Tweak - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 160
Hads: 1,421
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 2.72%
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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 CrazyDan
4.81/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Exceptional beer. Right up there with BCBCS and KBS, although you may want to split this one. The coffee, bourbon, and stout flavors balance each other out nicely. (165 characters)

Photo of mick303
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had from the bottle at Extreme Beer Fest. Unbelievable beer, rich bourbon and coffee notes, surprisingly smooth given the strength, rich and very robust. (153 characters)

Photo of Way2drunk
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is an exceptional Beer! I had it on tap at my fav bar Rock Island Public House in blue island, IL 5oz glass at $8! First I saw the 17.8% then bourbon barrel aged and finally coffee stout words on the board! I don't think anything else needs to be said other than "I DO!" The 1st sip brings a full sMile 2 my face this is delicious. Thank u beer GoDs! (356 characters)

Photo of gatornation
4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a thick black color with a tan/mocha head very nice lacing
coffee and malts with a smooth bourbon and wood smell some dark fruits a vanilla
a great blend of roasted coffee and malts blended perfectly in BB some fig and date fruit mix with vanilla and wood splendid taste
smooth mouthfeel a touch boozy but @17% one has to still say well hidden
a sipper that has layers of taste that all complement each other as it warms (428 characters)

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

Easily one of Avery's best creations...the flavor, the smell, the potency. Holds up nice to even some strong cigars. Definitely a sipping beer, better the warmer it gets. Only complaint is it's tough to get a hold of some! Avery needs to distribute more! (258 characters)

Photo of Tele
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: 4.75 Pours pitch black and looks really thick. The one-inch head is dark tan and lasts a couple minutes.

S: 4.25 Big and boozy are the first things that come to mind. There’s some coffee, earthiness, and roasted malt in the mix of course, but the bourbon really takes center stage. Vanilla, chocolate, and raspberries appear as the beer opens up. Not the most balanced, but certainly more than other coffee stouts.

T: 4.75 Here is where all that booze is really put to good use. Unlike most beers of this style that are too heavy on the coffee, the bourbon allows things to be more balanced. The first thing that hits you is big bold flavors of maple syrup, molasses, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and berries. The coffee is still quite strong and very pleasant, but the other flavors are so intense that it’s forced to be balanced. There’s a slight booziness and bitterness on the finish, but it’s hardly a critique considering the robustness of this beer.

M: 4.75 Of course, this beer is very thick and substantial, but not as heavy as expected. It’s actually rather easy drinking with a slightly dry finish.

O 4.75 I’m wowed by this beer. I tend to shy away from coffee stouts, but there’s so much going on while remaining balanced that it really works here. Definitely the best example of this style I’ve had to date, including BCBCS.

Serving Type: Bottle (1,382 characters)

Photo of shangwang
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Awesome BB coffee stout. Loads of vanilla, coffee, and bourbon in the nose and taste. Pretty potent, and didn't disguise the high ABV but still pretty drinkable. Nice level of carbonation; mouthfeel added with a creamy texture. Very enjoyable. (243 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from 10/28/2014. Served in a snifter 3/6/2015.

A- Dark black body, oily and thick as all heck. One finger brown head that dissipates quickly. Leaves a creamy medium sized collar that lingers for a long time. A foreboding dark liquid with a lot of legs, more than a spider.

S- Tons of whiskey, oak and chocolate. It's actually a bit difficult to smell the coffee here, but it's there as a roasted coffee bean presence. But the whiskey hits you in the nose, and hits you good. Whoa. Very intense nose full of dark chocolate, oak and bourbon with a splash of espresso.

F- The espresso comes out more on the palate. Not oxidized at all, a nice substantial espresso contribution with oak, dark chocolate, whiskey and sugar. Essentially, it's an espresso with a shot of bourbon and a packet or two of sugar. I don't know what the Italian name for this blend of coffee would be, but it's definitely potent and flavourful.

M- Thick bodied, a bit oily and sticky with a fair amount of heat on the backend. This one will creep up on you if you're not careful.

O- Intense, flavourful stout with a nice espresso flavour. In keeping with Avery's special 12oz bottled beers, it is super high in ABV and well, just be careful. It reminds me a lot of Mocha Wednesday. (1,268 characters)

Photo of KansasBeerLover
3.99/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

8 oz. Draught served in a snifter.

Appearance: Black body. Head was a thick, dark creamy foam one-half finger deep. Lacing was absent.

Smell: Espresso, malt, plums.

Taste: Alcohol is overpowering. Espresso, chocolate, fruit and bourbon.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Dry with some bitter. Left a “fuzzy” tongue with the espresso taste.

