Weez | Maine Beer Company

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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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Photo of HipCzech
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 500 mL bottle poured into a Riedel Vinum Zinfandel glass (marked "111814").

Appearance: Deep dark brown with a good khaki head that lingers as a floating foam cap and leaves sticky lacing.

Smell: Toasty roasted grains, burnt caramel; citrus, pine and slight dank vegetal notes of fresh hops.

Taste: Roasted grains, coffee, caramel and slight earthy smokiness; well integrated with bitter and resinous hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, creamy feel and moderate carbonation.

Overall: A nice Black IPA with well integrated roasted malts and fresh hops.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ah, the ever-challenging black IPA category. Maine cranks out a winner here, with very nice pine notes in the nose, but then with warm, rich, almost caramellous dark malt note. No worries about burnt toast here. Well done, guys.

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Photo of Dwkasper
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

2 week old bottle into a tulip glass

A: dark, opaque with a thick khaki head

S: roastiness, caramely malts layered over a piney hop base

T: smooth complex taste...very much stout-like with a bitter hop back end. Chocolate and espresso up front

M: smooth, on the thicker side with a dryness at the end

O: this beer got even better after it warmed up slightly. I'm an IPA and a stout guy and this is right up the middle. Interesting hybrid! Maine cannot make a bad beer!

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%

Pour is dark brown , mostly opaque, with a tight creamy tan head. Nose has a roasted malt up front, light smokiness, rich brown malt, and strong citrus hop behind. Taste is even more smoky and roasted. There is brown malt, notes of chocolate, bitter roast and the hops are light but have a presence in back. Lighter body, nice carbonation.

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Photo of logicalparadox
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

A: As I decant this into a pint glass, I feel... fear. I've poured too aggressively, sloppily in fact, and stand in horror as I witness a five-finger head grow into an intimidating, seething whirlpool darkness. The brew itself is like an abyss, as black and dark as any porter or stout and lets no light through it whatsoever... like a black hole. But that head... it's ashy and sticky... with a structure like that of rising bread dough or the foam from egg whites (it even has stiff peaks!). It's possibly the darkest, dirtiest head I've ever seen.

S: Neither the melodrama, nor the dread, ends with appearances. The smell makes me think a mean imperial stout mixed with a mean double IPA. Simultaneously, I'm getting chocolate, pine, burnt wood, toasted grain, citrus pith and tree sap.

T: KABOOM. I'm blown away. Not that I fall in love with it, but my taste buds are destroyed. Dark and toasty malts provide for flavors of bittersweet chocolate and pine cone, a dry graininess and the darkest rye bread, with some spice character. Make me think of a bitter Mexican mole.

M: Thick, full bodied assault on your palate. I would make the motor oil comparison, but that's cliche by now. Definitely syrupy, and the head resembles and tastes like a bitter chocolate whipped cream.

O: These are not all qualities I love in a brew, so points are flowing less than they might. But there is no denying that this is an interesting, bold (huge), and distinctive offering from Maine.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle was poured into a nonic glass.

Appearance: A two finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything. Head has reduced slightly to a puffy layer.

Smell: Resiny pine, tangerine, citrus, ash, smokey, bittersweet chocolate, roasted, and toasted notes.

Taste: Pine and citrus up front with the ash, bittersweet chocolate, roasted, and bready notes in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied, ashy bitterness, medium carbonation, and a little chewy.

Overall: Nice black ale. I like it more off draft than in a bottle. I may have poured a little bit of the sediment from the bottom of the bottle even though I poured it carefully.

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Photo of CHickman
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours pitch black color with big chunks of yeast floating in it that leads up to a huge foamy 2 1/2 finger light brown head that faded very slowly and left decent lacing. The head was full of tight shiny bubbles, and the top looked like a milkshake as this dissipation pace was as if time stood still.

Smells of grapefruit, roasted malt, orange peel, pineapple, citrus hops, caramel, cocoa powder, smoked grains and charcoal. Much hoppier than I expected based on the looks, but like most Stone brews I’ve now come to expect Main Beer Company to come through with an incredible hop aroma and this one delivered as usual. Nice balance and dynamic blending of the strong citrus hops and the rich, roasted malty backbone which brings out a hint of sweetness.

