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Tweak - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 261
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.17%

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  16.03% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly known as Mephaddict and Coffestopholes.

(Beer added by: rye726 on 02-18-2010)
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Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.86/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Arrives pitch black with a nice tan head that leaves a decent amount of lacing

Smell: Rich coffee aromatics galore

Taste: Chocolate, roast, French Roast coffee and more French Roast coffee; a bit of sweetness on the palate and a ton of coffee flavor in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; hides the ABV

Overall: I am overwhelmed by how good this beer is; it is like a rich Vietnamese or Turkish coffee without all the sugary sweetness

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2014 04:42:19 | More by brentk56
Photo of BEERchitect


4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Upon one draw of aroma and a supple sip, it's hard not to sum up a quality reveiw without including a phrase like "stupid-crazy" or "ya gotta be kiddin' here". With copious amounts of espresso and added conditioning, the Mephistopholes Stout just got better!

Strong and smooth, the espresso notes wrap this stout in a cacoon of silky smoothiness that delivers the beer in an inky-black hue that coats the glass like port. A light creamy head adorns the rim in even an espresso-like manner. Low on retention or lace, the 16% abv just wont allow it- instead, brandy-like legging and oily weight sculpts the impressions.

A burst of espresso leaps out of the glass and without any of the burnt or coffee ground aromas that often accompany coffee beers. Smooth roast, walnuts, caramelized molassas, malted bitter chocolate candies all round together in a seductive and decedant nose.

All the flavors of espresso, tampered roast, nutty/malty taste, bitter-sweet chocolates all give the distinct impressions of chocolate coated espresso beans that you buy at classic coffee shops. Oxidized esters contribute flavors of burnt currants, black cherries, red grapes, and savory sherrys and even a hint of soy sauce for added complexity and depth.

With extreme alcohols, the beer hardly attempts to build any creaminess from carbonation. Rather it allows the velvety weight of the beer to provide a lush and silky feel while allowing the full oily textures to coat and penetrate the surfaces of the mouth for fullness and richness in flavor. Obviously the beer finishes malt-rich, warming, and with a long linger of coffee.

Impressively, the beer avoids any acrid or astringent roast from either the dark grains or coffee. Secondly, the harsher alcohols of 16% are surpressed underneath the coffee and go largely unnoticed. A beautiful beer all around.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2011 15:59:27 | More by BEERchitect
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4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After trying this at DLD 2010, I scheduled my Friday evening around the tapping of a sixth barrel of this gem at The Long Room. Served in a snifter - I was initially shocked by the $10 sticker price, but then realized it had the same amount of alcohol as two 7.5% beers. This batch clocked in at 15.1%. Kicked in about 3.5 hours more or less.

A - Served with a finger of tan foam that settles to a thin cap, leaving glass-coating lace. Body is straight-up black, although it was hard to be 100% certain in the low light conditions.

S - Big earthy intense coffee leaps out of the glass, following by peripheral notes of dark fruits, dark chocolate, anise, roasted malts, and a hint of booze. Really fantastic - a beer I'd happily nurse all night just to keep drawing in deep breaths of this fine aroma.

T - The taste has less overt coffee, and more sweetness to it. There's still plenty of dark chocolate, but more rum-soaked fruits and burnt sugars tip the scales a bit. The espresso pops back up in the finish, providing lingering roasty bitterness. Alcohol is minimally present in the taste.

M - There's some definite alcohol warmth here - my face started tingling after nary a few ounces and I started to feel flush. Sticky, viscous, chewy and clingy full body with lower carbonation otherwise.

D - Definitely a one and done kind of beer. I ordered two glasses as I was worried it would kick before Sean arrived and the bartender gave me an incredulous look. I also was forced to text Sean telling him that if he didn't show up to drink his glass he could find me passed out on Irving Park the following morning. Great nightcap beer though, and a great start to Chicago Craft Beer Week (even if the Avery event wasn't officially part of it).

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2011 15:46:19 | More by MasterSki
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4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Avery Tap Takeover at The Common Table.

