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Tweak | Avery Brewing Company

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Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 17.81%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 Eamonn-Cummings3
4.99/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a speiglau barrel aged glass.

Look is pitch black with a thin tan head that quickly disappears.

Aroma is a roast chocolate with an underlying coffee note that quickly gives way to the bourbon barrels.

Taste is incredible. Opens up with a dry roast malt with a clear coffee note rounded out with bourbon barrels.

Give me more.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a glass. Bottled 1/25/16, so about six months old.

Jet black body with a small tan head which dissipates to a ring leaving no lacing.

Aroma is of boozy bourbon, Vanilla, and some faint coffee notes.

Flavor confirms the nose. quite sweet, bourbon is strong. There are some faint hop notes at the finish.

Mouth is full, with the booze and vanilla tones persisting.

I enjoy some of these high abv Avery offerings once in a while. This was a pretty decent one.

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

Bottling date of January, 25th 2016

Appearance - Pours black with cola brown edging where light can penetrate. Cocoa powder colored, half finger head that dissipates quickly, leaving behind a mostly barren surface with a razor thin, broken ring around the edge of the glass. No lacing, but leaves a light film on the glass for a few seconds.

Smell - Fudgy chocolate and roasted coffee with lighter vanilla and fair boozy, bourbon undertone. Hints of oak and caramel.

Taste - Follows the nose, but with stronger bourbon influence. Big notes of fudge and roasty coffee hit first before the sweet bourbon character hits. Vanilla and molasses. Light oak. Caramel undertone.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with moderate, lightly tingly carbonation. A bit sticky on the lips with a booze influenced, bone dry finish.

Overall - Incredibly tasty. Up there with the best BA fudge/coffee bombs I've had, Big Bad Baptist comes to mind, though not quite as smooth. Why drop the same price on a beer that's 10oz less? I'd buy another bottle to age, but beyond that I'm not so sure.

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Photo of larryi86
3.63/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, batch 2, poured into a tulip

A- Black with a two finger mocha head

S- Very boozy, but underneath that is a great rich chocolate and coffee, hints of vanilla, bourbon. The more I smells this he less harsh the booziness is, but it is still harsh.

T- Coffee, rich chocolate, bourbon, some vanilla, boozy as hell, missing a lot of balance...

M- Harsh, full body.

O- This beer is a big boozy mess, but there is a good beer here. I really feel this needs to be aged, probably at least two years. As I drink it gets better, but this is not as good as the other high ABV I've had from Avery.

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Photo of DraughtJunkie82
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a thin black with a tan head that stays for about a minute leaving a halo

S: Big Coffee and dark chocolate then bourbon on the nose then hints of vanilla

T: Coffee up front fades into dark chocolate and vanilla notes. The bourbon is there but not overpowering

F: Not as thick as I was hoping for but velvety and smooth.

O: I really enjoyed this stout. Big coffee, chocolate, bourbon, sweetness how can you go wrong.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
3.84/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Holy crap!!! 17% ABV. I had to try one.
The color is perfectly black and the head is tan, lacy, and light. To my nose the smell is pure bourbon. The taste is overwhelmingly sweet, with lots of malt, again the intense bourbon, and not much bitterness. Glad I tried it, but probably a novelty beer in my book.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Coffee, chocolate, charred malts, vanilla, and alcohol in the aroma.

Tastes is dominated by bourbon and chocolate. The coffee flavor is as much of a charred malt as it is beans/grounds. Fair amount of sweetness. Tons of alcohol. I know it is almost 18%, but it is too hot for a beer. I consider World Wide Stout, which is higher, and many Bruery beers in this range, and they are better integrated.

Sort of surprisingly, the body is very viscous and velvety. Probably the best aspect overall.

