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Tweak | Avery Brewing Company

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Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 17.81%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by rye726 on 02-18-2010

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Finally tried this one after it sat in my cellar for a while....not a lot of good chances to just bust out a 17% beer and drink it :). 2012 vintage and the nose said coffee and heat! Palate was much more mild and balanced but nice coffee and smooth barrel notes! Great stuff!

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Photo of DucksFan16
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2015 Tweak, on tap consumed on 05/16/2016. Tried this side-by-side with the 2014 Tweak (which the coffee had almost entirely faded away). This rating is for the 2015.

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Photo of mobrado
4.37/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Like a bourbon & coffee-filled chocolate. This smelled and tasted delicious, still I couldn't even finish half a bottle because it's so sticky and filling (I have no issue with the heat). I don't think I've ever had a beer I liked more that I didn't finish and don't particularly crave having again.

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Photo of CHickman
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Jan. 25, 2016, Batch No. 2: Pours pitch black color with a fizzing sound crackling as the foamy 2 finger tan head faded on the average speed time, bordering on too fast for my liking but with such a high alcohol level this is what I expected. The head was packed with tiny bubbles and left decent spotty lacing that slid down the glass yet left some smaller rings as it went down..

Smells really rich with robust coffee, bourbon, molasses and all kinds of roasted and chocolate malts dominating the initial whiff. Cold brewed coffee, caramel, espresso, brown sugar, Hershey's dark chocolate bar, cocoa powder, vanilla, burnt grains or charred wood and the oaky bourbon barrel notes round out the nose. The alcohol is very aggressive since this is a young bottle, but the foundation is really nice and complex to inhale. Super malty with that fresh coffee bean smell mixed with a shout of bourbon - just what I hoped for when I cracked the cap off.

Tastes like it smells, but before my brain could process all the complex notes, my esophagus and stomach felt the initial burn which then paved the way for the robust coffee and bourbon flavors. The flavor profile almost seems endless: rich roasted coffee, chocolate, vanilla, chicory, bourbon, molasses, smoked grains, roasted malts, chocolate malts, peat moss, cold brewed coffee, caramel, espresso, brown sugar, Hershey's dark chocolate bar, cocoa powder, charred wood, oaky/woody bourbon barrel notes and black licorice seem to be enough to list. There might even been some herbal notes, dark fruits and soy sauce coming through, but I gave up trying to pinpoint what I was tasting 5 minutes ago so I could finish the glass and maximize my enjoyment. It's really damn good and dynamic, somehow Avery added finesse to this big, bold barrel aged behemoth brew.

Mouthfeel is hot - aggressive - like a shot of bourbon basically. Then, like a good buffalo wing the pain subsides and you appreciate the flavor and notice that the feel is creamy and smooth after the booze fades. The body is thick and chewy, with a dense malty feel that has a slight coffee bitterness like a Starbucks bold with no cream or sugar. The carbonation is timid, and the aftertaste is a mix of dark chocolate and a quality bourbon. This beer makes no attempt to hide the 17.5% ABV listed on the bottle, so basically buyer/drinker beware.

I know this is a young imperial stout based on the bottling date, but I couldn't wait to try it and i'm damn glad I did. Overall a great beer that will get better with age. It's too hot right now and the alcohol burn takes a bit away from the flavor, mouthfeel as well as the aromatics. A bottle of this with 1-2 years of aging will be sublime. I'll wait until having a well aged bottle before raising the scores up, but if my hunch is correct then this will be outstanding in a year. Pricey for a 12 oz bottle, but well worth it.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled oct 28 2014

A: deep brown to black hue. Brown to caramel large bubble thin head. Almost some hints of red in the head.

S: booze. But in a sweet not brash way. Some coffee also. Dark fruits. Candied dates. Cocoa.

T: sweet booze. Coffee right after. More dark dried fruits. Bitter dark chocolate.

F: amazing. So mellow. No Raw alcohol. Soft thick syrup. Costs the palate with flavor busts of coffee stay to linger. Beautiful.

