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Weez - Maine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

408 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 408
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.26%


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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metter98

New York

4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a finger high dark tan colored head that died down a bit but consistently left a short head covering the surface, a collar around the edge and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of roasted malts are present in the nose along with some hints of citrus and pine resin hops.
T: Flavors of dark roasted malts seem to dominate the overall taste, which has a light to moderate amount of bitterness and hints of citrus and pine resin hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp and dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a nice Black IPA if you like flavors of dark roasted malts but a beer that isn't overly bitter, hoppy or roasty.

Note: Brewed on 6/11/13

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 02:08:21 | More by metter98
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
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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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
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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emerge077

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just finished Another One, so time to do this back to back. Not expecting a lot since I'm not a huge fan of American Black Ales, but we'll see. Bottled 09/03/13 same as Another One.

A darker mocha colored 2 finger fluffy head similar to Another One but darker colored, fades semi slowly with nice lacing, pitch black beer with no light coming through.

Nose brings a lot more of the dark malts, little mocha and roast, a little fresh coffee and roast, little dark powdered cocoa mix aroma, lots of black malt too. Hops are there but not much, they are drowned out by the dark malts and roast, the hops that come out are more on the spicy chewy side, amazing how the same hops can take a completely different perspective depending on how the malts mask or complement it. The deeper I nose a slight hint of a citrus and fruity hop character come through, a hint of pineapple interestingly, and some fluffy nougat.

Taste brings chocolate, dark malts, powdered cocoa, baker's choc, and a little black malt to start. A little creamy, and some light caramel and nougat, but not a lot of either, with touch of roast and coffee. Then Hops come through a lot more than the nose, but again the spicy chewy aspect of the hops. Again amazing how different the hops taste than on Another One. The nice tropical fruits, resin, and citrus really get masked by the dark malts, and the spicy chewy hops shine through with help from the tannins of the dark roasty malts. I eventually get a little citrus, a mild floral hop, touch of rind, and a little generic fruit but not much, and it's hard to get any of that. The caramel comes out a bit more as it warms, as well as a bit of orange peel citrus hop. Finish is dry but not as dry as Another One, a little sticky like, quite bitter and about the same overall bitterness, long lingering bitterness, hint of pine but mostly spicy and chewy.

Mouth is med bod, a little creamy, decent carb almost fluffy.

Overall not bad for a black IPA, nice malts, the hops get a little in the way of it, and the malts get in the way of the hops, so overall again I think this is a completely flawed style, and this shows why. Two different beers, same hops, different malts, the wheat and light malt beer in the Another One was awesome and the hops brought resin, tropical fruit, juicy generic fruit, floral aroma, very nice hop character. The dark malts drown out the nice part of the hops, and contrast what comes through from the nice hops, and brings out the less interesting parts of the hops, just not nearly as tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 02:38:00 | More by jlindros
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Tall, lumpy, beige head; leaves a center dome of foam. A web of lace as it recedes, most of it lumpy. Dark, dark brown liquid where no light shines through.

Wonderful blend of burnt toast and heavily bitter, but floral, hop. This is a beautiful smelling beer.

Very dry with a strong burnt malt flavor. The finish is bitter from the hop and the overly roasted barley. Thinnish body, above average carbonation--so the flavor is the dominate feature of this brew. Think bitter stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 21:39:40 | More by smcolw
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -24.4%
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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smakawhat

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 19:15:39 | More by smakawhat
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 06/11/2013

