Art Of Darkness | Brewery Ommegang

Art Of DarknessArt Of Darkness
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Art Of DarknessArt Of Darkness

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

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.

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Ratings: 689 |  Reviews: 135
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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Apellonious
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

1 pt 9.4 fl oz bomber pkg 2/22/12

A - black with brown highlights. One finger head dissipates to a thin lace.

S - picking up spice, some yeast, maybe some dark fruit

T - non distinct and hard to place. The dark arts. Plum, fig, pepper. Getting some brown sugars.

M - very sharp. Slightly metallic. Mouthfeel is full.

O - decent if not overly memorable, makes me think a properly cellared version (who knows how long it was on the TWine shelf) may have been smoother and more complex.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of jbertsch
3.03/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle aged 1 year.

Pitch black appearance, even when held up to light. 1 finger of beige head.

Aroma is not significant. Most notable is the belgian-like yeast. Faint cocao and a hint of cherry.

Rather than distinct flavors, this is really a blend of flavors that are hard to pin down. Some christmas spices sit over dark grains, with a hint of chococlate, leather, and tobacco, and brown sugar... But you really have to search hard for those flavors.

Medium body. Not as belgian-like in the mouthfeel. Almost more brown ale-like.

Overall a decent beer, but it's a bit too non descript, without much character. I've come to expect more from Ommegang.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of socon67
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark brown pour with a mocha foam that retains well. No lacing of note and visible gurgling carbonation.

S - Scents of dark fruits, candy sugar, and chocolate. Smells alot like when you open that box of Russell Stover candy the first time.

T - Sweet notes of dark fruits, candied cherries, cocoa powder, and nutmeg. The Ommegang yeast strain is present and gives the finish a telltale tanginess.

M - Feels like it is on nitro-tap but wasn't. Has a creamy feel and the body masks the ABV well. Feels light and hits hard.

O - An interesting change-up from Ommegang. Not the best of the style by a longshot, but a very enjoyable offering from a local brewery that just nails Belgian styles.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of DMXLOX22
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22 oz. of this brew at my local establishment. Fully stoked to be drinking this beer. I just had to review this beer.

Appearance: Pours a black, earthy, with a great showing of a nice, white, fluffy head.

Smell: Has a strong aroma of spiced almonds and hints of chocolate. Enjoyed the presence of dark roasted malts.

Taste: The first sips brings a infiltration of dark malts, light flavors of banana and some tangy prunes. Has a moderate alcohol complexion. It did leave me wanting more. Has a clean aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Presents moderate carbonation. Light-bodied for a Belgian Ale.

Overall: Actually a delicious brew. Quite mellow and enjoyable, but also presented a strong-flavored body. Really enjoyed this beer and will have to try again if and when its available.

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4.28/5  rDev +8.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Gmann
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very deep brown color, almost black. The khaki colored head is moderate bubbled and slowly settles into a light cap.

The aroma is sugary sweet with some dark fruit notes. There is some plum, prune, and cherry notes. There is a light peppery spice from the yeast. Nothing crazy going on here.

Good cherry and prune flavor. Some musty clove notes from the yeast. A bit of woody or char flavors from the roasted malt but not much. Seems to be a dumbed down version of their quad.

The feel is moderate but way fizzy. The carbonation takes away from the flavor as it is hard to pick up some notes with all the fizziness. Sweet on the palate with a light spice offset.

A decent Belgian brew. Well made but not distinct, nothing really stands out and the carbonation is way too strong. Not really sure why they made this beer.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of Kevin73
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a mostly opaque reddish brown with a thin tan head that disappears quickly. One of the darkest quads I've ever tried. Also one of the driest. A fairly high carbonation is apparent from the first pour. The smell is yeasty and not much else. The taste is rye bread, malts, a hint of hops and very little sweetness of any kind. The beer is a bit boozie a result. Mouthfeel is good, nice carbonation, and not too thin. Basically my only complaint is it needs some sweetness to balance it out. Otherwise worth a try.

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4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Last 32 ounces of a keg into growler of same volume. Served in a chalice.

Appearance: Deep brown, almost black. Thin head just forming a brief film. Spotty lacing.

Aroma: Initial hint of a well fermented Christmas pudding. Dark fruits soaked in alcohol, with a subtle sweetness softened by a malty quality. Subtle cinnamon or allspice notes add interest and warmth. Very appealing.

Taste: Supported by the aroma; no surprises here. Reminiscent of a raisiny bread pudding or figgie pudding - but without the Devonshire cream weighing everything down. Pleasant, balanced. Raisins, plums, hint of molasses cookie and alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium, really. Surprisingly silky, followed by alcohol warmth. Quite lovely.

Overall: An interesting and very good example of the style. Pleased to have picked this up. Another quality statement from BO.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Art Of Darkness from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 82% out of 100 with 689 ratings
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