xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - SEP 10, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can from siciliano’s. Dark brown, almost opaque black with creamy beige head. Aroma is dry roast, nuttiness and light smoke. Flavor is a little bit sweeter roast, some purple fruit, tobacco, some smoke, nice. Light and watery with light carbonation. Nice but body detracts.
MrBunn (2528) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can with thanks to coyotehunter. Pours a dark brown with a thin, yet dense tan head. Aromas of nuts, topsoil, roasted malt with a little light chocolate. Flavor is pretty ragged... a bit of a sourness to this pushes the roastiness around a bit. Lots of nuts and a little leather or something along those lines. It’s not awful, but with the way the nose hit me I was hoping for a little more to captivate my interest.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 2, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour very dark brown to black with a beige head. Nice roasted notes to the aroma. This has a thick body and tastes great. In fact, it might be one of the better schwarzbiers made in the uS. I think it is superior to 1554. Great roasted flavor in a mild palate that is by no means watery. Super balance. Ugly packaging.
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 18, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
From the can. Murky, opaque brown body, thin buff head. Dry toasty, nutty nose, bitter with a slightly tangy note. Tangy, cutting body, thin, with roasted malts and coffee. More robust caramely malts become apparent as the beer warms. Some metallic notes. The acidity is distracting and makes drinking the entire beer difficult.
demitriustown (1112) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUL 10, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz can: Aroma is dark almost roasty malts, brown sugar, somewhat nutty, and just the slightest bit of chocolate intermingled. Appearance is a very dark brown almost black pour with a thick lightly tan head that lingers around for quite a while. Taste is roasted malts, nutty, smoke, brown sugar, and caramel notes throughout. Palate had got a malty, bubbly texture on the tongue and an aftertaste of a lingering malt and somewhat alcohol. Overall, Pretty decent Schwartzbier. would I buy it again probably not, but if offered and was the only good thing at the bar. Yes. Cheers!
BigBeer45 (1299) - Michigan, USA - JUL 6, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2009 12 oz. can from Champanes, no Best By Date listed on can, has a dark brown-black pour with a tan two finger high head that quickly recedes to a ring and sparse cover, leaves lacing on the sides of the glass, aromas of roasted malt, coffee, sweetness, faint smoke and caramel in the background, hints of chocolate sweetness and very faint molasses and/or dark brown sugar, flavors of roasted malt, coffee, bitter chocolate and some caramel sweetness, finish is coffee and roasted malt with little bitterness at the finish, mouth feel is a little thin. Why does Keweenaw advertise this as an Ale? I thought a Swarzbier was a lager, made with lager yeast? Anyway, not a bad beer but not as good as some other Black Lagers that are available.
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
PPWD at Radisson. This was much better than the Pick Axe Blonde. This one was poured right from the keg, from the brewer himself who was a very likable guy. The beer is dark with nice tan head. Does look and act like a nice porter with some of those deep coffee and caramel flavors but much lighter. This was a very nice beer.
Skyview (5283) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled on draught at the GTMW ’08. Pours a clear cola brown brew with an average creamy beige head that slowly dissipates to a thin ring and some spotty lacing. Aroma of toasted dark malt, some brown sugar, chocolate, roasted nuts and caramel. Taste is medium bodied, light carbonated with flavors of toasted dark malt, light chocolate and caramel, and some grassy hops. Finish has a light metallic texture with a light toasted dark malt aftertaste that quickly disappears,
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 16, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured a dark brownish black colour with a small light brown head. Aroma is semi sweet, dark roasted malts, brown sugar and coffee beans. Taste is pleasent, but very light on the palate. Initially taste is slightly metallicy, withhlavors of black licorice and smoke.
islay (1376) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Small pour (approximately 3 oz.), on tap at Gitchee Gumee Brewfest in Superior, WI on 4-5-08. This was the eleventh of 12 beers that I rated (out of about 20 total beers that I tried). Listed as merely "Keweenaw Black Ale," so I’m not entirely sure it’s the same beer as "Widow Maker." That said, the description is similar to the one I remember from the festival. I don’t think this beer should be classified as a schwarzbier, which I think of as being a style of lager. Props to Keweenaw for canning (although I don’t think this particular beer is canned). Sweet, caramel aroma. Pours a dark brown with an amber hue. Small amount of beige head. Light flavors: Caramel, some tartness. Pleasant but simple taste. Smooth in the palate.