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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
 
 
Wants:
42
Gots:
124
Trade:
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Ratings: 689 |  Reviews: 135
Photo of confer
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this after a few friends tried it in Cooperstown. We split a case several ways still came to 15 a bottle.
Pours dark brown and almost completely opaque. Nice tan 1/2 finger head hangs around for a short time.
Smell is on the boozy side.
No booziness in the taste. Slight bitterness with a sweet finish.
Overall another interesting beer from Ommegang. Due to the price I'm glad it was a one time offer.

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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Soapy head on thick dark brown body, with a lace sheet. yeasty aroma, I like their yeast. Smooth drinker, above average mouthfeel. Sweetish,and yet a little earthy, some malted milk, chocolate malt,touch of anise, not that complex still nicely drinkable.

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Photo of uturn
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

How served: 750ml corked and caged poured into a Ommegang glass.

A: This beer poured an extremely dark brown/black with an impressive 3 finger light brown head which dissipated slowly and left a very nice thick lacing on my glass.

N: The nose was light but full of dark fruits like plum and raisin with hints of dark chocolate and of the Belgian yeast.

T: The taste of this brew starts off on the sweet side with dark fruit flavors like prunes, raisins and dates and a nice hint of candi sugar and dark chocolate. By mid palate the sweetness mellows out and you get some warmth from the alcohol and it ends more on a nice dry note.

B: The body was light to medium with a creamy feel with a lively carbonation level which tickles the tongue.

D: The drinkability was very good especially since the body was light to medium.

O: Overall this brew could have benefited from a little more body, otherwise it is very good.

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Photo of brendaniel
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of TheBishopco
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of BeerOps
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of vonnegut21
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Art Of Darkness
Brewery Ommegang
Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
ABV: 8.90 %

LOOK: Dark brown, with a deep amber hint. Off white mocha head forms and leaves plenty of lace down the glass.

SMELL: Dark fruits of raisin, fig, plum and date are all upfront with mocha undertones. Belgian yeast spiciness and a subtle sweet smell. Nice.

TASTE: Dark chocolates and coffee, notice how all three descriptions I have given all start with the word DARK. More fig and raisin flavor with a nice robust roasted malt profile. Little bitterness but an even balance. Well disguised alcohol, and everything is screaming belgian strong dark mixed with stout.

FEEL/IMPRESSION: Medium to full bodied, smooth, creamy and well carbonated. Overall I thought this was yet another very good offering from brewery Ommegang. Aging this in whiskey barrels is the next logical step.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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

Serving Type - 22oz caged and corked bottle.

Appearance - Dark brown/black, killer creamy 3+ inch head and tons of lacing.

Smell - Dark candy fruits, malts, yeast, lots of cherry, lemon, some chocolate and brown sugars, some wheat aroma and a little spice kick at the end.

Taste - Huge sour fruit bite at first sip. Plum, rasin, grapefruit, grapes and dark roasted chocolate malts hit you. Yeasty sweetness, belgian spicey notes, lots of spices and sugars. The finish has some coffee and nut flavor. Alcohol is there but not as present as a near 9% beer would expect.

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness and pretty strong presence of flavors. Tougne gets the fruits and yeast, were the palate gets more malts and spices. Finish is a bit sour and dry.

Overall - Pretty tasty and enjoyable. Kind of like a strong ale mixed with a porter. It takes a few drinks to get into this one for sure. Not something to drink weekly but for sure another quailty beer from ommegang. Price is steap but its worth a try.

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

Deep pitch black body this is the Art of Darkness, okay we get it, there's also a light tan head forming thick, with Belgian inspired lacing. Aromatics offer up with dark cocoa, spicy aromatics inspired by the yeasts fermentation process. Dark malts give off a solid roasted malt aspect that I can relate to anyday, also a dark toasted nut quality coming out with the bier I'm sippin' on. Floral spicy yeast base, with dark roasted malts slightly creamy acidity almost yogurt like. Especially tasty dark beer, hybrid Belgian American dark ale, with even flowing carbonation and a medium bodied ale that I really enjoy. Overall impressive offering, that is tasty and satisfying for the beer drinker's palate.

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Photo of rkarimi
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a snifter

Appearance – The beer was dark brown nearly black with a one finger off white/tan head. The head had a moderate retention but eventually faded to give a good level of lacing.

Smell – The aromas were quite nice. A nose of dark chocolate and dark fruits of cherry, fig and raisin were the strongest. There was a good yeasty and roasted aroma which created a very nice balance to the sweeter fruit aromas.

Taste – The taste was very much of what was sensed in the nose. It began with a roasted malt, brown bread and more cocoa taste. Quickly however the fruit notes that were detected in the smell worked their way into the taste with them being largely of fig and raisin. A very light yeast taste was also present, but was largely overshadowed by the cocoa, roasty, and sweet fruit base. These flavors took the taste to the end where the fruit tastes lightened up a bit and where a lighter alcohol flavor came to the picture; the mix leaving a warming tingle and a roasty chocolate dark fruit bread flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – While the more mild carbonation level was very fitting for the beer, the body of the beer was disappointingly thin. It was quite watery ad really never allowed all those darker flavors to penetrate the tongue.

Overall - Other than the weak body this was a rather tasty beer. Good flavor profiles and transitions created a very nice taste experience.

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Photo of msarver16
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of WynnO
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark brown-black color with a finger of frothy chocolate head atop. The head fades fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate and dark fruits, with some wheat, and some Belgian yeasts.

T - Starts off some roasted dark chocolate and sweet dark fruits with a bit of wheat. Through the middle, some oats come through with the Belgian yeast flavor getting stronger as well. The finish is a mix of chocolate, a bit of dark fruit, some wheat, and and Belgian yeast funkiness.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nicely balanced with a good depth of balance. Really nice blend of chocolate and dark fruit with the yeast character.

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Photo of drop6301
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of wesley14
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of polishkaz
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of gbrill
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Phelps
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a tasting snifter at Tops.

Deep black, yet thin-looking and watery, wit a small layer of fizzy light tan head.

Lots of fruit in the nose. Bubble gum, strawberry, raisin. Spicy yeast lends pepper and a pinch of banana-flavored runts. A little anise and toast in the background.

The flavor starts with same fruitiness of strawberries and dates. Alcohol is added to a nice blend of maple and toast, while the swallow brings another flash of tangy prunes. Maybe a little heavy on alcohol, but a good BSDA flavor overall.

Feels thicker than it looks, with a smooth medium body. Carbonation is a little too high, prickling the tongue. There’s more alcohol in the flavor than in the feel, though I do get some heartburn.

Gets better and better as it warms. Nice complexity, with many layers of flavor for perusal. 4

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