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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 brureview
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
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 -5%
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 -2.2%
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 +2.7%
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 +7.4%
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 +1.7%
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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Photo of HuskyHawk
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into tulip. Color is a deep dark brown, with a thick tan head. Consistent lacing throughout. Plenty of carbonation. Smell is shocking...hops, citrus, with almost no roasted malt notes. Taste brings in the roasted flavors, lightly, in balance with the hops. Just a really balanced beer and amazing integration. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appears pitch black big khaki tan head forms fine even spread lacing on the sides of my chalice, great looking black IPA.

Smells of anise, herbal hops, and mild citrus peel notes with black dark roasted malt layers.

Flavor slightly tart and bitter with citrus notes, dark milky dark chocolate notes, herbal bittering hops cleans out the rest of the semi sweet malt character.

Mouthfeel is medium ale with a dark chocolate citric peel bitterness dry character left with each sip. Nothing like any of the other Maine beer company's dark beer characteristics.

Overall, I'm excited to see more dark hoppy offerings from them.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the 650 ml. bottle marked C4C114-7. Sampled on June 6, 2014.

this pours black as night and builds up to a handsome looking, long-lasting, soft, tan head. Lacing all around.

The earthy hops are what I get right off the bat in the aroma but some dark malts and a touch of black licorice kick in after that.

The body is medium to full.

The taste has a potent hoppy bitterness which supersedes the initial dark malt and black licorice character. You go away from this thinking "I loved those hops."

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful dark color with a creamy tan head. Picked up a little booze in the aroma but its mostly roasted coffee here. The taste is a nice balance of hop and coffee bitterness, with some roasty malts tying it all together. This brewery is doing everything right, haven't been disappointed in anything.

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Photo of HopBomb515
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black on the pour, big 4 finger slightly wheat colored head. Big sticky lacing down the glass and a thin cap on the top from the head that stays around forever.

S - Mild aromas of citrus and orange pith and peel combine with soft porter like aromas of earthiness, coffee and bitter unsweetened chocolate. Nice, soft on the aroma, maybe lightly confused.

T - Follows very close to the aroma. Nice bright orange sweetness melds quickly mid palate to those porter like flavors of earthy burnt notes, earthy hops, coffee and unsweetened chocolate. Finishes more porter than IPA, bitter and lingering from both the herbal earthy hops and bitter chocolate coffee notes.

M - Medium feel, nice carbonation, slightly creamy and clean finish.

O - Porter meets IPA. Less IPA, but the flavors are there. Balanced, no one thing shines and nor really excels. Interesting mix of favors and we'll executed.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a shaker pint glass. Dark chocolate brown to black brew with a very large, rich tan head. Aroma of melon and tropical fruit (mango? faint lychee?), grapefruit, molasses, dry chocolate wafers, and a little pine needle. Nice freshness and complexity on the nose, hop forward yet mildly roasted. The palate largely follows suit, although there is more dry roast coffee and cacao powder that threatens to engulf the pine needle, orange and grapefruit rind, Earl Gray tea, canned peach, and lime juice hops flavors ... Perhaps I spoke too soon, the hops are beginning to shine through as I type this. A pleasant lemon pepper spice is revealing itself late along with a touch of garlic. Mouthfeel is a selling point, quite thick and chewy for the style and with a moderate degree of carbonation. Finishes quite bitter, with more citrus and steak spice plus a little ash. Perhaps the weakest of the four Maine Beers I've sampled to date but still pretty freaking good. The cause described on the bottle is even better (as my rescue cat nods her assent).

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Photo of Mises85
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this in a pint glass dated 40114.

Appearance: Nothing less than drop dead gorgeous. Beautiful stout like color with 4 finger head (okay maybe I poured too much) that was so thick and pillowy that it did not go away until the very last sip. Utterly beautiful lacing.

Smell: big citrus, mango but with some dark coffee, mocha, and dark spice.

Taste: classic IPA but with some porter aspect. Some dark coffee with chocolate malt coming through. Citrus shines as well with a clean finish.

