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Tweak - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 184
Hads: 1,621
Avg: 4.4
pDev: 24.09%
Wants: 454
Gots: 523 | FT: 77
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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 BucannonXC5
4.02/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Trappist Westveteren XII Trappist glass
From: Beer Advocate’s ucsbmullet
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A
Consumed: Dec. 13, 2014
Misc.: Batch No. 1; Bottled Oct. 28, 2014; Gold foiling

Thanks Nick!

Poured a pitch black color with 1-to-2 fingers of dark tan frothy head that thinned up rather quickly. Minimal lacing on the sides of the glass. Below average retention on the top. (Sight - 3.50)

Smelled rich, roasty coffee beans, wet cocoa, dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, some smokiness, bourbon, chocolate fudge and crayon. (Smell - 4.00)

Definitely a unique taste. The 17.81 percent ABV comes in right away, followed by black coffee, roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, wet cocoa, crayon, chocolate fudge, toffee, caramel, bourbon, Kahlúa and dark chocolate milkshake. (Taste - 4.00)

Full body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth, warming finish. (Feel - 4.50)

A pretty damn good beer and perfect for the winter. Looking back, I may have underrated it a tad. I keep thinking about it. Oh well. (Overall - 4.00)

4.02 | 90 | A-

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Photo of mverity
4.07/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of Alpha309
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Beer pours a very opaque black with the very slightest tinge of cherry on the edges. About one finger of bubbly head that dissipates quickly to a halo around the glass.

Smells strongly of bourbon and coffee. Very slight hint of chocolate in the nose, but ever so subtle.

Flavor is very strong of coffee up front. Coffee flavor dissipates and is followed by bourbon flavors. There is a hint of onion on the swallow.

Feel is strong on the bourbon. Feels like one is drinking hard alcohol rather than a beer.

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Photo of mjpolzin
4.11/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow, an "in your face" explosion of coffee and bourbon. I suppose I should have expected this with a beer that was pushing 18% abv. Alcohol well hidden but the intense flavors make this something you have to sip very slowly.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.12/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry coffee notes with some light alcohol, some roasted malt and some residual sugar notes. Taste is an extreme mix of huge floral coffee notes with some dry bitter roasted malt, some alcohol and some residual sugar notes. Body is full with good carbonation and some alcohol was apparent. Not sure I need to drink this on a regular basis but still quite drinkable considering the ingredients used in this beer.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.14/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle poured into Belgian ale glass.

Alternately, you could just slice into wedges and serve...

Very dark brown, with foamy tan head that lats as a halo and some lacing.

Smells of coffee, chocolate, bourbon, and yes, Mr. Alcohol

Lots of coffee and chocolate up front. Bourbon comes in later and long dry alcohol finish.

Had to dock it a bit because alcohol just overwhelms balance. Very thick and chewy, significant burn. Not much carbonation, as you'd expect.

It's unlike anything I've had before. In a year, I might want one again.

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Photo of mcallister
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tribes Aleshouse.

Pours deep black with a thick creamy mocha head with long retention. Very surprising considering ABV.

Thick deep roasty Chocolate and cocoa aromas, vanilla, black fruits, red currant ant layers of coffee, latte, mocha, espresso, burnt caramel and rum soaked raisins, black cherry, and licorice.

Thick, rich, good sweetness yet not copying and delicious. Deep dark chocolate, roasted charred malts and caramel, layers of complex tannic coffee, run soaked raisin, not as much alcohol burn as anticipated. Abuse, black cherry, black fruits, burnt marshmallows and a bit of vanilla and lots of espresso. Delicious.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.16/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had during Brewvival 2013! Served from tap into a Brewvival sampler shaker. Poured pitch black with a minimal brown head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark fruit, dark chocolate, coffee, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, wood, and sweet alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. When I saw this one pop up on this list available at the festival I was rather excited to say the least. For the ABV level of this one I was really expecting this one to be an absolute booze-bomb. However, what I found was a pretty well balanced and rather enjoyable brew. The coffee added a nice touch to this one and definitely took it to a new level. Really well done high ABV brew that I would not hesitate to have again at any time it is put in front of me.

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Photo of papat444
4.16/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at EBF 2014.

Very dark body but the feel in the palate is very smooth and non aggressive. Lots of grainy coffee, cocoa with hints of vanilla. Bit of heat but not too much, dangerously drinkable all the same. A very nice offering that we have from Avery.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.16/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. 2014
(A)- Pours pitch black with a minimal tan colored frothy head
(S)- Some huge roasted coffee meets subtle cocoa richness. VERY rich smelling
(T)- Big on coffee and cocoa. Some great caramel and oaky vanilla on the finish
(M)- A HUGE beer. Big on alcohol and big on flavor. Bitter, but so rich and sweet that, you barely notice
(O)- This is not a shy beer. Big on everything, it is a barrage to the senses. Share with a friend or two cause this will kick your ass. A great stout nontheless, just not one I could enjoy all the time

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Photo of snaotheus
4.17/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle split between a pair of Georgetown samplers. Bottled October 28, 2014. Batch Number 1.

Pours black with a moderate-sized (large for a barrel aged imperial stout) brown creamy head. Smell is yeasty, coffee, roasty, smokey. Lots of coffee. Moderate alcohol presence.

Taste is a blast of sweetness and alcohol that pops my eyes out. Definitely some charcoaly smoke, definitely coffee, just a hint of butterscotch (that I wouldn't have picked out if my wife hadn't mentioned caramel). Coffee seems to come out more as I sip it a few more times, and balances out the sweetness a bit better. Makes it actually quite delicious, but the alcohol is just a bit of a detractor.

Mouthfeel is silky and gritty simultaneously. Overall, very nice beer.

