Ommegang Art of Darkness

Today's beer review is in honor of Valentine's Day. 


Luckily for me this was another expensive ($15.99) but worthwhile beer that my sister brought home to share. Art of Darkness is supposed to conjure forth dark and magical thoughts, but for some reason I just keep thinking I should be listening to a lo-fi black metal album from the Scandinavian wilderness. Lower your head to allow your cowl to keep your face steeped in shadow so that this ritual may begin.


As one would expect from a beer with the word darkness in the name, it was black with an off white head. I could smell chocolate, mint, and smoke with an overall roastiness that permeated all the aromas. The flavor was a bitter mix of roast malt, smoke, chocolate, sour cherry, and char. Despite the beginning bitter flavor the finish was sweet. The carbonation reminded me of cola. Although this beer is made to be enjoyed immediately or cellared, I think I may have enjoyed it a bit more if it aged and some of the flavors had a chance to blend together. I liked this beer and found it impressive, but it isn't quite what I like.

Overall: 8/10


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About Colin Smith

Hi, I'm Colin, I love a good hoppy IPA, but I can find immense enjoyment in a solid session beer, imperial stout, quadrupel or a nostalgic beer from my past.

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