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Tweak | Avery Brewing Company

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Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 17.81%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by rye726 on 02-18-2010

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Reviews: 238 | Ratings: 1,890
Photo of SHerninko
4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Draft from tap @ Butcher & Barkeep - Harleysville, PA
One of the great intense but not bitter coffee stouts out there. Tons of coffee flavor, no harshness the bourbon oak and vanilla sweeten it a bit. Real thick and creamy feel. Not too much of a burn at all. I'm aging a bottle now so I'll try to compare but even fresh from the tap it was ready to drink. 17.1% is fairly well hidden. Another home run for Avery!

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Photo of ragnar3
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a taster. Huge coffee up front in both the aroma and taste, followed by barrel notes. Hides the alcohol very well, probably due to the intense coffee flavor. Solid beer but probably won't purchase again at the price point.

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Photo of DevWand
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Beer

Would never guess it's 17% (until your finished), does a great job opening up to the bourbon flavor. Coffee might be the key to the drinkability of the brew. Job Well Done!

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.96/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

In the glass, the beer looks almost pitch black, save for a faint dark brown at the very bottom. The head was creamy and light brown when initially poured. It died fast, as was expected, but a thin half finger or so stuck around far long than expected, and leaves sheets of creamy brown lacing down the sides of the glass.
The aroma is sweet, complex, and bourbon-forward. Explosions of butterscotch, vanilla, brown sugar, milk chocolate, toasted coconut, coffee cake, caramel, oak, and bourbon tear into the nostrils and immediately invite you in.
This beer tastes like candy upfront. Butterscotch, caramel, milk chocolate and toffee spread their sticky-sweet goodness over the palate. Next, the sweetness is balanced out by a bitter cocoa note, oak tannins, espresso roastiness, mocha, and burnt toast. On the finish, the bourbon takes the palate by force--although it still remains surprisingly smooth--smacking you upside the head with burnt sugar, toasted coconut, and vanilla extract notes. The retro-exhale burns the nostrils with a hot chili-like fervency. The aftertaste is fairly clean with a light caramel, butterscotch, and milk chocolate lingering sweetness.
The mouthfeel is oily, smooth, and creamy. Not quite as slippery smooth as BCBS, but close.

This is absurdly good. It's just about as good as BCBS. This is a world-class BBA stout.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

There's currently a huge glut of bourbon barrel aged stouts, coffee stouts, and of course the hybridization of both. A lot of them are great. BCBCS, KBS, Big Bad Baptist, Sunday Morning Stout, et al, are all fine examples of the style, and if you like any of them, you'll likely enjoy the others. But how do they stand out? BCBCS is one of the thickest, densest beers you can imagine; SMS has a sweet, fudgey character that is almost addictive; KBS has a strange, chalky texture that I literally dream about.

And Tweak is remarkably, crazily smooth. Seriously, I don't know what kind of witchcraft Avery uses to make the smoothest extreme beers around, but this is 17% alcohol that you would never know existed. Nose and taste hit all the classic notes of the style, leaning slightly towards a less bitter coffee flavor than others, while the barrel qualities are more pronounced. But while Bourbon County or others knock you to your feet with about 5% less booze in them, this is as smooth, easily drinkable a rendition of the style as you could want...so be careful not to drink too fast!

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Photo of -Rick
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a almost black color with minimal tan head. This beer is loaded with coffee on the nose. Taste is also big on coffee with a sweet chocolate finish. For a 17.5% beer, the booze is very well hidden. A great barrel aged stout! 2016 bottle.

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

Jet black, with almost no head. Coffee, vanilla & caramel deliciousness. Rather thick mouthfeel - richness abounds. Surprisingly smooth, given it's high ABV (17.5%!). Pricy, but completely worth it.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Jet black and opaque. thin mocha cap, settles into a fine ring around the glass. Heavy coffee in the nose, with lots of sweetness balancing it out. Vanilla, molasses, tobacco, oak all in the aroma blending together harmoniously. This has one of the most pleasant aromas I have ever come across. The flavor follows suit quite well everything is there, everything is in balance, with coffee being the star of the show. Full bodied, bordering on syrupy, but never gets unpleasant, alcohol is warm throughout. Wow, this beer if great!

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Avery's high-grav beers are pricey ($14.99 for this one), but reliably good. The chocolate is like syrup, the bourbon casting vanilla vapors all over it; coffee radiates throughout, amply sweetened as if by boozy molasses. The body is medium-full, a little bit of stick on the finish, and nary a hint of char or rough flavor. the alcohol does sing through, adding a tingle not of carbonation but of heat, and for my tastes, exactly what I expect. A little on the sweet side, but representing all the advertised elements in a big drinking stout. Worthy of the ratings...

