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Weez - Maine Beer Company

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Reviews: 144
Hads: 951
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 25.37%
Wants: 22
Gots: 161 | FT: 4
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Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States | website

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 kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: 1 pint .9 fl oz. Branded pry-off pressure cap. Brown glass.

[This review is truncated. A full one will follow when I'm able.]

Cost was $8.39 USD. Served cold into a tulip at low altitude in New York City and allowed to warm somewhat over the course of consumption. 7.2% ABV.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 2 fingers wide. Khaki colour. Creamy, thick, full, and frothy. Leaves a light coating of lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes. Retention is good - about 7 minutes.

BODY: Opaque solid black. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

It's generally appealing, but it doesn't stand out as unique or special.

AROMA: Roast, cream, piney hops, evergreen hops, and dark malts. Has some nice sweetness right on the finish.

Aromatic intensity is average. It's pretty appealing for a black IPA, and seems to have more balance than most beers in the style do.

No yeast character, alcohol, off-notes or yeast character is detectable.

TASTE/TEXTURE: Dark malts and chocolate malts provide the sweet backbone. Creamy. The hop profile is surprisingly subtle, with notes of pine and evergreen. Has a coating creamy feel on the palate, with apt softness, moderate thickness, and a full body. The hops aren't overly bitter (as is usually the case in the style), and they seem well-tailored to the malts. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes come through.

Adequate complexity and subtlety. I do think it's balanced - which is uncommon in a Black IPA - but it's lacking in terms of intricacy. Smooth, wet, unrefreshing, and well-carbonated.

OVERALL: It's quite drinkable and enjoyable, but isn't world-class. Easily one of the better Black IPAs I've had recently, but only because it's not egregiously imbalanced. I do like it, but I wouldn't get it again at its high price point. Well-worth trying, but not Maine Beer Co.'s finest work.

High C+

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Photo of JAFoley
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Deep opaque black body with nice dense foamy brown head. Excellent retention and lacing.

S - Citrus, grassy hops, with toasted malts

T - Nice tangy citrus hops upfront quickly overtaken by sugary toasted malts. Some coffee and aftertaste recedes with medicine flavors.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Nice and slick, in no way sticky

O - Great black ale. I could see this working really well as a black IPA if it was a bit hoppier.

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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 Dr_Farts
3.16/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

My introduction to mbc, which I feel like is unfortunate because I hear they have such beautiful, wonderfully crafted beers. Pours dark, dark brown, nearly black with lingering tan head and lacing. The nose comes across like a pale ale, with a slight roasty-malty backbone, but predominately hops, but not citra style hops, more east coast or European. Slightly above a medium body, the first thing that hits your taste buds is a roasty malt wave that lasts for a second then almost drops off completely leaving a nice hop aftertaste in the back of the throat.
Overall, not a bad attempt at a very difficult genre. The black ipa is all about balance, where as with this beer it's almost split: Dark in the beginning, ipa in the end. Not bad, but wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of philbe311
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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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 DrDemento456
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not sure why it's listed as a black ale from the description I got Black IPA. Paid 6 dollars for a 16oz bottled marked April of this year.

A - Great looking head 2+ inches of mocha splendor atop a very dark colored thick ale. Slight sediment left in the glass which is OK for a beer 8+ months old.
S - Pine and citrus hops mended with a good roasty malt base. Slight sugary sweetness and chocolate in the nose.
T - Even old it still taste world class very balanced roasty profiled mended with a good splash of piney hops. Dry like a London porter with lingering bitterness. Good stuff.
M - Great mouthfeel very thick with a chewy medium body. Smooth.

Overall I took a chance on these bottles even though most are over 8 months old and they were not bad. I think I liked the King titus porter more but this is on great Black IPA. Worth picking up!

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter from the 16.9 ounce bottle.

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of HipCzech
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 500 mL bottle poured into a Riedel Vinum Zinfandel glass (marked "111814").

Appearance: Deep dark brown with a good khaki head that lingers as a floating foam cap and leaves sticky lacing.

Smell: Toasty roasted grains, burnt caramel; citrus, pine and slight dank vegetal notes of fresh hops.

Taste: Roasted grains, coffee, caramel and slight earthy smokiness; well integrated with bitter and resinous hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, creamy feel and moderate carbonation.

Overall: A nice Black IPA with well integrated roasted malts and fresh hops.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ah, the ever-challenging black IPA category. Maine cranks out a winner here, with very nice pine notes in the nose, but then with warm, rich, almost caramellous dark malt note. No worries about burnt toast here. Well done, guys.

