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

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Added by association330 on 06-13-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
300
Reviews:
82
Avg:
3.42
pDev:
15.79%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
61
For Trade:
0
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5/5  rDev +46.2%

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5/5  rDev +46.2%

Photo of pawnee
5/5  rDev +46.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

very very good beer,better on tap but enjoy it very much

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5/5  rDev +46.2%

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5/5  rDev +46.2%

Favorite kbc beer, best served on tap into a mason jar, nice smoky flavor easy drinking for such a dark beer.

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5/5  rDev +46.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On draught ... Excellent

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5/5  rDev +46.2%

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5/5  rDev +46.2%

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5/5  rDev +46.2%

Photo of woodychandler
4.6/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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"

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4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

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4.38/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Cafe International in Prescott, MI. Came in the glass so head was thin, 1/4" or so. Jet black, looks fantastic. A decent amount of lacing stuck onto the glass. Aroma & taste was slightly sweet, light on hops, somewhat malty. This is a mild beer. The mouthfeel & taste are light, but well balanced between the hops, malt & sweetness. Tastes great. Actually refreshing. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Very easy to drink. Thank you, may I please have another.

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4.34/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BrianZeeland
4.34/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Overall smooth rich flavor and solid color.

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4.3/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good beer. Pours black with a light head. Smells slightly roasty and a hint of bitterness. Tastes and feels a lot lighter than one would expect considering the color and appearance. Actually quite refreshing. Normally wouldn't drink a dark beer on hot days but this one is quite good. Probably my favorite KBC brew so far.

side note, I don't think widowmaker is a reference to the potency of the beer. Rather, like all KBC's brews, the beer name is a historical reference to the mining industry that has played such a big part of the Keweenaw's history. This one is named after a type of drill that was used in the copper mines that was dubbed the widowmaker due to the dangers associated with operating it.

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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

Favorite of the Keweenaw beers and my go-to anytime I am in MI. Smooth and full of flavor.

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4.24/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.22/5  rDev +23.4%
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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4.2/5  rDev +22.8%

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Widow Maker Black Ale from Keweenaw Brewing Company
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