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Art Of Darkness - Brewery Ommegang

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566 Ratings
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Ratings: 566
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 33
Gots: 90 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Walkinbeauty, Mar 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

blange3, Mar 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

djrn2, Mar 30, 2012
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4.73/5  rDev +19.4%

A- Heavy black color with subtle mahogany undertones.

S-Very satisfying, great bouquet of vanilla, dark fruit, yeasty notes reminiscent to that of a Unibroue.

T- Outstanding. One of the best if not the best Belgian Strong Darks I've had in quite a while.

M- Liquid velvet.

O- Get it while you can, simply a brew not to be missed.

ATfrisco, Mar 29, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev +3%

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a jet black color and a thick texture. There was a huge, off white, creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A big aroma of malt, yeast, dark fruit, and a hint of chocolate.

T: Tasted of Belgian yeast, dark fruit (plums), a little bit of chocolate, and a hint of coffee. Not exactly a typical BDA flavor, but still complex and tasty.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth, crisp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A very well made, drinkable beer.

avalon07, Mar 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

Magery, Mar 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

RichH55, Mar 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

DarthGuitarHero, Mar 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

bobv, Mar 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Oboogie, Mar 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

ixodus, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of Greywulfken
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%

A: looks like a stout but not quite pitch black, huge head which persisted throughout the drink; left lots of lace

S: mild aroma of light roasted malts and vague hops and yeast

T: initially slightly bitter, burnt roasted malt and brighter notes of hops and yeast; distant anise and espresso, sweetness on the back end... as it warmed, licorice flavors became much stronger, and it also sweetened

M: lighter on the tongue than it looks; carbonation adds crispness; tiny bit of astringency on the roof of my mouth

O: balanced and complex - somewhere between an imperial stout, a strong Belgian ale, and a black ale; I imagine this beer will acquire more mellowness and sweetness with age

Greywulfken, Mar 25, 2012
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4.73/5  rDev +19.4%

750 ml bottle that had an attractive black wiring holding the tight cork. Upon popping the cork, smoke hovered in the bottle, but did not dispense out. Poured a cool beer into Ommegang's own classy tulip glass and what a creamy big foam head with good lacing and sustenance. Color was dark dark brown near black, maybe hints of red ruby. As the beer disappears spin that beer around and the head reconstitutes itself a bit. I like that.

The aroma has a nice malty sweetness and some nice fruit scents arise.

Taste buds were hit with a true to Ommegang form of balancing a nice malty sweet flavoring balanced against subtle fruit & a bit of spice. Art of Darkness ups the ante a bit with an upfront blast of like licorice or espresso flavorings that remind you of an American style stout without the thickness. The beer finishes a tasty rich sweet bitterness.

A surprisingly smoooth heavy flavored malted beverage. Ladies who don't like stouts because of the grittiness then you might try Darkness if you are looking for more flavor.

A great beer that I may up my ratings on. So what complements this new monster addition to the Ommegang lineup? Well a perfect addition on a northern winter night in a craftsman home with a fireplace blazing while listening to Cecil Taylor percussive style piano with Jimmy Lyons saxophone player blazing next to him. I recommend the angry recording made in Germany "One More Salty Swift and Not Goodbye."

frankiepop, Mar 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

elec, Mar 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Hanzo, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of Edwaka01
4.65/5  rDev +17.4%

Imperial pint poured draft.

A - Pours dark, dark brown, bordering on black. 1/2 finger head with decent retention time.

S - Toasted malts, wheat, coffee, and distinct Belgian-style yeastiness.

T - SMOOTH. Wheaty, malty, fairly straight-forward. Very drinkable per 8.9% and it's color. Hints of light cocoa on the finish, and no presence of alcohol whatsoever.

M - Lighter than expected, from the wheat, but not thin in the mouth. Very drinkable.

O - My favorite Ommegang in a while, which says a lot because I dig all the beers they do. Highly recommended, should be releasing to retail very soon.

Edwaka01, Feb 13, 2012
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Art Of Darkness from Brewery Ommegang
89 out of 100 based on 566 ratings.