Great beer, but I am glad I split it. Thanks @somethingclever but I think Uncle Jacobs is better

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Photo of Benish
3.96/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into snifter glass. Jet black in color with zero tranlucence. Aromas were extremely heavy with dark sweetened chocolate and alcohol. It actually smelled thick. Notes of coffee as well but the aromas of chocolate just took over. Flavors were hot. Tons of rich, thick, viscous chocolate and some coffee. The heat from the booze was obvious but tolerable. The mouthfeel was thick but the heat was what stood out. Could feel the slight burn from swallowing the beer. I don't see the point of a beer being that high in ABV. Its good but a bit of an overkill. Glad I had a friend to share this with.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, bottled on Jan 25 2016. Batch No. 2, 17.5% ABV. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both really good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like coffee, bourbon, chocolate, vanilla and roasted malt. For the most part I think the taste is just like the aroma, but there's also some molasses and burnt/charred malt noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's slick and smooth with moderate carbonation. At 17.5% ABV, it's not as boozy as I was expecting. It's pretty easy drinking for something that strong, too. I think this is really good, but then I'm not surprised that I like this a lot because I'm also an Avery Mephistopheles fan. I definitely recommend Tweak, I know I'd love to buy this!

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Photo of zac16125
4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Avery Tweak
12oz bottle into a snifter
Batch No. 2, bottled on: Jan 25, 2016

A: Pours a somewhat thin appearing jet black with browning on the edges. 1 fingers width of mocha head builds and then dissipates down fairly quickly, leaving a moderate amount of lacing. 4.25

S: Aroma is big coffee, super roasty, lots of booze, and barrel notes. Its actually fairly reminiscent of Bourbon County with its roasty and barrel characters. Quite sweet too, some cocoa. Great nose. 4.5

T: Chocolate, coffee, lots of booze. Big mocha flavor lingers on the finish. Some sugary sweetness. A touch boozier than I would like, but I guess thats expect at 17.5%. 4.5

M/D: Fuller bodied, but a touch thin for such a huge beer. Carbonation moderate but appropriate. ABV is definitely noticeable, although theres not a burn going down. All things considered drinkability is actually pretty good. 4.25

O: Pretty killer beer. A touch boozey at time which detracts from the other flavors, and mouthfeel could be thicker to carry the big characters, but overall pretty excellent. 4.25

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Photo of jrenihan
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Jet black with a tan head that disappears quickly. Nose is all coffee and bourbon, and the alcohol heat is notable even in the aroma. Taste is no surprise after the nose. Bourbon, coffee, chocolate, vanilla and a LOT of alcohol burn. Finish is mainly coffee. t's a nice flavour- the coffee and bourbon are quite balanced, which is good - but the booze prevents it from being particularly drinkable. Like other beers of this strength, it is hard to understand why it needs to be quite so absurdly strong. Wouldn't a nice sedate 12% do the trick?! That said, other than the heat, the beer feels great- thick and velvety. Would be great if dialed down.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

In short, an amazing coffee stout. This one is a couple years old but has an amazing flavor and still retains some of the coffee. I would like to try it fresh, but wow... This lives up to the hype.

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Photo of PDXAmbassador
3.97/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2014 October vintage, enjoyed May 2016.

Black Appearance, tan lingering head, looks pretty thick.

Smell is roast, bourbon, coffee, and an earthy funk (maybe from the interplay of coffee and barrel).

Taste is surprisingly bitter. Very roasty, bitter coffee, hit alcohol -- pretty rough. Not a sweet drinkable stout. A bit of caramel sweetness takes the edge off the bitterness but it's still a bit much for me.

Overall probably won't revisit this one. Maybe with even more age it'll mellow out a bit more but a pretty intense drinking experience.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Got on trade! 12oz bottle served at 13deg C in a tulip.

A- Opens well and pours next to no head and it was gone in seconds. Very dark brown colour.

S- Tons of heat. Coco, coffee and yup you guessed it, heat

T- Heat. Lots and lots of heat. The chocolate and coffee is there but the heat is not masked in any way shape or form. The heat overpowers whatever bourbon barrel aging that was there. Just a hot mess

M- Yup you guessed it again! Heat.

O- Not so good. Way too hot and light on flavor. Heat and alcohol bomb.

Food Pairing

This boozy mess was so hot that it was difficult to pair but it did go well with...... Vanilla ice cream. Creamy, high end like Ben and Jerry's then this one the side. Helps kill the heat down a touch and brings the bourbon up a bit which is nice since there is not much there.


