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 Amguerra305
3.81/5  rDev -13.4%
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 -18.6%
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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Photo of stakem
3.91/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a matching Avery cervoise appears black in color with a finger khaki head that fades leaving a full wall of lace.

Aroma of coffee roast, cola, black licorice, caramel, vanilla and booze.

Tastes sweet, boozy and solvent with a licorice meets cola quality and faint coffee.

Medium to fuller in bodied with ample carbonation. A decent sipper. For the price this was fun to try but I dont need to have it again.

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

Pours a opaque matted black color. There is a head which is rather remarkable for a barrel aged, coffee beer. The aroma is well balanced. There is light roasted coffee, milk chocolate, roasted malt, and a lot of vanilla. The taste is quite bold. Everything it has is in abundance. Chocolate, vanilla, more light roasted coffee, and alcohol. The mouthfeel very full bodied with a chewy, cloying texture. The carbonation is appropriately low. Overall, I'm overly skeptical of beers with the hype that this one possesses, but I have to say this beer live up to it. The only fault I find is that the alcohol is a bit too transparent. My experience with Avery's other extremely high ABV beers tells me that the alcohol will mellow in five or six years time, and bland in wonderfully. But where will the coffee be at that time?

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Photo of metter98
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a short tan head that quickly died down, leaving a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of cold brew coffee are present in the nose, which become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has balanced flavors of coffee and bourbon along with notes of dark and roasted malts. The bourbon lingers into the finish.
M: It feels full-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very deceptive as it completely hides any traces of alcohol from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of JLK7299
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bourbon hits you early. The coffee hits you late. Glorious aftertaste. My second Avery Stout, first barrel aged and it is amazing. Drink it slow as it packs a punch but drink it!

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Photo of kitch
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A 12 fl oz bottle, Batch #2, bottled on 25th January 2016. Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: A dark brown to black colour with a one finger mocha head that had decent retention and left sparse spotty lacing.

Aroma: Very nice cocoa, chocolate fudge, espresso coffee, vanilla, raisin, cherry and bourbon.

Taste: Sweet plum, prunes, raisin, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, molasses, coffee and strong but not overpowering bourbon.

Mouthfeel: A little bit thin at medium to full bodied, with low carbonation. Definitely some boozy heat, but its not overdone.

Overall: A very nice Coffee BA Imperial Stout that’s not overly sweet and has great aromas and taste. At 17.5% ABV, you get the boozy heat, but it’s still a very nice sipper.

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Photo of DavidSomers
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Terrific bourbon barrel aged coffee stout. A bit boozy at 17.5% ABV. I enjoyed this more than a fresh BCBCS and bought it much more easily. It probably would benefit from a bit more aging to let the booziness mellow. But will seek this out again.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.99/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Glass marble brown with a dark tan, foamy frothy head that is surprisingly large for such high ABV and being barrel aged. There is a lot of spongy lace.

16%? Not in smell! Aroma is nice coffee, mocha, dark chocolate, with tangy, nutty, roasted malt, sesame, and soy sauce. No booze to burn the nose.

However, taste is deceptive at the very tip up front, but the alcohol quickly reveals itself. I get vanilla, chocolate, nice fruity floral sweet coffee, becoming Baileys, with a sudden, quick, heavy hit of hot, stinging booze as it goes down the throat, all in the span of 5 seconds. A Kahlua-like element is very apparent, and at times it's almost like straight rum.

Body is relatively thin and slick, but frothy and a little sticky with a semi-dry finish. Booze is not hidden in this one, though!

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Photo of Suds
4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow....I didn't expect the intensity of this brew. From a 12 ounce, foil-capped bottle, this beer is strong. The appearance is dark brown, almost black, with a small but firm brown head. Sugary, boozy, malt-forward smell. There is a bit of spice in the taste, with a huge amount melanoidin-modified malt. The beer is warm, strong, and intensely alcoholic. Some nuts and earth, and more malt in the mind-taste. Full in body and lingering finish. Wow.