The beer pours a pitch black color with a brown head. The aroma is full of coffee with some roasted malt thrown in. The coffee is extremely intense in the aroma, as well as the flavor. This tastes like I imagine iced espresso with a shot of alcohol would taste. There is also some roasted malt and chocolate but this is really all about the coffee. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very, very nice.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2012 02:24:00 | More by Mora2000
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New York

4.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 12/1/11 notes. Had this on tap at Churchkey in Washington, DC at their Avery tap takeover event. Glad to see it as I missed out on it at EBF last year. 4 oz. pour in a snifter, brewed on 12/14/10 according to the menu.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of very dark tan head and light carbonation evident. Looks as expected, like a thick ass dark stout.

s - Smells of coffee, roasted malts, alcohol, sweet chocolate, sweet fruit, and bitter chocolate. As expected, lots of coffee, but not as much alcohol as I was expecting. Don't get me wrong it is there, but for over 16% ABV it isn't bad, and some nice sweet chocolate and fruits come through as well. Pretty complex and really nice here.

t - Tastes of coffee, alcohol, roasted malts, bitter chocolate, sweet chocolate, light wood or smoke as well. Again, coffee dominates up front, but alcohol is a little more prominent here than in the nose. Not as much sweetness as well, so a step down from the nose for me. Again, not nearly as much alcohol as I expected.

m - Medium to full body and low carbonation, smooth and thick. Some alcohol warmth.

o - Overall I thought this was a very good stout, and a huge improvement over Mephistopheles'. I've had Mephistopheles' fresh and wasn't a big fan of it, and got to try a version on tap tonight that was 1 or 2 years old, and this was much better than both. Would really like to have it again sometime.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2011 18:50:14 | More by mdfb79
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4.13/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Called "Mephaddict" at the time.

Poured into a little baby 5.5oz snifter, impenetrable dark brown-black with a thin layer of tan head that receded quite a bit, leaving some lacing on the glass. Aroma was coffee-forward, earthy, dark chocolate, roasty malts, and a bit woody. Taste of roasted coffee, smooth, dry; cocoa and dark chocolate make a serious appearance too, lending to a little bitterness, maybe a little oatmeal in this? Alcohol warmth was felt more than tasted. Full-bodied, intensely roasty; it had a little edge to it: something tells me this beer would benefit from some aging. Good selection though, and nicely drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2011 08:25:29 | More by Rifugium
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4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Varga Bar.

Pours pitch black and complete opaque with faint mahogany edges and a one finger frothy mocha head.  Good retention slowly fading into to lasting ring.  Spotty chocolate colored lacing left behind.  

Roasted coffee and dark malt aroma with lots of roasty espresso and toast but not burnt smelling.  Hints of sweet chocolate, nut, oatmeal and subtle booze.  Smells like really roasted chocolate coffee.  

Chewy viscous body with a blast of smooth roasted coffee up front that lingers over the roasted malt notes into a lingering dry finish.  Smooth coffee flavor that is roasted wihout being acrid or burnt.  Countered by hints of toast, dark choc, oatmeal and nuttiness.  Subtle lactic creaminess with faint sweet booziness in the finish.  Abv very well masked with little heat in the back end and faint warmth in the finish.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2011 18:03:44 | More by corby112
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4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Brewvival.

Pours black with a small brown head. The head quickly recedes into a thin ring around the glass leaving light lacing.

Smells of loads and loads of espresso coffee. Serving as the backbone are good amounts of molasses, roasted malts, and unsweetened chocolate, in that order.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although the coffee influence isn't quite as large. Smooth coffee flavors kick things off with roasted malts lurking in the background. Midway through the sip molasses flavors join in and sweeten things up a bit. Coffee and chocolate flavors with a decidedly sweet edge then carry through to an ending that's neither sweet nor bitter.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have a few more, even at such a big ABV.

Overall I enjoyed this one more with coffee than without as it cut some of the sweetness. Well worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2010 21:47:57 | More by glid02
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District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

Served alongside Avery Mephistopheles.

The beer is black with a quarter inch of oily, dark beige head. The aroma offers a potent dose of rich coffee, followed by light booze, roast, espresso, malt, chocolate. What a bold flavor! Rich and intense with a grand coffee presence. Alcohol warmth in the finish, but not nearly the heat I was expecting and even fearing from a beer of this stature. Full bodied with moderately low carbonation. A delightful brew to sip and savor. I'm so glad I finally came across this one. Delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2013 21:21:24 | More by Huhzubendah
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South Carolina

4.16/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had during Brewvival 2013! Served from tap into a Brewvival sampler shaker. Poured pitch black with a minimal brown head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark fruit, dark chocolate, coffee, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, wood, and sweet alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. When I saw this one pop up on this list available at the festival I was rather excited to say the least. For the ABV level of this one I was really expecting this one to be an absolute booze-bomb. However, what I found was a pretty well balanced and rather enjoyable brew. The coffee added a nice touch to this one and definitely took it to a new level. Really well done high ABV brew that I would not hesitate to have again at any time it is put in front of me.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2013 00:58:15 | More by thagr81us
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3.88/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Falling Rock was pouring this one tonight. What a pour! Black and luscious, creamy head and soft. Nice. Reddish hints on the rim. Oooh-la-la...

