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Weez - Maine Beer Company

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Reviews: 136
Hads: 919
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 25.87%
Wants: 21
Gots: 141 | FT: 4
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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Photo of Mises85
5/5  rDev +24.4%
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.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 4/01/14
Wonderful dark colored black ipa with a thick mocha head that retreats quickly. Gently lacing along the sides of the glass. Hop aroma is present as well as roasted coffee. Minute chocolate taste with some hop bitterness and stronger coffee flavor. Medium body though pretty creamy and some char at the finish. Overall I must say this is a pretty amazing beer. Really enjoyed this one and can't wait to get my hands on another bottle!

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Photo of Chris24tian
4.73/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

First off just left Maine Brewery this beer was bottle 7 days ago. I did not get to try it on draft but purchased a bottle. It smells deliciously hoppy. Balanced with dark malt its the best black IPA I have had could be my favorite brew from this brewery

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.69/5  rDev +16.7%
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

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Photo of dar482
4.69/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a gorgeous black color with a fluffy brown head. It looks like a wonderful imperial stout.

The aroma follows with the Citra of bright pineapple, apricot, peaches, orange peel, and then a nice roasted malt of coffee and bitter chocolate, but mostly the citrusy hops. Think Wookey Jack.

The flavor follows with the hops in the front. Pineapple, orange peel, grapefruit, bright hop notes, along with a herbacious and citrus peel bitterness throughout. A very light clean bready malt with barely any sweetness. Then midway there’s a roasted malt, adds a bit of depth of coffee flavor. Very gentle.

My new favorite black IPA. This is still very much an IPA, with a perfect medium light amount of roasted malt.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.69/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

$6.99 for a half litter bottle. Bottled 061113.

A: deep dark, color, opaque with creamy rocky light brown head, head very nice all the way to the bottom of the glass
S: very nice roasted malt, grainy, chocolate, nice hops
T: well-balanced, deep roasted, chocolate malt with nice hop bitter finish
M: well-balanced and highly drinkable
O: reminded me of a hopped up porter

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Photo of MacQ32
4.67/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours near black with a monster outs 3 finger dark mocha/chocolate colored head, fantastic retention and perfect lacing. Heaps of mountainous head remain 10 minutes later.

S - Big fresh hoppy aromas, floral/resinous, wet juicy/citrusy, extremely juicy hops and piney hops. Burnt and very roasty. Smells fantastic.

T - Big roasty and resinous pine flavors mix with citric rinds and bitter tropical hops. Leafy and resinous. Lots of dark roasty malts. I aftertaste is roasty and wet then dry bitter hops. Awesome

M - Absolutely perfect. Light and refreshing, decently carbonated but smooth, very refreshing.

O - The best black ipa I've ever had. Looks and mouthfeel are perfect.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.59/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown to black with no light showing through. Thick, full, khaki colored head. Head retention is great and chunks of lacing present on the glass wall.

S: Malting really present - molasses, slight smoke, and some hoppy aroma.

T: Sweet molasses up front with the hoppy bitter flavor lingering off the back. Nicely balanced.

M: Creamy, a bit heavier than Another One but still enjoyable with with bitter aftertaste keeping it light.

O: Closer to a black IPA - nicely balanced and really well done.

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Photo of Pencible
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured an opaque black with lots of thick tan had.
S: It smelled like fresh grapefruit and pineapple, with some citrus zest and a hint of dry mocha.
T: It tasted like grapefruit and pineapple and dark chocolate, with some honey and dry roasted coffee. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was thick with fine natural carbonation. Beautiful body.
D: This was an excellent black IPA. It looked like a top stout, smelled like a top IPA, and tasted like a perfect mix of top stout and top IPA. The body was fantastic, and the finish was smooth, so it was really easy to drink. I find no fault in this brew. One of the best in class, and definitely recommended. Well done, Maine.

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Photo of Crazy4LegMoose
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 8/2/2013

A: Dark black opaque ale with a massive head. First slow pour produced 4 fingers of fluffy brownish/tan head that left heavy cascading lacing on the glass. Next pour to finish the bottle added another two finger head. Very carbonated and good looking beer.

S: Pure grapefruit sweetness and bitterness in the nose, hints of melon and caramel in there as well.

T: Complex flavor. First rush is sweet grapefruit with hints of honey, cantaloupe and a little caramel. The carbonation kicks in to blend the flavors with some toasted chocolate, a little smoke and some minute amounts of coffee. Very good bitter finish as well as the hops hit first and bitter in the end.