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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 cpetrone84
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%

Pour is dark brown , mostly opaque, with a tight creamy tan head. Nose has a roasted malt up front, light smokiness, rich brown malt, and strong citrus hop behind. Taste is even more smoky and roasted. There is brown malt, notes of chocolate, bitter roast and the hops are light but have a presence in back. Lighter body, nice carbonation.

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Photo of logicalparadox
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of Flounder57
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle was poured into a nonic glass.

Appearance: A two finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything. Head has reduced slightly to a puffy layer.

Smell: Resiny pine, tangerine, citrus, ash, smokey, bittersweet chocolate, roasted, and toasted notes.

Taste: Pine and citrus up front with the ash, bittersweet chocolate, roasted, and bready notes in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied, ashy bitterness, medium carbonation, and a little chewy.

Overall: Nice black ale. I like it more off draft than in a bottle. I may have poured a little bit of the sediment from the bottom of the bottle even though I poured it carefully.

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Photo of CHickman
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours pitch black color with big chunks of yeast floating in it that leads up to a huge foamy 2 1/2 finger light brown head that faded very slowly and left decent lacing. The head was full of tight shiny bubbles, and the top looked like a milkshake as this dissipation pace was as if time stood still.

Smells of grapefruit, roasted malt, orange peel, pineapple, citrus hops, caramel, cocoa powder, smoked grains and charcoal. Much hoppier than I expected based on the looks, but like most Stone brews I’ve now come to expect Main Beer Company to come through with an incredible hop aroma and this one delivered as usual. Nice balance and dynamic blending of the strong citrus hops and the rich, roasted malty backbone which brings out a hint of sweetness.

Tastes very similar to how it smells, with grapefruit, roasted malt, orange peel, coffee grinds, lemon zest, citrus hops, toffee, caramel, cocoa powder, burnt grains, dark chocolate (like a Hershey’s dark chocolate bar), tea leaf, piney hops, dry grass, charcoal and mild spices. The bitterness is a cross between a dark coffee and fresh citrus hops, but it is not overpowering since it ties together the roasted malt notes. Flavor is much more roasted grain dominance than the hops in the nose, but there still manages to be a sweetness which is a combo of dark chocolate, dark fruit, citrus and cookie dough, which then trails off slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with a medium chewy body, slightly below average carbonation and a sweet mocha coffee aftertaste that has a hop sweetness as well as the bitterness mentioned throughout the review.

Overall very tasty, it was a nice complex beer that bounced between hoppy sweetness and roasted grainy smoked flavors, settling on a mild bitterness together. Quite flavorful and enjoyable, I'd definitely have this again and it’s another winner from Maine Beer Co.

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Photo of farrago
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Huge, frothy head, easy three fingers, very dark brown with an unusual amount of larger bubbles present, lots of craters across the surface, excellent retention, the lacing likewise thick and chunky and not easily washed away. The liquid is a pure black, while opaque in no way cloudy, can’t discern any visible bubbles. Early appearance in the nose of white grapefruit and orange citrus, this succumbs to cocoa, coffee roast notes, pleasingly strong floral component too, something medicinal, like witch hazel, the plum, cherry fruit scents a touch muted, never turns all that complex but what is there lingers powerfully. Medium-bodied, the creamy mouthfeel helps to delay the arrival of the roastiness and dark chocolate, moments of chicory like bitterness. In the end the citrus adds more sweetness than tartness, still not getting much more than a vestige of mixed black fruits. Carbonation assists in breaking up its inclinations towards heaviness. Pine resin, tar and campfire smoke contribute to the inner mouth perfume through the finish. Thankfully not over roasted so ends up with a clean ending rather than too astringent or bitter.

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Photo of Ian_B
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%

Pours a deep black with a tall latte-colored head.

Smells very roasty, with clear notes of citrusy coffee bean and a little bit of dark, raw chocolate. The dark roast flavours are well balanced by fresh, juicy hops which adds some orange with a hint of pine or spice.

The taste is roasty and dark overall, as the hops are very well- blended in both the scent and the taste. The taste, however has a little bit clearer of a hop presence. Chocolate and coffee up front with a burst of subtle but juicy hop resins, before ending on another beautifully complex roasted character.

Was expecting this to be a little more hop-forward -- not to say they are lacking in presence, rather very well-blended and complimentary.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.9/5  rDev -3%

500 ml bottle, with bottled on date 07/01/2014 printed on the label. Another new one to me from Maine Beer Company. Expectations are pretty good, considering I've enjoyed most of the beers I've tried from these guys.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a black colored body with hints of brown to it on the pour. Opaque in the glass with four big fluffy fingers of mocha head. Leaves behind some spotty lacing. Some yeast chunks are visible at the bottom of the glass. Looks pretty nice. 4

S - The aroma isn't very powerful, but it hits it's mark I'd say - a piney citrus hop presence paired nicely with a creamy, roasty chocolate malt bill. 3.5

T - Taste follows the nose - creamy roasty chocolate malt, and a nice piney, citrus hop bite. 4

M - The feel is smooth, creamy, roasty, resinous, and bitter on the finish. Medium-bodied with nice carbonation. 4

Overall, another nice beer from Maine Beer Company. I do probably prefer Maine Beer Company Another One over this one, but both are nice beers in their own right.