Mouthfeel: luscious, just enough carbonation.

Overall: Another amazing beer from an amazing brewery. One of my all time favorite breweries ever. Just simply amazing.

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Photo of hreb
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 031114 06. Slender 500mL bottle served in a cylindrical stange. Beer has some intense citrus hop aroma as soon as I pop the cap, and pours as black as stout in the glass with a ginormous foamy brown head. Can Maine do a Cascadian Dark Ale? Because that's what I'm expecting at this point. But more than a Black IPA, this beer has some serious chocolate notes. Unsweetened cocoa is right up in the palate. Medium full body tends towards creamy on account of low carbonation. Needless to say this beer laces all the way down my glass.

To be perfectly honest I picked this beer up partially because Maine Beer Company has great reputation right now, and partially because of the dedication to stray kitties. But I'll get it again (if I can find it) because it's damn fantastic beer.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with decent head and lace patches along glass. Aroma is a combo of light, roasted malts and some bitter citric hops. Medium to heavy bodied with those bitter citric hops coming out but only in the background. A pronounced roasted malt base is the dominant taste profile of this beer and there is a touch of sweetness. Not my favorite style so maybe that's why I didn't rate so high but an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 4/01/14
Wonderful dark colored black ipa with a thick mocha head that retreats quickly. Gently lacing along the sides of the glass. Hop aroma is present as well as roasted coffee. Minute chocolate taste with some hop bitterness and stronger coffee flavor. Medium body though pretty creamy and some char at the finish. Overall I must say this is a pretty amazing beer. Really enjoyed this one and can't wait to get my hands on another bottle!

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Photo of dank203
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

overall this thing drinks like a stout, it's not as hop forward as I expected, actually a lot of porter-esque chocolate notes. aromas have hints of grassy hop and roasted malt. but overall its a perfectly balanced beer and looks damn good in a tall pint glass

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Photo of leaddog
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a dark chocolate brown/black with three fingers of frothy mocha head.

Smell - Citrus hops, pineapple, bittersweet chocolate, coffee bean, roasted malts.

Taste - Lots of good roasted flavour from malts, cocoa and coffee bean dominating the taste, but the bitterness of citrus hops is still present to let us know that it's there.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - A black IPA with a well-rounded roasted malt flavour and supporting citrus hop backbone. A respectable brew to raise funds for local animal shelters.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip. Bottled 4/1/14.

A - Looks great in the glass. Beautiful 2-finger head, nice solid black color, plenty of retention and lacing.

S - Pretty decent aromas of hops, citrus, and just a hint of coffee. Not bold, but rather subtle.

T - The beer was bottled 3 weeks before I drank, so I figured for a black ale, this wouldn't be a problem. But the beer seemed flat and very mild in its flavors. Neither the hops nor the malts seemed to shine through. More of a subtle metallic taste. Even some more bitterness would have helped.

M - Not much carbonation, so again I don't know if it was a week past its prime.

O- Since I like Maine a lot, this was a disappointment for me. Maybe I'll try again in the future if I grab a fresh bottle, but this was not my favorite in this style and certainly not my favorite from MBC.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into tulip April/11/14

A nearing black with a deep cola edge, half a glass of mocha foam has staying power to say the least, at the bottom I have nearly a finger left over with a table top island so I'm impressed. Strange that it only starts leaving lace half way down the glass in the form of a few partial rings

S heavy on the pine and spruce, peaches, tangerine, and grapefruit are also strong, a hint of root beer and cold coffee but not much of the dark malt on the nose but I'm loving the intense hops notes, smells massive

T slightly less fruity, piney hops and much more dark malt, some char and bakers chocolate and the coffees a little stronger, great mix of black and green

M not quite full bodied, a nice bitter snap, leaves a little behind on the palate while removing enamel, piney citrus with a little coco just keeps going on the finish

O brilliant BIPA going on here and I now I'm always saying "I'm surprised this beer doesn't get more love" but I'm a little baffled that this gem doesn't even crack a 4 average

I could drink a few of these with no problems its hands down a great version of the style. So far Maine's gone 2 for 2 in my books and I still have a pair in the fridge I can't wait to drink.

