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Tweak - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 184
Hads: 1,623
Avg: 4.4
pDev: 24.09%
Wants: 455
Gots: 524 | FT: 78
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout | 17.81% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rye726 on 02-18-2010

Formerly known as Meph Addict and Coffeestopholes.

Tweak is Avery Mephistopheles Imperial Stout, with a chunk of coffee thrown in. If you haven’t geeked out enough, the brewery aged in four months in bourbon barrels.
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Photo of ryanmextorf
4.74/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a teku.

L: Pours a mahogany brown but pitch black in the glass. Half a finger a a creamy mocha head that dissipated very quickly.

N: Wow. HUGE espresso, coffee, chocolate, some roasty almonds, bourbon, and a bit of oak. Somehow not a single hint of alcohol on a 17.5% beer.

T: Boom. Follows the nose quite well. Up front is the espresso and chocolate melding beautifully. On the back end you get the barrel, more coffee, and a touch of vanilla to round out the beer. I get a bit of heat on the way down but certainly nothing offputting.

F: Great. Perhaps a tiny bit overcarbonated for my liking but a great medium to medium full mouth feel goes very well with the beer.

Overall: Faaaaannntastic beer. I was expecting this thing to be overly sweet with the abv but Avery knocked this one out of the park. Gives BCBCS a big run for its money.

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Photo of LADaveBN
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours pitch black with a single finger mocha head. S: Fudge, coffee, brownies, vanilla. T: Initially I get rich milk chocolate that's immediately followed by the heat from the booze, accented by the bitterness of coffee. Finish is vanilla, caramel, and touch of oak. It all lingers on the tongue for a good minute. F: Chewy and viscous like motor oil. O: A really good BA imperial that could be even better if they dialed back the ABV.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.77/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Batch 2, bottles 1/25/16. Pours dark mahogany/espresso from 12oz bottle. Small tan head that disappears quickly and leaves no lacing.

Aroma is somewhat muted and really hard to pick out. Its definitely sweet - and my wife pins it as butterscotch - but its hard to isolate. Surprisingly, I don't get a lot of coffee or bourbon.

Okay, taste... There's so much going on and I feel unqualified to break this down, but here it goes. Its very sweet, I've had the mephistopheles and it was nothing like this. Whatever coffee and barrels they used for aging, I want them. Its absolutely delicious. Definitely some caramel and butterscotch on the front end, boozy bourbon show up later.

The body is nice and chewy, and I enjoy the developing flavors so much I have a hard time swallowing.

Overall, this is definitely one of the most unique, complex stouts I've had the pleasure of tasting, and its going to be really, really hard to let the rest of these bottles age in the cellar.

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Photo of bentnorton
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle that was bottles about 14 months ago.

Very little head. Smells great. Bourbon, coffee, and a bit of vanilla.

Lots of booze up front, but it's surprisingly smooth.

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Photo of LouZ
3.76/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Draft pour; dark, black. Minimal head with no retention. Aroma was not very strong; mostly notice the coffee and not much of the bourbon, surprisingly. Taste was okay; got the coffee, but the lasting impression here is how hot this brew is. You taste and feel all 18% of the ABV. Alcohol presence is quite strong. Think of black coffee with booze instead of creamer. This is closer to liquor than to beer. Overall, it's an okay novelty to me. Glad I got the 4oz poor as that is more than enough in my humble opinion.

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Photo of PVMT
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter from a bottle dated 10/28/2014. Dark brown pour with a mocha head. Smell is coffee and bourbon. Flavor follows the nose along with an overwhelming booze burn. The beer does nothing to hide the 18% abv, but gives it a silky mouthfeel. There are way better bourdon stouts; I expected more from this.

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Photo of mjpolzin
4.11/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow, an "in your face" explosion of coffee and bourbon. I suppose I should have expected this with a beer that was pushing 18% abv. Alcohol well hidden but the intense flavors make this something you have to sip very slowly.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.17/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle split between a pair of Georgetown samplers. Bottled October 28, 2014. Batch Number 1.

Pours black with a moderate-sized (large for a barrel aged imperial stout) brown creamy head. Smell is yeasty, coffee, roasty, smokey. Lots of coffee. Moderate alcohol presence.

