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Widow Maker Black Ale - Keweenaw Brewing Company

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79
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203 Ratings
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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 lurpy1:
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Ah, the power of marketing. I've seen Keweenaw cans in Michigan stores a kajillion times and never bought one. I've had good canned beer (Surly, Tallgrass), but the Keweenaw cans just look old and unappealing...they look like they could contain Schmidt or some defunct malt liquor. But on tap, where Keweenaw doesn't compete with those sleek bottles, they are in even ground. The venue: Reno's West. The battle: Man vs. Widow Maker Black Ale.

The pour is dark, dark, dark, with little sheen, like a matte paint. Not bad, not a ton of head.

The smell, if anything, is relentlessly balanced. I pick up some hop profile, not a ton, balanced by some roast and malt, again, not a ton. This is all crosscut by a bit of a yeast/barley aroma.

The taste is a combination of all of the above. Refreshing, tasty, but not horribly distinct, and clearly not a big beer.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, with good carbonation. Alcohol is not real present....at all.

Widow Maker is not an apt name. This beer will kill no one, it's just not a big, knock you on keister drink. But that doesn't not mean it's not a very good beer worth trying. Keweenaw may not be my first choice, but I will definitely return to them...just not in those damned rusty looking cans.

lurpy1, Nov 30, 2011
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
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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
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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
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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
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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.