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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 Pip_Count_167
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
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 +9.2%
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 -0.5%
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 -3.7%
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%
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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Photo of hotpauko
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle dated 1/27/15. Second tasting of a MBC beer. This is a black IPA and the bottle should state it that way, it was described to me as such before purchase. Dark pour with a thicker viscosity, 2 finger tab foam, laced and held the glass throughout. Very nice caramelly, smoky hop smell. A piney hop flavor hits the mouth up front and the rich malt settles in the back followed by a little bitter bite. A few seconds later the rich, woody malt flavor lingers. Overall a very good, not great, offering for a dark IPA, would purchase again without a doubt but want to try the other Maine beers first.

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Photo of uvachief
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft. Similar to other black ipas. Hoppy and bitter. Didn't care for it. Very dry. Not a lot of complex flavors. Just sort of there. Definitely taste the roasted malts. Weird. Pours and looks lime a thin stout or porter. Not bad tasting. Just odd.

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Photo of MikeMcCl
3.13/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Personnally do not consider myself much of a judge, also a smoker so impaired to start with - more for my own reference and should do this while drinking it but its done already but here goes -
Color - on the Dark side
Smell - guess I expected like a stout, but hops mixed in with oak is what I got
Taste - ipa sorta like dogfish 60 min but perhaps more bitter
Mouthfeel - not too light - not too heavy
Overall - big enough without overpowering, wish I could pick out hops better, something in it I might try to tone down, overall not bad. Would definitely give it another go.

Ok now I've read others reviews - nobody else got oak, closest was smoky, maybe thats a better description.

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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My second offering from MBC. Looks pretty. Nice frothy head that sticks around for a while. Dark and roasty with a nice hop bite. Paired with a couple Leadbelly tracks. Solid beer from a solid brewery!

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

After I opened the bottle, I caught a whiff of yeast in the beginning. Pours dark with a moderate head. Rather an intriguing ale. Tastes ok. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Stevecarini
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

My instant impression was that of a brown ale and not having a clue to this beer's makeup when I cracked the top, I was pleasantly surprised when I saw its rich dark composition. When first gazing upon its black body and creamy frothy head I thought "how nice, a black ale" which wasn't to far off. It goes down like combination of a hazelnut brown ale and a traditional black ale so it gives you the best of both worlds. It's yet another example of how MBC has staked its claim as one of New England's best brewers.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
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 -1.2%
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 +9.9%
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 -21.8%
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 -1.5%
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 -1.7%
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 +17.1%
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 +2.5%
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 +1.2%
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 +2.7%
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 +2.5%
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 +11.4%

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 -5.9%

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 -13.4%

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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Weez from Maine Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.