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Widow Maker Black Ale - Keweenaw Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
79
okay

196 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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dcisco44

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

05-25-2014 03:15:22 | More by dcisco44
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stortore

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

05-21-2014 00:16:17 | More by stortore
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Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

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

Michigan

3/5  rDev -13%

05-03-2014 17:15:20 | More by amalburg
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DarthGuitarHero

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -13%

04-28-2014 12:43:34 | More by DarthGuitarHero
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beergorrilla

Michigan

3/5  rDev -13%

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

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

03-30-2014 02:24:50 | More by cd_beer_disapear
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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.6/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

03-26-2014 21:25:01 | More by TheBrewo
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JVoyager

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

03-23-2014 22:24:00 | More by JVoyager
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LeeW

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +15.9%

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

Minnesota

3.08/5  rDev -10.7%

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.

02-16-2014 22:29:09 | More by JamesMN
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Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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

5/5  rDev +44.9%

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DCdevyl78

Illinois

4/5  rDev +15.9%

01-29-2014 02:53:51 | More by DCdevyl78
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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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Asmitty210

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

12-31-2013 01:21:07 | More by Asmitty210
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Arcous

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

12-16-2013 20:43:12 | More by Arcous
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ISmith87

Arizona

3.69/5  rDev +7%

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.

12-15-2013 00:33:02 | More by ISmith87
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Jaysmittyland

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

12-14-2013 00:08:36 | More by Jaysmittyland
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tpeters

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

12-12-2013 04:27:23 | More by tpeters
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Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

12-01-2013 04:51:50 | More by kraticus41
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California

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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

3/5  rDev -13%

11-23-2013 21:46:06 | More by Zaphog
Widow Maker Black Ale from Keweenaw Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.