Weez - Maine Beer Company
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4.14/5 rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
We crack a bottle, pouring a brew of midnight black into our oversized tasting snifters. It gives up the quickest flash of deep maroon towards the bottom of the glass when held to light. It puts forth a two finger head of creamy, cakey medium brown bubbles, showing great retention. Lacing is left in islands and ridges around the glasses. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be light. The nose gives fresh and super sweet citric, floral, and nectary hops, charred black and chocolate maltiness, smooth plastic bite, light banana ester sweetness, Softsoap cleanliness, chalk, pencil graphite, Smarties candies, syrupy strawberry fruitiness, and marshmallow sweetness. Our first impression is that while the hops certainly shine, the malts are big enough to challenge them for center stage at most turns throughout the sip. As we sip, the taste begins with banana pudding sugars, citric and grassy hops, sunscreen chemical bite, black malts, light plastics, peppery booziness, chalk, steely metallics, watermelon and tangerine fruitiness, mint floss, honeys, and a curious wheat cracker maltiness. Bitterness takes over through the middle, with oily hop resins, dried autumn leafiness, hay, rye-like metallics, soured cocoa, powdery white flour, heavy roast of coffee and chocolate malts, campfire charcoal, eraser, and synthetic lemon juiciness. The end washes with biting plastic foaminess, chalk, light lead and mineral qualities, soft mossy woodiness, glassy yeast, roasty chocolate and black malt grittiness, brightly sweet citric and nectary hops, dried twigs and oily green grass resins, soured citric rind, basement mustiness, and continued smokiness. The aftertaste breathes of packing peanuts, cardboard and stamps, syrupy sweet chocolate malt mash, light booze, celery vegetals, fruity hoppiness, peach and strawberry fruitiness, baker’s yeast, medicinal phenols, bitter char, herbal hop freshness, and orange peel zing. The body is medium, and the carbonation is high, instantly attacking the palate with each encounter. The sip shows nice slurp, smack, and froth, with decent creaminess to follow. The mouth is left cooled, coated, and pleasantly satiated, with eventual dripping dryness into chalked astringency atop a gentle pucker. The abv is appropriate, and the beer well.
Overall, the most enjoyable thing about this brew was its aroma. The hops are much more prominent here from the get go, but the flavoring does catch up more and more as it warms, with oily resins working their way in between the dense layers of chocolate, malts, and char. This beer does just the right amount of blending, with that unique black ale oily sweetness of hops that marries so, so well with the darkness of the grain bill. The product works to somehow lighten and denude the malts a bit, and is a quality that we’ve appreciated in the best beers of the style. This beer has been a long time coming, and again, and with a new style to their lineup nonetheless, continued to impress us with their versatility and general prowess.
Serving type: bottle
11-09-2013 00:50:04 | More by TheBrewo
4/5 rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: This one pours a nice dark black, that leaves a nice tan head at the top and a nice brown lacing around the glass as you drink.
S: Nose is very piney with a slight alcohol scent, a little fresh fruit comes through but mostly hops and roasted malts present on the nose.
T: Up front a little bitterness and a little dryness, the hops and malts are very present, slight bready notes on the tongue, a dry finish.
M: Medium bodied, good amount of carbonation, and slight stickyness.
O: Maine brewing is moving up my favorites list very quickly this black ipa was really tasty and would definitely have another.
Serving type: bottle
10-21-2013 15:36:07 | More by thedoubler55
3.7/5 rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Thanks again for the big ol' sampling of Maine Beer Co goodies, facesnorth! A tilt of the bottle releases a chestnut brown beer that appears more like black coffee when filling the glass. The chocolatey brown head forms slowly but before I know it fills as much glass space as the body and has no intention of retreating. Big puffy lacing clings tightly to the glass as it finally does settle. Maine Beer Co. sure knows how to brew a good looking beer.
The malt profile is tough for me to dissect as complex and well balanced as it smells. Soft coffee, black bread, and smooth dark chocolate come together. Clean alcohol adds a welcomed spiciness. Bright pine shows up with a hoppy bite and grapefruit pith adds a touch of fruitiness. There's even a little hazelnut coming forward with warming. I'm not usually a black IPA guy but Weez is smelling good.
A very mild astringency hits quick and fades just as fast before the main characters of robust pine, black bread, and dark chocolate kick in mid-palate. A quick flash of pithy grapefruit kicks in before the swallow and the finish is lightly roasted coffee, hazelnut and bitter pine that followed through from the middle. That quick astringency takes a little something away but the overall flavor is welcomed.
Weez is rich, velvety and smooth. The body itself feels substantial but is actually only moderate in weight and very easy to drink. The pine bitterness grows over time and gets me a little fatigued when combined with the roast but a 500ml fits just fine.
Yet another well made beer by the folks up at Maine Beer Co., Weez. Like I said above, I'm not a normally a black IPA guy but this one fits the bill nicely with a complex malt profile and bright hoppiness. I'd give Weez another go if it was available in my area. Thanks, Ryan!
Serving type: bottle
10-17-2013 02:05:50 | More by joe1510
3.98/5 rDev +1.8%
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
4.04/5 rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Got the Guiness affect as I poured this beer. A super tall head foaming out of the glass, down the glass and onto the counter. All this and a nice cascade.
The beer itself is super dark.
The aroma is rich roasted malts. I think for a black ale it's a bit much.
Aromas of roasted nearly burnt malts chocolate and bright citrusy hops.
This medium bodied beer has a rich roasted malt taste that is very pronounced. Hints of chocolate come through as well as citrusy hops. Just like the nose.
Weez seems a bit unsettled and unbalanced. Drinks thin and almost watery.
It's good and I like it but it could be better.
Serving type: bottle
10-13-2013 12:28:02 | More by micromaniac129
Weez from Maine Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 555 ratings.