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Tweak - Avery Brewing Company

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175 Reviews
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Reviews: 175
Hads: 1,541
Avg: 4.4
pDev: 24.32%
Wants: 424
Gots: 500 | FT: 79
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 clayrock81
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%

Poured a black body with no head and just little brown dots along glass for lace.
Given the high ABV and bourbon barrel aging, there is naturally a boozy and wood aroma, along with coffee and roasted malts, some vanilla thanks to bourbon and a touch of cocoa.
Thick, full bodied, chewy, the beer is smooth thanks to the barrels and the high ABV gives off a touch of heat on finish but never turns the beer medicinal or hot.
Balance is kept and it's like drinking a boozy, vanilla coffee (or a vanilla creamer filled java) with touches of chocolate thrown in as well.
Not the most complex or cheapest beer but pretty good one to try.

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Photo of denver10
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%

Review for the BA version --> 4.55 rating

Pours black with a brownish hue and a nice mocha head. Aroma is definitely sharp and a little stinging from the alcohol. Also get the coffee, lots of thick milk chocolate, and some toasty barrel. The aroma is nice, maybe even very nice, but not great and definitely a step back from the wonderful coffee forward aroma of the original version. Any concerns I might have had towards this from the aroma are shattered with my first sip. Coffee (though not as much I hoped for), sweet milk chocolate, caramel, toasted oak and some bourbon. Definitely some heat to this but that is unavoidable at 17%, and it is quite drinkable fresh. A full bodied mouthfeel. Overall, great stuff from Avery here. Love that they finally made this beer available in bottles, though I still wish they would have gone with bottling the original non-BA version instead.

Review for the original version, not barrel aged --> 4.75 rating

Finally get to try this monster!

Pours midnight black with a nice mocha head. This beer is BIG in aroma, flavor and ABV. Huge coffee aroma, lots of chocolate, and some roasted malts. Flavor follows suit, huge coffee hits first, on top the roasted barley, and this leads into a great, rich chocolate finish. An aftertaste of chocolate and some alcohol. A medium to full mouthfeel, not much activity. Overall, worth the hype. A fantastic beer,, such amazing aroma and flavor and so dangerously drinkable. Honestly, I couldn't believe just how smooth and drinkable this beer was at this ABV. Avery needs to bottle this beer not just because its that good but because this is the type of better far better appreciated at home than when out at a bar or their taproom.Give me a bottle of this to sit back with at home, chill out, and just enjoy and I bet my rating for this is even higher.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle brought to me to share for Thanksgiving. Awesome!

Pours a dark, oily black, with a great looking mocha-colored head of about 1.5 inches, which is crazy given the high ABV of this one.

Smells like coffee on steroids, huge sweet and roasty coffee aroma, along with a booze presence that stings the nostrils.

This tastes a bit oily and burning, from the high intensity ABV. It doesn't really detract from the overall flavor though. The coffee flavor here is amplified and really intense- it's hard to pick out nuances in the coffee- it just tastes really sweet, almost vanilla-like, with a slight roasted flavor. There's some chocolate syrup flavors, along with a significant bourbon kick at the end. This shares some similarities with Black Tuesday and it's various cousins- huge, knock-out tastes in an insane ABV package.

This is a little bit light for the ABV, but it's still solid enough, with a very low level of carbonation, and a very creamy mouthfeel.

This is quite the insane beer. For a beer this high in alcohol, it's incredible how they still made it pretty drinkable.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch No. 1. Bottled 10/28/14. 17.81% ABV per the label.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy super dark khaki head that fades to nothing. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, coffee bean, brewed coffee, and bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with chocolate syrup, cocoa powder, coffee bean, brewed coffee, vanilla, and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and wood bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a fantastic mixture of cocoa, coffee, and bourbon characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of JandJMD
4.75/5  rDev +8%

What set this apart from some other bourbon BA stouts was how well the coffee seemed to tie in with the roasted malt and the bourbon flavors. Definitely hot with a little burn at this alcohol level, but not off-putting. It was tough to tell that it had coffee added with how well you could pick up the malt and the bourbon. A lot will hit you in the head with the coffee.
Has a great, creamy body. I'm not sure it's quite where BC Coffee is, but it's close.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass.

Deep chestnut brown out of the bottle, and filling with a classic dark walnut oily black body. Real nice mocha brown colored head, controlled to a finger, settling with a thin top and fairly bubbled collar. Not to slick on top, or shiny, pretty solid.

Excellent aroma even just pouring off the bottle. Hints of warm roast coffee, a hazelnut and dry wood like aroma, with splinter oak qualities also. Hints of dark brown bread crust, and a real oily bean and nutty quality, almost like macadamia nuts or something. Very impressive, and not hot at all on the nose either.

Palate is real diverse. Silky body, with a large huge coating. Hints of tight tiny carbonation, but with lots of berried fruit. Huge tobacco notes and roast finish, cigar whiffing and hints of hot smoke. Very diverse and complex mid palate, warm raspberry, leafy tobacco, oily roast charring and coffee bean. Oily sense continues but manages some silky quality on the aftertaste, with a big coffee burst, and even almost hop oil finish.

