Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Maine Beer Weez


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chad9976 (1145) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 5, 2014
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. 
Grade: 10/10