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Widow Maker Black Ale - Keweenaw Brewing Company

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209 Ratings
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Ratings: 209
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 16.14%
Wants: 5
Gots: 18 | 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 jt31914:
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2.4/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Black with next to no head. Not anything special.

S: Smells like dark malts with faint chocolate.

T: Weak, watery, not very good honestly. Their other brown was much better with its earthy mossy flavor. This is just boring, some dark malt, but not much really.

M/D: Drinkable, but why bother?

jt31914, Aug 06, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
1.78/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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 -6.3%

SAxDRC5, May 19, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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
Photo of IchLiebeBierZu
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

IchLiebeBierZu, Feb 10, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

cmwilliq, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of degerbah
4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 +0.9%

Reappropriated, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

UWBadgerFan4Life, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of LeeW
4/5  rDev +15.3%

LeeW, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of Kurly92
5/5  rDev +44.1%

Kurly92, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Damian74Shensky, Jun 17, 2013
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5/5  rDev +44.1%

Johnnyk313, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of Shumista
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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
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2.33/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 -13.5%

beergorrilla, Apr 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

beerformyhorses34, May 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Jordanmtate, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of morimech
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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 +8.1%

ianpstephens, Jul 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

jwerner23, Jun 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

jduprey007, Aug 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

blatantlocalism, Sep 05, 2014
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Widow Maker Black Ale from Keweenaw Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.