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 warmbier804
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 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 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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Photo of DaveAnderson
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of s_wit
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ToadiesForCody
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tylerstravis
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KillerJigger
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thin all the way around. OK while eating a large meal.

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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 MNBeerGeek
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of Phocion
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
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 DaveMiller
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Dave2234
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of dmueller
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Bonerbrewing
4.7/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of RyanGray
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of bfirkin45
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of mfl620ks
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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 Tyecko
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of MCImes
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of brother_kenneth
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of Bilco
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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