Tastes very similar to how it smells, with grapefruit, roasted malt, orange peel, coffee grinds, lemon zest, citrus hops, toffee, caramel, cocoa powder, burnt grains, dark chocolate (like a Hershey’s dark chocolate bar), tea leaf, piney hops, dry grass, charcoal and mild spices. The bitterness is a cross between a dark coffee and fresh citrus hops, but it is not overpowering since it ties together the roasted malt notes. Flavor is much more roasted grain dominance than the hops in the nose, but there still manages to be a sweetness which is a combo of dark chocolate, dark fruit, citrus and cookie dough, which then trails off slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with a medium chewy body, slightly below average carbonation and a sweet mocha coffee aftertaste that has a hop sweetness as well as the bitterness mentioned throughout the review.

Overall very tasty, it was a nice complex beer that bounced between hoppy sweetness and roasted grainy smoked flavors, settling on a mild bitterness together. Quite flavorful and enjoyable, I'd definitely have this again and it’s another winner from Maine Beer Co.

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Photo of farrago
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Huge, frothy head, easy three fingers, very dark brown with an unusual amount of larger bubbles present, lots of craters across the surface, excellent retention, the lacing likewise thick and chunky and not easily washed away. The liquid is a pure black, while opaque in no way cloudy, can’t discern any visible bubbles. Early appearance in the nose of white grapefruit and orange citrus, this succumbs to cocoa, coffee roast notes, pleasingly strong floral component too, something medicinal, like witch hazel, the plum, cherry fruit scents a touch muted, never turns all that complex but what is there lingers powerfully. Medium-bodied, the creamy mouthfeel helps to delay the arrival of the roastiness and dark chocolate, moments of chicory like bitterness. In the end the citrus adds more sweetness than tartness, still not getting much more than a vestige of mixed black fruits. Carbonation assists in breaking up its inclinations towards heaviness. Pine resin, tar and campfire smoke contribute to the inner mouth perfume through the finish. Thankfully not over roasted so ends up with a clean ending rather than too astringent or bitter.

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Photo of Ian_B
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%

Pours a deep black with a tall latte-colored head.

Smells very roasty, with clear notes of citrusy coffee bean and a little bit of dark, raw chocolate. The dark roast flavours are well balanced by fresh, juicy hops which adds some orange with a hint of pine or spice.

The taste is roasty and dark overall, as the hops are very well- blended in both the scent and the taste. The taste, however has a little bit clearer of a hop presence. Chocolate and coffee up front with a burst of subtle but juicy hop resins, before ending on another beautifully complex roasted character.

Was expecting this to be a little more hop-forward -- not to say they are lacking in presence, rather very well-blended and complimentary.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

500 ml bottle, with bottled on date 07/01/2014 printed on the label. Another new one to me from Maine Beer Company. Expectations are pretty good, considering I've enjoyed most of the beers I've tried from these guys.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a black colored body with hints of brown to it on the pour. Opaque in the glass with four big fluffy fingers of mocha head. Leaves behind some spotty lacing. Some yeast chunks are visible at the bottom of the glass. Looks pretty nice. 4

S - The aroma isn't very powerful, but it hits it's mark I'd say - a piney citrus hop presence paired nicely with a creamy, roasty chocolate malt bill. 3.5

T - Taste follows the nose - creamy roasty chocolate malt, and a nice piney, citrus hop bite. 4

M - The feel is smooth, creamy, roasty, resinous, and bitter on the finish. Medium-bodied with nice carbonation. 4

Overall, another nice beer from Maine Beer Company. I do probably prefer Maine Beer Company Another One over this one, but both are nice beers in their own right.

Maine Beer Company Weez -----4/5.

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

Poured a very attractive deep black-brown color with a 3 F head in a Spiegalgau glass.
Nice lacing.

The aroma at first is strong malt and later there is a strong vegetation smell- not quite rank or barnyard- but close.

The mouth feel was moderately carbonated.

The taste is deep dark roasted malt and less pronounced chocolate( chocolate malt?). There is some hoppy bitterness in the finish, but on the moderate side.

The finish is also very malty- the beer in general has a strong malt backbone which defines its character. Smooth- yet very malty, deep roasted, light bitterness.

This is a black ale- or one could call it a black IPA. It's different than other deep malted
IPAs- there is a lighter touch in the bitterness and finish.

