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Widow Maker Black Ale - Keweenaw Brewing Company

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79
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195 Ratings
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Ratings: 195
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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ajzy

Wisconsin

1.75/5  rDev -49.3%

06-04-2013 00:28:43 | More by ajzy
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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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twkirkby

Michigan

2/5  rDev -42%

12-25-2011 13:41:57 | More by twkirkby
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thatdavegy

Michigan

2/5  rDev -42%

12-28-2011 07:14:10 | More by thatdavegy
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

2.3/5  rDev -33.3%

2007 vintage.

Dark brown, nearly black pour, 2 fingers of head that stuck around with bubbles streaming.

Aroma was ok, though faint. Some roasted malts and a hint of sweetness and chocolate. It all went south from here...

Taste slightly malty, and then lime. Finish was lime.

Light, and carbonation was kicking too much. The feel was sharp.

Age has not done this one well. Not an easy one to put away in the end.

03-05-2011 03:35:45 | More by EgadBananas
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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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jt31914

Michigan

2.4/5  rDev -30.4%

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?

08-06-2010 01:45:46 | More by jt31914
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kynap55

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

08-05-2012 13:08:15 | More by kynap55
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melissab318

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

12-27-2011 01:13:47 | More by melissab318
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rfdracing

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

07-20-2014 22:03:06 | More by rfdracing
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elroacho

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

02-09-2013 01:36:19 | More by elroacho
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Zuidman

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

11-27-2012 03:17:05 | More by Zuidman
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Beerlover

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

04-18-2014 03:11:37 | More by Beerlover
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Kerrie

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

08-19-2013 00:00:41 | More by Kerrie
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weizenbob

Michigan

2.53/5  rDev -26.7%

12 ounce can Purchased at Tom's in Acme (6.99/6-pack). Canned June 27, 2011. Poured into a nonic pint glass. The pour yields half a finger of tan head that disappears in a flash of bubbles. Lacing? Forget about it. What's left is a glass of beer that is not black, but cola colored. It is nothing for the eyes to behold.

The aroma is sweet with strong licorice notes and roasted maltiness that is somewhat akin to espresso. It smells a little thin but the aromatics that are there are mostly pleasant.

The flavor is really something to behold. Wet cardboard? Check. Cooked vegetables? Check. Still, there is some subtle but pleasant roasted malt action going on in the background. As far as balance, the brew leans sweet and malty with strong implications of vanilla. It seems they skipped the hops for this one. My mouth is a little confused, but I can roll with it.

The mouthfeel is thin. The body is light. The carbonation is a bit stinging. On the positive, the alcohol is completely hidden.

What a train wreck of a beer this is. It has the look and feel of a cola with a deliberately sweet flavor to boot. Keweenaw's cans all boast the goal of "turning beer drinkers into craft beer lovers," and I see what they're trying to do with Widow Maker. But that doesn't atone for the fact that this is just excruciatingly bad beer. Recently the price point of Keweenaw's canned beers has fallen drastically, to the point that they are a pretty decent value now. Still, I can recommend Widow Maker to neither the initiated nor the uninitiated. Blah.

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The Two-Schlitz Scale: (reference my profile for an explanation)
I do not give a Schlitz for Widow Maker Black Ale. In fact, after this, I feel the need to wash my mouth out with an ice cold Schlitz Tallboy.

08-05-2011 20:09:48 | More by weizenbob
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shivtim

Georgia

2.53/5  rDev -26.7%

Found a can of this in Kalamazoo while visiting relatives.
What the heck is she holding on the can? Some kind of future weapon with a light saber and stripper pole?

Anyway, poured out into a large tasting glass.
Black, but thin. Cola. Small off-white head.

Nose is burnt corn. Ashy malts. Slight grainy sweetness.

Taste is very mild malt/hop balance. Slight cereal grains and almost rice-like flavors. Overall very mild.

Very thin mouthfeel.

01-08-2012 04:44:02 | More by shivtim
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Ineedabeerhere

Rhode Island

2.58/5  rDev -25.2%

Thanks to Dave for this can. Had it on 10/26, from notes.

Pours near black with an oddly light tan head. The cap is creamy, 2 fingers high and surprisingly good retention and no lacing.

Smells kind of lame, I'm sorry. Weird, tainted roasted malts, stale cereal grains. Macro vegetable thing going on here. I didn't want to keep my nose in the glass much longer, but the aroma was light overall.

Taste begins with a malt sweetness, no complexity. Some tarred malt flavor, but its subtle. Not too much going on here, and what is going on isn't that great.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side, properly carbonated but a higher FG might help the flavors and body. Tolerable drinkability considering the lack of substance and flavor going on here, but I wouldn't want to have it again.

11-26-2009 18:32:01 | More by Ineedabeerhere
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

2.68/5  rDev -22.3%

Served on tap in a pint glass at Lockhart's BBQ.

Appearance: The beer is a dark brown color with a ruby tint in the edges. A small off-white film is all that exists for a head.

Smell: Light roasted malts, slightly bitter with some caramel sweetness. The aroma is very light.