Coffee. Black rich coffee in the nose. That's it.

Coffee again in the taste. This time, though, it's accompanied by black plum and a bit of roasted malt. Not much else to describe this one. It rivals KBS and is a bit thicker on the palate.

Easy drinking for a 16% whopper. Dangerous.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2011 09:34:37 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of ArrogantB


4.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Hops and Pie, I've been hearing about this beer for a couple years now and was very skeptical due to the Mephistopheles base. I really dislike Mephistopholes but this is excellent. Black as black can be, decent little tan head. Aroma is really beautiful coffee, all coffee and I have no complaints. Flavor is more rich delicious coffee, not at all bitter and oddly hardly any heat from such a high ABV. This is a very close second to Bourbon County Coffee but lacks the chocolate and vanilla. When this comes out of a bourbon barrel it is really going to be special.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2014 16:23:22 | More by ArrogantB
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4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another one I was really looking forward to trying, especially after enjoying the Out of Sight a month or so ago. This did not let down. Deep rich black color, minimal head. Huge nose of French pressed coffee, and as it warms, booze. On the palate, coffee is prevalent, and dominates, but in a very good way. Alcohol is so well hidden, its ridiculous. Another outstanding beer on an outstanding beer drinking day.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2010 17:14:09 | More by emmasdad
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4.36/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A-EBF sample pour. Thick, black and viscous. Oily. Thin brown head. Looks like a monster.

S-A brutish aroma. Hulking amounts of coffee. Heavy sweetness that brings forth lots of chocolate. Hints of dark fruit. Noticeable heat...it's frigging 16%.

T-Espresso and coffee of course. Yet, I find the gigantic sweetness to be even more powerful than the java. Supremely rich in its chocolatey sweetness. Dried fruits lead into a cheek warming dose of heat.

M-Huge and chewy. Oily and sticky. Hot. The body clings to the tongue. Long finish. Gigantic feel.

O/D-A gargantuan stout. Very excited to try this. I was more impressed with its intensity than I am with its overall flavor. This was really neat.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2014 19:22:49 | More by VelvetExtract
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3.75/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I could almost start and end my review with a single word: Kahlua.

Dark brown color with a short head with dissipates quickly. Most of my time with this beer, it had neither cap nor foam. Nose is full of chocolate and espresso. Highly roasted, but also a sweet presence. Alcohol is all over this one.

The flavor is very boozy. Switches from chocolate to coffee as the dominant flavor, with plenty of good stuff like molasses and dark fruit. Full, thick mouthfeel, and a velvety soft finish.

There's a lot to be said about this one, but to my taste buds it was way too sweet - almost like hot chocolate - and the booze was far too apparent. This was a shot at a gold medal in abv and that's about it. Dial this one back and you've probably got a damn fine ale, but as it stands I can't recommend this.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2010 05:26:33 | More by BretSikkink
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4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark oily black with tints of mahogany. Silky tan head has nice lace for a beer of this size.

Nose has sweet espresso, chocolate fudge, nutty malts, molasses, ripe pitted fruits, anise and vanilla.

Taste has dark cocoa, coffee, rum, cherries, plums, bitter hops and molasses.

Thick body is delicately carbonated. Nice finish. Quite tasty, coffee really helps mask the booze.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2010 21:25:04 | More by rye726
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4.13/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tribes Aleshouse.

Pours deep black with a thick creamy mocha head with long retention. Very surprising considering ABV.

Thick deep roasty Chocolate and cocoa aromas, vanilla, black fruits, red currant ant layers of coffee, latte, mocha, espresso, burnt caramel and rum soaked raisins, black cherry, and licorice.

Thick, rich, good sweetness yet not copying and delicious. Deep dark chocolate, roasted charred malts and caramel, layers of complex tannic coffee, run soaked raisin, not as much alcohol burn as anticipated. Abuse, black cherry, black fruits, burnt marshmallows and a bit of vanilla and lots of espresso. Delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2011 23:43:14 | More by mcallister
Photo of Sean9689


4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Long Room during CCBW. Poured into snifter.

A - Pours black, mocha-colored head, thin cap, spotty lacing.

S - Coffee is right up front, followed by dark chocolate, smooth booze, some toffee, slight roast. Basically, lots of coffee and booze, both very-well done and smooth.

