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Tweak - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 171
Hads: 1,493
Avg: 4.39
pDev: 8.2%
Wants: 410
Gots: 492 | FT: 77
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:
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 maximum12
4.73/5  rDev +7.7%
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 -5.7%
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 -6.2%
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 Alpha309
4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
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 -5.2%
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
3.06/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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 +5.9%
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 -2.7%
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 +3.4%
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 +3%
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 +4.6%
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 +4.8%
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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Photo of mr-jj
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Split between two snifters from a 12 oz bottle.

Color is completely black with a thin khaki head that fades quickly. Nice lacing. Smell is coffee, roasted malts, dark fruits and most definitely booze. Flavor is really good - a nice blend of coffee, anise, some vanilla. The alcohol bites at the end and makes it a sipping drink, but it is a very good sipper. Body is medium-full - mouthfeel is sharp, due to the alcohol. Overall, it's very tasty and full of flavor.

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Photo of tomfitz18
4.83/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It's thick and dark black with a rich golden mocha head
smells strongly of bourbon of faintly of coffee and chocolate. The smell is not overpowering though.
feels warm and creamy and then a faint burn of bourbon on the way down.
I taste the bourbon right away and then notice the coffee, chocolate, and a slightly salty finish.
I really like this beer and would highly recommend it.

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Photo of 2ellas
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look is deeeep black with the darkest tan head I've ever seen
smell is intensely bourbon with hints of coffee and chocolate
taste bourbon first, chocolate and coffee second. Almost tough to get the coffee on the flavor
Feel is a bit thun but to be expected with the high abv
overall an ass kicker of a coffee stout. Wish I had another to age for a year and see what this can be. But alas, I'm thirsty now.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer poured a deep black color with a mocha colored head.

Smell - The bourbon leads the way with coffee and sweet malts in the back.

Taste - The bourbon is in a perfect symbiotic state with the coffee. The coffee is some hard core expresso. It is perfectly bitter black coffee. Also, notes of vanilla, oak, and sweet malts appear before the warming syrupy finish.

Mouthfeel - Aside from being thick, the sweetness is sticky. Sweet and bitter coffee coats the tongue nicely.

Overall - I love this. Since I love bitter black coffee, this is a homerun for me.

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Photo of milehighhop
3.76/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Based on the ratings, I was thinking this would be something I would really enjoy. It was good, and perhaps I need to try in the winter, but the strong alcohol and bourbon taste was a little overwhelming for me. Served at Lucky Pie in a snifter, black with a tan head. Looked great, definitely one to sip.

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Photo of Sir_Whats-his-face
4.89/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2014 reserve, served in a Speigelau Stout Glass

Look: This is one of the best looking beers I've ever seen, with a gorgeous dark brown head that dissipates quickly leaving a river of hellish blackness through which no light shines. I don't often remark on the aesthetics of beer, but this is a sight you don't see every day.

Smell: Bourbon and alcohol. Also a few subtle hints of coffee, but mostly alcohol and bourbon.

Taste: This is one hell of a beer. The bourbon hits you straight out of the gate like a wrecking ball, but I was expecting that based on my experience with other barrel aged stouts like Parabola and Bourbon County. That said, after that initial gut punch, Tweak really opens up in a way that those other beers don't. Behind all this thickness lies a surprisingly complex beer. There's a whole lot to this beer, with bourbon, malts, and chocolate hitting the tongue one after the other, ending with subtle coffee notes that keep it from having the same sort of harsh, boozy aftertaste that plague most other barrel aged beers when they're new. It's the sort of taste that lingers for days, but with a taste like this, I eagerly look forward to that.

Feel: This is a brick. The next thickest beer I know of is Bourbon County, but that's nothing compared to this. But oh, what a brick it is.

Overall: At $12.50 for a 12oz bottle, this is a very expensive beer, and I took a big risk buying it. But- and I can't believe I'm saying this, given the ludicrous price- it's worth it, and I'll definitely see if I can find another bottle next time I'm near the bottle shop where I found it.

I don't rate a lot of beers here, but this is something else. A tremendously exciting beer hiding in a familiar shell, Tweak is something I'd recommend to any stout lover. It only gets better as it warms, which is a great thing- after all, given it's extreme richness and its 17.81% alcohol content, it's going to take me hours to finish this thing. Could this be the best beer I've ever tried? Maybe it could.

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Photo of timc100
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had side-by-side with bourbon county coffee 2014, this was far superior.

Huge boozy aroma of fresh coffee beans, various chocolates, and bourbon. Very sticky, full mouthfeel that carries the intense flavor very well. Finish is long, sticky and sweet but the booziness and whiskey cut through and balance it out. Really outstanding.

Would love to do this next to mocha wednesday

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Photo of jdhilt
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two finger dark tan head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Black color, no highlights. light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Bourbon nose and flavor follows with bourbon, coffee and sweet malt. Decent imp stout. Very high ABV is mostly hidden. Serious price at $15.95 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

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Photo of madtowndmb1
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

One of the best smelling beers, on par with BA Kopi. The weak link was the taste didn't match up. I'm knit picking here. I opened this up and let it breath to let off some of the abv heat others wrote about.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.1/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. Thin khaki collar.

Smell - Boozy. Milk chocolate. Bourbon. Lots of vanilla.

Taste - Holy crap it's boozy. Bourbon. Coffee. Booze. Very sweet, but alcohol masks a lot of the sugar. Hefty alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel - Extremely boozy. Heavy. Sweet. Kinda rough.

Overall - This was unpleasantly boozy.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.93/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a solid black, just a tinge of deep mahogany around the edges. a half a finger of a tan head with weak retention but leaving behind a decent sized lacing. completely dark and opaque.

Smell: Strong chocolate hinting at fudge, some coffee, big alcohol leaning towards bourbon.

Taste: opens up with a little bit of chocolate and a good dose of coffee. chocolate returns after initial taste hinting more at fudge. towards the end alcohol burns through with quite a bit of bourbon. coffee grinds make occasional appearances.

Mouthfeel: heavy and hinting at syrupy. slight boozy astringency and alcohol hot.

Overall: very nice but I will take the regular mephistopholes over this one. not the biggest fan of coffee added to stouts but this one does well. the flavors are big and bold and the coffee is at an average level making the balance nice for me.

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Photo of Zorro
3.98/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thick pour like 40 Weight motor oil.

Black colored beer with a thick brown colored head.

Smells decidedly boozy. Scents of coffee and grapes. Scent of chocolate and rum. Scent of coconut.

Starts out sweet and strong chocolate. Slight soy sauce taste. Strong alcohol warmth in the chest. Taste of berry and grapes. Mild bitterness. The alcohol does tend to numb your tongue.

Mouthfeel is gravy thick.

Overall worth a try once but I would buy something else in the future.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.51/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black with a thin dark brown head that dissipates to a thin film and ring around the glass. Aroma of dark toasted malt, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and hints of coffee. Flavor is rich bourbony, chocolatey dark toasted malt, oaky vanilla and light quality coffee with a very light hint of char. Medium to heavy creamy bodied with nice carbonation and mouth fell. The massive ABV of this stout is almost complete covered by the flavor. Although it is quite strong and warming, the rich flavors completely cover any booziness. A wonderfully balanced blend of dark malt, chocolate, coffee and bourbon oak barrel flavors. Amazing and well done. Mephistopheles was one of my first truly eye-opening beers and this is an amazing powerful version of it. The beast series of ales has been around a long time and still are at the top of their class. A hard to find, hyped beer that lives up to its reputation.

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Tweak from Avery Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.