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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.41/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 1/16 drank 5/27/16. Nose is a nice mix of coffee, bourbon, and a fair amount of alcohol heat. Taste is a touch of coffee and roasted malt bit dominated by alcohol heat. Pretty underwhelming for an Avery beer. Their barrel aged and high alcohol beers are typically really good but this one falls short of the mark for me.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Finally tried this one after it sat in my cellar for a while....not a lot of good chances to just bust out a 17% beer and drink it :). 2012 vintage and the nose said coffee and heat! Palate was much more mild and balanced but nice coffee and smooth barrel notes! Great stuff!

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Photo of DucksFan16
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2015 Tweak, on tap consumed on 05/16/2016. Tried this side-by-side with the 2014 Tweak (which the coffee had almost entirely faded away). This rating is for the 2015.

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Photo of mobrado
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Like a bourbon & coffee-filled chocolate. This smelled and tasted delicious, still I couldn't even finish half a bottle because it's so sticky and filling (I have no issue with the heat). I don't think I've ever had a beer I liked more that I didn't finish and don't particularly crave having again.

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Photo of CHickman
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Jan. 25, 2016, Batch No. 2: Pours pitch black color with a fizzing sound crackling as the foamy 2 finger tan head faded on the average speed time, bordering on too fast for my liking but with such a high alcohol level this is what I expected. The head was packed with tiny bubbles and left decent spotty lacing that slid down the glass yet left some smaller rings as it went down..

Smells really rich with robust coffee, bourbon, molasses and all kinds of roasted and chocolate malts dominating the initial whiff. Cold brewed coffee, caramel, espresso, brown sugar, Hershey's dark chocolate bar, cocoa powder, vanilla, burnt grains or charred wood and the oaky bourbon barrel notes round out the nose. The alcohol is very aggressive since this is a young bottle, but the foundation is really nice and complex to inhale. Super malty with that fresh coffee bean smell mixed with a shout of bourbon - just what I hoped for when I cracked the cap off.

Tastes like it smells, but before my brain could process all the complex notes, my esophagus and stomach felt the initial burn which then paved the way for the robust coffee and bourbon flavors. The flavor profile almost seems endless: rich roasted coffee, chocolate, vanilla, chicory, bourbon, molasses, smoked grains, roasted malts, chocolate malts, peat moss, cold brewed coffee, caramel, espresso, brown sugar, Hershey's dark chocolate bar, cocoa powder, charred wood, oaky/woody bourbon barrel notes and black licorice seem to be enough to list. There might even been some herbal notes, dark fruits and soy sauce coming through, but I gave up trying to pinpoint what I was tasting 5 minutes ago so I could finish the glass and maximize my enjoyment. It's really damn good and dynamic, somehow Avery added finesse to this big, bold barrel aged behemoth brew.

Mouthfeel is hot - aggressive - like a shot of bourbon basically. Then, like a good buffalo wing the pain subsides and you appreciate the flavor and notice that the feel is creamy and smooth after the booze fades. The body is thick and chewy, with a dense malty feel that has a slight coffee bitterness like a Starbucks bold with no cream or sugar. The carbonation is timid, and the aftertaste is a mix of dark chocolate and a quality bourbon. This beer makes no attempt to hide the 17.5% ABV listed on the bottle, so basically buyer/drinker beware.

I know this is a young imperial stout based on the bottling date, but I couldn't wait to try it and i'm damn glad I did. Overall a great beer that will get better with age. It's too hot right now and the alcohol burn takes a bit away from the flavor, mouthfeel as well as the aromatics. A bottle of this with 1-2 years of aging will be sublime. I'll wait until having a well aged bottle before raising the scores up, but if my hunch is correct then this will be outstanding in a year. Pricey for a 12 oz bottle, but well worth it.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled oct 28 2014

A: deep brown to black hue. Brown to caramel large bubble thin head. Almost some hints of red in the head.

S: booze. But in a sweet not brash way. Some coffee also. Dark fruits. Candied dates. Cocoa.