T - Coffee beans, black coffee, dark chocolate, cream, toffee, expresso. Lots of caffeine and lots of alcohol. The 15% (which is what the menu said) is noticeable, but man, it's still pretty damn smooth.

M - Medium, rich and smooth, light carbonation, creamy roast finish.

O - After a few sips, my face started to feel a bit fuzzy. This is one potent beer, to say the least. The alcohol is very-well hidden and the coffee notes are wonderful. This is what you order for an after dinner drink, no doubt about it. Yum!

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2011 01:59:16 | More by Sean9689
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District of Columbia

3.6/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes, on tap at Union Jack's on the Manatawny ~2010.

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2012 01:50:52 | More by yourefragile
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4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served chilled at the brewery tap room into a mini chalice, 8 oz pour I believe.

Tweak is basically black in color with very little creama colored head.

Aroma is rich and roasty with bold coffee notes and a more subtle booziness.

Flavor is as intense as I expected given the strength of the beer. It has a pleasant sweetness up front but turns to fresh iced coffee and roasted dark malts.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and nicely carbonated. The alcohol is pretty well controlled but you definitely notice it after a few small sips.

Overall an amazing imperial stout and one of the best coffee stouts I've had. It was served too cold but would probably be even better given the chance to warm.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2014 03:52:48 | More by GilGarp
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4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage poured from tap into tulip at falling rock denver. Pours a deep black brown with brown head. Smell is simply amazing. Coffee is obvious with slight alcohol aroma. Taste is of coffee and roasted malts...slight bitterness but so smooth its insane.
This is a fantastic brew. If you see it, get it!!!!
One of my fav, if not my actual fav coffee brews out there.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2012 03:26:37 | More by DrinkSlurm
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4.16/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque onyx with a frothy half inch hot chocolate colored head that lingers surprisingly long.

Fresh roasted coffee bean fruitiness, espresso, dark chocolate, and cocoa give the atoms a very mocha tone. Rich roast malt complements toasty oak well. Booze is fairly subtle.

Deep coffee notes and slightly charred malt are at the forefront, along with a boozy vanilla sweetness. There's an underlying fruit character that emerges as it warms. Definitely coffee dominant initially. Considering the abv, alcohol flavor is fairly well masked, initially. Nutty notes emerge as it warms, with more chocolate coming forth, as well. Becomes smoky and fairly oaky and boozy late, with the booze becoming somewhat overwhelming.

Body is smooth, luscious, and full, with a modest amount if carbonation and significant alcohol warmth that hits deep.

Delicious brew, full of flavor. Coffee is definitely the star, which is a negative for me regarding my preferences for imperial stout flavors. I prefer chocolate. The alcohol becomes overwhelming.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2013 21:24:13 | More by barczar
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4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

~3 oz. pour tried at the Avery dinner, 24 Diner, Austin, 29 Jul 2010.

Served in a white wine glass. Small dark brown head. Opaque chocolate brown color. Light carbonation. Aromas of espresso, dark chocolate, lots of roastiness, ethanol. Flavor is dominated by the espresso. Also plenty of chocolate and cocoa, vanilla. Ethanol is upfront and in your face but not hot. Mouthfeel is like melted dark chocolate, thick. Finish is roasty bitter.

Excellent replacement for coffee or espresso at the end of a meal.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2010 15:46:35 | More by htomsirveaux
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Quebec (Canada)

4.16/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at EBF 2014.

Very dark body but the feel in the palate is very smooth and non aggressive. Lots of grainy coffee, cocoa with hints of vanilla. Bit of heat but not too much, dangerously drinkable all the same. A very nice offering that we have from Avery.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2014 16:38:28 | More by papat444
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4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2010 vintage on-tap at Churchkey in DC for the Avery Tap Takeover. $7 for a 4oz pour.

A: Dark pour with a huge brown head. Lacing and retention are well above average. 4.5

S: Wow is this a beer of a cup of coffee? Chocolate, and a lack of booze, mixes with the coffee to make a phenomenal smell. Really amazed how little alcohol I get on this. 4.5

T: Returns to the Mephistopheles taste I've become used to. Boozy and chocolatey, but this has coffee on steroids. I love the boost of roastiness this gets. Being a year old probably helps the beer as the chocolate and booze have become more mellowed, allowing the coffee to come to the forefront. 4.5

MF/D : Heavy body, creamy on the palate, dry finish, less boozy than I expected. Very drinkable. 4.5

O: Delicious, best of the night. 5

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2011 18:27:08 | More by russwbeck
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Tweak from Avery Brewing Company
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