Tweak | Avery Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 17.50%

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

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Photo of Seanem44
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This was great! Even with a high level of alcohol, it went down nice and smooth. I aged mine a little over a year. I probably could have gone another. If I see this again, I will pick it up for sure.

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Photo of Angerhaus
4.87/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

First Avery beer that I've enjoyed. Usually their giant ABV beers are crazy sugar bomber on my palate, but Tweak was a great coffee and bourbon treat. Definitely didn't drink like 18%

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Photo of PlinyMeNow
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've had this on tap twice at Father's Office in Santa Monica and decided I would review it briefly as a comparison to Parabola, which I tried and review today. In my opinion, Tweak was better.
Though its alcohol content is higher, the alcohol is more well hidden by the intense flavors, thick mouth feel, and bitterness from the hops. I remember the pour was opaque jet black. There was an intoxicating aroma of chocolate and coffee with a smooth and balanced taste, sweet and bitter. Thick, creamy and a bit oily feel. Sure there was some alcohol burn, but impressively little for over 16%. I couldn't really drink anything else after this… But being so satisfied, why would I want to?

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Photo of Drvitlkeyustolit80
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

First had 4/6/17 at home. It is jet black with a tan head, and is full bodied with a luxurious mouth feel. Flavors of coffee, sweet malt, and bourbon roll across the tongue, and finishes with a vanilla booziness.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This certainly lived up to its reputation.
It poured a dark brown with a moderately-sized head that left a good deal of lace.
Strong booze aroma. Vanilla, coffee, and oak.
Bourbon taste, strong coffee, a little chocolate, and a bit of vanilla.
You would never know this was 16% ABV.

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Photo of Chcshammonde
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Surprised myself and drank the whole bottle down in an hour. This stuff was incredibly smooth for a 16% beer. For whatever reason, there wasn't much of a nose on my bottle, just a bit of muted coffee, roasty malt. However, this is a great tasting stout - all of the components are at the same time balanced - and bold. Dark chocolate flavors seamlessly meld with fresh roasted coffee, a bit of brown sugar, burn from the alcohol, finished off with the whisky barrel. Great stuff. Would certainly buy again - but will have to split it next time!

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Photo of pda22
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is phenomenal. Such delicious flavors. A great blend of coffee and bourbon flavor in a fantastic base and mouthfeel. Looks fabulous and tastes even better.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
4.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Avery Brewing Company - Tweak [Batch No. 3]. 16% ABV. 12oz bottle poured into a stout glass. Bottled Nov. 14, 2016.

Look: Pours a thick, oily black and settles with a finger thick, light tan head.

Smell: I can smell the bourbon as soon as I started pouring. Coffee, dark chocolate, roast, with a perfume undertone. Notes of caramel, and butterscotch emerged as it warmed.

Feel: Silky smooth, but thick bodied, as expected. Very mild carbonation.

Taste: Bourbon, roasty coffee, and dark chocolate up front, with no trace of boozy alcohol. Sweet caramel and butterscotch come into play on the back end, and pair up with the other flavors, along with a very minor booze aspect.

Overall: Simply amazing. At 16% ABV, I was expecting a boozy bomb, but instead got a perfectly balanced treat. Great presence of bourbon, without the boozy alcohol, balanced by roast coffee, and sweets.

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

DAMN!!! The nose on this is amazing. The coffee is over the top and the bourbon isn't. Usually it's the other way around. This stuff is amazeballs. Will be getting more.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tweak pours a black color with brown edges. Minimal head.

Aroma is heavenly, just tons of sappy barrel, maple syrup, vanilla bean, cocoa, coffee, fudge, bourbon. This nose is every bit as good as the $25 bomber barrel stouts.

Flavor is less smooth than I'd like, it's my main complaint - lots of sharp alcohol, tons of antiseptic burn - but beyond that, it's smooth caramel all the way to the bank, with coffee, bourbon, vanilla, cinnamon, and chocolate.

Feel is hot and dry, boozy.