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Photo of KettleBellFreak
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


2016 batch 3

Dark thin pour. Black beer with light brown tight head, legs develop as it warms but nothing special about the consistency.

Huge cocoa, chocolate, malt, oatmeal and BOURBON smell.

Rich bourbon, chocolate and tons of black coffee and hazelnuts with a beyond boozy finish that is easy to manage and fantastic. Thick mouth feel but somewhat lacking in such a big stout.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. bottled on Jan 25 2016. Batch No. 2.

pours a dark brown, but not jet black. some coffee but this is predominately bourbon. holy booze. this thing is hotter than all hell and is almost a year old. flavor is largely chocolate filled as well, especially in the finish. malty and sweet. burning heat. doesn't fill as full as expected for a 17+% beer.

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Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch 1, 10/28/14, some age on this puppy

Pours thicker and darker than year old used motor oil, fizzy super dark head about 1/3 finger, legs that just congeal into single thick layer slowly falling down the sides of the glass, practically stains the glass.

Nose starts with fresh coffee, still there somehow, very nutty, earthy coffee with some roast, mild fudgey cocoa and dark chocolate, into a little bourbon and vanilla toasted oak barrel, touch of booze warmth, peanut butter and nougat, a little roasted malt and touch of char.

Taste brings a little roasted malt, big coffee, coffee syrup and charred roasted coffee, roasted malts, into booze, plenty of hot tingly booze, little phenol too and fusel alcohol, little fudgey cocoa and nougat chocolate ganache, mild bourbon juice, a little vanilla barrel and toasted oak, quite nutty too, and a little vanilla and baking spice.

Mouth is fuller bod, thick fudgey with lots of hot alcohol, decent carb

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Photo of avalon07
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a coal black color and a thick consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, tan-colored head that lasted an average amount of time. Very good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of bourbon, coffee, chocolate, and malt.

T: Tasted a fair amount of chocolate, a good shot of bourbon (not as much as I thought), a lot of coffee, some dark malt, as well as a little dark fruit (plums, in particular). A big, powerful taste that you would expect from the this beer. Lots of power and complexity. An interesting taste.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is definitely one of the more aggressive and likable stouts out there. Quite drinkable.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.98/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2016 Batch No. 3 brewed on Nov. 14
Dark pour, hints of carbonation with a slight mocha head. Fudge, dark cocoa, bittersweet chocolate, espresso, and bourbon in the aroma. Sweet dark fruits, bourbon, chocolate, and cold brew coffee make up the flavor. Medium / full feel with the heat from the 16% abv noticeable. Overall, another amazing barrel aged stout from Avery; and this may be my favorite!

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Photo of Schimms
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch No. 3 - Bottled Nov 14, 2016. According to the bottle, clocks in at 16%. I've hydrated ahead of time.

L: Pours black with brown 1" thick head, which slowly dissipates over a couple of minutes.

S: Strong (!) bourbon, sweet raisins, roasted coffee malt.

T: Sweetness up front, some of the strongest bourbon-flavor-in-a-beer-I've-ever-tasted in the middle, and roasted coffee to finish it off. Wow - gigantic bourbon-coffee beer! My three favorite things! The alcohol doesn't burn like I expect it should at 16% - I'll have to tread lightly...

F: Medium body. Light carbonation. Kinda chewy. Slides easily over the mucosa and down the hatch.

O: This is a super sexy...thing. Highly recommend. Probably share with a couple of intrepid friends.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2, bottled on jan 26 2016. Pours jet black with a thin head. Allowed to warm up to really release the complex flavors. Definitely boozy and if u dont like bourbon pass on this $14 11oz bottle

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Photo of ajm5108
3.5/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opticals are as expected. Aroma is very coffee forward - lots of husky south American vibes going on - with a little bit of vanilla and oak. I lost more of the coffee than I'd like on the tongue, with more of the bourbon flavors jostling for supremacy. It is fairly "hot", especially as it opens up, and that pushes the coffee flavor aside even more without pulling through the more elegant bourbon notes. You get just a kiss of vanilla amd some chocolate malt, but the boozeyness reigns supreme. it isn't so overwhelming that it makes the beer undrinkable or anything, just washes out a lot of the other flavors, which is dissapointing.

