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Weez - Maine Beer Company

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Reviews: 142
Hads: 948
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 25.37%
Wants: 22
Gots: 160 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Black Ale | 7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ToasterChef on 06-13-2013

Hoppy and roasty American IPA, brewed as the dark-colored counterpart to Another One (both beers incorporate the exact same kettle and dry hopping schedule). Weez presents a blend of hoppy and roasty notes on the nose, followed by hoppy resins on the tongue, and finishes with a deep roast.
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Photo of kculrich
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a pint-plus bottle, dated 011916, served in a tulip.

L: Pours deep black with barely a caramel highlight and a big billowing mocha head. Excellent retention and thick, sticky lacing.

S: Smells of yeast and rum, raisins, tropical fruits, tobacco and flowery spices.

T: Toasted malts, bitter coffee, and smoky dried fruit, tobacco and spruce, funky, earthy, with a long lingering bitter finish.

F: Moderate-to-light bodied and carbonated, resinous and mouth-coating.

Overall, a mighty tasty, well balanced beverage.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip glass. It pours jet black with a two-finger, frothy khaki-colored head and extensive lacing that did not dissipate . It's a very attractive pour. It smells of dark roasted malt, burnt coffee, and hoppy pine. The taste is a really nice blend of roasted, earthy malt , peat, burnt coffee grounds, bitter hops, and a hint of citrus. This ale is medium in body, moderate in carbonation, and 7.2% is the perfect ABV of a beer of this style. It's much more substantial than a session ale but it's light enough to have a couple of glasses. This ale would pare well with a hamburger or roasted meat but it's fine for casual drinking, as well. A very well crafted Black Ale from an excellent brewer!

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Photo of dd43
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The roasted counterpart to Another One, which happens to be my very favorite Maine beer. In that regard this one had a lot to live up to. I'm not generally a fan of black IPAs but this is damn good for the style.

Big roasted malt aroma. Very light coffee hit as well. There's something earthy here as well. Not like a Brett funk or anything, more like straight up earth or mushrooms or something. Can't pin it down. Like when you open a package of portabellas and they still have some soil on the caps. This is a beer that makes me hungry for some savory food.

Bitter more in the finish than up front. But still plenty easy to drink. In fact the slight hit of bitterness on each sip makes me want to take another to quench it. Hallmark of a well constructed beer, in my estimation.

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Photo of Professor_Frink
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok dark beer. I'm not a huge dark beer fan, but it's ok. It's an ale with the malt flavor. I would drink again if it's there, but wouldn't go out of my way.

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Photo of surfcaster
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pitch black/opaque with light brown head that lasted half the pour

S: Roasty notes predominate with hint of the hop bite

T: Toasted malts all up front but really satisfying hop bite on the back end. Integrated.

F: What I expected--looks like motor oil and goes down like a light porter.

O: Impressed--hoppy porter/"black IPA" not my thing but really loved this one. Better than Lag Nighttime which was my favorite of that style before.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 16.9 oz. bottle dated 11/3/15, so just a week old. Pours a stout-like black, with a dense 2-finger head that leaves thick lacing. Head never completely dissipates. The smell is an incredibly fresh blast of pine and grapefruit, with just a hint of subtle roasty notes poking through. Smells great. The taste is similar, with citrus and pine, then a progression into the rather subtle roasted/coffee notes that linger into the finish, which also brings back some bitter hop flavor that is slightly drying. Finish lingers nicely.

The feel is great for an IPA, medium-bodied and not at all watery, but any beer with roasted stout flavors is going to seem thin with this body, at least to me. This is honestly one of the reasons I've never really taken to this style of black IPAs--they always seem like they can't decide if they're an IPA or a stout, and the flavors are battling it out. This is the first example that completely avoids this, with a wonderfully harmonious combination of the IPA with the subtle dark aspects, along with a perfectly logical progression of flavors.

A wonderful beer that I'm thoroughly enjoying. Great to have it so fresh as well.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

32oz growler into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Pours a delightfully-opaque black with deep-brown lurking around the farthest edges of my glass. 1 1/2" khaki head that recedes at a moderate pace. Lacing & retention are stellar. This is a really, really ridiculously good-looking brew :-)

S: Roasty malt notes tempered by pretty noticeable bittering hops. Caramel & black coffee. toffee. Very muted pitted fruit notes, plum mostly. Maybe traces of vanilla. There's a lot going on here, but none of it is terribly assertive.

T: Very similar to the nose. Comes on with a pleasant malt roast, again tempered by hops, to give off a black coffee vibe. Mid palate is just off-sweet with traces of dark, pitted fruit & vanilla. On the finish, I detect black cherry before the hop character once again comes into full-swing. Finishes with burnt-toast & hop-bitterness that lingers.

M: Moderate carb married to a shockingly light, thin body. A bit soapy. Not quite beefy enough for all the flavors going on here.

O: I'm pretty doggone impressed. Another great brew from MBC.

