Weez - Maine Beer Company

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88
very good

887 Ratings
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Ratings: 887
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 19
Gots: 128 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ToasterChef on 06-13-2013

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.
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Ratings: 887 | Reviews: 136
Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
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!

Photo of dank203
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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

Photo of leaddog
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of wordemupg
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Photo of dar482
4.69/5  rDev +19%
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.

Photo of barnzy78
4.49/5  rDev +14%
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.

Photo of facundoCNB
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
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?

Photo of Mikecap
3.9/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful pour: Nicely sculptured head, voluptuous lacing, dark color.

Mild nose perhaps a hint of toasted malt.

Flavor-- it comes on with exuberance but fades rapidly to a blank slate.. I wondered where everything went --- and so quickly!

It's got the beginnings of a nice ale-- that fruity hops and bitterness. The beer's dark in color but no real "weight" of anything toasted or baked-- or even half-baked. But it's flavor character-- something about it from it's initial debut on my pallet to it's short finish left me in a quandary-- I suddenly reminisce about Maine Beer Co's other libations.

Mouthfeel is good-- not outstanding, or noteworthy but it's good.

Overall I think this beer is wonderful and I could easily tank a quart right here an now with great satisfaction. Then again if I could tank a quart of any of MBCo's brews this one might just be a first course and I'd find myself welded to my seat by a different brew.
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Photo of timmy2b
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a goblet.
Pours a very dark black color. Head is Caramel/brown. Head lasts at the top of the beer, lingers on the side of the glass after each sip.
Smell is a mix of light amount of hops with a caramel maltyness to it.
Tastes very light with some caramel, and a very light amount of hops. The bitterness from the Hops lingers very shortly after each sip. Feels very light.
This is on the better scale for me of all the Black IPAs that I have had. Very well done.

Photo of fourstringer
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a Becker pilsner glass. Moderate hand. Label instructs to drink within 90 days of 123113. Just squeaking in there!

A: Essentially black, opaque body with 3 fingers of rocky, tan head. Good retention with nice lacing. Impressive.

S: Roasted malt. Cocoa. Coffee. Piney hop with lighter citrus, grapefruit notes. Earth. Bread. Light spice. Faint bourbon/booze. Brown sugar. Very balanced.

T: Chocolatey, roasted semi-sweet malt initially with a gradual swell of moderate hop bitterness. Dry finish. Nutty and roasty bitter notes linger on the palate. Light alcohol presence.

M: Moderate carbonation with a smooth effervescence. Moderate body. Very easy.

O: Another rock-solid offering from Maine Beer Co. Drinks superbly. A very even balance between the hops and the malt really lets you decide: Is it more hoppy? Or is it more malty? Well, it's both. Simultaneously.

Prost!

Photo of far333
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black and opaque with a light brown frothy and foamy head that lingers long with lumpy moguls on top. Low aroma of dark malt and hops. Rich flavor of roasty malt with accompanying bitterness contribution, a bit ashy, hops accompany well and do not overpower, good balance. Big fat legs and rings of lace line the glass. Rich and full and round mouthfeel. Roasty hop bitterness lingers. Great beer.

Photo of bmwats
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a tumbler.

A: Black. Pours a 2 finger, tight, frothy, brown head. Settles very slowly, leaving a thick persistent foam blanket and a thick persistent beer ring.

S: Earthy malt, dark chocolate, and a distinct nutty tone.

T: Bitter roasted nuts with a little black licorice.

M: Hearty and roasty, with a bitter finish.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is really strong. Great persistent head, and thick persistent lacing. Nose is Earthy and malty with nuts and dark chocolate. Bitter nutty character. Overall, this is a good quaff.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a large beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains chocolate, floral hops roasted malts and citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a bitter-sweet flavor of dark chocolate followed by a strong hops presence. Then some citrus and chocolate sweetness comes in. The roasted malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is very solid beer to pound down for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.69/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served out of a bottle into Sierra Nevada IPA glass.

A- Pitch black opaque with solid light tan head.

S- Coffee, slightly smokey aroma (slightly stuffed nose, so it's hard to nail down anything exactly).

t-burnt roast malt bitterness along with classic hop bitter citrus flavor.

M- prickly carbonation.

O- One of the best Black IPAs of all time

Photo of corby112
3.02/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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.

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ghostwalker
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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".

Photo of Fcolle2
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of magictacosinus
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of emerge077
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.08/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

Weez from Maine Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 887 ratings.