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
Ranking:
#41,999
Reviews:
86
Ratings:
313
pDev:
15.8%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of Rostie
4.75/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of labisch
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tracker83
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Yooper_textured_flavor
4.02/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very dark coloration with almost black tone. Pours well with small head. Solid choice but with subtle flavors. Could use a boost in multiple flavors of some other brews have. Good in cans but drafts seem to be better.

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Photo of tmcarter23
2.89/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of psmith161
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of neenerzig
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a can of this to try when my wife went on a mini vacation to Michigan about 3 weeks ago. Poured out of a 12 oz can into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a very dark brown/practically black color with a dark tan head about an inch thick when first poured. head settles very quickly to a thick surface coating film layer of foam on the beer's surface along with a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass. not much lacing here though. Aromas of some bready, roasted, caramel malt sweetness and a bit of earthy, piney hops. The taste is pretty much the same, with roasted, bready, caramel malt sweetness and a bit of piney, earthy hops with a slight touch of bitterness. Good balance of flavors, but I feel the overall flavor profile is simply to subdued overall. All aspects of it need to be stronger off the bat. Has a fairly crisp, yet smooth and slightly frothy, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink for sure with a slightly dry aftertaste. This beer certainly has a lot of potential. Needs improvement though.

Eric

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Photo of Nordicgambrin
1.36/5  rDev -60.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

An immediate funk attack backed up by a signpost sourness - Brettanomyces infection, that does not work at all with this beer (unlike a deliberate inoculation in some beers). Extremely harsh black malt character that is out of balance, needs smoothness, particularly given the bite already describer. It's almost impossible for me to get past the Brett but a cloying mouthfeel, almost a cola or maple syrup quality, if either were not sweet. Carbonation way over the top, and the carbonic acid contributed by this overcarbonation only adds to the offputting sourness. Cannot recommend at all.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Apache Trout Grill in Traverse City, MI

Appearance - Served up in a pint, black with cola brown edging a mostly barren surface on top. A few small spots make up the lacing.

Smell - Fair aroma with hints of roasted malt, a bit of caramel and some chocolate.

Taste - The strength is moderate, but the flavor profile is spot-on. Fair caramel and some toffee sweetness is met by a mild but consistent roast undertone. A touch of chocolate hits mid-taste. Aftertaste is solidly balanced with mildly sweet and midly roasty character.

Mouthfeel - Light-bodied with moderate carbonation. Light, easy drinker with a fair, crisp and refreshing finish.

Overall - Another reason why I detest "American Black Ale" as the 'official' name for hoppy Black IPA's or CDA's. 'Black Ale' is non-descript for a lot of brewers to describe some brews they make, whether they be stouts, porters or whathaveyou. I would best describe this as a session porter, and great one at that.

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Photo of ds27182
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jonathan-Morgan
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zonian1
3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance had a jet black body with a one finger foamy off white head that hangs around for a good two minutes before slowly dieing, clingy lacing. The smell had chocolate malts, roasty, and coffee-like flavoring. The taste was mainly sweet and roasty through the chocolates and malts, but the coffee flavorings help balance a bit. The palate was about a light to medium, sessionable, smooth and creamy. Overall, I do like this beer for me, but didn't necessarily see it as an American Black Ale, wasn't hoppy enough for the style.

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Photo of tjb27
3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dirtyharry2489
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tjb14
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JDoHo
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jmatsche
3.34/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SierraFlight
2.66/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Dactrius
3.19/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of ZachT
3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of Botulizard
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cjgiant
2.91/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of HoistinBrews
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Widow Maker Black Ale from Keweenaw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 313 ratings