Tweak - Avery Brewing Company

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675 Ratings
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Ratings: 675
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 8.46%
Wants: 287
Gots: 213 | FT: 29
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

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

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.

(Beer added by: rye726 on 02-18-2010)
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3.55/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz brown glass with gold foil-ed over pry-off pressure cap. Appealing label design. Bottled 10/28/14. Batch No. 1.

Served cold into an Avery stem-tulip in high altitude Fort Collins, CO and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. 17.81% ABV.

Thanks to Blakelive784 for the share. Expectations are pretty high, but in fairness I wasn't that big Mephistopheles - which I understand is the base.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: One finger wide. Dark khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Retention is damned impressive considering the ABV - about 3 minutes, not including the retreat to a floater ring. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Opaque dark black - not an ink or jet black, but a dark black. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears aptly carbonated. Not unique or special appearance, but good for the style certainly.

AROMA: Dark malts, chocolate malts, marshmallow. I pick up on faint coffee when I look for it, but the coffee isn't rich or evocative, and lacks the roastiness and java characteristics I seek in a good coffee stout. The bourbon notes are mild - some mild vanilla but not much oak. Cream.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

Overall, it's a pleasant aroma of average strength. I'd like more of a bourbon-forward profile, with more evocative rich notes of vanilla and coffee. Adding (more) chocolate would be a good call. Sweetness seems perfectly dialed in based on the aroma.

Seems a biteen reticent overall. The notes don't jump out at you; they're rather contained, but in fairness they don't seem muted or subdued. Just mellow - which at ~18% is unexpected.

TASTE: The coffee isn't very rich or evocative; I get some grounds but no real roastiness or fresh java. The base is as you'd expect: plenty of dark malts and chocolate malts, but not too much sweetness. It's not cloying. I pick up on no yeast or off-notes, but judging by the sweetness (or lack thereof) the yeast has an unnaturally high attenuation.

Tame marshmallow. There're hints of bourbon, but they're mild. I get a kiss of vanilla or vanillin, and maybe a bit of charred barrel wood. No rich toasty white oak or genuine vanilla bean. Maybe a brief kiss of coconut?

There's alcohol warmth, but I'd never guess this was 17.81% if I tried it blind.

Is it balanced? I guess...the alcohol - well hidden as it is - is still disruptive, and I just don't feel like the barrel notes accentuate natural characteristics of the base, nor are the barrel notes prominent enough for my tastes. Mephistopheles may be too aggressive a base beer to start with, and the coffee just didn't take. I'd recommend richer more distinctive coffee and a longer barrel aging period. But I could see this mellowing out with age.

It's complex, sure, but compared to the best beers in the style it's not horribly intricate. While it's carefully handled for a 17.81% ABV beer, I wouldn't call it subtle or nuanced.

I do like it, but it never feels like a gestalt whole and there are obvious areas for improvement. The bitterness/sweetness tug-of-war is never resolved, and the barrel isn't well-tailored to the base.

TEXTURE: Creamy, smooth, plump, wet, supple, full-bodied, thick, and chewy.

Should be softer. I love that the ABV is as well hidden as it is, but I also wonder why Avery skews so high on their ABVs in general; this would be more drinkable and approachable at a more reasonable 10-12% ABV. Thankfully, it's not too sticky, syrupy, or viscous.

It does have a harshness to it, an aggression that unsettles. But it's not boozy.

Overall, this texture is a decent companion to the taste, but doesn't elevate the beer and doesn't seem tailored specifically to this flavour profile.

OVERALL: It's got some alcohol warmth, but nowhere near what you'd expect at ~18%. Admittedly, I wasn't huge on the base beer (Mephistopheles), and I don't taste a natural harmony between the bourbon barrel notes and the base. It's surprisingly drinkable for its monstrous ABV, but I think Avery goes big on alcohol to a fault, and gains little in the process. I'd like to see the alcohol dialed back, the bourbon aging period extended, and some nuanced notes added - coconut, milk chocolate, vanilla bean, et al. Worth trying, but not world-class.

Huge thanks to Blakelive784 for the share.

Low B

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Pours a standard pitch black, opaque and a thin tan head. Intense roast espresso nose, light bitter chocolate and intense alcohol. Very smooth, creamy and chewy body, minimal carbonation and surprise surprise, a potent wallop of warming booze. Coffee is a little less intense in the nose with molasses and dark fruit adding some sweetness, but this is still an intense coffee bomb with a ton of booze. Easier to drink than expected (or than I probably described), but this was a chore and I'll pass on revisiting.

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Tweak from Avery Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 675 ratings.