Art Of Darkness
Brewery Ommegang

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Belgian Strong Dark Ale
3.97 | pDev: 10.83%
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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
Photo of carlton012
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love Ommegang almost anything, and will try every brew of theirs, this was a great brew. I love it because it had those same flavors of my Ommegang brew (abbey ale), but those flavors were very mild; the rest of the beer is big and bold. I love the appearance because it looks like a slightly watered down cup of black coffee with a lot of head on it. Plus, who doesn't like a liberal beer? Bravo!

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Photo of thagr81us
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into Trappe Door tulip. Poured a massively dark reddish brown with a two finger light khaki colored head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark fruit, bread, earth, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet amlt, dark fruit, bread, earth, and very subtle sweet alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. While the flavor and aroma on this one was fairly complex, it just left a little to be desired if I am completely honest. All of the right aspects for the style were definitely present, but I just wish they would have come across a little more balanced. Worth trying if you get the chance though.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown. Light tan head in the snifter. Aroma is bakers chocolate, nutty sweetness, slight spicy Belgian notes. It was almost cake-like in a way. Taste carried that cake-like sweet chocolate nuttiness. Slightly sweet, but there was an earthy Belgian note to balance the chocolate. Nice full body, creamy and with a solid carbonation presentation.

Had never heard of this, but I rather enjoyed it. I didn't care too much for Seduction, but this was a treat.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark brown, almost black. Light tan, tight bubbled head. Slow to leave, lots of cling.

S - Sweet dark malt, light barny fecal, fruity.

T - Cocoa, fruitiness, a little chalky, light soy and chocolate milk at finish.

M - Medium body, very carbed, ok finish.

D - Good to try.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours black with some mahogany highlights. Nice creamy off-white head. Some lace.

S: Plum, some dark chocolate, molasses, inviting.

T: Classic dark fruit flavour, prune, some date sugar, light hints of dark chocolate. Some mild sweetness. Yeast character is minor.

M: Off-dry, maybe a tad too much sugar which keeps it a bit off-balanced, but should dry out through time. A minor quibble, I've seen a lot worse in American made BSDAs. Creamy mouthfeel, soft carbonation, light and crisp on the palate.

O: A very solid effort, not the best I've had from Ommegang, but well made for sure. Just hoping the bottles aren't over $10, otherwise it'd be a good QPR.

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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 avalon07
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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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 Edwaka01
4.62/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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