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Ominous - Bad Weather Brewing Company

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46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bad Weather Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dmadsen on 05-28-2013)
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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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4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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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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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4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
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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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted 2 Feb 2014.

Pours a dark chocolate brown, clear at the edges. One finger of light yellow-tan head. Good retention, okay lacing.

Smell is faint, a touch smoky, with dark-roasted woody malts. Has a medicinal twinge that brings it down a notch.

Taste is quite good. The smoke and wood are here, too, but they work together much better. They're also more potent, and there's nothing off. Fades bitter in the finish. A really pleasant, very wintry beer, like sitting around a smoky campfire.

Feel is fine. Doesn't add, doesn't take away. Medium-bodied, carb a little on the low side.

I really like this beer. Its subtle smoke, the lightly sweet woody malts. The kind of beer I want to sit and enjoy while watching a fire or a movie.

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3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into bad weather chalice.

1 finger of tan head. Color is a deep black.

Flavor profile: Very stout-like. Molasses and licorice. Caramel and chocolate. Some dark fruits. It seems to have a coffee roast to it. It also has a creaminess to it with notes of vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and roasted. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends dry and roasted.

Overall, a very interesting take on a 'winter warmer'. This beer is delicious. Very easy to drink with a lot of awesome flavors.

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Ominous from Bad Weather Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.