Tweak - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,378
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 7.85%
Wants: 384
Gots: 455 | FT: 77
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

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 RAlmeida77
4.85/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best Coffee/Bourbon Barrel Aged stouts I've had. This beer is so deliciously smooth. Hides the high abv. very well.

Photo of gibgink
4.77/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

BEERchitect describes it spot on. This beer comes REAL close to Bourbon County Stout. Highly recommend getting one if you can.

Photo of SomethingClever
4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A: going to be so black you can't imagine the other side of the abyss. chalky alcohol layering 

S: interesting it almost smells off. It smells like alcohol and a little like tobacco

T: it's an explosion of coffee chocolate tobacco toffee it's so rich and smooth and huge 

M: it's lush it just grabs and coats your mouth 

O: the huge coffee forwardness of the taste defies the absolutely jaw dropping ABV. It's big beer it reminds you of BCBS but with coffee but it is not the same beer as BCBCS. The beer is good but it's not great and sure as hell not worth the price. 

Photo of neurobot01
3.99/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 12oz bottle into a snifter at fridge temp, allowed to warm.

Look: pours an incredibly thick-looking dark brown, with a tiny amount of light brown foam.

Smell: chocolate, booze, some rye-like spiciness, oak.

Taste: coffee, chocolate, tons of booze. Not particularly sweet, with lots of other bitter/spicy flavors going on. Less "complex" than just a bit of a mess.

Feel: as thick as it looked. Pretty dry, with some bite and alcohol heat.

Overall: there are some really promising elements here, but it doesn't quite all come together for me. Too much bitterness and too boozy, both of which might settle down with some age.

Photo of Jslay013
4.39/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft. Expected a stronger nose. Pretty subdued for such a strong beer.

Photo of kevanb
4.22/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, 10.28.14, batch #1, poured into an Avery Brewing snifter.

The beer pours an inky, jet black color, very thick and creamy out of the bottle, intensely opaque with a thick, taut and firm caramel colored head, about a finger and a half high, moderate retention, settling into a thin layer of film around the circumference of the glass and leaving a few soapy spots behind. The aroma is really big, plenty of coffee, bitter, roasty, but with some nice fruit character that brings out the chocolate, very rich and decadent, light bourbon, charred oak and complimenting stone fruits until the alcohol and barrel heat wash over the nose. The flavors match well, plenty of lightly roasted coffee straight away, a touch of acidity and fruit, nicely integrated with the chocolate, rich grain, stone fruits, charred oak, smooth bourbon with a huge sweet alcohol rush that neuters the palate. The mouthfeel is nice, very coating and thick but with very lively carbonation, perhaps a touch prickly, that finishes very easily but with a assertive warming sensation.

Verdict: A massive beer, but a very nice coffee stout from Avery. Rich and decadent, not too sweet, not too bitter, but the alcohol is obviously assertive, though it doesn't make this beer cloying, which is greatly appreciated. Ambitious and well executed, well done Avery. The barrel aging program they have going has been outstanding, and this is just another example of their prowess.

Photo of OldRickSputin
4.98/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I'm not worthy!

Bought six of these in October and figured I'd have one every 3-6 months or so. I'm not sure I'll have one left after 2 months.

Guess I'm a Meph Addict.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.08/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 10/28/14. Shocked that I happened upon this brew. 12oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

This massive brew pours a 1 finger dark mocha colored head with moderate to low retention. Beer is viscous and pitch black. Lacing is spotty and patchy with little stick. Immense oily legs coat the glass. Pretty enticing.

Nose is exactly as predicted. Huge hints of coffee covered by waves of booze. Some notes of dark fruit, sweet soy sauce, fudge and vanilla smooth out the experience but this one is hugely aromatic.

Opens chocolate, leather, tobacco, soy sauce and booze. Hints of fudge, cocoa powder, and more sweet soy sauce in the middle with big helping of booze and just the slightest dash of coffee in the end and aftertaste. Finishes hot and messy with a lingering, molasses, prune, and chocolate and vanilla aftertaste. Solid.

Full bodied with low carbonation. Boozy and hot in the mouth and burns the throat going down. Super rich and viscous. Messy finish with an aftertaste that sticks to the palate seemingly forever. Maybe a touch over the top but appreciatively rich and delightful.

I'm a fan of Mephistopheles stout but the coffee infusion is a bit lost in this one. A really over-the-top beer that is well appreciated as a nightcap but this isn't that different from the original.

Photo of moarmare
3.35/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Drinking crazy hot. Lots of chocolate, bit of coffee, good barrel, burns like whiskey.

Photo of DCgolfpro
3.59/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

I'll take a bomber of Big Bad Baptist all day over this boozy mess.

Photo of SteveB24
4.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look-pours a deep, opaque brown, with a half finger of dark brown head that settles into a thin layer of lacing.
Smell-Rich, toasted malt upfront. next comes lots of fresh coffee beans. chocolate and faint booze in the background.
Taste-Like the nose, rich, toasted malt flavors upfront, such as biscuit, brown sugar, hints of dark fruity notes, coffee, chocolate, booze is present in the finish providing warmth, but far from overpowering.
Feel- Full bodied, carbonation is nearly absent. heavy but not oily. o=evaporates nicely off of the tongue.
overall- very nice beer. the booze is very well hidden, fans of complex stouts that are not overly sweet will love this one. well worth trying at least once.