Overall: Too much alcohol. But is should be good after 5 years in a cellar. (415 characters)

Photo of smb
3.68/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Way too hot and way too carbonated for an imperial coffee stout. There are some nice barrel characteristics, slight chocolate sweetness and bourbon in the aroma and the flavor, but burnt coffee is the headliner, which isn't a good thing. Smells much better than it taste, and that's always disappointing in any beer. It may get better with a few years on it, once the alcohol and coffee fade more... but that's a little bit of a cop-out. (437 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Gold foil capped 12oz bottle from Bottled 10/28/14. Served in a Three Floyds teku.

Pours oil black with two fingers of mocha head. Despite the fairly consistent halo, the only "lace" is a half ring of crust that dried towards the top of the glass while I allowed the brew to reach room temperature.

Full, lush aromas of creamed coffee, bourbon, chocolate, caramel, molasses, coconut and a nip of alcohol. Smells outstanding- like a booze infused chocolate coffee cake.

Right from the first sip (and this IS a sipper) the flavors of bold coffee and dark chocolate show their huge presence along with a big serving of booze. Molasses, burnt oak, fudge, dark fruits, coconut, vanilla, brown sugar, heavily roasted malts, eathy bitter pine root and some vague peppery spice. I can't call it finesse but it develops nicely as it warms. Much like Mephistopheles, this can be enjoyed slowly over the course of a couple hours to allow the depth of flavors to come out.

Viscous, heavy body with a bit more carbonation than expected for such a big bruiser of a beer. Boozey heat carries through to the finish along with espresso, dark chocolate and bourbon.

Tweak is another excellent example of Avery's ability to deliver the phenominal and thouroughly unsubtle side of brewing. It's not a beer for someone who can't take a little burn along with a potent dose of flavor. I love Avery's big beers and this is no exception. I initially feared that I might have purchased too many but I suspect I'll be pretty darn happy with my "investment" over the next five years or so. (1,586 characters)

Photo of Mcj6986
3.73/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Too potent for it's own good (and I love high ABV stouts like Black Tuesday, etc)... The coffee flavors were also those that I do not enjoy. Instead of being roasty, they were very peppery... Not anywhere close to as good as BCBCS. (234 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.65/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Brief write-up. It looks amazing - the retention seems impossible for 18%. The aroma is also great, like a coffee-infused chocolate cake devoid of booze. The taste, though, is really hot. But it's only hot if you leave it in the mouth - just drinking it, it's nice and smooth. Naturally, the chocolate, coffee, bourbon, and dark fruit flavors are massive, as is the lingering sweetness. Letting it reach room temp will help balance it out, though it remains too sweet throughout. While it's fairly likable, it's just way too over the top for it's own good.

3.65/5: Nice, but too damn OTT (589 characters)

Photo of SteveD082791
4.32/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours with a nice light tan head, around an inch that dissipates quickly.

Smells of faint coffee and that familiar Avery coconut-sweet bourbon.

Taste starts with coffee then quickly goes into that Avery coconut-bourbon combo with a solid amount of heat. Coffee comes in strongest in the finish/aftertaste.

Feels pretty syrupy and oily, low carbonation and a bit thin.

This could be great but the heat definitely takes away from the best aspects of the beer. Needs more a bit more carbonation and a thicker body. (519 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tan head that foams to a ring. Vicious black.

Flavor profile: Coffee and espresso. Roasted malts. Big chocolate flavors. Massive malt bomb. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses. Vanilla and bourbon come through nicely. Reminds me a bit of kbs, but much bigger.

I don't understand where people get a huge alcohol burn or flavor. To me, the 18% is hidden very well. It shows in the finish a tad, but not bad.

Mouthfeel: Roasted and silky smooth. Full bodied.

Overall, a solid brew. Definitely something worth trying. The nose on this beer is fantastic. (557 characters)

Photo of Ranz
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: In my Prairie Teku glass, it pours with a small amount of brown head (probably should have used the snifter) atop onyx-black liquid.

S: Guatemalan coffee, Mexican vanilla, bourbon, and alcohol esters. A dry roastiness is also present.

T: Heavy licorice notes, alcohol burn, a hint of coconut, with a thick and creamy chocolate finish. Wow, this is rich and powerful. There's no subtlety here whatsoever. Ground coffee becomes more pronounced with more sipping.

M: Mouthfeel is syrupy and thick with molasses, cocoa, and alcohol burn.

O: While I am a tad let down by the hype, this is still a delicious sledgehammer of flavor. With my Imperial Stouts, I prefer more sophistication, but this still approaches greatness. (728 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
4.91/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Man this is better than BCBS. I don't give a shit about what people say this beer has more booze and less of an an alcohol taste!

