Tweak - Avery Brewing Company

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rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 8.16%
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Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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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 HattedClassic
4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (1,310 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (576 characters)

Photo of papat444
4.16/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (262 characters)

Photo of abuono
4.74/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (250 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
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'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. (825 characters)

Photo of jbaker67
4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
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, (327 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.86/5  rDev +10.2%
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 (476 characters)

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
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! (493 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (694 characters)

Photo of spoony
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (1,499 characters)

Photo of angelmonster
4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (1,003 characters)

Photo of icehawk
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Tap Appearance: Oily black Aroma: Coffee, alcohol Taste: Very complex, and intense combination of flavors; coffee, bready malts, dark fruit Palate: Warm alcohol finish Overall: Big, chewy, exceptional stout (from notes) (282 characters)

Photo of SFACRKnight
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into 3 oz glass.
Pours black as night with dark brown head, looks like melted chocolate.
Smeels like a strong espresso, chocolate, coffee, toffee, caramel, so much going on.
Tastes amazing, strong coffee, espresso, toffee caramel from the nose, just a bit hot but hides it so well.
Nice creamy thick mouthfeel, as good as it gets.
Overall, this is as close to perfect as it gets. Fbs, bcbcs, kbs, bomb, none of them come close. Hands down my favorite coffee stout so far, blows them all away!

EDIT: this is a review for the non-ba tweak. (545 characters)

Photo of denverbeerguy
4.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the Uncle Jacob's Stout release party yesterday. This is my first BA review :)

Serving style was a small 5oz snifter. Immediately when it's set in front of you, you get a blast of espresso, and from multiple feet away. It completely fills the area in which you sit. Appearance wise, I let my pour sit for a good 45 minutes while I enjoyed a 2013 Rumpkin, and the head never dissipated which is incredible for a 15.1% abv brew. The base of this beer is essentially Mephistopheles with pounds upon pounds of coffee beans added throughout the entire brewing process. The smell is incredible, like a freshly french pressed shot of espresso and the appearance might even fool you into thinking it is. The taste matches the nose perfectly with a huge dose of mouth puckering espresso, tons of roast, and a peppery well masked burn from the booze. I think that if you were to tell somebody that this wasn't beer, they would buy it, since the burn could almost pass as the acidic quality found in actual coffee. I love this beer and I hope some day they are able to bottle it.

It is also worth noting that hours later, my mouth still tasted like tweak (even after all of the other beers) so if you plan on doing a tasting, save tweak as your last as to not spoil the other brews. (1,283 characters)

Photo of stumac
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Had on tap at the Momi Hiwa release party at the brewery!! Pours up black with a nice dark brown head. Great lacing. Aroma is intense coffee. Some chocolate. Taste is HUUUGE coffee!!! Biggest coffee beer I've ever had!!! Chocolate, roasted malts, blah blah blah. It's all about this HUUUGE coffee flavor!! Full bodies, nice carbo. Amazing! (339 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4.19/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black opal like appearance it gave way to a nice stiff and thick head that collared near the end but hung around for some time.

HUGE roasted coffee in the nose, it dominates the entire scent. A robust and rich blend of ground coffee is all I catch in a very pleasing, albeit one sided aroma.

HUGE roasted coffee on the tongue, it dominates the entire taste. A robust and rich blend of coffee it becomes overwhelming at the end. After coffee hits you it ends with a tobacco after taste that drops the score a bit. Labeled 16 pct ABV you would never know it as it is very smooth and easy to drink. (597 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (1,044 characters)

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black syrup, espresso, sticky brown lacing. Looks strong and viscous.

S - Bitter black coffee, espesso, semi sweet chocolate, and cocoa.

T - Bitter sweet espresso, and coffee. Cocoa powder and faint dark chocolate. Burnt grains and booze.

M - Soft, smooth, velvety. Soft, tiny bubbled carbonation with a warming dry finish.

O - Rich and luxurious all the way. (367 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +2%
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. (559 characters)

Photo of Twopeaedpod
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had it two years at EBF now.
Dark, thick, rich, and bam! Espresso!
Perfect silky mouthfeel. Unbeatable flavor.
This is their Mephistopheles Stout, coffeed.
If you like stout and you like porter, this is for you!
Best beer, hands down, at EBF Boston! Bottle this and sell it, Avery, please! (291 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.16/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (929 characters)

Photo of RuckusDu
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

5 oz taster at Avery Rumpkin release. Head is thin but a deep mocha and sticks around. Body is pitch black. Tons of bourbon on the nose. Vanilla, caramel, and a little alcohol. You can tell it is going to be big. Coffee up front, bitter chocolate and some sweet vanilla. Still boozy but at 16% it hides well. mouth is lots of carbonation on a medium body. A little harsh.

Overall a wonderful beer that would make a good after dinner drink. Just sip on this in front of the fire on a warm night with a good girl in my arms. Life would be good. (543 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev -2%
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. (470 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (370 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
3.6/5  rDev -18.4%
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. (573 characters)

Tweak from Avery Brewing Company
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