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Widow Maker Black Ale - Keweenaw Brewing Company

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79
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196 Ratings
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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.23%
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 ribby:
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ribby

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

[Review edited. I have had three more cans since the one I reviewed. None tasted like the first, the overwhelming bitterness was gone. The taste of these was mild and on the malty side, but not a lot of hoppiness. ]

The color is very good, a nearly opaque deep red. Unfortunately, the appearance is undermined by a small half inch head.

The smell is rather bland.

The biggest problem with this beer is the taste. It is just too bitter. It's not that I don't like bitter, but this is the wrong bitter, too much overcharred malt. It needs either some sweeter dark malt or a better type of bitter from the hops, probably both. I really hate to criticize beers like this, because they are difficult to make and I want to encourage brewers to be ambitious and try these kinds of beers.

The small head is accompanied by low carbonation, thus a rather unexciting mouthfeel. Overall, I call this average for the excellent appearance and the ambition to go for this style. I think this would be best accompanied by cheese
or bourbon.

08-18-2011 02:37:19 | More by ribby
More User Reviews:
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Beaver13

Colorado

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?).

10-17-2012 22:51:09 | More by Beaver13
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SAxDRC5

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

05-19-2013 00:34:26 | More by SAxDRC5
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chinchill

South Carolina

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."

09-13-2013 01:22:38 | More by chinchill
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IchLiebeBierZu

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

02-10-2014 21:45:30 | More by IchLiebeBierZu
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cmwilliq

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

01-23-2014 03:18:46 | More by cmwilliq
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degerbah

Ohio

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.

11-28-2009 01:30:28 | More by degerbah
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Reappropriated

California

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

11-27-2013 04:09:13 | More by Reappropriated
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mdaschaf

Washington

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.

08-03-2011 15:39:02 | More by mdaschaf
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UWBadgerFan4Life

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -13%

07-06-2014 19:23:42 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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LeeW

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +15.9%

03-04-2014 19:17:13 | More by LeeW
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Kurly92


5/5  rDev +44.9%

06-21-2014 06:09:28 | More by Kurly92
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Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

06-16-2013 23:39:43 | More by Damian74Shensky
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Johnnyk313


5/5  rDev +44.9%

06-13-2014 21:36:42 | More by Johnnyk313
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Shumista

Ohio

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.

09-22-2009 05:09:13 | More by Shumista
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beerhan

Ohio

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.

10-10-2010 15:14:11 | More by beerhan
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Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

02-21-2014 06:14:34 | More by Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
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beergorrilla

Michigan

3/5  rDev -13%

04-21-2014 04:13:56 | More by beergorrilla
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beerformyhorses34

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

05-20-2014 22:11:30 | More by beerformyhorses34
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Jordanmtate

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

06-12-2014 20:55:43 | More by Jordanmtate
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morimech

Minnesota

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.

03-11-2012 18:32:25 | More by morimech
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ianpstephens

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

07-17-2013 08:08:50 | More by ianpstephens
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jwerner23

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

06-07-2014 01:00:53 | More by jwerner23
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jduprey007

Michigan

4/5  rDev +15.9%

08-10-2012 22:28:59 | More by jduprey007
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redleg64

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

09-03-2012 03:18:28 | More by redleg64
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Widow Maker Black Ale from Keweenaw Brewing Company
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