Taste: The flavor is mellow roasted malt with some milky sweet chocolate. Metallic and a bit of citrus toward the end. Fairly flat flavor with not much hop presence at the end.

Mouthfeel: This has crisp carbonation but a mild flavor, resulting in a watery sensation. The body is on the light side.

Overall: I ordered this because I am a fan of American Black Ales, but this barely qualifies for the category. It tastes like a boring over-carbonated porter or something.

12-03-2011 04:03:08 | More by KickInTheChalice
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

04-08-2012 00:08:44 | More by ygtbsm94
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womencantsail

California

2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a dark brown color with a short lived tan head.

S: Not a very appealing nose on this beer. Burnt malts and a definite acidity, presumably from the dark grains. A bit of a butter aroma, too.

T: A mild, mellow roast flavor along with some almost pleasant notes of creamy milk chocolate. Unfortunately, a fair amount of acidity and some metallic notes, especially on the finish.

M: The body is light to medium with a fairly light carbonation.

D: Nothing about this beer really did it for me. The nose was certainly not appealing and the flavor wasn't really any better.

09-25-2010 23:45:02 | More by womencantsail
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John_B

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

05-04-2013 23:19:25 | More by John_B
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RespertFTW

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

01-22-2013 02:26:51 | More by RespertFTW
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jampics2

Ohio

2.8/5  rDev -18.8%

12oz can into a snifter. Thanks to Paul for grabbing this at the brewery on a trip to the UP. 

Into the snifter this black ale goes.  Guess what?  It's black!  The dark liquid has brown edges. It features poor head retention as it quickly becomes a small film and ring. Spotty lace is left behind. Still looks appealing although flawed.   

The beer smells of caramel, a touch of roast and some sourness or acidity. The sourness is similar to what I encountered in the Lift Bridge brown ale, and it may be a sign of infection or just a house character.  It reminds me of the tartness typically encountered in a Belgian Witbier. This review is fair game since the cans were purchased at the brewery earlier this week.    

The beer has a disappointing taste - not so much to be undrinkable, but just not good.  Notes of dark fruit, cherry, mildly roasted malt, black patent malt, caramel and a sour/metallic tinge at the end.  Just not getting much in the way of a well crafted black ale, even without the major flaw.   

Some sparkly carbonation and medium to light body make this beer just very plain Jane in terms of mouthfeel.  Not a beer I'd want to try again unless it was on tap at the brewery. Too bad since Michigan is home to the fantastic Dark Horse Black Bier, which I highly recommend over this mediocre offering.      

10-08-2010 02:19:32 | More by jampics2
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groovemonster

Michigan

2.85/5  rDev -17.4%

Ok let me say this, I hate giving poor reviews. especially for a michigan brewed beer. being a michigander i wish everything brewed here would be awesome but that isn't so.

I like the can idea and i wish more micro-breweries would do it. I also like black ales so i was hopeful for this one. I thought this beer was quite malty with a emphasis on sweetness. virtually no bitterness and a somewhat sour aftertaste. whu=ile this may be a good beer to some a thought it lacked the robustness i seek out. You can get all fancy about your impression of a beer and that fine but when it comes right down to it you either like it or you don't...and with this beer I didn't. I may try some of their other varieties in the hopes they appeal to my tastes, but i won't be drinking this unless it free!

Disclaimer: I cant smell but it hasnt curbed my ability to enjoy fine brews. it has only curbed my ability to tell you what it smells like
i ALWAYS drink from the bottle...i almost never know what the beer looks like...not even sure why thats important.
i dont know the difference between a growler and a snifter, and i dont think anything shaped like a tulip should have beer in it!

mouthfeel? that just sound offensive...:) is this a serious thing?

i am an irreverent beer snob!

12-10-2011 07:49:12 | More by groovemonster
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kzoobrew

Michigan

2.98/5  rDev -13.6%

Cherry cola like body. I suppose in a dimly lit room or away from any direct light this may appear black. When light is brought into the equation it is apparent this is not black. Crimson brown color with a fizzy khaki colored head. The head dissipates in short order leaving scattered splotches of lacing. The style which is list is an American Brown Ale, I do not believe it was the brewers intention to make a brown ale. I have to rate this to they style the brewer intended and not the style listed.

Light roastiness on the nose set in front of a complimentary caramel aroma. Slight and subtle molasses and smokiness. The aromas are largely subdued and predominately malt. Very little hop presence enters the equation.

To be honest, at first sip the cola reference became a little too accurate. A healthy does of caramel sweetness overwhelms the palate. The darker malts work their way into the picture but do not manage to fight off the overall sweetness.

The body is light with a prickly carbonation. This beer comes of a little to watered down. Medium finish.

Sure, this beer is certainly drinkable. The real question is how enjoyable is it. I can safely say I would chose this over a BMC product all day long but would struggle to pick this up at the store again. Rather unimpressive offering, not offensive but just not great.

10-11-2010 00:48:52 | More by kzoobrew
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Widow Maker Black Ale from Keweenaw Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.