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Photo of Beejay
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch No. 2 Bottled 1-25-2016

A: Deep black in color with a dark tan head. I'm actually surprised by the amount of head on it.

S: Thick rich coffee aroma with vanilla bourbon and oak. In the finish there is a hint of molasses, and a touch of booze. But for how much alcohol is in this it really doesn't have much of a booze aroma.

T: Holy hell. Huge rich coffee, and amazing bourbon barrel flavor. There is an almost earthy like bitterness in the finish, but that seems to diminish a bit as it warms up. And it develops a bit more of a chocolate thing.

M: Thick body with a syrupy feel, but the fairly heavy carbonation lightens it up a bit.

O: Overall this beer is pretty damn amazing. Huge, bold, and delicious.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark chocolate color. Aroma is coffee and roasted malts. Flavor is big and boozy with coffee and chocolate. Body is lighter than I thought it would be. Overall I really like this a lot.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Holy coffee and bourbon! If you don't like coffee in your beer, sorry. If you do, one of the best BBA Coffee stouts ever! Absolutely delicious and something to remember, and compare all others to. Cheers!

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Photo of Spinaltapped
4.11/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Looks good. Obsidian black with a healthy khaki head.

Smell: Irish coffee, vanilla, roast, a bit of booze soaked dark fruit.

Taste: Interestingly not filled with what I would call determinable black coffee flavor, but tons of spikes of components that make up coffee flavors. Not bitter roast, vanilla, a touch of dark fruit. You get a bit more as it warms, but it's more of the aforementioned flavors that pop. It's like a deconstructed coffee stout. Tons of booze as goes without saying, but a surprising amount of barrel as well. Pretty sweet, but the roast keeps that in check.

Feel: Heavier end of medium bodied/lighter end of heavy. Maybe a 7/10. Really slick and oily, coats the tongue. Usually go for the thicker stouts, but with all the residual sugars, this works well. Also, an interesting dry finish. Maybe the oak coming to play a bit?

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.48/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch #2, bottled Jan 25, 2016. Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Black color. A short, short-lived beige head formed and left a single wisp of lacing. Pretty standard for a beer this huge.

3.5 S: Very surprisingly smell in terms of intensity. For a 17% beer with coffee and barrel treatments, this is tame. Even more crazy is that the booze isn't detectable at all. Roasted barley, milder coffee, peaty bourbon. Molasses, leather, touch of woody oak. It smells good, but it's not impressive.

3.25 T: The flavor definitely picks up in the taste. For starters, the booze show up and in a big way. A ton of roastiness gives a hefty bitterness. Leathery and peaty bourbon with a mild tannic astringency. Coffee, light vanilla, molasses, caramel, and hints of licorice. I get the feeling that the complexity and intensity of flavors found in this beer could easily be achieved at 10 or 12%. The added alcohol seems unnecessary and only distracts from what the beer should be aiming for. Bitterness lasts into the aftertaste. I'd rather have a more formidable maltiness to balance it out.

4.0 M: Heavier medium to heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Pleasantly creamy. A bit sticky, but much less chewy than a beer this big should be (which I tend to like at times).

3.5 D: Eh, I'm really not that impressed. The high ABV does nothing to pack in more flavor or complexity.

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Photo of Alby
4.81/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic offering by one my favorite breweries in the US and naturally the one who took the training wheels off my craft beer life bike. Pours dark, followed with your traditional delicious Avery barrel smell with a nice hint of coffee flavor finishing with a hint of sweetness.

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

Bottled on 1/25/16, poured into a Dogfish Head snifter L: pitch black with coffee colored hues, amazing head and lacing for a 17.5% ABV beer, strong alcohol legs A: flawless scent. coffee, chocolate, alcohol, malts T: dark chocolate malts, roasted coffee, appropriate alcohol flavor, heaven M: medium, velvet, slightly carbonated O: the only negative thing I can say about this beer is that there was a one bottle limit where I purchased it.

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Photo of 3990skylar
4.66/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A-Dark,opaque, black coffee but thicker with finger of head that left pretty quick
S-Coffee, Caramel, Vanilla with a little bourban
T-Taste follows the nose pretty close with very little heat for the abv
F-Chewy,Sticky Very pleasent
O-Would Highly Recommend,Awesome Imperial Stout

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smell is bourbon on top, coffee and caramel underneath. Creamy chocolate taste with a little bit of coffee and a lot of alcohol burn. Flavors are great, just wish the booze was toned down a bit.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Big beer, sweet and oaked, molasses, dark coffee notes, black licorice, some burn. Tasty. I may like their Mephistoles stout better, but this is still top-notch stuff.

