1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Tweak - Avery Brewing Company

Not Rated.
TweakTweak

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
99
world-class

1,081 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,081
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 8.3%
Wants: 317
Gots: 380 | FT: 61
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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Tweak Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,081 | Reviews: 160 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of topdown
3.5/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of kojevergas
3.56/5  rDev -20.2%
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

Photo of Brabander
3.57/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Very disappointing beer. I had high expectations, maybe too high.... The alcohol is much too strong in this one.

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 yourefragile
3.6/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes, on tap at Union Jack's on the Manatawny ~2010.

Pours a standard pitch black, opaque and a thin tan head. Intense roast espresso nose, light bitter chocolate and intense alcohol. Very smooth, creamy and chewy body, minimal carbonation and surprise surprise, a potent wallop of warming booze. Coffee is a little less intense in the nose with molasses and dark fruit adding some sweetness, but this is still an intense coffee bomb with a ton of booze. Easier to drink than expected (or than I probably described), but this was a chore and I'll pass on revisiting.

Photo of Nichols33
3.62/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Too boozy for my liking, but appreciate the goodness. Not for non bourbon lovers

Photo of Mike_Amps
3.65/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.65/5  rDev -18.2%
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

Photo of vonnegut21
3.67/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of noproduction
3.68/5  rDev -17.5%
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 statement.

Photo of Tbone2131
3.71/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dolfan907
3.72/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mcj6986
3.73/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Photo of craft_shannie
3.74/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaasen64
3.74/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Photo of brians52
3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jxc5
3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of dcisco44
3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of DruRho
3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of LoveStout
3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of Quackus
3.75/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of jampics2
3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

Tweak from Avery Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 1,081 ratings.