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Weez - Maine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

404 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 404
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.23%


Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ToasterChef on 06-13-2013)
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 22:30:45 | More by wordemupg
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dar482

New York

4.7/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 01:35:09 | More by dar482
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barnzy78

Illinois

4.49/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 03:18:10 | More by barnzy78
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.26/5  rDev +9%
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?

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 22:01:15 | More by facundoCNB
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Mikecap

Louisiana

3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into a snifter.

A: pours a deep brown, almost black, with two fingers of khaki head, solid lace.

S: bitter piney hops up front with some citrus. As it warms, some coffee and chocolate malt come through. Pleasant all around.

T: citrus fruit, grapefruit and orange up front. Some pine and grass, nice bitterness and a bit of malty sweetness.

M: medium bodied with mild bitterness and a clean finish. Easy drinking and pleasant.

O: a great black ipa that's worth seeking out. The price is a bit steep but a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 00:46:35 | More by Mikecap
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 04:33:47 | More by biboergosum
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gueuzeonhigh

Maine

3.34/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful pour: Nicely sculptured head, voluptuous lacing, dark color.

Mild nose perhaps a hint of toasted malt.

Flavor-- it comes on with exuberance but fades rapidly to a blank slate.. I wondered where everything went --- and so quickly!

It's got the beginnings of a nice ale-- that fruity hops and bitterness. The beer's dark in color but no real "weight" of anything toasted or baked-- or even half-baked. But it's flavor character-- something about it from it's initial debut on my pallet to it's short finish left me in a quandary-- I suddenly reminisce about Maine Beer Co's other libations.

Mouthfeel is good-- not outstanding, or noteworthy but it's good.

Overall I think this beer is wonderful and I could easily tank a quart right here an now with great satisfaction. Then again if I could tank a quart of any of MBCo's brews this one might just be a first course and I'd find myself welded to my seat by a different brew.
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Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 01:51:19 | More by gueuzeonhigh
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timmy2b

New York

3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a goblet.
Pours a very dark black color. Head is Caramel/brown. Head lasts at the top of the beer, lingers on the side of the glass after each sip.
Smell is a mix of light amount of hops with a caramel maltyness to it.
Tastes very light with some caramel, and a very light amount of hops. The bitterness from the Hops lingers very shortly after each sip. Feels very light.
This is on the better scale for me of all the Black IPAs that I have had. Very well done.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 00:02:14 | More by timmy2b
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fourstringer

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 00:30:42 | More by fourstringer
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far333

Connecticut

3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 00:15:32 | More by far333
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a tumbler.

A: Black. Pours a 2 finger, tight, frothy, brown head. Settles very slowly, leaving a thick persistent foam blanket and a thick persistent beer ring.

S: Earthy malt, dark chocolate, and a distinct nutty tone.

T: Bitter roasted nuts with a little black licorice.

M: Hearty and roasty, with a bitter finish.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is really strong. Great persistent head, and thick persistent lacing. Nose is Earthy and malty with nuts and dark chocolate. Bitter nutty character. Overall, this is a good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 04:51:36 | More by bmwats
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a large beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains chocolate, floral hops roasted malts and citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a bitter-sweet flavor of dark chocolate followed by a strong hops presence. Then some citrus and chocolate sweetness comes in. The roasted malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is very solid beer to pound down for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 04:31:14 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Eamonn-Cummings3

New York

4.7/5  rDev +20.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 03:25:48 | More by Eamonn-Cummings3
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanx Lordoftheweins.

Bottled on 12-31-13

Into a Boston pint glass:

A: dark brown close to black colored body with a decent two fingered white to off-white close to tan head that lasts for a good minute and a half. One ring of foam does appear but ends up sliding down into the beer.