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Photo of corby112
4.18/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Varga Bar.

Pours pitch black and complete opaque with faint mahogany edges and a one finger frothy mocha head.  Good retention slowly fading into to lasting ring.  Spotty chocolate colored lacing left behind.  

Roasted coffee and dark malt aroma with lots of roasty espresso and toast but not burnt smelling.  Hints of sweet chocolate, nut, oatmeal and subtle booze.  Smells like really roasted chocolate coffee.  

Chewy viscous body with a blast of smooth roasted coffee up front that lingers over the roasted malt notes into a lingering dry finish.  Smooth coffee flavor that is roasted wihout being acrid or burnt.  Countered by hints of toast, dark choc, oatmeal and nuttiness.  Subtle lactic creaminess with faint sweet booziness in the finish.  Abv very well masked with little heat in the back end and faint warmth in the finish.

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Photo of barczar
4.18/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque onyx with a frothy half inch hot chocolate colored head that lingers surprisingly long.

Fresh roasted coffee bean fruitiness, espresso, dark chocolate, and cocoa give the atoms a very mocha tone. Rich roast malt complements toasty oak well. Booze is fairly subtle.

Deep coffee notes and slightly charred malt are at the forefront, along with a boozy vanilla sweetness. There's an underlying fruit character that emerges as it warms. Definitely coffee dominant initially. Considering the abv, alcohol flavor is fairly well masked, initially. Nutty notes emerge as it warms, with more chocolate coming forth, as well. Becomes smoky and fairly oaky and boozy late, with the booze becoming somewhat overwhelming.

Body is smooth, luscious, and full, with a modest amount if carbonation and significant alcohol warmth that hits deep.

Delicious brew, full of flavor. Coffee is definitely the star, which is a negative for me regarding my preferences for imperial stout flavors. I prefer chocolate. The alcohol becomes overwhelming.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black opal like appearance it gave way to a nice stiff and thick head that collared near the end but hung around for some time.

HUGE roasted coffee in the nose, it dominates the entire scent. A robust and rich blend of ground coffee is all I catch in a very pleasing, albeit one sided aroma.

HUGE roasted coffee on the tongue, it dominates the entire taste. A robust and rich blend of coffee it becomes overwhelming at the end. After coffee hits you it ends with a tobacco after taste that drops the score a bit. Labeled 16 pct ABV you would never know it as it is very smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of SteveB24
4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of babaracas
4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
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 kevanb
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of 2ellas
4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
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 Catracho5
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

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Photo of ucusty
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft brewvival. Okay I want to first start of by saying that I strongly dislike the standard version of Mephistopheles. I think its a hot cloying mess. With that being said some people really eat up the under-attenuated stouts, its just not my thing. So onto meph-addict.. Thick viscous dark pour with a thin tan head . Nose is punch you in the face coffee. Flavor is much of the same. The coffee really improved a mediocre base beer. Alcohol well masked

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Photo of scout
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Blind Tiger in NYC.

Pours jet black with a small, brown, frothy head. Smell is straight espresso and maybe some chocolately malts too. First sip is sweeter than I would have expected. Lots going on -- caramel, sticky malt, raisins, vanilla and definitely some other fruits I can't put my finger on. Espresso flavor is still there too and I love how well the sweet malty/fruity flavors balance the bitter chocolate and espresso. Great, smooth, balanced flavor and you'd never know it was 16%. The alcohol content warms you up but never even so much as gets in the way.

Exceptionally smooth mouthfeel with a creamy, roasted malt and back to the heavy espresso flavor for the finish. Great stuff.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 12/1/11 notes. Had this on tap at Churchkey in Washington, DC at their Avery tap takeover event. Glad to see it as I missed out on it at EBF last year. 4 oz. pour in a snifter, brewed on 12/14/10 according to the menu.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of very dark tan head and light carbonation evident. Looks as expected, like a thick ass dark stout.

s - Smells of coffee, roasted malts, alcohol, sweet chocolate, sweet fruit, and bitter chocolate. As expected, lots of coffee, but not as much alcohol as I was expecting. Don't get me wrong it is there, but for over 16% ABV it isn't bad, and some nice sweet chocolate and fruits come through as well. Pretty complex and really nice here.

t - Tastes of coffee, alcohol, roasted malts, bitter chocolate, sweet chocolate, light wood or smoke as well. Again, coffee dominates up front, but alcohol is a little more prominent here than in the nose. Not as much sweetness as well, so a step down from the nose for me. Again, not nearly as much alcohol as I expected.

m - Medium to full body and low carbonation, smooth and thick. Some alcohol warmth.

o - Overall I thought this was a very good stout, and a huge improvement over Mephistopheles'. I've had Mephistopheles' fresh and wasn't a big fan of it, and got to try a version on tap tonight that was 1 or 2 years old, and this was much better than both. Would really like to have it again sometime.

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Photo of ryantaussig
4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It was meant to be on tap at The Good Life, but by the time I showed up it was already kicked! Now that's a release party. Luckily one of the owners (Pete) had an extra growler and hooked me up. Love that guy.

The look is exactly what an Imperial Stout should be. It's nearly opaque black with a wonderfully chocolate colored head and lace. The smell is a bit over the top with the alcohol for me, but other notes like vanilla, bourbon, coffee, and even a bit of chocolate are there. I'd have to say the same about the flavor, the alcohol is completely unmasked and is quite dominant, but the coffee does a great job of balancing the bourbon notes. Chocolate comes into play a little more as well. I only noticed it in the nose after tasting it. Absolutely smooth and quite viscous. Overall a very solid beer, but a bit high in the ABV.

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Tweak from Avery Brewing Company
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