Weez | Maine Beer Company

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Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States | website

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by ToasterChef on 06-13-2013

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a very dark brown that looks almost completely black in the glass, with a huge, fluffy light brown head.
The nose is a pleasant mixture of roasty, dank, and slightly fruity. You get dark chocolate, cocoa powder, and burnt toast, complimented by black licorice, plum, raisin, pine needles, and grapefruit peel.
The taste is nicely balanced. You get red grapefruit and orange peel that brightens bitter cocoa and burnt toast. On the finish you get more lingering bitter dark chocolate and black coffee, and then a lingering aftertaste of pine sap and grapefruit pith.
The texture is smooth, lightly carbonated, medium-plus, creamy up front. Turns watery on the finish, but dries out nicely.

A very nicely done black IPA that highlights the roasted malts. A good beer worth buying.

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Photo of fscottkey
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: [4.75] Looks jet black in the glass. Forms a full 2 fingers of dense khaki head. The head looks impenetrable. It recedes really slowly and leaves sticky arcs of lacing all over the glass. The bottle lists the ABV at (7.2%) and there is a born on date (03/01/16).

S: [4.00] Peppery, grass, smoke, slight char, bitter chocolate. Nice all around smell.

T: [4.50] Immediate chocolate. Bittersweet chocolate across the palate. This leads into the hops. They present as mild grassy notes, pepper, and smokey bitterness. This is a fantastic combination of awesome.

M: [4.00] Carbonation is lower and the body is slick and slightly sticky. The finish is dry from the bittering of the hops.

O: [4.50] I love this beer. I am a fan of Black IPAs but this is the most impressed I have been with one since Southern Tier Iniquity ceased production. The chocolate flavor right out of the gate is amazing. Then it is followed by an array of hoppy flavors that all work in concert. I am really impressed by this beer.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown, nearly black, with a slight red/mahogany tinge. Big foamy coffee color head that gives way to a creamy and sticky lace. Looks like a porter or stout.
What first struck me about the aroma was the hops; earthy, slightly pungent, and IPA like dankness. Later, the roasted malts made their presence known, providing a coffee and chocolate like essence. It was a nice balance between the two. I loved sniffing on this one.
It was smooth and creamy on the mouth. The body fulling but easy to drink. A great balance between roasted malt and hops. Some sweetness on the tongue and slight bitterness in the finish. Hints of grapefruit.
This was an interesting brew that felt like a cross between IPA and stout. I really liked it.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to having this beer after having it in my basement for the last few months. Date of 1/19 on it, which wasn't too long before I picked it up in New York City. All of Maine's other offerings have been great and this might have been the best of the bunch that I've been lucky enough to have so far. Full-flavored, full-bodied, and smooth, this was a Black Ale that felt like a black IPA from start to finish, while hiding the alcohol quite well!

Of course, the pour was dark to this but not quite black,as the dark brown hue of this was cloudy as a bit of light streamed in around the edges. Nice tan head to this and great lacing that covered more than half of the pint glass as I made my way through this. Lots of chocolate, cocoa, and raisin in the nose with even more in the taste. Tons of bread in the malt with a grainy mouthfeel and dark fruits underneath really gave this a great flavor profile while making this feel a bit like a Belgian beer. Not a strong roasted tone to this as the chocolate and fruits stood out more without coming across as terribly boozy. Piney hops and some resin could be found underneath everything as the coating left behind gave this the feel of a subtle, but mildly potent IPA.

The alcohol was perfect here as I could feel a slight warming throughout my enjoyment of this but never felt like I could taste or feel alcohol on my breath. Not as roasted as a Porter, this was properly categorized and quite possibly the best example of this style that I've ever had. Props to Maine for brewing tasty brews that sneak up on you from behind and quickly grow to be some of your favorites. The dry-hopping was so evident here as the bitterness took a while to be felt but never did this feel dry or strong on the tongue. Wonderfully balanced and probably the first beer I'd reach for again if I were to find all of their offerings on the shelf here!

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Photo of dee4maine
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

very good black ale but the awesome hops make it more hop forward and I feel the slightly imbalanced from the malts stand point. nonetheless, a very flavorful and delicious brew.

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Photo of Horbar
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 1/19/16
Passed up for years because I couldn't find one less than 3 months old.

Pitch black with nice head.
Smells of toasted malt and faint hops.
Tastes roasty upfront and then the hops come through in the end.
Very good black IPA.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated January 18, 2016 poured into Belgian ale glass. Always nice to get a fresh Maine Beer Company offering down here.

L: Very dark brown with big 3+ finger foamy head with strong retention, leaving lacing and a cap.

S: Dark roasted coffee and malt.

T: Largely follows nose, with an added sticky hoppy character. Roasty finish. Little alcohol taste.

F: Pretty well-balanced. Light to medium body and carbonation. Long finish.

O: Quite tasty. Not my favorite style, but it's good.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 01/19/16

Pours black with a fluffy creamy tan head. Smells like papaya and bright tropical fruit with some pine, dark caramel, and a big balanced coffee roast. Taste is dark and roasty up front, with the tropical fruits and pine coming through at the same time as the bitter dark chocolate and roasted coffee. Feels medium bodied, thick and creamy with low carbonation. Overall a really good black IPA.

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Photo of kculrich
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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 +3.7%
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%
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 -11.7%
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 -7.9%
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 +6.5%
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 -3%
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 +5.5%
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 +10.4%
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%
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 +5.7%
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 +9.9%
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 +2.5%
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 +9.4%
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 -0.2%
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 -3.5%
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 +1.2%
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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Weez from Maine Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.