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Weez - Maine Beer Company

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88
very good

847 Ratings
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Ratings: 847
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.18%
Wants: 23
Gots: 110 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company visit their website
Maine, United States

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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Ratings: 847 | Reviews: 131
Reviews by andrewinski1:
Photo of andrewinski1
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a stemmed taster. The color is black. There is a very large medium tan head that is very sticky; leaving a lot of lacing.

The aroma intertwines dank resinous hops with chocolate malt.

The taste begins with a mellow chocolatey note. There is some nice dank slightly piney oily hops beginning towards the finish, leading to a bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is smooth and velvety; slightly creamy.

This is another tasty beer from Maine Beer Company. Well worth a try.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to the awesome smokeypeat for this one; I really enjoyed "Another One" and so I'm looking forawrd to this one - the same hop bill with different (darker) malts. It pours a very, very deep brown with a black and ruby-tinted outline. The thick, mocha-java head seems to last forever; it's very clumpy and boisterous and leaves awesome lacing on the glass.

As expected the hops are giving off similar aromas to those in Another One; piney, citric, juicy, and wet, with plenty of herbal notes and even a very mild tartness in the mix. It makes sense because the hopping schedule is the exact same. The difference comes in with the darker malt - Weez has a mellow, chocolate-y malt background with some light roast in the finish. Reminds me quite a bit of Short's Goodnight Bodacious.

Black IPAs are sometimes tough to figure out, because each sip always has so much going on that you don't really know exactly where to focus your attention. Weez does a good job of coupling everything together to form a pretty nice harmony in an oftentimes nebulous style. Light woodsy taste with lots of dry cocoa powder, nuttiness, and roasted malt envelope a robust hop bill that flaps its wings with pine, grapefruit peel, tangerine, and herbal leaves.

You'd think the bitterness might be higher in Weez than Another One, but that's not the case at all. In fact, Weez is quite a bit more mellow on the palate in terms of hop abrasion. The mouth feel is maybe a touch creamier here, but it still has a relatively slick and oily body with lots of carbonation. Pretty dry aftertaste with a dusting of wood, nuts, and roast.

I definitely preferred Another One to Weez, but I'll be damned if this wasn't still a darn tasty Black IPA. It's a strange style; at what point does the beer go from being a Black IPA to just a really hopped up porter? Especially with age, I would think this would just be a deliciously-hopped porter. This was consumed with less than a month on it, though, so the hops were certainly bursting. Good beer, can't wait to try more stuff from Maine.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I didn't know this was a black ale until I poured it into my snifter. I think if I had known it was a black ale I would have passed; I'm not that big a fan of the style.

The beer was black with a thick tan head. There was a good deal of lace.

Aroma of piney hops and chocolate.

Ditto for the taste. Pine and chocolate.

Pretty hop forward.

Good example of the style, just not my cup of tea.

Photo of hotpauko
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of far333
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black and opaque with a light brown frothy and foamy head that lingers long with lumpy moguls on top. Low aroma of dark malt and hops. Rich flavor of roasty malt with accompanying bitterness contribution, a bit ashy, hops accompany well and do not overpower, good balance. Big fat legs and rings of lace line the glass. Rich and full and round mouthfeel. Roasty hop bitterness lingers. Great beer.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appears pitch black big khaki tan head forms fine even spread lacing on the sides of my chalice, great looking black IPA.

Smells of anise, herbal hops, and mild citrus peel notes with black dark roasted malt layers.

Flavor slightly tart and bitter with citrus notes, dark milky dark chocolate notes, herbal bittering hops cleans out the rest of the semi sweet malt character.

Mouthfeel is medium ale with a dark chocolate citric peel bitterness dry character left with each sip. Nothing like any of the other Maine beer company's dark beer characteristics.

Overall, I'm excited to see more dark hoppy offerings from them.

Photo of jtladner
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on June 11th, consumed on June 16th.

Dark brown beer, with a huge fluffy brown head. Big aroma dominated by sour, citrusy hops. The taste is a really interesting mixture of dark, roasted malts and sour hops. In the end though, the roasted flavors win out and this is what lingers on the tongue more, with a background of hops. Overall, I really enjoyable beer.