Overall this stout kills. Do it.

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Photo of muchos
4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled "Jan. 25, 2016"
Enjoyed March 12, 2017
L. Total blackness, impressive head for 17.5% leaving a film and bigger patches in it's wake.
S. Fruity dark roast coffee, deeply roasted malt, rich dark chocolate fudge, aromatic wood, sweet toffee. Warming up brings more whiskey aromas.
T. Rich sweet coffee, rich fudge with booze, chocolaty malt, dark fruits with nice whiskey flavors in the middle, hot on the finish with caramel, chocolate, and coffee.
F. Full mouthfeel, plenty of carbonation, pretty smooth. Warm in the middle, hot by the finish.
O. This beer is an experience. You expect the heat so it's not disappointing but adds nice flavor and feel components. Worth trying, even if only just once given the price. Cheers!!

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Photo of crisis1290
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

As close to perfection as one can get. Not much more can be said that has not be repeated over and over. Not only is this one of the best tasting coffe stouts out there, it is one of the best tasting beers I had in a long time. Real simple. Enough with the review. Go and treat yourself to one of the best products out there.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out like straight motor oil with a small brown head.

Aroma starts off with coffee (but not in your face) along with a rich, sweet chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and even sweeter malt notes too.

Taste is a great combo of coffee/chocolate with fudge, vanilla and bourbon/oak in the finish. Bit of sweeter malt notes and some roasty notes too. A lot going on and intense tasting, but not over the top.

Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel, alcohol is SCARY hidden. There is some definite warmth, but not burning or overly boozy. Maybe one of the more balanced of the crazy high ABV Avery beers.

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Photo of SiepJones
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a mini snifter. Pitch black color, with a little brown cap of bubbles. The head dissipates into a ring around the outside of the glass with a star of light bubbles across the middle. Smells like coffee, sweet chocolate malt and a hint of cherry. Tons of coffee and chocolate in the flavor, a touch of black licorice, cola, and bourbon on the finish. The mouth is full bodied, very chewy. Really tasty beer, so much so that I do not detect any alcohol flavor. Great flavors, and a beer that I would recommend to any coffee stout fan.

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Photo of Matthew_Warfield
4.84/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

If you're wondering if the perfect coffee stout exists, it does and it's Tweak by Avery.

Look- It's dark, almost black. When there's light behind it, you can see that it is in fact, dark brown. From the moment its poured you know that this beer is serious.

Smell- Chocolate, Coffee, Bourbon, Boozey. It smells like someone soaked an espresso bean in bourbon in all the right ways.

Taste- Brace yourself, this beer is going to kick you in the teeth and promptly apologize. The flavor is huge on the front and concludes with a nice roasted coffee note that leaves you craving another sip. Please keep in mind, this is a high ABV beer and it is apparent in its taste. It's not liquor but you can tell its more than your ordinary beer,

Feel- Great, full mouth feel without being oppressively heavy. Very little carbonation on this bad boy so you don't get a mouthful of bubble either which is ideal for a stout in my humble opinion.

Overall- Good God, it's good. Do yourself a favor and get yourself a pour of this delicious stout. I promise you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Based on Batch #1 drank recently. I was a little concerned in the time it's been sitting that the coffee would fall off but it did not. It was a coffee, chocolate and bourbon bomb that was absolutely delightful. I'm not a big coffee guy so perhaps fresh would be a little intense for me but this was money for me. Sitting on a Batch 2 & 3 that I'm really looking forward to!

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

Pour at the Modern Times Carnival of Caffeination. The sign said 16%, not 17.5%, but what does it matter when the ABV is that high and it is still such an easy drinker? I can't believe how well this beer hides the ABV. Really nice BA coffee imperial stout.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottled Nov. 14, 2016 - 16.0% abv

Pours pitch black with a creamy frothy brown foam head. Smells like rich boozy dark fruits, black cherry, plum, fig, raisin, roasted coffee, bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, roasty toasted bready malt, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like rich boozy dark fruits, black cherry, plum, fig, raisin, big roasted coffee, bourbon, vanilla, oak, rich dark chocolate, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, roasty toasted bready malts, with bitter earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a really nice bourbon barrel aged imperial coffee stout.