S: earthy and smoky and roasted bitterness in the front through the coffee, however, there's a nice pungent aroma of the citrus hops trying to come through, decent malty background

T: mainly bitter through the hops and the coffee reacting and overtaking the malt presence that tried to come through in the smell; a somewhat dry and bitter coffee aftertaste and finish

M: light - almost but more likely closer to a medium sort of body, comes off as its trying to be sessionable, carbonation comes across like a good American Black Ale should

O: for the most part, I like it, but I think I'd rather have FW Wookey Jack or Baranof's McCloud if I was looking for an American Black Ale again

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 06:14:26 | More by BeerKangaroo
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottled on 12-31-13

Pours a dark chestnut brown color that appears pitch black and completely opaque in the glass without even the slightest hint if lighter color. There's a two finger, frothy beige head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very good retention with streaks of soapy lacing coating the glass on the way down.

Dank, earthy aroma with prominent resinous, oily hops along with grassy pine needle, a touch of citrus and a slightly smokey, dark malt backbone. Underneath the earthy hops, the smokey element of the malt bill gives off a very subtle phenolic presence but it isn't very distracting or unpleasant. Some liquid smoke and charcoal along with dark chocolate, oatmeal, robust coffee bean and sweeter, dessert-like malt character. The malts begin to overpower the hops as it warms but the nose remains complex and inviting.

On the fuller end of medium body with slight viscosity and soft carbonation. Very dry and bitter up front with the earthy hops and charred malt flavors playing off of each other. Strong sticky, resinous hop flavor up front with grass, pine and spruce tip but it's missing the subtle citrus presence found in the nose. The hops are countered by a deeply roasted dark malt backbone that is somewhat acrid and nearly burnt tasting. The smoke presence is a bit stronger than in the aroma with hints of ash, charcoal and burnt toast along with used coffee grinds, oatmeal and dark chocolate. This beer has a decent balance of hops and malt but tastes very one dimensional with a ton of tongue scraping, dry bitterness and overwhelming roast. Needs a lot more sweetness to balance things out. Overall, this isn't a terrible beer but it's boring, a bit harsh and tough to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 06:35:56 | More by corby112
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 01:03:40 | More by stephenjmoore
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ghostwalker

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 080613.

Pours deep brown/ black with a huge froth of tan head.

Nose is clean earthy hops with a roasty malt note.

Flavor is crisp and clean for a black IPA. The roasty quality of the malt bill comes at the finish, leaving plenty of time and space for the IPA-ness to impress up front. A really great tasting brew, unlike any other Black Ale I have had.

Mouthfeel is really light and easy, considering the big malt that must have gone into that black body. No stripping quality from the hops.

Overall, I really like this one. Drinkability is very high, and so is complexity, a rather unusual situation.

Now, on to try "Another One".

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 02:43:38 | More by ghostwalker
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Fcolle2

Illinois

4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black in color with a fair amout of sediment and not a whole lot of light making it through the beer. Head is big, about two fingers fluffy tans tan in color. Head leaves a good amount of lacing all around the glass.

Smell is really nice. Fresh citrus hops forward dominated by fresh orange and orange rind. Big roasted malt follows with aromas of cocoa and coffee. Dark malt works well with the nice fresh orange aromas.

Taste follows the nose with some light citrus hops forward with a relatively light herbal bitterness. Roasted malt flavors follow with big coffee and toffee notes and a lighter cocoa flavor. Well balanced, not too bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium to heavy body and mild to moderate carbonation leaves this smooth and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 01:00:42 | More by Fcolle2
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magictacosinus

California

4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks again to Mr. angrybabboon for this. Poured out of a 500ml bottle into a tulip glass. Bottling date is listed as "08/06/13."

As always by the standards of Maine Brewing Co., this pours a beautiful black ale - dark, pretty much pitch-black when held against the light, with a mahogany head that rises quite high in the glass and leaves good steaks of sticky lacing behind. Head retention is excellent, but the bottle conditioning is yet again at play here. In sort, looks like a great home brew. Very memorable.

