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presently this is ranked #6 in the Belgian Dark Ale category here on BA.

A: Poured a dark brown, Coca-Cola color, with a luxuriously foamy mocha colored head that I gave up on it ever dying down after a few minutes.

S: I definitely got some Belgian funk, but the concentrated dose of that gave way generously to a very fresh, filtered water quality that was divine. Lots of dark fruit notes as well.

T: This was basically a liquified "Fig Newton" with the organic and processed sugar quality all in one. The figs even lingered after each sip. Not the sugar part, but the actual grainy fruit.

M: Creamy and quite delectable, with the lacing on the glass and palate being quite substantial. In terms of sweetness, you should definitely pair this with something hearty.... or just have it as a dessert.

O: There was nothing really complex here, but just good old fashioned Belgian ale brewing. Really good stuff, and at a great price!

Chaney, Apr 07, 2012
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3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle served in a Tank 7 tulip. Poured a dark brown with some reddish hints. Big tan head, lots of carbonation in this one. Yeast spice in the aroma with a little dark malt. Belgian yeast spice predominated in the flavor. Some chocolate malt and a little dark fruit. Medium bodied. The spice was a little to over the top for me.

homebrewhawk, Apr 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

halo913, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of Vec2267
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - black with a great tan head, wonderful lacing

S - a complex mix of aromas where nothing dominates, roast malts, yeast twang, fruity, earthy

T - yeast twang and sour roast malt dominate, I prefer sweet to sour so this prejudices me against this beer, a lot going on, dark fruits, cocoa, alcohol

M - the carbonation that made the great head also makes it sparkle, light given the flavor profile

O - the sour aspects diminish the beer for me, though I can still appreciate the craftsmanship, the usual complex, quality beer from this brewery even if it did not hit my sweet spot

Vec2267, Apr 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

bill_rue, Apr 06, 2012
Art Of Darkness from Brewery Ommegang
89 out of 100 based on 578 ratings.