Taste is a blast of sweetness and alcohol that pops my eyes out. Definitely some charcoaly smoke, definitely coffee, just a hint of butterscotch (that I wouldn't have picked out if my wife hadn't mentioned caramel). Coffee seems to come out more as I sip it a few more times, and balances out the sweetness a bit better. Makes it actually quite delicious, but the alcohol is just a bit of a detractor.

Mouthfeel is silky and gritty simultaneously. Overall, very nice beer.

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Photo of Nurhyme21
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tweak is an "in your face", agressive kind of beer with an ABV hovering around 17%. Pours like a dark nightmare with little to no head. Smell is very boozy with coffee notes & chocolate to keep it honest. Taste is very good if you don't mind the bite of that 17%. You can only mask so much. Definitely a sipper. I would definitely get this again tho! A nice brew for watching a movie by the fireplace or sharing with a friend.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.94/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I can't believe I actually am getting a chance to try. Actually at the brewery and paid $5 for a 5 ounce draft. My wife took off with it and I just got a so so here it goes. The bourbon up front and center. Smell and taste is awesome. Pours thick with an awesome nutty head. Taste...as good as bcbs. Going to stop and get back to drink.

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4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful black body with a solid half inch of caramel brown head. Nose is of fresh ground coffee, bourbon and dark almost burnt toffee. The flavor is well coffee infused bourbon. No really it is hot and huge bourbon witch sits very well with a bourbon fan. This beer is hot but would age for a decade or so.

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Photo of tmryan21
4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aged over a year - 2014 Version - Bottled 10/28/2014

Look: Motor oil black with a tan head. This beer just looks heavy.

Smell: Bourbon is immediately noticeable. Notes of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and oak as well.

Taste: Follows the smell pretty closely. The bourbon is not as dominating as it was in the smell. Even with a year on it, the coffee still came through significantly. Chocolate and vanilla as well.

Feel: Heavy bodied and creamy. Bourbon leaves a little burn on the back-end. I thought it mellowed out considerably over the year. Not too much carbonation.

Overall: One of the better bourbon stouts I have had. Really big at almost 19% ABV - definitely split this one with a friend if you can. I think it was worth the $12 price tag.

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Photo of maximum12
4.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to jakehoodlum for this, a beer I missed when it passed through shelves in MN & have lusted after since two small pours at the brewery in July. 12 oz. gold-foiled bottle about to penetrate me. The beer, not the bottle.

The sound it makes glugging into the glass is identical to the many quarts of Valvoline I poured into my hapless 1980 Pinto many, many years ago. Looks like Quaker State, though. The head is small & banished quickly. The nose is canyon-deep bourbon, attendant vanilla, & large swath of sweetness. Good.

Tweak fuckin’ rocks. The alcohol warms my lips, mouth, tongue, & everything it brushes against all the way down to my ureter. I instantly toss my car keys behind the dresser. Towering vanilla notes are offset by a blast of bourbon. The coffee/roast only arrives mid-palate, & there must be an entire small Central American bean plantation thrown in to make it evident against this crazy background. Big oak arrives late & sticks around, along with an indelible impression of sugary sweetness. Mouthfeel is just this side of Wisconsin maple syrup. Drinkable? Yes. I’d drink another tomorrow if I had one. Then another, if I could still find my fridge. Where are my car keys?

That sound you hear is brain cells screaming as they perish; but a few must die, that many would feel joy. This is a poster child for everything that is wrong – and right – with the current state of beer. Huge, complex, delicious. Simply magnificent.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.14/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle poured into Belgian ale glass.

Alternately, you could just slice into wedges and serve...

Very dark brown, with foamy tan head that lats as a halo and some lacing.

Smells of coffee, chocolate, bourbon, and yes, Mr. Alcohol

Lots of coffee and chocolate up front. Bourbon comes in later and long dry alcohol finish.

Had to dock it a bit because alcohol just overwhelms balance. Very thick and chewy, significant burn. Not much carbonation, as you'd expect.

It's unlike anything I've had before. In a year, I might want one again.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.12/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry coffee notes with some light alcohol, some roasted malt and some residual sugar notes. Taste is an extreme mix of huge floral coffee notes with some dry bitter roasted malt, some alcohol and some residual sugar notes. Body is full with good carbonation and some alcohol was apparent. Not sure I need to drink this on a regular basis but still quite drinkable considering the ingredients used in this beer.

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Photo of JefferyLaGrow
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The smell is of coffee and cardamom, with a little green peppercorn. The beer itself tastes of dark fruit, coffee, and more dark fruit. There are hints of mint lingering in the palate. The balance is incredible considering the ABV. Such a great beer.

