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Ominous - Bad Weather Brewing Company

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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Bad Weather Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: dmadsen on 05-28-2013

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4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bad Weather - Ominous... and I poured it after trudging inside from a hard-blowing storm of micro-hail, damp and shivering. Perfect timing.

Pours a deep, insidious dark mahogany shade, yielding next to nothing to the light and mostly opaque. The smell is dank and wonderful - fresh, starchy banana bread. This beer is damn good; roasted malts dominate, with rich notes all around - toffee, booze, toasted pepper flakes, a bit of plum; and what few hops there are merely round out the wonderfully bitter near-burnt roasted flavors. There isn't much to the aftertaste, but then again, there's little to no noticeable mouthfeel either - for all of its strength of aroma and flavor, it goes down like a strong Vietnamese iced coffee.

This is possibly the best damn "regular" beer I've ever had - anything better has been in a 4-pack, bomber, or on-tap only. I'm already making a note to go pick up a whole lot more in case it runs out, because I'm leaping straight from "could drink this almost every day" to making it so! I still kick myself in the foot over missing out on more of Summit's limited release pumpkin porter, so I could just be paranoid.

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4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of maedhros09
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Deep dark brown like a porter with generous tan head that retains nicely.

Smell: Sweet dark fruit

Taste: Moderately sweet dark fruit, mildly roasty, with mild herbal hops presence. Just enough alcoholic spice.

Feel: Thick and smooth

Overall: I wouldn't say I had low expectations for this beer - maybe slightly above average expectations. But from the pour, with its big fluffy head, to the last sip, I can honestly say this was a very pleasant surprise. The balance leans towards sweetness but it works very well. The palate has a nice complexity from the dark fruit to the slight roastiness, and the body is nice and thick. I definitely recommend trying this one if you can still find it.

Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish black with some hints of amber. Moderate amount of bubbles and a big three finger tan head which slowly fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A nicely roasty and sweet dark malt driven aroma with good hints of chocolate and dark fruit. Dark roasted malts with good hints of chocolate, biscuit, grains, toast, coffee, caramel, toffee, nuts, and yeast. Sweet scent of molasses and candied sugar. Dark fruit presence with hints of raisins, plum, prune, and dates. Also some earthy hops in the background. A very solid malty aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma suggests, a deep roasty and sweet dark malt driven taste with good notes of chocolate and dark fruit. Toasty dark roasted malts with a big taste of biscuit, chocolate, toast, coffee, grains, caramel, toffee, yeast, and nuts. Sweet taste of candied sugar and dark molasses. Dark fruit undertones with notes of raisin, prune, plum, and dates. Earthy hops linger in the background. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy and somewhat syrupy. Finishes fairly smooth with only minimal alcohol heat.

Overall: A very good take on the winter warmer style. More on the roasty chocolate side than the spicy type. Kind of reminds me of Great Divide's Hibernation.

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4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dmadsen
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this beer for the first time on tap at Muddy Pig. Very good.

Second time was at Grumpy's NE. After 3 pints... I'm sold. All around good beer. Malty, balanced, a touch boozy (which I like). When I'm not in the mood to be kicked in the teeth by a hop cone and still want a good beer - this is is on the current top 5 list.

Mouthfeel, color, head retention, on and on... Don't get too worked up, beer geek. Just order a pint, drink it, and order another. Does the body good.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Nose: spice, malt, rich sugars, fruit.
Brilliant mahogany, 1" finely bubbled off-white foam cap, slowly dissipates to thick film, excellent lace.
Palate: rich, dark fruit, dark sugars, chocolate, prune to cherry, touch of cola grown in intensity by the finish, some pepper in the finish. Sweet but not cloying.
Chewy, medium low carbonation, fine and soft carbonation, creamy.

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Photo of Phocion
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle packaged on 10/10/14 poured into La Trappe goblet. Dark brown body with hints of red, which if not held to the light looks almost jet black. Thin but retentive tan head (which was poured very gently). Thin but sticky lacing.

Interesting nose which seems like a combination of a BDSA and some sort of brown. Rich roasty, malty, and nutty malt aromas are dominant, but just barely. Caramel and candi sugar aromas along with dark fruits (raisins, dates) also fight for the lead, with a bit of chocolate.

Flavor overall follows the nose. Very roasty and malt-forward; chocolate, nuts, grains, and toffee. The dark candi sugars give it a touch of molasses, anise, and dark fruitiness. This may be reasonably hopped, but aside from a hint of bitterness in the finish it isn't particularly noticeable as the malts and sugar overpower it. No astringency or noticeable yeastiness. Light alcoholic finish.

Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated. Soft and warm due to the relatively high alcohol content. Very creamy and almost feels like oats were added. (Edit: According to the Bad Weather website, oats are indeed present).

Overall, I went into this beer without any ideas as to what it would actually taste like. Once I realized it wasn't a typical winter warmer, I rather enjoyed it. Nice mash-up of a darker, maltier American style and a darker Belgian.

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4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A. Dark. No transparency. Thick creamy head fades slow.

S. Malts. Cut grass. Coffee. Zesty lemony aroma. Very nice and refreshing.

T. Really complex. Got a touch of citrus up front. Malts and toasted grains. Bitter hops but not super strong. Peppery. A nice chocolate sweetness follows.

M Pretty light but there is some foamy richness. Boozy tangy aftertaste.

O. Good beer by a brewery that impresses me more and more with each beer I have. Mix of flavors is great. Alcohol is fairly well hidden. Sweet sour and bitter. I'll have this again.

Poured into shaker pint.

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Ominous from Bad Weather Brewing Company
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