M: Very creamy beer, not quite as thick and heavy as a stout even though it may look like one by the color. Good carbonation that really cuts the flavors in half.

O: Very good beer. I love the strong hop aroma of a good DIPA with the mix of roasted chocolate malt. Well balanced and delicious.

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Photo of Dwkasper
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

2 week old bottle into a tulip glass

A: dark, opaque with a thick khaki head

S: roastiness, caramely malts layered over a piney hop base

T: smooth complex taste...very much stout-like with a bitter hop back end. Chocolate and espresso up front

M: smooth, on the thicker side with a dryness at the end

O: this beer got even better after it warmed up slightly. I'm an IPA and a stout guy and this is right up the middle. Interesting hybrid! Maine cannot make a bad beer!

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Maine Beer Company - Weez, poured into a stein/mug

Look - Pours a dark black with a massive mocha head that takes a while to dissipate, tons of lacing. Perfect looking brew not just for the style but in general.

Smell - Coffee and chocolate notes, deep roasted malts, and piney hops underneath.

Taste - Slight carbonation almost cola taste followed by mostly piney hops with the burnt chocolate taking up the rear.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied. Bitter, finishes dry but leaves a slight stickiness over time. A tiny ounce of alcohol warming that is pleasant. Great drinkability.

Overall - This is one hell of a solid brew from Maine Beer Company. 100% recommend. Hoppy and roasted mixed together gives a bitter brew with the stones of a Stout meets IPA feel than a Black IPA.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle, dated 031114
L - black with a huge persistent tan head that hangs around forever leaving some lacing as it gradually fades
S - piny, roasty aroma fills the room. Citrus and chocolate upon closer inspection
T - lots of toasty grain, dark chocolate, charred roasted barley, caramel, nutty, grapefruity citrus, pine
F - medium bodied, resinous but still very creamy, lingering roast and pine
O - one of the best American Black Ales/Black IPA's I've had to date. Not sure I can justify another $6.99 on another bottle, but this was well worth the try.

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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 Phigg1102
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful dark color with a creamy tan head. Picked up a little booze in the aroma but its mostly roasted coffee here. The taste is a nice balance of hop and coffee bitterness, with some roasty malts tying it all together. This brewery is doing everything right, haven't been disappointed in anything.

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Photo of AimToCheat
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man, one of the best black ipa's I have ever had. This beer is so on-point. It really is every thing a black ipa should be. A perfect balance of hops and roasted malts. I'm really happy to have found this on my recent trip to the east coast. Keep up the great work, MBC!

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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 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 wordemupg
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into tulip April/11/14

A nearing black with a deep cola edge, half a glass of mocha foam has staying power to say the least, at the bottom I have nearly a finger left over with a table top island so I'm impressed. Strange that it only starts leaving lace half way down the glass in the form of a few partial rings

S heavy on the pine and spruce, peaches, tangerine, and grapefruit are also strong, a hint of root beer and cold coffee but not much of the dark malt on the nose but I'm loving the intense hops notes, smells massive

T slightly less fruity, piney hops and much more dark malt, some char and bakers chocolate and the coffees a little stronger, great mix of black and green

M not quite full bodied, a nice bitter snap, leaves a little behind on the palate while removing enamel, piney citrus with a little coco just keeps going on the finish

O brilliant BIPA going on here and I now I'm always saying "I'm surprised this beer doesn't get more love" but I'm a little baffled that this gem doesn't even crack a 4 average

I could drink a few of these with no problems its hands down a great version of the style. So far Maine's gone 2 for 2 in my books and I still have a pair in the fridge I can't wait to drink.

