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Weez | Maine Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States

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.

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Reviews by jlindros:
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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.

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Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 4/28/15.Pours into a nonic a deep dark chocolate brown with a billowing tan colored creamy head atop.Some roast,cocoa,and pine resin in the nose,alot of cocoa.Roasty with bitter chocolate flavors melding into resin and then back to roast,quite dry.More like a porter with it's roast and chocolate flavors,either way pretty damn good.

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

Thanks to the awesome smokeypeat for this one; I really enjoyed "Another One" and so I'm looking forawrd to this one - the same hop bill with different (darker) malts. It pours a very, very deep brown with a black and ruby-tinted outline. The thick, mocha-java head seems to last forever; it's very clumpy and boisterous and leaves awesome lacing on the glass.

As expected the hops are giving off similar aromas to those in Another One; piney, citric, juicy, and wet, with plenty of herbal notes and even a very mild tartness in the mix. It makes sense because the hopping schedule is the exact same. The difference comes in with the darker malt - Weez has a mellow, chocolate-y malt background with some light roast in the finish. Reminds me quite a bit of Short's Goodnight Bodacious.

Black IPAs are sometimes tough to figure out, because each sip always has so much going on that you don't really know exactly where to focus your attention. Weez does a good job of coupling everything together to form a pretty nice harmony in an oftentimes nebulous style. Light woodsy taste with lots of dry cocoa powder, nuttiness, and roasted malt envelope a robust hop bill that flaps its wings with pine, grapefruit peel, tangerine, and herbal leaves.

You'd think the bitterness might be higher in Weez than Another One, but that's not the case at all. In fact, Weez is quite a bit more mellow on the palate in terms of hop abrasion. The mouth feel is maybe a touch creamier here, but it still has a relatively slick and oily body with lots of carbonation. Pretty dry aftertaste with a dusting of wood, nuts, and roast.

I definitely preferred Another One to Weez, but I'll be damned if this wasn't still a darn tasty Black IPA. It's a strange style; at what point does the beer go from being a Black IPA to just a really hopped up porter? Especially with age, I would think this would just be a deliciously-hopped porter. This was consumed with less than a month on it, though, so the hops were certainly bursting. Good beer, can't wait to try more stuff from Maine.

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Photo of Max3
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of woodchipper
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of chip26
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TTripp725
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of 77apm
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of cincysig
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of JakerLou
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of petewheeler
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of megamass
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Guinnsslvr
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of mmcurran
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of KolbMarley
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of Justin8mypants
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rsquared59
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hotpauko
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle dated 1/27/15. Second tasting of a MBC beer. This is a black IPA and the bottle should state it that way, it was described to me as such before purchase. Dark pour with a thicker viscosity, 2 finger tab foam, laced and held the glass throughout. Very nice caramelly, smoky hop smell. A piney hop flavor hits the mouth up front and the rich malt settles in the back followed by a little bitter bite. A few seconds later the rich, woody malt flavor lingers. Overall a very good, not great, offering for a dark IPA, would purchase again without a doubt but want to try the other Maine beers first.

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4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 1/19/16. Poured into pint glass- dark black color with one finger head. Chocolate is most evident. Bitter chocolates, coffee and roasted malts on palate. Medium body, creamy - more of an ale feel than an IPA. I would drink this one again.

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