I greatly enjoy every beer I taste from Maine Brewing.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle into a wine glass.

A: Pours a very dark ruby color. The head is a finger high, with a khaki shade. Creaminess is good, but retention is a bit lacking. Lacing is somewhat inconsistent on the glass.

S: This has a very rich, defined milk chocolate note to it. It's a note that pairs quite well with the almost tropical hop qualities. Grapefruit, weed, and orange also comes through. After a while, a minor dankness comes through. There is a bit of clashing between the hop/malt interplay, but the individual notes are so good it doesn't really matter.

T: It starts off hoppy with grapefruit rind, weed, and even a touch of tropical fruits. It even shows off its hops in a slightly complex manner. The finish is taken over by its roasted base, bringing a coffee and chocolate-laden aftertaste. Again, it's just like the nose - individually, each note is fantastic, but there's also some clashing between them. Black IPAs are hard to balance, and this doesn't quite hit that mark. It's still a rock-solid beer, though.

M: Rather full bodied, but not creamy. I'll call the finish semi-dry: both the hops and the vibrant carbonation do a decent job of cleansing the palate, although some lingering roast and chocolate flavors are still left behind. Admittedly, it's not very drinkable due it being somewhat imbalanced. But by no means it it a chore to drink.

O: More MBC quality. While it never quite overcomes the inherent problem with many Black IPAs (the lack of cohesion between the hops and roasted malts), it makes up for it by showing off a great hop profile and a great malt backbone at the same time. As impressive as this is, I think Another One would be a superior offering, simply because its maltiness would create a more neutral canvas for the hops to be shine better.

3.8/5: Very good black ale; would be fantastic with more cohesion

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Photo of mdfb79
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 07/23/14 notes. On tap at Rattle n Hum in NYC. 14 oz pour in a tulip.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with one inch of dark brown head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks very nice.

s - Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, pint hops, and very light citrus. very good, though not as balanced or hoppy as I was expecting. Roasted notes dominate the nose.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, pine hops, citrus hops, floral notes, grapefruit, cocoa, and mocha notes. More balanced than the nose and more hops, very good and better.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. No bitterness, pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a good Black IPA...not one of the best I've had, and not MBC's best, but quite good. Taste is good and balanced, worth checking out.

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Photo of Scrapss
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 3 week old bottle into the MBC ale hybrid weizen/pilsner blass.

A: Dark creamy ale, seems nitro charged. Opaque with light brown head that starts pretty big and collapses into a 4mm disk. Can be excited into froth at any time. minimal lacing and kinda brown at the edges. Tasty lookin'!

S: Neo hops, like Mosaic or Azzaca, mild. Malt shines through with strong toffee note.

T: Well blended neo-hop and dark chocolate malted milk ball.

M: Very delicate on the tongue, with a slightly acidic, almost lactic side of tongue with malty swallow, slightly thin on uptake. After swallow, it kinda wells up into a creamy, bitter note then kinda hangs around with a very slight hint of chalkiness.

O: Great effort again from MBC. Outright solid.

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Photo of plaid75
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a deep balk hue with a two finger frothy tan head there was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured roasted malts, burnt sugar and herbal hops.

The taste offered elements of charcoal and smoke with piney and herbal hops.

The mouthfeel was full with a dry finish.

Overall a superior black IPA.

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

A: deep brown; with a fairly aggressive pour, a 3 finger khaki head that recedes, but it still there when the beer is gone; a lot of lacing;

S: deeply roasted malt; mocha, bittersweet chocolate;

T: follows the nose; bitterness kicks in mid-palate; finish combines roasted malts, espresso, and a moderate bitterness;

M; medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: great beer and great brewery; nothing else to say;

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Photo of HuskyHawk
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into tulip. Color is a deep dark brown, with a thick tan head. Consistent lacing throughout. Plenty of carbonation. Smell is shocking...hops, citrus, with almost no roasted malt notes. Taste brings in the roasted flavors, lightly, in balance with the hops. Just a really balanced beer and amazing integration. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appears pitch black big khaki tan head forms fine even spread lacing on the sides of my chalice, great looking black IPA.

Smells of anise, herbal hops, and mild citrus peel notes with black dark roasted malt layers.

