Tweak - Avery Brewing Company

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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 cindyjeffsmith
4.81/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75 666th review. Already reviewed Devil Dancer and Beast. This is a stretch but given the base brew is Mephistopheles and it's named after a character from South Park, this'll have to do.
Look: Black as the dark one's backside. Gorgeous mocha lead.
Smell: Rich decadent, espresso, bourbon in the background, some dry, some sweet. Badass.
Taste: I just can't imagine a more satisfying taste....maybe some brews will compete but they'll come out a draw at best imo. Espresso, roast, bitter-sweet chocolate. Rich and decadent.
Overall: Just a wonderful creation from the wizards at Avery. (594 characters)

Photo of teaton07
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Better than the base beer. Great coffee presence without being overpowering. Alcohol content not noticeable at all. Far too drinkable. Just awesome. (152 characters)

Photo of Catracho5
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

12 oz. bottle poured into a brandy snifter

Appearance: Pitch black, tan creamy head lingers, completely disappeared. Very thick, oily, sloshes around the glass, very little carbonation.

Aroma: Bourbon, alcohol, I am not getting anything else.

Taste: Bourbon, some coffee bitterness, then right into some big alcohol burn, the alcohol is the most prominent flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very thick, dry, alcohol burn, little to no carbonation.

Overall: This is a big beer, lots of alcohol, there's not a lot of bourbon, there's more in other BA stouts, there's a slight, passing coffee bitterness right before the alcohol burn starts. This leaves a really dry finish, just a little too much alcohol for me, I bet this ages really well. (728 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Emma for breaking open this big bad beast. Was instantly ISO after I saw this on the EBF listing once.

A- Thick midnight oil black pour to three glasses for the share with a medium mocha cap. The head has a frothy, silky texture and forms to over a finger even after splitting with nice retention. A wide band remains at the edges and spotty lace results.

S- Dessert blast or should I say explosion out of the glass in the aroma. Like some sort of mega decadent chocolate brownie made with coffee and a splash of Bourbon. Even some toasted nuts coming to mind. Oak, vanilla and alcohol hints complete the show.

T- Bourbon really opens up here, quite a lot. Heavy coffee and chocolate still run the show but the barrels make a huge difference at this point. Espresso, cocoa powder, brownies, vanilla sweets, toasted oak, burnt sugar and certainly quite a hit of alcohol.

MF- Massively thick and oily body splashes down on the palate with a creamy and somewhat foamy texture. Carbonation comes in at a pretty high level. Finishes beyond warm, well hot to be exact.

Has some Uncle Jacobs feel, some Meph feel but the coffee really opens this up as it falls in right at home with a beyond rich chocolate flavor. This one is hot but honestly not in a bad way, just more of a sipper. Add in that Bourbon barrel flavor and you have yourself a brew to remember. (1,365 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle dated end of 10/2014:
A: almost solid black. Head doesn't stay formed, but initially build to maybe a half finger. The foamy head is dark tan and graces the surface of the beer sparsely throughout the pour. Edge lacing stays as well, but provide very little lacing. Nose nice roasted malt chocolate and coffee. To be honest I expected more of the latter, but there is still a strong chocolate and coffee scent from this beer.

The taste starts cola like, with the carbonation and/or alcohol feel starting right up front. This of course mellows as the beer warms. When it is warmer, the front taste is more like coffee ice cream, but not as creamy. There's a nuttiness to the flavors as well. The tastes are quite nice, but I find it hard to break them from the alcohol heat that pervades the taste. I think there are some nice flavors in this beer, specifically hints of dark roast coffee, dark oily nut, and (you might laugh but...) alcohol-filled chocolates. Perhaps due to the alcohol, this beer stays on the slightly bitter/tart side of dark chocolate.

This is definitely a sipping beer, like many from this Avery series. Letting it come to temp is helpful, but the prevalent alcohol detracts from the entire experience in my mind. It will be really interesting how this beer tastes with some aging. (1,324 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

These gigantic Avery stouts aren't always my favorite, certainly not the kind of beer I reach for after work for a cold one, they are always a monumental occasion type of drink. This one is pretty special, as colossal in its structure and booze as any beer in the market. Looks still in the glass, maybe bubbles can't cruise up through such a thick liquid. Milk chocolate and toffee not coffee are what I smell first. The bourbon is also evident, sweet and boozy and sticky. The taste is where the coffee shows up. Earthy and intensely black, like a mess up on the drip machine ratios. The vanilla in the bourbon really plays well with the coffee, and mores of coconut, fresh tobacco, and smoldering oak all come to prominence at varying stages of the longest finish in the world. It's boozy for sure, but I don't think it's distracted by it, and I certainly wouldn't have guessed it's quite this strong! Overall another must try from Avery in this very special series, but sip slowly people, this bottle can get you tipsy pretty easily. Thick as motor oil, one of a kind. (1,072 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch 1. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a viscous black with a solid cap of dark brown head that recedes to a persistent collar. Minimal lacing.

S: Sweet liquid dark chocolate, with medium-dark coffee in the background. Mild oak and vanilla character provide some complexity and balance.

T: Dark roasted malt (typical of a bigger RIS), dark and approaching burnt coffee, very mild oak that gets lost in all the bold flavors. Espresso-like dryness on the finish. Mild to moderate sweetness.

M: Thick, luscious, and mouthcoating, cut nicely with a light carbonation. There’s mild heat on this, but the alcohol is barely noticeable.

O: A big, very tasty beer. This is definitely sweet, but the flavors in this beer are big enough to stand up to the sugar, in contrast to almost all other Avery BA beers except perhaps Rumkin. (829 characters)

Photo of 1up
4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Bought in San Diego at Bottlecraft. 12oz for $13.99.

