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Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States
IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Ale
3.96 | pDev: 9.85%
Jan 01, 2019
Jun 13, 2013
Very Good
Notes: 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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4 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Jan 01, 2019
4 by heysuz from Indiana on Jan 01, 2019
3.96 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts on Nov 27, 2018
3.75 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on Nov 19, 2018
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

The appearance has a dark brown close to black colored body with a decent two fingered white to off-white close to tan head that lasts for a good minute and a half. One ring of foam does appear but ends up sliding down into the beer. The smell has a nice earthy and smoky and roasted bitterness in the front through the coffee, however, there’s a nice pungent aroma of the citrus hops trying to come through, decent malty background. The taste is mainly bitter through the hops and the coffee reacting and overtaking the malt presence that tried to come through in the smell. It has a somewhat dry and bitter coffee aftertaste and finish. The palate is light - almost but more likely closer to a medium sort of body, comes off as its trying to be sessionable. Carbonation comes across like a good American Black Ale should. Overall, for the most part, I like it, but I think I’d rather look for some other Black Ales before this.

Jun 05, 2017
3.77 by VeganUndead from Virginia on May 07, 2017
3.88 by mmoriarty from Rhode Island on Jan 10, 2017
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3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25
by q33jeff from New Jersey


Bottle to tulip glass. "Hoppy Beers don't age well" be damned. After recently purchasing, I realized the bottling date was 03/10/15, and the label says drink within 90 days. Oh well, but while preparing for disaster, I quickly realized this was still a good beer and maybe better than fresh, at least in my eyes.

LOOK: dark black, small tan head that fades to lacing.

AROMA: Fighting a cold, so maybe just not getting everything. Nice toasty aroma, not strong but nice. Roasted malt with May be a touch of coffee.

TASTE: buttered pumpernickel toast, coffee, hint of lemon zest (maybe leftover from the faded hops). Like an espresso Romano.

FEEL: Medium bodied, just enough carbonation to give it some life.

Very nice. I'd like to try fresh someday, but I think I'd be equally happy with a year old bottle or older.


Jan 06, 2017
3.5 by MattMorin from Illinois on Jan 04, 2017
3.96 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania on Nov 22, 2016
3.97 by Jcorn from Massachusetts on Nov 17, 2016
4.25 by eawolff99 from Minnesota on Oct 28, 2016
4.12 by Kurzman from Rhode Island on Oct 27, 2016
4.02 by luke12345 from Pennsylvania on Sep 26, 2016
4.08 by Jacob17 from Maine on Sep 10, 2016
4.23 by nwhittin from Indiana on Sep 05, 2016
4.56 by SupoG from Massachusetts on Aug 31, 2016
4 by ROGUE16 from Delaware on Jul 28, 2016
4.35 by Capsfan90 from Maryland on Jul 27, 2016
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3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by stephens101 from Oklahoma

Jet black with a prolific tan froth. Smells of caramel and faint herbal hops. Tastes of slightly toasted malt and more caramel which is quickly covered by a thin layer of herbal hops and finishing with discreet notes dark chocolate. Light in body and dry for the most part. Simple yet good.

Jul 21, 2016
5 by Lovecraftian_IPA from Rhode Island on Jul 18, 2016
4.34 by OKCNittany from Oklahoma on Jul 09, 2016
4.47 by Bjlynch83 from Oregon on Jul 08, 2016
4.04 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts on Jul 01, 2016
3.69 by C_Pel from Pennsylvania on Jul 01, 2016
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4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by hrdr from Alabama

The deep color of Coca Cola syrup, this black ale has a malty chocolate aroma. Each sip is layered with light sweetness, back-of-the-palate bitterness from coffee and cocoa pod flavors, married to roasted hops and charred wood. Medium head and rich lacing. Dry finish, nice overall balance. A drinkable and even black ale, very tasty, but not necessarily a must-try in its appeal.

Jun 20, 2016
4.15 by Nunya from Ohio on Jun 12, 2016
5 by psoriasaurus from Thailand on Jun 09, 2016
3.68 by BobbyLu14 from Massachusetts on Jun 08, 2016
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by ONUMello from Ohio

16.9oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Pitch black with a one-finger head
S: Loaded with roasted malt/grains, cocoa/coffee and some generic bitter hop notes
T: Matches the nose. Bold roasted/toasted malts and grain up front, a coffee/cocoa midpalate and a slightly bitter finish
M: Full-bodied but from the toast not alcohol; moderately bitter
O: A well made and enjoyable black IPA

Jun 04, 2016
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4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by HopHunter19 from Missouri

Basically your textbook black India ale, nice roasty notes, citrusy grapefruit hops, but then it pulls back to the Bullshit
I'd eat these hops. I don't see a problem with not always immediately having a plan

Jun 04, 2016
3.73 by eddiefl from New York on Jun 02, 2016
4.02 by Juice14 from Connecticut on Jun 01, 2016
4.38 by Chackman151 from Arizona on Jun 01, 2016
4.23 by astano925 from Ohio on Jun 01, 2016
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3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by mattmarch from Tennessee

Love the dark look. Very nice roasty and malty character. Of course it's very balanced, clean and smooth. Lot of piney tropical hops to balance the roast though.

May 24, 2016
4.16 by rsquared59 from Indiana on May 16, 2016
4.08 by JLK7299 from North Carolina on May 16, 2016
3.83 by TheFightfan1 from Pennsylvania on May 14, 2016
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4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by snaotheus from Washington

16.9oz bottle served in a large snifter. 032916 28 is the bottle code. Bought it in Chicago and flew it home.

Pours black with a big brown head. Head fades 3/4 moderately fast and then stalls, leaving a lumpy thick sheet with heavy lacing. Lots of fine carbonation. This is a pretty beer. Smell is roasty, piney, tropical, something clean and fresh (almost minty?) about it.

Taste is heavy roast bitterness, moderate coffee flavor, strong bitter piney finish.

Mouthfeel is dry and resinous. Overall, I really like this beer.

May 14, 2016
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