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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #56
Ranked #210
4.47 | pDev: 7.38%
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Notes: 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 GormBrewhouse
4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had it at the brewery. Pours dark brown 2 fingers of brownish head, smells like really good coffee, tastes like it too with roast and alchohal. Overall a very fine brew I'll have again

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Photo of BenHoppy
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very muted in aroma but is a well balanced smooth stout that is dangerously drinkable at 16%. I get flavors of chocolate espresso, bourbon, and dark fruit.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A beauteous pour, black and opaque, mid-tan head with small bubble curtains of lacing.

S - Profound chocolate batter, strong punch of alcohol burn. A touch of coconut.

T - Follows the nose, with bright baked brownie, lush coffee and a coconut line. Warm alcohol prickliness.

M - So full and warm, but quite drinkable. Lingers as a weight on the tongue, but not unpleasantly.

O - Superb giant brew, quite delicious.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served in a teku glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Semi thick dark bown tinted body pouring a bit like crude oil. Dark deep in color with medium bubbles to the body creating a tan head rising maybe just one finger's length off the body. Settles quick after one sip with a nice even lacing.

Smell: Chocolate whiskey aroma with hints of espresso. I let the beer warm up and seriously intense in the nostrils.

Taste: Complex toffee and chocolate with hints of pure coffee bean with notes of whiskey. You are all over the place while inhaling this brew. Toffee and malts might be too much of a congestion but seriously this one is a dessert.

Mouth: Stick-icky with a medium carbonation. Body is incredibly full, which the after taste just lingers with you.

Overall: What is funny is that I have had this beer at least two to three times before today and never did a beer review. Might be my most favorite imperial stout produced by Avery brewing. The complexity alone is worth grabbing it, roughly about 15 a bottle here in New York. Salud!

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Photo of stevoj
4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #1 bottle from Toby. Silky black pour, flat. Roasty, sweet, chocolate boozy aroma. Taste gets better, smooth, velvety, warm. Hits all high marks.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.84/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, just wow.
2 years old bottle of this beauty.
Complexity and balance between the coffee, the fresh bourbon and the pungent malts.
The mouthfeel is incredible.
Better and better as it warms up.

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Photo of JBowenGeorgia
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark brown/nearly black with two fingers of mocha head. 
Smells of coffee, chocolate, dark roasty malts. 
Taste follows with the roasty flavors, dark malts, coffee, slightly sweet notes of caramel and vanilla.
Fuller body with good carb levels. Smooth and well balanced.
Overall a nice one.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. Bottled on 'NOV 14 2016'.
Dark brown colored body, with a big edge of mahogany when back lit. One finger of light tan head, settles back to creamy cap. Leaves behind a scattered array of lacing.
Aroma of dark roasted malts and coffee. There is also chocolate, bourbon oak, and slight vanilla.
Taste is heavy on the bourbon barrel, but it blends well with the chocolate and vanilla. The coffee is more slight than in the smell. The front part of the taste is more smooth and slightly sweet, while the end turns more to the bitter/char of the coffee.
Medium plus mouthfeel. Quite smooth through the mouth. Good carbonation (the creamy head sticks around throughout the drinking of the beer).
While the ABV% is high, the booze is not hot, but rather is well blended with the other components. This is a comfortable sipper with the added coffee component.

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Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
3.9/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Pitch black with a tall khaki froth. Little head retention and spotty lacing.

S: Booze and barrel, bitter chocolate, dark roasted grains and beans, and some dates or other dark fruits.

T: Pretty much follows the nose with more espresso and burn.

F: Definitely a sipping beer. Huge, huge mouthfeel, with a long-lasting finish. Light carbonation and an almost velvety feel

O: I imagine this one improves with age, but at 6 months in the bottle after buying it was still horribly hot.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.39/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has at least an average body, slight silky feel. Light amount of carbonation
Aroma is sweet bourbon,roasted malt,black coffee, alcohol, raisins and dark fruit
Taste is a nice blend of sweet bourbon balanced with roasted malt and bitter black coffee. Raisins and dark fruit add a great addition of flavor
Overall its smooth,nice bidy,great aroma and even better taste

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle dated 10/27/17 into pint glass. Pours an encouragingly inky black with a negligible head. Initial impression is incredibly smooth, sweet milk chocolate, espresso, bourbon, and roasted malts. Mouthfeel is silky-smooth - almost literally oily. Alcohol - all 16% of it - is quite well hidden. Finish is smooth and sweet.
A lot of BBA stouts are over-the-top in the bourbon department. Not this one. Even the coffee is understated. Admittedly, this would be too sweet (and too potent) for frequent indulgence. But it's just perfect for the occasional indulgence.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.99/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good but becomes too sweet as it warms. Lots of coffee and chocolate but the sweetness overwhelms. Booze is well integrated and surprisingly well hidden. Glad I tried but I prefer others over this one. The steep price kinda sucks as well.

