Tweak - Avery Brewing Company
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Ratings: 336 | Reviews: 62 | Display Reviews Only:
4.86/5 rDev +8.5%
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
03-20-2014 04:42:19 | More by brentk56
4.58/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
05-26-2011 15:59:27 | More by BEERchitect
4.45/5 rDev -0.7%
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).
05-21-2011 15:46:19 | More by MasterSki
4.26/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
12-22-2011 08:25:29 | More by Rifugium
4.33/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
11-12-2012 02:24:00 | More by Mora2000
4.22/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
12-06-2011 18:50:14 | More by mdfb79
4.18/5 rDev -6.7%
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.
06-28-2011 18:03:44 | More by corby112
District of Columbia
3.6/5 rDev -19.6%
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.
05-23-2012 01:50:52 | More by yourefragile
Tweak from Avery Brewing Company
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