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Weez - Maine Beer Company

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137 Reviews
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Reviews: 137
Hads: 925
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 20
Gots: 146 | FT: 3
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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Reviews: 137 | Hads: 925
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.08/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

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Photo of gmfessen
4.18/5  rDev +4%
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!

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of thedoubler55
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of joe1510
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml Bottle

Bottled 8/6/13
Drank 10/16/13

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!

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Photo of cbutova
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown almost black with a huge 2+ in. of tan head.

S - Roasted malt, accented by fruity hops

T - Citrus and pine, with light coffee.

M - Medium to light body. High carbonation.

O - Excellent brew from Maine Beer Co. Definitely recommend and would have this again.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown color with a nice tan head and good lacing

S-dark malt, cocoa, pine, tropical fruit

T-dark roasted malt, chocolate, light coffee, pine , light topical fruit,earthy, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and crisp

O-nice black ale, good flavors and feel, solid ale

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Photo of jlindros
3.66/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just finished Another One, so time to do this back to back. Not expecting a lot since I'm not a huge fan of American Black Ales, but we'll see. Bottled 09/03/13 same as Another One.

A darker mocha colored 2 finger fluffy head similar to Another One but darker colored, fades semi slowly with nice lacing, pitch black beer with no light coming through.

Nose brings a lot more of the dark malts, little mocha and roast, a little fresh coffee and roast, little dark powdered cocoa mix aroma, lots of black malt too. Hops are there but not much, they are drowned out by the dark malts and roast, the hops that come out are more on the spicy chewy side, amazing how the same hops can take a completely different perspective depending on how the malts mask or complement it. The deeper I nose a slight hint of a citrus and fruity hop character come through, a hint of pineapple interestingly, and some fluffy nougat.

Taste brings chocolate, dark malts, powdered cocoa, baker's choc, and a little black malt to start. A little creamy, and some light caramel and nougat, but not a lot of either, with touch of roast and coffee. Then Hops come through a lot more than the nose, but again the spicy chewy aspect of the hops. Again amazing how different the hops taste than on Another One. The nice tropical fruits, resin, and citrus really get masked by the dark malts, and the spicy chewy hops shine through with help from the tannins of the dark roasty malts. I eventually get a little citrus, a mild floral hop, touch of rind, and a little generic fruit but not much, and it's hard to get any of that. The caramel comes out a bit more as it warms, as well as a bit of orange peel citrus hop. Finish is dry but not as dry as Another One, a little sticky like, quite bitter and about the same overall bitterness, long lingering bitterness, hint of pine but mostly spicy and chewy.

Mouth is med bod, a little creamy, decent carb almost fluffy.

Overall not bad for a black IPA, nice malts, the hops get a little in the way of it, and the malts get in the way of the hops, so overall again I think this is a completely flawed style, and this shows why. Two different beers, same hops, different malts, the wheat and light malt beer in the Another One was awesome and the hops brought resin, tropical fruit, juicy generic fruit, floral aroma, very nice hop character. The dark malts drown out the nice part of the hops, and contrast what comes through from the nice hops, and brings out the less interesting parts of the hops, just not nearly as tasty.

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Photo of jbaker67
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black with a medium creamy beige head and good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, resinous, tropical fruits and caramel. Taste is slightly sweet with roasted malt, pine, tropical fruits, caramel and a light bitter finish. Medium body. Slightly dry. Average carbonation. Good Black IPA. A tad watery on the finish, but well balanced and drinkable aplenty.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: pitch black cat with a tall hat of dark brown foam; fluffy lace trails

S: darkly roasted malts and earthy, herbal hops; made me think of wet, deep, dark, nutrient-rich soil - that may sound off-putting, but I found it inviting

T: this is a toward the dry and roasty end of the spectrum, but with a big juicy mouthfeel. I picked up lots of bittersweet flavors throughout. Spices of some sort flash and fade into mellow toastiness and dark chocolate char. Very understated.

M: roasty and crisp, slightly coating, full-bodied, dense, balanced right between a bittersweet & wet and roasty dry finish - super easy drinking.