O: This is delightful. Worthy of the great rating. Sweet but not cloying. Bitter but not overly for the style. Bourbon runs through but doesn't engulf the base stout. And the coffee feels so organically placed. Like it was invited by a close friend. Really one of the best.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: pours black and thick with a small brown head
S: nice coffee and bourbon (this is a 10-28-14) bottled on date too.
T: the coffee is holding up very well, nice bourbon. Suprised this drinks good and not too hot for 17.81%
F: thick and coating. Smooth and no alcohol burn. Impressed for such high abv
O:this is really good, the best Avery beer I've had. Impressed with the coffee retention and smoothness. I will continue to age these.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a medium sized khaki head. Head retention is moderate, with a little bit of lacing left behind. Big bourbon, oak, and coffee notes. Subtle notes of roasted malts behind. It smells powerful. Bourbon and coffee make up most of the flavor. Oak and roasted malts add to the complexity. Huge taste. Alcohol can be tasted at the end of the taste. Mouth feel is thick, bold, and creamy. Overall, this is a sublime beer. Extremely coffee forward, which is excellent. As the beer warms, bourbon starts to play a larger role in the flavor profile. Just be warned it's a huge beer, which makes for easy sipping. Almost more of a session bourbon. Definitely one that needs to be tried, and potentially shared.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of bnes09
4.69/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Deep jet black. Descent head for the strength. Rich caramel color head forms a ring around the glass and a spot of lacing here and there.

Dense, fresh, potent and intoxicating coffee bean, espresso aroma. Smooth and roasty toasted maple and molasses with a subtle rich bourbon character. One of the best smelling beers that's ever entered my olfactory receptors.

Flavor is rich, smooth, roasted and sweet. Lots of dark fruits and toasted sugars. Dense malt body. Make way for the fresh, potent coffee that wakes you up and turns you into a rock star in the morning. Earthy hop qualities are assertive and just succeed to balance the sweet malt character. Smooth bourbon tones in the finish round out the experience. I sense a hint of booze but it is very well disguised.

Rich, full, heavy, sticky, dare I say syrupy body fills the mouth and coates the tongue in a thick sugary substance. Dryness hits in the middle with the coffee load. Very well carbonated for a beer of this strength.

Overall, an awesome imperial, barrel aged coffee stout which stands up against the best in the world. Such a tough task to pull off and balance considering the strength. I love this beer and would love to try ageing a few.

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Photo of Ri0
4.95/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured 12oz bottle into chalice. Vintage 2016. It is obsidian black with a 2 finger tan head. Gorgeous lacing coats the glass and there is a thin collar. This aroma is divine with coffee, dark chocolate covered espresso beans, and caramel. Big on the bourbon, vanilla, with hints of marshmallow and molasses. Flavor is dominant espresso, cappuccino, and coffee with a huge dark chocolate taste. Bourbon, vanilla, caramel, molasses, and some roasted marshmallow. It's a slow sipper since there isn't a way to hide that 17% ABV. Smooth, rich, velvety and decadent. Carbonation is superb and really adds to the feel. This is awesome and reminds me of 2013 BCBCS. Looks like I'll be buying a bottle each time it is out even at $10.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured into a DFH Snifter to a deep black beer topped by a finger and a half of dense tan head that fades to a small collar and leaves some lacing
S: Smells of coffee with hints of vanilla and caramel from bourbon barrels hiding in there as well. Really nice nose
T: Taste is coffee, roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, hints of oak with whispers of caramel and vanilla. Swallow is more roasted malt, chocolate covered espresso beans and lingering oak.
M: Lighter than expected on the palate with adequate carbonation and a drying finish.
O: This is a really nice beer. Huge flavors and alcohol make this one a real sipper. The complexity is very nice and the fresh coffee notes are awesome. Definitely one to sip and savor and probably one you should share. If you see this and big coffee stouts are your thing you need to pick this up.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Anchor steam glass.Smell is booze,booze ,and more booze.Taste is booze up front with coffee in the background.Overall this was not a big hit.I wanted to like it.I saw all the reviews but it just didn`t get it for me.This is where your stepping out of the beer category and into hard alcohol.The 17.81 ABV comes thru strong.So much I could not enjoy the rest of the flavor.Hard for me to believe a lot of people are saying there is a slight alcohol taste.Sorry,Booze bomb.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a brownish black with a fairly small and quick disappearing head. The first thing that strikes me about the aroma, and not surprisingly, is how boozy this is. After you get past the powerful alcohol fume, there is a strong note of molasses, caramel, chocolate, and a fairly small amount of coffee. The flavor begins with the strong burnt sugar, molasses, and even rum notes, all very powerful and very dark. Mid palate a bitter coffee ground flavor comes through to dominate the flavor, while the ending holds caramel, bourbon, and vanilla. The mouthfeel is sticky and sweet but not that full. Overall this is a really cool beer, but the booziness makes it a slow, slow sipper (this is probably for the best) I normally don't notice boozy flavors even in very high alcohol beer, but here is is unignorable. Still the complexity and depth are impressive.