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Photo of MTLDOG
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a tap into a pint glass. Black with barely one finger of brown head that left a bit of lacing but basically looked flat after the first few sips. Looks like a porter/stout and seemed thicker than a typical black ale. Smells Very toasty. Roasted malts with a definite hop background. A touch of sweetness, maybe a little molasses but behaved like a good ale. Nice mouthfeel and well balanced. Great beer top to bottom. Not too boozy in taste and has a great finish.

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Photo of rjd722
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Old Town Pour House. This is maybe my first experience with this style, I loved Another One so this was an easy choice. Nice brown head that slowly dissipated, completely black in color. Great roasted smell. Really clean, hoppy, and a very pleasant roasted, hoppy resin that coats your mouth after each sip. Would get again and again!

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep dark pour with clingy brown foam. Aromas of cedar, smoke, and malt. Flavors are mellow and extremely balanced. Nice toastiness, combined with mild hop citrus/pine, and slight smoky hint. Great dark ale, incredibly smooth.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Black. SRM 36+. One-half inch, creamy chestnut head drops to a quarter inch before stabilizing, while fingers of lace form on the side of the Offero glass.

Fresh pine and cedar dominate the beginning while subtle notes of lime, grilled ribeye steak, and clay fill the background. Warmth brings out licorice while light toasted malt becomes richer.

Roasted malt and grapefruit are prominent. Light chocolate mingles with modest bitterness that balances sweetness. Other notes include molasses and charcoal. The finish is modest and lingering with mostly roasted bitterness, however, pine builds with warmth. Warmth also brings out strong notes of licorice.

A medium body with light alcohol and light carbonation. A texture of nylon is prominent in the dry offering.

Weez paired nicely with a rainy Sunday afternoon while vintage warplanes buzzed the house and classical music played in the background.

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Photo of Domvan
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - Dark thin pour, foamy head
Smell - Piney hop aroma, malt back bone
Taste - Nice combination of a malt and hop relationship
Feel - Thin mouthful full of piney hops and a nice malt backbone
This is one of the best CDA/Black Ale/Black IPA's I've had.

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Photo of Pip_Count_167
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle not knowing about the beer. Bottle is labelled 'ale' (making it a safe bet coming from MBC), so I was pretty surprised when it poured almost black with a dense head.

I found this beer delicious. The nice hop flavor is matched and mellowed by the malts, making for a smooth mocha flavor.

It was a standout beer, but possibly because I've been enjoying all IPAs and sours lately. I'll revisit it in the fall when I like to load up the fridge with porters and other malty brews, it'll get a better comparison within its taste profile.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful pour, darker than I expected with nice brown head/lacing. True black IPA, I get both the hops and some earthiness on the nose. The hop flavors are definitely there with a strong malt presence. After the swallow, roast and bitterness linger. Medium body, smooth, medium-low carbonation. All told, another winner from MBC and a bit better than I was expecting, although I do usually enjoy the black IPA style.

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Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 4/28/15.Pours into a nonic a deep dark chocolate brown with a billowing tan colored creamy head atop.Some roast,cocoa,and pine resin in the nose,alot of cocoa.Roasty with bitter chocolate flavors melding into resin and then back to roast,quite dry.More like a porter with it's roast and chocolate flavors,either way pretty damn good.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottling date of 04/28/15

Appearance - Pours black with cola brown edging and with a dark khaki colored head that peaks at nearly 3 finger's width. Great retention before breaking down to a thin layer of suds across the surface. Spotty lacing with fair stick.

Smell - Chocolatey with lesser roast notes. Hops are buried, but a faint pineapple aroma just manages to peak through.

Taste - Mostly follows the nose. Mocha character upfront and throughout, with touches of roast and coffee bitterness creeping in more firmly by mid-taste. Hops are tamed by the massive malt profile, but make their debut near the finish with bitter notes of orange and grapefruit pith that jive with the earthy coffee grounds character found in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with soft, moderate carbonation. Slick, silky texture turns a touch chalky in the finish.

Overall - Lovely brew, but the malts tend to dominate here just a bit too much for the style, me thinks. A shame, because I rather enjoyed it more than my score would indicate. Personal preference will always play a role in my reviews, but style guidelines do as well. They'd do well to revise and amp up the hop profile on this one, because this has the foundation to be a World-Class India Black Ale.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

For some reason, I expected this to be an IPA - I must have read the bottle wrong. They use the same hops as they do for their IPA but a different malt recipe, which is clearly what is shining through here (but not literally - that glass was deep brown and totally opaque).

The nose is quite tasty, powerful yet understated. Smooth, but not too rich, aromas of brown sugar, resin, and earthy grit give you a preview of what you're in for with the taste. The mouth feel is a bit thin, with a quickly receding head and not much carbonation in the body. I usually expect a beer this dark to have a thicker body, but this is relatively thin and smooth.