The aroma immediately shows that this is an IPA disguised as darker beer. Notes of pine, lemon balm, light licorice, and orange peel are right at the front, with some roasted chocolate, cream, and some dark, dried fruits at the back. Most notably, prunes and raisins, but it's pretty subtle overall. A little bit of booze is present, but it's far more on the side of the pungent dried hops and cracker-like, grainy roasted feel that stings the nostrils more than anything else. Really, really appealing stuff overall - strives for balance in midst of its experimentation.

The flavor indicates that this contains far more to offer than other black IPAs in country usually do - and the secret is in strong, roasted flavors as well as the dark fruits at the finish. Yes, there's an explosion of dried pine sap at the front, but it's soon replaced by roasted notes of chocolate, coffee and some ash, which quickly meld into the prune/raisin combo that I was initially picking up briefly in the aroma. It's far more present here, including the hyssop, lemon balm, licorice, and herbal bouquet that soon follows after the pine and citrus. Very diverse on the spices - almost to the point where it's equivalent to a chocolate beverage that's been infused with them. In spite of its relatively thin mouth feel (which was different in contrast to Another One), it's still quite creamy and the slight vanilla and sugar cream sweet notes further accentuate the feel of the beer. Slightly dry and grainy, but filled with a roasted and herbal astringency that is quite enjoyable. These beers benefit tremendously from the bottle conditioning. This is a prime example in how they do.

Wonderful stuff again from these guys. While I enjoyed its normalized variant (Another One) slightly more, this is by far the most herbal and roasted black IPA I've had to date. Takes the style to another level that I hadn't even thought about before. This paired incredibly well with oregano soaked goat cheese and bread. A nice dessert to have after a meal, too. Definitely worth picking up for fans of IPAs and porters.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 05:14:59 | More by magictacosinus
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emerge077

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 02:02:10 | More by emerge077
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.05/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Dark with a big hunka dark beige foam. Smells like menthol and roast malt. Tastewise roast malt is complimented by lemony menthol. Some grapefruit. Very watery, Weez doesn't really catch on the tongue. Minimal bitter. Balanced though I'm not sure that's what you want from this style.

I believe that Another One and Weez are the same hop bill but AO is a traditional IPA and Weez is a black IPA. Interesting that AO shows off lemony citrus hop characteristics and Weez displays lemony menthol hops.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 01:14:03 | More by donkeyrunner
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gmfessen

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one as a present from my Mom on her trip to Maine, thanks for thinking of me!

Poured from the simple but very informative bottle into a pint glass, Weez is very dark you can see a slight dark brown hue when held to the light but otherwise black. There is a thin, creamy mocha colored head that hangs around all day. The nose is a nice mixture of aromatic hops and dark malty notes. The taste prevails in the hop direction initially with a sweet piney, resinous hop flavor and then shifts back to a bready, burnt chocolate, semi-dry finish. Mouthfeel is lighter than expected and goes down easy, mild but adequate carbonation helps too. Overall, a great beer and a great representative for the state of Maine!

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 23:31:06 | More by gmfessen
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TheBrewo

Michigan

4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

We crack a bottle, pouring a brew of midnight black into our oversized tasting snifters. It gives up the quickest flash of deep maroon towards the bottom of the glass when held to light. It puts forth a two finger head of creamy, cakey medium brown bubbles, showing great retention. Lacing is left in islands and ridges around the glasses. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be light. The nose gives fresh and super sweet citric, floral, and nectary hops, charred black and chocolate maltiness, smooth plastic bite, light banana ester sweetness, Softsoap cleanliness, chalk, pencil graphite, Smarties candies, syrupy strawberry fruitiness, and marshmallow sweetness. Our first impression is that while the hops certainly shine, the malts are big enough to challenge them for center stage at most turns throughout the sip. As we sip, the taste begins with banana pudding sugars, citric and grassy hops, sunscreen chemical bite, black malts, light plastics, peppery booziness, chalk, steely metallics, watermelon and tangerine fruitiness, mint floss, honeys, and a curious wheat cracker maltiness. Bitterness takes over through the middle, with oily hop resins, dried autumn leafiness, hay, rye-like metallics, soured cocoa, powdery white flour, heavy roast of coffee and chocolate malts, campfire charcoal, eraser, and synthetic lemon juiciness. The end washes with biting plastic foaminess, chalk, light lead and mineral qualities, soft mossy woodiness, glassy yeast, roasty chocolate and black malt grittiness, brightly sweet citric and nectary hops, dried twigs and oily green grass resins, soured citric rind, basement mustiness, and continued smokiness. The aftertaste breathes of packing peanuts, cardboard and stamps, syrupy sweet chocolate malt mash, light booze, celery vegetals, fruity hoppiness, peach and strawberry fruitiness, baker’s yeast, medicinal phenols, bitter char, herbal hop freshness, and orange peel zing. The body is medium, and the carbonation is high, instantly attacking the palate with each encounter. The sip shows nice slurp, smack, and froth, with decent creaminess to follow. The mouth is left cooled, coated, and pleasantly satiated, with eventual dripping dryness into chalked astringency atop a gentle pucker. The abv is appropriate, and the beer well.

