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Tweak - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 183
Hads: 1,617
Avg: 4.39
pDev: 8.2%
Wants: 455
Gots: 522 | FT: 78
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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 tomfitz18
4.83/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It's thick and dark black with a rich golden mocha head
smells strongly of bourbon of faintly of coffee and chocolate. The smell is not overpowering though.
feels warm and creamy and then a faint burn of bourbon on the way down.
I taste the bourbon right away and then notice the coffee, chocolate, and a slightly salty finish.
I really like this beer and would highly recommend it.

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Photo of 2ellas
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look is deeeep black with the darkest tan head I've ever seen
smell is intensely bourbon with hints of coffee and chocolate
taste bourbon first, chocolate and coffee second. Almost tough to get the coffee on the flavor
Feel is a bit thun but to be expected with the high abv
overall an ass kicker of a coffee stout. Wish I had another to age for a year and see what this can be. But alas, I'm thirsty now.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer poured a deep black color with a mocha colored head.

Smell - The bourbon leads the way with coffee and sweet malts in the back.

Taste - The bourbon is in a perfect symbiotic state with the coffee. The coffee is some hard core expresso. It is perfectly bitter black coffee. Also, notes of vanilla, oak, and sweet malts appear before the warming syrupy finish.

Mouthfeel - Aside from being thick, the sweetness is sticky. Sweet and bitter coffee coats the tongue nicely.

Overall - I love this. Since I love bitter black coffee, this is a homerun for me.

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Photo of milehighhop
3.76/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Based on the ratings, I was thinking this would be something I would really enjoy. It was good, and perhaps I need to try in the winter, but the strong alcohol and bourbon taste was a little overwhelming for me. Served at Lucky Pie in a snifter, black with a tan head. Looked great, definitely one to sip.

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Photo of Sir_Whats-his-face
4.89/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2014 reserve, served in a Speigelau Stout Glass

Look: This is one of the best looking beers I've ever seen, with a gorgeous dark brown head that dissipates quickly leaving a river of hellish blackness through which no light shines. I don't often remark on the aesthetics of beer, but this is a sight you don't see every day.

Smell: Bourbon and alcohol. Also a few subtle hints of coffee, but mostly alcohol and bourbon.

Taste: This is one hell of a beer. The bourbon hits you straight out of the gate like a wrecking ball, but I was expecting that based on my experience with other barrel aged stouts like Parabola and Bourbon County. That said, after that initial gut punch, Tweak really opens up in a way that those other beers don't. Behind all this thickness lies a surprisingly complex beer. There's a whole lot to this beer, with bourbon, malts, and chocolate hitting the tongue one after the other, ending with subtle coffee notes that keep it from having the same sort of harsh, boozy aftertaste that plague most other barrel aged beers when they're new. It's the sort of taste that lingers for days, but with a taste like this, I eagerly look forward to that.

Feel: This is a brick. The next thickest beer I know of is Bourbon County, but that's nothing compared to this. But oh, what a brick it is.

Overall: At $12.50 for a 12oz bottle, this is a very expensive beer, and I took a big risk buying it. But- and I can't believe I'm saying this, given the ludicrous price- it's worth it, and I'll definitely see if I can find another bottle next time I'm near the bottle shop where I found it.

I don't rate a lot of beers here, but this is something else. A tremendously exciting beer hiding in a familiar shell, Tweak is something I'd recommend to any stout lover. It only gets better as it warms, which is a great thing- after all, given it's extreme richness and its 17.81% alcohol content, it's going to take me hours to finish this thing. Could this be the best beer I've ever tried? Maybe it could.

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Photo of timc100
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had side-by-side with bourbon county coffee 2014, this was far superior.

Huge boozy aroma of fresh coffee beans, various chocolates, and bourbon. Very sticky, full mouthfeel that carries the intense flavor very well. Finish is long, sticky and sweet but the booziness and whiskey cut through and balance it out. Really outstanding.

Would love to do this next to mocha wednesday

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Photo of jdhilt
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two finger dark tan head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Black color, no highlights. light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Bourbon nose and flavor follows with bourbon, coffee and sweet malt. Decent imp stout. Very high ABV is mostly hidden. Serious price at $15.95 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

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Photo of madtowndmb1
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

One of the best smelling beers, on par with BA Kopi. The weak link was the taste didn't match up. I'm knit picking here. I opened this up and let it breath to let off some of the abv heat others wrote about.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.1/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. Thin khaki collar.

Smell - Boozy. Milk chocolate. Bourbon. Lots of vanilla.

Taste - Holy crap it's boozy. Bourbon. Coffee. Booze. Very sweet, but alcohol masks a lot of the sugar. Hefty alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel - Extremely boozy. Heavy. Sweet. Kinda rough.

Overall - This was unpleasantly boozy.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.93/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a solid black, just a tinge of deep mahogany around the edges. a half a finger of a tan head with weak retention but leaving behind a decent sized lacing. completely dark and opaque.

