Oh, Ommegang, where have you been all my life? Seriously this brewery has done no wrong for me. A brewery that seems to pride itself on Belgian styles of beer, but being from no other place but New York. As I’ve said i have had other beers by Ommegang, but this is my first to review for the site. What better way to start off this relationship between BMD and Ommegang than with a bottle of their Brewmaster’s Obsession Series Art of Darkness Belgian-Style Dark Ale.
I had to pull out my Satan tulip glass for this one. The beer poured a beautiful black color with a two finger width tan head. The head stayed in a thin layer all the way down, leaving a nice lacing in the glass.
The aroma on this beer had hints of alcohol, clove, cherries, and a bit of an earthy/woodsy smell. Perfect for a Dark ale. I wouldn’t mind the smell of this beer to be lingering around a room with a fireplace lit that’s for sure.
The taste fallows the aroma with the strong alcohol taste, mixed with toasted malts, and licorice notes. The flavors are well balanced, letting this beer be an exceptional drinking experience. The body is not that heavy, as I thought it would be. The head on this beer is creamy, giving it a silky mouth feel. There is a spicy aftertaste. I am just in love with this beer, and can not wait to drink it again and again.
Art of Darkness obviously makes me think of some evil shit, so I immediately turned to the Doom Metal band, HOUR OF 13, and their song “Call to Satan” from their 2007 debut self titled album to pair with this amazing beer. So do as I do. Blast this song on full blast to disturb your neighbors, and have yourself a glass of this fine beverage! All Hail Art of Darkness!!!!