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Widow Maker Black Ale - Keweenaw Brewing Company

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79
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210 Ratings
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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 16.38%
Wants: 5
Gots: 19 | 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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Photo of JamesMN
3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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.

JamesMN, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of IchLiebeBierZu
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

IchLiebeBierZu, Feb 10, 2014
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5/5  rDev +43.7%

spikechiquet, Feb 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

DCdevyl78, Jan 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

cmwilliq, Jan 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Asmitty210, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of Arcous
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Arcous, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of ISmith87
3.69/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

ISmith87, Dec 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Jaysmittyland, Dec 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

tpeters, Dec 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

kraticus41, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of Reappropriated
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Reappropriated, Nov 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

Zaphog, Nov 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Koopkid, Oct 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

waston, Sep 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

FlyingHellfish, Sep 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Jodawn, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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."

chinchill, Sep 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Peanut2074, Sep 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

MisterFuzz, Sep 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

tommy5, Sep 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

JDizzle, Aug 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

kevinmoe85, Aug 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Nyczj, Aug 20, 2013
Widow Maker Black Ale from Keweenaw Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.