Slickness in a bottle, with a diverse and big palate. Surprisingly not too out of control, not totally balanced but not out of kilter either. Very imressive as well and one to take in nice and slow.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Black, small tan head of foam, quickly dissipates. Wee bit of lacing left behind.

A very strong nose. Bourbon, chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, in that order.

Oh my, it's tasting superb! The bourbon is very strong but it doesn't over power everything else. The chocolate is sweet, the roasted malt adds the bitterness, and then there's the coffee infusion. Fresh ground like. The 17.81% abv is not hidden very well but in this case, I don't think it needs to be nor can be as this was bottled just a month ago.

Full bodied with medium carbonation, it is very smooth.

This brew would be a joy to cellar and see what transpires. I reckon it would go for MANY years.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
4/5  rDev -9.1%

- Batch 1 / Bottled 28-Oct-14 / 17.81% abv
- 12 oz. bottle poured into Lost Abbey Teku on 21-Nov-14

Nice creamy, espresso aromas with hints of chocolate!
The flavors are espresso flavors are more bittering, but not overbearingly bitter. The chocolate presence is velvety, with some molasses notes. Definitely getting some heat in the finish, but doesn't disrupt the flavors.

Not quite as good as BCBCS or Mocha Wednesday (not a good price point either $13) but this is worthy of at least ticking. This is my 2nd favorite from Avery's Barrel Series after 5 Monks.

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Photo of reebtaerG
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on draft at Rustico Alexandria in a snifter.

A-Pours a black opaque with a 1 1/2 finger tan head. Great lacing

S-Great aromas of coffee, chocolate, bourbon, and notes of vanilla.

T-Taste is just like the aromas. Simply amazing.

M-Mouthfeel is very very well balanced.

O-Overall this beer is excellent in all aspects. The 17.8 ABV is well hiddened. I would love to get a bottle to age to see how it would be, I could only imagine.

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Photo of Jack_Malts
4.67/5  rDev +6.1%

Pours motor oil black with a 1 finger fluffy milk chocolate colored head.
Super coffee/dark chocolate nose with a bit of bourbon and molasses.
Taste is espresso and chocolate liquor, some molasses, a tinge of vanilla, nice booziness.
Creamy, full mouthfeel. Pretty smooth actually. Far more drinkable than expected.
Gotta say I love this beer, which is good considering the price tag and the fact that the base beer is one of my personal favorites. Definitely a must try, on par with others of the style.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 ounce bottle into a snifter. 2014 bottle.

Straight mocha in a bottle. Pitch black body, still as night with no carbonation visible, and a dark-khaki head, fluffy, creamy and pillow-like. I'd easily rest a bottle cap on this. 5

Sweet, creamy dark roast coffee with a drizzle of caramel, that's this beer. The coffee aroma bursts from this. Slightly solvent, but I'd expect that from a beer this fresh with this much ABV. 4.5

Pretty similar taste to the nose, big coffee flavor of the dark roast variety, sweet caramel, and a slight solvent presence. Coffee lingers on the tongue long after each sip. Tasty, but perhaps almost syrupy, which brings it down a quarter of a point. 4.25

I hint to how it feels with the taste, as this beer has a syrupy quality, but it's also very thick and creamy. There's a spicy hop finish that helps to not make this cloying. Impressively, as this warms, there is almost no heat or solvent feel. 4.25

I find this on par with BCBCS in flavor and feel. It's good and potent. The only difference is this costs twice as much.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.68/5  rDev +6.4%

Enjoyed this at the Fridge served in a snifter, review from notes.

A-4.75, S-4.25, M-4.25, T-4.5, O-4.25
The color is like used motor oil -black, thick, opaque look with medium tan head and ultra fine bead wtih lace that sticks, just a very robust intense looking stout. The smell is rich with tons of coffee up front with light raisin and sweet molasses ith a slight alcohol aroma and mild sweet dark cocoa scent. The feel is intense as the look and smell with rich full malt body and very roasted almost char in the dry texture with alcohol warming and lots of residual sugar in the lingering finish.

The taste has a wonderful coffee flavor with dark rich malty and dark sugar flavor with subtle raisin and lightly woody toasted sweet flavor with spicy alcohol in the mid palate in the flavor with nutty and almost burnt coffee with hints of spicy pepper and licorice with some intense coffee effects like drying of high alcohol making the flavor increase wtih dark currant and woody flavor which comes out as a spice-like taste with some residual sugar which leaves a slightly bitter flavor lingering. Overall -one of the most intense coffee beers/stouts I have ever tasted

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Photo of mverity
4.07/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

2012 15.4% abv. Black in color with a good amount of deep tan head, very good lacing and a thick collar. Aroma is deep malt, coffee, earthy woodiness and some bourbon. I would swear this is barrel aged. Maybe it is... Taste is that great malt up front, coffee and tobacco at the end with a aged hop flavor in the middle. Great thick mouthfeel, chewy almost. Low carbonation. Great coffee stout, but I feel like the coffee was a bit too much of the focus.

