Ominous | Bad Weather Brewing Company

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Bad Weather Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Clouds grow dark, the wind picks up, a chill sets in -- the weather is not looking good. Thankfully, our winter seasonal OMINOUS is the perfect beer for this situation. Warming from the inside out, it’s a good reason to stay indoors. At 7.5% abv, this Midwest Warmer has layers to stand up to the most frigid of winter nights or rain-soaked spring days. American, English and Belgian malts come together to satisfy the soul with a rich, nutty, roasted flavors. Dark candi sugar brings out hints of dates, raisins, plum and chocolate. OMINOUS is a dark storm of a beer - big, intense and something to keep your eye on.

Added by dmadsen on 05-28-2013

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Photo of bfirkin45
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of BirchPoint
4.79/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ta_hagen
4.79/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My go to winter warmer now for sure. The taste has flavors of banana bread, figs, red peppers, black cherry, and caramel. Has the burnt brown ale tasty finish. Kind of tastes hoppy when cold, but when it warms up, you get more of cherry and (raisin)ing taste. The raisin taste stays on the palate, but is very nice. At 7.5% abv, no hint of alcohol and these could get you in trouble if you loose count of how many you have. A good option for a cold night, which we've had plenty of this winter here in Minnesota. Thumbs up!

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Photo of Bonerbrewing
4.7/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of dhofrenn
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

An excellent porter, great taste, lovely malt aromas with light bitterness.

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Photo of Sirwootalot
4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
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 *really* 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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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of BeerSnobRobinson
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Can_if_you_can
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Initially gave this a 2.5, raised it to current rating. I think i had the “winter warmer” recipie a few years ago, this is the return of the double brown recipie and its really good, slightly nutty and dark fruits balanced well with a faint booziness, the mouthfeel and carbonation are a tad much, other than that this is an amazing example of a brown ale, especially with a higher a.b.v.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark color. A bit of head that lasts for a bit. Nose is a bit hard to describe, but it is pleasing. The taste is rich. It's got chocolate notes to it as well. Not bad at all.

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Photo of Catlin
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of maedhros09
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
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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Photo of KyleSweetsema
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dmadsen
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
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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Photo of tvenne
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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 Danegerous123
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Tyecko
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of beerguy23
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of KarlHungus
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

(Re-review 1/22/17, original score 4.25)

Arrive a dark amber color. The head is minimal due to the pour, but lacing is nice. The aroma is malty with caramel, and toffee. It isn't all that complex, but it is still quite pleasing. The taste has more going on. There are big caramel notes with more toffee, some nigat, and a very faint hint of chocolate. There is a moderate bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a velvety texture. Overall, this is a nice winter beer. I would drink it again happily.

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Photo of Evilyak
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

yeah. i could get used to this one.

poured from a can, not too cold, into a glass. dark, dark brown.

definitely sweet. the ever-popular dark fruit shows up in this one - dried cherries but also fig. i like what someone said downstairs in terms of banana bread, too.

strong but not boozy. thick but not clingy.

a++++ would buy again.

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Photo of CCutch
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Briancaldel
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of herman77
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Ominous from Bad Weather Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 80 ratings