Widow Maker Black Ale - Keweenaw Brewing Company
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Reviews by nicksta:
3.63/5 rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
By my count this brewery hasn't made a bad beer yet. I need to make it into the brewery sometime.
The beer pours a solid black down to the bottom of the glass where it gets slightly translucent. The color turns mixtures of brown, ruby and gold at this point. The head was a tan brown. It expanded quickly and thinly and receded almost as quickly with no lacing.
The smell had hints of brown sugar that reminded me of Pepsi. There was also the barely-sweet scent of dark chocolate as well as iced coffee. The taste is lighter than you would expect. It's a chocolate/coffee brew - a bag of coffee that comes in a 6 or 7 dollar bag. Dark cocoa rolls over the tounge into hints of bittersweet roast.
The mouthfeel isn't to thick, but it does have a smooth creamy quality and the drinkability is excellent.
Serving type: can
08-16-2010 00:41:32 | More by nicksta
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3.6/5 rDev +4%
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
3.08/5 rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
Date on the can of 13/11/05... not sure if that's canned on or drink by but either way it's backwards.
Appearance: Black with effervescence stuck to the sides of the glass. Thin cap of light tan foam.
Aroma: Toasty and sweet roasty malt. Very similar in the nose to a brown ale.
Taste: Very light on flavor but not watery, which is a bit of a feat in itself. Starts with some grassy/club soda bitterness paired with underlying dark malt and molasses. The malt doesn't contribute any bitterness, or much flavor for that matter, but is still does its part to enhance the experience. The 5.3% ABV is very believable here. Finish is nearly crisp and the aftertaste is club soda with a hint of something dark.
Mouthfeel: Thin in body with carbonation like pop. Easy drinkability. You could session this, but it'd get boring pretty quick.
Final Thoughts: I expected the name Widow Maker to be on the label of a big imperial stout or triple IPA, so its a bit of a let down to find it on a beer that so lacking in body and flavor. Would I drink it again? Unlikely.
Serving type: can
02-16-2014 22:29:09 | More by JamesMN
3.69/5 rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
A - 4 - Dark almost black beer with a nice medium head that sticks, but is kinda thin. Minimal lacing.
S - 3.5 - Little bit roasty, bread, corn, light coffee.
T - 3.75 - Light coffee, roasty. Bread. Some hop bitterness balances it well.
M - 3.5 - Medium. Alc covered. Aftertaste is like a dark lager or dunkelweisen. Not much just a tiny bit of roastiness.
O - 3.75 - It's pretty good. I'm kinda biased because it's from Michigan's UP.
Serving type: can
12-15-2013 00:33:02 | More by ISmith87
3.46/5 rDev 0%
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."
Serving type: can
09-13-2013 01:22:38 | More by chinchill
Widow Maker Black Ale from Keweenaw Brewing Company
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