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Photo of dar482
4.69/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a gorgeous black color with a fluffy brown head. It looks like a wonderful imperial stout.

The aroma follows with the Citra of bright pineapple, apricot, peaches, orange peel, and then a nice roasted malt of coffee and bitter chocolate, but mostly the citrusy hops. Think Wookey Jack.

The flavor follows with the hops in the front. Pineapple, orange peel, grapefruit, bright hop notes, along with a herbacious and citrus peel bitterness throughout. A very light clean bready malt with barely any sweetness. Then midway there’s a roasted malt, adds a bit of depth of coffee flavor. Very gentle.

My new favorite black IPA. This is still very much an IPA, with a perfect medium light amount of roasted malt.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle, dated 031114
L - black with a huge persistent tan head that hangs around forever leaving some lacing as it gradually fades
S - piny, roasty aroma fills the room. Citrus and chocolate upon closer inspection
T - lots of toasty grain, dark chocolate, charred roasted barley, caramel, nutty, grapefruity citrus, pine
F - medium bodied, resinous but still very creamy, lingering roast and pine
O - one of the best American Black Ales/Black IPA's I've had to date. Not sure I can justify another $6.99 on another bottle, but this was well worth the try.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A nice opaque black in the glass, 2 full fingers if head with slow dissipation and nice lacing left behind. Smells of citrusy hops, fresh cut grass, spruce, Chocolatey/coffee roast.
Flavor is pungent hops followed by a mellow smoke, charred oak, coffee, dark chocolate, toasted oats. A bit if bitterness lingers.
Medium in body with medium carbonation.. A creamy silky smooth mouthfeel.
This is a phenomenal beer. Is there a style these guys can't nail?

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Photo of Mikecap
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into a snifter.

A: pours a deep brown, almost black, with two fingers of khaki head, solid lace.

S: bitter piney hops up front with some citrus. As it warms, some coffee and chocolate malt come through. Pleasant all around.

T: citrus fruit, grapefruit and orange up front. Some pine and grass, nice bitterness and a bit of malty sweetness.

M: medium bodied with mild bitterness and a clean finish. Easy drinking and pleasant.

O: a great black ipa that's worth seeking out. The price is a bit steep but a good beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle. 'Weez' does indeed sound like a swell name for a kitty-cat, especially one recently removed from its stray status.

This beer pours a rather solid russet brown-tinted black, with a foaming tower of frothy, dense, and somewhat creamy dark beige head, which leaves a thorough array of webbed bonsai tree lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away. One sexy-looking brew, I gotta say.

It smells of roasted, kind of meaty caramel malt, a touch of nutty toffee sweetness, dry chocolate and lightly milked coffee, dank pine-heavy forest floor, singed orange and grapefruit flesh, and a further bitter floral, earthy hoppiness. The taste is a damned-near perfect blend of peppy citrus rind/pine tips/musty herbal hop notes, and lightly toasty and roasty bready caramel malt, with some lesser cocoa, coffee, black licorice, a hint of wet ash, and a sort of removed floral, perfumed alcohol warming.

The carbonation is quite tight, yet quite genial about it, the body a stocky medium weight, and mostly smooth, the hops taking their minor ounce or two of flesh, and even a tad creamy, in the airy sense. It finishes barely off-dry, the roast pulling in the reins, and the citrus and pine notes settling into a pleasant sort of oblivion.

For a style that I am mostly not even middling about, this is the exception that seems to shatter my rule - roasty, toasty malt, and the typically heady citrus, pine, and floral hops of the perfect IPA. Ok, I've seen this before, but never in such a pleasantly rounded and integrated manner - it's like I know what I'm tasting, but suddenly I'm just freakin' fine with it. Huh. Anyways, this one makes an impression, in a very good way.

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Weez from Maine Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.