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Tweak | Avery Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 16.00%

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.

Added by rye726 on 02-18-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#180
Reviews:
339
Ratings:
2,396
pDev:
7.64%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
468
Gots:
832
Trade:
97
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.44/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.37/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wardt16
3.8/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of caahare
3.96/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AyatollahGold
4.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black beer with a light caramel head that is thin.
The nose isn't too impressive but once you take a drink it's full of flavor.
No flavors fighting each other and it has a big warmth to it with a little burn but not too bad for the ABV.
Good balance for a big beer.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black with a very rich tan head and creamy lacing that remain.
S: Bourbon, coffee, chocolate, sugary malt, and smoke.
T: This is a nice beer, loaded with coffee, chocolate, sugary malt, little char, barrel, and almost no bite being 16% ABV.
M: Full but super easy to consume and a great warming effect for a cool afternoon.
O: I think this is one fine beer, everything works. Would be a great one to age.

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Photo of Eric_T_07
4.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received from @Dragginballs76 in NBS BIF #6 - Thanks Michael!
Batch #3 bottled 14 Nov 2016 and cellared. Served at 51 degrees (Per bottle instructions) in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – Initially, a very strong chocolate and coffee aroma. The chocolate fades.
Head – Average (Maximum three cm, aggressive pour), tan, dense with a few rocks, average retention time, diminishing to an irregular three to seven mm ring fed by effervescence and a thin layer with a large rocky island.
Lacing – Excellent. Wide bands of tiny bubbles with a few stalactites.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque, slight effervescence.
Flavor – Begins with some coffee while the chocolate from the nose is absent. After a couple of sips, the initial shock wears off and the bourbon can be detected. The aftertaste is a slightly bitter mocha latte. I can’t taste any hops, malt, or diacetyl. Surprisingly, at 16% ABV, I can’t taste any alcohol nor is there any gastric burn.
Palate – Medium, almost creamy, soft carbonation.
Impression: Really good! As the temperature of the glass approaches 60 degrees, some alcohol does waft across my taste buds. Since this is a year old, I expected the coffee to have faded; if indeed it has faded, it must have been expresso-esque initially. The palate seems a bit thin for the weight of the beer.
Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4, Overall 4.5.

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4.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.71/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of santa216
4.24/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of puck1225
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like the 12 oz format for a stout like this. Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Deep, dark brown with a good brown head and good lacing. Fragrant dark chocolate smell with dark berries. These are part of they many tastes experienced here. Boozey notes with licorice, coffee, and a bit of vanilla. Great with some cheese, ham and crackers!

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4.17/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KevinMc
4.14/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.18/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bajdog
4.96/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of tedgelee
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.04/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.9/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.71/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of wmartin
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just had some from a bottle dated Oct. 27 2017. From the reviews, you can see that pretty much everyone loves this. I will join that chorus, but there is room above this as I'll explain later.

It takes a few sips to get into the beer as the various strong flavors pull you in different directions. Once your brain learns to expect a variety of strong flavors (by the third or fourth sip), things come more into harmony, and the brilliance of the beer becomes apparent. Great stuff here! Probably a pretty good beer without the coffee. A coffee is added after the brewing process, and probably after the barrel aging. I would say the barrel, alcohol, and coffee flavors are most forward, with sweet, malty stout following. They have added just enough coffee to share forwardness with the alcohol and barrel flavors (and the malt is not far behind). It is well balanced, any more or less coffee would seem off.

How may sips it takes to get this beer might be a test of intelligence. 3 sips correlates with an IQ of 130. If you get the beer in one sip, you are probably a genius, but that is another story. The combination of caffeine and alcohol is one of the all-time great combos. Lovers of rum&coke know what I mean.

Now I say there is room above this because I have had TreeHouse's Double Shot, which is more remarkable. DS is not barrel-aged; what it has instead is more subtle and complex coffee flavors. It is probably difficult to aim for subtle coffee flavors in a mass-market beer because they won't last more than a couple months in the bottle, even with refrigeration. But if you can do it, the wonderful depth of flavor exceeds what you get with a more stable barrel/alcohol/basic coffee combo.

Still, DS is tough to get, and this is wonderful!

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