Overall, the most enjoyable thing about this brew was its aroma. The hops are much more prominent here from the get go, but the flavoring does catch up more and more as it warms, with oily resins working their way in between the dense layers of chocolate, malts, and char. This beer does just the right amount of blending, with that unique black ale oily sweetness of hops that marries so, so well with the darkness of the grain bill. The product works to somehow lighten and denude the malts a bit, and is a quality that we’ve appreciated in the best beers of the style. This beer has been a long time coming, and again, and with a new style to their lineup nonetheless, continued to impress us with their versatility and general prowess.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 00:50:04 | More by TheBrewo
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thedoubler55

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This one pours a nice dark black, that leaves a nice tan head at the top and a nice brown lacing around the glass as you drink.

S: Nose is very piney with a slight alcohol scent, a little fresh fruit comes through but mostly hops and roasted malts present on the nose.

T: Up front a little bitterness and a little dryness, the hops and malts are very present, slight bready notes on the tongue, a dry finish.

M: Medium bodied, good amount of carbonation, and slight stickyness.

O: Maine brewing is moving up my favorites list very quickly this black ipa was really tasty and would definitely have another.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 15:36:07 | More by thedoubler55
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joe1510

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml Bottle

Bottled 8/6/13
Drank 10/16/13

Thanks again for the big ol' sampling of Maine Beer Co goodies, facesnorth! A tilt of the bottle releases a chestnut brown beer that appears more like black coffee when filling the glass. The chocolatey brown head forms slowly but before I know it fills as much glass space as the body and has no intention of retreating. Big puffy lacing clings tightly to the glass as it finally does settle. Maine Beer Co. sure knows how to brew a good looking beer.

The malt profile is tough for me to dissect as complex and well balanced as it smells. Soft coffee, black bread, and smooth dark chocolate come together. Clean alcohol adds a welcomed spiciness. Bright pine shows up with a hoppy bite and grapefruit pith adds a touch of fruitiness. There's even a little hazelnut coming forward with warming. I'm not usually a black IPA guy but Weez is smelling good.

A very mild astringency hits quick and fades just as fast before the main characters of robust pine, black bread, and dark chocolate kick in mid-palate. A quick flash of pithy grapefruit kicks in before the swallow and the finish is lightly roasted coffee, hazelnut and bitter pine that followed through from the middle. That quick astringency takes a little something away but the overall flavor is welcomed.

Weez is rich, velvety and smooth. The body itself feels substantial but is actually only moderate in weight and very easy to drink. The pine bitterness grows over time and gets me a little fatigued when combined with the roast but a 500ml fits just fine.

Yet another well made beer by the folks up at Maine Beer Co., Weez. Like I said above, I'm not a normally a black IPA guy but this one fits the bill nicely with a complex malt profile and bright hoppiness. I'd give Weez another go if it was available in my area. Thanks, Ryan!

Serving type: bottle

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Weez from Maine Beer Company
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