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Weez - Maine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

569 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 569
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 19
Gots: 34 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.20% ABV

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.

(Beer added by: ToasterChef on 06-13-2013)
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dfhhead25

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

11-29-2013 23:17:33 | More by dfhhead25
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sunofneurot

New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

11-28-2013 17:44:49 | More by sunofneurot
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magictacosinus

California

4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks again to Mr. angrybabboon for this. Poured out of a 500ml bottle into a tulip glass. Bottling date is listed as "08/06/13."

As always by the standards of Maine Brewing Co., this pours a beautiful black ale - dark, pretty much pitch-black when held against the light, with a mahogany head that rises quite high in the glass and leaves good steaks of sticky lacing behind. Head retention is excellent, but the bottle conditioning is yet again at play here. In sort, looks like a great home brew. Very memorable.

The aroma immediately shows that this is an IPA disguised as darker beer. Notes of pine, lemon balm, light licorice, and orange peel are right at the front, with some roasted chocolate, cream, and some dark, dried fruits at the back. Most notably, prunes and raisins, but it's pretty subtle overall. A little bit of booze is present, but it's far more on the side of the pungent dried hops and cracker-like, grainy roasted feel that stings the nostrils more than anything else. Really, really appealing stuff overall - strives for balance in midst of its experimentation.

The flavor indicates that this contains far more to offer than other black IPAs in country usually do - and the secret is in strong, roasted flavors as well as the dark fruits at the finish. Yes, there's an explosion of dried pine sap at the front, but it's soon replaced by roasted notes of chocolate, coffee and some ash, which quickly meld into the prune/raisin combo that I was initially picking up briefly in the aroma. It's far more present here, including the hyssop, lemon balm, licorice, and herbal bouquet that soon follows after the pine and citrus. Very diverse on the spices - almost to the point where it's equivalent to a chocolate beverage that's been infused with them. In spite of its relatively thin mouth feel (which was different in contrast to Another One), it's still quite creamy and the slight vanilla and sugar cream sweet notes further accentuate the feel of the beer. Slightly dry and grainy, but filled with a roasted and herbal astringency that is quite enjoyable. These beers benefit tremendously from the bottle conditioning. This is a prime example in how they do.

Wonderful stuff again from these guys. While I enjoyed its normalized variant (Another One) slightly more, this is by far the most herbal and roasted black IPA I've had to date. Takes the style to another level that I hadn't even thought about before. This paired incredibly well with oregano soaked goat cheese and bread. A nice dessert to have after a meal, too. Definitely worth picking up for fans of IPAs and porters.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 05:14:59 | More by magictacosinus
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Imperial_Sapient_Groat

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

11-27-2013 04:42:12 | More by Imperial_Sapient_Groat
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cwelsh55

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

11-25-2013 00:19:35 | More by cwelsh55
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emerge077

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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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MNPikey

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

11-17-2013 22:58:53 | More by MNPikey
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sfr26

New York

4/5  rDev +2%

11-17-2013 21:53:37 | More by sfr26
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.05/5  rDev -22.2%
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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gmfessen

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one as a present from my Mom on her trip to Maine, thanks for thinking of me!

Poured from the simple but very informative bottle into a pint glass, Weez is very dark you can see a slight dark brown hue when held to the light but otherwise black. There is a thin, creamy mocha colored head that hangs around all day. The nose is a nice mixture of aromatic hops and dark malty notes. The taste prevails in the hop direction initially with a sweet piney, resinous hop flavor and then shifts back to a bready, burnt chocolate, semi-dry finish. Mouthfeel is lighter than expected and goes down easy, mild but adequate carbonation helps too. Overall, a great beer and a great representative for the state of Maine!

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 23:31:06 | More by gmfessen
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KevSal

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

11-12-2013 04:57:42 | More by KevSal
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bleeps

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2%

11-11-2013 05:57:19 | More by bleeps
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Ralphs66

New York

4/5  rDev +2%

11-09-2013 23:36:39 | More by Ralphs66
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smartassboiler

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%

11-09-2013 01:34:24 | More by smartassboiler
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TheBrewo

Michigan

4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
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
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dsm45

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2%

11-05-2013 16:46:21 | More by dsm45
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bccrosley

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

11-05-2013 01:40:46 | More by bccrosley
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Hairrrrrrrr

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

11-04-2013 18:16:26 | More by Hairrrrrrrr
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polopaul20

Maryland

4/5  rDev +2%

11-04-2013 18:07:15 | More by polopaul20
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brandonld23

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

11-01-2013 02:50:10 | More by brandonld23
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alaimoa

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

10-29-2013 00:36:33 | More by alaimoa
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Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2%

10-28-2013 14:33:56 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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scottDC

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

10-26-2013 21:56:45 | More by scottDC
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TheRealPour

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

10-24-2013 02:11:57 | More by TheRealPour
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pixieskid

Germany

2/5  rDev -49%

10-23-2013 08:44:56 | More by pixieskid
Weez from Maine Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 569 ratings.