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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Ratings: 80 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of sudo
2.88/5  rDev -26.7%
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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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a strong taste of alcohol

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Photo of Lucular
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of NickSMpls
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.52/5  rDev -10.4%

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3.52/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of morimech
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
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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3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Czequershuus
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
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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3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
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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3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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