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Photo of BenwayPHD
4.64/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours nice and dark. Pretty bug, mocha head that lasts l longer than I would expect for a barrel aged beer, especially one with this elevated of an alcohol content. It is a bit thin. I like pouring a BBA Stout and watching sticky ooze flow forth from the bottle and collect like an oil spill into the glass. Boom. Bam. The nose hits you hard. What an aroma? Complex? Yes. Enticing? You betcha. I'm talking layer upon layer of coffee, booze, wood, but it gets better because there is a strong malt presence as well. Figs, caramel, molasses, chocolate. Then you taste it. It's good. It's great. Normally, thus is a particularly sweet style, however, the coffee adds a welcome bitterness. It is perfectly balanced. Also, there is no taste of alcohol. Zero burn. That's scary. This little mother could get you in trouble. The mout feel is a bit thin. I like my beer chewy. Still, this is one of the best beers I've had. Thanks Avery for hitting home run after home run.

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Photo of Pierre_Pressure
4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drinking side by side with Founder's KBS.
A: Very little head, no lacing, but it does have a nice almost black color.
S: Immediately upon opening I am hit with a strong aroma of coffee and alcohol. After a minute or so I am left with just the coffee aroma with undertones of vanilla and a slight chocolatey hint.
T: This is almost exactly what I want to taste from a coffee stout. I'm getting all of the notes I should from a stout with a coffee presence at its side; this is a perfect balance. The only knock here is there is a slight boozy note to this, but far less than I would expect considering the ABV.
F: Pretty low carb. Not very thick, but its not too thin either.
O: This is a dangerous beer. There is a hint of booziness to remind me that I'm drinking a heavy beer, but the coffee helps to hide it. I'm pretty sure that if it went down any smoother I would be dead. Overall, this might be my favorite coffee centered beer so far, but unfortunately with it's premium price I would still usually purchase KBS over it when available.

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Photo of Rodosman
4.27/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drink out of a Bells Brewery snifter starting at 55 degrees F.

Look: Looks pretty typical of a coffee stout. Small tan head.

Smell: The smell is of absolute chocolate, bourbon, then coffee from strongest to faintest. Also hints of dark fruit.

Taste: This thing tastes great. Nice hints of chocolate and coffee combo. Bourbon finishes with a slight burn. Well balanced barrel, not overpowering.

Feel: Mouthfeel is on the thin side, which isn't always a bad thing especially in this situation. Not Uncles Jacobs Stout thickness by any means. Quite the opposite

Overall: This is a great beer from a great brewery with a great barrel program. This thing is a beast and a sipper. Nice as it warms.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.94/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's big, it's boozy, it's bourbon, it's coffee, it's thin, it's fruity, it's almost certainly not worth $13/12oz bottle, it's not bad, it's fine for what it is, it's not something I'd seek out again.

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Photo of Dope
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch 2. Jan 25th, 2016 bottling date.

A: Pitch-black pour with a tall frothy light brown head. Decent head retention. No real signs of lacing, however.

S: Big big coffee aroma. Some light chocolate and vanilla from the bourbon barrels. But mostly coffee.

T: Ohhh yeah. Up front is a crazy perfect concoction of coffee, hershey's syrup and bourbon. That's exactly what it tastes like. Sweet vanilla in the middle makes it even more sugary. Fudgey brownies make their appearance here too. Some alcohol harshness but nothing like you'd expect (and about 10% of that in the Old Perseverance bottle I had the other day). Great lingering espresso aftertaste.

M: Super heavy and syrupy.