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

Batch 3; Bottled Nov 16

Dark and decadent; rich, sweet nose full of chocolate fudge and booze. Flavor is sweet chocolate fudge, roasted coffee, vanilla, and some harsh ethanol. Medium bodied mouthfeel with good carbonation and some drying oak tannins. Excellent, rich flavor. Very enjoyable beer and would score higher if the booze wasn't so harsh.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Talk about a massive improvement through the use of bourbon barrels and coffee. Black beer, plenty viscous. 1/3" brown head on top. Aroma is plenty boozy, but its not just booze, there is plenty of coffee, a small amount of bourbon competing for your nose's attention as well.

Taste, geez its a sipper. I sat and drank my 12 oz for about 70 minutes. Just right. Its strong, its a lot like Mocha Wednesday. Its deep dark chocolate malt on this one. Is there actual chocolate added? Seems like it. Perhaps thats just how dense the black roasted malt is. Small bit of vanilla to it.

I like the 12oz format for such a big beer, but it is plenty pricey. But it is that giant stout model for sure.

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Photo of rypkr
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Wow... big, thick, and delicious. Thank you avery for not feeling the need to package your high abv beers in a bomber.

Taste is sweet, but astringent and almost artificial. Mouthfeel is tits. So heavy and decadent. The coffee on the nose is a little musty and dated but this is a cellar beer. A true slow sipper.

While not blown away by this, I'll probably still buy it again.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.53/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, batch 3 bottled 11/14/2016 - 16% ABV. Pours dark brown black with a creamy tan head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is roast chocolate malt, sweet vanilla and lots of bourbon with a little coffee and a bit of fusel alcohol.

The flavor is sweet fudgy chocolate malts with vanilla and a big roast finish with quite a bit of harsh but warming alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, lots of interesting things going on. Pretty sweet, harsh and boozy. I remember the original Meph Addict being so much better with less harsh alcohol and a lot more coffee.

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Photo of Mongrel
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Don't even know how to describe the sweet, boozy melange of flavors this beer delivers. Chocolatey, caramel center that's coated with a sturdy layer of bourbon and coffee. Lots of bourbon, but like most Avery barrel aged beers, the booze is so smooth and mellow. This is actually a dangerously crushable brew. Bourbon continues to tingle on the back end and brings hints of vanilla too. Little bit of hazelnut. Decadent and delicious, so much so that I want another, which would be a terrible idea.

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Photo of Amguerra305
3.81/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours thinner than the ABV would suggest. Produces an inch and a half light khaki head from the pour with a lingering half inch. Smell was more coffee forward when it was cold but it quickly dissipated as it warmed. Light barrel notes up front, with a touch of vanilla and strong sweet char roast notes predominating. Taste is very sweet, to the point of cloying. Syrupy with some molasses and licorice; no coffee bite to speak of. Highly carbonated for the style that does not allow you to get a good feel for the actual beer, makes it feel lighter than it probably is or should be. Overall I thought the elements of a great BA stout were there but they were really in your face and not at all balanced. Barrel but sharp, malty but charred, overly sweet with no bitter coffee bite to smooth it out. Perhaps some time would do it well but as is I was rather unimpressed and is not at all deserving of the rating it has, try cafe ameircano which is not even barrel aged and then come talk to me.

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Photo of T-Schroeder
3.58/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

5.5oz snifter Lville Hopcat
Smell: bourbon, bourbon, and bourbon.. I like, I do pick up coffee after initial taste but not really distinct
Taste: Bourbon up front, with vanilla midway, finish with charred/tobacco flavor..not much coffee though
Mouth: heavy at first, but light at end
Overall: Bourbon Lovers dream. Kind of underwhelming though. I felt it was over priced(both on draft and in bottle at liquor stores), particularly because there wasn't much coffee presence

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