Weez - Maine Beer Company

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Reviews: 132
Hads: 901
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 8.42%
Wants: 21
Gots: 133 | FT: 4
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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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Photo of cbutova
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (1,109 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
4.04/5  rDev 0%
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. (610 characters)

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (285 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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 (313 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.66/5  rDev -9.4%
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. (2,544 characters)

Photo of jbaker67
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (350 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (827 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (737 characters)

Photo of hooliganlife
3.88/5  rDev -4%
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. (653 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (395 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
3.69/5  rDev -8.7%
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. (634 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
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. (507 characters)

Photo of Bicyclette
3.15/5  rDev -22%
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. (392 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
3.92/5  rDev -3%
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. (774 characters)

Photo of Crazy4LegMoose
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
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. (983 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
3.96/5  rDev -2%
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. (669 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (747 characters)

Photo of mjstacker
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (654 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (724 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (1,035 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 8/19/13

Bottle dated 8/6/13

Appearance: Dark, dark brown, bordering on black - pours with a big, thick, creamy, dark tan/light brown head - eventually fades to a smaller, yet still solid cap (not as impressive as Another One, but still impressive) - leaves some nice streaks and blobs of lacing

Smell: Burnt, charred malts and burnt, charred citrus and pine - supposedly this has the same hops as Another One, but they are really muted by the burnt - burnt, charred grains and toast - straight-up chocolate malts, with some dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, and semisweet chocolate - burnt citrus rinds, pine needles, and burnt tropical fruits - some earthy, grassy, herbal, and minty notes

Taste: Follows the aroma with a lot of burnt and a lot of citrus - burnt, charred chocolate malts, char, dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, burnt toast, burnt grains - burnt pine, with some resin - burnt citrus rinds and some burnt tropical notes - herbal, grassy, earthy - some sweetness, with burnt molasses

Mouthfeel: Medium body, somewhat creamy, nicely carbonated, finishes burnt and dry, kind of dirty

Overall: Points deducted for not being called Weezy, for not being endorsed by Lil Wayne, and for not being purple drank

This is a very good black IPA, but it doesn't quite have the charm of Another One. The hop profile works better with lighter malts. This is still definitely worth a try, though. (1,414 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

$8.00 bottle from Abe's.

Pours a dark brown out of the bottle, in the glass it's pure black, even when held to the light. Softball of dark tan airy foam that rocked up above the rim. Good drippy lace.

Like its sister beer, there is some strong citrus in the nose, but its battling for nostril space with some roast coffee and chocolate.

Taste starts with some deep coffee. Juicy fruits follow on top, though the coffee sticks around underneath. Good bitter bite right at the swallow. Lingering coffee.

Smooth rich mouthfeel.

A very tasty treat. It did nothing to convince me that Black IPAs are simply hoppy stouts, but its well worth having. (648 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.49/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 mL bottle poured into an oversized snifter. Bottled 6/11/2013, so it's a little old. I had Maine Another One a couple of days prior to this review.

Appearance - My experience with Another One yielded a small puddle on my counter from overflow, so I was careful with this pour. Nonetheless, the mocha head was enormous. Two fingers atop a black beer that in total completely filled my CBS snifter. Great retention. Lacing forms rings inside the glass.

Smell - Bright citrus, lots of dark roasted malts. Loads of coffee. Cuts into the citrus. Perhaps muting some of the orange and tropical notes, yielding more of a grassy hop aroma.

Taste - Again it's a battle of hops and dark malts, never quite in harmony. Grapefruit and grassy herbal hopes with an almost burnt coffee flavor. The malt flavor lacks a little bit of depth. No sweetness to it. Slightly smokey notes. Mild bitter finish, as much from malt as from hop.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, dropping off to medium light in the finish. Not quite rich enough for what it's trying to do.

Overall - I expected some really great things after enjoying the dickens out of Another One. This just didn't impress me anywhere near as much. Also not as enjoyable as Collaboration Time. (1,234 characters)

Photo of portia99
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle (bottled 6/11/13) poured into a Portsmouth 20th Anniversary stemmed glass.

A - Pours super dark brown that approaches black in color. Two fingers of fluffy head caps the dark liquid with a deep mocha that rises up and above the rim of the glass while still retaining its shape.

S - Grassy and citrusy hops take the lead on the nose immediately noticeable on the pour into the glass. Mild roasty aroma just perceptible behind the hops. Hops smell very fresh...looking forward to the first sip.

T - Quite roasty in flavor, burnt toast like malt base. Acrid, a bit smoky, charred, a bit astringent, mild coffee bitterness. Hops are layered on top rather thickly and manage to cut thru the burnt base quite well. A bit sweet tasting citrus and grass hop flavors - very bright flavors. Some oranges, lemons, grapefruit.

M - Lighter body, low-medium carbonation with a good bubbly tingle to it. Burnt flavor hits up front and lingers far into the finish. Hops are light and bright on top of the char and bring a nice balance to the beer pushing it more towards a refreshing quaffer of a beer.

O - I'm not a huge fan of the Black Ale style and had some reservations buying this, but glad I did. One of the best black ales I've had. Hops have really good fresh citrus notes that lighten the character overall for this beer. Going down pretty easily with dinner. (1,371 characters)

Photo of Pencible
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured an opaque black with lots of thick tan had.
S: It smelled like fresh grapefruit and pineapple, with some citrus zest and a hint of dry mocha.
T: It tasted like grapefruit and pineapple and dark chocolate, with some honey and dry roasted coffee. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was thick with fine natural carbonation. Beautiful body.
D: This was an excellent black IPA. It looked like a top stout, smelled like a top IPA, and tasted like a perfect mix of top stout and top IPA. The body was fantastic, and the finish was smooth, so it was really easy to drink. I find no fault in this brew. One of the best in class, and definitely recommended. Well done, Maine. (690 characters)

Weez from Maine Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.