Widow Maker Black Ale - Keweenaw Brewing Company
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3.8/5 rDev +10.1%
caramel color brown with just enough light getting through to give it a sort of off reddish tint. The smallish tan head quickly faded and left behind only traces of itself. The aroma itself was lightly smoked almost, full of roasted malts and a touch of caramel. The flavor was light bodied but nicely roasted with a touch of a bittering finish and a flavor full of earthy grain like tones. A nice subtle bread like base was quaintly masked underneath.
Overall this was a decent brown ale. It was nothing spectacular, but I do not think it was designed to be, but rather it was a very nice interpretation of the style. I could see myself drinking this on a session basis as it was very nice and very full of flavor without being too heavy or filling. A quality sessionable brown ale is what it should be and it definitely succeeds at that.
05-30-2011 01:07:07 | More by mikesgroove
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
3.08/5 rDev -10.7%
Hmmm. Kind of a malty sweet bready thing going on here with a toasted caramel thing as well. Pretty quickly into things, the caramel is really hijacking the experience. And I use the word hijacking in a not so positive light. It's kind of out of wack really. Could be a lot smoother. Nice to try another beer in a can, but, moving on...
08-25-2012 17:29:23 | More by RblWthACoz
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
3.25/5 rDev -5.8%
12 ounce can into pint glass, no canning date. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a fairly dense 1-2 finger light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some slight spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate, raisin, toast, biscuit, herbal, and light coffee. Pretty nice and pleasant aromas with decent strength. Taste of roasted malt, toast, caramel, raisin, brady grains, and light chocolate. Pretty dry on the finish; with lingering notes of roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, and toast on the finish for a short bit. Hardly any flavor presence as you drink; but the light flavors that are there are pretty balanced. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much no warming noticed at all after the finish. Overall this is a pretty decent black ale. There isn’t much robustness in flavor; but it is very pleasant and easy to drink.
07-09-2012 01:38:16 | More by superspak
3.28/5 rDev -4.9%
Pours a dark blackish brown color. Aroma is of roasted malts. In the taste, a solid roasted flavor, mild coffee with a little tang. Pretty one dimensional, but not bad. Little bitterness, more roast flavor, then a clean finish. Medium bodied, and somewhat smooth. Overall, not a bad dark beer in a can.
09-05-2011 16:22:25 | More by Stinkypuss
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
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
3.5/5 rDev +1.4%
Reviewed from notes:
appearance: dark brown with a reddish hue and 1 finger off white head.
smell: roast, patent, coffee, malts,
taste: roasted malts,
mouthfeel: mild carbonation, thin to medium body,
overall: a nice brown ale almost porter like with the roast characteristics. glad I got to try it.
07-27-2011 02:45:45 | More by THECPJ
3.3/5 rDev -4.3%
Thanks to woodychandler who continues to unearth more canned beers. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a black color with 1.5 inches of head and considerable lacing. Smell is of roasted malts. Taste has roasted malts, up front, then a bit of sourness I can not quite describe, sour fruit and a touch of metallic flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.
07-02-2011 14:10:15 | More by tone77
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
2.3/5 rDev -33.3%
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
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
3.53/5 rDev +2.3%
Poured from a 12oz can into an imperial pint.
A: Pours an impressive black that shows off some garnet highlights at the edges. Initial pour yields a creamy light brown head that quickly falls to a thin ring that leaves no lace.
S: A strange combination of tasty smelling roasted malt and metallic copper penny. Aside from that, not much else going on. Small amounts of lemon and toffee, too.
T: Mostly roasted malt in the forefront with the metallic flavor fading and being surpassed by bright citrus. Subtle hints of nuts, caramel, and toffee.
M: A tad on the thin side, but smooth. Finishes slightly dry.
D: Excellent session beer. Not the best, but certainly not the worst brown ale I've ever had. Great, inexpensive campfire beer.
09-25-2009 23:57:05 | More by GbVDave
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
3.13/5 rDev -9.3%
I picked up a can of Keweenaw's Widow Maker Black Ale last week for $1.19 at The Lager Mill. I wasn't impressed with their Brown Ale that I had last night, so I hope this beer turns out better, lets see how it goes. No visible freshness date. Poured from a 12oz can into a imperial pint glass.
A- The can looks pretty good and it's pretty eye catching. It poured a nice looking black color that only let a little light through giving it a slight ruby red hue when held to the light. It had two and half fingers worth of tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and didn't leave any lacing behind. This beer looks like a proper American Black Ale.
S- The aroma starts out with a good amount of roasted malts that have a pretty high amount of sweetness and impart a roasted and dark malt aroma with a slight bit of chocolate coming through along with some more roasted grains. Towards the end I get real light smokey aroma followed by some faded earthy and grassy hops and a slight metallic aroma. Pretty standard for an American Black Ale, it;s not that interesting compared to others.
T- The flavor seems to be similar to the aroma. It starts off with a good amount of medium roasted malts that have a much lower amount of sweetness then the aroma did and they impart some mild milk chocolate flavors and some mild roasty flavors. After that I get a slight metallic taste that is followed by a light amount of grassy hops. The flavor wasn't too interesting and it was pretty mellow, average at best, I wish it was bolder.
M- Really Smooth, slightly sweet, creamy, on the lighter side of being medium bodied and it had a good amount of medium carbonation. I have no complaints with the mouthfeel, it seems to work well with this beer and is on par for the style.
Overall I wasn't too impressed by this beer and I thought it was a pretty average American Black Ale, it wasn't bad, but it was was pretty mild and the flavors felt subdued, it wasn't memorable. It did have good drinkability and it went down really smooth, but the flavors can't hold my attention so one is enough for me. What I liked most about the beer was the mouthfeel and the appearance, they were both good and true to style. What I liked least about this beer was the aroma and the taste, they were just too mild for my liking with only a mild amount of roasted malts and grassy hops sticking out, pretty bland if you ask me. I wouldn't buy this beer again, even though it is cheap I can't say that I enjoyed it enough to want to purchase it again. I wouldn't recommend this beer, it doesn't do justice to the style. This was another unimpressive beer from Keweenaw Brewing company, it wasn't a bad beer, just average in most categories with nothing about it that really sticks out or is memorable, so far I find them to be a pretty average Brewing company, I am still down to try more of their brews but with how lackluster their first two brews that I tried were I don't think I will be in a hurry to try some of their other beers anytime soon, better luck next time guys.
04-05-2012 03:31:45 | More by StoutHunter
3.8/5 rDev +10.1%
I poured into a pint glass to two inches of mocha head. It is dark brown in color. It smells sweet and malty. It tastes pretty much the same. As dark as this beer is I expected some roasted flavors, but I did not detect any. It has a creamy feel to it, kind of nice. It is a very easy drinking beer.
01-10-2010 19:09:38 | More by buschbeer
Widow Maker Black Ale from Keweenaw Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.