Photo of JamesStreet
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pours a opaque black with nutty brown head. Lotsa bubbles; good lacing.
S- hoppy, nuttiness. Roasted malt, pine.
T- follows nose with a slight tobacco taste
M- medium with a slightly bitter dry finish.
O- nice black IPA.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter from the 16.9 ounce bottle.

Pours viscous and dark like a great stout. Cocoa-colored head, chewy and pillow-like, forms over the dark body. My mind is thinking stout here. 5

Citrusy orange hops are immediately noticeable. Then dark roast malts that are faintly coffee-roast-like. Resinous and pungent overall on the nose. 4

Wow! Back to thinking this is a stout! Huge dark roast malt and coffee with a light caramel drizzle up front, so essentially a great stout. Then citrusy and floral hops dive into the mix. The finish is dry and cocoa-like. Light notes of onion become noticeable and the finish starts to taste chocolatey and smokey. 4

Feels more like a Cascadian Dark than a stout but there's a roasted smoky feel between the surly carbonation and hop spice and bitterness. There's great creaminess to boot. 4.25

A uniqur mash-up of an IPA, Cascadian Dark and a Stout. Enjoyable on its own.

Photo of biboergosum
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle. 'Weez' does indeed sound like a swell name for a kitty-cat, especially one recently removed from its stray status.

This beer pours a rather solid russet brown-tinted black, with a foaming tower of frothy, dense, and somewhat creamy dark beige head, which leaves a thorough array of webbed bonsai tree lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away. One sexy-looking brew, I gotta say.

It smells of roasted, kind of meaty caramel malt, a touch of nutty toffee sweetness, dry chocolate and lightly milked coffee, dank pine-heavy forest floor, singed orange and grapefruit flesh, and a further bitter floral, earthy hoppiness. The taste is a damned-near perfect blend of peppy citrus rind/pine tips/musty herbal hop notes, and lightly toasty and roasty bready caramel malt, with some lesser cocoa, coffee, black licorice, a hint of wet ash, and a sort of removed floral, perfumed alcohol warming.

The carbonation is quite tight, yet quite genial about it, the body a stocky medium weight, and mostly smooth, the hops taking their minor ounce or two of flesh, and even a tad creamy, in the airy sense. It finishes barely off-dry, the roast pulling in the reins, and the citrus and pine notes settling into a pleasant sort of oblivion.

For a style that I am mostly not even middling about, this is the exception that seems to shatter my rule - roasty, toasty malt, and the typically heady citrus, pine, and floral hops of the perfect IPA. Ok, I've seen this before, but never in such a pleasantly rounded and integrated manner - it's like I know what I'm tasting, but suddenly I'm just freakin' fine with it. Huh. Anyways, this one makes an impression, in a very good way.

Photo of hreb
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 031114 06. Slender 500mL bottle served in a cylindrical stange. Beer has some intense citrus hop aroma as soon as I pop the cap, and pours as black as stout in the glass with a ginormous foamy brown head. Can Maine do a Cascadian Dark Ale? Because that's what I'm expecting at this point. But more than a Black IPA, this beer has some serious chocolate notes. Unsweetened cocoa is right up in the palate. Medium full body tends towards creamy on account of low carbonation. Needless to say this beer laces all the way down my glass.

To be perfectly honest I picked this beer up partially because Maine Beer Company has great reputation right now, and partially because of the dedication to stray kitties. But I'll get it again (if I can find it) because it's damn fantastic beer.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

thanks thechrislife for this

pours dark black, huge cocoa head just lifted over the glass. thick lacing and retention. had no idea this was dark until i poured it.

light citrus and grapefruit with plenty of charcoal and roast. a bit of a sweet nuttiness

very heavy on the roasted malt. charred through out with some bitter dark chocolate and espresso or french roast. citrus is lighter here, roasted malt being more dominant.

body is light for a 7%, easy drinking. sweet and simple

this and Another One are the same hops with different grains. i found the hops being far more dominant in Another One. this is like a hoppy stout, and in a great way.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 mL bottle poured into an oversized snifter. Bottled 6/11/2013, so it's a little old. I had Maine Another One a couple of days prior to this review.

Appearance - My experience with Another One yielded a small puddle on my counter from overflow, so I was careful with this pour. Nonetheless, the mocha head was enormous. Two fingers atop a black beer that in total completely filled my CBS snifter. Great retention. Lacing forms rings inside the glass.

