Widow Maker Black Ale | Keweenaw Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Keweenaw Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
keweenawbrewing.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by association330 on 06-13-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
298
Reviews:
80
Avg:
3.41
pDev:
15.84%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
61
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 298 |  Reviews: 80
Photo of dirtyharry2489
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tjb14
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JDoHo
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jmatsche
3.34/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SierraFlight
2.66/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Dactrius
3.19/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of ZachT
3.74/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of Botulizard
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cjgiant
2.91/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of HoistinBrews
3.46/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mooseisloose
3.04/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Popping the top on this brew I get a slight waft of black licorice. Pours to an opaque jet black with a tan head. On the taste this brew is quite light on the mouthfeel and a bit watery at best. The flavor is mildly roasted malt with not much hopping. Not expecting a porter or stout but there's not much here and at the price point that's disappointing

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Photo of gopens44
2.88/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Looked like it was supposed to I guess - pitch black with about 1/2" of foamy beige head. Nose brings forth the roasted malts just fine, which meld with the earthy hops. Taste is just not great. Slightly tart, very little hop character and a tone of that whole roasty maltiness. From a taste standpoint alone, if this beer were rebranded as a Schwarzbier, it would probably make more sense. Probably the worst thing about this was the nearly criminal wateriness of the beer. Thin is what this beer should aspire to be.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

my first beer from these guys, and i believe it to be woefully underrated here on BA. fresh from the can, its a pretty near black dark brown, with a short lived three quarters of an inch of tan head that fades to a thin ring, congregating at the edges of my globe. the nose is nice, copper malty, some deep roast, even a german type yeast it seems, jury still out on that aspect, but it reminds me of something, some long forgotten beer i used to love, it takes me places, and its really nice. sort of a schwarzbier flavor to it, loosely german to me for some reason i cant place, lots of roast to it, chocolate malt, crystal malt, toffee notes, and oddly enough even a hint of cherry juice in the flavor, concentrated and distinct for whatever reason. pleasantly dry as it finishes, with a subtle rush back of coffee and char. very cool beer, maybe a little more complex than i anticipated which is always a cool surprised. i find it strange this hasnt fared better with the reviewers, i think its quite good, and it has me thirsty for more of their beers...

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Photo of lupercmda
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bhwk
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft.

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Photo of ta_hagen
4.34/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EN27
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Webcowes
5/5  rDev +46.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On draught ... Excellent

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Photo of Mouserusker
3.99/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NodakEric
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FBGordon
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a can into a tulip.

A: Pours a dark brown with an off-white head that maintains well and laces throughout.

S: There's a slight whiff of malts and hops. Well-balanced, but not much going on.

T: A little malt-balanced with a touch of hops. Almost nothing going on on the back end, no flavor settles on the palate.

M: Pronounced carbonation makes it light and refreshing. Light-bodied for a black ale.

O: It's a beer. No complaints, but nothing remarkable about it.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.22/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours quite dark, and has a thick head that dissipated fairly quickly. The nose has some malts in it, but not much else. The taste is got a nice smoke flavor. It is quite rich. Minimal hops to it. A good beer to pick up if you're into the style.

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Photo of davidhoff
2.25/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Very flavor less and bland. Meh.

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Photo of NateMac13
2.85/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of McHenry
3.74/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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Widow Maker Black Ale from Keweenaw Brewing Company
3.41 out of 5 based on 298 ratings.
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