dmschefke (566) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Can. Pours a black with brown hue, thick creamy tane head, lots of lacing, very thin head is retained for most of drink. Aroma is of roasted malt, smoke, grain, molasses, caramel, and dried dark slightly tart fruit. First few sips were very pleasant and originally I had this rated higher, but as I finished this beer, it started to wear on me quickly. Drinkable, but just something is a bit off. Not bad, but good would be an overstatement.
Nero55 (637) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 12, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Black/brown with thin tan head. Aroma of roasted malt and grain. Light body, roasted malts, and some sweetness. Not much else going on but decent.
doubelknv3 (968) - Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black with off white head and decent lacing. Mild roast, mild grain and mild dark berry aroma. Medium bodied, lite roast notes, but fairly bland. Watery, but drinkable swartzbier, and no hop bitter notes.
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BeerInHeaven (134) - Brillion, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours a cola brown with a nice beige head. Aroma is very malty. Smooth creamy mouth feel. Taste is malty with a small hop presence. Finishes slightly sweet. Good beer!
ramichaud (1) - - JUN 7, 2014 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Just plain good. Say ya to da U.P., eh? Dark, yet light bodied. Malty flavor. Great beer.
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cheap (3943) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very very nice black pour from a can, impressive mild roasty aroma too!. Big head, alabaster. First taste makes me wonder why this is called a widowmaker, its simply a kind and gentle well behaved dark beer. Really has manners and its really enjoyable, Iím liking this brew. Its so nifty to finally have a beer over 5% that is not totally in yer face. Yes, one of the better dark beers Iíve had for a while. During the session,the aroma gets a little more metallic and the co2 goes just a tad flat but overall this was a good beer experience.
rumproasts (2734) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
can. Near black with one finger head. Lots of roasted malt in this one. Smooth and surprisingly light bodied.
hockeybeerguy (1502) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reviewed from notes. Consumed June 2013.
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, but I donít think its an American Black Ale - too roasty and bitter coffee with chocolate and no hops that makes me think its more of a Porter or perhaps Stout, but I would have this again.
hotstuff (4058) - Indiana, USA - MAR 22, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Rated on 10-01-2010. This canned beer pours a medium sized very fizzy tan head that quickly dissipates, mostly opaque black body, lively, fast rising carbonation, and one ring of lacing. The aroma is roasted malt as is the flavor The palate is tangy and this beer is light-medium bodied. This beer lacks character and is very bland tasting. This is a beer I do not recommend.
koleminer20 (542) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 26, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
On draft at Danís on January 24. The pour is a darker brown, with a lot of ruby around the edges. There is no head to be found, and as such, no lace exists. The aroma s really light. There is a little bit of maltiness present, but itís really thin. The taste is quite dull. Some malts are detected, but there isnít anything else. The mouth feel is extraordinarily thin and watery, with flavors not hanging out at all.
blackflag321 (461) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 14, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pour from can. Cola-brown. Aroma-sweet, molasses. Taste- malty, a bit watery.