Smell - Bright citrus, lots of dark roasted malts. Loads of coffee. Cuts into the citrus. Perhaps muting some of the orange and tropical notes, yielding more of a grassy hop aroma.

Taste - Again it's a battle of hops and dark malts, never quite in harmony. Grapefruit and grassy herbal hopes with an almost burnt coffee flavor. The malt flavor lacks a little bit of depth. No sweetness to it. Slightly smokey notes. Mild bitter finish, as much from malt as from hop.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, dropping off to medium light in the finish. Not quite rich enough for what it's trying to do.

Overall - I expected some really great things after enjoying the dickens out of Another One. This just didn't impress me anywhere near as much. Also not as enjoyable as Collaboration Time.

Photo of mjstacker
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Probably my least favorite of all the Maine Beer Co. offerings. Poured a 16.9 (8/6/2013) ounce into a chilled pint glass. That said it's still better then almost anything readily available at my local liquor store. I was tricked by the label claiming that it had the same hops as "Another One", which is one of my personal favorites. The change to the malts, which result in the vastly darker coloring really change the taste and give it a much more subdued flavor that can almost (almost) be described as burnt. The change in malts also apparently results in the lack of delicious aroma that it's brother from another mother(Another One) boasts. Cheers.

Photo of Mises85
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this in a pint glass dated 40114.

Appearance: Nothing less than drop dead gorgeous. Beautiful stout like color with 4 finger head (okay maybe I poured too much) that was so thick and pillowy that it did not go away until the very last sip. Utterly beautiful lacing.

Smell: big citrus, mango but with some dark coffee, mocha, and dark spice.

Taste: classic IPA but with some porter aspect. Some dark coffee with chocolate malt coming through. Citrus shines as well with a clean finish.

Mouthfeel: luscious, just enough carbonation.

Overall: Another amazing beer from an amazing brewery. One of my all time favorite breweries ever. Just simply amazing.

Photo of puboflyons
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the 650 ml. bottle marked C4C114-7. Sampled on June 6, 2014.

this pours black as night and builds up to a handsome looking, long-lasting, soft, tan head. Lacing all around.

The earthy hops are what I get right off the bat in the aroma but some dark malts and a touch of black licorice kick in after that.

The body is medium to full.

The taste has a potent hoppy bitterness which supersedes the initial dark malt and black licorice character. You go away from this thinking "I loved those hops."

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.69/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served out of a bottle into Sierra Nevada IPA glass.

A- Pitch black opaque with solid light tan head.

S- Coffee, slightly smokey aroma (slightly stuffed nose, so it's hard to nail down anything exactly).

t-burnt roast malt bitterness along with classic hop bitter citrus flavor.

M- prickly carbonation.

O- One of the best Black IPAs of all time

Photo of emerge077
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 090313

Poured black with a dense head of creamy tan foam. Long lasting lace, sticky in the glass. Extended head retention as well.

Mild roasty aroma, light trace of ash, lightly piney hop oils.

Taste is roasty and moderately bitter, piney hops linger into the dry aftertaste. Creamy and fairly substantial in body. Char lingers momentarily in the middle, fading into bitter resinous hops. Overall it's good for what it is, but for the price I'll keep drinking Wookey Jack.

Photo of philbe311
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Three full fingers worth medium brown colored head that is both crisp and airy while being comprised of lots of big chunky bubbles and a rocky top... Rock solid retention... The color walks a fine line between dark brown and flat black... Largely still with just a stray carbonation bubble or two seen towards the top of the glass... The nice is quite whimsical... Equal parts piney and juicy hop resins... There are some faint roasted malt tones beneath the surface... Just the slightest whiff of vanilla as well... The nose was a good indication of what to expect on the palate... There is no vanilla sweetness, but everything else is spot on... The roasted malts and hops ebb and flow while competing for prominence... The mouth feel is on the lighter side of medium bodied... A slightly surprising bite of prickly carbonation... A touch of dryness throughout before finishing with a bit of a chalky presence... Loaded with character... Maine Brewing turns out another winner with Weez... A very well rounded American Black Ale iwth lots of depth and complexity... A terrific brew all the way around...

Photo of Rcady1989
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasty. Great for a dark ale. Some interesting hop aromas going on. Clean finish, but loses a bit of flavor at the end. Solid beer but not MBC's best.

