Widow Maker Black Ale - Keweenaw Brewing Company
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4.63/5 rDev +34.2%
CAN you believe that my CANQuest has become so well-known that some places WANT me to review their beers? At the GTMW, I mentioned my mission and said that I had just copped two of their beers in sixes and they asked which ones and handed me one each of the other two as I left the park. Keweenaw, this review's for you!
I got a finger od mocha-tan head with good retention. I have to agree with calling it an American Brown Ale. It looked like a Schwartzbier in my glass, but it was an ale, not a lager. Fair dinkum! Color was a deep, dark brown/black. I would have said black outright were it not for the traces of brown at the edges when held up to the light. Nose was very roasty and I could certainly buy into the "smoky molasses" of the label. Mouthfeel was medium with a lot of smoke on the tongue. Hell, this was approaching a Rauchbier and in a CAN! I began to weep at this point. I may have to become a Yooper ... It was incredibly smooth and eminently drinkable, even on a hot day. Still, I wish that I had had some smoked oysters, salmon, and cheese to go with it. This would be a welcome addition to Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em Night at RichWood Manor. Mmmmm. Finish was malty, sure, but by that time, I was enraptured by the smokiness. Yow!
In other, unrelated news, from the CAN: "The Keweenaw Brewing Company, located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, was founded with the goal of turning beer drinkers into craft-beer lovers. Don't let its looks deceive you. Clean and smooth, easy on the hops and easy on the palate, this light bodied ale has a surprising depth of malt flavors with pleasant hints of a smoky molasses. The 'Widowmaker', a pneumatic drill that operated without benefit of water to lubricate the bit and cut the dust, was introduced to Copper County mining in the 1890's. While greatly improving productivity, the drill became known as the 'Widowmaker', killing many of the miners who used it from illnesses related to prolonged dust inhalation. Don't be afraid of the dark! From a Family of Fine Ales"
08-17-2009 19:53:51 | More by woodychandler
4.33/5 rDev +25.5%
Good beer. Pours black with a light head. Smells slightly roasty and a hint of bitterness. Tastes and feels a lot lighter than one would expect considering the color and appearance. Actually quite refreshing. Normally wouldn't drink a dark beer on hot days but this one is quite good. Probably my favorite KBC brew so far.
side note, I don't think widowmaker is a reference to the potency of the beer. Rather, like all KBC's brews, the beer name is a historical reference to the mining industry that has played such a big part of the Keweenaw's history. This one is named after a type of drill that was used in the copper mines that was dubbed the widowmaker due to the dangers associated with operating it.
04-02-2012 01:02:47 | More by Yoopermk
4.08/5 rDev +18.3%
Deep dark brown with a creamy white head similar to whipped cream. Head cascades to a distinct line and is retained throughout the entire drink. Heavy lacing on the glass.
Light scent but very nutty. Slightly bitter, tart note.
Roasty, toasty delicious. No tartness (from scent) to be mentioned and finishes with a mild bitterness. Reminds me very much of a dry stout.
Much more carbonation than expected and you can feel the beer move all of the way from the lips to the back of the throat. Fills the mouth completely but does not coat.
Served cold but did not diminish as it warmed up. Incredibly easy to drink and I could nurse these all night.
Purchased this beer on a recent trip to the UP of Michigan after visiting the Keweenaw Brewing Company bar in Houghton. Tried the sampler platter while I was there and this beer is almost as good from a can as it is from the tap. Well Done!
10-08-2009 01:03:36 | More by CRichardsMN
4.05/5 rDev +17.4%
Darkest of crimson red with an overall deep black cast. Hefty and thick tan cap of foam sits loftly with might and sticks a musty thick skim always present. Droppy globs of lacing graze the glass in medium amounts.
Soft tangy aroma of dark cherry, cocoa, molasses, black tea, and a touch of smoke.
Taste is tad more sweet and dark, from the aroma the flavors insist with a milding of cocoa and molasses dusted dark cherryness. A bit of vanilla in there as well. Herbal black tea highlights and a light puff of smokey bacon.
Nice frothy medium texture and body with an overll tame and mild sweetness thats well handled and easy going.
A nice little surprise of an ale from Keweenaw.
09-13-2010 18:26:09 | More by tavernjef
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
Widow Maker Black Ale from Keweenaw Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.