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation near the surface and just a faint amount of dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a four finger tall foamy (made up of gigantic bubbles) mocha head that slowly reduces to an inch thick foamy cap in the center of the beer surrounded by a finger thin layer covering the reminder of the surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted malts with slightly stronger aromas of citrus/grapefruit, citrus/lemon peel, and pine hops.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of roasted malts which seem to build in strength to moderate to strong flavors as the beer warms up. Following the malts, there are some lighter flavors of pine, citrus/lemon peel, and earthy hops. Moderate amounts of bitterness in the finish which linger for a moderate amount of time.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with just a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: Definitely a well constructed black IPA which can be a hit or miss style with me - I like how the nose makes the beer seem like it will be extremely hoppy but the flavor is much more roasty. The alcohol is well hidden and the beer is relatively easy to drink. Enjoyable and definitely one to grab.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 20:54:22 | More by dbrauneis
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
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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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a true pint, the beer is a dark, muddled, ruby-brown coloring with a tall, frothy, big bubbled, light brown head. Aromas of floral and resiny hops characteristics, with a piney highlight, as well as heavy roast and subtle char profiles. Very balanced smell, with a dark, richly sweet ribbon tucked away in there as well. Flavors are hop forward, bitter and resiny, with a blast of citrus tart and sweet, also. Roasty and tangy sweet backbone. Hints of smoke throughout. The body is light and smooth, doing a good job supporting the robust flavors. Decent lacing left on the glass. The aftertaste is bitter hops and grapefruit tartness, well balanced and blended. Slightly bitter, slick, lingering finish. Very tasty, and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 23:28:14 | More by GarthDanielson
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a solid black color with a huge tan head that persists forever. Earthy hoppy aroma with a roasty chocolate some dark fruit and a hint of cardboard. The flavor is earthy and citrus hoppy with a fair amount of dark chocolate and roasted coffee. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick roasty gritty mouthfeel. Nice hoppy porter very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 20:41:50 | More by johnnnniee
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 02:54:17 | More by Alieniloquium
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 22:00:30 | More by lordofthewiens
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Pencible

Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 01:01:38 | More by Pencible
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours pretty damn dark. Light can muster up much against the body. Head is a big, jagged mass of tan fluff. Loads of lacing.

S-Quite toasty. There is some char and a thick, piney hop aroma. Some subtle, fruity and floral hop notes.

T-I actually enjoyed the flavor more. The mixture of hop and roast is quite tasty. It finishes with a bitter coffee and chocolate flavor duo. The hops come off mostly with piney flavor. I find the dark, roasty flavors to have more of a presence than the hops.

M-Lighter. More of an IPA body than a Porter. I think that's pretty neat. Its pretty drinkable. Medium carbonation. Bitter from the burnt malt and the hops.

O/D-Pretty neat. My interest and enjoyment of Black IPAs has waned but this one is a treat.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 19:58:50 | More by VelvetExtract
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured from the 500ml bottle into a tulip and goblet. Dark ale falls into both with a black color but not like oil or as black as RIS. A nice light brown head forms to a few fingers with a supremely thick, foamy texture. Great head retention and lacing is superbly thick and plentiful.

S- Dark roast grains off the top lend decadent notes of milk chocolate, coffee, toast nuts and semi burnt cracked barley. Floral and citrus hops provide a nice contrast.

T- Hops amp up a bit here with IPA levels of pine, citrus peel, and floral notes in an equal balance with the rich malts. The roast grains are very flavorful adding a nice burnt roast, nutty, bitter cocoa powder base to the whole flavor. Mango and tropical fruit hints with time.

MF- High carbonation is noticed right away and it lends a nice edge for the emphasized hops. Body is moderately thick and has a creamy texture. Finishes with hop and roast bitterness.

It seems like more and more good hoppy black ales are popping up or I am appreciating the style more. Good flavor seems to switch back and forth between rich roast and resinous hops.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 02:03:54 | More by cbutova
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.05/5  rDev -21.8%
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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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with a big rocky tan foam head and rings and gobs of foamy lace. Decent retention of the head, which actually seems to thicken.

Big grapefruit rind nose with some carbonized malt notes.

Big hop bitter bite up front, with an acidic tingle on the tongue. Big charred maltiness, with bitterness fighting thru that is more malt than hop. The beer mellows as the palate clears, with deep roasted bitterness and coffee notes. Bitter finish lingers at the end, but not overpowering. Touches of the citric ring pop up throughout. Nice beer.