Photo of fourstringer
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a Becker pilsner glass. Moderate hand. Label instructs to drink within 90 days of 123113. Just squeaking in there!

A: Essentially black, opaque body with 3 fingers of rocky, tan head. Good retention with nice lacing. Impressive.

S: Roasted malt. Cocoa. Coffee. Piney hop with lighter citrus, grapefruit notes. Earth. Bread. Light spice. Faint bourbon/booze. Brown sugar. Very balanced.

T: Chocolatey, roasted semi-sweet malt initially with a gradual swell of moderate hop bitterness. Dry finish. Nutty and roasty bitter notes linger on the palate. Light alcohol presence.

M: Moderate carbonation with a smooth effervescence. Moderate body. Very easy.

O: Another rock-solid offering from Maine Beer Co. Drinks superbly. A very even balance between the hops and the malt really lets you decide: Is it more hoppy? Or is it more malty? Well, it's both. Simultaneously.

Prost!

Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass. Bottled June 11th, pretty fresh as can be.

A big wonderful creamy and foamy light tan coffee brown like head forms, and settles with a big island puck of three fingers nicely. Bottle pours a nice dark walnut brown and gets into the glass with a very dark nearly black blody with good brown walnut hues. Impressive aggressive it looks like ice cream in a glass.

Nose is very complex but also quite subtle. This is not a big hop profile or bowl you over, but there's hints of citrus and tropical fruit, mostly rind, and earth pine dank qualities. Chocolate whiffs and the fruity hop profile mixes nicely creating a nice coffee angle on the drink for the aroma like piping hot.

Palate matches nicely but is very different from most dark IPAs I've had. Tastes like a standard IPA, with the roast character coming only in the aftertaste. Matches the nose with fruity qualities, and a nice creamy feel with moderate carbonation. Fruit rind like qualities mix in the mid palate with a lightness, with creamy coffee finishing. Chocolate angle though is a bit lost with maybe a hint of earth like bitterness finishing.

Overall it's very different from most Cascadian Dark, Black IPAs, or whatever you want to call it, but it's a solid well made beer from a brewery I expect only good things to come from. With this beer they are still delivering.

Photo of logicalparadox
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

A: As I decant this into a pint glass, I feel... fear. I've poured too aggressively, sloppily in fact, and stand in horror as I witness a five-finger head grow into an intimidating, seething whirlpool darkness. The brew itself is like an abyss, as black and dark as any porter or stout and lets no light through it whatsoever... like a black hole. But that head... it's ashy and sticky... with a structure like that of rising bread dough or the foam from egg whites (it even has stiff peaks!). It's possibly the darkest, dirtiest head I've ever seen.

S: Neither the melodrama, nor the dread, ends with appearances. The smell makes me think a mean imperial stout mixed with a mean double IPA. Simultaneously, I'm getting chocolate, pine, burnt wood, toasted grain, citrus pith and tree sap.

T: KABOOM. I'm blown away. Not that I fall in love with it, but my taste buds are destroyed. Dark and toasty malts provide for flavors of bittersweet chocolate and pine cone, a dry graininess and the darkest rye bread, with some spice character. Make me think of a bitter Mexican mole.

M: Thick, full bodied assault on your palate. I would make the motor oil comparison, but that's cliche by now. Definitely syrupy, and the head resembles and tastes like a bitter chocolate whipped cream.

O: These are not all qualities I love in a brew, so points are flowing less than they might. But there is no denying that this is an interesting, bold (huge), and distinctive offering from Maine.

Photo of Badwolf333
1.6/5  rDev -59.3%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Not good taste, too dark.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: pitch black cat with a tall hat of dark brown foam; fluffy lace trails

S: darkly roasted malts and earthy, herbal hops; made me think of wet, deep, dark, nutrient-rich soil - that may sound off-putting, but I found it inviting

T: this is a toward the dry and roasty end of the spectrum, but with a big juicy mouthfeel. I picked up lots of bittersweet flavors throughout. Spices of some sort flash and fade into mellow toastiness and dark chocolate char. Very understated.

M: roasty and crisp, slightly coating, full-bodied, dense, balanced right between a bittersweet & wet and roasty dry finish - super easy drinking.

O: real good beer - can't see any fan of ABAs not liking it, and I think it has a very approachable character for any drinker. On par, in my estimation, with most of the popular beers in the ABA style.

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Weez from Maine Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 847 ratings.