beerfest5 (1147) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 23, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow, quite a beer here, one of the best BIPA’s Ive had since Stone’s Sublimely Self Righteous. A wonderful balance between the high hop flavor of citrus and pine, and the delicious roasted coffee beans. Nice use of chocolate malts here, doesn’t make it too sweet it actually enhances the roasted nature of the wheat oats. Opaque black pour into the tulip glass, tan to off white head that remains throughout. Good lacing on the glass, the aroma hits from farther away than I imagined but its so enticing my mouth began to water. Tremendous combination of Simcoe and Cascade hits you immediately, then the dark chocolate and coffee next. Taste is a reflection of the aroma, mouthfeel is full and enjoyable and truly asks you to gulp it. Excellent.
desrochesb (40) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 27, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Une black IPA qui sort de l’ordinaire, j’aime son corps et le gout rond qui reste en bouche.
Chad9976 (1162) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 5, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I poured a 500ml bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 7/1/14 and cost $6 ($0.36 per ounce).
Appearance: Opaque ink black body. Sediment chunks can be seen once the bottom of the bottle is poured. Forms a very large, dark tan, foamy head which laces and retains extremely well.
Smell: Pungent nose of coffee, roasted barley and dank, resiny hops.
Taste: Maine Beer Company produces a strong IPA called “Another One” which uses the exact same hops and schedule as Weez. The obvious difference being this is a black IPA or black ale or whatever you want to call it. Weez is as equally good of a beer, in my opinion, even though the taste is so much different. This brewery is known for making hop-centric beers, yet there’s genuine maltiness to be found here. A strong presence of coffee, roasted barley and burnt toast lays a strong foundation for the forthcoming hops. What’s odd is that in this beer, these hops create for a darker, more earthy character rather than the lighter, cleaner, brighter fruitiness of “Another One.” Dank resiny bitterness complements the dark malt and coffee flavor perfectly (the herbal spice rack notes are also present, but are subtle this time). Not quite as sticky as some beers of the genre, though the hops are still strong and quite bitter. Overall, it’s a complex, robust, and delicious palette.
Drinkability: The 7.2% ABV on the label might lead one to believe that this is going to be a strong, hefty beer to approach with caution. However, after one swig it’s clear that Maine Beer Company’s “Weez” is remarkably light on its toe. The mouthfeel is calm and soft with a velvety texture and finish to match. There is residual bitterness on the tongue, but it’s quite pleasant and never cloying or drying. No alcohol presence whatsoever. A versatile brew that works as a standalone beverage, with a savory meal, or as a liquid dessert.
mrhopsbeertalk (127) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 10, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Probably my favorite black IPA to date. The aroma is loaded with roasted malt and hits of the copious hops added to the beer. The flavor starts slightly acidic, smokey and sweet but finishes very clean and bitter
adrian910ss (2348) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
16.9 oz bottle. Pours black with a large light brown head. Aroma of pine tar, roasted malts, chocolate, grapefruit and hops. Taste of pine tar, chocolate, roasted malts, hops and grapefruit. Very nice.
craftycarl21 (2220) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 7, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2013 Draft at Churchkey. Beautiful black pour with a medium-sized off-white head. Nose and flavor are fully rife with earthen loam and rich pine and spruce bitterness, hints of pink grapefruit and lemon rind, and beautiful chocolate and roasty bitterness. Smooth and flavorful throughout the taste. Not quite as vibrant as my favorites of the style (Shaun Hill), but that’s a tall order, and this is an outstanding brew.
msnelling09 (153) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 23, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer pours like black mocha coffee with a beautiful head of medium sized, khaki colored, medium sized bubbles that sit above two finger widths in the glass and take their time in calming down. The head leaves a lacing of fat, thick bubbles that fluff out into the glass. In body the beer is impenetrable the eye. On the nose the beer smells gorgeously fruity with citric tangerine and nectarine with a touch of pine. In the roast, the beer is light with caramel and a faint touch of roasted chocolate. On the tongue, the beer tastes of citric bitter with a light sweet roast that draws a little bitterness from it and builds in the mouth. The beer also has a light acidic pop, presumably from the hops, which leaves the mouth with a wet scrim of saliva. This beer begins as sweet, however, and slowly works towards a more bitter palate, which is wonderfully encouraging of future sips. In flavor, the beer begins as fruity hops, with sweet orange and grapefruit citrus touching the tongue before a healthy roast of coffee and light char moves in and overrides those flavors. Chocolate and light metallic flavors also tingle on the tongue with the roast. The finish returns to fresh citric juice with a touch of roasted malts, and the aftertaste is of lightly roasted malts with a soft touch of metallic flavoring. On the mouth, the beer feels medium in body with a little bit of weight. The carbonation is creamy and smooth, providing just a kiss of fierceness making the beer wonderfully clean and crisp on the mouth. The mouth is left with a nice bit of saliva to cancel out the acids, and a slight bitter bite on the tongue. Overall, this is a beautifully complex beer. It sits somewhere between a hoppy porter and an India Black Ale, with a beautiful nose of citric hops and tastes nicely roasty with a good juicy bite from the hops. Color me impressed by this beer. It is sweet on the front and bitter on the end. I wouldn’t call it a “Black IPA” by any stretch of the imagination, and I will continue arguing for some differentiation between India Dark Ales and their roastier cousins (Weez sides more on the roasty cousin side). This beer is great though, and is another success from the MBC. Try this beer.
DuffMan (6668) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 30, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, shared with Parksy, just inside the best before date. Near black pour topped by a lively brown head. Smells like a pine forest, coniferous perfumes permeate the air. Very hop-forward profile, tons of fresh pine, underlying roast malts are there if you’re looking. Full bodied, very bitter. Beautiful.
dlovell2 (728) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from bomber. Dark brown with big tan foamy head. Big roasted malt, chocolate and pine aroma. Chocolaty roasted malt start with some carmel malt sweetness followed with citrus and piney hop bitterness. Finishing with a smooth roasted malt and chocolate flavor. This is a fantastic brew. One of the best black IPA’s I’ve had.
slimspady (178) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - APR 7, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour. Big tan head. Very frothy. Exceptional malts, toffee, pine hops. Outstanding balance. Oh yeah.