Art Of Darkness
Brewery Ommegang

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Style:
Belgian Strong Dark Ale
ABV:
8.9%
Score:
89
Avg:
3.97 | pDev: 10.83%
Reviews:
135
Ratings:
687
From:
Brewery Ommegang
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
89
Very Good
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Notes: Let us now acknowledge the dark arts of brewing. Our limited edition Art of Darkness Ale is deep, dark and magical, with champagne-like carbonation and rich matiness from a complex recipe of multiple barley and wheat malts, as well as flaked oats.

Using no spices or flavorings, Art of Darkness gains all its rich aromas, tastes, and apparent spiciness from the malts and Ommegang's proprietary house yeast.

There are no secret ingredients or magical incantation. There is only Ommegang brewers' creating the finest quality dark, strong ale of complex and deep character.

Art of Darkness is a fine ale to enjoy immediately, and is excellent to cellar.
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Reviews: 135 | Ratings: 687
Reviews by BeerAndGasMasks:
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3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the older bottle, it pours a dark brown with a light brown head. Lacing as you enjoy it. There are prunes, raisins and the like in the nose. The mouth gets the dried fruit and alcohol in the mouth.

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Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of frankiepop
4.7/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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."

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Photo of CDCNAM
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of szmnnl99
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of normanbeats
4.46/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Weas
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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!

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Photo of prisdefer
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of pat_usher
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of jrob21
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SadMachine
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of bennettj1087
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of tehmogue
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of ATfrisco
4.7/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Jmitchell3
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of roblowther
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big bottle, corked, dark, Belgian style. Life is good.. It looks more like a porter than anything Belgian, black with a dense tan head. Smells of carob, raisins, hay, and lemons. I think my mom made that as a soup once. The taste is very nice, leather, bread, a graininess, and then a dry finish. The mouthfeel is substantial, slick, and lightly carbonated. Overall, this is really a nice beer. It is dry, maybe a bit too much so but that just makes you want to drink some more, so good on ya!

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Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of NoetheMatt
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Pencible
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly opaque dark mahogany with lots of fluffy light tan head.
S: It smelled like banana and clove and raisin, with some milk chocolate and cream, and a bit of maple and candi sugar.
T: It tasted like banana and clove and cocoa powder, with some sweet raisin and candi sugar and sour Belgian yeast. It had a clean and mild aftertaste that was sweet and sour.
M: It was oily and smooth with lots of fine natural carbonation. Beautiful slick body.
D: This was one of the sweeter Belgian dark ales I've had, with nice delicate scent and taste. The body was great, the alcohol was well hidden, and the finish was very mellow. So it was quite easy to drink, but sippable too. It could probably age quite well, but it was nice fresh also. Solid brew.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of TTripp725
2.92/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of kencarman
3.27/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

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Photo of 2neardead
3/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of civicm87
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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Art Of Darkness from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 687 ratings