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Photo of Alpha309
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Beer pours a very opaque black with the very slightest tinge of cherry on the edges. About one finger of bubbly head that dissipates quickly to a halo around the glass.

Smells strongly of bourbon and coffee. Very slight hint of chocolate in the nose, but ever so subtle.

Flavor is very strong of coffee up front. Coffee flavor dissipates and is followed by bourbon flavors. There is a hint of onion on the swallow.

Feel is strong on the bourbon. Feels like one is drinking hard alcohol rather than a beer.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.16/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. 2014
(A)- Pours pitch black with a minimal tan colored frothy head
(S)- Some huge roasted coffee meets subtle cocoa richness. VERY rich smelling
(T)- Big on coffee and cocoa. Some great caramel and oaky vanilla on the finish
(M)- A HUGE beer. Big on alcohol and big on flavor. Bitter, but so rich and sweet that, you barely notice
(O)- This is not a shy beer. Big on everything, it is a barrage to the senses. Share with a friend or two cause this will kick your ass. A great stout nontheless, just not one I could enjoy all the time

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Photo of BarrytheBear
2.96/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Just ungodly harsh and boozy....coffee notes meagerly call out while being punished unmercifully by the long arm of overly oaked Boozesaurus. Nearer shots than beer. A rough ride my friends.

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Photo of mabermud
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Dark, opaque, pitch black body. Fine and creamy, darker mocha head that is very persistent. With a twirl of the glass, slick curtains and legs easily melt from the sides of the glass. This is a very fine looking imperial stout.
Smell: Sweetened dark chocolate and dark roasted malts. French press. Bourbon followed by some wood. The aromas coming from this stout are heavy and robust.
Taste: I had to sip on this beer a little while and let it warm more than usual, before the full flavors began to blossom. It took my palate a little bit to accommodate the strong flavors. The taste follows the smell. Big and robust. I sense a touch of cinnamon.
Feel: The feel is characteristic of a finely made stout. This is thick, dense, and heavy in the mouth, with a nice amount of chewiness. The lather is ultra fine and creamy. This beer seems like it has two phases and transforms in your mouth after settling in. It goes from a dense and heavy liquid to a semi-liquefied whipped cream in the bottom of your mouth.

Overall - A rare treat that I would not have too often.

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Photo of PlinyBeMiney
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beers description is everything you could ask for in one. I think the hardest part of enjoying it is the high ABV. That coupled with the astringency of the coffee can make this beer hit or miss. But if it's served on the right night at the right temp, then beautiful things will happen.

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Photo of bmh_the_legend
4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Jesus! These guys at Avery do not mess around! This beer, like their other barrel-aged stouts is intense from start to finish! Great coffee stout with tons of flavor, perhaps a little unbalanced due to the high ABV, but what Avery BA stout isn't that way?! Pairs very well with a slice of NY cheesecake so give that a try the next time you crack one of these open!

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Photo of South2NW
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as night, with a very thin brown head that leaves a thin ring as you drink. So much espresso and bittersweet chocolate in the nose. Delicious. Taste does not disappoint either. Loads of espresso and coffee flavors throughout each sip. Even some sweetness of caramel and molasses. Supremely drinkable, even at almost 18% ABV. Very silky and smooth. I cant wait to enjoy this beer again.

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Photo of TychoNDC
4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Avery's Brewpub.

This is possibly my favorite barrel aged offering from Avery. Pitch black with a small tan head. Wonderful coffee aroma. There is an excellent sweetness to the beer which pairs nicely with the coffee flavor. As boozy as it is (and it hits like a truck), the alcohol is nicely hidden by the richness of the beer. The bourbon is present on the finish, but its not the star of the show as with KBS,BCBS, etc. Overall, one of the best beers I've ever had at such a high ABV. Hats off to Avery for this gem.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black pour with thin tan head; foam dissipated quickly. Roasted coffee beans with bourbon, chocolate, and raisin aromas. Espresso on flavor steroids - bourbon, chocolate, and raisin flavors; big boozy middle; cocoa powder finish with alcohol bite on tip of tongue. Velvety full mouthfeel; very warming, my tongue is abuzz with flavor and alcohol; more creamy chocolate and booze as liquid warms. Overall excellent blending of flavors sustaining big alcohol - outstanding.

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Tweak from Avery Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.