Widow Maker Black Ale - Keweenaw Brewing Company
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Reviews by GitcheGumee:
3.95/5 rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a can into a pint glass.
Appearance: This beer has a nice appearance. It is very dark/black, with a dark amber color when held to light. There is a nice light colored head, but it dissipates very quickly. There is some nice lacing present.
Smell: Strong scent of roasted malts. There also seems to be some sweetness/caramel scents as well.
Taste: The strong roasted scent translates directly into the flavor. The initial part of the sip is mild sweetness. This beer is kind of hard to describe...really mellow, yet flavorful. The end of the sip features the strong roasted taste. Little to no hops scent or flavor.
Mouthfeel: It feels very thin. This is partly due to the very low carbonation. It almost feels watery, which is surprising from a beer so dark. No problems here, but it seems slightly "off".
Drinkability: This beer has a great level of drinkability. Like the can says, "don't be afraid of the dark." There's no reason to be afraid of this beer...it's fairly tame; which seems to be both good and bad for this beer. I wouldn't call this a great beer, but I am a repeat customer because it's so easy to drink. I enjoy grilling steaks and drinking a few of these. The price is also a nice feature...and of course, it's from da UP!
Serving type: can
10-31-2009 05:42:11 | More by GitcheGumee
More User Reviews:
3.6/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
This brew was served from the tap at Diablo’s in Royal Oak, Michigan. The round arrived in generic pint glasses, showing the ruby-hued blackness of cola. It held a gentle, cakey light brown colored head that retained well. Lacing was patterned and crystalline. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be light. The nose offered notes of mildly roasted caramel and black maltiness, vanilla metallics, printer paper, white sugar sweetness, corn and starchy adjuncts, light black coffee roast, hazelnuts, faint dried grassy hops, and mineral water. Our first impression was that this was a pretty standard black ale, all around, with an airy and watery flavoring that was more dilute than robust. As we sipped, the taste began with clean brown, black, and distant coffee maltiness, decent roast and smoke of grain, bitter ale yeastiness, white chalk, honey, and icy metallics. The middle came to a peak with continued black and brown maltiness, but with a cheapness of glass, lightly citric and grassy hops, confectioner’s sugar, and corny, wheaty adjuncts. The end washed through with corn syrups, that same dull black maltiness, white sugar cloy, salt water taffy, soy sauce, chalk, and old dollar bills. The aftertaste breathed of corn husk and planty chew, burnt tobacco leafiness, roasty and metallic black and adjuncty graininess, wheat crackers, white and cooked brown sugars, and pervasive chalky yeastiness. The body was lightly medium, and carbonation was medium. Each sip gave pleasant slurp, smack, cream, and froth, all leading to a wet and satisfying finishing pop. The mouth was left cooled and with tannic puck. The abv is appropriate, and the beer glugs back easily.
Overall, the best thing about this beer was its ease of drinkability. While the aroma and taste weren’t necessarily bad, they just lacked a certain vigor that other black ales possess. You will find bits and pieces of the desired components here, but none of them are there in full. Perhaps if they bolstered the grain bill with more roast, or dry-hopped the hell out of it they could build something a bit more robust and savory, but the product at present is just not fully up to speed with some of its competitors. That said, this is a great beer for relaxing with some buddies at the bar if you’re looking to throw a few back, or to ease someone into the craft beer scene with.
Serving type: on-tap
03-26-2014 21:25:01 | More by TheBrewo
Widow Maker Black Ale from Keweenaw Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.