Widow Maker Black Ale | Keweenaw Brewing Company

Widow Maker Black AleWidow Maker Black Ale
BA SCORE
29.9%
Liked This Beer
3.48 w/ 304 ratings
Widow Maker Black AleWidow Maker Black Ale
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by association330 on 06-13-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,184
Reviews:
82
Ratings:
304
Liked:
91
Avg:
3.48/5
pDev:
15.23%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
63
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 304 |  Reviews: 82
Photo of NodakEric
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FBGordon
3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
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 +21.3%
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 -35.3%
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 -18.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of McHenry
3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stevoj
2.98/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery. Nice flavor without the burnt, smoky nature. Semi sweet, body leans towards watery. Cola colored, minimal head, abrupt finish. Almost schwarzbier.

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Photo of Beric
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Serving: 24 December 2015
Served: Can into pint

This beer slipped through the cracks due to the holidays, so time to give it a quick review now.

Appearance: Pours a deep black/brown with brownish tints to the side. Minimal head, if any, after pouring.

Smell: Soft malt roastiness, a pinch of acid. Little to no malt flavors.

Taste: Similar to the nose- it honestly tastes like a darker version of a Yuengling. That same acidity is there, but there is a notable soft roastiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to medium-light body with high carbonation.

Overall: A very drinkable beer, and one I could consume in quantity, but nothing that will rock your world.

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Photo of pb9613
3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: This beer pours beautiful black on first glance but closer inspecion will show that it is extremely dark brown with a hint of red.

Smell: This beer smells sweet with just a touch of coffee.

Taste: This beer is a little sweet with just a touch of pine from the hops.

Mouthfeel: This is a little on the light side for a dark beer.

Overall: An enjoyable black ale with just a touch of hops. The light hops tastes is standard for KBC but this plays towards the tastes of the Yooper cliental.

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Photo of thebeerman25
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance-black. maybe very dark brown if you look hard enough but with a quick glance is black

smell-smells very sweet and malty and light

taste-to me it tastes sweet and a little bready. no hops noticable. very malty.

feel-smells light but doesnt feel light.

overall-overall this is a very good beer. one of my favorites. i had a 6 pack and after a 6 pack oh boy was i ever full. very filling beer in my opinion.

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Photo of NateDyk47
2.96/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got a free sample at Buffalo Wild Wings. Has a very dark look to it, but can barely taste or smell anything. It's also very thin. Probably won't try this again.

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Photo of Desimoaj
3.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of BigRizz62
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bigleague
2.86/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of d5001986
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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

Photo of kkazemi
3.24/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Maish
4.24/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Navalartichoke
2.9/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of gotweid
4.38/5  rDev +25.9%
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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Photo of JothHu
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRFounder
3.37/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of krh
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Thin, not very complex. Maybe black ales aren't my thing? Maybe 15 years ago, but my tastes have moved on.

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Widow Maker Black Ale from Keweenaw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 29.9% out of 100 with 304 ratings
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