Art Of Darkness | Brewery Ommegang

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3.96/5
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689 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
ommegang.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Edwaka01 on 02-13-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
135
Ratings:
689
pDev:
10.86%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of normanbeats
4.46/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours bright mahagony under a billowy, sudsy yet persistent 3” tan foam collar that clings to the side of the glass.
S: Fruit, dart dried fruit, chocolate, a little earthiness.
T: Toffee with light butterscotch notes, dark malts, prune, fig, dark sugars, spice, dark bread, mild bitterness on the finish. No harsh or burnt flavors.
F: Creamy, slightly above average carbonation, medium body.
O: Well balanced, complex, easy to drink.

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Photo of Jmikepow
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aussiebeer
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jams1220
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cd34
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of csurowiec
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of craigdb
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of logicalparadox
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Eziel
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RBuckley73
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JasW
3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Disappointment reigns here. Ruining everything is a tart, acidic undertone. If it weren't for that, this might be a more than decent BSDA. As it is, it is subpar, and an unexpected swing and a miss from an otherwise terrific brewery.

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Photo of auswild
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ilovelampandbeer
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kkazemi
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EdFed
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FrankShirley
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of founddrama
3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bit more of a bitter bite when compared to something like Local 2. Still a very serviceable Belgian style ale. (Borderline 4? My expectations were high.)

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Photo of LennyBound
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LightnerLiquorKS
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LXIXME
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drummerguy
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChrisMon02
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good but just shy of upper class. Would have again.

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Photo of Markyd02
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of poppollutesminds
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Art Of Darkness from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 689 ratings