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Photo of Maxwell
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours like black mocha coffee with a beautiful head of medium sized, khaki colored, medium sized bubbles that sit above two finger widths in the glass and take their time in calming down. The head leaves a lacing of fat, thick bubbles that fluff out into the glass. In body the beer is impenetrable the eye. On the nose the beer smells gorgeously fruity with citric tangerine and nectarine with a touch of pine. In the roast, the beer is light with caramel and a faint touch of roasted chocolate. On the tongue, the beer tastes of citric bitter with a light sweet roast that draws a little bitterness from it and builds in the mouth. The beer also has a light acidic pop, presumably from the hops, which leaves the mouth with a wet scrim of saliva. This beer begins as sweet, however, and slowly works towards a more bitter palate, which is wonderfully encouraging of future sips. In flavor, the beer begins as fruity hops, with sweet orange and grapefruit citrus touching the tongue before a healthy roast of coffee and light char moves in and overrides those flavors. Chocolate and light metallic flavors also tingle on the tongue with the roast. The finish returns to fresh citric juice with a touch of roasted malts, and the aftertaste is of lightly roasted malts with a soft touch of metallic flavoring. On the mouth, the beer feels medium in body with a little bit of weight. The carbonation is creamy and smooth, providing just a kiss of fierceness making the beer wonderfully clean and crisp on the mouth. The mouth is left with a nice bit of saliva to cancel out the acids, and a slight bitter bite on the tongue. Overall, this is a beautifully complex beer. It sits somewhere between a hoppy porter and an India Black Ale, with a beautiful nose of citric hops and tastes nicely roasty with a good juicy bite from the hops. Color me impressed by this beer. It is sweet on the front and bitter on the end. I wouldn’t call it a “Black IPA” by any stretch of the imagination, and I will continue arguing for some differentiation between India Dark Ales and their roastier cousins (Weez sides more on the roasty cousin side). This beer is great though, and is another success from the MBC. Try this beer.

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Photo of plaid75
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a deep balk hue with a two finger frothy tan head there was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured roasted malts, burnt sugar and herbal hops.

The taste offered elements of charcoal and smoke with piney and herbal hops.

The mouthfeel was full with a dry finish.

Overall a superior black IPA.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured into snifter. bottled 06.11.13.

A: pours a very dark brown with a dark brown frothy head. retention is terrific. minor lacing.

S: citrus starts the nose off with a bevy of dark malt undertones. meaty and rich. however, every revisit brings back even more American hop presence. pine. very promising.

T: the acridness of the roast is strong, but not overbearing. a hop bitterness is there too. finish has a ton of dark chocolate, roast, and a good bit of espresso. a minor astringency in the finish, but it is almost expected with the amount of roast here.

M: a slightly creamy mouthfeel on a pretty ful and rich body.

D: a pretty solid black IPA from Maine. great hop nose while still remaining to show a solid malt presence, especially with the roast. very enjoyable. a little surprised not as many people agree with me.

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

A- Pours a very dark brown, with a body that looks thicker than I expected. Settles into the glass as a near-black with no transparency. Gorgeous frothy mocha-colored head that stays thick and lingers.

S- Lots of dank, herbal hop aromas with roasted malts and even some mocha aromas. Very nice nose.

T- Hops come through nicely, lots of herbal and pine hop qualities with the roastiness coming through nicely. Finish has a roastiness that resembles coffee with hints of chocolate. Really goes back and forth between the huge hop bitterness and the huge roastiness.

M- Smooth and creamy, medium carbonation.

O- I love this style when it is executed correctly and this one does a great job. I am interested to see what type of hops and malt are used in this because some of the flavors expand further than even the best black IPAs I have had. Really awesome offering.

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Photo of ChrisKayler
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 6/11/13 ... drank on 7/13/13.

Glassware: Odell's Belgian Style Snifter.

Appearance: Brown-black in color, this beer is practically opaque. An average pour produced a little more than a finger of head that was rocky in texture and diminished quickly. Lacing is sparse.

Smell: Smell is of roasted and sweet malts, with somewhat of a catty, pine, and weed smell. Hmm, a little scary, but good!

Taste: Tastes of lemon, earth, and pine, and ... pineapples. This beer is sweet and fruity and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Light body with a thin, slick, and oily texture. Carbonation is average. Bitter dry finish. Refreshing.

Overall: I was expecting a normal IPA ... imagine my surprise when it poured black. Regardless, the best black IPA I've had to date ... a beautiful malt character like those found in other black IPA's, but with some sweet juicy fruit mixed in. Awesome.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A nice opaque black in the glass, 2 full fingers if head with slow dissipation and nice lacing left behind. Smells of citrusy hops, fresh cut grass, spruce, Chocolatey/coffee roast.
Flavor is pungent hops followed by a mellow smoke, charred oak, coffee, dark chocolate, toasted oats. A bit if bitterness lingers.
Medium in body with medium carbonation.. A creamy silky smooth mouthfeel.
This is a phenomenal beer. Is there a style these guys can't nail?

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Weez from Maine Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.