L: Oily, legs, tiny head, great look for this type of beer.
S: Was hoping for more coffee (and bourbon barrel) but otherwise smells great.
T: Not cloying, well balanced with bitterness. Was hoping for more coffee flavor.
F: Great mouthfeel, rich, oily.
O: Well balanced, easy drinking 17+% but docked points a bit for the $13.99 price. (389 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.56/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz brown glass with gold foil-ed over pry-off pressure cap. Appealing label design. Bottled 10/28/14. Batch No. 1.

Served cold into an Avery stem-tulip in high altitude Fort Collins, CO and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. 17.81% ABV.

Thanks to Blakelive784 for the share. Expectations are pretty high, but in fairness I wasn't that big Mephistopheles - which I understand is the base.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: One finger wide. Dark khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Retention is damned impressive considering the ABV - about 3 minutes, not including the retreat to a floater ring. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Opaque dark black - not an ink or jet black, but a dark black. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears aptly carbonated. Not unique or special appearance, but good for the style certainly.

AROMA: Dark malts, chocolate malts, marshmallow. I pick up on faint coffee when I look for it, but the coffee isn't rich or evocative, and lacks the roastiness and java characteristics I seek in a good coffee stout. The bourbon notes are mild - some mild vanilla but not much oak. Cream.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

Overall, it's a pleasant aroma of average strength. I'd like more of a bourbon-forward profile, with more evocative rich notes of vanilla and coffee. Adding (more) chocolate would be a good call. Sweetness seems perfectly dialed in based on the aroma.

Seems a biteen reticent overall. The notes don't jump out at you; they're rather contained, but in fairness they don't seem muted or subdued. Just mellow - which at ~18% is unexpected.

TASTE: The coffee isn't very rich or evocative; I get some grounds but no real roastiness or fresh java. The base is as you'd expect: plenty of dark malts and chocolate malts, but not too much sweetness. It's not cloying. I pick up on no yeast or off-notes, but judging by the sweetness (or lack thereof) the yeast has an unnaturally high attenuation.

Tame marshmallow. There're hints of bourbon, but they're mild. I get a kiss of vanilla or vanillin, and maybe a bit of charred barrel wood. No rich toasty white oak or genuine vanilla bean. Maybe a brief kiss of coconut?

There's alcohol warmth, but I'd never guess this was 17.81% if I tried it blind.

Is it balanced? I guess...the alcohol - well hidden as it is - is still disruptive, and I just don't feel like the barrel notes accentuate natural characteristics of the base, nor are the barrel notes prominent enough for my tastes. Mephistopheles may be too aggressive a base beer to start with, and the coffee just didn't take. I'd recommend richer more distinctive coffee and a longer barrel aging period. But I could see this mellowing out with age.

It's complex, sure, but compared to the best beers in the style it's not horribly intricate. While it's carefully handled for a 17.81% ABV beer, I wouldn't call it subtle or nuanced.

I do like it, but it never feels like a gestalt whole and there are obvious areas for improvement. The bitterness/sweetness tug-of-war is never resolved, and the barrel isn't well-tailored to the base.

TEXTURE: Creamy, smooth, plump, wet, supple, full-bodied, thick, and chewy.

Should be softer. I love that the ABV is as well hidden as it is, but I also wonder why Avery skews so high on their ABVs in general; this would be more drinkable and approachable at a more reasonable 10-12% ABV. Thankfully, it's not too sticky, syrupy, or viscous.

It does have a harshness to it, an aggression that unsettles. But it's not boozy.

Overall, this texture is a decent companion to the taste, but doesn't elevate the beer and doesn't seem tailored specifically to this flavour profile.

OVERALL: It's got some alcohol warmth, but nowhere near what you'd expect at ~18%. Admittedly, I wasn't huge on the base beer (Mephistopheles), and I don't taste a natural harmony between the bourbon barrel notes and the base. It's surprisingly drinkable for its monstrous ABV, but I think Avery goes big on alcohol to a fault, and gains little in the process. I'd like to see the alcohol dialed back, the bourbon aging period extended, and some nuanced notes added - coconut, milk chocolate, vanilla bean, et al. Worth trying, but not world-class.

Huge thanks to Blakelive784 for the share.

Low B (4,429 characters)

Photo of ScaryHairy44
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

While pouring it's consistency is like motor oil but just a tad thinner. Dark as night with a head that builds into a deep brown. The head alone takes a while to dissipate back into the beer.

On the nose I get tons of coffee, sweet molasses and chocolate. The coffee is very prominent however and it smells like a fresh brewed cup.

The taste is fantastic. Sweetness comes first followed by some chocolatey flavors along with coffee at the end. There are a lot of flavors including chocolate, molasses, coffee, vanilla and oh ya, coffee.

A nice thick body makes this a delicious beer on a brisk winter day.

I shared this with my brother, but could have easily killed the 12 ounce bottle myself. Then again I'd be drunk as a skunk.

Overall this is a top notch beer by a top notch brewery. It's true to what it is with no bells and whistles along the way. I'll need to buy a few more and see how it develops throughout the winter. Get one!. (953 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%

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. (633 characters)

Photo of denver10
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%

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. (1,843 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (1,090 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (769 characters)

Photo of JandJMD
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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. (461 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (1,272 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.41/5  rDev 0%
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. (668 characters)

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4/5  rDev -9.3%

- 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. (565 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
5/5  rDev +13.4%
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. (439 characters)

Photo of Jack_Malts
4.67/5  rDev +5.9%

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. (504 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
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.
4.34 (1,075 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%

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 (1,180 characters)

Photo of mverity
4.07/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (454 characters)

Photo of SavvyStudent
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
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 (479 characters)

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)

Tweak from Avery Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.