O: real good beer - can't see any fan of ABAs not liking it, and I think it has a very approachable character for any drinker. On par, in my estimation, with most of the popular beers in the ABA style.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a wicked black color with a large light tan head, head is a bit too much though since it took forever to fade, tons of patchy lacing on the glass.

Smell starts out with a strong pine hop aroma, a burnt roasted malt backing accompanies the piney hops to help balance things.

Taste surprisingly hits first with a burnt malt backing, a lingering bitterness from the malt similar to what coffee would have but this definitely does not have a coffee flavor, piney hops have a strong presence and add a different kind of bitterness to this beer, carbonation is somewhat subdued but more than adequate, good body with a decent stickiness.

This beer reminds me of the original trial batch of Zoe years ago before it became an amber ale.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

thanks thechrislife for this

pours dark black, huge cocoa head just lifted over the glass. thick lacing and retention. had no idea this was dark until i poured it.

light citrus and grapefruit with plenty of charcoal and roast. a bit of a sweet nuttiness

very heavy on the roasted malt. charred through out with some bitter dark chocolate and espresso or french roast. citrus is lighter here, roasted malt being more dominant.

body is light for a 7%, easy drinking. sweet and simple

this and Another One are the same hops with different grains. i found the hops being far more dominant in Another One. this is like a hoppy stout, and in a great way.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I didn't know this was a black ale until I poured it into my snifter. I think if I had known it was a black ale I would have passed; I'm not that big a fan of the style.

The beer was black with a thick tan head. There was a good deal of lace.

Aroma of piney hops and chocolate.

Ditto for the taste. Pine and chocolate.

Pretty hop forward.

Good example of the style, just not my cup of tea.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hefty pour into a chalice. Bottled on 6/11/13.

Don’t let the color of this beer fool you. Wonderful aroma. I can inhale this one all night and the color and the head are great. But the taste does not match. Needs more of a malty backbone, some sweetness for balance. This is no Sublimely Self Righteous or Wookey Jack.

A – Pours brown with a mousy light brown 3-finger lasting head. A nice sticky lacing.

S – Floral hoppiness, sweetness, faint pepper.

T – Hoppy bitterness, unbalanced like an IPA, some roastiness, but minimal malitness.

MF – Medium light bodied, dry finish, but not necessarily a lasting bitterness.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a stein

Beautiful , huge four finger tan foam cap . Big and frothy. Puffy lacings on the glass as it settles down. Pitch black liquid...who knows what lurks in the darkness?

Aroma of pine with a hint of citrus.

Hops forward, bit of coffee malt. Bitter finish, not too sharp. Medium mouthfeel.

Recommended by my local beer shop, I gave it a try. Did not know what I was trying as the label said "ale." It is a black ale with a good dose of hops. I tried it, but, not my type of beer.

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Photo of Bicyclette
3.15/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not my fave from Maine Beer Co.

A rich, deep, brown-black with a golden off-white foam... This beer's malt gives a burnt toast char aftertaste that just doesn't suit me. But, the fragrance is great and the mouthfeel, while a little lighter than I'd expected... has active little bubbles that keep it far from feeling flat.

Hops are still present. Maine Beer Co loves to showcase their hops.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16.9oz bottle that was bottled on 080613. Pours a pitch black color with 2+ inches of frothy, light brown head. Tons of lacing. Aromas of sweet grapefruit, citrus hops, smoke and chocolate. The taste is more of the chocolate and smoke than the citrus hops, which is the exact opposite of the aroma. Earthy with lots of dark chocolate bitterness. Some grapefruit sprinkled in here and there. Dark roast black coffee and espresso at the finish. Lots of malt flavor. Heavily carbonated. Most of the bitterness here doesn't come from the citrus hops but rather the dark chocolate and espresso. The smell made me believe this was going to be a lot hoppier than it was. Overall, pretty good Black IPA that I'd say tastes more like a Porter than the recent run of hoppy Black Ales.

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Photo of Crazy4LegMoose
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 8/2/2013

A: Dark black opaque ale with a massive head. First slow pour produced 4 fingers of fluffy brownish/tan head that left heavy cascading lacing on the glass. Next pour to finish the bottle added another two finger head. Very carbonated and good looking beer.

