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:
304
Reviews:
82
Avg:
3.42
pDev:
15.79%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
62
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 304 |  Reviews: 82
Photo of TheBeer
3.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Picked up a six-pack of cans at a local gas station. The production dates states it's still well within the freshness window. Poured right from the fridge into an imperial pint glass.

L: Pours a deep cola brown--red-tinged at the edges--with about an inch-and-a-half of tan head that sticks around for a good bit and leaves minimal lacing on the glass. Healthy visible carbonation at the edges where the light shines through.

S: Very subtle, nondescript aroma. There are some faint roasted and toasty malt notes present. Just a bit of a biscuit and something slightly astringent, as well.

T: A bit of faint roasted malt and biscuit up front. This is followed by a slightly astringent flavor, hitting the sides of the tongue with a subdued tartness. The middle brings more of the biscuit/bread notes, though the roasted/toasty malts seem to subside with the building astringency. The close is about the same as the middle, with more biscuit and subtle roasted malt, along with the subtle tartness. There's really not a whole lot of flavor in this one.

F: On heavier side of light-bodied/lighter side of medium-bodied. This one drinks quite thin and watery. Not much creaminess/effervescence to speak of. Again, there's a bit of astringency but no bitter.

O: I had heard some good things about this brew, so my experience was pretty disappointing. An almost nonexistent bouquet coupled with muted flavors and thin body make this a beer that I cannot recommend for anyone who enjoys flavorful brews. I could possibly see this as an adequate entry point for someone wanting to move from macro to micro, but that's about it.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can marked ?1/30/31 at 44 degrees into SA perfect pint
$ 1.59/12 oz can at Lager Mill
Aroma of citrus and malt, some licorice
Head large (five cm, aggressive pour), light brown, creamy, diminishing to two mm ring and partial layer
Lacing poor – few small islands and branches from drag, all tiny bubbles
Body dark amber, clear
Flavor predominantly malty but not excessively sweet. No hop flavor, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, borders on creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.5, Palate 3.75, Overall 3.75

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Photo of schoolboy
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This little can was an afterthought of a Saveon shop. It is black, surprise, __. The aroma is slightly hoppy, slightly funky. Not bad.

The taste is a light, excuse-me, black ale. Just a little roasty, a little sweet, and no bite or harshness. The aftertaste is creamy and bitter. Not bad.

Overall, this is a ho-him, simple brew. It might be a decent gateway for someone new to craft beer or who does not want to spend a little more for better products.

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Photo of entenduintransit
2.99/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of jakelang
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of SF_Posse
2.53/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Great look but has a TERIBLE SMELLto it. Taste is not bad but just hard to get past the smell.

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Photo of shadwow13
3.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bplabernie
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Great for beer can chicken

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Photo of Eziel
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Danielr26
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ffshore545
3.92/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of thebigredone
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chris_Gannon
3.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HopHunter19
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
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 - Bread. Some hop bitterness balances it well. Light coffee, roasty.
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 - solid beer

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Photo of UPBrewer92
4.04/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of imfinished
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Trent
3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of sgttibbs
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Irishlover58
3.51/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of akttr
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of acostuhhh
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bschmidt_37
3.51/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tomahite
3.07/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Widow Maker Black Ale from Keweenaw Brewing Company
3.42 out of 5 based on 304 ratings.
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