Weez - Maine Beer Company
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2.95/5 rDev -24.6%
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.
01-30-2014 06:35:56 | More by corby112
4.29/5 rDev +9.7%
A- Pours a very dark brown, with a body that looks thicker than I expected. Settles into the glass as a near-black with no transparency. Gorgeous frothy mocha-colored head that stays thick and lingers.
S- Lots of dank, herbal hop aromas with roasted malts and even some mocha aromas. Very nice nose.
T- Hops come through nicely, lots of herbal and pine hop qualities with the roastiness coming through nicely. Finish has a roastiness that resembles coffee with hints of chocolate. Really goes back and forth between the huge hop bitterness and the huge roastiness.
M- Smooth and creamy, medium carbonation.
O- I love this style when it is executed correctly and this one does a great job. I am interested to see what type of hops and malt are used in this because some of the flavors expand further than even the best black IPAs I have had. Really awesome offering.
01-29-2014 01:03:40 | More by stephenjmoore
3.9/5 rDev -0.3%
Bottle dated 080613.
Pours deep brown/ black with a huge froth of tan head.
Nose is clean earthy hops with a roasty malt note.
Flavor is crisp and clean for a black IPA. The roasty quality of the malt bill comes at the finish, leaving plenty of time and space for the IPA-ness to impress up front. A really great tasting brew, unlike any other Black Ale I have had.
Mouthfeel is really light and easy, considering the big malt that must have gone into that black body. No stripping quality from the hops.
Overall, I really like this one. Drinkability is very high, and so is complexity, a rather unusual situation.
Now, on to try "Another One".
01-04-2014 02:43:38 | More by ghostwalker
4.06/5 rDev +3.8%
Pours black in color with a fair amout of sediment and not a whole lot of light making it through the beer. Head is big, about two fingers fluffy tans tan in color. Head leaves a good amount of lacing all around the glass.
Smell is really nice. Fresh citrus hops forward dominated by fresh orange and orange rind. Big roasted malt follows with aromas of cocoa and coffee. Dark malt works well with the nice fresh orange aromas.
Taste follows the nose with some light citrus hops forward with a relatively light herbal bitterness. Roasted malt flavors follow with big coffee and toffee notes and a lighter cocoa flavor. Well balanced, not too bitter.
Mouthfeel is good. Medium to heavy body and mild to moderate carbonation leaves this smooth and drinkable.
12-18-2013 01:00:42 | More by Fcolle2
Weez from Maine Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 605 ratings.