Medium bodied, acidic and carbonated. Tingly beer.

When this style is done well, it is very good. This is very good. Nice characteristics overall, and great rich flavors.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 23:13:03 | More by OtherShoe2
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.94/5  rDev +1%
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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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

$8.00 bottle from Abe's.

Pours a dark brown out of the bottle, in the glass it's pure black, even when held to the light. Softball of dark tan airy foam that rocked up above the rim. Good drippy lace.

Like its sister beer, there is some strong citrus in the nose, but its battling for nostril space with some roast coffee and chocolate.

Taste starts with some deep coffee. Juicy fruits follow on top, though the coffee sticks around underneath. Good bitter bite right at the swallow. Lingering coffee.

Smooth rich mouthfeel.

A very tasty treat. It did nothing to convince me that Black IPAs are simply hoppy stouts, but its well worth having.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 04:44:22 | More by RonfromJersey
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 061113

A: Pours a nice dark brown with a big fluffy light brown head. Fades out slowly. Great lacework left behind with awesome head retention.

S: Grapefruit with mild chocolate backing it up. Grapefruit and pineapple mainly I would say. Pine as well. Juicy.

T: Yup, big on the grapefruit. Big juicy and sweet grapefruit. A little sweet milk chocolate and then the wave of bitterness in the finish. Mild bittersweet chocolate and hints of pine in the lingering aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, pretty standard.

O: Nice black IPA. Nothing over the top amazing but just a nice hoppy black ale. Not a hop bomb, more of a balanced brew. Great juicy grapefruit. Tasty.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 02:35:27 | More by Dope
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle poured into 4 Hands tulip

Deep black pour with a thick, frothy khaki colored head resting on top. Copious amounts of lacing coat the glass while drinking, strong retention. Pine and roasted dark malts in the nose with cocoa powder, soft bitterness and chocolate sweetness. Bitter and hoppy up front, quickly tempered by the heavier malt profile. Chocolate, molasses, cocoa, roasted malt and soft warmth. Touches of pine and citrus towards the finish. Creamy medium body, nice carbonation, a bit dry on the tongue.

Hoppy dark ales have never been a true favorite style of mine - while this was still tasty I don't see dropping $8+ on another bottle anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 14:33:43 | More by xnicknj
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz, 6/11/13
Founders Doom glass

A: Pours very dark brown leading to black. Two fingers of fluffy medium tan head. Tight bubbles. Sticky lacing sheeting.

S: Nice mixture of grapefruit and pine like hops. Earthy and fruity for sure. Slight roast is there, but really the hops shine. I'd be hard pressed if blindfolded.

T: Nice bitterness up front on the palate. Nice mixture of pine and fruity hops. The darker malts are there, but this is more of an IPA with slight dark malts. There is a touch of roast, but not like a porter with chocolate an coffee. Finish is dry and bitterness lingers.

M: Medium bodied. Drinks like a nice IPA, great.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 14:59:33 | More by inlimbo77
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Kendo

New York

4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a Sam Smith's nonic-style pint glass. Body is black, with a big (3-finger), meringue-like mocha-colored head on top, which leaves behind thick splotches and rings of lace.

S: Nice nose for this style - some roasted coffee, some chocolate malt, but also piney, earthy hops in abundance. The nose is encouraging.

T: With my initial sip, first impression is more about the feel than the taste - it feels thin and slightly watery, so there's a slight let-down from the nose. Very roasty, with a solid coffee vibe going on and some char or charcoal. Also a healthy dose of earthy hoppy-ness. Lingering touch of burnt charcoal and piney hops. ABV of 7.2% not noted at all.

M: As noted above, a little thin and slightly watery. Call it medium in heft, though it drinks lighter. Carbonation is light, which is a surprise given that huge head.

O: Good stuff. A thicker body and more chocolate malt-type flavors to balance the roastiness and this would be a world class American Black Ale. As it is it's quite good, however.

Serving type: bottle

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Weez from Maine Beer Company
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