Maine Beer Company Weez -----4/5.

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Photo of brureview
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very attractive deep black-brown color with a 3 F head in a Spiegalgau glass.
Nice lacing.

The aroma at first is strong malt and later there is a strong vegetation smell- not quite rank or barnyard- but close.

The mouth feel was moderately carbonated.

The taste is deep dark roasted malt and less pronounced chocolate( chocolate malt?). There is some hoppy bitterness in the finish, but on the moderate side.

The finish is also very malty- the beer in general has a strong malt backbone which defines its character. Smooth- yet very malty, deep roasted, light bitterness.

This is a black ale- or one could call it a black IPA. It's different than other deep malted
IPAs- there is a lighter touch in the bitterness and finish.

I greatly enjoy every beer I taste from Maine Brewing.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle into a wine glass.

A: Pours a very dark ruby color. The head is a finger high, with a khaki shade. Creaminess is good, but retention is a bit lacking. Lacing is somewhat inconsistent on the glass.

S: This has a very rich, defined milk chocolate note to it. It's a note that pairs quite well with the almost tropical hop qualities. Grapefruit, weed, and orange also comes through. After a while, a minor dankness comes through. There is a bit of clashing between the hop/malt interplay, but the individual notes are so good it doesn't really matter.

T: It starts off hoppy with grapefruit rind, weed, and even a touch of tropical fruits. It even shows off its hops in a slightly complex manner. The finish is taken over by its roasted base, bringing a coffee and chocolate-laden aftertaste. Again, it's just like the nose - individually, each note is fantastic, but there's also some clashing between them. Black IPAs are hard to balance, and this doesn't quite hit that mark. It's still a rock-solid beer, though.

M: Rather full bodied, but not creamy. I'll call the finish semi-dry: both the hops and the vibrant carbonation do a decent job of cleansing the palate, although some lingering roast and chocolate flavors are still left behind. Admittedly, it's not very drinkable due it being somewhat imbalanced. But by no means it it a chore to drink.

O: More MBC quality. While it never quite overcomes the inherent problem with many Black IPAs (the lack of cohesion between the hops and roasted malts), it makes up for it by showing off a great hop profile and a great malt backbone at the same time. As impressive as this is, I think Another One would be a superior offering, simply because its maltiness would create a more neutral canvas for the hops to be shine better.

3.8/5: Very good black ale; would be fantastic with more cohesion

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Photo of mdfb79
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 07/23/14 notes. On tap at Rattle n Hum in NYC. 14 oz pour in a tulip.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with one inch of dark brown head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks very nice.

s - Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, pint hops, and very light citrus. very good, though not as balanced or hoppy as I was expecting. Roasted notes dominate the nose.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, pine hops, citrus hops, floral notes, grapefruit, cocoa, and mocha notes. More balanced than the nose and more hops, very good and better.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. No bitterness, pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a good Black IPA...not one of the best I've had, and not MBC's best, but quite good. Taste is good and balanced, worth checking out.

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Photo of Scrapss
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 3 week old bottle into the MBC ale hybrid weizen/pilsner blass.

A: Dark creamy ale, seems nitro charged. Opaque with light brown head that starts pretty big and collapses into a 4mm disk. Can be excited into froth at any time. minimal lacing and kinda brown at the edges. Tasty lookin'!

S: Neo hops, like Mosaic or Azzaca, mild. Malt shines through with strong toffee note.

T: Well blended neo-hop and dark chocolate malted milk ball.

M: Very delicate on the tongue, with a slightly acidic, almost lactic side of tongue with malty swallow, slightly thin on uptake. After swallow, it kinda wells up into a creamy, bitter note then kinda hangs around with a very slight hint of chalkiness.

O: Great effort again from MBC. Outright solid.

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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 HamdenHector
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep brown; with a fairly aggressive pour, a 3 finger khaki head that recedes, but it still there when the beer is gone; a lot of lacing;

S: deeply roasted malt; mocha, bittersweet chocolate;

T: follows the nose; bitterness kicks in mid-palate; finish combines roasted malts, espresso, and a moderate bitterness;

M; medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: great beer and great brewery; nothing else to say;

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Weez from Maine Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.