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

Batch #2, bottled Jan 25, 2016.
It looks thick and fudgy. The quarter inch of initial head fades quickly, but it settles into a light tan-colored layer with plenty of lacing.
As soon as I poured it, I can smell the coffee and the booze from two feet away. With a nose in the glass, it still smells like coffee and bourbon, but also loads of milk chocolate. It smells like pure dessert. As it warms, I get more vanilla and oak from it. It starts to smell more like a creme brulee.
Taste is sweet fudge upfront, finishing with a blast of coffee that leaves a touch of bitterness. Delicious. The coffee and the high alcohol content definitely give it a bite.
The carbonation is well integrated. It doesn't quite have the thick chewiness of one of Evil Twin's stouts or BCBS, but it's close.
This is a fantastic BBA coffee stout. I think the coffee and the high ABV combine to give it a little too much bite -- some of the complexity of the base Mephistopheles stout is overshadowed -- but it is a delicious dessert beer. Also, the label says to serve at 50-60 degrees F, but I think it really starts to open up at nearly room temperature. Take your time with this one.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - dark pitch black beer with a big mocha head that actually sticks believe it or not at 17%
S - coffee, bourbon, molasses, dark chocolate, vanilla, oak
T - coffee, coffee liqour, bourbon, molasses, karo syrup, dark chocolate, cocoa, slight vanilla, minimal oak
M - very heavy mouthfeel, sweet alcohol is very present, it's almost like drinking a coffee liqour. Aftertaste is coffee, coffee liqour, bourbon, molasses.
O - this is a hefty beer, but the point of these kinds of beers is to be exceptionally good, not just to be hefty. It's good, don't get me wrong, but it would be better with a lower abv. It's a little overly sweet, which makes its drinkability pretty low. I guess that's kind of a good thing at 18%abv.

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Photo of jefewyatt
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into a small stein 1 month after the bottling date.

The color is extremely dark brown, slightly light red around the ages. It has a thin tan head that slowly dissipates to a ring, leaving very little lacing.

The aroma starts with a huge whiff coffee. As I go on I get bit of sweetness and a hint of oak.

The taste is a big coffee flavor, with an equal amount of chocolate. This beer is SWEET! Lots of sticky molasses, a bit of vanilla. The big flavors finally recede, leaving me with a bit of warmth and traces of bourbon.

The mouthfeel has a lot of heat from the alcohol, but not unpleasantly so. It's creamy and silky, but with a medium amount of carbonation. It's quite heavy, almost syrupy.

I've never had a stout like this. Absent are any of the raisin or dark fruit flavors that are present in a lot of barrel aged beers. Instead, it has a huge coffee flavor alongside an extremely sweet flavor profile, and has a lot of the flavor notes of a bourbon. It's definitely the highest ABV beer I've had, and while you can tell, it's pleasant, like sipping a nice liqueur.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Batch #2 bottled 25JAN2016 from bottle into a tulip glass
Lovely black as tar with fair amount of light brown/reddish foam which resolves quickly. Smells strongly of coffee, cocoa, leathery with a significant alcohol aspect. Tastes incredibly sweet, strong notes of bourbon, vanilla, cocoa, roasted malts, notes of coffee, molasses, brown sugar. Mouthfeel is almost like milk, little carbonation, fairly clean finish despite its malty profile.
Overall, very pleasant. ABV well hidden by the complex flavor profile. Scrumptious – an excellent winter warmer and sipper.
I love this stuff – I wish it were available all year long. . .

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Photo of k8kruk
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2, bottled Jan 25, 2016 consumed Feb 20, 2016. From 12 oz. bottle into snifter.

L: Black as tar and almost completely opaque, even next to a desk lamp. A tiny bit of red-brown foam, which quickly dissipates into a narrow ring.

S: Smells of cacao, coffee and booze.

T: Tastes like coffee with cream, molasses, warm nuts and sour bourbon to round it off. Oh and alcohol. Lots and lots of alcohol.

F: Sticky sweet, almost chewy. Smooth, heavy and lightly carbonated.

O: Wow. Quite powerful. A tiny bit too boozy in flavor and alcohol content for my tastes, but otherwise fabulous, balanced and bold.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Purchased in Attleboro, MA. Batch two from January 25 2016.

Pours a deep brown, nearly black body with a light brown one finger head that reduces fairly slowly to leave spotty lacing and a layer of brown foam.

Aromas are delectable.. freshly ground coffee, vanilla, chocolate, really nicely balanced bourbon.

Tastes just as good as it smells.. starts off with bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, nicely balanced ground coffee, ends with a delicious roastyness. Not too sweet. Medium heavy body but not chewy. Medium low carbonation. A little alcohol but I would NEVER guess this is 17.5%. So damn drinkable.

Finally.. a world class, delicious bourbon barrel coffee stout that I have access too.

This stuff is amazing. Not too sweet, amazing balance of coffee and bourbon, nice vanilla, excellent complexity. So impressed.

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Tweak from Avery Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.