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Widow Maker Black Ale - Keweenaw Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
79
okay

203 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 203
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 15.94%
Wants: 4
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Keweenaw Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: association330 on 06-13-2009)
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
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3.6/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

TheBrewo, Mar 26, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
1.78/5  rDev -48.4%

12 oz can. Pours brown with a fizzy tan head that quickly goes to a thin film.

The aroma is sweet cola-ey roasted malts.

The flavor is sweet dark fruits with a bit of a sour twang with a little grainy roast. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a cola like dark ale with a touch of sourness (infection?).

Beaver13, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of SAxDRC5
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

SAxDRC5, May 19, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%

From an undated 12 oz can purchased in MI last month. Served in a snifter. Pours clear, dark red-brown color, but nearly black in the glass. The medium-size tan head soon reduces to a ring but leaves a coat lacing upon tilting.

S: Lightly sweet with medium roast malts and minimal dark roasted grains. Improves with warming.

T: Sweet upfront but more balanced by the finish. Less dark roasted malt flavor than expected, and probably less than any schwarzbier I've come across. Very lightly smoky with a hint of spicy hops.

M: Light carbonation; medium-light body.

O: Somewhat light American Schwarzbier. As the brewer says, "Don't let its looks deceive you."

chinchill, Sep 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

IchLiebeBierZu, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of cmwilliq
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

cmwilliq, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of degerbah
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%

Pours very dark brown, almost black with plenty of head. Head sticks around for a little time before dissapearing completely. The smell is is mostly coffee with some sweet malt. Taste is mostly coffee up front with a malty aftertaste. The body is pretty light and very drinkable. Still goes down easy as it warms up.

degerbah, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of Reappropriated
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Reappropriated, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%

Review from notes. Thanks to Marc for this one!

A: Poured a dark brown with a slight reddish hue. A small tan head formed on top with decent retention and minimal lacing.

S: Very roasty with a hint of smoke.There was also a bit of coffee and a slight metallic note.

T: Extremely roasty. There is a little bit of caramel and coffee, but the roasted malt flavor dominates everything here.

M: Light to medium bodied, seemed a touch thin to me. Carbonation was a little more active than I am used to for style.

O: Not bad, the name confused me, as I thought it was going to be a black ipa, and the flavor profile reminds me more of a porter than a brown.

mdaschaf, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of LeeW
4/5  rDev +15.9%

LeeW, Mar 04, 2014
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5/5  rDev +44.9%

Kurly92, Jun 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Damian74Shensky, Jun 16, 2013
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5/5  rDev +44.9%

Johnnyk313, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of Shumista
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%

Poured from a 12 oz can into my beer mug.

A- Widowmaker pours a very deep dark brown with a light brown head that dissipates quickly.
S- Sweet roasted malts and a little bit of a coffee aroma.
T- Again, roasted malts that impart a lot of sweetness to the taste. Hints of coffee and molasses and a little bit of smokiness at the end.
M & D- The can claims this beer to be "light bodied and easy on the palate". While it's no malt bomb I don't find myself astonished by how easy drinking it is for a dark beer. Drinks like a pretty average black (or brown I guess) ale. Nothing too special. I don't see any reason to buy this one again. Nonetheless I am always happy to try something new and will have no trouble finishing the 6 pack over the next few days.

Shumista, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of beerhan
2.33/5  rDev -32.5%

When I think black ale I expect the beer to be black. This is a brown beer that shoulda just be called bud light dark. It tastes like would chips soaked in mollases. The smell is metalic sugar. Overall a real undrinkable disappointment. Drinking it fast does make it taste much better though.

beerhan, Oct 10, 2010
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3/5  rDev -13%

beergorrilla, Apr 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

beerformyhorses34, May 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Jordanmtate, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of morimech
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%

More of a dark brown than black color. Two fingers of head forms and has excellant retention before settling to a thin cap. Just a little sticky lacing is left on the glass.

Smell of dark malt with a little roast and smoke.

Tastes more like a schwarzbier and an underinteresting one at that. It lacks any ale yeast or hop qualities. Just has a light, roasted malt flavor and slight smoke.

Light body with good carbonation. Carbonation is just a step below lively. Nice texture.

Fairly average beer. Nothing like the hopped up versions that categorized in this style. If the can did not say black ale, I would of said it was a schwarzbier.

morimech, Mar 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

ianpstephens, Jul 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

jwerner23, Jun 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

jduprey007, Aug 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

blatantlocalism, Sep 05, 2014
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Widow Maker Black Ale from Keweenaw Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.