T: sweet booze. Coffee right after. More dark dried fruits. Bitter dark chocolate.

F: amazing. So mellow. No Raw alcohol. Soft thick syrup. Costs the palate with flavor busts of coffee stay to linger. Beautiful.

O: This is delightful. Worthy of the great rating. Sweet but not cloying. Bitter but not overly for the style. Bourbon runs through but doesn't engulf the base stout. And the coffee feels so organically placed. Like it was invited by a close friend. Really one of the best.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: pours black and thick with a small brown head
S: nice coffee and bourbon (this is a 10-28-14) bottled on date too.
T: the coffee is holding up very well, nice bourbon. Suprised this drinks good and not too hot for 17.81%
F: thick and coating. Smooth and no alcohol burn. Impressed for such high abv
O:this is really good, the best Avery beer I've had. Impressed with the coffee retention and smoothness. I will continue to age these.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a medium sized khaki head. Head retention is moderate, with a little bit of lacing left behind. Big bourbon, oak, and coffee notes. Subtle notes of roasted malts behind. It smells powerful. Bourbon and coffee make up most of the flavor. Oak and roasted malts add to the complexity. Huge taste. Alcohol can be tasted at the end of the taste. Mouth feel is thick, bold, and creamy. Overall, this is a sublime beer. Extremely coffee forward, which is excellent. As the beer warms, bourbon starts to play a larger role in the flavor profile. Just be warned it's a huge beer, which makes for easy sipping. Almost more of a session bourbon. Definitely one that needs to be tried, and potentially shared.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of bnes09
4.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Deep jet black. Descent head for the strength. Rich caramel color head forms a ring around the glass and a spot of lacing here and there.

Dense, fresh, potent and intoxicating coffee bean, espresso aroma. Smooth and roasty toasted maple and molasses with a subtle rich bourbon character. One of the best smelling beers that's ever entered my olfactory receptors.

Flavor is rich, smooth, roasted and sweet. Lots of dark fruits and toasted sugars. Dense malt body. Make way for the fresh, potent coffee that wakes you up and turns you into a rock star in the morning. Earthy hop qualities are assertive and just succeed to balance the sweet malt character. Smooth bourbon tones in the finish round out the experience. I sense a hint of booze but it is very well disguised.

Rich, full, heavy, sticky, dare I say syrupy body fills the mouth and coates the tongue in a thick sugary substance. Dryness hits in the middle with the coffee load. Very well carbonated for a beer of this strength.

Overall, an awesome imperial, barrel aged coffee stout which stands up against the best in the world. Such a tough task to pull off and balance considering the strength. I love this beer and would love to try ageing a few.

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Photo of Ri0
4.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured 12oz bottle into chalice. Vintage 2016. It is obsidian black with a 2 finger tan head. Gorgeous lacing coats the glass and there is a thin collar. This aroma is divine with coffee, dark chocolate covered espresso beans, and caramel. Big on the bourbon, vanilla, with hints of marshmallow and molasses. Flavor is dominant espresso, cappuccino, and coffee with a huge dark chocolate taste. Bourbon, vanilla, caramel, molasses, and some roasted marshmallow. It's a slow sipper since there isn't a way to hide that 17% ABV. Smooth, rich, velvety and decadent. Carbonation is superb and really adds to the feel. This is awesome and reminds me of 2013 BCBCS. Looks like I'll be buying a bottle each time it is out even at $10.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured into a DFH Snifter to a deep black beer topped by a finger and a half of dense tan head that fades to a small collar and leaves some lacing
S: Smells of coffee with hints of vanilla and caramel from bourbon barrels hiding in there as well. Really nice nose
T: Taste is coffee, roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, hints of oak with whispers of caramel and vanilla. Swallow is more roasted malt, chocolate covered espresso beans and lingering oak.
M: Lighter than expected on the palate with adequate carbonation and a drying finish.
O: This is a really nice beer. Huge flavors and alcohol make this one a real sipper. The complexity is very nice and the fresh coffee notes are awesome. Definitely one to sip and savor and probably one you should share. If you see this and big coffee stouts are your thing you need to pick this up.

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