Ominous | Bad Weather Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Bad Weather Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 73
Photo of NilocRellim
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Clear deep garnet color. Light sweet caramel malt aromas, and sticky tree fruit. Also slightly bitter to the nose. Bready and caramel malt throughout, dates and sticky tree fruit, and a slightly mild bitter aftertaste. Can feel the alcohol vaporization in the body.

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Photo of bsp77
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma and flavor of caramel, chocolate and dark fruits. The finish has some spicy, floral hops and a titch of walnut. Fairly full body with a surprisingly dry finish. Nice stronger version of a traditional Brown.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ominous pours a dark brown color with a small lacing head. There is a malty and earthy aroma, with hints of bourbon. Taste is very malty with a sweet liqueur flavor, with hints of wood. Nice body and flavor. Overall, fantastic beer, very smooth big yet easy to drink.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.41/5  rDev +10%
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 ta_hagen
4.79/5  rDev +19.5%
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 sudo
2.88/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had it on tap at hola arepa. Honestly, I liked the "imperial brown ale" version more from earlier 2015. Now it's a hoppy murky/cloudy reddish strong ale with subtleties of it's former self. Almost tasted infected like tart? but I could be wrong. Over all, no longer impressed and probably won't seek it out again unless it changes for the better.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.69/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a dark reddish brown with a small head. The aroma starts with a distinct fruit sweetness, like figs covered in sugar, as well as baked carrots, plums, blueberries, and a hit of dark wood. The flavor is much less sweet than the aroma, with flavors of banana bread, figs, red pepper flesh, black cherry, and caramel. There is a slight off flavor at the end that is worth mentioning. As the beer settles there is just the slightly unpleasant flavor of chewing on wood chips. It is not huge, but it is an issue. The mouthfeel is pleasantly full. Overll this is a really good winter beer is fairly rare style.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.47/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A dark, rich brown ale. No visible date code. The head fades rapidly. Malts and toffee with some background notes I can't quite make out. The aroma is beer-y but not distinctly malt or hop. Taste is hop-forward with the ABV showing through. For a strong ale, this has plenty of high class competition. Not bad, but nothing out of the ordinary. Given this is a seasonal beer and was purchased in mid-December, we figured it was fresh, but I note the review previous to this was in Feb. Did we get an old one? No way to tell.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
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 Sirwootalot
4.53/5  rDev +13%
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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Photo of Phocion
4.09/5  rDev +2%
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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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +6%

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 mothman
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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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Photo of Mdog
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark brown, good head.

Smell: Molasses, a bit of black liquorice.

Taste: Moderate sweetness, roasted malts. Burnt coffee finish.

Overall: A pretty solid beer here, seems to be a big roasty porter. The finish is a little different, quite dry. A good option for a cold night, which we've had plenty of this winter.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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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Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +7%
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 KarlHungus
4.21/5  rDev +5%
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 morimech
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown with red tint. Two fingers of head forms and settles to a thick cap. Very little lacing sticks to the glass.

The aroma consists of bready, caramel, and slightly nutty malt with hints of cocoa and candied sugar. Hops seem to be earthy with a slightest touch of pine.

Malty and earthy flavor. I wonder what yeast they used. Seems to be an American yeast. I would of preferred a British yeast that would of given more esters and buttery flavor. The candied sugar is tasted besides just bumping up the ABV. Get some nutty and chocolate notes.

Nice carbonation along with being medium bodied. Nicely coats the palate while still having active, lively feel. The use of oats probably helped a lot in this category.

Rather boring beer from Bad Weather as most American winter warmers generally are. Nice they did not wassail it but it could use a bit of boost from something other than the malt and sugar.

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Photo of Timmah11
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark brown; ruby highlights. Thick khaki head that dissipates quickly. Large carbonation bubbles along glass edge.

Smell: Light aroma of toast, roasted malt, mild coffee.

Taste: Roasted malts combined with brown sugar; dark fruit, raisin. Slight coffee.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. More carbonation than many dark beers. Some of the 7.5% ABV is evident.

Overall: Very nice. Good combination of a lighter roasted porter and a strong but not overly sweet brown ale. A great hybrid of styles producing a tasty brew!

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Photo of PieOhMy
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
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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Photo of dmadsen
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Ominous from Bad Weather Brewing Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 73 ratings.
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