S: Pure grapefruit sweetness and bitterness in the nose, hints of melon and caramel in there as well.

T: Complex flavor. First rush is sweet grapefruit with hints of honey, cantaloupe and a little caramel. The carbonation kicks in to blend the flavors with some toasted chocolate, a little smoke and some minute amounts of coffee. Very good bitter finish as well as the hops hit first and bitter in the end.

M: Very creamy beer, not quite as thick and heavy as a stout even though it may look like one by the color. Good carbonation that really cuts the flavors in half.

O: Very good beer. I love the strong hop aroma of a good DIPA with the mix of roasted chocolate malt. Well balanced and delicious.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled August 6, 2013

Beer is black with a large tan head. Excellent retention. Very good lacing.

Nose contains roasted malt, hints of smoke and chocolate. Surprisingly malt forward. Fruity hop aromas are there behind, as well as a hint of pine.

Flavour wise, the malt again takes priority. Chocolate, a touch of smoke and a large roasted malt flavour. A bit of molassses. Citrus fruit is down in the mix. A bit of pine.

Medium bodied, moderate to high carbonation level. Oily and a bit syrupy.

Overall, not bad, but considering that this is quite a fresh bottle, the hops are surprisingly overpowered by the malt. As a companion beer, Another One is much better.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours pretty damn dark. Light can muster up much against the body. Head is a big, jagged mass of tan fluff. Loads of lacing.

S-Quite toasty. There is some char and a thick, piney hop aroma. Some subtle, fruity and floral hop notes.

T-I actually enjoyed the flavor more. The mixture of hop and roast is quite tasty. It finishes with a bitter coffee and chocolate flavor duo. The hops come off mostly with piney flavor. I find the dark, roasty flavors to have more of a presence than the hops.

M-Lighter. More of an IPA body than a Porter. I think that's pretty neat. Its pretty drinkable. Medium carbonation. Bitter from the burnt malt and the hops.

O/D-Pretty neat. My interest and enjoyment of Black IPAs has waned but this one is a treat.

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Photo of mjstacker
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Probably my least favorite of all the Maine Beer Co. offerings. Poured a 16.9 (8/6/2013) ounce into a chilled pint glass. That said it's still better then almost anything readily available at my local liquor store. I was tricked by the label claiming that it had the same hops as "Another One", which is one of my personal favorites. The change to the malts, which result in the vastly darker coloring really change the taste and give it a much more subdued flavor that can almost (almost) be described as burnt. The change in malts also apparently results in the lack of delicious aroma that it's brother from another mother(Another One) boasts. Cheers.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with a big rocky tan foam head and rings and gobs of foamy lace. Decent retention of the head, which actually seems to thicken.

Big grapefruit rind nose with some carbonized malt notes.

Big hop bitter bite up front, with an acidic tingle on the tongue. Big charred maltiness, with bitterness fighting thru that is more malt than hop. The beer mellows as the palate clears, with deep roasted bitterness and coffee notes. Bitter finish lingers at the end, but not overpowering. Touches of the citric ring pop up throughout. Nice beer.

Medium bodied, acidic and carbonated. Tingly beer.

When this style is done well, it is very good. This is very good. Nice characteristics overall, and great rich flavors.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured into a globe. Bottling date of 8/6/13 means this is 13 days old at time of consumption.

A: Dim lighting, but it looks to be a muddy dark brown. The rocky tan head is doggedly persistent and retains extremely well. Lacing coats the glass and sticks everywhere.

S: Hop aromas of pine and tangerine. Perhaps a bit of melon and kiwi thrown in as well. Malt base contributes scents of soot and bittersweet chocolate, maybe a touch of brown bread.

T: Soot and char build on the attack. smokey, acrid edge. Bitter black coffee and dark chocolate. citrusy hops interject sharply and cut through the robust malt flavors. Tangerine and white grapefruit pith. Subtle pine, hints of lemon. Spike of alcohol toward the back, pineapple and tropical esters. Bittersweet chocolate, soft charcoal, and fading piney hops on the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Ultra lush and creamy. Low carbonation, but just enough.

O: A good stab at a still developing style. It drinks very smoothly and strikes a nice balance between malt and hop.

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Weez from Maine Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.