Friday, April 5, 2013

Ommegang Art of Darkness


  • SRM Color : 29
  • Brewer: Brewery Ommegang
  • Brewer's 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 maltiness 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.
  • Recommended Glassware: A Tulip
  • Russ' rating: 9 of 10
  • With the brew: The light at the end of the tunnel
  • Comments: I have been doing a large number of Belgian dark Ales lately. They have surpassed Porters and Stout as my favorite style. Ommegang has a very tasty one in Art of Darkness. The bouquet at pour has a spicy malt character that is at once sweet and biting. The head consisted of average ( 0.5mm - 0.7mm ) bubbles and even though it dissipated rapidly there was a ring of wet lasing chasing my beer down the glass. The body of the beer is darker than its stereotype and lends credence to such a dramatic name. The mouthfeel of the beer is lighter than most Belgian dark ales giving it a subtle drink-ability and malty smoothness that is in stark opposition to the sharp spicy notes. I would like to see how this one ages, but it would be a hard task not to drink it when it gets home.

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