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Photo of MaximalC
4.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

*Bottled 9-14-18

Pours seal brown with a finger's worth of sudsy, mocha froth, which is about as robust a head as I've seen for 15% ABV. Powerful aroma smells primarily of coffee, currants, toffee, and molasses, with notes of toasted bread, chocolate chip cookies, brown sugar, and cherries thrown in for good measure—this is one of those rare brews where taking in the decadent aroma is an experience unto itself. Sheets of fine, reticulated lacing adorn the glass as the beer recedes.

As for the taste? I'm in flavor country... The juxtaposition of fresh-roasted coffee and bountiful sweetness is not only interesting, but substantial enough to mask its massive ABV. The coffee is not at all bitter or acrid, while the aforementioned sweetness is equal parts brown sugar and creme brulee. Warming reveals fruitier tones of black currants, dates, and figs, while rumors of alcohol finally manifest deep into the finish. The bourbon barrel is conspicuously understated, so much so that I nearly forgot this is a barrel-aged beer. That said, the extra layer or flavor is hardly necessary with everything else going on. Medium body and fine carbonation make for a smooth, fluffy mouthfeel that once more belies this beer's epic girth.

Honestly, I would be hard-pressed not to rank this among the top 4-5 imperial stouts I've ever had. Aside from the comparatively light body, it's difficult to posit any criticisms. The flavors are fabulously intricate, and it drinks like a beer half its weight—not mention the delectable aroma and splendid presentation. You certainly pay a price for this level of quality, but in this case it's worth every penny.

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Photo of Wolvmar
4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle dated 10/27/17. Poured into a tulip glass.

Pour: deep rich black/brown with a 2 finger tan head. Dissipates to some steady clouds and a thick ring. Plenty of lacing. Really nice.

Nose: plenty of sweet bourbon and malt. Dark fruit, some dark chocolate.

Taste: follows the nose. Plenty of sweetness but balanced with bitter chocolate, coffee and hops. ABV is present in the bourbon but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, oily feel. Not quite a milkshake but really good.

Overall: this is a great beer. Wish it was 8% so I could have two. But wouldn’t be the same, of course. Absolutely worth trying but it packs a punch.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Bottle
Bottled: Jan-25-2016 (Consumed Jan-28-2019)

Pours a thick ruby-tinged black with a couple fingers of short-lived khaki head.
Little retention; speckled lacing. (4)

Candied coffee beans, candied nuts, dark chocolate, rum, vanillins, REALLY opens up as it warms. (4.5)

Big, rich, alcoholic mocha syrup flavor, follows the nose in a big way with some sweet, sticky bourbon. Smooths out as it warms and highlights the spectrum of chocolate and coffee with some toffee and light roast bitterness thrown in. (4.5)

Very full body with soft carbonation and a long, warming finish, incredibly well-hidden alcohol for as much as their is. (4.25)

A very nice, very big beast of a beer.
This is a HUGE beer. It looks like you'd expect with a touch more head maybe. The aroma and flavor are both super rich mocha/vanilla-esque. Everything gets thicker and smoother as it approaches room temp but retains its nice soft alcohol warmth throughout. I hesitate to use the word "restrained" with a beer as strong as a wine, but it really is. Not much harshness to speak of (it did make me shudder when it was still chilled, but as it warmed it was like butter), not astringent roastiness, no hot bourbon, etc. yet at the same time this beer manages to still be an affront to god and man. A drinkable beer entirely despite itself. Very nice, I'd definitely have it again. (4.5)

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tasted in a Rastal Teku from a 12 fl oz bottle on January 28, 2019. Batch #3 bottled November 2016. Stout with coffee added then aged in bourbon barrels.

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Photo of colts9016
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This monster of a beer is one I have wanted to try. Some of the first beers I drank was from Avery. Elle's Brown Ale was one of those fond beer memories back in the day. I served the beer in a tulip glass at 50 degrees. It would be a miracle if any head formed considered the high alcohol content. A vigorous pour produced a one finger medium tan head with fair retention. The beer's head took a couple minutes to dissipate and leaving no lacing on the glass. The head is creamy and foamy, settling to a thin ring around the glass. The color the beer is SRM 36 a dark brown to inky black. The beer is opaque.

The first aroma of the beer is dark coffee and bourbon. Further investigation I smell dark chocolate, roasted malts, char, subtle smokiness, molasses, malty sweetness, vanilla, earthiness, bready, burnt sugar, toffee, and toasty notes. This beer scares me, I can detect any of the high alcohol content.
Holy shit, the coffee is strong followed by the bourbon and vanilla. Next, I taste, malty sweetness, earthiness, wood, dark chocolate, bready, burnt sugar, toasty notes, a touch of char, a subtle note of smokiness, orange, and phenolic.
The mouthfeel of the beer is chewy a touch warming, and dry.
The body of the beer is full, low carbonation, and full finish.
This beer is an incredible feat of brewing. The strong alcohol content is well hidden in this beer. I do get some alcohol warming but not what I thought would take place. I love this beer it is awesome. The warmer it got the better it became.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tweak is a great tasting Imperial Stout, coffee, bourbon, and it's strong, a bit on the sweet side. It is strong so watch out. Summary:

Look: black color with a quarter inch mocca colored head

Aroma: roasted malts, coffee, bourbon

Flavor: The flavor is roasted malts and syrup, chocolate, significant coffee and bourbon.