Smell: Strong chocolate hinting at fudge, some coffee, big alcohol leaning towards bourbon.

Taste: opens up with a little bit of chocolate and a good dose of coffee. chocolate returns after initial taste hinting more at fudge. towards the end alcohol burns through with quite a bit of bourbon. coffee grinds make occasional appearances.

Mouthfeel: heavy and hinting at syrupy. slight boozy astringency and alcohol hot.

Overall: very nice but I will take the regular mephistopholes over this one. not the biggest fan of coffee added to stouts but this one does well. the flavors are big and bold and the coffee is at an average level making the balance nice for me.

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Photo of Zorro
3.98/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thick pour like 40 Weight motor oil.

Black colored beer with a thick brown colored head.

Smells decidedly boozy. Scents of coffee and grapes. Scent of chocolate and rum. Scent of coconut.

Starts out sweet and strong chocolate. Slight soy sauce taste. Strong alcohol warmth in the chest. Taste of berry and grapes. Mild bitterness. The alcohol does tend to numb your tongue.

Mouthfeel is gravy thick.

Overall worth a try once but I would buy something else in the future.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.51/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black with a thin dark brown head that dissipates to a thin film and ring around the glass. Aroma of dark toasted malt, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and hints of coffee. Flavor is rich bourbony, chocolatey dark toasted malt, oaky vanilla and light quality coffee with a very light hint of char. Medium to heavy creamy bodied with nice carbonation and mouth fell. The massive ABV of this stout is almost complete covered by the flavor. Although it is quite strong and warming, the rich flavors completely cover any booziness. A wonderfully balanced blend of dark malt, chocolate, coffee and bourbon oak barrel flavors. Amazing and well done. Mephistopheles was one of my first truly eye-opening beers and this is an amazing powerful version of it. The beast series of ales has been around a long time and still are at the top of their class. A hard to find, hyped beer that lives up to its reputation.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice. Bottled on OCT 28, 2014.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a moderate amount of carbonation. Slight finger of tan head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A rich, roasty, and nicely boozy dark malt driven aroma with big hints of dark chocolate, coffee, and bourbon. Dark roasted barley malt with big hints of dark chocolate, coffee beans, toast, biscuit, smoke, caramel, and yeast. Barrel hints of bourbon whiskey, vanilla, and oak. Subtle dark fruit hints of raisin, cherry, and fig. Sweet hints of molasses and black licorice. A pretty good rich aroma.

Taste: Like the smell hints at, a rich, roasty, and boozy dark malt driven taste with huge notes of dark chocolate, coffee, and bourbon. Dark roasted barley malt with big upfront notes of bitter dark chocolate, coffee beans, smoke, burnt toast, biscuit, caramel, and yeast. The barrel presence comes through with notes of bourbon whiskey, vanilla, and oak. Sweet notes of molasses. Some black licorice as well. Subtle dark fruit undertones of raisin, fig, and cherry. A really good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very rich and fairly syrupy. There is some noticeable alcohol heat as expected but things are surprisingly smooth considering the extreme ABV.

Overall: A really great Barrel Aged Coffee Stout. Big chocolate and coffee flavors with a nice bourbon presence. It’s amazing how smooth it is. This is up there with Bourbon County and the big Michigan stouts.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes on 3/30/15

On tap at Avery. Awesome. The chocolate and bourbon are much more prominent than the coffee. Still good amount of coffee comes through. How do they make an 18% ABV beer taste so smooth.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours thick, viscous, and black as the devil's soul. A small and deep brown colored head forms and hangs around just a little bit then turns into a ring on the edge of the glass. Not much lacing, but there are plenty of alcohol legs to be had.

S- Right up front on the nose is a huge dose of bourbon barrel consisting of booze, sweet vanilla, and an oak spice that borderlines on cinnamon. The coffee and dark malts mix in after the barrel aging and provide coffee and fudge flavors in the scent. The coffee isn't dominant, but that could be attributed to my lack of a sense of urgency in getting around to this beer.

T- Holy bourbon and booze up front! The barrel assaults the tongue as soon as it hits and hits you not only with its flavors, but also with the burn of the alcohol content. As soon as the alcohol finishes its attempt to tear your tongue out, the coffee flavor hits in a big, roasty, and bitter profile. The barrel flavors mingle in with the coffee and try to lighten it with some sweetness, but the vanilla can't stand up to the power of the coffee and oak spice. At the back end of the drink the coffee tries to linger, but the alcohol returns and adds its pure bitterness in to become the dominant flavor.

M- Not as thick and smooth as expected with the high alcohol and generous malt bill, but still a fairly smooth drink to sip on. The burn is real in this beer in the taste, the feel, and the warming burn on its way down.

Overall, this beer is extremely powerful. If I were to compare it to a beer of similar alcohol content, say a Black Tuesday, it really feels stronger and is less drinkable. In the end, it is very good, but due to the alcohol and barrel flavor, it pretty much drinks like a bourbon.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black, a little light passing through brown edges. Great dense head that reduces to a pool of carbonation in the center.