Photo of Damian
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 12 fl oz bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA
Batch No. 1
Bottled OCT 28 2014
Served in a snifter

Dark mahogany appearance. A bit thinner than expected. A near one-finger tall, bubbly, burnt sienna head topped the liquid and slowly dropped to a thick, frothy ring that had amazing lasting strength (especially considering this beer's extremely high ABV).

Really solid and punchy aroma. Coffee grounds came through strong, but this was far from a coffee bomb. Loads of bourbon and sweet brown sugar. Not super boozy however. Hefty dose of dark chocolate. Vanilla was noticeable, and it came out more as the beer warmed.

The flavor profile was intense. Although the beer was super boozy, I might guess this to be 3-4 percentage points lower than its actual ABV. Dark roasted coffee was immediately apparent. Boatloads of sweet caramel malts, molasses and brown sugar. Vanilla came through strong. Good dose of dark chocolate. The beer was definitely more mocha-like than I anticipated. Bourbon notes appeared on the back and and in the finish. Quite oaky. There was a moderate amount of roast (and a touch of char) here as well. Some unexpected, earthy hops were also detectible. An intense booziness lingered long after every sip.

On the palate, the liquid was super frothy and milk shake-like. Tongue blanketing. Full bodied for the style, yet perhaps more rich and creamy than thick and viscous.

Tweak is a terrific bourbon barrel-aged and coffee-infused imperial stout that truly lives up to the moniker of "extreme." This twelve ounce bottle would be a perfect nightcap to share with a couple of friends.

Photo of Pencible
4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: This poured an opaque black with thick dark tan head.
S: It smelled like sugary molasses and rich mocha, with some toasted coconut and vanilla and oak and fig.
T: It tasted like sugary espresso and rich dark chocolate, with some fig and toasted coconut. It had a lasting mostly sweet aftertaste with some alcohol warming.
M: It was very thick with a little carbonation. Excellent gigantic body.
D: This was a great brew, with bold and beautiful scent and taste. The body was perfect, and the finish was relatively smooth considering the ABV. Should be sipped and savored anyway. Surprisingly drinkable fresh, but it could surely last a long time in the cellar. Somewhere between WWS and Black Tuesday.

Photo of Chief09
4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Avery did it again.... enough said

Photo of BigOldOaf
4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Intense brew. The barrel aging does just enough to offset the bitter coffee and roasted malts.

Photo of JamesStreet
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours almost black with a persistent, finger or so brownish head.
S- Bourbon, toffee, espresso, chocolate.
T- Whooah! Rich toffee sweetness with a sharp bite from the coffee. Is this beer really 17.8%? Alcohol is surprisingly subtle although there is no denying it's presence. Almost a sweet caramel on the back end.
M- Slightly on the heavier side of medium with a mild carbonation. Really creamy, almost velvety smoothness.
O- this beer is really good. I will definitely seek out more of this.

Photo of KevChiTown
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow! Super boozy, but loaded with really rich espresso flavor. I don't get to much barrel, but there's lots of heat the warmer it gets. Fantastic and intensely flavored.

Photo of leonardwl
4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Surprisingly smooth given the unbelievable ABV. Wonderful coffee notes in the aroma. But unfortunately in the tasting the roast coffee tends to overpower the more subtle hops and bourbon notes. All the proper elements are there, but somewhat out of balance. Surprisingly drinkable given the ABV with little alcohol burn. But was hoping for slightly more bourbon.

Photo of Franziskaner
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Black in color with no light penetration. There's a half inch of mahogany colored head. Brussels lacing. Enticing aroma of dark roasted coffee with caramel and just a trace of bourbon. The flavor is creamy sharply bitter coffee which pairs well with the sweet Bourbon flavor. There's slight bit of burn from the Bourbon in the fade. The mouth is creamy,viscous,and thick. This definitely drinks smoother than you would imagine. Phenomenal.

Photo of VeganUndead
4.19/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Too coffee for my personal preference, but scary drinkable for the abv

Photo of MikesnoHSL
4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Ridiculous amounts of coffee somewhat mask the bourbon barrel but this thing is good! Drink about 50-60 degree

Photo of cosmicevan
4.77/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

bottle picked up locally, enjoyed from an avery tulipy snifter.

a - brew pours a lush deep black. great shine...not midnight, the real middle of the night. thin creamy deep tan that hung around. super attractive. lush not sludgy.

s - nose screams awesome. deep rich gourmet coffee melded with godiva chocolate...everything is in the right place. this is what mocha wednesday wishes it was. the wood comes across in a big way and is just right.

t/m/o - WOW! huge beer. everything the nose said is turned up to 11 on the taste. the first thing i noticed was the silky feel with such lush chocolate and robust gourmet coffee. big and boozy, but more than manageable. avery really does these big beers so well. the price point is tough, but they almost always make it worth it. this one is no exception. you like coffee bourbon barrel aged stouts you say? then this is a MUST try.

Photo of amcgee222
4.36/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is definitely a beer I would consider aging before opening. The alcohol and bourbon flavor definitely overtakes the coffee stout flavor, which is barely present.

Photo of c-rum
4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On Draft

L – Black in color with a creamy head, medium lacing.

S – Coffee, chocolate, molasses, bourbon, and vanilla.

T – Pretty much matched smell. coffee, chocolate, bourbon, molasses and vanilla.

F – Creamy, lightly carbonated very smooth.

O – Amazingly easy drinking, so smooth for such a high abv.

Photo of Chuck_IPA_Mathus
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Real competition to the juggernaut BCBS

Tweak from Avery Brewing Company
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