O: This beer is awesome. A sipper for sure but the alcohol harshness is way lower than you are thinking. With the huge coffee notes, bourbon sweetness and a great chocolate/vanilla backing it's all you'll really taste. I was blown away with how good this was.

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2016 vintage
~3 months since bottling

Appearance- Pours a black color, opaque body, some brownish hues when swirled. Fine layer of medium tan colored head,, frothy and bubbly. Tons of sticky alcohol legs, coat glass.

Aroma- Coffee grounds, sweet and earthy, espresso bean. Rich dark chocolates, fudgy brownie batter. Sweet bourbon notes, dry and spicy oak barrel, creamy vanilla and caramel.

Taste- Rich and spicy coffee. Sweet bourbon w/ fudgy dark chocolates, moderate roastiness, charred oak barrel. Lots of vanilla, oak, milk chocolates, caramel, almond nuttiness, and coconut.

Feel- Medium feel, not overly thick, slight stickiness and creaminess. Lower carbonation.

Overall- Incredibly rich and flavorful. Masks the high abv insanely well, can feel some warmth going down, but no off-putting fusel alcohol notes. Coffee has a certain sweetness which is very good, and just enough barrel aging to really add complexity to the flavors but not overpower. Awesome beer.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

01/2016 Bottling of Batch #2 served cold in a snifter balloon glass.

Appearance: fantastic bottle presentation. Poured very dark with a small brown head that disappeared very quickly and left no trace of head at all. It didn't seem very viscous at all.

Nose: boozy. bourbon, intense espresso coffee, sweet malty backbone, vanilla, tons of barrel character, coconut, toasted oak, char

Taste: follows the nose but with more bourbon kick. The coffee is well integrated into the brew. The how fusel alcohols are very present and quite warming but it isn't too much for this monster.

Overall: I'm happy I got to tried this beer and that I have a few more to sample. I'd like to see some of those fusels mellow out and change the beer. I believe this beer is pasteurized at the brewery (All of Avery sour and barrel beers are per their barrel master) so I'll have to rely on oxidation to take it from here.

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.31/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, dated Jan 2016, batch #2, 17.5% ABV. Pours semi-opaque reddish brown with a large sized khaki head which recedes to a smaller ring; some lacing. Smells of coffee, roasted malt, bittersweet cocoa, earthy hops, and licorice. The taste follows with roasted malt, bittersweet cocoa, licorice, coffee, and alcohol. Mild bitterness with a fairly boozy finish; better as it warms to cellar temp. Thinner body and average carbonation. Overall, it's boozier and not quite as interesting as Avery's other BA beers, but it's still a well-done IS. One that I'll be revisiting on another batch.

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Photo of Uscjojo
4.73/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Pours black with qtr head. Smell: Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon. Taste: Amazing coffee, chocolate,and bourbon, but hidden well. Feel: Thick and clings to your mouth; coffee at first, then chocolate as it warms. The bourbon is present throughout, but not too strong. Overall: Very nice and smooth. I will buy two more, one to drink and one to cellar.

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Photo of Skellbop
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - motor oil, win medium tan head, not much lacing
S - rich, complex flavor profile. Chocolate, coffee, hints of vanilla and bourbon
T - not too boozy, even without aging, taste follows the nose.
F - medium carbonation, bit of a syrupy feel, but in a smooth creamy way
O - enjoyed it off the bat and interested to see what some age does to it

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Photo of Futbolmanby
4.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark with hints of tan, dark khaki head that fades fast.
Smell of coffee and oak
Tastes like coffee... really solid presents with a late oak/bourbon kick
It's extremely smooth and finishes with a slight heat as expected from the bourbon

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Photo of SHerninko
4.54/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Draft from tap @ Butcher & Barkeep - Harleysville, PA
One of the great intense but not bitter coffee stouts out there. Tons of coffee flavor, no harshness the bourbon oak and vanilla sweeten it a bit. Real thick and creamy feel. Not too much of a burn at all. I'm aging a bottle now so I'll try to compare but even fresh from the tap it was ready to drink. 17.1% is fairly well hidden. Another home run for Avery!

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a taster. Huge coffee up front in both the aroma and taste, followed by barrel notes. Hides the alcohol very well, probably due to the intense coffee flavor. Solid beer but probably won't purchase again at the price point.

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