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Photo of SavvyStudent
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: pitch black with brown head and strong lacing.
S: really creamy frappe on the nose. Some vanilla and unknown sweetness in there too. Really strong nose.
T: buttering chocolate at front with a smooth blend of coffee, toffee, caramel goodness. Coffee focus mouth blast
M: medium heavy to heavy with heavy carbonation.
O: Avery did it again with this amazingly balanced blast of flavor. The coffee profile obtained is uniquely smooth an rounded. Up with the maharaja in greatness

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours a creamy and kind of foamy brown head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a dark and opaque black. The beer has a nice sheen that looks a slick.

The beer smell is pretty good. The beer has notes of oak and slight hints of vanilla. The American oak blends particularly with the coffee notes as well light hints of sweet dark chocolate that is probably from the malts. The smell also has a roasted and rough barley smell that goes through the beer.

The beer taste is a bit different from the smell but contains the same notes in addition to new ones. The new notes include a slight hop bitterness that is a pretty good balance to the roasted notes of the malt and barley and coffee. There is also now strong notes of vanilla and alcohol running through the taste and give it a little strength. The beer continues to have a chocolate taste that is from the dark roasted malts. The aftertaste has a pretty strong barley taste with a slight alcohol note and hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is heavy bodied with some carbonation. The overall feel is pretty smooth and the carbonation adds a nice bite to it that gives it a little texture. OVerall, pretty good.

Overall, a fantastically strong beer that is pretty complex. The beer is easy enough to drink and distinguish the different notes.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.27/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of papat444
4.16/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of abuono
4.74/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

So good. Not cloyingly sweet like many RIS's. This is more like drinking a black ice coffee with the bitterness, but very well balanced. Had at EBF 2014, held it's own against most of the RIS's celebs. Will definitely look for it again in the future.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
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.



Had a bottle. Alcohol bumped up to 17.81%. Flavor is almost unbearably potent (compliment). What a monster.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Huge coffee aroma - seriously, the dark-roast coffee is so strong I can smell it from the snifter sitting a foot away on the table - with bold roasted barley, and some phenolic smoked BBQ. Flat obsidian in color with a light brown head. Incredibly rich taste of espresso, dark chocolate, molasses, a little anise and tree bark,

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Photo of brentk56
4.86/5  rDev +10.5%
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

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap; poured into a wine glass.
Appearance - black as can be; brown/mocha head. Good head retention, but lacing isn't as strong (likely due to the vessel).
Smell - strong espresso, dark chocolate, oak, vanilla. Powerful and delicious aroma!
Taste - follows the nose with the espresso being the most noticeable characteristic.
Feel - unreal! Heavy, which is to be expected, but the espresso hides the ABV incredibly well!
Overall - incredible beer, but very pricey...definitely worth the try!

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Photo of GilGarp
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of spoony
4.62/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap into a snifter at the brewery.

A-The beer arrives with only a thin collar of foam, which is not surprising given the ABV. It is nearly black and opaque. There is an oily sheen on the surface and it leaves "legs" of alcohol on the glass as I drink, but no lacing. Nothing awe-inspiring, but it looks like a high-ABV coffee stout.

S-The aroma is very heavy on the coffee. Unlike most beers of this ilk, however, this one lacks the espresso-like (or coffee ground like) bitterness and instead smells just like a delicious cup of drip coffee. Very smooth. The alcohol is warming, but not quite hot. Underlying roasted flavors are also smooth and mild for a beer this big. There is some dark chocolate, as well.

T-The taste is all dark roast coffee...again, its not bitter espresso roast, but smooth drip coffee and it simply amazing. There is some dark berry fruit, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, lightly smokey flavors, as well as a warming booze. I do not taste the 16% ABV; this thing is just so smooth.

M-The feel is medium to full body with lower than average carbonation. It is heavy, however, and the feeling contributes to the smoothness.

O-This is another great beer from Avery. I just cannot get over how rich the coffee flavor is without any of the bitter coffee-ground flavor that big, boozy, coffee stouts often impart. The feel is also close to perfect for the flavor profile. If this beer has a shortcoming, it is the smell, which is a bit simple and not quite up to the taste.

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Photo of angelmonster
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing a 6 month old bottle

Pours a pitch black body, head is chocolate colored and 1/4 inch thick. Head lasted for awhile but sadly faded after awhile, lacing was above average.

Smell is big on roasted and burnt malts. freshly brewed espresso also comes through. Chocolate, sweet vanilla, and bourbon are in the mix too. No hops present, the aromas or strongly whisky and coffee.

Taste is similar to smell, lots of bourbon and bitter coffee. Sweet fudge counteracts the booze, but theres a slight alcohol burn in aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thick, syrupy, and well carbonated. Head contributed a nice foam momentarily but unfortunately it didn't stay. Whiskey coats the mouth, actually stings a bit but kinda like it.

Overall this beer is definitely one of a kind. Pushes the boundaries of a beer regarding abv and mouthfeel. Best way I can describe it is the coffee stout version of Utopias. Really enjoyed the beer but alcohol needs to be pulled back a tiny bit to push it to legendary status.

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Tweak from Avery Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.