Flavor slightly tart and bitter with citrus notes, dark milky dark chocolate notes, herbal bittering hops cleans out the rest of the semi sweet malt character.

Mouthfeel is medium ale with a dark chocolate citric peel bitterness dry character left with each sip. Nothing like any of the other Maine beer company's dark beer characteristics.

Overall, I'm excited to see more dark hoppy offerings from them.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the 650 ml. bottle marked C4C114-7. Sampled on June 6, 2014.

this pours black as night and builds up to a handsome looking, long-lasting, soft, tan head. Lacing all around.

The earthy hops are what I get right off the bat in the aroma but some dark malts and a touch of black licorice kick in after that.

The body is medium to full.

The taste has a potent hoppy bitterness which supersedes the initial dark malt and black licorice character. You go away from this thinking "I loved those hops."

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful dark color with a creamy tan head. Picked up a little booze in the aroma but its mostly roasted coffee here. The taste is a nice balance of hop and coffee bitterness, with some roasty malts tying it all together. This brewery is doing everything right, haven't been disappointed in anything.

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Photo of HopBomb515
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black on the pour, big 4 finger slightly wheat colored head. Big sticky lacing down the glass and a thin cap on the top from the head that stays around forever.

S - Mild aromas of citrus and orange pith and peel combine with soft porter like aromas of earthiness, coffee and bitter unsweetened chocolate. Nice, soft on the aroma, maybe lightly confused.

T - Follows very close to the aroma. Nice bright orange sweetness melds quickly mid palate to those porter like flavors of earthy burnt notes, earthy hops, coffee and unsweetened chocolate. Finishes more porter than IPA, bitter and lingering from both the herbal earthy hops and bitter chocolate coffee notes.

M - Medium feel, nice carbonation, slightly creamy and clean finish.

O - Porter meets IPA. Less IPA, but the flavors are there. Balanced, no one thing shines and nor really excels. Interesting mix of favors and we'll executed.

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

Poured from the bottle into a shaker pint glass. Dark chocolate brown to black brew with a very large, rich tan head. Aroma of melon and tropical fruit (mango? faint lychee?), grapefruit, molasses, dry chocolate wafers, and a little pine needle. Nice freshness and complexity on the nose, hop forward yet mildly roasted. The palate largely follows suit, although there is more dry roast coffee and cacao powder that threatens to engulf the pine needle, orange and grapefruit rind, Earl Gray tea, canned peach, and lime juice hops flavors ... Perhaps I spoke too soon, the hops are beginning to shine through as I type this. A pleasant lemon pepper spice is revealing itself late along with a touch of garlic. Mouthfeel is a selling point, quite thick and chewy for the style and with a moderate degree of carbonation. Finishes quite bitter, with more citrus and steak spice plus a little ash. Perhaps the weakest of the four Maine Beers I've sampled to date but still pretty freaking good. The cause described on the bottle is even better (as my rescue cat nods her assent).

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Photo of Mises85
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this in a pint glass dated 40114.

Appearance: Nothing less than drop dead gorgeous. Beautiful stout like color with 4 finger head (okay maybe I poured too much) that was so thick and pillowy that it did not go away until the very last sip. Utterly beautiful lacing.

Smell: big citrus, mango but with some dark coffee, mocha, and dark spice.

Taste: classic IPA but with some porter aspect. Some dark coffee with chocolate malt coming through. Citrus shines as well with a clean finish.

Mouthfeel: luscious, just enough carbonation.

Overall: Another amazing beer from an amazing brewery. One of my all time favorite breweries ever. Just simply amazing.

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Photo of hreb
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 031114 06. Slender 500mL bottle served in a cylindrical stange. Beer has some intense citrus hop aroma as soon as I pop the cap, and pours as black as stout in the glass with a ginormous foamy brown head. Can Maine do a Cascadian Dark Ale? Because that's what I'm expecting at this point. But more than a Black IPA, this beer has some serious chocolate notes. Unsweetened cocoa is right up in the palate. Medium full body tends towards creamy on account of low carbonation. Needless to say this beer laces all the way down my glass.

To be perfectly honest I picked this beer up partially because Maine Beer Company has great reputation right now, and partially because of the dedication to stray kitties. But I'll get it again (if I can find it) because it's damn fantastic beer.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Weez from Maine Beer Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 1,033 ratings.
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