Raisins, fudge, and tons of coffee. Vanilla and wood.

I love the coffee and wood interplay. Layers of flavors ranging from dark fruits, dates, brownies, vanilla. Boozy, but at this abv surprisingly drinkable.

Full and soft mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Boozy and a sipper.

What a great beer. Complex and robust. It's one to sip on at the end of the night.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Label says Bottled Oct 28 2014.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch soft medium brown head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam. Nearly no lacing.

S- Lots of barrel character with notes of dark chocolate and light coffee trailing behind. Also some peanut butter, plenty of booze fume and a hint of brown sugar.

T- Ah, sonofabitch that's awesome. How they got all the flavors to marry so perfectly, I'll never know. Big barrel presence with some solid chocolaty sweetness and dark roast coffee to round everything out. Charry aftertaste. More peanut butter is found. It's hard for me to keep from taking multiple sips as I want this 12 oz bottle to last for a while. Fudge starts coming out more as it warms. As it completely warms, the roast bitterness starts getting a bit out-of-hand. Heed others' warnings to share the bottle.

M- Kind of burns going down but the creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation and fullest of bodies makes it all worth it.

O- Believe the hype. This one is amazing. The coffee acts as a complementary addition to the profile rather than being the star of the show. The key player is the barrel as it adds depth and complexity to the power of the base stout. Remarkably smooth yet should still be savored slowly as the flavors are strong and decadent.

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Photo of DragonsMilk
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this beer two months ago so I cant give it an "as it happens rating" but I will say that it is awesome. If you love imp. stouts you will love this beer and I will go on a limb to suggest you will like this more than whatever your current favorite stout is. Get it if you see it. Really expensive?....yes. Part with the cash for a one time splurge, think of it as a gift to yourself. Stout lovers you will not regret it.

I only docked the taste because the giant alcohol presence but take it for what its worth because @17.81% ABV its still masked better than some that are half that much and lower.

I only dock the feel because Im being modest and I cant remember it well enough.

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Photo of babaracas
4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a near opaque very dark brown, thin dark brown head, ring chases the liquid but never sticks. Smell: coffee is earthy, caramel, with a slight smokiness; also prune, mild roast, booze sweetness. Taste: brownie batter, dark chocolate, earthy, vanilla, caramelized fig, some bourbon mostly as boozy sweetness. Big flavors, lots of booze, but commendably not overly sweet. Full bodied, relaxed carb, boozed finish. Not earthshattering but quite good.

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Photo of arizcards
4.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead in late December for $13.99. Bottled on 10-28-14.

Beer poured black with a beautiful brown head that is still hanging around mid-glass. Somewhat unusual for a high abv brew.

Nose is primarily barrel and is quite nice. Getting a hint of mocha sweetness too.

Taste is near perfection. The melding of the coffee and barrel along with the barrel flavors of oak and vanilla on top of a very nice roasted imperial stout is awesome.

Mouthfeel is full and very smooth, almost perfection.

Overall this beer is worth the price of admission. The alcohol was warming with the first sip but amazingly pretty much rendered to the background the rest of the way. No need to age this one as it is ready to go now! Hats off to the Avery family for a masterful brewing and blend!

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pitch black in color. About one fingers worth of head. The head is mocha colored with an almost red hue to it.

Aroma- Massive amounts of coffee which really overshadows everything else. A little booze is noticeable along with some rich dark chocolate sweetness.

Taste- Roasted coffee is big at first and really lingers into the finish, but at no point is it overly bitter. The coffee is balanced by a sweet dark chocolate and a mild bourbon presence. Almost forgot this barrel aged for second as the coffee dominates this throughout.

Feel- Dense, full bodied, low carbonation, warming alcohol in the stomach, and despite being almost 18% abv the malt does not linger for too long.

Overall- The biggest coffee stout I've ever had and it isn't close. This makes FBS look like chocolate milk. Yet, despite how massive this beer is, there is great balance between the roasted coffee and sweetness from the dark chocolate and bourbon barrel. If your're looking for a coffee stout this is a must try, but if your're looking for a beer that showcases the barrel aging this isn't it. The barrel is simply a compliment and a great one at that.

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Photo of Shon4star
4.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pitch black bourbon barrel coffee yummnes. Seriously a top 5 instant brew for me. If you don't like bourbon forward brews this is not for you. It smacks you in the face instantly with coffee, then a slight vanilla, followed by the heat of this big brew. I must try for any coffee or bourbon barrel fan!

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Photo of CrazyDan
4.81/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of dar482
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Without age, this beer is also a bit hot like the base beer. Vanilla hits throughout with some intense roast and almost astringent coffee flavor. Surprisingly a bit disappointing and hot from aged Uncle Jacobs.

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Photo of mick303
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Tweak from Avery Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.