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Photo of morimech
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Nov 14 2016. Nice and fresh so I should get the most coffee flavor. Dark and thick fluid with a finger of head that slowly settled to a thin cap. Spotty lacing is left down the glass. Aroma of alcohol and bourbon and that is about all. But the flavor is where it counts and this does not disappoint. Bourbon and vanilla upfront before opening up to reveal flavors of chocolate, coffee, before eventually leaving a alcohol flavor and burn to cleanse the palate. Thick body with lovely carbonation that gives a full, smooth texture. I sort of expected more coffee and I imagine with age that flavor would all but disappear but the alcohol would probably mellow out. So it would be a tradeoff.

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Photo of do_ob
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into a teku glass. Poured relatively aggressively, produced a 1 finger head of foam, dark khaki in color. The beer itself is black as oil. Nose is syrupy bourbon, dark chocolate, expresso, molasses, candies sugar, vanilla, lactose, and light baking spice. Surprisingly little booziness to the aroma. The taste is very sweet, like liquid chocolate and home-made candy. Modest, balanced bourbon - present but not overpowering. Notes of coffee, vanilla, molasses, oak, ginger, and honey throughout, especially on the aftertaste. The feel is full and dense, but not really chewy. The alcohol thins this out a bit, but not too much. This is definitely a sipper, but it's easy enough to drink that it could get you in trouble pretty quick!

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Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cellared 1 yr, 4 mos.

Poured into a tulip.

Aroma: wonderful! Chocolate, flourless chocolate cake, vanilla, oak and bourbon. Very inviting.

Appearance: luxurious. Velvet obsidian. Thick. The head is a dark tan (espresso crema).

Flavor: this is a big beer - a detonation of bold flavors on your palate. Coffee is the initial flavor, and the alcohol is certainly present - duh @ 17.81 % abv, but it is in no way hot. This is such a big beer 25 cl is all that I want. This beer is so strong that it almost needs to be categorized as a double imperial stout / triple stout.

Mouthfeel: right in line with what is need to carry this beer's alcohol content and big flavors.

Overall: good > very good, but I think Avery's Vanilla Bean Stout is better. This beer is too strong to enjoy. As I sip on this beer, "booze bomb" comes to mind. I drank this beer the day after an Odell's Woodcut #7 (Imp. Stout). The Odell's was better.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from local bottle shop for $14. Dated Nov 14 2016.

Black, opaque elixir poured into snifter. One finger light brown head to thick collar with copious lacing as the tasting proceeds.

Coffee predominates with roasted malt, char, molasses, barrel and a nice bourbon aroma layering over the top.

Coffee forward, dark chocolate, charred malt and bourbon.

Full bodied, chewy and a bit slick on the finish. A bit of alcohol burn mellows as the liquid hits the back palate.

A well made BA imperial stout. A pleasure to finally be able to buy "on the shelf" in OH.

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Photo of vic21234
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on date is 11/14/16.

A- Pours pitch black with a small amount of khaki head which hangs around awhile. Plenty of sticky lacing is apparent with this one.

S- Smell is tons of coffee, some chocolate, and dark malts. I surprisingly don't get much bourbon.

T- The initial sip brings huge coffee notes along with some sweet chocolate. The bourbon barrel kicks in after but isn't as prevalent as I expetced.

M- Thick, chewy, coffee-forward, slight warming with each sip but drinks easier than you'd think at 16% ABV.

Awesome BA coffee stout, well done by Avery.

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Photo of fireazzi
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Light coffee notes, very dark look. almost a coffee bourbon taste. Nice thick body. Nice carbonation and the mouthfeel is smooth. Not as boozy as I expected it to be.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.71/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tweak bottled 2014.
A - Pours black with a thick tan head.
S - Aroma is sweet, bourbon, with some chocolate.
T - Flavor is dark chocolate, coffee, molasses and bourbon.
M - Low carbonation, mouth feel is thick and chewy.
O - An excellent BIG beer.

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