Feel: full body, creamy, silky feel

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Photo of Lomunchi
4.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Absolutely fabulous. This beer is a real treat. Very sweet and multi flavored. I get some aged raisin but there are so many things happening it's hard to describe e. High alcohol and you can taste it. Only plan to drink one (it's all you can afford anyway). Buy it!

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Photo of BlunderfulGuy
4.14/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Old review that I never got around to adding.
Bottled November 14, 2018, drank June of 2017.

Dark ribbon into a snifter, fills into a black body with a finger thick cap of tan head. Hardly any legs, bits of lacing.
Smells like Mephistopheles (my favorite imperial stout for a long time) with a little bit of coffee and oak and a glob of molasses. Far less fruity. A little bit of bourbon and alcohol warmth.
Tsate is much more lively but hotter as well. Bourbon, oak, and chocolates with a bit of slightly bitter and fairly fruity fresh coffee, some vanilla and toffee and earthy leathery-ness. Again like Mephistopheles but less fruity, more earthy and bitter (coffee and tannin).
Fairly sweet aftertaste, very sweet overall for me actually, but with a good snappy bitterness, lingering bourbony oak (woody bourbon?) and coffee (Kahlúa-ish). Faint fruits.
Tweak has a much more effervescent, fluffy mouthfeel than most big imperial stouts I've had (at that point), and just as sweet as most but also very cloying, and it gets more cloying as it warms.

Very good, but the sugary, molasses globby sweetness and the bourbon and coffee all take away a lot of what I love about Mephistopheles without adding enough to get me to love Tweak. Maybe within a year or two the edges will smooth out and more flavors will develop, maybe even three (judging by other stouts I had aged).

I drank some of this with cream cheese swirl chocolate fudge brownies which dulled the "sharpness" of the beer, brought out more oak and fruit, but was tooth-achingly sweet.
The next day I had it with jalapeno chimichangas and salsa. Perhaps an odd pairing, but the food amplified the fruit, oak, the aged roasted grain flavors, and tons of bourbon. The beer cut down the heat and spice of the chimichangas while pulling up all of the great savory flavors. Loved it then, but my ratings are always for the lone beer.

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Photo of josanguapo
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

De Hopt. En copa Teku. Viendo Los 100 2x05-06. Asombrosa. La mejor integracion de barrica en una birra que he visto nunca, y eso que no soy mucho de madera ni bourbon. Los 16 grados de abv, disimuladisimos en sabor, aunque se sube algo a la cabeza

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Photo of soze47
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very bright coffee and nuanced esters for such a big boozy beer. Bourbon barrel influence creates an almost apple pie note when combined with the coffee. Not all bitter or black malt here. More of an imperial porter with amazing wood - residual heat keeps it evolving as the beer warms up on the glass

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 11/14/16; drank 10/10/18 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice tan head; a thick curtain of frothy, tree-rung lace.

Medium roast coffee bean, cream, fresh earth & booze heat notes in the nose.

Creamy, thick mouthfeel.

Medium roast coffee bean, chocolate syrup & cream flavors up front; booze heat & mild oak notes on the finish.

A hint boozy, still, but after almost 2 years this is a robust dessert treat.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - super dark almost black, no real head
Smell - very rich caramel coffee with some vanilla like it's a caramel latte frappuccino or something.
Taste - a lot like the scent. That pairing some how gets close to a dark fruit but no quite there... like a quad. suprised that you dont taste the booze as much as youd expect with a 16%ABV
feel - medium full syrup body with a very very light carbonation and slight creaminess
Overall - really yummy fantastic bber

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Photo of scottfrie
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle.

A: deep ruddy brown, near black, with a thick, rich mocha colored head. A network of sticky lace was left down the glass.
S: rich decadent and smooth coffee notes with sweet bourbon and a hint of vanilla, caramel, and roast. Sticky sweet and full of coffee.
T: follows the nose with notes of rich and sweet bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and roast. Hints of creamy fudge and a kiss if chicory. Alcohol is mildly noticeable, smooth, with just a touch of warmth in the finish. Very well hidden for such a high percentage.
M: full body, rich and sticky mouthfeel, creamy and smooth carbonation. As stated, the alcohol is hidden very well.
O: decadent and smooth with a rich and bold flavor but very integrated and enjoyable. Easy to drink and smooth. A bit sweet and sticky. Similar to bcbcs but just a hair less polished.

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