The same goes for the flavor - smooth, but actually pretty interesting. My first sip conjured up an image in my mind of two rams, a hoppy one and a malty one, rearing back on hind legs and butting their horns up against each other with full force. That might be a little melodramatic, as the flavors aren't quite that intense, but you see what I'm getting at, right? The rich, earthy, woody malt flavors come right up against thick, slightly bitter hops, without mixing. The aftertaste leans a bit closer to bitter, but overall, it just feels like I'm getting both sides of the flavor profile separately but evenly. Some have said there's a bit of pine in there, and I suppose I taste it when I'm looking for it, but it's pretty far down there.

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Photo of hotpauko
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle dated 1/27/15. Second tasting of a MBC beer. This is a black IPA and the bottle should state it that way, it was described to me as such before purchase. Dark pour with a thicker viscosity, 2 finger tab foam, laced and held the glass throughout. Very nice caramelly, smoky hop smell. A piney hop flavor hits the mouth up front and the rich malt settles in the back followed by a little bitter bite. A few seconds later the rich, woody malt flavor lingers. Overall a very good, not great, offering for a dark IPA, would purchase again without a doubt but want to try the other Maine beers first.

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Photo of uvachief
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft. Similar to other black ipas. Hoppy and bitter. Didn't care for it. Very dry. Not a lot of complex flavors. Just sort of there. Definitely taste the roasted malts. Weird. Pours and looks lime a thin stout or porter. Not bad tasting. Just odd.

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Photo of MikeMcCl
3.13/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Personnally do not consider myself much of a judge, also a smoker so impaired to start with - more for my own reference and should do this while drinking it but its done already but here goes -
Color - on the Dark side
Smell - guess I expected like a stout, but hops mixed in with oak is what I got
Taste - ipa sorta like dogfish 60 min but perhaps more bitter
Mouthfeel - not too light - not too heavy
Overall - big enough without overpowering, wish I could pick out hops better, something in it I might try to tone down, overall not bad. Would definitely give it another go.

Ok now I've read others reviews - nobody else got oak, closest was smoky, maybe thats a better description.

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4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My second offering from MBC. Looks pretty. Nice frothy head that sticks around for a while. Dark and roasty with a nice hop bite. Paired with a couple Leadbelly tracks. Solid beer from a solid brewery!

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

After I opened the bottle, I caught a whiff of yeast in the beginning. Pours dark with a moderate head. Rather an intriguing ale. Tastes ok. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Stevecarini
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

My instant impression was that of a brown ale and not having a clue to this beer's makeup when I cracked the top, I was pleasantly surprised when I saw its rich dark composition. When first gazing upon its black body and creamy frothy head I thought "how nice, a black ale" which wasn't to far off. It goes down like combination of a hazelnut brown ale and a traditional black ale so it gives you the best of both worlds. It's yet another example of how MBC has staked its claim as one of New England's best brewers.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: 1 pint .9 fl oz. Branded pry-off pressure cap. Brown glass.

[This review is truncated. A full one will follow when I'm able.]

Cost was $8.39 USD. Served cold into a tulip at low altitude in New York City and allowed to warm somewhat over the course of consumption. 7.2% ABV.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 2 fingers wide. Khaki colour. Creamy, thick, full, and frothy. Leaves a light coating of lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes. Retention is good - about 7 minutes.

BODY: Opaque solid black. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

It's generally appealing, but it doesn't stand out as unique or special.

AROMA: Roast, cream, piney hops, evergreen hops, and dark malts. Has some nice sweetness right on the finish.

Aromatic intensity is average. It's pretty appealing for a black IPA, and seems to have more balance than most beers in the style do.

No yeast character, alcohol, off-notes or yeast character is detectable.

TASTE/TEXTURE: Dark malts and chocolate malts provide the sweet backbone. Creamy. The hop profile is surprisingly subtle, with notes of pine and evergreen. Has a coating creamy feel on the palate, with apt softness, moderate thickness, and a full body. The hops aren't overly bitter (as is usually the case in the style), and they seem well-tailored to the malts. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes come through.

Adequate complexity and subtlety. I do think it's balanced - which is uncommon in a Black IPA - but it's lacking in terms of intricacy. Smooth, wet, unrefreshing, and well-carbonated.

OVERALL: It's quite drinkable and enjoyable, but isn't world-class. Easily one of the better Black IPAs I've had recently, but only because it's not egregiously imbalanced. I do like it, but I wouldn't get it again at its high price point. Well-worth trying, but not Maine Beer Co.'s finest work.

High C+

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Photo of JAFoley
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Deep opaque black body with nice dense foamy brown head. Excellent retention and lacing.

S - Citrus, grassy hops, with toasted malts

T - Nice tangy citrus hops upfront quickly overtaken by sugary toasted malts. Some coffee and aftertaste recedes with medicine flavors.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Nice and slick, in no way sticky

O - Great black ale. I could see this working really well as a black IPA if it was a bit hoppier.

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Weez from Maine Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.