Appearance: Black as night, aggressive pour gives you a decent amount of head.

Aroma: Boozy but not as bad as other beers, it actually smells like a beer should. Some booze in the aroma but more chocolate, coffee and malts. Smells like a regular BA imperial stout!

Taste: Not too boozy really for what it is, coffee, chocolate and some roasted malts are prominent. But the booze is not all that strong surprisingly. Thus far this is one of the better BA stouts I have had!

Overall: Nice beer. I totally enjoyed this one! (654 characters)

Photo of Beer21
4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A boozy beast of a beer! Wow 17.81%. I just finished 12 oz and don't think I can handle anything else. This beer smells and tastes terrific. I really like it despite the alcohol content. Not a "before the game" beer. Try it when all you want is 12 oz of pure imperial stout bliss. It is a well balanced beer and goes down well with small sips. Enjoy! (350 characters)

Photo of jbwimer
3.8/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mega booze, but oh, so good. Dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, vanilla, hint of bourbon. Fusel alcohol detracts from the beer, but some great flavors here. (156 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Bear Republic tasting glass. Bottled 28 October 2014. 17.81%.

A: Predictably dark. No head. Hints of clinging lace.

S: Coming right off a KBS, I'm hit by the sweetness/bourbon-ness with the coffee receding into the background but still zippy enough to perk my interest. Mmmm, and now it's flipped. Such balance. Such richness. Yum.

T/M: Hot and harsh and boozy, as is the case with many of these Avery bigguns. Granted, it's fresh, but still...Especially transitioning from such a stellar nose. Loads of ground coffee, hints and whiffs of the hard stuff, with a long, lingering, bitter toffee-chocolate-burnt finish. Surprisingly thin for such a BIG beer.

O: Good by brute force if nothing else. Might recommend. (753 characters)

Photo of 57md
4.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch No.1 - Bottled on October 28, 2014

Almost black. Smooth but potent bourbon notes in the nose. The flavor profile includes a healthy dose of roasted malt and coffee with a sweet finish. The various flavors blend together so well.

The alcohol warmth on the finish gets to the edge of intrusive but it is not nearly harsh enough to ruin an exquisite drinking experience. (378 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
3.74/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

'14 vintage, 12 oz bottle poured into Teku.

A- Pours a very dark black with a thin creamy mocha head that has decent retention.

S- Chocolate fudge, vanilla, oak, bourbon, light coffee, some underlying alcohol. Very sweet and decadent smelling, can definitely smell the booze there but for the abv hides it nicely.

T- Very sweet chocolate fudge, bitter baker's cocoa, cocoa powder, vanilla, oak, plenty of booze, light coffee (was expecting a bit more), bourbon that adds to the sweetness.

M- Very thick and viscous, can definitely taste the alcohol and has a burn going down but not too bad for the ~18% (just wouldn't suggest taking a big gulp), carbonation fairly lively and consistent- could maybe do with it toned down a little bit due to the style.

O- Tweak is just another one of those over-hyped ultra-sweet gimmicky high-abv beers. As far as beers in the 18% realm go this is pretty decent, just above Black Tuesday in my opinion but not better then the variants. Definitely a sipper and probably enjoyed over the course of at least an hour or two if consuming solo. (1,089 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12o bottle, poured into a snifter

A-pours a jet black color with a small creamy dark brown head that reduces to a film on top, leaving some lacing behind

S- lots of burning alcohol up front that moves to fresh coffee and dark chocolate malt, fudge brownie with walnuts, bourbon juice, toasted oak, rye like spice

T- bitter coffee up front with dark chocolate fudge brownie, lots of booze mixes with barrel flavor and oak barrel

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a big boozy mouthfeel that continues into the finish

O- this one is drinking very hot at a young age, it’s got some great coffee and barrel notes, but perhaps some aging will help it in the long run (685 characters)

Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.25/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing smooth about this beer at all. This sent my palate screaming for mercy begging me to drain pour it. Halfway through my glass I listened to it. Just way too bitter and acidic, not a pleasant drinking experience at all. There is no comparison here to BCS / BCBCS IMO. (277 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oct 2014, opened Jan 2015

A - Coffee body with a quarter finger of khaki head. Low retention and lace.

S - Fresh dark roast coffee, malty undertones, soft white booze, and hazelnuts.

T - Delicious dark coffee, cream, caramel, dark roasted espresso beans, bread crust. Outstanding integration.

M - Great smoothness on a creamy medium-full frame.

O - Delicious and complex with outstanding balance. (405 characters)

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